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MO: Legislative Update
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"HB 1729, the NRA-backed Right to Carry bill, has moved out of committee and will now go before the full House for a vote. Call your Representative at (573) 751-3659 and urge him to support HB 1729."

"Also, HB 1344, the bill legalizing concealed weapons in motor vehicles, was combined with a bill authorizing Project Exile. The bill will now contain both the NRA program to get violent felons off the streets and the will allow citizens to legally carry concealable firearms in their cars."

KABA NOTE: Project Exile involves federal prosecution of local gun laws and also involves enforcement of unconstitutional laws and even ex-post-facto laws which are strictly prohibited by the United States Constitution. If you are yet unaware of just how wrongheaded and dangerous NRA's Project Exile is, go here: Project Exile Is Not Smart At All
 

Israel OKs 60,000 more gun permits (Washington Times Report)
Submitted by: Du Eulear

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JERUSALEM — "Sixty thousand additional gun permits are to be distributed to Israeli civilians as authorities loosen licensing restrictions to help fight a growing wave of terrorism."
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Sounds like a good idea can we do that here and just repeal some of those unconstitutional laws, to help us fight terror, of course.
 

PA: Gun Show Promoter May Lose Thousands
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On the heels of the Dell Computer Crusade, second amendment activists may have begun to zero-in on their next target: Fort Washington Expo Center, in a township about five miles north of Philadelphia."

"At issue is the suspension of the Mid-Atlantic Arm's Collector Club's contract to host a gun show. The Sierra Times has learned of the possible reasons for suspension of the contract - that never really existed."
 

Media downplayed role of gun owners in subduing shooter
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Depending on the news report you saw in January, a law student's murderous rampage on a Virginia campus ended when other students somehow "pounced on" or "subdued" the shooter. He dropped his weapon at someone's "prompting," a wire service put it.

"The slippery details largely went unreported, but they are of utmost interest to the gun lobby."

KABA NOTE: Of course the fact that an armed citizen stopped further violence in a widely publicized rampage is of interest to gun owners -- the story, if fully told, validates an armed citizenry.
 

IL: Blagojevich, Vallas steal the spotlight
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Democratic candidates for governor Rod Blagojevich and Paul Vallas fought over which was the better advocate for gun control in a televised debate Wednesday, and they exchanged attacks over whether Vallas was tailoring his message Downstate to appeal to gun owners."

"Both men, along with the third contender, Roland Burris, also used the hourlong forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Illinois, to debate the influence of large campaign contributions."

KABA NOTE: Rod Blagojevich, you might note, has advocated gun bans. Take a look, as but one example, at his statements regarding his desire to ban the .50 caliber rifle: .50 CALIBER LIARS -- Exposing Multiple Untruths from Gun Prohibitionists
 

Secretary Mineta must go
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"LIKE most Americans, I have been concerned about airline security. I have written columns about holes in screening at airports, deficiencies that have resulted in several terminal evacuations and the near-miss of the shoe bomber bound for Miami."

"Now we learn that nine of the 19 suicide bombers of Sept. 11 were stopped at airports, only to be let go."
 

MD: High court says gun maker not liable in death
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In a blow to gun-control 'advocates,' the Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a gun maker cannot be held liable for the accidental death of an East Baltimore toddler, who shot himself with his father's handgun, because the gun was improperly kept under a mattress."

"The ruling rejects the contention by the mother of 3-year-old Jordan Garris that the Ruger semiautomatic pistol should be considered defective because it lacked a lock to make it childproof."

"Instead, judges of the state's highest court noted that the gun worked fine in June 1999 when the boy accidentally killed himself."

KABA NOTE: Here we have yet another case of a parent deflecting responsibility, and a judge putting her in her place. This is, indeed, good news for Liberty.
 

Remington: Shooting Sparks Gun Modification
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Remington Arms Company is offering to modify a bolt lock on some 2.5 million rifles following the accidental shooting death of a 9-year-old boy, the company said Wednesday."

"The modification is being offered to the owners of all the Remington bolt-action rifles manufactured before 1982."

"Remington says the effort was initiated in part as a response to the death of Gus Barber, who was accidentally shot by his mother two years ago as she was unloading her Remington 700 bolt-action rifle."
 

CO: Criminal lineups use drivers' photos
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Ever been in a criminal lineup? Maybe you haven't, but the picture on your driver's license might have, and could be in the future."

"Legislation to restrict law enforcement's use of face-recognition technology shed new light Tuesday on the practice, which surprised many people."

"Law enforcement routinely scans the state's driver's license photographs to find look-alikes for criminal photo lineups."
 

Neighborhood Watch Enlisted in Terror War
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In a striking example of how much has changed since Sept. 11, National Neighborhood Watch, the folksy community program that has helped nab burglars and muggers for 30 years, will be expanded to help detect and deter suspected international terrorists."

"Attorney General John D. Ashcroft unveiled plans yesterday to add nearly $2 million in federal funds to the Neighborhood Watch program with the aim of doubling the number of local groups to 15,000 nationwide."

KABA NOTE: We encourage our members and visitors to check in to the Neighborhood Watch program and either get involved if one already exists or consider starting one. It's a great way to get to know a few more of your neighbors, to share information, to hone strategies for monitoring activities in your neighborhood, to interface with local law enforcement in a constructive manner, and to put any local would-be criminals on notice that they'd best move on down the road.
 

What Part of “No Law” Doesn’t Congress Get?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Suppose representatives of an industry pushed for a law giving them a monopoly on disseminating information about political campaigns and candidates. We would be outraged, right? Our outrage would be based on our belief in two important principles: first, that government should not grant monopolies, and second, that Congress should not violate freedom of speech and of the press."

"It's time for outrage. Because the industry representatives have been pushing for such a law for years. And Congress is about to pass such a law. The industry: newspapers and broadcasters. The law: federal campaign finance 'reform.' "
 

Help End the Clinton Anti-Gun Lawsuits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"According to 'The Weekly' (Peachtree Corners, GA), U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) has brought the issue of a frivolous government lawsuit against the Daisy Manufacturing Company to the attention of President Bush in a letter sent to the White House. Barr called on the Administration "to stop the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from this irresponsible, politically-motivated attack on BB guns."

"I believed then, as I believe now, this is an abuse of the CPSC regulatory jurisdiction, pushing an anti-gun political agenda," Barr wrote.
 

MA: Social Service Agency Administrator charged after loaded handgun stolen by kids
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A criminal charge was issued yesterday against the social service agency administrator whose loaded handgun was stolen by two sixth-graders, who brought the gun to their school. Police also found another gun in the administrator's office, court records showed yesterday."

"A charge of improper storage of a firearm was levied against Adrian L. Ford, chief administrator of Three Pyramids social service center, after a hearing in Fitchburg District Court. Police sought the charge early last month. Clerk Magistrate Anne Marie J. Blacquiere ruled yesterday there was cause to issue the charge."
 

WA: Marysville man's heroism honored for intervening in robbery attempt
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Marysville man was honored by a national hero's fund for rescuing a female convenience store clerk during an attempted robbery in November 2000."

"Herbert Thompson III was one of 22 people receiving the awards today from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, for what Everett police spokesman Boyd Bryant said at the time required "extraordinary courage."

"Thompson foiled an armed robbery attempt at an AM/PM mini-mart at 220 SE Everett Mall Way. He entered the store to find a 23-year-old man pointing a gun at the cashier, Jamie Seltz. The robber demanded money and then fired a gun at Seltz, who was not injured. Thompson tackled the robber and held him until police arrived."
 

MD: High Court says Firearm Not to Blame for Child's Death (NSSF Press Release)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation today is re-emphasizing the need for parental responsibility in firearms ownership following a decision by Maryland's highest court in the case of an improperly secured and unattended firearm involved in the tragic and avoidable accident that left a three year-old boy dead."

In upholding dismissal of the case yesterday, Judge Alan Wilner writes, "There was no malfunction of the gun; regrettably, it worked exactly as it was designed and intended to work and as any ordinary consumer would have expected it to work. The gun is a lawful weapon and was lawfully sold. What caused this tragedy was the carelessness of Jordan's father in leaving the weapon and the magazine in places where the child was able to find them, in contravention not only of common sense but of multiple warnings given to him at the time of purchase."
 

AZ: Federally-funded Gun lock giveaway starts
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The federally funded Project HomeSafe program begins distributing free gun locks in Tucson today to help prevent accidental shooting deaths."

"The program is part of a collaborative effort between the Arizona Secretary of State's Office and law enforcement agencies to prevent needless deaths."

"Everyone talks about gun safety, but the only solution they offer is more laws," said Secretary of State Betsey Bayless in a statement released yesterday.

KABA NOTE: Where in the United States Constitution is the federal government authorized to take money from The People and give it to some people to lock up a constitutionally-protected item? Gun safety is the responsibility of gun owners, not Big Brother.
 

NYC: Police Department May Hire an Expert in the Use of Force
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said yesterday that he was close to naming James J. Fyfe, a nationally recognized expert in the use of force by the police, to direct and possibly revamp the way the Police Department trains its officers."

"Mr. Fyfe, a former New York police lieutenant who retired in 1979, has spent the past two decades in academic posts, researching police practices and policies, particularly the use of deadly force."

NOTE: New York Times' website requires registration to view articles now.
 

Social Security numbers to be used for election 'ID'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An election-reform (not campaign reform) bill in the US Senate has had an amendment added to it by Senator John Kyl which would override the federal Privacy Act, by letting state election administrators use social security numbers for election administration purposes."

"This would let states require a voter's social security number on a petition, if that state also elected (and about 10 do, and more might) to require SS numbers on a voter's registration application."
 

FAA official claims gun memo not draft (Flight 11 shooting follow-up)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Federal Aviation Administration official says a disputed high-level report detailing a shooting aboard American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11 is not a mistaken first draft, as claimed by FAA management."

"The official, a veteran security specialist, says he was at FAA headquarters here when the 'executive summary' of the four hijacked flights was written late that tragic day for FAA Administrator Jane Garvey and other top managers."
 

Soldiers for hire: UK, U.N. moving toward legitimizing mercenaries
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Despite previous opposition to the establishment and use of private armies, the United Kingdom and United Nations are beginning to warm to the idea of using paid mercenaries to carry out security roles around the world."

"Like many former British colonies, Nepal is home to elite mercenaries: the Gurkhas. These soldiers perform important security functions out of the public eye."

"During the 1990s, the United Nations, British government and Clinton administration officially frowned on mercenaries, soldiers serving for pay in foreign armies or at the behest of private firms."
 

Pilots Union Files Petition to Carry Firearms (JTO recap)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting that pilots be allowed to carry firearms to prevent hijackers from entering the cockpit and gaining control of the aircraft, Reuters reported March 3."

"An armed flight crewmember would be the last line of defense," said ALPA President Duane Woerth. ALPA, which is the largest airline-pilots union in the United States.
 

Racist Spike Lee: Kmart’s Bankrupt Messenger
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"The down-and-out discounter’s repeated choice of obnoxious, politically correct spokespeople and their equally irritating political statements corresponds with the store chain’s decline."

"The largest seller of rifles, Kmart finally got rid of Rosie, after noticeable customer backlash over her frequent pro-gun control rants and prominence in the Million—I mean, 85,000—Mom March diatribe."
- Debbie Schlussel
 

FBI apologizes in shooting of man mistaken for robber
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Baltimore's top FBI agent made an unusual public apology yesterday for the shooting Friday of an unarmed Pasadena man whom federal agents had mistakenly identified as a bank robbery suspect. But she refused to discuss the incident in detail, saying that could jeopardize open investigations."

"Let me express our sincere sorrow for this unfortunate accident," said Lynne A. Hunt, special agent in charge of the FBI's local office.

The FBI's [pathetic, evasive] comments came as the agency faced increasing pressure to fully account for the shooting. In Washington, a top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement to The Sun that the incident "raises a lot of questions that the FBI is going to have to answer publicly."
 

Humane Society Urges Congress To Ban Canned Hunts
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal protection organization, is urging the U.S. Congress to quickly approve legislation introduced by Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) and Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) to combat the proliferation of private "canned hunting" operations throughout the United States."

"This legislation and the issue of canned hunting is the subject of an article in this week's Time Magazine."

"The legislation -- known as the Captive Exotic Animal Protection
Act -- would make it illegal to knowingly transfer, transport, or
possess in interstate or foreign commerce a confined exotic mammal for the purposes of allowing the killing or injuring of that animal for entertainment, or for the collection of a trophy."
 

SC: "Concealed Weapons"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two bills pending in the Legislature, S.261 and H.3010, would remedy much of the subjective language in the current concealed weapons permit (CWP) law that could be interpreted in such a manner as to make honest, law-abiding citizens into felons."

"For example: You legally have your pistol and your CWP permit in your locked glove box. The next morning your child walks in the house saying, "Mommy, I just missed the bus. Could you take me to school?" You are in a hurry to get to the office, but your child must also get to school. In a few moments, you pull up in front of the school and drop your child off. You are now a felon; go to jail."

"Unlike the Enron executives who lined up to "Plead the Fifth," don't expect to be able to similarly "Plead the Second" and claim your Second Amendment rights. Unlike the Fifth Amendment (which is universally accepted by politicians everywhere, and for good reason), the Second Amendment is only applicable in those places where our political leaders have granted us permission to have constitutional rights."

"The 4.5 million honest, law-abiding concealed weapons permit holders, nationwide, must be ever vigilant of where the "rapist and terrorist protection zones" are, so we don't inadvertently violate some terrorist's rights and stop them from harming our loved ones."
 

PA: Lock your guns: Safety devices offered free
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"This morning, Lancaster Mayor Charlie Smithgall announced that gun locks will be distributed for free from the city police station on a no-questions-asked, first-come-first-served basis. The locks are available to any county resident."

"Throughout my career, in each of the cities I've been in, there have been tragic incidents usually revolving around a young child or even a teen-ager who got their parent's firearm," city police Chief William Heim said at this morning's press conference.

"The program receives funding from the shooting sports industry and from a U.S. Department of Justice grant."
 

Africa: Busy week ahead for target rifle shooters
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Target rifle shooters have a busy week ahead with two big competitions for the small-bore, skeet and sporting birds competition tomorrow and Sunday."

"At the Kenya Police General Service Unit training school, Embakasi, the Kenya Regiment Rifle Club will a Double English Match. The Limuru Gun Club will also compete for the 'Nderi Cup'."
 

SC: More women taking aim at sporting clays
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"Male-dominated sports such as football and baseball leave little or no room for female participation."

"But others, such as sporting clays, are attracting women and affording them the opportunity to compete on equal ground."

"I just like the personal satisfaction that I can do it," said Sandra Moore of Salters. "And in competition, you're classed equally with the men."

"Moore has been shooting sporting clays for more than two years and regularly travels with her husband to compete in tournaments in the Carolinas and Georgia."
 

FBI investigates far-right group's 'Project 7' plot
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"As its secrets began to spill out here last week, Project 7 sounded suspiciously like a Monty Python sketch."

"A dogcatcher was on its list of 26 local law enforcement officials who needed killing. The chief intelligence gatherer for the furtive far-right militia cell was a cleaning woman, according to Sheriff James R. Dupont of Flathead County, who himself made the hit list of Project 7."

KABA NOTE: What does a suspect's alleged affair with a woman have to do with anything? When a San Francisco liberal rag is running smutty smears about events alleged to have taken place in Montana and quoting ad hominem attacks made by law enforcement officials and when the BATF is attempting to justify gun confiscations, one must wonder: what is this really all about?
 

Finance 'reform' limiting of rights
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"When the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, their objective was to create a better tomorrow for their posterity — us. Two-and-a-quarter- centuries later, we're dickering over a campaign-finance "reform" law whose lasting impact will be to secure the posteriors of political imcumbents in their seats."
 

Americorps Applications Rising, Despite Criticism of Program
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"Americorps, a Clinton administration program criticized by conservatives, apparently received a boost after President Bush's call to service in his January State of the Union address."

"Americorps officials say applications are way up, with its website traffic running about 95 percent above normal. In addition, the group has received more than 10,000 telephone and emails inquiries since Bush's speech."

"Leslie Lenkowsky, who heads the corporation that oversees Americorps, said he's very pleased with the response."

"The president's call to fight evil by doing good has generated a strong response. We're most pleased by the increase in actual applications, not just inquiries," Lenkowsky said. "Our nation needs active citizens, and the president's use of the bully pulpit is working."
 

KS: Legislative Update
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On February 28, SB 116, the NRA-backed 'Reckless Lawsuit Preemption' bill, passed the Senate on a 36-4 vote. It now moves to the House for consideration. Please contact your Representative at (785) 296-0111 and urge him to support SB 116."
 

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