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NJ: Cop shoots 5, himself
Submitted by: BobL

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-- Another case of helpless victims in New Jersey, shot by a man who got his gun at taxpayer expense.
The article ends with a list of major multiple victim shootings this year in the state. Funny, does any state with shall-issue CCW have such a problem?
 

CA: Initiative for a Constitutional Amendment
Submitted by: ProGunCali

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Right to Keep and Bear Arms Initiative Constitutional Amendment

Circulation Deadline: 05/28/02

Signatures Required: 670,816

Proponents: Donald Kilmer Esq., Geoffrey M. Metcalf (408) 998-8489

Description: Amends the California Constitution to add a personal right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, and home.
 

GA: Judge orders Putnam to issue permit for gun club
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A judge this week ruled The Gun Club at Lake Oconee does not violate Putnam County's zoning laws and ordered the county to issue building permits to its owners."

"In the ruling filed Monday, Ocmulgee Superior Court Judge John Lee Parrott said the county violated its zoning ordinance by revoking building permits it had issued. Parrott said the owners of the gun club "have a clear, legal right" to operate the shooting range."
 

NC: Fatal shooting fuels debate on gun rules
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Dillion Wilson died as a result of what investigators believe may have been an accidental shooting March 2. They are still trying to determine how the shooting happened and who's responsible.
Two speakers said the incident proves there's a need for stricter gun laws in the county."

"Ronald Osborne in the past has addressed the board about the need for more gun use restrictions. He said his neighbors use guns for target practice, and he fears for his family's safety."
 

FL: Miami-Dade judge dons badge to experience policing
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A county court judge traded his robe for police gear Tuesday one month after criticizing the Miami police officers involved in the shooting death of an unarmed teen as poorly trained "Keystone Kops."

"Judge Sheldon Schwartz's comments were seen as an affront by the department's training unit, which fired off a letter defending their practices along with an invitation to go through some exercises himself."
 

VA: Parents alert police to weapons kept in makeshift fortress
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"County authorities are investigating why two Prince George teens were stockpiling stolen weapons in a makeshift fortress and who else may have been involved."

"The weapons confiscated included an automatic 12-gauge shotgun, a single-shot shotgun and double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun which had been altered to become a sawed-off shotgun. Several rifles also were recovered, including a .22-caliber rifle, an M-2 carbine and an AR-15 carbine."
 

OH: SAF Hails Ohio Court Ruling
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Wednesday's unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of Ohio First District Court of Appeals that the state's law against carrying concealed handguns is unconstitutional is "a total vindication of our position," said Dave LaCourse, public affairs director for the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), a plaintiff in the case."
 

PA: Gunman Open Fire on FBI Convoy, Armed Citizen Defends
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Two tow trucks with cars confiscated by the FBI and a car filled with agents were were being taken to the agency's headquarters when a minivan cut them off. Two gunmen jumped out of the van, driven by a third assailant. One towtruck operator, who was licensed to carry, pulled out a weapon. A witness told authorities one gunman had blood all over his white T-shirt as the suspects sped away.

No shots were fired by FBI personnel, police said. The truck drivers were not agents.
 

Groups Setting New Sights on Gun Industry 'Protections' (Part 2)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The gun lobby has been successful in convincing legislatures across the country to erect statutory barriers to protect the gun industry from legal action and from the efforts of local governments to enact tough gun-regulation ordinances."

"According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 23 states now provide the gun industry immunity from lawsuits, while 39 have passed pre-emption laws to prohibit municipalities from passing ordinances that are tougher on guns than relevant state laws."
 

CA: Mother of gunman who died in shootout files claim
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The mother of a former police officer who died in a fiery shootout with sheriff's deputies last year has filed a wrongful death claim against the Sheriff's Department."

"Donna Beck alleges the department used excessive force against her son, James Allen Beck, and failed to rescue him as his two-story house burned down. Beck, 35, barricaded himself in his house in the Santa Clarita Valley last August."
 

KY: Charges won't be pursued in groin shooting
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Prosecutors will not refile charges against Jaymie Hutchins, the 40-year-old Covington mother who shot in the groin a man accused of child molestation."

“We decided not to re-present to case to a grand jury since no new evidence has been uncovered,” said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney David Schuler of Louisville. “That is our office's policy.”
 

NV: House approves land bill; Acreage would be site of shooting range
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A cup on Phil Guerrero's desk holds pens, highlighters and a spent machine-gun shell 4 inches tall and an inch in diameter. "It's a reminder of what happened at the campground in Red Rock Canyon," he said."

"The campground was nearly closed in November 1999 by the Bureau of Land Management when the bullet from a .50-caliber shell passed through the hood of a minivan in the parking lot, said Guerrero, a spokesman for the BLM's Las Vegas office."
 

MO: Spring turkey season looks promising
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Turkey specialist Mike Hubbard has only good things to say about the upcoming spring turkey season."

"The youth-only season is April 13-14 and the regular season April 22 through May 12."

“We have good production of birds this year,” said Hubbard, wildlife research biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation in Columbia. “Lots of young birds and mature gobblers. It should be a great season. Green-up vegetation is normal due to ample rainfall."
 

CO: 'Concealed guns bill hamstrings the law'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The National Rifle Association sold Sen. Stan Matsunaka a bill of goods. When the senator finds the time to read House Bill 1410 he could well suffer buyer's remorse. If this extreme bill becomes law, Colorado could pay a high price."
 

NH: Bill banning guns in school zones gets hearing (UPDATE)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun owners urged the Senate yesterday to reject a bill that tightens the law on gun possession in safe school zones.

"House Bill 1187 is intended to give police the power to make arrests when students bring guns to school. Sponsors said federal laws are the only law enforcement tool available, but it can take days for federal marshals to respond to a report."
 

South Africa: Firearms recalled
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Johannesburg - "North West police on Tuesday called on all Vektor CPI pistol owners to return their firearms to the manufacturer for safety precautions. Inspector Lesego Metsi said the recall was due to safety problems experienced on the minority on the Vektor."
 

Australia: Armed robberies on the up
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Despite recent changes in Australian gun laws, crime figures for the years 2000-2001 have shown a large jump in armed robberies in New South Wales, Australia – the rate of robbery with a firearm has risen by 34.1% across the state. These increases were confined to Sydney, the largest being in Inner Sydney, Inner Western Sydney and Central Western Sydney."
 

IL: Slaying victim's mom sues gun shop (Murder weapon stolen from store)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two years after her son was murdered with a gun stolen from a shop in Elgin, former resident Terry Kimble sued the store and its owner Tuesday, claiming the owner neglected to secure the store's stock against burglars."

"Kimble filed the wrongful-death suit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the B&L Rod and Gun Shop and its owner, William Whistle, "failed to take proper security measures," even after the store had been robbed."
 

UT: Felon Argues For Gun [Human] Rights
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Convicted felon Wade L. Willis is waging a legal battle for gun rights that makes even the most strident Second Amendment activist flinch. In a case pending before the Utah Court of Appeals, Willis says the law prohibiting felons from possessing guns violates the Utah Constitution's sweeping guarantee of self-defense rights."

"Much broader than the U.S. Constitution, the state version specifically recognizes an "individual right" to keep and bear arms."
 

Combating Federal Tyranny
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Loyola University (Maryland) professor of economics Thomas DiLorenzo's "The Real Lincoln," a book that presented abundant evidence that most of the Founders took the right of state secession for granted. Despite that evidence, some readers concluded differently. Let's consider an alternative to secession in response to federal government encroachment on our liberties."
 

The Forgotten Amendment
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

"Nowhere in the Constitution is the principle of limited government more focused than in that rarely discussed amendment of the Bill of Rights: Amendment IX. But this "forgotten" amendment is one that makes evident the underlying basis of the highest law of our land."
 

OK: Duncan students seek to save ROTC program
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Six Duncan High School students took the day off Tuesday and traveled to the state Capitol to ask legislators to save their Junior ROTC program."

"... they chose the JROTC program because the board was told to cut unmandated programs first. [Donald] Cox said the federal government is looking into the matter, since the school is supposed to give the U.S. Army a year's notice before canceling the program."
 

UK: British subjects beginning to rethink gun control (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Who would ever have thought that a British paper would extol the virtues of private citizens bearing arms?"

"That is what readers of the London Daily Telegraph must have been asking themselves recently when they read Simon Heffer’s article entitled, “If the state fails us, we must defend ourselves.”

"It turns out, the state has been failing British citizens in a big way."
 

NRA Shines a Spotlight on Hollywood
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"While critics condemn gratuitous violence in Hollywood films, gun rights advocates want to remind Americans that weapons have played an important role in the history of movies."

"The National Rifle Association, in an effort to draw more attention to its museum in Fairfax, Va., is displaying a vast array of guns, knives — and even Obi Wan Kenobi's light saber — from Hollywood films as wide-ranging as Star Wars and The Patriot."
 

TX: Proposal could have local police working with immigration agents
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A proposal to have local police work more closely with immigration authorities is alarming some immigrants and Mexican-Americans who are concerned that it could lead to discrimination against them."

"Proponents say the new approach is crucial to homeland security and would help reduce illegal immigration. But critics say that instead of taking on terrorists, authorities would be targeting immigrants who come to this country to work or study."
 

Are Michael Bellesiles’s Critics Afraid to Say What They Really Think?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Has the time come to ask if Michael Bellesiles's Arming America is an example of scholarly deceit?"

 

TX: Consultant advises police reorganization
Submitted by: serinde
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"A city-commissioned study is recommending a widespread overhaul of the Fort Worth Police Department, including disbanding the department's gang unit and scaling back neighborhood patrols to free more officers for the streets."

"The study ... took more than a year and cost $1.2 million."

"Patrol is the most basic element police provide for citizens - to answer cries for help," [Police Chief Ralph] Mendoza said. "We need to have more officers there."
 

TX: Bad guys win Arlington shootout
Submitted by: serinde
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[Gunfight on] Aug. 2, 1879. When it ended, a lawman and a desperado were dead, and a prisoner was wounded. [shooters' conviction reversed] on three grounds:

First, the arrest warrant was illegal because Tom Alford's name was misspelled on the document.

Second, White was never legally sworn in as a county law officer.

And third, Mace and George Alfords' efforts to "free their brother from an illegal arrest attempt were justified under the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 9."
 

Is Functional Illiteracy a Requirement to be a Government Official?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"If the provisions of the Constitution are no longer binding on the government created by the people, then a new and different government has taken control. The "new" government does not preserve and protect the rights of the people but, instead, has established what is essentially a dictatorship enforced by armed marauders. ... One must conclude that either the people in government cannot read or they ignore what they read for their own self-serving interests."
 

OH: Ban on CCW Declared Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Judge PAINTER, There is no doubt that the Ohio Constitution grants citizens the right to possess, and to bear, arms. That is exactly what it says.

The Ohio Constitution, Section 4, Article I, states, “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security ***.” The framers of the Ohio Constitution did not add this and others in a “bill of rights” as amendments, as in the United States Constitution. We believe they meant what they said.

Also see KABA article: APPEALS COURT RULES UNANIMOUSLY: OHIO BAN ON CCW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
 

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