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Mayor Nagin Continues to Snub the Second Amendment (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Law-abiding citizens of New Orleans who were forced to relinquish their legally owned firearms to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) will have to wait, indefinitely, to regain their property. The City of New Orleans revealed they have not returned any firearms, as Mayor Ray Nagin and the city have yet to set up a return process."

"'Mayor Ray Nagin continues to deny freedom by denying lawful citizens their Second Amendment rights,' stated National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. 'First, he confiscates law-abiding citizens' firearms and lies about it. Then, he fails to comply with court orders. Now he refuses to return the legally owned firearms to their rightful owners by dragging his feet. It’s a disgrace.'" ...
 

Adding a Vertical Fore Grip to a Handgun (ATF)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "ATF has long held that by installing a vertical fore grip on a handgun, the handgun is no longer designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand. Therefore, if individuals install a vertical fore grip on a handgun, they are 'making' a firearm requiring registration with ATF's NFA Branch. Making an unregistered 'AOW' is punishable by a fine and 10 years’ imprisonment. Additionally, possession of an unregistered 'AOW' is also punishable by fine and 10 years’ imprisonment." ...
 

Don’t Impose Foreign Law on Americans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently delivered these remarks at the American Enterprise Institute:"

"I'm talking today about the use of for­eign law in American judicial opin­ions, and most of what I have to say is unfavorable, so I feel I should begin by pointing out that I am not a xenophobe. ..." ...

"If there was any thought absolutely foreign to the founders of our country, it was the notion that we Americans should be governed the way Europeans are. In Number 46 of the Federalist, to take just one example, James Madison speaks contemptuously of the governments of Europe which are 'afraid to trust the people with arms.' Are we now to revise the Second Amendment because of what these other countries think?" ...
 

MD: Let Marylanders Defend Themselves
Submitted by: tomahawk

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"I can get quite worked up while reading the morning newspaper. It happened again Saturday when I got to the Sun’s Maryland section and saw a story headlined, 'Two killings test right of self-defense.' I knew what was coming." ...

"Consider the known facts of these cases and then ask what in the world would make these killings criminal. Foxx shot her estranged husband, Herman Bullock, in her home, from which a court order banned him. ..." ...

"So this brute shows up at a home he is legally forbidden from visiting, she shoots him dead and we’re supposed to take seriously the notion that maybe she could have violated the rules governing self-defense? ..." ...
 

AR: Man Accused Of Murdering His Wife [Who Was 'Protected' By A Restraining Order] Appears in Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Conway man accused of murdering his wife in a restaurant parking lot made his first court appearance Thursday. Stephen McCoy has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Betty McCoy."

"He also faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and violation of a protection order and is held without bond. Prosecuting Attorney H.G. Foster says that McCoy blames his actions on mental illness." ...

"You may remember two days ago McCoy allegedly shot his wife several times while she was at the window of a fast food restaurant."

"Police say they found a restraining order in her car against her husband filed 20 minutes before she was killed."
 

NY: Fines target gun sellers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A new bill would let the city fine dealers and makers who sell illegal guns $100,000 for each violation of a "code of conduct."

Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky said yesterday he would introduce the bill this week.

While Mayor Bloomberg didn't immediately comment on the proposed legislation, Yassky said he's confident that the mayor will support the bill because it's similar to one he signed that would allow New Yorkers to sue illegal gun dealers and manufacturers.

That bill was recently overridden by Congress, however.

So this time Yassky hopes that if you can't sue them - then fine them.
 

FL: Not a safety issue
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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OK, let's see if we have this straight. The National Rifle Association is arguing that carrying a gun makes you less safe when the public can see the record on your concealed-weapons permit.

Who other than Florida lawmakers would be suckers enough to buy that argument?

A bill by state Rep. Sandy Adams would deny all access to these records. This means the public would be prevented even from checking to see if their local government is following the law when it grants these permits. In doing so, it would treat gun owners differently than anyone else seeking licenses to drive a car.

If there is a burning need to protect gun owners' privacy, then lawmakers could exempt parts of the records, like addresses. But leave the names public.
 

NY: Advocates Praise Councilman Yassky for Taking Steps to Reduce Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), New York's leading state gun violence prevention organization, and the New York Chapter of the Million Mom March joined Councilman David Yassky on the steps of City Hall to support his legislation allowing the City to fine any member of the gun industry who violates a code of conduct intended to keep guns out of prohibited hands." ...
 

NH: Packing heat in the Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Legislative Facilities recently passed a rule repealing the provision that only law-enforcement officers can carry weapons, concealed or otherwise, at the State House. The late-March change passed with little notice and no media attention at the time. As of Friday, the public-conduct rules posted at the State House had still not been updated, and the meeting minutes have not yet been released."

"The House still has its own rule that prohibits anyone besides law enforcement from carrying a gun in the House chamber, anterooms, cloakrooms or adjacent spaces. But the Senate does not, meaning licensed concealed weapons are now allowed in Senate-controlled parts of the State House. ..." ...
 

KY: Use of force bill passes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kentuckians could use force to defend themselves against an attack in their home or car under a bill that received final legislative passage Monday."

"The Senate passed Senate Bill 38 by a 36-1 vote, sending it to Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The House had passed the bill earlier."

"The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, specifies that people have no 'duty to retreat' — or attempt to flee — if they believe they are being threatened on their property or in their vehicle."

"'Calling 911 is sometimes -- instead of a rescue project -- it becomes a recovery project if you’re not able to use force,' said Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville." ...
 

FL: Charges Thrown Out Against Officer Accused Of Misusing Stun Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A judge threw out the case against an Orlando police officer accused of misusing a stun gun.

Officer Jonathan Cute was initially ordered to pay $100,000 in damages after a jury found he acted maliciously toward Dontray Chaney during a 2003 traffic stop on Mercy Drive.

But the judge said the officer has immunity under the law because the jury also found the driver had resisted arrest and tried to obscure his license plate.
 

WI: Officer accused in Milwaukee beating takes stand
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of three former police officers on trial for a severe beating of a man outside a party testified Monday he never touched the man and he never saw the other two accused officers beat him."

"Daniel Masarik testified he was either in the house on the phone or walking in and out of the house when Frank Jude Jr. was beaten outside the house party in October 2004."

"Masarik, 26, Andrew Spengler, 26, and Jon Bartlett, 34, are accused of beating Jude on the street outside Spengler's housewarming party ..."

"Jude, 27, testified earlier in the trial that a group of off-duty police officers kicked and punched him. He said someone put a knife to his throat, stuck something in both his ears and ripped his pants." ...
 

Canada: Tactless to destroy historic guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Re: 'Amnesty pulls guns off streets' (April 5)"

"I am thrilled to see that police are making headway in the battle against gun violence, especially since so many of these crimes involve stolen guns."

"At the same time, I find it extremely bizarre that the Hamilton police are taking such a dogmatic approach with respect to some of the historical items."

"After all, even if someone was able to steal an older weapon from a safely locked museum, who would commit a break and enter with a flintlock pistol from 1820, or better yet, a muzzle-loading musket from the 18th century?" ...
 

South Africa: Killer cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Colleagues and families are increasingly the targets of stressed of police members, a psychologist said recently. Christine Jordaan, who has treated more than 900 police members for post-traumatic stress disorder, also warned that this week's incidents, in which two policemen went on killing sprees that resulted in 11 deaths, could spark a 'suicide epidemic'." ...

"Recently, Kagiso Superintendent Chippa Mateane went on a shooting spree, killing eight people, including four colleagues, his girlfriend and a toddler. ..."

"Less than 48 hours later, another policeman shot dead his girlfriend -- also a police member -- before turning the gun on himself at his home in Johannesburg." ...
 

Canada: Regina police sued after 911 call fails to prevent murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Relatives of a murdered woman in Regina are suing the city's police force, saying officers took too long to respond to a 911 call from a neighbour who heard her screaming."

"Derek Kinna said he wonders if his mother, Janice Louise Kinna, could have survived the stabbing injuries inflicted by her boyfriend two years ago if police hadn't taken more than half an hour to show up." ...

"Kenneth Eldon Ireland later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years." ...

"At the time of her death, Kinna had a restraining order against Ireland that required him to stay away from her. He had previously been charged with assaulting her." ...
 

India: SC Allows Appeal Against HC Order Against Police Constable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal of the Delhi Police Commissioner against a Delhi High Court order setting aside the dismissal of a police constable found guilty of stealing weapons from the police armoury."

"A bench, comprising Mr Justice S B Sinha and Mr Justice P P Naolekar, on April 5 upheld an order of the police department dismissing respondent Narender Singh and set aside both the orders of the High Court and the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)."

"Singh, who was posted as sentry at Vijay Ghat in the capital, was accused of stealing two revolvers and a pistol and arrested on September five, 1997. He had earlier also been arrested in 1995 ... (causing grievous injury and common intention)." ...
 

UK: Soldier jailed over rifle theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A soldier from Birmingham who served in Iraq has been jailed for seven years and four months by a court martial for handling a stolen assault rifle."

"L/Cpl James Piotrowski pleaded guilty to possessing and handling the SA80 after another soldier stole it from Wellington barracks in London in 2004."

"He also admitted at the hearing in Colchester, Essex, to one charge of head-butting a military police officer."

"Piotrowski's family claimed he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder."

"The panel described him as a dangerous offender saying they would have given him an indeterminate sentence to protect the public if they had the power." ...
 

OH: Women hone skills with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When she was a young girl growing up with three sisters and one brother in the country, Beverly Stacy clearly remembers her father taking her brother shooting."

"But, he never took her, or her sisters."

"'That’s the generation I grew up in,' Stacy said. 'Things certainly have turned around.'"

"It may not be an Annie Oakley or wild wild west world, but women today are hoisting gun barrels and shooting targets and game in increasingly large numbers and with the best of men."

"In fact, the new president of the National Rifle Association is a woman."

"'We now have top-notch shooters, who are women,' Beverly Stacy said with pride." ...
 

OH: Teachers shatter stereotypes about women and guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cathy Ash, 41, of Barlow, is a shooter and proud of it."

"For more and more American women like Ash, knowing how to handle and properly use a firearm offers empowerment, self-confidence, security, and fun."

"'I love it all, just so long as it goes bang,' Ash said of her guns."

"Women and guns — it's a growing trend not likely to slow anytime soon."

"'Actually, it's very empowering to know how to handle a firearm safely,' Ash said. 'Your confidence level soars and it's loads of fun.'"

"Ash is among a growing number of women who see themselves as marksmen and firearm owners, and enjoy the whole sport genre surrounding guns." ...
 

KS: Women practice gun skills, safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brieanna Hartrum brought her .40 caliber Glock handgun, and Donna Baer, volunteer firefighter with the Riley County Fire Department, brought a Colt .45 automatic pistol."

"Both attended Women On Target at Fancy Creek Range in Tuttle Creek State Park on Saturday and came prepared to practice shooting and make new friends."

"'We're both interested in improving our skills with handguns,' Hartrum said."

"The pair also were looking forward to playing with the rifles and shotguns, Hartrum said." ...
 

CA: Glitch in assault weapon law triggers rush to beat ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun components that can be used to build assault weapons have flooded into California under a loophole in state law. The glitch has delighted some gun owners, who hope to register the weapons before any state legislation is passed barring their possession."

"Frames of more than 30,000 AR- and AK-series guns have entered California, according to estimates from some gun advocates, and can be purchased from many weapons dealers in the state and online." ...
 

WI: Conservation Congress Votes on Rifles vs. Shotguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Department of Natural Resources holds its annual conservation congress meetings Monday night in every county in the state."

"Thousands of hunters and anglers will be asked to answer 74 questions about proposed fishing and hunting rule changes. There will also be an opportunity for citizens to introduce their own proposals."

"The answers will be sent to the Natural Resources Board for consideration. Some of the major issues this year include the practice of deer baiting and next season's earn-a-buck regulations."

"Some of the biggest changes looming may be in Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties, where residents will be asked whether they support allowing the use of rifles during gun-deer season." ...
 

NV: Groover applies for NRA summit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Churchill County High School sophomore Shane Groover has submitted his application to attend the National Rifle Association's 2006 Youth Education Summit."

"Shane is the son of CPO and Mrs. Brent Groover, U.S. Navy, of Fallon."

"Only 40 students from across the United States will be selected to spend the week of June 19 with NRA staff in Washington D.C. learning about the NRA, U. S. Congress, the federal government and the military."

"The selection process is highly competitive and includes an application, transcripts, an essay and recommendations."

"Attendees in past years have had the chance to visit a variety of landmarks in the region." ...
 

VT: Safety first -- RRMC hosts fair to promote health and well-being
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If the old saying is true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the Rutland Regional Fieldhouse on Saturday was the place to be for tons of healing."

"The Rutland Regional Medical Center hosted a community health fair Saturday, drawing about 2,500 people to the fieldhouse next to the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town." ...

"Rutland City Police Officer Timothy Tuttle distributed more than 200 gun locks to people at the fair."

"The locks look like bicycle locks and they fit handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The locks have been donated to the police department through Project ChildSafe, a national organization with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Shooting Sports Foundation." ...
 

TX: New ordinance prohibits discharge of certain guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Firing a pellet or paintball gun within the city limits of Hutto is now illegal. The city council passed the ordinance last month giving the police department the power to charge anyone breaking the new law."

"Hutto's new Police Chief Harold Thomas says it's all about safety."

"'Before we'd get complains about paintball guns, BB guns and all we could do was try to talk them into not doing it here and try to steer them away because people were afraid they were going to get their windows broke or someone injured,' Thomas said."

"The rule also gives police the right to charge a parent with a misdemeanor and a $500 fine if their child shoots a weapon illegally." ...
 

UK: Three Strikes and You're ... in Like Flint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "London and British crime rates have been increasing for years. Recently total crime rates for London have been estimated at about seven times those of New York for a slightly smaller population and some authorities suggest these figures have been minimized. England and Wales are now accounted by some estimates as the most dangerous places for crime in the developed world." ...

"In 2002 a study found that 11 million crimes had been left out of British government figures, including hundreds of thousands of serious crimes involving woundings, robberies, assaults and even murders as well as thefts. Dr. David Green of the Civitas research institute said: '... the Home Office itself thinks that there were far more than the 13 million crimes discovered by the [official] British Crime Survey, perhaps four times as many.' ..." ...
 

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