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Defending the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Like a courtroom version of 'High Noon,' legal guns are squaring off this year in a confrontation over the Second Amendment."

"And whoever wins, the battle will touch off a longtime culture war that rivals Roe v. Wade, said National Rifle Association (NRA) President Sandra Froman in an April 5 visit to Harvard." ...

"The debate over firearms, and how to interpret the 27 words of the Second Amendment, carries the same power to divide, according to Froman, a 1974 graduate of Harvard Law School (HLS). Her evening lecture in Langdell Hall, 'The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: What’s the State of Second Amendment Law?' was sponsored by the Harvard Law School Forum." ...
 

Complete Opposites: H.R. 1096 and H.R. 1022 (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"The first quarter of 2007 has come to an end, and we saw two important gun bills introduced at the federal level. They both would have a profound effect on our Second Amendment rights. One bill is all about freedom and the other is all about control. Since both of these bills are important, all Second Amendment activists must be fully informed about H.R. 1096 and H.R.1022."
 

The Firearms Column
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The first quarter of this year saw no slowdown in the collectible firearms trade. Year after year the desire to own classic arms, and the prices people are willing to pay, have continued their upward curve. The major firearms auction houses consistently attract plenty of bidders, many paying whatever it takes to add a gem or two to their collections."

"Here's a sampling of some of the auction action this year. All prices include the buyer’s premium." ...
 

Mayors' Anti-Gun Crusade Continues
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Mike Bloomberg is in Cincinnati today where within the next hour he will join Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory in unveiling a new Web ad for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the coalition started last year by Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino." ...
 

Mitt Romney: He's In Town, But Will He Attend NRA Convention?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mitt Romney is in St. Louis today hunting for campaign cash, but Show Me State voters are wondering whether he plans to show his face at the National Rifle Association's 136th Annual Meetings & Exhibits while he's in town."

"Last week, Romney tried to smooth talk gun owners into ignoring his record by telling a New Hampshire audience that he has 'been a hunter pretty much all my life,' even though he has never held a hunting license and his own staff acknowledged that he 'had been on only two hunting trips.' ... Rather than explain why he tried to mislead the voters, Romney continues to joke about the situation ..." ...
 

NRA convention in St. Louis billed as freedom celebration
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The national N-R-A convention opens in Saint Louis today. It's being billed as a ... quote ... 'celebration of American freedom' and the right to keep and bear arms."

"The National Rifle Association's C-E-O Wayne LaPierre says the Second Amendment is in the best shape it's been in decades."

"The 136-year-old organization, based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a dogged defender of an individual's right to own firearms. It has four (m) million members."

"An estimated 60-thousand are expected to attend the conference through Sunday."

"It will feature more than 400 exhibits from gun manufacturers and shooting clubs and workshops on firearms laws, self-defense, hunting in Africa and 'methods of concealed-carry.'" ...
 

A force with heavy firepower
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Greg Jeffery is an engineer, a married suburban father of two and a crack shot with a pistol."

"He's also a strong supporter of the National Rifle Association, an NRA-certified shooting instructor and lobbyist for the Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance, a gun-rights group."

"He welcomes the gathering of thousands of like-minded Americans at the national NRA convention, which opens today at America's Center in downtown St. Louis."

"'Too many people get their images of gun owners from Hollywood,' said Jeffery, a lifetime NRA member ... 'They think Bruce Willis in 'Die Hard,' life as action thriller. The truth isn't even close. … We are about hunting, recreation and self-defense for law-abiding citizens.'" ...
 

NRA: The largest civil-rights group ever
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am the president of the largest civil-liberties organization this nation has ever seen. No, it's not the ACLU. It's not the NAACP. It's the NRA."

"With our 136-year history and almost 4 million members, the National Rifle Association of America is the oldest and largest civil-rights organization in the history of the United States. We're dedicated to the protection and advancement of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution, with a special focus on protecting the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

WV: Woman shoots dog she claims attacked her
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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A woman in a trailer park shot a dog that she claimed was attacking her while she got out of her car Wednesday night.

The woman, who lives out on Howells Mill Road, reported to Cabell County Sheriff’s that two German shepherd dogs approached her near her vehicle and became very aggressive.

Officers said the woman apparently shot one of the dogs with a .38 revolver, leaving it wounded and causing the other one to run off at the time of the report.

No arrests were made and the owners of the dogs were not present at the time.

The woman and neighborhood witnesses told officers that the landlord has warned the owners about leaving their dogs without a leash. Officers notified Animal Control about the two dogs.
 

OK: Man Uses Concealed Weapon To Stop Robbery
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A citizen shoots a robber during a grocery store heist. It happened more than a year ago in the Homeland store at 91st and Memorial. The man has never shared his story until now, and he spoke only to News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright. She reports it was a tough decision for him to make."

"It was split second and life or death. The man and his wife had been to the movies and stopped at the grocery store on the way home. ..."

"Even though he spent 21 years in the military, and believes he made the right decision, it's hard for him to talk about." ...
 

PA: Too much gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is not known for restraint when they see a piece of legislation as an attack on gun owners or the right to own firearms."

"That tendency often leaves them to go overboard where such a threat is perceived but does not actually exist."

"Then along comes an example of lawmakers' mischief such as Pennsylvania House Bill 760 -- containing enough silly restrictions as to make even a middling gun control supporter give a salute to the Second Amendment."

"H.B. 760 is more than overreaching legislative tyranny. It's stupid and insulting."

"In essence, it would require gun owners statewide to reregister -- annually -- every firearm they possess ..." ...
 

PA: An impossible gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There may be no better example of the divide between city and country than a bill in the state Legislature that would put huge restrictions on gun owners in Pennsylvania. House Bill 760 would require annual registration of every gun ..."

"Sure enough, the principal sponsor of the bill, Rep. Angel Cruz, is from Philadelphia, as are the three remaining co-sponsors. ..."

"The viewpoint from the inner city is that gun violence is rampant and strong measures are needed to control the number of firearms on the street. In more rural areas ... the measure will be seen as a blatant assault on Second Amendment rights and an attempt to penalize and harass law-abiding citizens who use their guns for hunting and target shooting as well as self-protection." ...
 

PA: Stop H.B. 760
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While sportsmen are distracted by the endless debates on the management of Pennsylvania's deer herd, legislators are working quietly behind the scenes to make sure you have no firearms to use in hunting or protecting your home, or to possess a firearm for any reason."

"The General Assembly of Pennsylvania has introduced House Bill 760, known as the Firearm Registration Act. It was referred to the Judiciary Committee on March 19, 2007." ...

"It's time we wake up to the reality that liberal legislators are out to destroy each of our constitutional rights one by one."

"I hope all who read H.B. 760 are as outraged as I am with the blatant disregard for our rights under the Second Amendment." ...
 

OH: Mayors of Cincinnati, suburbs join push against illegal gun sales
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The mayor of Cincinnati, which set a record for homicides last year, joined a national coalition of city leaders on Thursday seeking to curb illegal gun sales."

"Mayor Mark Mallory was joined by several suburban mayors for a ceremonial signing with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns." ...

"'Keeping illegal guns off our streets has absolutely nothing to do with the Second Amendment or the rights of lawful gun owners,' Bloomberg said. 'It's about enforcing the law and cracking down on criminals.'"

"Bloomberg used Thursday's ceremony to announce a national television and Internet campaign opposing the so-called Tiahrt Amendment ..." ...
 

CT: Bill Aims At Illegal Gun Sales
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A bill aimed at cracking down on the illegal sale of guns in Connecticut while respecting the rights of legitimate gun owners passed a key legislative committee Wednesday."

"The General Assembly's judiciary committee approved a compromise gun-trafficking bill 36-3 and forwarded the legislation to the Senate for a vote. A similar measure passed the Senate last year but died in the House after aggressive lobbying by the National Rifle Association." ...
 

MA: Officials, others hail new gun bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Law enforcement officials and community leaders yesterday hailed a new proposal to stem the flow of guns to the city's streets."

"Legislation filed by state Senator Jarrett Barrios seeks to make it more difficult for gun traffickers to avoid detection by creating a central database tracking guns bought and sold on the secondary market. It will also make it illegal to not report a lost or stolen gun, allow judges to consider illegal gun possession when setting bail, and ban the bulk purchase of firearms."

"Barrios and other legislators will release a report on illegal gun trafficking at the State House today, alongside police officials, prosecutors, and community leaders who advocate passage of the legislation." ...
 

Court of Appeals of New Mexico, "an ordinance may not deny the people the constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms", May 14, 1971
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"..."The people have the right to bear arms for their security and defense, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons."

"It is a generally accepted principle that a municipal ordinance which denies rights protected by constitutional guaranty is void to the extent, at least, that it purports to deny such rights...."

"...It is our opinion that an ordinance may not deny the people the constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms, and to that extent the ordinance under consideration is void..."
 

Supreme Court of Idaho, IN RE BRICKEY, "but may not prohibit it", Nov. 15, 1902
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...in a criminal action wherein petitioner was convicted upon the charge of carrying a deadly weapon, to wit, a loaded revolver . . . of which he has been convicted, and is now restrained of his liberty..."

"...Under these constitutional provisions, the legislature has no power to prohibit a citizen from bearing arms in any portion of the state of Idaho, whether within or without the corporate limits of cities, towns, and villages. The legislature may, as expressly provided in our state constitution, regulate the exercise of this right, but may not prohibit it..."

"...We are compelled to hold this statute void..."
 

People v. Zerillo, "the right of every person to bear arms for the defense of himself", Oct. 2, 1922
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...Firearms serve the people of this country a useful purpose wholly aside from hunting . . . and to every person the right to bear arms for the defense of himself and the state, while the legislature has power . . . that body has no power to constitute it a crime for a person, alien or citizen, to possess a revolver for the legitimate defense of himself and his property. The provision in the Constitution granting the right to all persons to bear arms is a limitation upon the power of the Legislature to enact any law to the contrary...."

"...Must he request the burglar to come unarmed because he has been unarmed by the law? ..."
 

CA: Slow on the Draw -- Santa Barbara County's De Facto Concealed-Carry Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You might not like what Sheriff Bill Brown of Santa Barbara County has to say, but he is honest and direct about it. Which makes you wonder why the NRA gave an 'A' rating to a man who makes it clear he’s proud that he has given out only three concealed-carry permits in his many years of service. I met with Sheriff Brown on March 9 to appeal the denial of my application to renew the active gun permit I've had for more than 10 years. I am licensed to carry a concealed, loaded weapon in 32 other states."

"Sheriff Brown was diplomatic enough to hear me out. However, he both denied my renewal and very clearly and unambiguously laid out a policy for a de facto concealed-carry ban in Santa Barbara County ..." ...
 

OH: Sheriff sues state over gun permits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"County Sheriff Phil Stammitti sued Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann on Wednesday, asking a county judge to declare unconstitutional a 2004 state law that requires Stammitti to provide the names of those who apply for concealed carry permits to journalists."

"The lawsuit also asks the court to determine whether Ohioans for Concealed Carry President Jeff Garvas, who also is named in the suit, is a journalist."

"Stammitti wants county Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi, who was assigned the case, to decide whether he should be allowed to disclose the names and other information of permit holders to anyone, including journalists." ...
 

MI: Local Shootings Raise Concerns Over Gun Safety
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"A 15 year old shot Tuesday in Jackson County is home now. Police say the victim and his 15-year-old friend found a gun inside of a home in Munith. Police believe while the teens were playing with the gun, it went off, hitting the injured boy in the shoulder. He's expected to make a full recovery, but that incident is the second one locally in a week where teenage boys have fired a gun, resulting in injury or death. It also has some calling for gun owners to be more careful." ...

"Carolynne Jarvis, Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence: 'How many times do we have to go through this? The consequences of guns are so deadly. It's important to keep them out of the reach of kids.'"
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KABA Note: No, Carolynne, it's important to teach kids that guns aren't toys.
 

CO: Armed, law-abiding citizens drive out violent predators (4th letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I want to thank The Gazette for its excellent Our View regarding the assault on the Second Amendment by Sen. John Morse, as evidenced by his efforts to disarm Colorado citizens ('Triggering trouble?' April 8). Morse is wrong when he attempts to disarm law-abiding citizens of Colorado."

"As a law enforcement officer, Morse should appreciate the difference between being unarmed and at the mercy of a violent criminal vs. being armed and able to defend your life if necessary."

"Having a firearm for self-defense is like insurance. You don't need it until you need it. ..." ...
 

MS: Enforce gun laws already on books
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Columnist Cynthia Tucker is being worse than disengenious when she claims that there is a gun lobby "insist(ing) that there should be no laws regulating gun use" ("Nation's love affair with guns 'deadly,' " April 10 column).

She is also well aware that the leading lobbying organization, the National Rifle Association, has never advocated anything approaching "a howitzer in every home."

What supporters of Second Amendment rights universally call for is that the 271 federal gun laws already on the books be vigorously enforced.

Noel Funchess

Cleveland
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Submitter's Note: This "supporter of Second Amendment rights" calls for all those unConstitutional laws to be stricken from the books.
 

VA: Man sues county over FOIA request
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Front Royal man has filed a lawsuit against Prince William County for the county's alleged failure to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request."

"Dennis Fusaro, a former Manassas resident, filed a civil suit in Prince William Circuit Court on April 6 stating that the county violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to provide him with information regarding the county's concealed handgun permit policy and practices."

"Fusaro e-mailed a FOIA request to Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Dean on Dec. 15, 2006, asking for orders, memos, letters and e-mails from Circuit Court judges or clerks in relation to carrying out concealed carry permit applications, according to court documents." ...
 

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