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Gun Owners of the World – Unite! (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The flap over Jim Zumbo's comments about so-called assault weapons brought the rift among gun owners into the public spotlight. ... his comments show that some gun owners, and advocacy groups, are content to fight their own battle against gun confiscation unaware of the danger that poses for the movement as a whole."

"Instead of only being concerned with protecting shotguns, pistols or target rifles from future legislative bans all gun owners should work for everyone’s individual right to bear arms. While specific advocacy groups have their place under the pro-gun umbrella each should fight, at all costs, legislation that bans any gun regardless of is use. Despite claims to the contrary... anti-gunners want to confiscate all guns ..." ...
 

RE: NRA: The largest civil-rights group ever
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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... "... 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."

"I would have to heartily disagree with those statements. The first reason being, is that it is a gross error of the facts. The American Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Is a PRE-EXISTENT NATURAL RIGHT...."

"...The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible..."

"Civil rights are distinguished from "human rights" or "natural rights". Civil rights are rights that are bestowed by nations on those within their territorial boundaries..."
 

Americana: The Firing Line
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com/

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Online broadcast network VBS.TV visits a gun shop.
 

N.R.A. Forced To Support Parker V. D.C. – Case Which May Validate Handgun Regulation And Assault Weapon Bans In California And Other States
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Restrictions on the private ownership, conveyance or use of firearms by any government – federal, state or local – is an Unconstitutional violation of the 2nd amendment which establishes an absolute barrier to efforts to legislate away the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms'."

"This extremist view of the Second Amendment is central to the philosophy of the National Rifle Association. The NRA, funded in large part by the manufacturers of firearms and ammunition, lobbies fiercely against any legislation regulating firearms as violative of their interpretation of this Constitutional principle." ...
 

Firearms Industry Responds to Mayor Bloomberg's Latest Anti-Gun Efforts
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Sadly but not surprisingly, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has once again distorted the facts surrounding an important piece of legislation designed to protect law enforcement. The Tiahrt Amendment, while restricting access of firearms tracing data to the general public, does not, as Mayor Bloomberg contends, restrict law enforcement from either accessing or sharing the sensitive information." ...
 

Mike takes a $hot at gun pols
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is - using his own funds for an ad campaign against a measure that could make it tougher for cops to trace illegal weapons."

He traveled to the key 2008 battleground state of Ohio yesterday to announce his latest attack on the National Rifle Association."

"'If Congress won't lead, then mayors will,' Bloomberg declared at a press conference with 14 mayors from Ohio and Kentucky at the police academy here." ...
 

Mike funds gun showdown
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg is footing the bill for another major campaign, but this one won't put him in office."

"The mayor unveiled plans yesterday to pay for a national ad campaign against proposed federal legislation that he says would keep cops from tracing illegal guns."

"'We are trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,' an impassioned Bloomberg said at the Cincinnati Police Academy."

"'They are killing our children and they're killing our police officers, and it's just got to stop.'" ...
 

Edwards pushing the 'liberal creed'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I am incredulous after reading the comment in the national media by Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, that she is scared of her neighbor across the street from her new $4.3 million home because he is a Republican, has put up a Rudy Giuliani yard sign and, even worse, owns a gun.

That pesky Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been getting in the way of liberals for a number of years.

With any luck, if her husband is elected, she can persuade him to do away with personal liberties once and for all so that these onerous pestilent violations of the liberal creed can never harm Americans again.

Bob Pollard

Madison
 

Bloomberg Bolsters Gun Drive in Ohio and Kentucky
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Broadening his national effort to reduce the use of illegal guns, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York announced the addition of 14 mayors from Ohio and Kentucky to his coalition on Thursday and unveiled a campaign to pressure Congress to allow cities to share information about the source of guns used in crimes." ...

"'I am tired of my people having to face illegal guns,' said Scott M. Knight, who appears in the advertisement and is police chief in Chaska, Minn., a city of 24,000 just south of Minneapolis. 'I am just tired of roadblocks, barriers, legislation being put up that gets in our way of doing our job.'" ...
 

D.C. Million Moms to March in Defense of District Residents' Right to Determine Their Own Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Members of the District of Columbia Chapter of the Million Mom March (MMM-DC) will stand with other D.C. residents and community activists to defend DC residents' right to determine their own gun laws during the D.C. Voting Rights March on Monday, April 16, 2007."

"The chapter will march in opposition to the March 9 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the case of Parker v. District of Columbia. In a controversial split decision, the court declared the District's longstanding and popular handgun ban unconstitutional. ..." ...
 

MI: Alleged Mich. Shooter Was Denied Permit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Despite being denied a permit by police to buy a handgun last month, Anthony LaCalamita III had no trouble buying a shotgun a few weeks later."

"Police say the accountant bought the 12-gauge shotgun Friday -- the day after he was fired -- and used it Monday to shoot three people at his former office in a Detroit suburb, killing a secretary and wounding two executives."

"LaCalamita, 38, was able to buy the shotgun because Michigan, like all but four states, doesn't require a permit to buy a shotgun or rifle. The state is one of only 12 states that require background checks for handgun buyers, but those buying shotguns or rifles need only pass an FBI criminal background check."

"The discrepency is a legal loophole that needs to be closed, say gun control advocates like Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence." ...
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KABA Note: The UK's incredibly strict checks did not keep Thomas Hamilton from murdering 16 children at Dunblane, nor can any checks predict the actions of deranged individuals. But perhaps by "loophole" Mr. Helmke means "the ability to purchase a firearm".
 

WY: Shooting victim tried defending himself, police say
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before he was killed, Mark Fisher managed to fire one shot at the man who had just blasted into his Casper home, a detective testified Thursday." ...

"... police received a 911 call from Fisher's home. Noises that sounded like gunshots could be heard before the phone disconnected, Davison said."

"Arriving officers saw two large gunshot holes in the front door to Fisher's home -- a shop building that he also lived in. Fisher's body was found about 25 to 30 feet from the front entry, Davison said."

"Police believe Fisher was shot first in the chest, damaging his lungs and heart, and then in the face while he was lying down. Both shots would cause fatal injuries, Davison said." ...
 

FL: Man shot; no charges filed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A man was rushed to the hospital in serious condition after he was shot by a 19-year-old, officials said Thursday.

The victim, 27-year-old Larryjoe Dillavou, was taken to Halifax Medical Center Wednesday night in serious condition after he was shot in the upper thigh, said Edgewater police spokeswoman Lisa Saunders.

Officers arrived at 19-year-old Henry Pressman's house on Travelers Palm Drive around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saunders said.

No charges have been filed so far, Saunders said, as investigators think Pressman possibly shot Dillavou in self-defense.

The shooting remains under investigation.
 

AL: Brother says shots fired in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man said Wednesday his only intention in shooting his half-brother's car was to end a rampage that had already injured two." ...

"That's when Campbell says his half-brother ran Bell over, injuring his legs, arm and back. Campbell said he stepped inside and grabbed his semi-automatic rifle."

"Jared Campbell struck two vehicles and sent other people in the yard, including Brent Campbell's wife, running for cover, Campbell said." ...

"'When the nose of his car, his front bumper went up under my porch, I aimed straight down at the engine compartment of that car and pulled from one side of the motor to the other. I figured 11 rounds would hit something to shut that car down, but it didn't.'" ...
 

UT: Charges follow fatal shooting of burglar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A March burglary in Hurricane that left a perpetrator dead has resulted in criminal charges against one woman and could lead to charges against other suspects."

"Lucinda Ann Corral, 30, is charged in St. George with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault in connection with a home invasion on March 24 in which Aaron Barbosa was shot to death by a resident of the home."

"Police say Barbosa entered the home and began hitting the occupant, 22-year-old Danny Dutton, with a metal pipe."

"Dutton retrieved a handgun and shot Barbosa to death, according to a court affidavit filed by police." ...
 

SC: 2 guns at schools in 2 weeks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police charged an 18-year-old senior at North Myrtle Beach High School Thursday morning with having a gun at school."

"The gun was not loaded and the student did not have any ammunition, said Teal Britton, spokeswoman for Horry County Schools."

"A school resource officer found a gun in the schoolbag of Rick Randolph Timmons of Little River around 1 p.m. after receiving a tip from two students, officials said."

"It was the second time in as many weeks an Horry County student was found with a gun at school."

"Two weeks ago, Myrtle Beach High senior Damien Singleton accidentally shot himself in the leg with a gun that authorities said he had in his schoolbag." ...
 

CT: Gun spurs lockdown at school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A city school was thrown into lockdown Wednesday after an armed teen fleeing police in Newhallville ran into the school and allegedly stashed a loaded gun in an empty classroom, police said."

"The 17-year-old then ran out the back door of Lincoln-Bassett School ... and was arrested by police ..."
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During a subsequent search of the building, police found a Hi-Point .45-caliber pistol inside a storage bin in a Head Start classroom, police said."

"The incident unfolded about 4:45 p.m., after school dismissal. There were, however, anywhere from 20 to 75 children inside as part of after-school programs, according to different accounts." ...
 

NV: School gun arrest renews metal detector debate in Las Vegas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The arrest of a high school student for bringing a loaded handgun to class has renewed debate about installing metal detectors at entrances to southern Nevada schools."

"The 17-year-old girl was removed from class Thursday by campus police and school officials acting on a tip from a student, and the unregistered .45-caliber weapon was confiscated after it was found her book bag ..."

"The girl was charged possession of a deadly weapon on school property, Young said."

"Canyon Springs Principal Ronan Matthew said the incident - the 38th gun confiscated this school year by Clark County School District police - underscored his call for metal detectors at the school entrance." [emphasis added] ...
 

DNC: Romney Heads to South Carolina After Skipping First NRA Conference
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Smooth talking Mitt Romney heads to South Carolina today, one day after skipping his first National Rifle Association Annual Meeting since purchasing a 'lifetime' NRA membership in August. While Romney has told audiences that he is 'after the NRA's endorsement,' he dodged the NRA convention in St. Louis despite being in the same town at the same time for a fundraiser."

"Romney's decision to duck the NRA meeting raises important questions. Was Romney afraid to be
ridiculed by real NRA members over his claim to have been a hunter 'pretty much all my life,' despite having never been issued a hunting license ... Or was Romney simply trying to avoid explaining his real record on gun control issues?" ...
 

Bolton, Oliver North among speakers at NRA conference
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The national NRA convention, which opened here yesterday, has been billed as a 'celebration of American freedom' and the right to keep and bear arms."

"'The Second Amendment is in the best shape it's been in decades, and that's good for America and the NRA,' Wayne LaPierre, its chief executive, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday."

"The 136-year-old National Rifle Association, based in Fairfax, Va., is one of the nation’s most high-profile organizations, billing itself as a dogged defender of an individual's right to own firearms. It has the devotion of its 4 million members and the derision of its opponents." ...
 

PA: Firearm registration bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There could be big changes coming for Pennsylvania gun owners. Some gun owners say House Bill 760, or the Firearm Registration Act is an assault on their Constitutional right to bear arms." ...

"Matt Behler's questions for the man behind the plan?"

"'What is the real reason for it? ...'"

"Democratic Representative Angel Cruz from Philadelphia is that man." ...

"'What's happening now is there are too many guns that are out on the streets and we don't know how they got there and we're trying to find out if people are buying the guns and selling them on the street without registering them... And they're winding up in the wrong hands. That's what the intention of the bill is.'" ...
 

PA: Official says gun bill doomed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposed law that in part would require gun owners to pay a $10 annual gun registration fee for all firearms except antiques and those used by police has generated controversy. But state Rep. Jeffrey P. Pyle, R-Ford City, says the bill is just plain dead."

"Pyle said the bill, introduced March 19 by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadephia County, originally had eight co-sponsors, but within days of its introduction, five withdrew their support." ...

"Pyle said that in his opinion. the bill violates the state Constitution."

"'The Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 21, is worded even stronger than the Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution,' he said. ..." ...
 

NJ: Back Adler's .50 caliber ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"High-powered military-grade weapons shouldn't be available in New Jersey gun shops."

"They've been called 'Godzilla guns,' massive rifles used by armies around the world that can easily blast through the protective body armor police officers wear."

"They're .50 caliber weapons, primarily a heavy-duty assault rifle invented two decades ago that's become a favorite of militaries around the world and has been purchased by terror groups such as al-Qaida and the Irish Republican Army."

"State Sen. John Adler, D-Cherry Hill, has proposed legislation -- Senate bill 1498 -- to ban the sale of .50 caliber weapons in New Jersey and we urge other lawmakers to support his proposal." ...
 

State v. Foutch, "he may exercise his right of self-defense, and is under no obligation to retreat or escape from his own premises' to avoid trouble", Feb. 20, 1896
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...It is self-defense for one to shoot, at his own house, with a pistol obtained for defensive purposes, a drunken blackguard, advancing upon him with a drawn open knife, who had intruded, an unbidden guest..."

"...he may exercise his right of self-defense, and is under no obligation to retreat or escape from his own premises' to avoid trouble..."

"...He has a right also to protect his own house and family, and to preserve peace and good order in his own house, and he has the right to eject therefrom those who are drunken, disorderly, and dangerous, and to use such force as is necessary for that purpose..."
 

Ortiz v. Commonwealth, "Because the ownership of firearms is constitutionally protected", July 18, 1996
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...Commonwealth Court's rationale was that Article 9, Section 2 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania provides that although municipalities have the right to adopt home rule charters, their authority is limited by the Constitution..."

"...On June 17, 1993, the Mayor of Philadelphia signed and approved Bill No. 508, submitted by the city council, which banned certain types of assault weapons in Philadelphia County..."

"...Article 1, Section 21 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania provides:

"The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned."

"Because the ownership of firearms is constitutionally protected..."
 

WI: Woman, 79, confronts police officer with pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Green Lake County Sheriff's deputies are working with Human Services to determine what precipitated a gun incident involving an elderly woman in a residence ..."

"Police have released very few details of the incident but said no one was hurt." ...

"The sheriff's office received a request around 8 p.m. to check on the well being of a 79-year-old woman ... officers were unable to make contact with the woman. A deputy let himself into the home using a key supplied by someone from a professional services agency, Putzke said."

"The officer took cover when confronted by the woman who threatened him with a pistol, Putzke said." ...
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Submitter's Note: What precipitated the incident? Are you *kidding* me?
 

PA: A hero in fight for guns rights, privacy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Michael Stollenwerk, a former Lancaster County resident who wears a loaded pistol strapped to his hip in restaurants, is becoming somewhat of a folk hero in the guns-rights movement."

"Pennsylvania State Police have dropped their appeal to a court victory Stollenwork won in February 2006 that says residents don't have to reveal their Social Security numbers when purchasing guns or applying to carry a concealed firearm."

"It was Stollenwerk, 44, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, who got angry when he was denied permission to buy a handgun ... and a permit to carry a concealed weapon from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office — both because he refused to give his Social Security number as proof of identification." ...
 

MO: Nothing scary about lowering taxes and protecting Missourians
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When we began the 2007 session we set out with a few goals in mind." ...

"Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom and foresight to give us the right to protect ourselves and our homes with the Second Amendment."

"Currently, homeowners can only use necessary force if they have reasonable evidence to believe that their lives are in danger."

"The Castle Doctrine we approved will protect individuals from civil liability when they are protecting their homes and property from criminals."

Provisions of this legislation also remove the requirement to retreat from your home, property or vehicle if someone has unlawfully entered." ...
 

UK: Teenager hurt in London drive-by shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 14-year-old boy was shot in the neck in a drive-by shooting outside a takeaway in east London last night, police confirmed today."

"Scotland Yard said it appeared that shots were fired towards the teenager and his friends from a red Citroen Saxo with blacked-out windows ... at around 11.30pm."

"The 14-year-old received treatment at an east London hospital, where his condition is said to be non-life-threatening, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said."

"Detective Inspector Simon Stancombe, who is investigating the case for operation Trident, said: 'We need the help and support of the local community to assist us to continue the removal of firearms from our streets.'" ...
 

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