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CCRKBA Says April 16 'Lie-Ins' Are For Lyin' Anti-Gunners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Wednesday, when America marks the April 16 anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the anti-gun-rights lobby will stage so-called "Lie-Ins" for the purpose of 'lyin' to the American public about how to prevent such crimes,' the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"Seung Hui Cho murdered 32 students and teachers who could not defend themselves because Virginia Tech and hundreds of other college and university campuses are "gun-free zones" where law-abiding students and faculty have been legislatively or administratively disarmed and deliberately left defenseless." ...
 

Protests Marking Virginia Tech Murders To Tell Only One Side Of The Story
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Wednesday, April 16, gun control and anti self defense organizations are planning a series of protests around the nation to commemorate the one year anniversary of the mass murders at Virginia Tech. Remember? This was a likely preventable tragedy, had university administrators not openly scoffed at the common-sense proposal to permit students, faculty and staff the means to defend themselves."

"Instead, a man opened fire on students in two locations, killing more than 30. ... Campuses where open thought and discussion are allegedly encouraged are shut down, and reasonable proposals and debate to enable students to protect themselves are dismissed out of hand with no comprehension of the unintended consequences." ...
 

Firearms Industry Responds to Mayoral Gun Summit
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"New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at a meeting of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition he founded, announced today the Responsible Firearms Retail Partnership program with Wal-Mart. The retailer has agreed to retain records of purchasers of firearms that are later traced by law enforcement for reasons never disclosed to Wal-Mart. The retailer also agreed to run background checks on its employees handling firearms."

"Commenting on today’s announcement the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the firearms industry’s trade association – said the partnership's name gives the false impression that federally licensed firearms dealers are somehow irresponsible. ..." ...
 

Gun nuts, what about the other amendments?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I just don’t get gun lovers or the NRA. Yes, I am aware the second amendment explicitly allows for 'a well regulated militia' and 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms.' Yet, I need to remind people that this right isn't absolute. Recently a column in the Kansan addressed Kansas legalizing silencers, machine guns and sawed off shotguns. I decided to take a peek at kansan.com to see some posted comments. The emotional rebuttals were unrelenting ... Folks went crazy over their 'untouchable' gun rights."

"That moment struck me as one of those 'are you kidding me?' moments. ..." ...
 

Anti-gun crusader Bloomberg salutes Wal-Mart on new tough sales policy
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"Mayor Bloomberg's national anti-gun campaign won a big victory at Wal-Mart on Monday - and inserted itself into the presidential race with a new TV ad."

"Surrounded by Republican and Democratic mayors from dozens of cities, Bloomberg announced that Wal-Mart, the country's biggest gun seller, will put tight new controls on firearms sales - including videotaping every purchase - to keep them out of the hands of criminals."

"'This partnership has the potential to set a new standard for gun dealers across the country,' Bloomberg said. 'We want customers and police officers to ask, does this dealer follow the Wal-Mart standard? And if not, why not?'" ...
 

Victims of gun violence to be honored
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"As the nation prepares to mark the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, a group of Charlotteans is planning to honor the victims of gun violence Wednesday during a demonstration uptown."

"The demonstration is part of a growing movement led by Charlotte native Abby Spangler, founder of Protest Easy Guns, a gun-control advocacy group. It's one of 80 demonstrations being planned across 33 states."

"'A law-abiding citizen, of course, ... should have that right to buy a gun, with a background check,' Spangler said. 'But a dangerous person, a felon, a terrorist, a gang member should not be able to buy a gun. It's common sense.'" ...
 

MI: Million Mom March 'Lie-In' will protest gun violence
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"The Million Mom March of Michigan & Pioneers For Peace are planning a demonstration at noon on Wednesday at the Coleman A. Young Center on Woodward Avenue and Jefferson in downtown Detroit to protest what they call 'lax' U.S. gun laws."

"The protest also observes the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007, which left 32 people dead."

"The protestors will participate in the 'Lie-In' and will wear all black and will lie down for three minutes, the time they say it takes to buy a gun in the United States." ...
 

IL: Crowd split on gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun control advocates held a forum in Naperville Monday night to lobby for two pieces of state legislation they believe would reduce firearm-related violence."

"They were met by a largely pro-gun crowd of roughly 100 people who attacked the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence leadership's positions ..." ...

"Carl O'Neill of Skokie said Evans' story was compelling, but the laws the sponsoring group is pursuing wouldn't change what happened to him."

"'Mr. Evans said it took 1.5 seconds for the gunman to reload,' O'Neill said. 'There's no big difference that it takes three seconds to reload twice and fire 30 bullets than if he had a 30-round clip. It only takes one bullet to kill.'" ...
 

IL: Gun control presentation sparks debate
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"A presentation on gun violence and gun control at the Naperville NIU campus met with impassioned resistance Monday evening."

"On the two-month anniversary of the Feb. 14 shootings, the gun-control advocacy group Legal Community Against Violence conducted 'a forum to provide the community with education about gun violence and public policy' ... The forum consisted of presentation of statistics on gun violence, as well as emotional pleas for new gun-control policies from both a Catholic priest and a victim of the Virginia Tech tragedy." ...

"'The whole idea was education,' said ICPGV representative Steve Young, speaking one-on-one. 'These are single-issue voters, and we heard from some pretty radical people tonight. ...'" ...
 

MO: Student group seeks expansion of conceal and carry law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Seven years ago, Keith Moum left college after a semester to join the Army. When he returned from Iraq in 2004, a new law had made it possible for people 23 and older who have undergone the required training to carry a concealed weapon."

"Always a gun rights advocate, Moum obtained his own concealed weapon permit when he turned 23."

"But he still wasn’t satisfied. A computer science student at Columbia College, Moum was unhappy that he couldn’t carry a weapon on campus because the law enacted in 2003 exempts certain locations from concealed carry provisions. Polling places, courthouses, airports, places of worship and schools – including colleges and universities — are on the list." ...
 

NC: Wake Schools To Reconsider Gun Policy
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"The Wake school policy committee wants to take another look at a gun policy that kept a student from participating in a statewide shooting tournament."

"Robert Lumley, East Wake high student, is a member of a marksmanship and orienteering team. This team is one of the clubs at the school."

"Committee members said that the policy was put into place without knowledge of the marksmanship classes. The current policy bans weapons on campuses and another policy prohibits students from carrying them on school trips."

"In Lumley's case, he had a weapon in his possession that he would be taking on a school trip -- the shooting tournament." ...
 

'Bittergate' sparks new look at candidates and guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The battle over the word 'bitter' between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has sparked a new look at the candidates and their stance on the Second Amendment."

"At a closed-door fundraiser just over a week ago, the Illinois senator referred to some small-town Pennsylvanians as 'bitter' people who 'cling to guns and religion.'"

'I didn't say it as well as I should have,' Obama admitted in Muncie, Indiana, on Saturday, the day after he first defended his comments, 'because the truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation -- those are important.'"

"Clinton, speaking at the Compassion Forum on Sunday, said those remarks about some could be seen as 'elitist' and 'patronizing.'" ...
 

FL: Crist signs gun bill
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"Gov. Charlie Crist was locked and loaded."

"Just six days after it passed the Legislature, Crist quickly signed a bill Tuesday that makes clear many people can keep guns locked in their cars while at work."

"Groups such as the [NRA] backed the controversial bill, arguing it was a matter of Second Amendment rights. But major business groups opposed the measure, contending that employers should be able to prevent their workers from bringing guns to company parking lots."

"A short time after Crist signed the bill, a business-backed group known as the Guns at Work Coalition sent out a news release saying it would file a legal challenge to the measure ... Businesses have long contended the bill would violate private-property rights." ...
 

PA: Gun rights, gun deaths divide Pa. voters
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"Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are gingerly threading their way between two of the most politically charged numbers in Pennsylvania: the state's almost 1 million licensed hunters and Philadelphia's nearly one-a-day rate of gun murders."

"Gun control arouses deep emotions here. Deadly shootings have earned the state's largest city the ominous nickname: 'Killadelphia.' One of the strongest opponents of gun control, the National Rifle Association, has 250,000 members in Pennsylvania, more than in any other state. This month the Pennsylvania House soundly defeated a bill to require handgun owners to report the theft or loss of their guns to police." ...
 

Bill Forces States To Accept Concealed Gun Permits
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"Americans with state-issued concealed weapons permits would be allowed to carry guns wherever they travel in the country under a bill introduced Monday by 3rd District Rep. John Boozman, R-Rogers."

"The measure would eliminate a mishmash of concealed weapons regulations that vary from state to state, Boozman contends. All states would be forced to recognize concealed handgun permits from elsewhere."

"Gun control advocates oppose the bill. They say that gun permit standards in some states are so weak that other jurisdictions deserve the right to refuse those license holders."

"Boozman said the bill ensures Second Amendment rights." ...
 

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy Stands with Families of Virginia Tech Shooting Victims to Introduce Campus Safety Measure
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"Just a week before the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech Shooting, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4) held a press conference with families of victims of the 2007 tragedy to discuss a bill titled the 'Virginia Tech Victims Campus Emergency Response Policy and Notification Act,' [HR 5735] also know as the VTV Act."

"On Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Rep. McCarthy introduced a college campus safety measure requiring schools to warn students within 30 minutes after campus or local law enforcement officials confirm an emergency. Rep. McCarthy and the Virginia Tech victims’ families spoke in support of the VTV Act, which has strong bipartisan support and aims to create uniform standards for the reporting of emergencies on college campuses." ...
 

GA: Bill gives responsible citizens a chance to defend themselves
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I would like to clear up some misleading information about House Bill 89."

"Under current law, a law-abiding citizen with a Georgia firearm license permit may go into any restaurant in the state that does not sell alcohol. That is about 75 percent to 80 percent of all restaurants in Georgia. So the Georgia Restaurant Association is saying they trust those of us who hold firearm license permits to go into restaurants that don't sell alcohol, but they will not trust law-abiding Georgians in restaurants that sell alcohol?"

"HB 89 would not allow carrying firearms into bars. ... If the bill is signed into law, Georgia will become the 38th state in the nation to decriminalize carrying firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol. ..." ...
 

NC: Vote delayed on gun ordinance
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"A vote on outdoor gun restrictions in the Union County Village of Wesley Chapel won't come for at least another month."

"The council on Tuesday night again postponed voting on the ordinance to clarify its wording. The measure would limit gun firing inside the town limits to hunting with neighbors' permission and for self-defense."

"The village began drafting the ordinance after residents of the Stonegate subdivision complained about an adjacent private gun range on six acres owned by an area doctor, Michael Land." ...
 

NY: Assembly Passes Comprehensive Legislative Package To Protect Citizens And Law Enforcement From The Nightmare Of Gun Violence
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"Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol announced that the Assembly Monday approved a series of gun safety measures aimed at helping law enforcement officers track down illegal guns, keep guns out of the hands of felons and children, and ban advanced weaponry used to kill police officers."

"The 10-bill package has been passed by the Assembly for more than a decade. Additional provisions of the Assembly's comprehensive gun safety package would close several loopholes in state and federal procedures for licensing and regulating gun possession and also close mental health information loopholes." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Alerts Gun Owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The State Assembly's yearly 'gun control day' took place earlier this week. It's that magical day of the year on which the Assembly takes leave of its senses and tries to limit our Second Amendment rights in the name of 'safety' and 'security' by passing gun control bills based on false premises ..."
 

NY: Gun measure caught in political cross fire
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"If you're buying a handgun, there may soon be a bullet with your name on it, or at least a number on the shell casing."

"That's because lawmakers are poised to mandate that semiautomatic handguns sold in New York be equipped with microstamp technology that marks each cartridge casing."

"Proponents say it would allow police to better match weapons and cartridges. But opponents maintain the technology is unreliable, potentially costly and would not affect stolen and smuggled weapons."

"The requirement, if it becomes law, would go into effect in 2010. The Assembly passed a microstamping bill on Monday and at least one senator said the Senate would likely pass a similar measure within the next couple of weeks." ...
 

NY: Lawmakers Want To Mandate Firearm Microstamping
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"There's legislation in front of the New York State Assembly on Monday that could make it easier for police to trace spent bullet casings back to the guns that fired them."

"'When a person is murdered with a firearm, we want to know who fired that gun,' says Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. 'No shooter has a right to hide behind a blank shell casing.'"

"The Long Island Democrat wants any semi-automatic weapon sold in New York State to be capable of microstamping the cartridges it fires." ...
 

Rookie NYPD cop linked to bank heists
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"To his supervisors, rookie police officer Christian Torres was a 'model cadet.' He boasted a solid academic background, passed psychological screening and scored high marks in the academy, authorities said."

"But on Friday they said he was also something else: A repeat bank robber."

"Torres, already charged in an armed bank heist that netted $113,000 in Pennsylvania, was linked by investigators to two other bank robberies last year in Manhattan, police said. Authorities said he later splurged on a new car and engagement ring." ...
 

VA: It's not illegal if it doesn't mean anything?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yes, we go to every corner of the Commonwealth, even Boones Mill out in Franklin County where the Chief of Police/Town Manager feels he has more authority than the State Legislature. Seems CoP Lynn Frith just didn't feel safe with all those armed civilians coming into the building. So, he took it upon himself to make a little sign, you know, for SAFETY reasons." ...
 

NJ: Chief's Exit: June
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"Police Chief Carmen LaBruno, stung by the scandal over the department's SWAT team trips to Louisiana and his appearance in a photo taken there with a woman flashing her breasts, officially announced his retirement yesterday, effective June 30, Hoboken Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman said."

"LaBruno, 59, will leave with an estimated $147,555 annual pension, plus a one-time payment of between $275,000 and $375,000, as per his contract with the city, which includes compensation for 150 unused vacation days and $150,000 in termination pay." ...
 

GA: The right to bear arms...Sort of?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns, guns, guns. You either love them or you hate them it seems."

"As the Supreme Court addresses the Second Amendment right to bear arms, the Georgia Senate addresses the right to bear arms in restaurants and on MARTA."

"A new bill recently passed by the Georgia Senate would allow legal gun owners to have guns in restaurants and on MARTA, as long as no drinking occurs."

"Despite the obvious difficulties of determining the said drunkenness of a legal gun carrier in a restaurant, the relevant question to me is: if we grant that there is an individual right to bear arms, where do the rights of the individual gun carrier end, and the property rights of the business owner begin?" ...
 

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