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Pax 2002 Benefit Gala, April 29 in NYC
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"Pax, the largest non-political organization dedication to ending the gun violence crisis in America..."

[HELLO? "non-political" and being anti-gun is mutually exclusive]

"...will hold its second annual benefit gala and awards on Monday April 29, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street. The event will honor Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Dominick Dunne, Russell Simmons and is chaired by Tom Cohen, Griffin Dunne and Martin Puris."
 

U.S. House Approves Restricted Access To Gun Permit Records
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would make it harder for the public to view records on people holding concealed weapons permits... reversing an earlier decision..."

"local sheriffs and chiefs of police would be given discretion in deciding whether to release identifying information about concealed weapons permit holders. ... the bill would require them to inform each affected permit holder by mail and wait 10 days before releasing the data."
 

Teens More Willing To Report Violent Threats
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"A new report shows that teens are more willing now than in the past to report peers who may be carrying weapons or planning a violent attack."

"The survey, which was commissioned by Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), showed that 81 percent of the 501 teens surveyed would report students if they believed they were a threat to school safety."
 

S&W: Gunmaker, Hub drop control deal
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"A deal between Smith & Wesson Corp. and the city of Boston that was described as a landmark gun control agreement has been quietly dropped by both sides. The city asked a court this week to vacate the consent decree, which was the only specific deal to emerge following a high-profile 2000 deal between the gun company and the Clinton administration."
 

Alzona asked for apology or resignation
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"Members of a county committee on hate and violence want one of their members to make amends for portraying three Montgomery County lawmakers as Nazi soldiers. At their Wednesday night meeting, members of the Hate/Violence Committee asked Gus Alzona to resign or apologize..."

"But Alzona refused to do so. ... Alzona, a former treasurer of the committee, said since he can't be removed, he considers the issue closed."
 

IRS: Shut 'em down
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"Maybe it will come to that one day. How much longer will we tolerate an illegal tax system supported by a corrupt judiciary and enforced by a foreign agency, especially when the elected officials who serve us do not even deign to answer our simplest questions? This April 15, it is time to remember that we are the descendants of honest men who did not fear to revolt after having one wrongful tax too many rammed down their unwilling throats."
 

FL: Reno’s Race - So much for a showdown with Jeb
Submitted by: Newslinks Director

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"Reno is in a full-throttle battle just to get the nomination — a battle that promises to bruise whoever is the ultimate challenger to Bush."

"Reno remains clearly very popular among the cultural glitterati in tinsel town. Unfortunately for her, they do not vote in the Florida primaries, nor are they particularly representative of the state's Democrats outside of a few upper-crust liberal enclaves in West Palm and Miami."
 

Stop the War Against the Gun Industry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"THE LEGAL ASSAULT AGAINST THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY led by the gun ban lobby has been going on since 1998. Although the industry has been winning the battles, the costly war grinds on. Last October I wrote a FrontPageMagazine.com article titled, "The Wastefulness of the War on Guns," in which I noted, "of 30 suits brought against the industry, 18 have been decided at one level or another, and 17 have been fully or partially dismissed in favor of firearms manufacturers."
 

OH: Guns in Ohio
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Ohio's law prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons is in direct conflict with Ohio's Constitution. Two courts have said so thus far, and it seems reasonable to expect that the law will have to change."

"Precisely how it should be changed is the difficult and sobering question. For now, the issue remains in the courts. Attorney General Betty Montgomery has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, asking for "clarification" on Wednesday's state appeals court ruling invalidating the law."
 

Electronic Commerce Crime Prevention and Protection Act (H.R.4101)
Submitted by: John Rich

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Bill proposed in Congress: "To require firearms and ammunition purchases to be made in person and to require records to be kept of the means by which the purchases are made."

This proposal would ban the sale of guns and ammo through the mail. You would have to make all purchases face-to-face with a licensed gun dealer, which of course will drive up the cost of your purchase. Mail-order ammo companies would be put out of business.

Contact your U.S. Congressmen
 

MMM, VPC to Release 'Study on Murder-Suicide in the U.S.'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On Wednesday, April 17 at Temple University, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) will be joined by the Pennsylvania Million Mom March, the Mid-Atlantic Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and four Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr, PA) teenage students who were classmates of Alexandra Wake -- a young girl killed, along with the rest of her family, by her stepfather in a murder-suicide this past January..."
 

CA: Berkeley lawmaker wants tax on fattening drinks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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KABA NOTE: Totally unrelated to RKBA, but shows just how far off-track government has gotten. They now want to track your children's weight.

"A cadre of state legislators wants to tackle California's stunning increase in obesity rates by taxing sodas and other sweetened beverages."

"A recently introduced bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Dion Aroner, D-Berkeley, will impose a two-cent tax per 12-ounce serving on distributors of the drinks."

"The estimated $340 million the tax would raise annually would fund a five-pronged anti-obesity program for children and youth throughout the state."
 

EastSideJournal.com publishes notice of Armed Pilots Petition
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Boeing Country: Pilots seek public's OK to pack guns"

"The Airline Pilots' Security Alliance is asking the public to support its effort to carry guns into the cockpits of commercial airplanes."

"Those who visit the group's web site, Secure-Skies.org, can sign a petition asking the federal government to allow pilots who choose to carry handguns in the cockpit."
 

NYC: Shootings Soar in City Since Jan.1 (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"This year, 14 people have been shot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. An additional 24 were gunned down in Manhattan's Washington Heights. Fifteen were shot in the South Bronx."

"In a disturbing trend, shootings in the city are up dramatically this year. Even as the NYPD was boasting about an increase in gun arrests, it announced a new effort yesterday to get firearms off the streets."
 

AU: National anti-gun push (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"NSW Police today pushed for a national strategy to attack the flow of illegal handguns into Australia. The move came as a crime expert warned the country could face rising homicide rates if the problem was not tackled."

"The head of the NSW Firearms Trafficking Unit renewed her call for uniform laws across states and territories after attending the opening of the four day Australasian Police Commissioners' Conference in Adelaide."

Also see: Gun crime 'to lift murder rate'
 

A bus ride tests limits of police searches
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"High court hears case today on whether authorities can frisk passengers for drugs."

"A Greyhound bus traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Detroit makes a scheduled stop in Tallahassee, Fla. When passengers reboard, they are not alone."

"Two police officers dressed in civilian clothes move through the bus, asking riders about their travel plans and luggage. They say they're looking for drugs and illegal weapons. A third officer remains at the front, watching..."
 

Can the Second Amendment and Social Security Coexist?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Now that you've paid your income taxes, we'd like you to consider a scenario the government would rather you didn't think about:"

"Is it possible that the much-discussed coming collapse of the social security system is one reason politicians want to eliminate citizen gun ownership? Do they fear that, when the 70-year-old house of cards -- the SS system -- comes tumbling down, citizens might resort to violence? Possibly even violence against corrupt, lying politicians?"
 

IL: County board member foils armed robber, regrets it
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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(This guy is sorry he defended himself???)

"Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno wound up in a struggle for a gun with a would-be robber--but he wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It was the adrenaline kicking in, he said Monday."

"I have four kids and I take care of my mom,' Moreno said. "Everything good I did in my life was at stake because I did a stupid thing' wrestling with an armed assailant."

KABA NOTE: And if you hadn't wrestled with the armed robber, you and/or your family might be dead now. How would that have helped them?
 

IA: Police warn air pistols can elicit fire
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police warn that authentic-looking air pistols can be deadly for the people who carry them."

"Local officers have come upon the legal look-alikes at least three times in the past four months. Two men were killed, and three children found themselves looking down the barrel of the real thing."

"The most recent incident involved a 16-year-old Des Moines boy who was showing his air pistol to another youth last week when an officer arrived."
 

AZ: Ganging up on Crips, Bloods and legislators
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gangbangers do not have a lobbyist. I've searched through public records on the secretary of state's Web site and, near as I could tell, no lawyers, public relations firms or special interest groups are being paid to lobby for the Crips or the Bloods."
 

Dangerous Explosives Background Checks Requirement Act (S.2089)
Submitted by: John Rich

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This proposal in Congress would require a permit to purchase "explosives", with a NICS background check for each purchase, just like buying a gun. And the definition of "explosives" (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 841) includes includes black powder, pellet powder and primers. Thus, all ammo reloaders and black powder shooters would be required to obtain a permit to buy their gunpowder and primer supplies, and be subjected to background checks each time they make a purchase.

Contact your U.S. Senators
 

IL: Crushing gun control defeat for Mayor Daley
Submitted by: Chicago farmer

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A Mayor Daley-style gun ban died a horrible death at the hands of 500 American Patriots Monday night. Only one supported the gun ban. 499 women and men voiced the patriotic song of freedom.

Des Plaines City council Bob Smith (Daley errand boy) was told bluntly by citizens within his ward he was a disgrace to leadership. Citizens told councilmen Smith to enjoy his remaining term, as it would be the last.

Des Plaines entire city council defeated the gun ban by a vote 7-1.
 

AU: Four clicks and your gun (?)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"BUYING an illegal handgun is as simple as four clicks of a computer mouse and filling out a form. The internet is littered with sites for gun dealers, most based in North America, offering to sell and deliver firearms."

"In an investigation to test how hard it would be to buy a Glock pistol - the weapon of choice for Sydney gang members - The Daily Telegraph yesterday accessed numerous websites before ordering a 9mm handgun over the internet in less than three minutes."

KABA NOTE: We'll believe that when they choose to disclose the name of the website, and then test it for ourselves.
 

Violence Policy Center Response to GAO Letter on Ashcroft Proposal
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The preliminary results of an investigation conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO) into the effects of Attorney General John Ashcroft's proposal to destroy records of approved gun sales within 24 hours confirm what the Violence Policy Center (VPC) has been saying all along. The VPC warned that immediate destruction of records of approved gun sales immediately will put guns into the hands of felons, fugitives, domestic abusers, and other persons prohibited by law from getting them."
 

Bush Supports Amendment on Victims' Rights
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"President Bush on Tuesday called for a constitutional amendment providing federal protections to millions of victims of violent crimes."

"As we protect the rights of criminals, we must take equal care to protect the rights of the victims. Many of the victims of crime have gotten a crash course in the complications and frustrations of our criminal justice system," Bush said.
 

Bandits with Badges
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Society has no problem with law enforcement fighting crime or even confiscating property used in a criminal enterprise but, as with any law, the good intent for which the law was created, has been immensely abused to the point that innocent citizens are losing everything they ever worked for without even being charged or convicted of a crime. Clearly, states need to pass laws to safeguard the rights of the innocent from zealot law enforcement agencies run amuck from the smell of greed."
 

WI: Hunting as a public service
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Deer hunters are worried, and with good reason. They recognize, as should all Wisconsin residents, the seriousness of the discovery of chronic wasting disease in at least a dozen deer."
 

IL: Firearm Preemption Legislation
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On Monday, April 15, the Des Plaines, Ill. City Council wisely voted down a sweeping gun control proposal that would have made private firearm ownership in the Chicago suburb practically impossible."

"The proposal, promoted by Chicago Mayor Daley as part of a plan to create a 100-mile gun free zone around Chicago, was introduced to the Des Plaines City Council by alderman and gun control advocate Don Smith."
 

Crackdown on Deadbeat Dealers Act (H.R.4193)
Submitted by: John Rich

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This Bill in Congress would increase gun dealer inspections by the BATF from one per year to three. The penalty for selling firearms illegally would be increased to 10 years in prison, even for just record-keeping offenses. The fine for failing to have trigger locks available for sale would increase to $10,000. He calls certain lawful gun dealers "deadbeats" and "kingpins" just because the high volume of their sales results in 10 or more of their guns being later traced to crimes.

Contact your U.S. Congressmen
 

Patriot Games
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"They are nine ordinary Americans, and they want to learn how to kill, or at least maim, enemies of the state. But before beginning their lessons on how to cut a terrorist's throat with a Coca-Cola can or poke out his eyeballs with a ballpoint pen, Melvyn Steinberg has a question."
 

Gun Kingpin Penalty Act (S.2091)
Submitted by: John Rich

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Proposed in Congress: "It shall be unlawful for an unlicensed person to transfer 5 or more firearms from one State into another State during any 12 consecutive months, to another unlicensed person."

Mandatory minimum penalty: 3 years in prison. If one of the guns is subsequently used to injure or kill someone, the penalty increases to 10 years in prison, and the RICO act would be invoked against you also.

How would I give pieces of my gun collection to my sons living in other states?

Contact your U.S. Senators
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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