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Identity theft imperils firearm owners as gun law expert endorses congressional initiative to protect personal information
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"'Envision a hypothetical law-abiding Bob Citizen who attempts to purchase a revolver from a local gun shop,' suggests gun law expert John Snyder."

"'Imagine further,' he continues, 'that when the store clerk runs the necessary criminal records check through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Bob Citizen learns his identity has been stolen and he cannot make the purchase.'"

"'This imaginary scenario is bad enough as it is,' says Snyder, 'but let’s follow it another step or two. The criminal with a mile-long rap sheet who steals Bob Citizen’s ID uses the good name to purchase a firearm and subsequently misuses it in the commission of a bank robbery, rape or murder.'"

"'Bob Citizen now faces criminal charges as well as a loss of good reputation.'" ...
 

LA: New Orleans police giving back weapons confiscated post-Katrina
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A handful of people showed up Monday to try to get back guns confiscated by the New Orleans Police Department after Hurricane Katrina — and not many of those walked away with a weapon."

"'They told me the police took them the first two weeks after the hurricane, after that it was the ATF,' said Charles Clark, 62, a retired law officer, who had an antique gun taken from his house after the Aug. 29 storm. 'It's very frustrating. I know we had a storm and all, but there should be a way to find out who has your property.'"

"Police, national guardsmen and military removed guns from houses during a search after the storm flooded the city ... leading to a lawsuit by gun-owner advocates including the National Rifle Association." ...
 

Sometimes It's Not 'Just Business'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This column has never been known as a haven for those who wanted to hide from the hard realities of our business. Making money from cutting or bending metal is a tough business. We’ve seen companies close, go bankrupt or just disappear and felt no emotion. It's like Don Vito Corleone said, 'It's just business.' But recently an announcement was made about the closing of a plant and, to me, it wasn't 'just business.'" ...

"One noteworthy point is that it had been in business for about 140 years. During these years, several of its products remained essentially the same because their designs were so good. Many of the shop’s designs came from the mind of one man, and he wasn’t even an employee of the company. ..." ...
 

90% of Kalashnikov Rifles On World Market Knock-offs
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"Russia accounts for only 10-12% of about 1 million Kalashnikov assault rifles that are sold on the world market every year, the CEO of the Izhmash concern (state-owned military production company) said Saturday."

"'The rest are unlicensed copies,' Vladimir Grodetsky said, adding that there was not a single license agreement conforming to the norms of international law, specifically on the protection of Russia's intellectual property rights in small arms and light weapons production." ...
 

A Better Snap Cap: A-Zoom Practice Ammo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gunsmiths have told me that, even though it is thought to be OK to dry fire a revolver with empty chambers, it is better to have either empties or snap caps in the chambers for dry firing, especially if you plan to do a lot of it. I first bought a set of Triple-K plastic snap caps. They were puny and pathetic. They lasted about one cycle through my .357 Magnum before they shattered, literally. They also have another weakness: they are flat on the front, making them undesirable for reloading practice." ...

"I discovered A-Zoom Practice Ammo Rounds while surfing around the web. A-Zoom snap-caps are precision CNC machined from solid aluminum to exact size, then hard anodized. ..." ...
 

In Praise Of The .257 Weatherby Magnum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of the many cartridges developed by Roy Weatherby, the .257 Magnum was his favorite. Many other hunters have felt the same way down through the decades. Based on annual sales of the various Weatherby cartridges, the .30-378 Magnum is in first place followed by the .300 Magnum, .257 Magnum, .270 Magnum, and 7mm Magnum. Weatherby developed his big .257 in 1944, but before settling on the cartridge we know today, he experimented with .25-caliber cartridges on various cases."

"Had the slow-burning powders being produced today been available back then, Weatherby would most likely have stuck with the full-length Holland & Holland case. ..." ...
 

Half of U.S. Hunters Now Live in Family-Friendly States
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you're a parent longing to share big-game hunting with your young son or daughter, your odds of doing so legally in your home state have risen to about 50-50."

"Nearly half of U.S. hunters—more than ever in modern times—now live in states where they're free to mentor young people of any age into a cherished lifestyle that instills self sufficiency, respect, discipline and stewardship of the outdoors. Plus provides healthful table fare."

"The other half live in states where that sort of parenting is considered criminal."

"Lawmakers in Ohio and Pennsylvania recently eliminated legal barriers—minimum age restrictions and coursework mandates—that once prevented some families from hunting together. ..." ...
 

Iraq shows who's top gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the world’s most popular assault rifle, says that US soldiers in Iraq are using his invention in preference to their own weapons, proving that his gun is still the best."

"'Even after lying in a swamp you can pick up this rifle, aim it and shoot. That’s the best job description there is for a gun. Real soldiers know that and understand it,' the 86-year-old gunmaker told a weekend news conference in Moscow."

"'In Vietnam, American soldiers threw away their M-16 rifles and used (Kalashnikov) AK-47s from dead Vietnamese soldiers, with bullets they captured. That was because the climate is different to America, where M-16s may work properly,' he said." ...
 

OH: Clyde Girl Injured in Park (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the big stories in the news recently was the bear attack on the Ohio family vacationing in the Cherokee National Forest Chilhowee Recreation Area in Tennessee."

"The Clyde, Ohio family's 6-year-old girl was killed, their 2-year-old son was injured, and the mother remains in critical condition." ...

"This tragic incident clearly shows why self-defense proponents are opposed to bans on firearms for personal protection in public parks. While odds for a bear attack in Clyde are remote, recent incidents with wild dog or coyote attacks have been reported in Ohio parks the last couple of years." ...
 

IL: Pointing toward November: Gun lobby plays role in governor's race
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"Gun owners may not like Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but Republican Judy Baar Topinka wasn’t necessarily their first choice to run against him."

"Topinka squeaked through a close Republican primary and did it without the endorsement of the gun lobby, which threw its support behind dark horse Bill Brady. Yet one local guns advocate likely will support her."

"'I think she’ll stand up for our rights better than Blagojevich has although he said he was going to,' said Teri Kramer of rural Spring Valley, who co-owns a firearm business with husband Chris. 'I believe she would definitely be better for our gun rights and not going so much with everything (Chicago Mayor Richard) Daley has to say.'" ...
 

MI: Michigan Moms and Activists Say No to 'Shoot First' Bill, Will Attend Hearing Tuesday
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"Despite the strong opposition of prosecutors and newspaper editorial boards, some Michigan legislators are still trying to pass a gun lobby bill that would empower bullies and gang members to use deadly force in public if they can argue that they felt threatened."

"Activists with the Michigan Million Mom March Chapters and the Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence On-Target Coalition plan to attend a hearing of the Michigan House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 521 of the House Office Building in Lansing. They will be available for media comment on the legislation, which first became law in Florida last year." ...
 

LA: Officer Believed to have Fired Shots at Ville Platte Night Club
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"A Ville Platte city police officer is on administrative leave without pay after shots were fired at a crowded night club."

"Ville Platte police chief Romeo Hargrove says a short time after the incident, the officer admitted firing the shots."

"But now, he faces at least three criminal charges."

"Eye witnesses say bullet holes indicate where Brandon Jack fired his gun into the ceiling of the A and T night club. Investigators say the off-duty police officer fired the shots around midnight while roughly 50 people were inside." ...

"Ville Platte police chief Romeo Hargrove says Brandon Jack has only been with the department one month. In Jack's account to police, he says three men were threatening him, which made him fire the weapon." ...
 

CO: Ex-cop accused of fleecing Golden Horn owner due in court
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"A former Aspen police officer is scheduled to appear in Denver District Court today to face charges that he stole more than $400,000 from a paralyzed friend."

"James T. Loyd, who worked as a detective and officer at the Aspen Police Department from 1978 to 1985, is accused of betraying former Golden Horn restaurant owner Klaus Christ, who entrusted Loyd with his finances after a severe stroke left him partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair five years ago."

"With unfettered access to Christ's bank accounts, Loyd indulged in a lavish lifestyle, spending money on trips to gentlemen's clubs, golf resorts, hotels and pleasure-seeking cities like Las Vegas and Cancun, according to court records. ..." ...
 

OH: Gun shows in the crossfire
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"It's easy to build an illegal machine gun."

"Or to get the recipe for exploding gelatin."

"Everything you need is available at hundreds of gun shows held across the country this time of year."

"While gun businesses must be federally licensed, gun shows enable private individuals to sell scores of weapons each weekend with little, if any, oversight." ...
 

WI: Hunters handle weapons, learn basics during safety course
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In order for hunters to handle weapons safely, they must first simply handle weapons."

"This is the theory behind the Field Day section of hunter's safety training hosted by the Portage Rod and Gun Club. Hunters of all ages and backgrounds had the opportunity to shoot bows, rifles and muzzle loaders on Saturday morning while carefully supervised by experienced trainers."

"Participants also observed the field dressing of a deer, which many called the most memorable event of the class."

"Many of the 84 participants described themselves as sidelines hunters in the past, following family members into the woods in order to watch. Hunters' safely certification will allow the observers to take matters into their own hands." ...
 

FL: Hunting rights at Babcock stirring debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Casey Bruni remembers his first visit to Babcock Ranch eight years ago, when he was hired to cook for the wealthy clientele who came to hunt big buck and wild turkey."

"'The first time I rode through the gates of this place I said, 'Oh my God, I hope this never gets taken apart,' said Bruni, a native Californian who serves as events coordinator for the Babcock Lodge in the heart of the 91,000-acre ranch."

"For the time being, hunters on Babcock will remain an exclusive club."

"Now that Florida is about to spend $310 million for most of the ranch in Charlotte County, a behind-the-scenes debate is simmering over how much access to grant to the general hunting public." ...
 

IN: More women drawn to gun clubs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Call it a post-Sept. 11 thing or a bonding thing."

"Laura Nicoli calls it stress relief."

"'You can go back to work the next day and not want to shoot anyone,' the Rodeo, Calif., resident said through an infectious laugh."

"Nicoli is one of many women making their way to the gun ranges as rifle associations and gun clubs make efforts to cater to the rising demographic."

"'We've really had a phenomenal growth pattern,' said Mary Sue Faulkner, director of the National Rifle Association's community service division. She referred specifically to the Women on Target program, which has grown from 500 participants in 1999 to 5,600 last year."

"One thing is clear - this isn't your grandfather's gun scene. .." ...
 

VA: Founding Fathers and Tommy guns?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

This is in regard to the April 14 letter from Jerry Schneider, "You may bear arms--but only rod-and-ball variety."

Doesn't Mr. Schneider think that our Founding Fathers fought with the best weapons available to them at the time?

And doesn't he think that if the technology for semiautomatic and fully automatic weapons was available at the time, we would have used them to gain our freedom from the British?

I sure do. So let's not try to say the Second Amendment limits one to muzzle-loading equipment.

The Second Amendment plainly mentions the right to bear arms, and bear arms I shall.

Parris G. Smith

Stafford
 

AZ: Kentucky Rifle Maker Tries To Stay True To 1770s Era
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What do Tucson and Kentucky have in common, other than their nickname the wildcats?"

"There is a man here in Tucson who makes rifles with the Kentucky namesake."

"It's the kind of rifle Daniel Boone had."

"So did just about anyone who settled the early American frontier. The Kentucky rifle isn't just a weapon or a tool for survival."

"It's artwork, perhaps the earliest true American craftsmanship. It's just a passion that I've had for years."

"'I enjoy doing it,' said Ken Shelton, who has been building Kentucky rifles since his college days. 'It's just something I love to do, whether I get paid for it or not. I just love to do it.'"

"He learned from another rifle-maker, just as people who made the originals did." ...
 

UK: City blighted by gun crime had hoped the worst was behind it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dubbed 'Assassination City' and 'Shottingham' after an explosion in gun crime two years ago, police and council leaders in Nottingham were confident that the city's battered image was being restored following a sharp fall in the number of shootings."

"Unfortunately, after the events of Monday, that confidence has proved to be misplaced."

"Last year the council appointed a 'reputation manager' to repair the city's image following a flood of damaging headlines about crime and binge drinking.

"Steve Green, Nottinghamshire's chief constable, added to the sense of crisis when he said that he would consider farming out murder inquiries to other forces because his officers were overrun and 'struggling to cope', although he later retracted his remarks." ...
 

UK: The places where you really are safe as houses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nottingham, regarded as the gun crime capital, has the highest rate of household theft in the country, a survey showed yesterday."

"Guildford, in Surrey, has the lowest rate, followed by Coventry and Edinburgh."

"The survey by the insurance company Endsleigh said research showed that, compared with the national average, Nottingham residents were more than twice as likely to claim for household theft. The second highest level of household burglaries was in Hull, followed by Leeds."

"The survey examined the frequency of theft claims, comparing the rate with the national average reported to Endsleigh." ...
 

Canada: Dismantling the gun registry: How curious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's a curious inconsistency in the credo of those — including Stephen Harper — who want to crack down on crime."

"While they're keen to increase jail times ... Harper and other anti-crime hardliners are also keen to take away an indispensable crime-fighting tool in the arsenal of police: the gun registry."

"The Harper government is proceeding with plans to dismantle the gun registry, over the objections of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police."

"It's not surprising that police strongly support the registry. Police officers find it extremely useful to know in advance whether there's a gun in a place they're investigating. Police use the registry more than 5,000 times a day ..." ...
 

Canada: Man jailed for gun stash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was one of the largest cocaine seizures in London and a frightening discovery of firepower -- drugs and guns worth an estimated $120,000." ...

"When officers went in, they found St. Louis, Peters and a woman sitting around a kitchen table." ...

"On the kitchen counter were two loaded handguns and some crack cocaine." ...

"Police continued their search and found a larger stash of guns and drugs."

"A .45-calibre revolver, stolen in 2000 from an Oxford County address, was on the couch."

"Two more revolvers, one stolen in 2003 in London and a scoped sniper rifle, were in a bedroom."

"An unloaded Intra Tec .22 calibre machine pistol was in the same bedroom." ...
 

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