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Davidians Appeal Wrongful-Death Case
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"Branch Davidians and their families have appealed the dismissal of their $675 million wrongful death lawsuit over the 1993 federal assault on the sect's Waco compound."

"In a 125-page brief filed Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the plaintiffs say Smith was involved in the initial raid from its planning stages and he manipulated and excluded evidence."
 

SC: Explanations of gun bill illustrate Knotts' relationship with truth
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State "Rep. Jake Knotts has once again demonstrated his ability to turn the truth on its head and then deny all knowledge of doing so. This is not a simple story, but the details are important, because Rep. Knotts' ability to defend and aggrandize himself and to attack enemies is contingent upon people not knowing the details."
 

NYC: City teen's anti-gun "art" wins award
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Patrick Heavey is a young man of simplicity, with a serious creative streak. Heavey, an 11th-grader at Poughkeepsie High School, was honored Wednesday before about 50 of his schoolmates because he won a second-place prize in a national poster contest decrying gun violence."
 

The Diamond in the Rough: Day Two
Submitted by: Strike The Root
Website: http://www.strike-the-root.com

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-- Part Two of Brian Jennings' report on his recent visit to Front Sight.
 

'Sports Afield' to Cease Publication
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Outdoor magazine Sports Afield will cease publication this spring, the victim of one of the worst advertising recessions in years. The popular hunting and outdoor sports publication will end its 115-year run with its June 2002 issue."

"The two-year-long recession, compounded by the events of last fall, have limited the growth in advertising pages needed to see us through the relaunch process that Sports Afield has been undergoing," said Ken Elliott, chief operating officer.
 

IN: High court strikes gun law's penalty
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down part of a law that adds 15 years to a prison term for having a concealed gun during a robbery because its punishment was greater than a more serious crime."

"The problem with the law was that the additional years made the penalty for having, but not using, a gun during a robbery, more severe than "armed violence predicated upon aggravated robbery," where offenders let their victims know that they have a gun or another weapon."
 

TX: Ex-agent testifies Walmart gun sale was proper (Update)
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Wal-Mart employees went beyond what was required by law when they sold George Lott the handgun he used during his murderous rampage at the Tarrant County Courthouse in 1992, a former federal agent testified Thursday."

"They did all they were required to do, but George Lott lied. He fashioned false and fictitious information and deceived the dealer," [Robert] Rash said."
 

Gun lobbyists request opinion on campaign law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The nation's gun lobby will ask the state Ethics Board whether new limits on federally generated campaign contributions will stop it from helping state candidate campaigns."

"It's unclear to us," National Rifle Association lobbyist Tara Mica said Thursday."

"At issue is a soon-to-be signed change in the law that bans congressmen from transferring federal campaign contributions to state election accounts."
 

Texas police arrest Florida man accused of shooting girlfriend
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-- Another failed restraining order.
 

Pro Gun Rights Television Ads on FOX News Channel (4/20/02)!
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"The mission of the American Liberty Foundation is to create and broadcast television ads which teach people about individual liberty, personal responsibility, and small, constitutionally limited government."

"The first TV ads support RKBA; they show clearly how the Second Amendment saves lives and prevents crime. Best of all, they will appear in the mainstream media!"

"The ads will air three times on the FOX News Channel on Saturday, 4/20/02 between between noon and 3pm EDT."
 

Congress Holds Hearing on H.R.2037, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"H.R.2037—the bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Chris John (D-La.) that would shield the firearm industry from politically-motivated lawsuits seeking to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products—continues to make headway in the U.S. House of Representatives."
 

MO: Gun-rights advocates defeat efforts to weaken concealed-carry bill
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun-rights advocates in the Missouri House easily turned back attempts Thursday to water down a bill that would legalize the carrying of concealed weapons throughout the state."

"A day after gun-rights supporters from throughout Missouri held a rally in the Capitol rotunda, the House opened debate on one of the state's most divisive issues of the last decade."
 

UT: Felons' Possession of Guns to Be Focus of New State Prosecutor
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Utah may soon have a state attorney focused exclusively on prosecuting felons for possessing or using guns."

"We were just given a grant to hire a prosecutor just to prosecute felons caught with guns and put them in ... prison in the federal system," Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Wednesday.
 

CA: CCRKBA: Californians Call on Perata to Introduce Tax Cut
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"April 15 Was Tax Day For The IRS And Sen. Don Perata. Overtaxed Working Men and Women of California Call on Sen. Perata to Introduce a Tax Cut - Not a Tax Hike on Our Constitutional Rights."

"Sen. Don Perata (D-East Bay) is the latest extremist to attempt to impose a tax on the U.S. Constitution. It is un-American in the wake of 9-11 that Sen. Perata would attempt to impose a tax on Americans who exercise their Constitutional Rights."
 

OH: The Terrible Fear That People May Exercise Their Rights
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On April 10 an Ohio appellate court unanimously ruled that Ohio's ban on carrying concealed weapons, in effect since 1974, violated the people's right to keep and bear arms. The appellate court also upheld a lower court's dismissal of the prosecution of a pizza deliveryman who carried a handgun in his waistband for protection while making his deliveries. Since 1851, the Ohio Constitution has said, "the people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security."
 

UK: Statistics Confirm Huge London Crime Wave
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Annual statistics released by London's Metropolitan Police department have confirmed the British capital is in the midst of a serious crime wave, with a nearly 40 percent jump in street crime."

"In 2001-02, police recorded more than 1 million total crimes and nearly 70,000 street crimes, a category that includes offenses such as muggings and purse snatchings. The street crime figure represents a jump of about 20,000 over the previous year."
 

Northeast lawmakers seek to "curb gun violence" (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Ballistic "fingerprinting," firearms surrender programs and mandatory safety lessons for owners of concealed weapons were some of the ideas discussed by New England lawmakers hoping to curb gun violence. Lawmakers and advocates from Maine and four other New England states met Wednesday at the Statehouse in Massachusetts, home of one of the nation's toughest gun control laws, to map out strategies to prevent gun-related injuries."

Also see: Lawmakers rally against gun violence: State Sen. Cheryl Jacques leads group, pushes for legislation
 

CO: A dunce cap for gun stunt
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"With the third anniversary of the worst school shooting in U.S. only days away, we are completely taken aback by an Ignacio High School teacher's idea of a practical joke."

"Give a blank-firing starter pistol to a 10th grader? Not funny. Have the student invade another teacher's social studies class while holding the fake gun? Not funny, either. Have the student yell, "Everybody down, now!" Not even close to funny."
 

Help Rep. Ron Paul keep U.S. out of U.N. court jurisdiction (H.R.4169)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"You stand before the judges, accused of failing to register your firearms. You look around the room, and there are no civilians to try your case. Trial by jury is absent in this courtroom. Not only that, there is no presumption of innocence. You look at the judges behind the bench and realize they have been appointed by unelected bureaucrats from hostile and repressive nations around the globe."

Help Rep. Ron Paul stop the new UN court from grabbing your guns! (See link for bill and contact information)
 

WA: Citizen panel eyed to review use of force by deputies
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Metropolitan King County Councilman Larry Gossett said yesterday he is considering whether to propose the creation of a citizens panel to review the use of deadly force by county sheriff's deputies."

"Gossett, a Seattle Democrat who is African American, was among the 200 people who walked onto Interstate 5 during Tuesday's afternoon commute to protest the shooting death of Robert Lee Thomas Sr. by an off-duty sheriff's deputy in an east Renton neighborhood April 7."
 

GA: 'When I survived the first five minutes, I figured I had a chance.'
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"The Journal-Constitution does not routinely identify sexual assault victims. In this case, Violet Towe volunteered to share the story of her ordeal, hoping the details might help others survive similar attacks."

"The barrel of a sawed-off shotgun was pressed to her temple and the intruder was forcing her into a sex act in her husband's favorite recliner."

"Live, live," the 59-year-old Lawrenceville grandmother kept saying to herself. "Do what it takes to stay alive."
 

NYC: Kelly Seeks U.S. Trials for Some Gun Crimes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Citing an analysis that shows stiffer prison sentences meted out in federal court for gun crimes, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly is seeking to expand a program under which people arrested by the police for certain crimes can be prosecuted by federal authorities."

"The move is part of a broader effort to stem gun violence, and comes in response to a recent surge of shootings, particularly in parts of northern Brooklyn and the Bronx, despite a decadelong decline in reported crime."
 

Congress May Protect Gun Industry From Political Suits (H.R.2037)
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the House is moving to protect the gun industry from lawsuits that supporters of the Second Amendment say are questionable in both their merits and motives."
 

Mandatory Anti-Privacy Laws to End Hippocratic Medicine
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"Come next April, most physicians (all physicians in 2004) will be required to give individualized patient information - without the patient's consent or knowledge - to Health and Human Services [the federal government]... who can share it with others as they choose for "law enforcement, judicial and administrative proceedings, and licensure and disciplinary actions."

"HHS is accepting public comments about changes in the regulations until April 26 (see ForHealthFreedom.org, or you can write your Congressman)."

"Patients, not HHS or Congress, should decide who has access to their personal medical records."
 

French candidates take up anti-crime stances
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"The leading candidates in France's presidential election campaign delivered tough anti-crime messages to an unenthusiastic electorate..."

"Prime Minister Lionel Jospin vowed to crack down on guns in France, while conservative President Jacques Chirac said he would seek to create a council on domestic security."
 

PSR says to Oppose the "Gun Industry Relief Act" (H.R.2037)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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April 18th "the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection held a hearing on the "Gun Industry Relief Act" (H.R.2037). Subcommittee Chair Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is the lead sponsor of the bill."

"The intention of the Gun Industry Relief Act (official title: the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act") is to give legal immunity to gun makers, even in cases where the gun industry negligently markets its products."
 

CA: Officer charged with voluntary manslaughter
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Officer Jeff McCabe shot Peter Contreras early March 1st following a traffic stop. An investigation found Contreras didn't have a weapon, and although he was under the influence of drugs, it's not clear if McCabe's life was ever in immediate danger."

"If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to eleven years in state prison."
 

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