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NC: Demand rises for self-defense tools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Could warmer weather lead to more crime? Police say with more people outside, the potential to become a victim increases. Some area stores are even having trouble keeping self-defense tools like pepper spray in stock.

"Don't get caught in your own little world. Be aware of what's going on around you, who's around, the movements of other people," advised Officer Craig Allen, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s crime prevention unit.

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"Unfortunately, we see a lot of women that come in a month too late,” Rob said. “They come in and they want some security back in their life since they lost it."
 

OH: In the legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senate Passed

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SB 184 Self Defense (Buehrer) - Provide a criminal defendant who properly establishes the affirmative defense of self-defense or defense of another with immunity from civil liability for damages related to acts of self-defense or defense of another and create a rebuttable presumption that a criminal defendant who raises affirmative defense of self-defense or defense of another acted properly if the defendant or person defended by the accused was suffering or was about to suffer a felony offense of violence or forcible trespass upon the home of the defendant or the person defended by the accused. 31-0 (Earlier reported-substitute amended).
 

NC: Gun event aims to make women friends of firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It's hard to say exactly how long it had been since Claire Davis last fired a loaded gun. But the Raleigh retiree guesses she hadn't pulled a trigger at least since Jimmy Carter occupied the White House and AMC Gremlins roamed the highways.

By lunchtime Sunday, the sharpshooting grandmother demonstrated an impressive proficiency in skeet shooting. Developed to practice hunting game birds on the wing, skeet shooting requires instant reflexes to shoot a quickly moving target.
 

TN: UT students protesting gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you notice students sporting empty holsters on the University of Tennessee campus today, it's likely the sign of a protest, not a lost handgun.

The students wearing the empty holsters are protesting state laws and campus policies that prohibit concealed handgun carry license holders from carrying on campus, said Nathan Robinson, a UT senior.

The protest is a peaceful, nationwide protest by a nonpartisan organization called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, he said.
 

NY: Fairgrounds hosts gun show
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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It's the largest gun show ever held in New York State. More than 800 exhibits and displays are on hand at the Gun Show and Sale at the fairgrounds. Collectors and dealers from all across the country and Canada showcased the finest of their weaponry, from pre-revolutionary war relics to present day military arms. As is tradition, buyers had a chance to barter and trade products. Many say they collect guns because they value the history and technology of the weapons and most importantly, because they find the hobby very enjoyable.
 

WV: Lots of value to armed students on campus [Last letter]
Submitted by: Anonymous

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This may help columnists and others make up their minds about teachers and students on campus with concealed [weapon] permits.
WVU’s police chief recently said he saw no value to trained people with weapons. He must have never talked to someone who has lost a loved one at a campus shooting, like Virginia Tech.
It is all about trained people, lots of them vets who are now students (I have given classes to some) who now have permits from the state to carry. Trained teachers and trained students could have helped cut down on the number of people who were shot [at Virginia Tech], if they had the means to do so.
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COMMENT: The letter writer is a handgun instructor.

 

NY: Khalilzad Allowed To Keep AK-47 In New York City
Submitted by: John Thayer

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UNITED NATIONS -- At his residence at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, Zalmay Khalilzad displays a banged-up AK-47 assault rifle from Saddam Hussein's arsenal: a souvenir from a war Khalilzad supported and a regime he helped topple.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/19/AR2008041901801. html

O.K., Mayor Bloomberg, does this mean that I get to bring a fully automatic AK with me the next time I visit New York City?
 

NY: Is This the Most Overblown 'Times' Lede Ever?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hunger bashed in the front gate of Haiti's presidential palace. Hunger poured onto the streets, burning tires and taking on soldiers and the police. Hunger sent the country's prime minister packing." Oh, really, Marc Lacey? Really, New York Times? Hunger did this? The inanimate sensation created when one's liver requires more glucose "bashed in" a gate and burned tires? Oh, sorry, are you trying to be poetic? A little fancy with the language? Great work! Your stupid lede made us too annoyed to read what is probably a very important and serious story about poverty.
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COMMENT: In The New York Times, hunger burns tires and takes on soldiers and the police -- and guns kill people.
 

ME: State Fires Top Drug Prosecutor
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The State's top drug prosecutor was fired Friday, hours after reports were published that he was under investigation for possessing child pornography.
 

PA: Officer: Charges to be filed against chief
Submitted by: Henry Statkowski

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Township supervisor's 30-year-old son got stopped for DUI. Twp, Supvr. is also police chief in nearby town. Tried to stop son from being arrested, had been drinking, got belligerent, got pepper sprayed, both hauled off in handcuffs. Police chief charged with aggravated assaut, terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, obstruction, hindering apprehension, driving under the influence, and harrassment. Arresting officer had to consult with the D.A. before filing charges due to conflict of interest (twp. supvr. is twp. cop's boss).
 

NY: Cop's gun goes off at Peekskill swimming lesson, woman injured
Submitted by: Anonymous

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An off-duty New York City police detective's gun accidentally went off yesterday inside Peekskill Middle School and the bullet shattered, with a tiny piece striking a woman by the pool.
The detective and the woman were among about 30 adults and children attending Saturday swimming lessons at the pool. She was treated at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla for a wound in her right leg and released, Peekskill Police Chief Eugene Tumulo said last night.
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"When (the detective) went to pick up his stuff to leave, the gun was on the bench," Tumulo said. "It fell and discharged. It looks like this was an accidental discharge."
 

Congressman Faults Colt For Exclusive M4 Contract
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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No weapon is more important to tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan than the carbine rifle. And for well over a decade, the military has relied on one company, Colt Defense of Hartford, Conn., to make the M4s they trust with their lives.

Now, as Congress considers spending millions more on the guns, this exclusive arrangement is being criticized as a bad deal for American forces as well as taxpayers, according to interviews and research conducted by The Associated Press.

"What we have is a fat contractor in Colt who's gotten very rich off our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," says Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

U.S. military officials don't agree. They call the M4 an excellent carbine.
 

US Airways Pilot Whose Firearm Went Off In Cockpit To Be Fired
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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Submitter's note: A scapegoat for bad TSA/Homeland Security rules that forces pilots to repeatedly handle firearms on the flight deck, or fired because he violated USAir policy?

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A US Airways pilot who officials say accidentally fired his handgun in the cockpit during a flight will be fired, a spokesman for a flight officers group said.

The airline has begun the termination process for Capt. James Langenhahn, said Mike Karn, vice president of the Federal Flight Deck Officers Association.

Karn said his group, which represents pilots who are federally trained and allowed to carry firearms on flights, will fight the termination.

"This was accidental not intentional," Karn said. "This is not the way to treat a long-term pilot."

 

NY: Enforce gun rules, rather than add more
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Be warned, the anti-gun forces are at it again and a number of bills that could severely restrict or deny your constitutional rights to own a gun are heading for the New York Senate. We don’t need more restrictive gun laws, the number of them on the books at present would do the job if they were strictly enforced.
 

IL: Bloody Weekend: 32 Shot, 2 Stabbed, 6 Dead
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A violent and deadly weekend continues in Chicago. At least 12 people have been shot, two of them killed, since Saturday morning. Two others were stabbed in a home invasion. This comes after at least 20 people were shot, four of them killed, from Friday night through early Saturday.
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COMMENT: News flash from Obamaland!
 

MN: Lead shot ban proposal now dead
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A proposal to ban the use of lead shot by small-game hunters on public lands in Minnesota's agricultural region was shot down last week -- by the bill's chief author. Four days after meeting with officials from Federal Cartridge Corp. and the National Rifle Association -- which opposed the restrictions -- Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, killed the provision. The restriction, proposed by the DNR, would have been phased in beginning in 2011.
 

DC: Free the Jefferson 1!
Submitted by: The Radiation Angels
Website: http://www.RadiationAngels.com

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Ed.: This is a follow-up to an apparent abuse of authority story I posted last week.

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A few days ago a story appeared here about a group of kids who got together for a silly ten minute dance at the Jefferson Memorial. One of them was arrested, and she needs help to afford some decent legal council. I know that lots of people ask for your money, and try to guilt you out of it in numerous ways. Well, that's not my thing.

Instead I hope you'll go back a few days and look up that story again. If it still makes you mad, maybe it's worth $20 to make the DC police think twice about harassing all of us. That's all I'm saying.

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And thank you.
 

PA: Obama vulnerable on firearms issue
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Pennsylvania sportsmen aren't "bitter" about their guns and balk at what they call Sen. Barack Obama's double-talk in courting their support. In a state that boasts one of the country's highest per capita rates of membership in the National Rifle Association (NRA), Mr. Obama's stance that Second Amendment gun rights are compatible with new tough gun laws falls flat. And it didn't help when he said the state's "bitter" small-town voters hurt by the economy were not supporting him because they "cling" to religion, guns and anti-immigrant views. "It just tells me he is anti-gun," said Debbie Schultz, owner of Schultz's Sportsmens Stop in Apollo, Pa., about 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
 

WV: Principal with Guns on School Lot Dismissed
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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ELIZABETH, W.Va. (AP) - A Wirt County Middle School principal who left two hunting rifles in a vehicle parked on school property has been terminated.

The county school board voted 3-2 late Wednesday to dismiss James D. Hoover.

Superintendent Daniel Metz declined to comment on the decision.

Hoover was charged in October with two counts of unlawfully and feloniously possessing deadly weapons on educational facilities.

But Wirt County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters later dismissed the charges, saying the case fell under an exception in state law involving unloaded weapons in locked vehicles.
 

WV: Board drops [Principal James D.] Hoover
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Wirt County Board of Education late Wednesday night terminated a principal who brought two hunting rifles onto school property.
The board went into closed session shortly after the meeting started 6 p.m. Wednesday where they remained well into the evening. The board returned to open session at 11:30 p.m. and voted 3-2 to dismiss James D. Hoover as principal of the Wirt County Middle School.
Wirt County Schools Superintendent Daniel Metz this morning said he could not comment on the boardás decision because of the possibility of an appeal.
"I think the decision speaks for itself," he said.

 

Obama linked to gun control efforts
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has worked to assure uneasy gun owners that he believes the Constitution protects their rights and that he doesn’t want to take away their guns.

But before he became a national political figure, he sat on the board of a Chicago-based foundation that doled out at least nine grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to groups that advocated the opposite positions.

The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated handgun bans. And it paid to support a book called “Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns.”
 

GA: Editorial on HB 89
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Governor Perdue, we have nothing to fear from law abiding, honest Georgians. Give us the chance to protect ourselves and our families in a violent time. Give us the means to hold off criminals until law enforcement arrives. Give honest Georgians HB 89.
 

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Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. — Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964 (1909-1998)

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