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OH: A state fears citizens will exercise their rights
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Paradoxically, the Ohio Court of Appeals decision may, therefore, finally drive the Ohio governor and legislature to enact a "shall issue" licensing scheme. It may be the only way left to address the terrible fear that Ohioans may begin exercising their rights without benefit of state supervision or approval. Heavens!" -- Jeff Snyder
 

SC: Sheriff's boat packs heavy firepower
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A one-of-a-kind boat equipped with an M-60 machine gun and the latest navigation technology is helping sheriff's deputies patrol Charleston County's 200 miles of coastline and the nation's fourth-busiest container port."

"The 28-foot boat, on loan for a year from McKee Craft of North Carolina, was designed to help law enforcement deal with potential threats from drug runners to terrorists."
 

IL: The Rhubarb Patch: Concealed Carry in Illinois
Submitted by: Chicago farmer

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Columnist Eric Zorn, a Chicago Tribune writer, runs a weekly "rhubarb patch" that pits advocates supporting various issues.

THIS WEEK: “CONCEAL CARRY IN ILLINOIS”

The following Rhubarb is between Mr. John Birch of ConcealCarry.org (no relationship to the other John Birch) and Mr. Thomas Mannard of Illinois Council against Handgun Violence (ICHV.org).

This exchange is Powerful and will Enlighten. The fur flies as Mr. Birch of ConcealCarry tears into the myths shouted by Gun Control freaks.

freerepublic.com/focus/news/670851/posts
 

Bush Must 'Unsign' the ICC Treaty Now
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"President Bush took an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The time has come to prove it – emphatically and precisely – with official notification to the United Nations that the United States hereby "unsigns" the ICC Treaty – or whatever fancy diplomatic sweet talk will let the globalists know that America is having no part of their World Court. Period!"
 

OH: Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed On CCW Legislation & Lawsuit
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.ohioccw.org

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Lee Leonard of the Columbus Dispatch (a statehouse reporter) has written a very good op-ed piece about Concealed Carry legislation.

Unlike other articles on this issue, Mr. Leonard discusses how the SAF/OFCC/PRO legal victory which has made one county in Ohio "Vermont Carry" will play a role in future legislative developments, such as improving upon the bill itself.
 

OH: Concealed Carry Proponent Testimony Needed!
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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The Ohio Senate has assigned HB274 to a committee. Sponsor Testimony will be held this Wednesday at 11:00am.

Anti-gun extremists are planning to attack these hearings in force. Ohioans For Concealed Carry is asking everyone in Ohio who supports concealed carry reform to start preparing 3-5 minute speeches. In the next 2-3 weeks (if not May 1st, 2002) - We need to show up in force demanding improvements to the legislation!
 

NYC: Bill targets Gun-Makers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Victims of gun violence in New York City should be allowed to sue the manufacturers if they don't follow a code of conduct designed to thwart illegal trafficking, a councilman proposed yesterday. David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) said the bill would leave gun-makers open to suit unless they:
* "Refuse to supply stores that sell more than 20 guns used in crimes in a year."
* "Refuse to sell guns to dealers who resell them at gun shows."
 

Argentina: fear feeds gun sales
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Fernando Janeiro fetches a short-barrelled, stockless shotgun from the shelf, breaks the barrel, and hands it to a potential customer. Mr. Janeiro has little need for a fancy sales pitch, as the weapons are selling themselves."
 

The Sanity of Self Defense
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.rationalreview.com

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"Guns do not kill people! ... The truth is people kill people. Sometimes they use guns; sometimes they use blades; sometimes they use baseball bats; and sometimes they use their hands. ... People were killing each other long before the first black-powder device was invented (remember, Cain killed Abel with a rock) ... It is insane to disarm ourselves only to be left at the mercy of criminals who are no more troubled by the State’s new laws than they were with the old ones."
 

TX: Area's new U.S. attorney vows to "fight terrorism"
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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DALLAS - "When Jane Boyle is sworn in today as North Texas' top federal prosecutor, she will join the war on terrorism with a strong sense of patriotism. She vowed to build on initiatives of cybercrime prevention begun in the past two years at the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas."
 

Experts Say Profiling Only Way to "Effectively Screen Air Passengers"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The post-Sept. 11 policy for screening passengers at U.S. airports does not single out anyone because of race or age. As a result, a 70-year-old grandmother might find herself being frisked. Security screeners might also ask the elderly woman to take her shoes off so they can check for a shoe bomb."
 

NH: Hooksett man helps catch suspected robber
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Hooksett man who thought and acted fast is being credited with helping to catch a suspected bank robber. James Cartmill, a 6'5", 250lb father of two, was in the Cathedral Credit Union in Manchester on Friday afternoon when the teller told him a man who just left the bank had robbed her."

"Cartmill walked up to the man and announced he was making a citizen’s arrest" and "used tricks he had learned working in security to grab the man and pin him to the ground."

KABA NOTE: Interesting story of a heroic man, but this is definitely NOT a good idea for everyone to try.
 

GA: Adel police hand out gun locks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Adel Police Department Thursday recieved 200 gun locks for free distribution through Project Homesafe, a nationwide firearms safety program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and funded by the firearms industry through a U.S. Department of Justice grant."
 

NV: Tucked Inside a Gun Show, Right-Wingers Throw a Party
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In the best style of a casino marquee, a flashing electronic sign downtown greets visitors: "Independent American Party Convention 2002 presents: Helen Chenoweth-Hage ... Randy Weaver ... Sheriff Richard Mack ... and much much more." Then in huge letters, it flashes: "GUN SHOW!!!!"

"The lineup of speakers at the statewide meeting of Nevada's 30-year-old fringe party is dazzling by right-wing standards."
 

MO: Missouri Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Missouri Senate has two bills on the calendar in need of support. Senator Cauthorn’s (R-18) RTC bill, SB 938, and SB 689 (Gibbons, R-15), which establishes Project Exile in Missouri, are scheduled but have not been brought up yet. Call your Senator at (573) 751- 3824 and tell him to support these bills on the floor. In addition, HB 1729, Rep. Barnitz’s (D-150) RTC bill, was heard on April 18 by the House and has been laid over for amendment."
 

CO: Colorado Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Right to Carry (RTC) legislation cleared another hurdle this week when the House Appropriations Committee approved HB1410 by an 8-2 vote. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Lois Tochtrop (D-34) and Sen. Ken Chlouber (R-4), will be up for a vote in the full House on Monday, so it is vital that members call their Representatives and urge them to support this bill."
 

CA: California Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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* "AB2222, which seeks to register .50 caliber BMG rifles and treat them like "assault weapons" by creating a permit system, was heard before the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 16 ... with the remainder of testimony and a vote to be taken Tuesday, April 23."

* SCA12 "would add a five cent sales tax on every cartridge sold. The amendment is slated for a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, April 24."
 

Guns for me but not for thee?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I was recently quoted in Jon Dougherty’s WorldNetDaily piece about H.R.218, titled “Gun-rights groups oppose police exemption.” The response has been polar. Interestingly, lawyers, Ph.D.s, civil libertarians and some law enforcement types agree with me. Others (despite my 30 years of supporting law enforcement) feel I am being anti-cop."
 

Mexico: Armor-Plated Car Demand Rises
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Rampant crime, a police force riddled with corruption and a growing conviction that authorities were powerless to guarantee safe streets has pushed Mexico's elites to turn to armor-plated vehicles."

"The reasons behind the boom are readily apparent ... congressmen estimate that among Mexico City's 18 million inhabitants, there are 500,000 illegal handguns, which are available on the black market ... All types of arms are out there, which makes armor-plating a general necessity."

KABA NOTE: Another "victory" for gun control -- creating victims out of law-abiding citizens.
 

MD: Gun laws, felon rights part of 'left-wing' agenda
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Maryland legislators ended their four-year term on April 8 with a mostly liberal voting record that included new gun laws, cigarette-tax increases, an anti-discrimination law to protect homosexuals, and major increases in spending on the environment and education. Lawmakers also expanded voting rights for felons, increased the goal for minority participation in state contracts and expanded collective bargaining rights for workers in the state's colleges and public schools."
 

Rural Democrats: No one's going to outgun me ... in congressional elections
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"From the Maine woods to the New Mexico desert, rural America is disputed territory in the battle for control of the House this fall, and Democrats are appealing for votes across a cultural divide of gun control, abortion and religion. Which helps explain why Stephen Udall, running in Arizona, says, "In my pickup truck I've got a shovel, I've got a set of wrenches and I've got my rifle."
 

Australia: Police will show no mercy over illegal guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun owners found with unregistered or prohibited firearms could expect to face heavy fines or even jail with the end of Victoria's four-and-a half year amnesty, the government said today."

"More than 40,000 guns were surrendered to Victoria Police for destruction during the amnesty, which ran from October 1997 until March 26, Police and Emergency Services Minister Andre Haermeyer told reporters. Police took in 2,000 guns during the first three months of this year alone, he said."
 

Australia: Prime Minister playing politics with gun laws
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Australian Olympic gold medal shooter and one-time Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Ballarat, Russell Mark, says the Prime Minister is playing politics with uniform national gun laws."
 

IL: Chicago Handgun giveaway aimed at city's ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A gun-rights group that called on supporters to attend Taste of Chicago with handguns concealed in fanny packs is planning another controversial promotion--giving away one handgun a month to a resident of Chicago, where handgun possession is illegal."

"Concealed Carry Inc., which has the motto saving lives by arming citizens, is planning to start the giveaway in May with a semiautomatic .32-caliber pistol, said John Birch, president of Concealed Carry."
 

VA: Firearms ban proposed for parks, centers (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two Northern Virginia park authorities are proposing to ban firearms from hundreds of parks and recreation centers, a move that would sidestep a recent law passed by the General Assembly. The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority are revising their rules and regulations for the first time in more than 20 years."
 

TX: Woman sues over police shooting of son
Submitted by: Lyndell Rottmann

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"A woman whose son was fatally shot by Houston police in 2000 while en route to a drug buy has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city and 2 undercover narcotics officers. Colleen Mahan alleges ... that her son ... was "killed for no good reason. His civil right to life, among other rights, was violated by these officers' unwarranted and unlawful actions."

The "Officers ... were cleared of any wrongdoing after a Houston Police Department investigation said use of deadly force was justified."
 

SD: Eddie Eagle stops to teach kids gun safety
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Eddie, accompanied by Lorie Janssen of the Dakotah Coteau Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Association), spent Thursday and Friday teaching general safety - and gun safety in particular - to Watertown area fourth graders. They taught their gun safety lessons without introducing a weapon onto school campuses.
Their presentations were the first time the NRA-sponsored and National Association of School Safety Association-endorsed Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, was taught in the Watertown area."
 

CA: Court allows local bans of gun shows
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Counties and cities in California may prohibit gun shows on their fairgrounds and other public properties, despite state laws that allow such events, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday."

"The decision was expected to set off an avalanche of new such ordinances across the state. In briefs submitted to the court, at least 20 cities and counties had urged the justices to allow such bans."

KABA NOTE: You can read the actual court decisions here: courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/ (Submitted by Jim W.)
 

GA: 3-year-old shoots and kills himself
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Munden says the gun was her dad's, Horton Williamson, but that gun is normally locked up. She says, "The last thing my daddy wanted to happen is for one of his guns, the bullet to go through a child." Just like many families, they didn't think it could happen to them, but it did. No charges are being filed."

KABA NOTE: Tragedies happen. But remember that many more children are killed every day in vehicle accidents, and every year in drownings.
 

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