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Gunning for safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At what point in life do jobs gain the right to abridge your constitutionally guaranteed rights?"

"In Des Moines, Iowa a Pizza Hut driver was recently suspended for carrying a hand gun while he was delivering. A handgun which was barred by Pizza Hut in their policies." ...

"A situation such as this calls into question Pizza Hut's policy."

"Although it is understandable for Pizza Hut to want as little armed conflict as possible on their delivery routes, it is also completely understandable for delivery drivers to want the ability to protect themselves."

"The second amendment grants you the right to carry a handgun, so what right does Pizza Hut have to supersede that right in their policy?" ...
 

More than 10% of pilots allowed to fly armed
Submitted by: Frank

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"More than one in 10 of the nation's airline pilots are cleared to carry a handgun while flying, and the number will continue to grow, according to a Transportation Security Administration projection."

"The TSA, which has declined to disclose the number of armed pilots, revealed in a recent budget document that 10.8% of airline crewmembers were authorized to carry guns." ...

"The TSA projects the program to grow to 16.5% of eligible pilots by the year 2011."

"Aviation experts were surprised and alarmed that so many pilots are toting guns in the sky." ...
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Submitter's Note: And they report it like it's a bad thing?!?
 

Surprise: Obama against concealed carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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thinks it's a big deal and a quasi-reversal from his previous 'moderate' rhetoric on the issue acknowledging the need for home defense. I don't see it. Knowing everything you now know about Obama — including the fact that he thinks someone should be guilty of a felony if a burglar steals his gun and uses it to shoot someone — what would you guess would be his position? Well, that's exactly what it is. The doctrinaire liberal takes the doctrinaire liberal stance, as he did in 1996, all within the context of the new 'nonpartisan' spirit he's bringing to Washington, mind you:" ...
 

Obama Comes Out Against Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Barack Obama is embracing anti-gun policies in the run-up to a Democratic presidential debate scheduled on the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings."

"'I am not in favor of concealed weapons,' Obama told the Pittsburgh Tribune. 'I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.'"

"These remarks break from Obama's previous moderate rhetoric on gun control."

"While campaigning in Idaho in February, Obama promised, 'I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns.'" ...
 

GA: Senate OKs concealed guns in eateries, MARTA
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"Georgians with concealed weapons permits could carry guns on MARTA trains, and into restaurants as long as they don't drink, under a bill that passed the Senate after two rounds of contentious debate Wednesday."

"Senators tacked the provisions onto HB 257, a bill that would have allowed Magistrate Court constables to carry guns, and significantly expanded its scope."

"The last minute changes come after months of intense pressure from the National Rifle Association and Georgia gun groups to loosen the state's weapons laws." ...
 

NJ: Lautenberg And Andrews Ignore The Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Jersey conservative Republican leader Dr. Murray Sabrin, the Garden State's strongest advocate of limited government and individual freedom and candidate for United States Senate, highlighted Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Rob Andrews' extreme opposition to the United States Constitution using the Second Amendment as a key example."

"The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is self-explanatory. ... The National Rifle Association has rated Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Rob Andrews an 'F' when it comes to their positions on the Americans right to 'bear Arms.'" ...
 

TN: Owners' permit records will stay open to public
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposal to make secret the names and addresses of Tennesseans who have handgun carry permits died in a whirlwind of political intrigue Wednesday, aided by state House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh."

"First, freshman House member Henry Fincher engineered a vote on the bill while two of its opponents — two of his more senior colleagues — were out of the room."

"In turn, Naifeh reversed the vote with the help of the House's newest member, Karen Camper, who had been sworn in only about an hour earlier."

"The end result: The names and addresses of permit holders will remain public for now." ...
 

PA: Gun-control advocates undeterred by another legislative loss
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill to limit the number of handguns a person could buy to one a month has met its fate - defeat."

"Another measure that would have allowed municipalities such as Philadelphia to make their own gun laws - vanquished."

"And the push to curb illegal gun trafficking? As of Tuesday evening, shot down."

"It was the latest loss in the last six months for Pennsylvania's gun-control movement, but nevertheless its advocates insisted yesterday they had only just begun their fight."

"'We have started to draw the gun-safety issue out of the shadows - which is where the special-interests lobby of the NRA wanted it to stay - and we are not going to stop now,' Joe Grace, executive director of CeaseFire PA, said yesterday. ..." ...
 

GA: A case of revenge that almost worked
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"On Wednesday, Democrats in the Senate very nearly pulled off an exquisite maneuver that would have killed the only gun bill Republicans have been able to pass this session."

"State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) successfully added an amendment that would have required universities to develop plans for dealing with shooting incidents, like the one at Virginia Tech last year."

"The amendment doubled the length of the bill, and Senate rules required the bill be placed on the next day’s calendar. Had Republicans not awarded themselves a generous mulligan, the amendment would have put the bill out of reach for the session." ...
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Submitter's note: Kindergarten schoolyard tactics displayed by State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta).
 

GA: Gun bill passes, could be revived (another view)
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"Under a proposal that cleared the state Senate today, guns would be allowed on public transportation and at restaurants as long as the gun owner isn't drinking alcohol."

"The bill passed 37-17 after a furious round of legislative maneuvering by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other Republican leaders."

"It revives a stalled proposal to expand the public places where Georgians with concealed weapon permits may bring their firearms." ...

"The bill now moves to a conference committee with the House, where some GOP lawmakers have tried to broaden the legislation further. A proposal by Rep. Tim Bearden ... would have allowed Georgians to carry a gun into churches, political rallies or sporting events." ...
 

OH: OFCC Testifies in Support of Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"OFCC member Gary Witt was one of two witnesses testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bill 184 (Castle Doctrine) on April 2, 2008. The Committee also heard from Students For Concealed Carry member Steve Feltoon in support of the bill and from two opponents of the bill. Testifying against the bill were representatives of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police."

"Witt reports that the committee seemed favorable to the bill, asking tough questions of the representatives of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police." ...
 

States may free inmates to save millions
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"Lawmakers from California to Kentucky are trying to save money with a drastic and potentially dangerous budget-cutting proposal: releasing tens of thousands of convicts from prison, including drug addicts, thieves and even violent criminals."

"Officials acknowledge that the idea carries risks, but they say they have no choice because of huge budget gaps brought on by the slumping economy." ...

"But not everyone is sold on the idea."

"'Economics cannot be the engine that drives the train of public safety,' said Terrence Jungel, executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs' Association. 'Government has no greater responsibility than the protection of its citizens.'" [emphasis added]
 

NY: Officer Charged With DWI
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Binghamton Police put an officer on leave after he's charged with DWI."

"40 year old Dennis Redner was involved in a 2 car crash last night."

"A man in the neighborhood took this picture and posted it on You News TV." ...

"The vehicles hit at the intersection of East Catherine and Broad Avenue."

"Acting Chief Joe Zikuski says Redner was driving on East Catherine."

"A witness saw his vehicle stop at the sign."

"Zikuski says Redner pulled out in front of the other vehicle on Broad Avenue."

"The other driver was 67 year old Lillian Bryan of Conklin."

"She was treated and released, and Redner was not injured."

"Binghamton Police charged Redner with DWI and Failure To Yield at a Stop Sign." ...
 

NY: ATF Shares NY State Crime Gun Data
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"William G. McMahon, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) New York Field Division today releases aggregate trace data for crime guns recovered in New York State for calendar year 2007." ...
 

MD: Federal suit filed against police unit, city - 17 plaintiffs allege officers violated their civil rights (another view)
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"Craig Kemp, a Baltimore man who said that a rogue squad of police officers held his family hostage and stole thousands of dollars from him in November 2005, is among 17 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday against the city and the Baltimore Police Department."

"The civil rights action claims unconstitutional detentions and warrantless searches by Special Enforcement Team officers who worked mostly in Southeast Baltimore. The plaintiffs allege that the behavior was systemic and tolerated by the Baltimore Police Department leadership and city officials."

"The unit has previously been accused of drawing up fictional or embellished charging documents, prompting city prosecutors to stop using its members as witnesses. ..." ...
 

MD: Morgan police records altered -- Officers say chief told staff to 'unarrest' student
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"The police chief at Morgan State University personally intervened this month to reverse and expunge the arrest of a scholarship student accused of theft and resisting arrest in a dispute that began over an unpaid $6.50 tab at a campus dining hall ..."

"After personally persuading prosecutors at Central Booking to drop charges filed by his own officers, Chief Adrian J. Wiggins pushed for official police statements to be rewritten as if no arrest occurred ..."

"Two campus officers have been disciplined for failing to obey the chief's 'unarrest' requests, and they filed a lawsuit yesterday in Circuit Court to have their punishments reviewed, Michael Marshall, their attorney, said." ...
 

SC: Charged with DUI, Horry deputy resigns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A deputy with the Horry County Sheriff's Office resigned Monday, one day after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol."

"Christopher Jerome Palmer, 37, of Conway, was arrested at 7 p.m. Sunday by Conway police. He was held overnight at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and released Monday on a personal recognizance bond, authorities said."

"Palmer submitted his resignation Monday, according to Sheriff Phillip Thompson. Palmer was hired by the department on Oct. 31, 2005."

"'He was a good employee up until that point,' Thompson said. 'No problems prior to that.'"

"Thompson said Palmer 'voluntarily resigned.'" ...
 

MO: County officer charged with pulling gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After more than two weeks, city authorities Wednesday decided to issue a warrant charging an off-duty St. Louis County police officer with pulling a gun on a parking attendant."

"But it might be a while before the county police department decides whether to discipline the officer."

"The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office Wednesday announced it had issued a warrant charging County Police Officer Ryan O'Connor, 34, of Fenton, with third degree assault, a misdemeanor.O'Connor allegedly pointed the gun at Al Ousseynou Ba, on-site property manager at the St. Louis Marketplace ... around 1 p.m. on March 17."

"Missouri law prohibits O'Connor from being charged with a felony because he is a law enforcement officer ..." ...
 

LA: Former Baton Rouge PD officer charged with child pornography
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

U.S. Attorney David Dugas has announced that a former lieutenant with the Baton Rouge Police Department has been charged for child pornography.

Dugas said that Paul Ruiz was charged in a formal bill of information with distribution of child pornography. If convicted, the charges carry a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Dugas said that no trial or arraignment date has been set.
 

MN: St. Paul settles lawsuit by pawnshops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two pawnshop chains that sued the city of St. Paul over how police handle potentially stolen merchandise have settled the suit for $35,000 — and a reminder to police that they should adhere closely to the city's property-confiscation policy."

"The chains ... filed a federal civil rights suit last spring alleging police had illegally seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in pawned property over seven years." ...

"Between 1997 and 2004, Rixmann claims, police confiscated without just cause more than $600,000 in property from the pawnshops. He said they have auctioned off confiscated items on the police auction Web site if investigators couldn't link an item to a crime and kept the proceeds." ...
 

MD: 7 sue city police over 'rogue' tactics
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"Seventeen plaintiffs in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday claim they were the victims of a special plainclothes unit of the Baltimore Police Department that repeatedly made arrests without good cause, executed illegal searches and seizures of the detainees’ homes and filed charges that did not result in convictions."

"The 60-page lawsuit ... alleges members of an East Side Special Enforcement Team, the SET ‘B’ squad, carried out their mission to 'respond to emerging violent crime problems' without regard to constitutional constraints and without objection from their superiors."

"The suit also accuses the officers of filing false reports to justify unwarranted and fruitless searches." ...
 

DC: Lanier blames self in initiative
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier yesterday blamed herself for the backlash against a new crime-stopping initiative to search homes for illegal guns, saying she never intended for officers to knock on doors, then ask to enter without a warrant." ...

"The March 12 press release from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat, announcing the program stated 'officers will go door-to-door ... to ask residents if they will allow officers to do security checks of their homes.'"

"Asked why the police department's press office confirmed that officers would be asking to search homes without warrants in exchange for amnesty from certain gun and drug charges, Chief Lanier said 'I didn't have all the details.'" ...
 

SC: Horry County police officer charged
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"Horry County police arrested one of its own Wednesday following an investigation into a burglary of a Conway business reported to police on March 31."

"Horry County police department's criminal investigation division arrested 38-year-old Thomas Jefferson Chestnut, a three year veteran of the department, according to a release from the department."

"Investigators charged Chestnut with second-degree burglary and misconduct in office after investigators took a report of the theft from a Conway woman."

"According to the arrest warrant, investigators said Chestnut took a Dell laptop, Dell desk monitor, and a Nikon digital camera; all totaling $1,700 from a business on Lenox Drive in Conway." ...
 

CA: Locals to lie down in protest of gun violence
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"Seven years after her beautiful and talented daughter, Laura, was gunned down by a mentally ill man, Amanda Wilcox maintains a vigil for firearm violence prevention."

"She will do that at noon, April 16, at the Grass Valley Sierra College campus, accompanied by members of the Nevada County Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The chapter will join the school's Associated Students and others across the country to stage a 'Lie-In,' during which people will lay down for three minutes to demonstrate the short time it takes to buy a gun in America." ...
 

NY: Local NRA banquet has really grown up
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"This year's Mid Hudson Friends of NRA Banquet isn't going to be just another dinner in a long line of successful dinners. There will be a added twist: This year's event is going to be a birthday party."

"The first FNRA dinner in this area was held in 1994; our little baby therefore, turns 15 this year. And if I must say so myself, he - or she - has become a well-adjusted teenager." ...
 

MA: Rifle demonstration to show volume of neighbors' complaint
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"Rifle range proponents will shoot again on the Brandli parcel."

"Members of Lancaster’s Board of Appeals will visit the South Meadow Road site April 13 to hear for themselves how much noise various firearms make at the rifle range. Neither side of the debate knows, however, if this sound check will be the last gunfire heard."

"Members of the Clinton Fish & Game Protective Association went before the board March 26 seeking a special permit to reopen the rifle range, which is owned by Clinton but located within Lancaster. Lancaster’s building inspector ordered the range closed in May 2007, because it is in a residential zone. The board voted last week to visit the site and hear the gunshots themselves ..." ...
 

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