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Justice Ginsburg Backs Value of Foreign Law over U.S. Constitution
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"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court embraced the practice of consulting foreign legal decisions on Friday, rejecting the argument from conservatives that United States law should not take international thinking into account."

"After a strongly worded dissent in a juvenile death penalty case from Justice Scalia last month that accused the court of putting too much faith in international opinion, Ginsberg said the U.S. should, if anything, consider international law more often."
 

Walk softly and carry a big Gun?
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Have you ever considered what you would do if you were traveling in a remote, unpopulated area and your vehicle broke down or your tire went flat? And for some reason that expensive cellular phone plan has a dead zone exactly where you are now stranded? What if the wrong person stopped to help you? ...The tide has turned, and common everyday citizens in 38 States now have 'Right to Carry' laws on their side. That 61 year old grandmother no longer seems like an easy target, because she might have a Concealed Firearm in her purse. ...type of legislation makes criminals think before they commit violent criminal acts."
 

"If everybody stuck to fists and forgot about the guns altogether"
Submitted by: News Admin

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Reporterette, deep in thought, ponders the following:

"Wouldn't the playing field be level and non-lethal if everybody stuck to fists and forgot about the guns altogether?"

Her email address: lwalker@journalsentinel.com
 

Justice Dept. Defends Secret Breaking & Entering and Theft under Patriot Act
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... "The data released by the Justice Department late Monday centered on its use of Section 213 of the law, which allows federal agents, with a court order, to enter a suspect's home or residence secretly and search for evidence without immediately telling the person they have been there. The provision is among those set to expire at the end of 2005."

"The new data showed that the Justice Department used the secret warrants 108 times from April 2003 to January 2005, for an average of almost five warrants per month. That represented a sharp increase from the last reported tally from October 2001 to April 2003, when 47 warrants were issued, for an average of fewer than three per month." ...
 

Bills pending in Congress that would grant broad immunity to gun dealers should not pass
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Gun violence remains a national tragedy. Look no further than the recent Columbine-style shootings in Red Lake, Minn. The FBI reports gun deaths in the US are rising - 14 percent between 1999 and 2003. Eight children a day are killed in this country by guns, according to the Centers for Disease Control." KABA Note: This is a lie. This statistic includes adults over 18 years of age.

"Yet even with such startling figures, and just six months after Congress shamefully allowed the assault weapons ban to expire, the National Rifle Association (NRA) remains committed to supporting bills now pending in the House and Senate that would grant broad immunity from liability in civil lawsuits to gun manufacturers and dealers. ..." -- KABA Note: Another attempt to mislead. What these gun banners call "assault" weapons are responsible for less than 2 percent of all crimes committed with firearms.

"Not all gun dealers, of course, are reckless, but the ATF reports over half of all guns used in crimes are purchased from just 1 percent of gun dealers. Clearly, they don't deserve the protection these bills would provide."
 

OH: Ohio handgun law has had little effect
Submitted by: News Admin

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"When Ohio's law allowing people to carry a concealed handgun took effect last April, it was the culmination of years of legal wrangling."

"Since then, crime hasn't dropped noticeably -- as touted in most pro-concealed carry arguments. Nor has there been an upturn in vigilante justice or accidents involving permit holders -- arguments pushed by anti-gun advocates."

"Although Ohio crime statistics aren't available for the first year of licensed concealed carry, the hoopla surrounding the law's rollout was much ado about nothing, said Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association."
 

M-107 Long Range Sniper Rifle
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Army has approved its new long-range .50-caliber sniper rifle, the M-107, for full materiel release to Soldiers in the field."

"The M-107 program is managed at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., by the Project Manager Soldier Weapons with engineering support provided by Picatinny’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center."

"The term 'full materiel release' signifies that the Army has rigorously tested and evaluated the item and determined that it is completely safe, operationally suitable and logistically supportable for use by Soldiers, officials said."
 

Caseless Rifle Ammo Gets Another Look
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Once more, the U.S. Army is looking at using caseless ammo, or ammo using plastic cartridges. Such a move would reduce ammo weight by about 20 percent. This makes a big difference to combat troops. Most of a nine man squad’s fire power come from its two 5.56mm machine-guns (M-249 SAW, or Squad Automatic Weapon). The 17.5 pound SAW normally uses a seven pound box magazine holding 200 rounds of ammo. The gunner usually carries three of these magazines into battle. Reducing ammo weight by 20 percent would save four pounds. This makes a difference, when you consider that the total weight a grunt is carrying comes to over 70 pounds (clothing, body armor, first aid kit, and lots of useful, or just mandatory, stuff.)"
 

Dave Workman: Disarming the populace is no way to protect against mass shootings
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"Recent headlines have brought the usual demands from gun control extremists for more laws and more restrictions on the private ownership of firearms. What the gun banners, and their media cheerleaders, have rather carefully ignored is that all of these brutal acts occurred in so-called 'gun-free' zones."

"After Columbine, state legislatures passed a flurry of “gun free school zone” laws that have hardly been a panacea to campus violence. When I went to high school in Tacoma, Washington, we had a rifle team, and kids brought their guns to school all the time. Nobody suffered so much as a scratch."
 

Debating the merits of liability protection for gun makers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gun manufacturers don’t want to be sued by third parties when someone illegally uses their products."

"Gun control advocates, on the other hand, oppose legislation that would prevent civil liability actions against the gun industry."

"That’s how the political battle lines are drawn as, once again, bills are pending in both the U.S. House and Senate that would limit legal action against gun companies, including Sigarms in Exeter and Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. in Newport."
 

MI: Cop is arraigned in Internet child-sex sting
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"A 27-year-old Detroit police officer landed on the other side of the law when he allegedly arranged a sexual encounter with someone he believed was a minor, authorities said."

"Daniel Mathison of Eastpointe was arraigned Thursday afternoon in 41B District Court in Clinton Township. Mathison was charged with multiple crimes, including child sexually abusive activity, using a computer in the commission of felonies and accosting a child for immoral purposes, Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said Thursday."

"He faces more than 40 years in prison if convicted of all charges."
 

WA: Coyote eats family pet; Fish and Wildlife says to shoot such predators with a paintball gun
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... "Over the weekend, a coyote killed her family's spaniel, Meme. A neighbor found her, maimed and half eaten." ...

"Fish and Wildlife agents ... won't trap coyotes because if one is relocated, there are many more that can and will move into its territory. Instead, they advise teaching kids to yell and throw something at a wild animal -- even arm yourself with a paintball gun." ...

"If you can get a situation where you can get the animal close and you can get a couple paintball rounds off and hit it a couple times, coyotes learn very quickly," says Wildlife Agent Rocky Spenser. "And they will recognize 'This is not a place I want to be.' " ...
 

OH: Headline: 'No guns' signs called a joke
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"The Columbus Dispatch is has, to its credit, finally done what other Ohio newspapers have failed to do. As part of its 'Conceal-Carry Anniversary' coverage, the newspaper has published a story examining the problem of criminals taking guns into businesses and public areas posted with "no-guns" signs, and investigated two recent incidences of disarmed CHL-holders being victimized because they had been disarmed by the law and the signs."
 

PA: Outcry unlikely to quell gunfire
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Illegal use of firearms has "already has claimed the lives of 16 Allegheny County residents this year." This reporter's got it all figured out:

"we, as a society, are far too comfortable having guns around." ...

"young men like to joke that it's easier to find a gun than a job." ...

"suburban drug addicts trade assault-style weapons and handguns to city drug dealers for heroin." ...

"The firearms lobby is too wealthy and powerful to be held accountable for crimes committed with its products. This means no politician hoping to be re-elected -- and that's every politician -- is crazy enough to take them on."

"In the meantime, guns in hand, our kids will continue to take on each other."
 

MT: Montana House condemns Patriot Act by Resolution, 88 to 12
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"The Montana legislature voted 88-12 to pass a resolution stating that the Patriot Act of 2001 violates citizens’ rights enshrined in the US and Montana constitutions. Although the resolution does not carry the authority of a law, it expresses the legislature’s opinion and encourages law enforcement agencies to avoid investigations that violate constitutional rights. The resolution must survive a final vote before it officially passes. All 12 dissenting votes were by Republican representatives."

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...but Republicans are "freedom fighters," right?
 

HI: Women of Hawaii Should Be Allowed to Carry Firearms
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"Honolulu police report an 18-year-old woman was kidnapped and gang raped by five men on Monday, March 28, 2005, at about 9 p.m. near the University of Hawaii. This gang initiation-like attack follows a series of rapes and sexual assaults in the area, including one on an 85-year-old woman, who was tied up and raped by a much bigger, stronger man with prior sex assault convictions."

"No one deserves to suffer that kind of attack. Everyone deserves the right to protect themselves. ..."
 

KY: Mother Defends Home Invasion Suspect
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Stephen Penn's mother admits her son was breaking the law when he broke into a neighbor's home, but she says he didn't deserve to die. ..."

"State Police say Shibley's son Stephen entered the home of Ozie Toole Sunday morning through a broken window. The two apparently got into an altercation and soon after shots rang out. ..."

"That man shouldn't have killed my son. My son didn't have a gun, my son was a good person."
 

CA: Burglar found by owner
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"An intruder trying to burglarize the gun safe of a Grandview Mobile Home Park resident met up with the homeowner outside — and fled after facing the business end of a revolver."
 

Pakistan: Pakistani gun bazaar still turns out cheap copies
Submitted by: Bill Arevalo

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"One reason for the ubiquitousness is that the workmen at Darra Adamkhel are masters of putting together functional copies of some of the world's most popular weapons"

"A copy of an Italian-made, pump-action shotgun, which costs about $1,300 in the West, can be had for between 3,000 and 8,000 rupees, just $50 to $135. A replica of the famous AK-47 assault rifle goes for about $50, a tenth of what the real things costs but just as deadly."

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Poster's Note: WOW! Look at those prices!
 

KS: Wichita may lose local gun laws
Submitted by: News Admin

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"The legislature today passed and sent to the governor a bill that creates major changes in state and local gun laws."

"The bill, SB 195, pre-empts existing local firearms laws, makes laws regarding the transporting of guns in the state more uniform, and allows retired law enforcement officers to carry weapons."

"Nicole Corcoran, spokesperson for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, said the governor hasn't had a chance to review the bill yet and wouldn't comment on a decision."
 

South Africa: KZN farmer robbed at gunpoint
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"A farmer was robbed of his vehicle and other belongings during an armed robbery at his farm Steilkraal in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga police said on Sunday."

"Police spokesperson Captain Abie Khoabane said the farmer heard footsteps outside his house and went to investigate on Saturday."
 

Australia: Flight ban on sharp objects to stay
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"AUSTRALIA is sticking by its ban on metal cutlery and sharp objects such as knitting needles on international flights, despite Britain easing such restrictions."

"From April 25, travellers aboard British flights will be allowed to keep items such as small scissors and knitting needles in their carry-on luggage and use steel cutlery to eat in-flight meals."

"Items such as corkscrews and penknives will remain banned."
 

Continue your support for S. 397 AND H.R. 800 (NRA)
Submitted by: News Admin

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"It is imperative that you continue to contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative and ask them to cosponsor and support S.397 and H.R. 800--without any anti-gun amendments--and put a halt to these reckless lawsuits once and for all. Again, please be sure to let them know that you consider any votes in support of anti-gun amendments to this legislation as votes against the bill itself."
 

IL: Gun-control bills under fire from hunters
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Illinois hunters and gun dealers are trying to shoot down a flurry of gun-control proposals they say rose from fear in the streets of Chicago, far from the downstate prairies and woods where guns are appreciated for sport."

"They see no room for compromise on Chicago-led efforts to ban assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles and ammunition, and they oppose proposals to require background checks for gun-show purchases and to limit gun buyers to one handgun per month."

"The problem is once you start banning things, where does it end?" ...
 

LA: Fatal shooting ruled self-defense
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

An argument over a child has left a 45-year-old Shreveport man shot to death.

Police concluded that last night's shooting was in self-defense and no charges will be filed.

They say Percy Davenport was killed during an argument that began over his four-year-old grandniece.

Investigators say Davenport pulled two guns and came after the child's father, who grabbed one of the guns and shot Davenport.

The name of the man who shot Davenport was not released.
 

MD: 911 Operators Sleeping on Job
Submitted by: News Admin

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"For the second time in eight months, a late-night 911 operator has been caught sleeping on the job, WBAL-TV and the Baltimore Sun report."

"The first time it happened, last August, a woman calling to report a prowler heard snoring on the line before the operator woke up."

"After that incident, brighter lights were installed at the call center in Millersville and more personnel added to the overnight shift, but that didn't stop another operator from dozing off on the morning of March 20."
 

NY: Teen brings gun to school (Second Incident in a Week)
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"As if it were some awful pre-April Fool’s Day prank, the same day a Bellport Middle School 12-year-old was arrested for pointing a loaded handgun at a classmate, Suffolk County Police arrested a 15-year-old Brentwood boy for bringing a loaded handgun to school on March 31."

"Administrators at Brentwood Freshman Center discovered that the student had a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun and called police. Detectives from the Third Precinct arrested the teen and charged him with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Police say he was charged as an adult because of his age ..."
 

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