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Mayor: Officers in taped beating will be fired
Submitted by: Jordan Kummer

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"Four Philadelphia police officers will be fired, two others will be disciplined and a supervising sergeant will be demoted because of the violent beating of three suspects caught after a shooting, the city's mayor and police commissioner said Monday."

"Lemoia Dyches, the mother of one of the suspects, told CNN that she was unable to see her son after his arrest. "They wouldn't even permit his attorney to see him," she said. "It strikes me as strange.""
 

Loophole
Submitted by: Chris Horton
Website: http://chris-horton.blogspot.com/

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"We all remember the oaths we took, and they didn't have an expiration clause. There is no debating that the Constitution is under assault from enemies both foreign and domestic. Our elected public servants should quake in fear each time they hear the phone ring, the fax hum, the click of a mouse button, or better yet the sound of their office door opening. And if we don't provide the reason for them to be afraid we will be derelict in our duties as free citizens. I have always gotten better results when the other person I am dealing with has to worry about me pulling them across the desk to emphasize the depth of my convictions." -- Comment on KeepandBearArms.com by "OK fellow vets." (5/16/2008)
 

CA: Ex-LA cop sentenced to 102 years in prison
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A former Los Angeles police officer who participated in home invasion robberies staged to look like police raids was sentenced Monday to 102 years in prison.

William Ferguson, 35, was convicted of participating in more than 40 phony raids from early 1999 to June 2001 at homes in working-class neighborhoods while he worked at the department's scandal-ridden Rampart Division.

In January, a federal jury convicted him of conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights, conspiracy to possess marijuana and cocaine, violating the civil rights of others and using a firearm during a violent crime.
 

OH: Concealed carry permit holders renewing licenses
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Northeast Ohio's licensed concealed carry handgun permit holders are beginning to line up to take care of their required renewals. First instituted in 2004, the concealed carry permit process must be renewed between 90 days prior to the holder's expiration date to 30 days after. If the permit is not renewed within this time slot, a document holder must retake the required several-hour course. The renewal process began only several weeks ago with both Lake and Geauga County sheriff departments saying business has been brisk.
 

NY: Yaphank shooting range dispute may go to state
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Local activists fighting a two-year battle against a Yaphank shooting range have persuaded Brookhaven Town officials to try to use state laws to close the facility, which both groups contend is a noise disturbance and a threat to water quality.
 

KY: NRA fears disaster if Democrat wins in fall
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Using Kentucky as a stage, a string of high-profile speakers at the National Rifle Association's 137th annual meeting painted the 2008 presidential race as a showdown over the right to bear arms. But the fall election also could prove to be a key test of the NRA's political muscle.
 

NY: Microstamping demonstration turns into heated debated
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel today went to the New York State Police firing range in Albany to call attention to a live demonstration of semiautomatic pistols equipped with microstamping technology.
 

NY: Governor Paterson proposes legislation to reduce gun violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Governor David A. Paterson today proposed legislation designed to reduce gun violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The proposed legislation would increase public safety by providing law enforcement officials with more complete information to ensure guns are purchased legally. The legislation also includes proposals in response to the Virginia Tech shooting last year.
 

TN: Sheriff: Serial Burglar Shot, Killed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A man wanted for home break-ins in as many as 10 counties picked the wrong house last week in White County. Police said the burglar, Bryan Cook, 32, of Crossville, attempted to rob a house but was shot and killed by homeowner, Keith Girdley.
 

Gun Control or People Control
Submitted by: Anonymous

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TheStateOf . . . Gun Control. Do you believe that each American citizen has the right to possess guns? High-powered guns? Uzis?

Comment on Gun control vs the 2nd amendment.

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My personal favorite:

Denmark Vesey, on May 8th, 2008 at 8:46 am Said:

The question isn’t should people be “allowed” to own or buy guns.
The question is WHO should do the “allowing”?
 

U.S. Supreme Court to Determine Meaning of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After nearly 70 years of silence regarding the Second Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court is presiding over the District of Columbia vs. Heller and is expected to render a decision in June.

At issue, as attorney and Independent Institute Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook explains in his new book The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms (June 6, 2008 / Ivan R. Dee / $28.95), is whether the Second Amendment protects a citizen's right to privately keep arms.
 

"...few freemen died by the rope when they had arms in their hands..."
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...Mr. Foote considered it an insult to place Mississipi on such a disgraceful position, as calling on her sons to make war on the General Government. When such a time did arise, he would deliberate and decide the question. When his State was assaulted--when she called to arms--when his fireside was invaded, he would have no difficulty in deciding where his allegiance was due. He would not in such a case pause to chop logic upon where his allegiance called him; his heart told him where that allegiance was due. . . . They might be called traitors, and the General Government might prepare the rope wherewith to hang them; but at this day it ought to be known that but a few freemen died by the rope when they had arms in their hands..."
 

TX: Texas Land Commissioner Patterson's wait for vindication may be long
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has said that gun prohibitions in national parks are unconstitutional, and that the U.S. Supreme Court will likely lend credence to that view when it eventually rules in an upcoming gun case.

But constitutional law scholars said last week that if Patterson is waiting for clear vindication from the country's top court, he may be waiting for a long time.
 

Painting the nation's arms neon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most of us can be fairly certain that Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City doesn't know us from Adam....

However, in an elaborately put together press junket in NYC, thousands of miles from Lauer at his business in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Bloomberg not only called him out by name, but also insulted his business, telling the crowd of news reporters and politicians he believes there to be malice behind the firearm finishing market, which includes the innovative product Lauer makes, DuraCoat. Further, Bloomberg predicted tragedy would result if firearms were not prohibited in certain bright colors.
 

The NRA On Sen. John McCain, Then And Now
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sen. John McCain is scheduled to speak before the NRA convention in Louisville this Friday, May 16, 2008, and I suspect he might have to perform a high-wire act to impress most of the folks in attendance.

The NRA has pilloried and even ridiculed Sen. McCain over the years in its magazine articles and graphic caricatures of him.

For example, there's an article from the NRA magazine America's First Freedom from July 2001, called, "What's Happened To John McCain?" In it the NRA says:

The gun control debate in Washington has hit center stage because Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has now become one of the premier flag carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment.
 

PA: A Clever End Run on Gun Regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pennsylvania law gives the attorney general the power to adopt consumer-protection regulations that have the "force and effect of law." Pennsylvania law provides that the "Attorney General may adopt, after public hearing, such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the enforcement and administration of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL). Such rules and regulations when promulgated shall have the force and effect of law."

The courts have held that the attorney general has broad power to adopt consumer regulations to protect the public from both unfair and deceptive business practices.
 

NY: Assembly Calls For Legislative Action On Gun Violence Package Before Conclusion Of Session
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol today called for Senate action on a series of gun safety measures aimed at helping law enforcement officers track down illegal guns, keeping guns out of the hands of felons and children, and banning advanced weaponry used to kill police officers.
 

NY: Microstamping debate video
Submitted by: Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
Website: http://blog.nysrpa.org

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New Yorkers Against Gun Violence tried putting on a bogus microstamping demo in Albany today. Greg Ball and the NSSF were uninvited guests.
 

NY: Ball at firearms demonstration
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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State Assemblyman Greg Ball apparently made his feelings known today on a piece of legislation that would require every semi-automatic weapon manufactured in the state capable of stamping a unique code onto the cartridge case of fired ammuntion. The information, proponents say, can help police link the ammunition to the gun it was fired from without having the gun.
 

IL: Public input to be sought on conceal carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Winnebago County Board member Randy Olson said a groundswell of public support is needed to nudge the Legislature to fall in line with the other 48 states and adopt some form of conceal carry legislation.

If the Winnebago County Board adopts its own conceal carry gun law, Olson said, “It would be our goal that every other county in the state follow suit.”
 

PA: Group of Gun Owners Protest Treatment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A group of gun owners aimed for justice Tuesday in Lackawanna County. They want two Dickson City police officers disciplined for the way they handled a situation involving guns.

A group stood outside the Dickson City Municipal Building, guns visibly on their hips, talking to people before the council meeting began.

Inside, there was more discussion about the second amendment and whether two part-time Dickson City police officers should be reprimanded for their actions last week at Old Country Buffet, a restaurant in the borough.
 

LA: Safe or Sorry?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The all-encompassing nature of the bill poses a major concern for Loyola University — a private, Catholic institution — amid strong opinions for and against integrating guns into campus life. The Rev. Kevin J. Wildes, Loyola president, opposes the Wooton bill....

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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus — a national organization promoting gun carriers' rights on college campuses — has more than 30,000 members nationwide, and some Loyola students hope to be included in that number. A local SCCC chapter is in its formative stages at Loyola, and the group hopes to be chartered as an official campus organization in the fall.
 

American gun lovers feeling under fire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But there was a sense of siege hanging over the annual National Rifle Association convention here this weekend.

It didn't all stem from booth after booth advertising firearms as the best method of dealing with that middle-of-the-night home invader.

There is a sense that no matter how the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign shakes out, freedom is again under threat – the freedom to pack heat and defend home and loved ones with lethal force.
 

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