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Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Tells Brady Campaign to 'Stop Lying and Admit You Support Gun Bans'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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another handgun ban, this one in Washington, D.C., where legislation has been introduced to restore to law-abiding citizens the right of self-defense."

The ... CCRKBA today challenged the Brady group to publicly acknowledge that it consistently supports bans on the private ownership of firearms, despite claims to the contrary."

"'The proposal that the Brady Bunch is opposing,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'would end a gun ban that's been in effect for nearly 30 years. The ban has prevented law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, because handguns have been banned in the District, and you can't even keep a rifle or shotgun in a residence unless it is dismantled and rendered inoperable.'" ...
 

National Rifle Association still armed and dangerous
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Among the favored few and special interests who raise huzzahs to the Bush administration, none can feel more beholden than the National Rifle Association. The competition may be keen. But no Bush beneficiary ... can be happier at this moment than the gun lobby."

"Remember last Sept. 13? That's when the assault weapons ban a landmark law and long festering sore point with the NRA was allowed to die as the president stood by, hands clasped. ..."

"Would the lobby now let up? With its guys clearly calling the turn in Congress, nothing's needed there beyond the normal courtesy calls. So how might the NRA's small army of legal talent be kept usefully employed? ... Those lawyers have fanned out like locusts into the legislative halls of every state capitol. Their goal is to widen the beachhead for gun laws that won't stop until every American packs a pistol as casually and yes, as lawfully as his cell phone." ...
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Submitter's Note: As long as all those "packing" follow the four rules, it sounds like Heaven to me.
 

NY: Taking aim at sniper rifles -- Pols seek a state ban on .50-caliber terror
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The manufacturer of a .50-caliber sniper rifle boasts that it can bring down an airplane with a single shot, and that's just one of the things about it that worries local lawmakers."

"'There is no reason to have this [sniper rifle] in a civil society - in our society,' said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who compared the rifle to a Humvee, saying that it is 'the best of the best' in terms of sniper rifles."

"She and other Democratic lawmakers are hoping to outlaw the rifle with a proposed state law called the Anti-Terrorism and Aviation Act. They say the gun could also be used to wreak havoc on chemical plants or oil storage facilities." ...
 

TX: Man allegedly shoots would-be burglars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Was it self-defense or vigilante justice? Police say a man shot two burglars who broke into his house Monday morning."

"It happened at North 18th and Cumberland in Waco. After two unarmed men broke into a house there, police say the man who lived drove up and shot both of them. When they ran away, he started shooting their car."

"One of the shooting victims was found in a nearby alley. Neighbor Alma McDonald saw him collapse." ...

"Another victim ran to a nearby muffler shop, where employees gave him first-aid." ...

"We attempted to get the homeowner's side of things, but got no answer at his door."

"There is a state law allowing you to shoot burglars under limited circumstances. Investigators are trying to figure out if it applies in this case. Both suspect were unarmed." ...
 

OH: Budget cuts: Some Lawrence Co. residents seeking own means of self-protection (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although gun ban extremists often suggest that rural people have no need to bear arms for self-defense because crime rates are low where they live, the Ironton Tribune is reporting that area residents have much to be concerned about when it comes to crime these days."

"From the story:" ...

"A week ago, the village's police department was closed in a cost-cutting move. A few days later, village officials turned out the street lights because there was no money to pay the bill."

"Now, residents are up in arms because of reports that an alleged child molester is moving into the small community. ..." ...
 

NY: Police Blotter: [Off-duty] Deputy sheriff halts robbery with firearm (second story on page)
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"On 4/16/05 a suspect entered the A Plus Sunoco, jumped over the counter, grabbed the clerk and told him to open the safe. The safe was opened and the suspect reached in and grabbed two cash trays and a box containing money. As the suspect was climbing back over the counter Off Duty Deputy John VanHemel was walking into the store. The deputy identified himself and drew his firearm, directing the suspect to drop the money and get onto the floor. The money was dropped but the suspect fled out a south side door... MFU is following up." [Emphasis added]
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Poster's Note: Armed self-defense works! This could have been any Rochesterian with a CCW permit.
 

IL: New electronic map highlights Chicago crime
Submitted by: medicdave

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Submitter's Note: Slashdot, the web's foremost news-for-nerds site, reported today that a new "hack" has appeared for the popular Google Maps web service.

The web site chicagocrime.org uses Google Maps to display a daily-updated "crime map", providing a chilling display of recent crimes perpetrated in one of the gun control movement's flagship US cities.

Thanks to Chicago's mayor Daley, effective self-defense by law-abiding city residents is all but impossible, leaving them at the mercy of violent criminals (to whom gun control laws have never applied).

[The Google-powered Chicago crime map can be accessed by clicking a "Browse by" navigation link after following this story's headline link.]
 

DC: GOP gunslinging in D.C.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ... feels sorry for us here in the District of Columbia. She's seen our crime-plagued streets, she feels our pain, and she's decided she has an answer for us. She wants to eliminate the majority of our gun laws."

"What inspired the plucky Texan to decide to suddenly stand up for all of us? It probably wasn't the mayor or the police commissioner or the school superintendent, who all announced they oppose her idea. And the decline in the city's homicide rate didn't suggest a drastic need for change." ...

"Apparently those of us living in the nation's capital are being denied our Second Amendment rights and, well, she's just trying to help." ...
 

TX: Darien Lake Will Turn Away Sex Offenders
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Six Flags Amusement Parks are sending a strong message to sex offenders: they're not welcome.

Season passes to all of Six Flags' Amusement Parks, which include Darien Lake, now state that the company reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone convicted of a sex crime. Six Flags is the first amusement park chain to single out sex offenders.

The company says it adds an extra layer of protection for visitors.

There's no word on how they'll know if someone is a sex offender.
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Submitter's Note: It's a pretty simple concept called a database. And thanks to the REAL ID act, gun owners (who, unlike sex offenders, have committed no crime) can look forward to the same treatment.
 

AZ: Twisted coverage and myths shot down 'guns-in-bars' bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Why on Earth would the National Rifle Association promote laws so 'gun-toting' people could 'pack heat' in bars and not drink?"

"Say what? That doesn't even make sense. It's beyond stupid. And in fact, the NRA promoted no such thing."

"But you wouldn't know it from reading the papers or following newscasts."

"The inaccurately characterized 'guns-in-bars' bill received twisted coverage, using derision and phony Wild West mythology, from reporters and editors who earned rebuke for such unethical spin."

"While reporters cried wolf and instilled fear in a public they misinformed, 70,000 FBI-certified Arizonans, licensed to discreetly carry firearms, just hoped they would finally be allowed to eat meals in normal restaurants without leaving their guns in their cars as current law requires." ...
 

IL: Chicago Tribune Profiles IL's NRA Lobbyist
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Despite Democrat control of the General Assembly, the National Rifle Association's lobbyist in Illinois, Todd Vandermyde, embarked upon on aggressive agenda this session not only beating back Chicago-sponsored gun control measurers but proactively moving the pro-2A cause forward including a victory to eliminate the state police's back-door gun registry." ...
 

KY: Community Activist Says Stopping Cycle Of Violence Begins At Home
Submitted by: Barry Bright

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"Louisville has had a homicide every weekend for the last three weeks, all involving guns. One local activist is on a mission to spread peace and stop violence in our neighborhoods by getting handguns out of Louisville homes. WAVE 3's Anne Marshall investigates." ...

"The message [community activist Christopher] 2X is sending is simple: a gun is a tool used by the weak. He says a strong community is the most powerful of weapons. But he knows change won't happen overnight." ...
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Submitter's Note: Tell these individuals what you think about this: amarshall@wave3tv.com, mdever@wave3tv.com, and the station's message board.
 

PA: Gun 'flew' from cop's hand
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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investigators he lost control of his service weapon and fatally shot Jesse Sollman accidentally ..."

"The encounter happened ... just minutes after Renninger cleaned his service revolver [sic] and used a substance on it called Gun Scrubber that left a 'white powder' residue on the weapon ..." ...

"Renninger told the investigators that he found Sollman in the room and they discussed how to remove the residue, sources said. As Sollman started to leave the room, he and Renninger bumped into each and Renninger lost control of his weapon, sources said.

"'The firearm flew out of his hand. He grabbed for (the gun) and in grabbing it, squeezed the trigger and shot Jesse as Jesse was walking out of the room,' ..." ...
 

NC: Carry a gavel, carry a gun; Bill for armed judges goes to House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Having a permit to carry a concealed weapon doesn't mean people can take a gun everywhere. Some trial judges do want the right to bring a firearm into their courtrooms and state lawmakers are pushing a bill that would allow them to do just that."

"Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell knows how it feels to be the target. She was once threatened by a litigant."

"She is not the only one. Other judges here and across the country have been hit with threats. Now some want to pack a pistol under their robe."

"'Certainly that may be a method by which some judges do have to protect themselves. In my particular situation that's not a course I would take personally,' said McKoy-Mitchell." ...
 

MI: Hearing delayed for state trooper charged with shooting homeless man
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"A hearing for a state trooper charged in the shooting death of a homeless man was postponed Monday to give the trooper's attorney more time to prepare the case."

"A preliminary hearing for Trooper Jay Morningstar is now scheduled for June 21."

"Morningstar is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the April 14 death of Eric Williams, 40, of Detroit. He is free on bond and was placed on paid leave the day after the shooting."

"Morningstar, 35, was in court Monday with his attorney, Richard Convertino, a former federal prosecutor who resigned from the U.S. Department of Justice last week. Convertino was the lead prosecutor in a Detroit terrorism case that fell apart because of prosecutorial misconduct." ...
 

AZ: North Scottsdale police give out gun locks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Little may North Scottsdale residents realize that located mere miles from their quiet gated communities, lies the nation's largest gun club facility."

"Advertised as 'the ultimate shooting experience,' on its Web site, Scottsdale Gun Club's 30,000-square-foot facility with showroom, firing range and conference room offers members the ability to practice target shooting on one of 32 lanes, rent machine guns or join a practical pistol shooting league." ...

"The club recently celebrated its first anniversary with a public safety event co-sponsored by Scottsdale Police Department. ..."

"During the Scottsdale event, 250 gun locks were given out by police officers. Another 750 locks are still available for pick-up ..." ...
 

MD: Jury Selection Continues in Murder Trial of U.S. Marshal
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Jury selection continues Tuesday for the U.S. marshal charged with killing a man after a traffic accident.

Arthur Lloyd is accused of shooting U.S. Navy seaman Ryan Stowers of Redding, California, after the accident last October on Rockville Pike. Lloyd's defense team argues that he shot Stowers in self-defense.

Jury selection got under way Monday. A pool of about 125 potential jurors was brought in.

The two men apparently got into a fist fight after a traffic dispute and then Lloyd allegedly shot Stowers with his service weapon while he was off-duty.

The judge says the trial should last about three weeks.
 

CA: Taser civilian sales spark showdown
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"The chief executive of Taser International Inc. has camped out at a Sacramento hotel this spring, conferring with a veteran Republican lobbyist and waging an intense campaign to preserve its right to sell stun guns to consumers in California"

"The company, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is trying to defeat a California Assembly bill that proposes to outlaw future sales to civilians. But Taser CEO Rick Smith isn't stopping there."

"Along with lobbyist Robyn Black, he is mustering support in the California Assembly for a rival bill that would allow civilians to purchase stun guns but would regulate the sales." ...
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Submitter's Note: They don't want you to have a gun, they don't want you to have a TASER, can we still use our fists in self-defense?
 

TX: Cabela's Reports Major Theft of Guns from Store's Storage Site
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"Federal agents are investigating the disappearance of 76 firearms from a storage site being used by Cabela's, the outdoors superstore set to open in Fort Worth this month." ...

"The guns are valued at more than $100,000, [Tom Crowley, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] said." ...

"The weapons could have been missing for as long as two weeks before Saturday, Crowley said. Investigators are conducting interviews and 'looking into whether this was a burglary,' he said." ...
 

OR: C.O. junior shooters take state, on to nationals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Coach Ken Gathman today announced that the Eagles have accepted an invitation to the 2005 National Guard Bureau Junior Air Rifle National Championships, to be held at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green."

"The High Desert Eagles are sponsored by the Mt. Jefferson Rifle, Archery and Pistol Association and practice 3 times per week at the Madras Range. Membership is open to all juniors through age 20 and new members are welcome. The competitive shooting sports involve specialized equipment and is provided by the club for new and developing shooters wishing to try the sport. ... Additional information is available at the parent club website http://www.mjrapa.org."
 

PA: Women-only firearm clinic planned Saturday in Roscoe
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Last fall, Helen Gazdick decided to stop shooting the breeze about firearms and just start shooting."

"Her husband being a member of the Roscoe Sportsmen's Association, Gazdick decided to take up recreational shooting as a hobby at the club."

"Now she wants other women to learn just how fun it is."

"Through the sportsmen's club, Gazdick has organized a women-only shooting clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday." ...
 

PA: Gun-violence panelist: Issue goes beyond city
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"Five people were shot and killed in York, Pa., during one week in March. During the first three months of the year, 72 people were killed by gunfire in Philadelphia."

"So on March 31, Gov. Rendell created a commission to address gun violence in the state."

He selected Walter Phillips, a 10th-generation Philadelphian and former federal prosecutor, to chair the bipartisan, 26-member group." ...
 

CT: Gun control activist to auction off finger-cutting device
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"Joel Gonzalez is bringing cutting edge equipment to the Internet. Literally."

"Gonzalez, who cut off the tip of his finger outside the state Capitol in 1994 to protest efforts by the gun lobby to scuttle tougher firearms laws, is selling the homemade guillotine and hammer used in the severance on eBay. The bidding begins at $50,000." ...

"Gonzalez told the Connecticut Post that he wants to sell the items to raise money needed to continue his activism in causes including bringing prayer back into schools, finding more money for education, abolishing the death penalty and, of course, strengthening gun control laws." ...
 

VA: County optimistic of financial benefit as Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival unrolls its villages at Virginia Motorsports Park in June
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It apparently takes large numbers of paying customers for the Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival to bring financial benefit to the Dinwiddie County revenue stream, according to official records."

"Weather affected the 2003 and the 2004 attempts at a successful festival in Dinwiddie. In 2003, Hurricane Isabel set dead aim on the central Virginia area, forcing the Ducks Unlimited tent city to be taken down and the festival to be cancelled."

"In 2004, there was no hurricane in the immediate area but the September event had to withstand significant rainfall and the show did go on. Festival officials reported more than 10,000 people attended the three-day event ..." ...
 

FL: Gun maker Colt expands use of Stuart firm's coating
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"A Stuart company's 'Greaseless Gun' is going global, under an exclusive deal with gun giant Colt Defense LLC."

"Universal Chemical Technologies Inc., an upstart metal-finishing company, developed the 3-year-old greaseless technology, a coating patented in September that eliminates the need for liquid lubricants in guns."

"Colt first tapped the Treasure Coast firm last year, using its coatings in rifles supplied to U.S. military troops. West Hartford, Conn.-based Colt now plans to use the technology in the development of all of its weapons, including those for law enforcement and commercial sales" ...
 

Libya: Detained bookseller and cyber-dissident charged with possession of a pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its call for the immediate release of former bookseller Abdel Razak Al Mansouri, saying he is almost certainly being held because of his articles on the Internet criticising the Libyan regime although he is officially charged with unauthorized possession of a pistol."

"'This man's imprisonment is arbitrary even if you were to give credence to the charge brought against him,' the press freedom organization said."

"'How can the Libyan authorities justify holding someone secretly for more than five months on such a charge ?' the organization asked. '... On the basis of the information we have, this charge just seems to be a pretext for silencing a dissident.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Perhaps these reporters should remember this case the next time they support calls for 'civilian' disarmament.
 

Australia: Illegal weapons seized in Canberra
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Owners of illegal pistols and cross-bows are being urged to surrender them to police following the seizure of weapons at a Canberra market."

"Soft air pistols, cross-bows, flick knives and butterfly knives advertised as toys were seized at a market stall at a trash and treasure markets in Canberra on Sunday."

"ACT police said a market stall operator, who did not hold a gun licence, was advertising the firearms as toys when plain-clothed police raided the stall."

"'Soft air pistols are firearms under the Firearms Act 1996 and their possession is illegal,' Detective Sergeant Mick Sinclair said in a statement." [emphasis added] ...

"People in possession of illegal weapons were told to surrender them to the ACT Policing Firearms Registry."
 

UK: Youths spotted firing air rifle at pond ducks
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"Two youths seen firing an air rifle at ducks on a Telford pond have been branded 'mindless idiots', as police today launched an appeal for information after the incident was reported."

"A member of the public reported seeing two white teenagers shooting at ducks on the pool at Melbourne Close in Dawley." ...

"Police spokeswoman Denise Wakefield said: "Police attended and a search was carried out but the pair were not traced." ...

"Joan Noel, who is chairman of Great Dawley Parish Council and a member of the Friends of Telford Town Park, said that the attack gave other youngsters in the area a bad name."

"'To my mind they are just mindless idiots really who do this sort of thing.'"
 

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