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Snuff Out Mike Pfleger
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com/

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"Well like the good father says, 'it's all about the Benjamins,' which I guess is proof he understands street slang, and he understands what 'snuff out' means among his (can you call a gaggle or a pack a 'flock'?)

"So what about the Benjamins, Mike? And why shouldn't your ability to apparently exploit tax laws the rest of us are forced to obey be snuffed out?

"What am I talking about? Well, Mike's 'church,' St. Sabina, is a 501(c)(3) corporation."
 

2nd Amendment--Predictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For almost three-quarters of a century, lawyers and scholars have debated the meaning of the Second Amendment ... Conservatives say the words plainly endow individuals with a liberty to own weapons; liberals read the first clause as limiting that right to the collective use of guns in state military bodies. The Supreme Court hasn't directly spoken on the Second Amendment in almost 70 years, and never definitively endorsed either side."

"This uncertainty soon will be over, thanks to the D.C. Circuit's three month old opinion in Parker v. District of Columbia ... So what next?"

"The case will go to the Supreme Court. It's perfect for the Supremes, because the law and policy at issue are so extreme ..." ...
 

John Longenecker: Guns: Turn 'em In, Officials (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senator Dianne Feinstein said, 'Turn 'em in, America,' a very unpatriotic command nobody has to obey because it was against the law. She might as well have urged Americans to purchase other Americans ... As civil rights, both are absolute, and for good reason. Who in her right mind could urge Americans to surrender a civil right? Indeed, even just a little? Could any reason be good enough?"

"With all the school shootings recently, be sure to include citizens in the critique and recovery process. Officials - armed officials, by the way - have a very bad record of freezing constituents out of the planning and recovery process. Meanwhile, let us not forget that some campus administrators are getting it, as in South Carolina and Utah. ..." ...
 

Law Requires Destruction of Gun Data
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A guy walks into a gun shop to buy a gun. The gun shop’s employee performs a background check. The information from the background check which links the gun to its new owner and its origin (the gun shop) must be destroyed WITHIN 24 HOURS." ...

"So, now, a crime is committed with a gun. Any record of where that gun originated has been destroyed. How do we trace it? How do we figure out where it came from? It is impossible to follow the gun’s journey when we destroy the records after ONE DAY." ...
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Submitter's Note: How do we trace it? Take the serial number to the manufacturer, who tells us which wholesaler it went to, who tells us which retailer it went to, who pulls out the paperwork he is required to keep for each sale. Voila! You have traced the gun.
 

America: Guns and Losses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I was still new in the US and sorting out my first impressions, I had a somewhat unpleasant and unsettling encounter. Asked at a very congenial get together by a charming American lady as to what baffled me most about the US, what is it that I 'did not get as a foreigner', I had replied in all honesty that it was the freedom to buy and use guns that I found most difficult to understand."

"This comment created a maelstrom which I have narrated quite some time ago in a column Guns and Roses. ..."

"These thoughts came to mind once again, as with the rest of the world, I saw the images on television screen after the Virginia Tech killings. ..." ...
 

TX: Man Found Dead After Dispute Turned Deadly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith County Sheriff deputies are investigating a dispute that turned deadly after one man allegedly threw tools at another ..." ...

"[Sheriff Sgt.] Meadows said detectives at the scene saw evidence of a struggle, including a sling blade that was stuck in the wall."

"'It appears at this time that Hill showed up at the home and began arguing with David Allen McBride and then began throwing tools at him,' he said."

"Meadows said Hill was throwing different types of tools and McBride reported he feared for his life and armed himself with a handgun and fired multiple shots striking Hill."

"'Right now it appears to be self-defense, but the investigation is ongoing,' he said. 'No charges have been filed at this time.'" ...
 

CA: Mountain lions reported in Danville
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police are asking residents to be cautious after three mountain lion sightings were reported in the last two weeks."

"'This is just to educate the public,' Sgt. Troy Francis said. 'We don't want to scare anyone. They're just sightings.'"

"The recent unconfirmed sightings were in unpopulated parts of the city." ...

"If a mountain lion poses immediate danger to people, pets or property, call 911, Francis said."

"Residents can kill mountain lions in self-defense or if they believe their safety is threatened. Otherwise, a depredation permit is needed to hunt a mountain lion that is preying on livestock or pets, according to state officials." ...
 

TX: When 'freshman 15' includes 3 lbs. of revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I respect Andrew Sugg's interest in the safety of his fellow Baylor University students. He seems capable and wholly responsible." ...

"... He's formed a Baylor chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus."

"... the Baylor group wants to arm students to avert such events as befell Virginia Tech University and Columbine High School."

"This is part and parcel of a mini backlash against gun-free zones. ..."

"If we take a deep breath we all, or most of us, know why guns are kept off campuses and in various public and private venues. It's because we don't want civilians taking the law into their own hands in these venues. It's because of the potential for accidents, miscalculations and presumptive vigilante justice." ...
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Submitter's Note: Self-defense is not 'vigilante justice'.
 

AZ: Pending Gun Storage Law Could Prove Costly (another view)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whether you agree with it or not, the right to bear arms is one of our Constitutional rights. Over the years, that right in particular has been challenged, interpreted and amended numerous ways."

"Here in Arizona, lawmakers banned firearms in public places like court houses, city halls and bus stops. But they later changed that--by requiring mandatory storage for guns ..." ...

"But that isn't to say all public venues are prepared. If the bill becomes law, similar lock boxes would be required at public events like concerts and block parties should the event sponsor choose to ban guns."

"As for the city, officials say it's too early to speculate how much compliance might cost. But considering the number of public buildings out there, it won't be cheap." ...
 

WI: Would gun bill help reduce violent crime?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in Milwaukee to weigh in on a statewide bill that would mandate criminal background checks for private sales of handguns."

"The legislation would extend the records searches required of federally licensed firearms dealers to the gun shows and other so-called 'gray market' sales that involve an original purchaser and a secondary recipient." [emphasis added]

"'What we intend to do is close the loophole,' said state Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee), the bill's sponsor ..."

"But Second Amendment rights advocates argued that law would do little to dissuade buyers who intend to use the gun in a crime." ...
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Submitter's Note: So is all private commerce 'grey market' or just gun sales?
 

AZ: Latest bill on self defense held back from Napolitano
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly a month after lawmakers completed action on a bill to make a 2006 self-defense law retroactive, the measure favorable to defendants has yet to reach Governor Napolitano's desk."

"The Senate approved the bill on May 2nd but the sponsor, Republican Senator Linda Gray of Glendale, said she requested that its transmission to Napolitano be delayed in hopes of building public support for the measure." ...

"Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L'Ecuyer said Napolitano's constituent services staff reported receiving no communications regarding the bill in the past 10 days. Before that, according to L'Ecuyer, there were 57 e-mails in favor of the bill and seven opposed."
 

NV: Governor Gibbons Signs Firearm Protection Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons today signed into law the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed 'Emergency Powers Firearms Protection Act,' Assembly Bill 95 (AB95)."

"This new law will prevent a governmental entity or law enforcement agency from confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens during a declared state of emergency."

"AB95 will protect Nevadans from an event similar to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when residents of New Orleans were subject to door-to-door firearm confiscation at the direction of New Orleans police." ...
 

CA: Assembly OKs micro-stamp on some guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In an effort to curb deadly gun violence, the state Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill that would make California the first in the nation to require a mechanism inside semiautomatic pistols to stamp information that would help authorities track down criminals."

"'About 45 percent of all homicides are never solved ... for lack of evidence,' the bill's author, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, said ... 'But we have the technology now to prevent killers from killing again and to bring them to justice.'"

"The measure, AB1471, would require starting in 2010 that all semiautomatic pistols sold in California contain a mechanism to stamp the gun's make, model and serial number on the shell casing of the bullet every time the weapon is fired." ...
 

AZ: Bill would upgrade gun storage at public sites
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state House voted Tuesday to further restrict government agencies that don’t want people carrying guns into their buildings."

"The legislation ... would expand existing laws that require public buildings to provide for weapons storage if they don’t want people bringing in their guns."

"SB1251 would require key-operated lockers near the door ... with the gun owner given the key."

"But the bill also contains an entirely new provision, saying if a building lacked lockers, or if all the lockers were full, the gun owner could keep the weapon."

"Brian Wilcox, lobbyist for the state Department of Public Safety, warned lawmakers in an e-mail message that this could provoke a group to test the law." ...
 

OH: Representative Adams introduces HB225: Alaska-style CCW (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Representative John Adams (R-78) of Sydney, Ohio has introduced HB225. The bill is substantially similar to HB559 from 2004 and HB91 from 2005, which were both sponsored by Representative Tom Brinkman. HB225 would repeal many of the onerous provisions of our current concealed carry law and allow law abiding citizens to carry concealed without a license."

"Alaska-style CCW is an exciting possibility for gun owners in Ohio. It shows Rep. Adams is in touch with the most conservative of the gun owner base/constituency. It is an important philosophical position." ...
 

Terrorists and guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the last few weeks, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) have introduced bills which say that people on the terrorist watch list should not be permitted to buy guns. Most people are shocked when they learn that this common-sense step in fighting terrorism is not already in place."

"We welcome and applaud this effort by the Bush Administration and Congress to begin to plug the terrorist loophole in our nation's gun laws, and the gun loophole in our nation's war on terror. Under current law, suspected terrorists who are deemed too dangerous to fly on airplanes, are not classified as too dangerous to buy assault weapons or other guns unless they fall into some other prohibited category. This makes no sense." ...
 

OH: Second Amendment Legislation is necessary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I have recently signed on as a cosponsor for legislation that is commonly referred to as the 'Castle Doctrine.' This legislation will permit law abiding Ohio citizens to protect themselves in their homes. This legislation establishes the presumption that a criminal who forcibly enters or intrudes into a home or occupied vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm; therefore, the victim may use any manner of force, including deadly force, against the intruder. This legislation has already been passed in many other states and is supported by the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association." ...
 

WV: Burglar Steals West Va. Cop's Equipment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A burglar broke into a police officer's home and stole handcuffs, a 40-caliber Glock service pistol, a police radio and a duty belt.

The burglar also took $2,175 worth of other items, including a PlayStation 2 game console, video games, a portable DVD player, a cell phone and cash, State Police Cpl. R. C. Workman said.

Workman said the unidentified officer and his family were not home when the break-in happened.

He said the gun, valued at $500, is a model that could be purchased anywhere, but the $1,800 radio is not an item a civilian would have.

Police do not know whether the burglar knew a police officer lived in the house, Workman said.
 

CT: Cop shoots daughter, thinking she's a burglar
Submitted by: Brian Burt

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"A New Haven police officer shot his daughter in the knee Tuesday after he mistook her for a burglar as she tried to sneak into her home after a late-night rendezvous with her boyfriend, police said. "

"New Haven police Officer Eric Scott ... fired one shot from his Glock service weapon at what he thought was an intruder ... at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday, police said."

"It turned out to be his 18-year-old daughter, Tasha."

"'She apparently snuck out to go to her boyfriend's,' Stratford police spokesman Capt. Christopher Marino said. 'He interrupted what he thought was a burglar. He heard a noise and saw something in the shadows, and shot.'" [emphasis added]

"Scott was not charged with any crime. ..." ...
 

SD: State halts cooperation with federal wildlife agents
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"South Dakota’s long-standing agreement to help federal officers enforce laws protecting migratory birds and other wildlife will end Tuesday because controversial U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Bob Prieksat has not been fired or reassigned, the chief of staff for Gov. Mike Rounds said Friday."

"Rob Skjonsberg said FWS officials failed to meet their obligation to respond within 60 days to his demand that the agency replace Prieksat as the three-state law enforcement supervisor in Pierre. Skjonsberg said he will now make good on his threat to end the agreements that authorize state Game, Fish & Parks Department officers to work with Prieksat and other FWS agents in enforcing federal wildlife laws in South Dakota." ...
 

Nepal: Love affair lands three Delhi cops in Nepal jail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three Indian policemen were arrested in eastern Nepal on Wednesday for carrying arms illegally and trying to unlawfully drag a Nepali back to India over a love affair in Delhi."

"Sub-inspector Om Singh, constables Rajbir Singh and Santosh were arrested ... for trying to unlawfully arrest a Nepali, Santosh Malakar, over a complaint lodged by a family in East Delhi."

"Malakar had been working as a domestic help ..."

"He left the family about three months ago and eloped with their daughter, Puja Gupta. They were married in a court in Birpur in Bihar, where documents said the bride was 20 and the groom 22."

"However, Puja's family filed a complaint ... alleging she was a minor and Malakar had abducted her." ...
 

Hungary: Mór murderers suspected of buying guns from policeman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police suspect that the perpetrators of the Mór bank robbery and massacre in 2002 obtained their weapons from a policeman."

"Zoltán S., 34, a professional policeman serving in Bicske at the time, sold a pistol and a Skorpió sub-machine gun to László N., the main suspect in the killing of eight people. Not much later S. was suspended from his post on suspicion of various crimes. He had an unshakeable alibi during the massacre, as he was in custody."

"N. and Róbert W. are the chief suspects in the killings. Previously, Ede Kaiser was sentenced to life imprisonment for participating in the robbery, and László Hajdú is still on trial." ...
 

New Zealand: Army privates arrested in connection with stolen military property
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two army privates have been arrested after military police seized stolen defence force property from a Palmerston north flat."

"A smoke grenade and safety fuse were found at the flat, which was being rented by a girlfriend of one of the arrested soldiers."

"Police took no chances as they closed off the flat with the help of military officers."

"They closed the street and told neighbours they were looking for explosives." ...

"An army representative told 3 News that the smoke grenade would not cause anyone any harm and the safety fuse would only cause a burn."

"The arrests come a day after a Linton soldier was jailed and booted out of the Army for selling a pistol to a member of the Black Power." ...
 

ME: Lawmakers need courage for gun control bills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thank you for the recent (May 15) column 'Gun Control after Virginia Tech massacre?' The column was very informative and thought provoking. I wholeheartedly agree with the conclusion that 'the slaughter will not end until ordinary people demand action and politicians find the courage to face down the NRA.'"

"Unfortunately, there appears to be little courage to stand up to the gun lobby in the Maine Statehouse. Already this session, a bill to require a 10-day waiting period to purchase a firearm has had the waiting period provision stripped. A bill that would have given public universities the authority to regulate guns on campus was killed in committee just weeks after the Virginia Tech tragedy. ..." ...
 

AZ: Aiming for fun at Safford rifle range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your car probably won't thank you for the arduous journey (unless you have a heavy-duty SUV or truck) to the Safford rifle range, but the drive down the long, bumpy dirt roads would be worth it upon arrival."

"The range, owned by the city of Safford, was partly a gift from the National Rifle Association. Four years ago, the NRA granted the $7,500 for a new trap range with an automated thrower. The older range, which is adjacent to the current site, only had a manual thrower."

"The rest of the range was paid for by the taxpayers of Safford." ...

"For all the violent noise associated with repeated shotgun blasts, the scene is quite peaceful with a fantastic view of mountains in the distance." ...
 

AZ: Canada Should Not Ban Handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The top headline in the news during my visit to Canada last week was a school shooting that took place in Toronto on May 23rd. ... It resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy ..." ...

"Although Canada is not immune from homicides or even school shootings given Manners’ tender age ... the tragedy has understandably struck a raw nerve with Canadians. ... it is inevitable that politicians will try to get involved and put forward sweeping solutions with the hope that such a tragedy will never occur again. Their intentions might be honorable. ... Whatever their intentions little good seldom comes of it."

"In the hours after Jordan Manners’ death two prominent Canadian politicians called for a ban on handguns in Canada. ..." ...
 

NY: Gun buyback program is criticized
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Orange County and its police agencies haven't even announced specifics of their gun buyback program – those will be announced Thursday – yet it already has opposition from a statewide organization."

"Thomas King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association said any gun buyback program is a bad idea, a waste of money."

"'For the most part, if you see the guns that are being turned in, they are old, rusted, single shot shotguns. You very rarely see any handguns turned in. It’s a waste of money,' he said. 'It has even been said that people take these old beat up guns, particularly in the cities, and get the money from that and go out and more illegal guns.'" ...
 

IN: Time for gun control advocates to give up the fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The massacre at Virginia Tech has again brought out the gun control advocates. Those who are wishing for such legislation, beware. You may get what you are asking for. There have been letters in the Voice of the People by those who have no idea of the problems that would take place, not to mention the violation of the 2nd Amendment."

"I am a South Bend police officer ..." ...

"These gun control advocates want the government to authorize police to enter homes and confiscate weapons should a person have guns in his or her home. Some of these same people are angry about the USA Patriot Act which allows our government agents to tap certain phone lines for the safety of our citizens. ..." ...
 

Australia: Axe attack in home invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A MAN has been struck in the chest with an axe in a violent home invasion in Geelong.

A gang of three men, armed with the axe and a pistol, burst into a house in Robin Avenue, Norlane, a Geelong suburb, shortly after 11.20pm yesterday, police said.

Members of the gang entered a bedroom where a 21-year-old man was sleeping, held the pistol to his head and demanded cash.

In another room, the man's father scuffled with one of the intruders, who struck him with the axe.

The three fled on foot with an amount of cash.

The injured man was taken to Geelong Hospital in a stable condition.

A search of the neighbourhood by local police and the dog squad has so far failed to track the intruders.
 

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