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Rule Change Would Permit Weapons in National Parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The federal government is considering a proposal to allow visitors to carry loaded, concealed weapons in some national parks, wildlife refuges and monuments."

"The National Rifle Association favors the proposed rule, arguing that it would help keep crime down and protect visitors from potentially dangerous wildlife."...

"But opponents, including several former National Park Service officials, say that the current rules are effective ... and that the change would threaten visitors' safety and could easily ruin the family-friendly atmosphere of the parks and other attractions." ...
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Submitter's Note: Just as they predicted that FL, MN, NE, MO etc. would become "shooting galleries" if 'shall issue' laws passed.
 

International Action Network On Small Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THE decision this week for a global treaty to ban cluster munitions in Dublin is a significant step towards reducing indiscriminate civilian deaths and making our world a safer place."

"But the world needs to do much more if we genuinely seek to stop civilians dying from weapons designed for war."

"This is because there is still a type of weaponry in the arsenals of every government on earth that continues to kill and maim civilians year after year. These weapons line more coffins than landmines and cluster munitions combined. They provide more mortuary business than any nuclear, chemical or biological weapon. And yet their trade is still not regulated by any international treaty. These weapons are small arms." ...
 

NATO hosts conference on global threat by small arms, light weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A three-day international conference opened at the NATO headquarters on Wednesday to address the global threat posed by the proliferation, illicit trade and use of small arms and light weapons (SALW)."

"The meeting ... focuses on strengthening the role of regional organizations in addressing the threat."

"Approximately 100 experts representing over 30 regional, international and non-governmental organizations from around the world are participating in the event." ...

"'... An estimated 60 percent of small arms and light weapons are thought to be in the hands of civilians,' said Aurelia Bouchez, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Regional, Economic and Security Affairs, opening the meeting." ...
 

PA: Intruder shot in South Side break-in
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"A burglar who interrupted a South Side man's viewing of the Penguins' Game 3 victory likely will survive the bullet wound he suffered in the ensuing confrontation ..."

"Dale Boehm, 19, and an unidentified man kicked in the back door of a home in the 3100 block of Josephine Street about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday ..."

"A 25-year-old man was inside the home watching the third Stanley Cup finals game. The resident, whom police did not name, told detectives he grabbed his gun when he heard noises downstairs."

"When he walked into his kitchen, the two intruders began shooting at him, police said. He returned fire and shot Boehm in the stomach, police said. The home's occupant was not injured, police said." ...
 

MT: Hunter shoots wolf in self defense
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A man hunting black bear shot and killed a wolf near Olney, northwest of Whitefish.

Zachary Harms of Kalispell was driving his truck up a forest road Tuesday when he saw movement. He walked along the road with his rifle, thinking he may have seen a black bear.

Two wolves then ran out from the side of the road. One ran across the road and up the hillside. The other ran down the road towards Harms. The wolf closed to approximately 10 feet and Harms fired, hitting the female wolf in the front of the head.

The hunter contacted the sheriff’s office later that day and reported he had killed a wolf. Two state game wardens investigated, and determined the shooting was in self-defense and was allowed under state law.
 

Clinton to Montana: No national handgun registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton told Montana reporters Friday that she does not favor national handgun registration and licensing, even as she supports such measures in her adopted state of New York."

"'What I came out for was the New York law,' Clinton said in a noon conference call with Montana press Friday. 'I don't think there is any contradiction between defending Second Amendment rights and trying to keep guns out of the hands of' criminals and the mentally ill."

"In 2000 ... Clinton came out as first lady in favor licensing and registering all new handguns sold in the United States. She also supported a bill then that would create a registry of all guns sold in the United States ..." ...
 

Chelsea Clinton: 'We need to do more with gun control'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chelsea Clinton told supporters in Billings that the country needs to do more with gun control laws, during the final visit on her two day tour campaigning on her mother's behalf in the Magic City."

"During a question and answer session ... Friday morning, Chelsea said, 'We also need to do more with gun control. And my mom supports- naturally what she supported in New York. Which is: we have different gun control laws in New York City than we do in upstate New York.'"

"The younger Clinton made her remarks in a response to a question from Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy (D), who asked her what efforts could be made to get more cops on the street." ...
 

MO: In our view: Stop political pandering
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman pulled a political stunt by making a public show of purchasing a rifle for her 13-year-old son ..."

"Steelman, as a parent, is entitled to her decision on whether her son needs a gun, but to use the occasion as an opportunity to emphasize her support for the Second Amendment is just plain tacky."

"We support the Second Amendment. What we don't support are candidates who apparently believe the general public is so naive that it can’t see out-and-out pandering."

"Steelman, on Wednesday, posed for the cameras, holding various rifles while pretending to set her sights on a target. She then posed for a news conference in front of display cases of shells." ...
 

CA: Villaraigosa wants to use gun restrictions, databases to take on gangs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday unveiled plans to target gangs and guns -- including confiscating cars used in gang-related crimes -- with a series of new city ordinances."

"The mayor proposed giving landlords the power to evict tenants convicted of using and possessing illegal weapons and ammunition. And he promised to push other new laws to regulate the purchase of ammunition and storage of weapons." ...
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Submitter's Note: So people 'convicted of using and possessing illegal weapons and ammunition' don't go to prison?
 

OH: Storm Clouds Gather Over Ohio Attorney General Election
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This November, Buckeyes will head to the poll to elect a new Attorney General. This election is being held without the customary year-long primary campaigns, due to the nature and timing of the resignation of Marc Dann. As a result, a small group of men and women hold the future of your gun rights in their hands. Chances are very good that you do not know any of these men and women, and you certainly did not vote for them."

"Nothing nefarious is occurring - this is a process outlined in Ohio statutory and Constitutional law. A special election must be held ... Under Ohio's two party system, the result for 2008 is that the two parties will pick a candidate, and those two candidates will be on the ballot this November. ..." ...
 

OH: What does SB 184 Mean to You?
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"Now that Sub SB 184 has passed the Ohio legislature and is on its way to Governor Ted Strickland (who has said he supports the legislation), many Ohioans are now wondering exactly how the changes will affect them in roughly three months when they will go into law."

"With that in mind, I'd like to present a layman's analysis in plain English. Before that, though, I'd like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to the organizations and individuals who worked so hard to get these important fixes passed." ...
 

CA: California Assembly Passes Important Bill To 'Owner-Authorize' Handguns
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"The California State Assembly passed legislation yesterday (AB 2235) that would require all newly manufactured or imported handguns in California to be 'owner-authorized', or personalized in a way that would allow them to be fired only by authorized persons."

"If enacted, the requirements in AB 2235 will take effect eighteen months following the release of a report by the California Attorney General that 'owner-authorized' handguns are available for retail sale. New Jersey enacted similar legislation in 2002." ...
 

California Assembly Approves Landmark Bill To Limit Access To Bullets By Dangerous People
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"The California State Assembly yesterday passed legislation that would regulate sellers of handgun ammunition. The bill, AB 2062, would require handgun ammunition sellers to obtain a state license to operate and would require new regulations to prevent easy access to bullets by prohibited persons. The legislation, if signed into law, would be a first of its kind in the nation." ...

"'This legislation would make it harder for dangerous people to get and stockpile ammunition for their guns,' said Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke. 'California has enacted legislation designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, but we can do more to prevent criminals and gang members from loading up on the ammunition that fuels gun violence. ...
 

IL: A ridiculous new twist on 'lost or stolen' reporting requirements
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, the Illinois Politburo . . . er, legislature is so determined to impose legal obligations on crime victims ... that the House adopted not one 'lost or stolen' amendment to HB 2760, but two of them. House Amendment 1 would require the rightful owner of the lost or stolen gun to report the loss or theft to the state police, and House Amendment 2 would require that such a report be made to local police. ..."

"The good news is that at least Alderman Mell won't have to worry about this law if it passes ... The Fifth Amendment protects him from self-incrimination, so he cannot be compelled to report his illegal guns, if they're stolen. It sure must be nice being an alderman." ...
 

ATF apologizes to Sali
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"The director of the federal [BATF] has written to U.S. Rep. Bill Sali to say he's sorry about the way the agency handled the Idaho Republican's inquiry into a training slogan." ...

"Sullivan spoke with Sali on May 20; the ATF director sent a follow-up letter Wednesday. ..."

"'Congressman Sali expects accurate, honest and straightforward answers from agencies,' Hoffman said. 'The ATF did not meet that standard in its interactions with our office, and the ATF has now acknowledged its failure. We're glad the agency is now setting the record straight and, hopefully, will provide accurate, honest and straightforward information in the future.'" ...
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H/t to David Codrea who points out the telling use of the word 'hopefully'.
 

FL: 2 Miami officers charged in FBI corruption probe
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"Two veteran police officers were charged Friday with providing protection for purported shipments of cocaine and stolen goods in what was actually an undercover FBI operation."

"Officer Geovani Nunez and Detective Jorge Hernandez are accused in court documents of helping protect shipments of what they thought were stolen televisions and computers and at least 12 kilograms of cocaine — sometimes by using their police cars to escort trucks."

"Prosecutors said the 13-year veterans of the Miami Police Department were paid a combined $39,500 by a secret FBI informant they thought was involved in illegal businesses, prosecutors said." ...
 

SC: Judge rejects prosecutors' sentencing for 2 ex-Robeson lawmen
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"A U.S. district judge on Thursday rejected plea deals for two former Robeson County lawmen caught up in a corruption probe and imposed the maximum penalty on a third."

"U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle appeared disgusted when prosecutors presented an open plea deal that would have the former sheriff, Glenn Maynor, 61, sentenced to between 18 and 24 months in federal prison." ...

"Operation Tarnished Badge ... has led to charges against 22 officers. More serious charges include kidnapping, money laundering and burning houses during drug raids."

"U.S. Attorney Frank Bradshaw argued that the investigation's success in kicking out those officers – and getting information from them – justified lighter sentences." ...
 

Kenya: Warden up for selling ammunition
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Kenyan police have arrested a prison warden who was caught selling ammunition in a Nairobi supermarket, says a spokesperson.

The warden attached to the capital's Kamiti maximum-security prison was detained on Wednesday after being caught red-handed, said police spokesperson Eric Kiraithe.

"Sixteen rounds of ammunition for a G3 rifle means utter devastation. The warden will be charged with illegal possession of ammunition," he said.

Kenyan security forces had long been accused of selling arms to criminals in the capital, infamously dubbed "Nairobbery" due to a surge in crime. [emphasis added]
 

Canada: Petition to stop wages for cop charged with drunk driving
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Petitioners took to the streets today in their bid to get police to stop paying an officer charged with drunk driving." ...

"The goal is to change the rules so that not only Const. Douglas Kurtis Brown, but all officers charged with impaired driving will go without pay while cases make their way through the courts." ...

"... 18-year-old Robert Wasyliw ... suffered a broken collarbone and severe burns after a BMW driven by an allegedly impaired Brown T-boned his truck earlier this month. Police have charged Brown, who has been with the local force for three years, with five counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and five counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm." ...
 

India: Threatened man refuses to meet Mathur for gun
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"He has applied for a revolver licence in 2004 to defend himself against IPS officer O P Mathur."

"On May 19, 2008, the applicant, Jatin Desai, got a letter ... from the gun licence branch of the Ahmedabad police commissionerate that he has to appear before the police commissioner for an interview ..."

"The scheduled interview ... is to be conducted by O P Mathur. The new police commissioner will decide if Jatin's case is fit for grant of a gun licence. Strange it may sound, but the decision has been left on the police officer who himself is the threat here." ...
 

Canada: Man Arrested After Major Gun Seizure In The East End
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As Mayor David Miller fights to rid the city of both legal and illegal guns, police raided an east end home and seized dozens of firearms and some ammunition."

"The final tally: 125 firearms, ranging from handguns to long rifles."

"Authorities entered the home ... where they removed guns and several rounds of ammunition apparently belonging to a collector."

"Police allege the firearms were being stored improperly, and have made one arrest." ...

"Miller has been fighting to have handguns banned for years and he's currently proposing a new bylaw that would make the warehousing of firearms, including in sport shooting ranges and private gun clubs, illegal in Toronto." ...
 

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