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OH: Would-be Ohio victims practice self-defense; bad guys get hurt
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Three incidents across Ohio in the past few days indicate that law-abiding citizens are beginning to fight back against the crime-wave that plagues our state."

"Any instance of attack is a tragedy. But the law-abiding citizens of our state deserve their right to self-defense, to increase the likelihood that it is the attacker, and not themselves, who wind up in the hospital or morgue."
 

FL: Woman arrested in own beating after error
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Dawn Marie Gentry says she's been victimized twice -- once by her husband, who is charged with beating her, and once by State Attorney Lawson Lamar's office."

"Someone in Lamar's office made a data-entry error that led police to arrest her, not her husband, in the case."
 

MN: Most see handgun law making Minnesota more dangerous
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Minnesotans who fear that the state's new handgun law will make it a more dangerous place to live outnumber those who think it will be safer by a ratio of more than 3 to 1, the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows." ...

"Said Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood: 'Before an accident happens, we have to repeal this law and we have to repeal it now.' "

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Apparently the concept of "Constitutional right" evades this legislator. And regardless of what "most" poll respondents may or may not believe, there's nothing less safe for a populace than to be disarmed by the government and left at the mercy of armed thugs.
 

MN: Studies inconclusive whether shall-issue laws make states safer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"While studies are inconclusive as to whether these laws demonstrably reduce violent crime, there's also little evidence that the laws' opponents' most dire predictions have materialized. A review of several states' track records shows that relatively few crimes have been committed by concealed-weapon permit holders, and there have been no widespread outbreaks of armed mayhem."
 

MN: Your neighbor? Coworker? Date? Look who's packin' now
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"As the seminar ends and students collect certificates that may be presented to a sheriff as part of a permit application, Phillips says it's not quite what he expected."

" 'About 80 percent of the course is not to shoot,' he says."

" 'No,' Caspers says. 'More than that.' "
 

MN: Can there be hypocrisy over at the Capitol about CCW?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The giants in the Legislature who relaxed the state's rules on carrying handguns earlier this week likely won't be facing the same problems as the rest of us."

"It appears that even with permits, armed citizens will not be allowed in the State Capitol."

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While this is yet another "columnist" venting his hoplophobic angst, it also underscores how paranoid and pathetic Minnesota's elected officials are.
 

FL: Fla. Deputy Pepper Sprays 12-Year-Old Jaywalker
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A deputy used pepper spray on a 12-year-old girl and wrestled her to the ground when she ignored repeated orders to stop jaywalking, the sheriff's office said Friday.
Broward County sheriff's deputy Michael Roberto was issuing jaywalking tickets to students crossing a busy highway Thursday when he asked the girl to stand next to his motorcycle so he could give her a citation, the deputy's report said."
 

FL: Child Porn Sting Snares Retired Fla. Deputy
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A retired Martin County, Fla., sheriff's lieutenant was arrested after authorities seized floppy disks with dozens of pictures of nude children engaged in sexual acts from his home, an arrest report says."

"Douglas Bruce L'Heureux, who retired last year after a sheriff's office career that began in 1971, was arrested Thursday and charged with 97 counts of possession of child pornography. He remained at the Martin County jail Friday without bail."
 

NY: Man Faces Three Year Felony Hate-Crime Charge for Using Racial Slur
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The alleged victim in the first hate crime accusation in Oneonta to come to court said Friday he did not want the case to go to trial."

"But Otsego County District Attorney William 'Jack' Gibbons said Friday the case will still be prosecuted."

"Ralph S. May, 49, was charged April 22 with second-degree menacing, upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony..."

"In a deposition given to Oneonta troopers, Jason M. Slater, 23, said on April 21 that May called him racial slurs, including the word 'nigger,' and that he yelled and acted in a threatening manner. This included, according to court documents, approaching him with a baseball bat." ...
 

MN: John R. Lott Jr.: Gun control advocates' credibility on line
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Gun control advocates should fear the new concealed handgun law, but not for the reason that most people think. The law allows trained, law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns for their protection, but despite claims that it is 'radical' and 'is really a conceal and kill bill,' here is a prediction: A year from now Minnesota's newspapers will report that all the horror stories about letting citizens carry concealed handguns were wrong. The real loser will be gun control advocates' credibility."
 

FL: Abuse Accusations Plague Key West Police Department
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Accusations that Key West officers have acted with excessive force over the last few years have tainted the reputation of the police department and cast a shadow over a town better known for its tropical charm and an air of unabashed, rum-fueled hedonism."
 

UK: Prince William Likes His Guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Original title: WILLS: MY AMERICAN DREAM

In a long piece on Prince William's desire to escape to America it is revealed that amongst his favorite possessions is a 20,000 shotgun given to him by his father.

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"He does like possessions, the favourite of which is a handmade shotgun given to him by Charles and costing £20,000."
 

NY: Black officers aim to raise awareness of gun violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A group of black New York City police officers called on community leaders Saturday to increase their efforts to end gun violence." ...

"The news conference followed a week in which police shot three people in separate incidents in Brooklyn, killing two."
 

'It's my rifle'
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Marines are taught – it's drilled into them, actually, from the third week of boot camp and later at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejuene – that their rifle is their most valued tool and trusted companion." ...

"It doesn't matter whether a Marine is an office clerk, mechanic or cook. In the Corps, everyone is a rifleman first."
 

IL: Police, Federal Authorities Seize 400 Guns From Suburban Home
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Anyone selling firearms is required to run background checks on their buyers and wait several days before the transaction is completed as specified in the 1994 Brady Bill -- a requirement authorities said the homeowner ignored." ...

"...the seized weapons and bullets would be entered into the National Integrated Ballistics Identification Network, a national database that can determine whether any of the guns were used in previous crimes..."
 

"Give Us Barabbas": The Reality of Democracy
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"But our skillful masters have made an art of manipulating public opinion and convincing voters to do their bidding. The modern concept of democracy as it is so widely touted by the leftist Socialist/Communists is reduced to nothing more than redistribution of wealth from those who produce to those who do not. The inherent right to keep your own property and do with it as you see fit has been crucified on the cross of 'social justice'. The mob screams, 'give us this' or 'give us that' and our modern day Pilates are all too happy to sacrifice the rights given us by God and wash their hands of the consequences in the water of the 'common good'. They do not even need a Judas in order to betray our precious Liberty and even worse, they take the thirty pieces of silver out of our asses."
 

Bush's plan to renew assault weapons ban is threat to homeland security
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"President Bush's support for renewing a Clinton administration ban on so-called assault rifles sends the wrong message to terrorists and other criminals, Libertarians say." ...

"But banning guns sends terrorists and other criminals the message that Americans are even more vulnerable than before, Libertarians point out."
 

UK: Teenager missing after gun and ammunition stolen
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A teenage boy believed to be armed with a loaded rifle has gone missing in Northern Ireland."

"Police launched a major search for the 14-year-old after he disappeared from his work at a farm in Armagh."

"A jeep, a shotgun and a quantity of ammunition were also stolen from the grounds in the Dernasigh Road area, a spokeswoman said."
 

PA: County prosecutors bolster arsenal against gun violence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"One year after Montgomery County prosecutors began targeting violent gun criminals for federal prosecution, authorities say the special project is working well and they’ll continue to participate in it."
 

Widow of sniper victim fights bill protecting US gun industry
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Mother-of-two Denise Johnson, whose husband Conrad was the final victim in the sniper's killing spree, launched a last-ditch battle to stop a new law -- said by its supporters to be the NRA's crowning achievement." ...

"Johnson's action against the gun shop that sold a rifle to one of the two men accused of killing her 35-year-old husband would be barred by the new law." ...

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"Sold?" Didn't Malvo just admit to having shoplifted the weapon?
 

UK: Gun amnesty nets huge haul of illegal weapons
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The amnesty aimed to remove as many illegally-held guns as possible to prevent the chance of them being used by criminals. Every gun handed in is one less that could be used in a violent crime."

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More "objective" journalism from the UK.
 

UK: gun raid on off-license
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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While the British police gloat about how many law-abiding citizens have been disarmed during their gun amnesty, the violent victimization of British sheep continues.

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"The manageress of an off-licence was punched to the floor by a masked raider who threatened to shoot her during a robbery. Detectives believe the assailant was lying in wait at the rear of Bargain Booze in West Street, Crewe. The robber escaped with cash from the till at the off-licence and the terrified victim's handbag." ...
 

WA: Tacoma Police Ignored Rumors on Chief
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Rumors of violence had haunted Police Chief David Brame's career, but the department and city officials stood by him and he rose through the ranks."

"By the time Brame shattered the silence with two quick shots from his service weapon, it was too late for anyone to hear the cries for help."
 

UK: Government lawyers say burglars 'need protection'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Government lawyers trying to keep the Norfolk farmer Tony Martin behind bars will tell a High Court judge tomorrow that burglars are members of the public who must be protected from violent householders."

"The case could help hundreds of criminals bring claims for damages for injury suffered while committing offences."

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Meanwhile, we, in the US, can say, "thank you" once again to public officials such as this one for affirming our rights.
 

New Zealand: Infamous robber may be paroled
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"One of New Zealand's most notorious criminals could experience the taste of freedom soon."

"Bank robber Leslie Maurice Green, once described by police as New Zealand's most wanted man, has a parole hearing this month."

"If parole is declined, he will be freed later in the year anyway, when his final release date is reached in September."
 

IL: Murder capital with child victims
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Once again, Chicago is on pace to top America's major cities in murders per capita, and Mayor Richard Daley is demanding changes to stop the rising toll." ...

"It's simply intolerable that children can't sit on their front porch or clean up their neighborhoods without being in danger by gun violence," Mr. Daley said before the meeting."

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It certainly isn't surprising in a city where the residents are unilaterally disarmed and left to the mercy of armed gangs.
 

WY: SAFE KIDS day draws safe kids
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Natrona County Sheriff training coordinator John Becker gave out gun safety books to children advising them to 'Stop! Don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult,' if they came upon a gun."

"Becker was also selling universal gun locks to parents. But absent from the gun safety message was the suggestion that children are safest from gunplay accidents in houses that have no firearms at all."

"Becker said firearm abstinence was not the point of the demonstration."
 

Canada: Man dead in another drive-by shooting
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A killer in a car shot a young man Saturday evening on Clareview Road in what police say appears to be a gang-style slaying."
 

WA: Wash. City Police Chief's Wife Dies
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The wife of the city's police chief died Saturday, a week after he shot her in the head and killed himself." ...

"Meanwhile, the Tacoma City Council met Saturday to discuss longtime City Manager Ray Corpuz Jr.'s decision last year to name David Brame, a department veteran, as chief of police."
 

IN: Groups like anti-violence legislation
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Women's groups are praising state lawmakers for passing legislation intended to combat domestic violence."

"In the Legislative session that ended last weekend, lawmakers passed four domestic violence bills, including one that allows police to arrest someone if the officer has probable cause that the person interfered or prevented the reporting of a crime."

"Another bill bans those convicted of domestic battery from owning a firearm, something federal law already does."
 

A safe place for firearms
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'Gun theft is an enormous problem,' said Jim Kessler, Policy and Research Director for the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation. 'Gun owners need to know that an unlocked, unsupervised firearm is ripe for the picking.' "

"Gun safes are the best option for firearms storage and safety at home, but for many shooters and hunters, their cost has been prohibitive. However, a new line of safes has been introduced recently, ranging in price from $300 to $2,000 ..."
 

In The Belly of the Beast
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Is this his idea of female Natural Selection (only the lucky ones will survive) or just his idea of politically correct gender discrimination? If John Walsh is the honorable man he professes to be then he will right this wrong he has committed and apologize formally on his show for the emotional trauma he inflicted and allowed to be inflicted by others upon Lisa, Maria, myself, and our children. We will see what he represents; friend or foe."
 

A letter from Lisa
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "Instead of helping someone, I feel ashamed to have been on the show because I feel it projected the exact opposite of what I had wholeheartedly intended."

"I don’t look at John Walsh in the manner I used to, and neither do my friends and family. We are all definitely very disappointed in him."
 

Ronnie Barrett and the LAPD
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Please excuse my slow response on the repair service of the rifle. I am battling to what service I am repairing the rifle for. I will not sell, nor service, my rifles to those seeking to infringe upon the Constitution and the crystal clear rights it affords individuals to own firearms."
 

Homeland Security's Mark of the Beasts
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Of all the nonsense and outright insanity proposed in the wake of the 9-11 tragedy, this probably takes the cake. The idea, proposed by Tom Ridge of the 'Homeland Security' department, suggests the tagging and positive identification of each and every animal used in any kind of agriculture for food production in the US. The statistics are staggering, and so are the proposed costs of implementation and tracking."
 

Groups File $500 Billion Lawsuit Against the IRS
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two national membership organizations providing estate planning help, announced last week a 500 billion dollar class action lawsuit they filed against the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) and several of its agents. The suit charges violations of the civil rights of some 5500 members of the organizations, most of whom are senior Americans."
 

UK: Teenagers who carry guns face 10 years in jail
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Teenagers who carry fire-arms could face jail sentences of up to 10 years in a crackdown on Britain's flourishing gun culture."

"Home Secretary David Blunkett will introduce a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum of 10 for 16- and 17-year-olds caught carrying or distributing guns. The maximum sentence was previously only two years."
 

CO: Hospital & Child Protective Services Terrorize Family While A Judge Ignores The Law
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"On the afternoon of April 2, 2003, a young couple in Grand Junction, Colorado, was celebrating the birth of their first child. Their hopes and dreams for the future lay in this healthy baby girl. The next night, they were fighting for the life of the newborn. Had a crippling disease or congenital deformity been discovered? No, they were defending their innocent, healthy newborn from the threats of a dangerous vaccination coming from the staff and doctors of St. Mary's Hospital, social workers, Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS), an onslaught of attorneys, and a district judge. Individuals and entities that were sworn to save lives, and adhere to the 'law' were the threat."
 

MI: Man faces jail for killing rattler in self-defense
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Michigan man who killed a poisonous snake he says was threatening nearby children has been found guilty of 'killing a protected reptile or amphibian without a state permit' and faces a possible jail sentence, reports the Ann Arbor News." ...

"With sentencing scheduled for June 26, the misdemeanor crime carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $500 fine."

" 'I'm stunned that the snake had more rights than a human being,' said Galloway."
 

Nonprofit Land Bank Amasses Billions
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Today, the million-member Conservancy itself is something of a corporate juggernaut, Big Green. It is also the leading proponent of a brand of environmentalism that promotes compromise between conservation and corporate America."
 

Drawing The Line (Blog)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The real fact of the matter is that no matter how brave you think you are ('cold dead hands' rhetoric notwithstanding), you don't know how you are going to respond to jack-booted thugs knocking at your door, until it actually happens. Nobody does."
 

UK: Forensic tests on amnesty weapons
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"Guns handed in to West Midlands Police during the month-long national amnesty are to be forensically examined."

"Officers have said a small number of weapons surrendered anonymously during April will be looked at to see if they can be linked to city shootings and murders."
 

MN: True Purpose of the Law (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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4th letter on page

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An April 30 letter writer stated that "every time I board a Metro Transit bus, I will be worried about how many people are packing guns."

That's the whole point. As anxious as you may be, think how this will affect the muggers.

Every time you walk down a dark alley at night without a gun, you may be left unmolested because the muggers don't know you don't have one.

Bruce W. Krafft, Woodbury
 

MN: Use Caution, Not Guns (Letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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Second to last letter on the page

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Use caution, not guns

A May 2 letter writer states that the point of the new gun law is that everyone will feel worried, whether they are on a bus or in a dark alley, and this will in turn prevent muggers from attacking people in dark alleys.

I would rather just avoid walking down dark alleys alone, as I have for the past five years, than worry about who has a gun in the public place I'm visiting.

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This assumes that violent attacks only take place in dark alleys.
 

AZ: Border Officer Sentenced on Corruption Related Charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A 24-year Border Patrol veteran was sentenced today to eight months in prison on three corruption-related charges."

"Charles Brown, of Tucson, admitted that while acting in his official capacity on three separate occasions in 2001 he sold Border Patrol I-44 forms to a person he believed was acting on behalf of drug traffickers. The forms deal with drug seizures."

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When you create a bureaucracy, you create opportunities for corruption.
 

Time to Resurrect a 'Hue and Cry'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"If a citizen got mugged or witnessed some act of violence on another, he was obligated to holler out as loud as he could. Everyone who heard his hue and cry was obligated to come running and help catch the culprit."

"Serpico said there's reason to resurrect that old practice today."

" 'We have to raise a hue and cry about corruption,' he said."

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Against corruption and against the erosion of our rights.
 

NRA has own member arrested at national convention
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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"The National Rifle Association apparently had one of its members, a pro-gun activist, arrested at its national convention on Sunday, April 27, 2003 in Orlando, Florida for handing out pro-gun freedom literature from the Free State Project, Inc. The unlucky NRA member was Timothy Condon, a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Director of Member Services for the rapidly growing Free State Project."
 

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