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National Security, Swiss-Style
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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This is what the Founding Fathers envisioned when they called for a robust militia, strong protection of the right to bear arms, and warned against standing armies. With the removal of the false assurances provided by the security state, Americans will need to take responsibility for their own security – personal security; we should follow the fine example the Swiss have set, an example that inspired our own revolutionary founders.

Perhaps this is what Ron Paul–style national security would look like.
 

NJ: New Jersey could become 4th state to limit monthly handgun buys
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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New Jersey could soon move closer to becoming the fourth state to make it illegal for people to buy more than one handgun per month. The Assembly was slated to consider the proposed limit during an afternoon voting session on Monday. Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, a sponsor of the legislation, represents Jersey City, which last year adopted its own law making it illegal to buy more than one handgun per month. However, that measure was struck down by a judge who ruled the local law pre-empted state authority. "I personally can see no reason why anyone would want to go out and buy guns in multiples," said Quigley, D-Hudson.
 

Rep. McCarthy Statement on Agreement Reached on Federal Background Check Improvement Legislation
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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On Friday, the month-long discussions on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Act reached a conclusion. In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the flaws in the current federal background check system were exposed. The shooter was barred under federal regulations from purchasing a firearm. Unfortunately, a lapse in the mental health records allowed him to slip through the cracks and purchase two handguns. While the horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech shed light on the failings of the current system in regards to those mentally adjudicated, we must remember that tens of thousands of convicted felons also slip through the cracks of our deeply flawed background check system each year.
 

Canada: U.S. mayors look to Toronto as partner against gun violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A coalition of mayors working to crack down on illegal guns in the United States may soon include Toronto Mayor David Miller. Byron Brown, Miller's counterpart in Buffalo, has requested Miller be allowed to join the coalition. The move comes as Toronto grapples with its latest fatal incident of gun violence -- a brazen afternoon shooting over the weekend that left one man dead and three others wounded. No arrests have been made in the case. The mayors say they're fed up with weak state and federal gun laws, which they blame for the growing violence and deaths in their cities.
 

OH: Serving Up A Big Old Spoonful Of Humility To Anti-Gun Mayors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Shortly after the Concealed Carry law took effect, my own hometown of Wilmington, Ohio made the mistake of listening to Toby Hoover. While passing the JW Denver Williams Park I noticed a sign, a sign that should not have been posted at the entrance of the park, a handgun complete with red slash through it. My blood boiled.

For the next year I was embroiled in a battle of words with Mayor David Raizk’s office over the phone, in letters and in the editorial pages of the local paper. I warned them that I might take legal action. I was confident of final victory, as I was well aware of the intent of the law.
 

KY: Grayson County 4-H students taking aim
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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When your child looks at you from behind the computerized game controls and gives you that line, “there is nothing to do in Grayson County” the local 4-H Club has a solution to that problem. On Tuesdays at 6 pm the Kentucky 4-H Shooting Sports meets to teach area youth to handle and shoot weapons at the Agriculture Park. 259. It is an introduction to the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment which, according to one of the shooting sports coaches, Lori East, is a valuable life skill. The goal of the program is not just to teach kids about shooting guns and bows and arrows, it is to provide youth with an outstanding way of providing human growth and development in life skills identified by the National 4-H program.
 

TX: Tyler Shooter Goes The Distance For Rifle Title
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Robert Langham has always been a good shot, but to most people in Tyler it is his shooting with his camera that has gotten him acclaim. The Tyler native added to his resume last month when he won the Texas State Rifle Association's High Power Rifle Championship at Camp Swift near Elgin, during a two-day competition.
 

IN: Random gunfire ban ordinance vote Monday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A City County Council committee held two public hearings on the proposal. More than 100 people turned out for the May 21st hearing. Not one person spoke in favor.
Kyle Hupfer, the former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources testified, "in Marion County we find no data finding a hunting accident within the last ten years."
Republican Scott Schneider was one of the councilors who voted against sending the proposal to the full council. He said, "To me there's no need here for this, there's not a need that's been established."
 

Zaire: Financial Mail Regulars [humor]
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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An SA [South Africa]resident returning from a hike in Namibia spotted this sign at customs: "No handweapons allowed in SA for self-defence."

He is wondering whether it means that weapons may be used only for murder, armed robbery and other crimes.
 

SC: More women own guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Edgefield, SC---More and more women are choosing to fight back by arming themselves, it's a growing trend nationwide with more than 17 million women out there who own a gun.

The Edgefield Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held hosted a woman's handgun class to teach women the basics of shooting and the laws surrounding concealed weapons in South Carolina. "We've had so many instances of women getting shot, raped or killed especially in the Columbia area, that's where I work and I just want protection," said participant, Lynna Rushton.
 

NJ: Strong Measure to Fight Illegal Gun Trafficking Passes New Jersey Assembly
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Carole Stiller, President of New Jersey Million Mom March Chapters today praised the New Jersey Assembly for overwhelmingly passing A-3511, a measure that will stop bulk sales of handguns by limiting purchases to one per month. The bill now heads to the State Senate. Similar measures are pending in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Similar laws are already on the books in California, Virginia and Maryland.
 

Illinois congressman introduces 'Blair's Bill'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The bill, called "Blair's Bill," would require licensing of all individuals who own guns, and create a national registry tracking gun sales and ownership. Congressman Bobby Rush, who has also been personally affected by gun violence, plans to introduce it in Washington later this week.
 

NY: MySpace.com photos lead to weapons arrest of Peekskill man
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Police charged a 24-year-old city man with illegal weapons possession after he posted photos of himself with the gun on his myspace.com Web page and detectives determined he had no permit for the weapon, police said today.
 

NICS Update Proposal Should Offer More for Gun Owners, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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BELLEVUE, WA -- A proposal that would reportedly update and strengthen the National Instant Check System (NICS) may not go far enough to protect the rights of American gun owners while apparently making it easier to prevent mentally ill persons from legally buying guns at retail outlets, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.

One tenet of the contemplated "compromise" legislation, noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, would reportedly allow persons whose names are in the NICS database for minor infractions that should not be disqualifiers to petition the states to have those entries removed.
 

MN: Road-rage shooting suspect released
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Martin Scott Treptow walked out of the Anoka County Jail on Friday afternoon and promptly declared his innocence.

"It was self-defense," he said moments after being released without charges in the shooting of an undercover police officer the day before.

Treptow, a 35-year-old former security officer from Coon Rapids with a license to carry a concealed handgun, shot the Robbinsdale officer Thursday afternoon, injuring him, in a vehicle-to-vehicle road-rage shooting near a busy Anoka County intersection.

That officer has told investigators a different story, putting them in a quandary, they acknowledge.
 

American gun law expert says Washington DC report of Capitol Hill firearms deal leaves much room for improvement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"However, it appears that the deal neglects a very important consideration. If Congress really intends to get serious in its response to the Virginia Tech murder rampage and prevent similar occurrences, it should enact legislation providing that on any college campus receiving federal funds, students or faculty there who have state issued permits to carry concealed firearms will not be prevented by university officials from carrying them.
 

Canada: Americans Reject Stricter Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - More people in the United States believe their country’s current firearm legislation should remain untouched, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 49 per cent of respondents believe there is no need to introduce stricter gun control laws, up 12 points since mid-April.

The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right "to keep and bear arms." Some American states have enacted their own gun control regulations, independent of existing federal legislation.
 

NY:NYS Rifle & Pistol Assoc. Supports Schimminger Pistol-Licensing Law Reform Bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Currently, when a New York State resident wishes to obtain a handgun license he or she must run a gantlet of NY State laws, a patchwork of local county or city regulations, investigations, expense and wasted time. Even 9th Judicial District Administrative Judge Francis Nicolai has argued that the process needs streamlining, and that applicants throughout the State should be subject to the same licensing requirements. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association suggests even more sweeping changes – the changes that Assemblyman Robin Schimminger has proposed in Assembly bill A-6378.
 

Death raises questions about stun guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A woman confronted by police outside a homeless shelter ... died after being shocked with a Taser, an electric stun gun designed to help officers subdue violent suspects without nightsticks or guns.

But in Milisha Thompson's case, she was already on the ground and in handcuffs. Her death has raised questions about whether police are abusing the stun guns by using them as a convenient labor-saving device to control uncooperative people.

"It's a legitimate law-enforcement tool," said Florida State University criminology professor George Kirkham, a former police officer. "But it's supposed to be used as a defensive weapon. The problem we're seeing around the country is it's being used abusively."
 

Canada: Attempted break-in leaves man injured
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A 49-year-old man is in police custody after an early-morning altercation at his apartment left another man with cuts to his upper body.

Montreal police say that around 6:20 a.m., a 35-year-old man tried to break into an apartment on Larivire St. using a sharp object. After a brief struggle, the would-be robber was injured with the object he brought with him. He was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

No charges have been filed against the apartment's resident and police say they are trying to determine if the man's actions were in self defence.

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LA: Katrina Pets Executed
Submitted by: jac

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For nearly two years, pet owners from the low-lying Louisiana parish of St. Bernard have accused sheriff's deputies of having wantonly killed dozens of dogs they forced evacuees to leave behind during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, without regard to the dogs' size or the potential threat they might pose.

Two deputies have already been indicted by a grand jury in New Orleans on charges of felony, aggravated cruelty to animals. The Louisiana attorney general's office is investigating and this morning lawyers for a group of owners will file a comprehensive complaint in federal court in Louisiana seeking class action status for their clients.

 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
By calling attention to a well-regulated militia for the security of the Nation, and the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms, our Founding Fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny, which gave rise to the second amendment, will ever be a major danger to our Nation, the amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic military-civilian relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of the country. For that reason I believe the second amendment will always be important. --JOHN F. KENNEDY

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