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NJ: Unintended Consequences of New Jersey’s 'One Gun A Month'
Submitted by: Evan Nappen
Website: http://www.evannappen.com

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"New Jersey’s so-called 'one gun a month' bill (Assembly Bill A3511) is based on the absurd premise that criminals buy multiple crime handguns from licensed dealers. People with criminal intentions do not purchase with permits, get fingerprinted, and subject themselves to intrusive criminal and mental health background checks."

"What criminal is going to go through that process and then illegally sell registered guns in bulk?"

"Putting aside the stupidity of passing such a law, serious unintended consequences will occur from enacting this bill."

"Makes 12 handguns the maximum number of handguns any retail dealer can acquire in a year, from any combination of private owners, manufacturers or wholesalers." [emphasis added] ...
 

John Longenecker: Stand Your Ground Movement, Part III (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It’s Not About Crime Anymore. It’s about anti-crime policies that don’t work, but for officials and specific industries."

"Anti-crime policies drain sovereignty out of the home like gasoline companies drain money out of your budget."

"The Stand Your Ground movement began as a pro-household / pro-individual legislation addressing when persons face grave danger, including the criminal and civil penalties imposed. Many of these were recognized as unproductive, as nothing more than social engineering to the gain of those who wanted to make money or political prestige on the tragedy of others. ..." ...
 

Gun Control: A Rush to Condemn Firearms?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A CBS article claims that a new gun control proposal in Congress will 'require safe gun use'. Rufus Williams, Chicago Public Schools President, stated: 'We’ve lost 31 children, 31 CPS students have died or have been murdered this school year and it's not OK.'1 This theme kicks off HB 2666, sponsored by Congressman Bobby Rush, who represents Illinois’ Congressional District 1, which includes Chicago.2"

"What CBS doesn’t mention is that Illinois already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Brady Campaign considers Illinois to be among the best states in the country for gun control laws, giving the state an A- grade in their 2005 report card. ..." ...
 

The Brady Campaign is Nervous...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The forces of gun control know that they can’t stand up to a ruling that is actually in line with the Constitution. None of their laws, dicta, or legal mental gymnastics can compete with even a cursory examination of the writings of Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and the other Founders. An article on the NRA website details some of the palpable nervousness of the Brady Campaign:" ...
 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Posts Record Annual Revenues and Earnings
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp. ... today announced financial results for the fiscal year and the fourth fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2007."

"Net product sales for fiscal 2007 increased 48.8% over the previous fiscal year. Firearms sales for the fiscal year grew 50.1% over the previous fiscal year, reflecting a 59.7% increase in pistol sales, the full year financial impact of tactical rifle sales, and four months of revenue from Thompson/Center Arms ..." ...
 

Chechnya: Chechen Self-Made Weapons
Submitted by: The Radiation Angels
Website: http://www.radiationangels.com

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Pictures of weapons the Russian army has captured in
Chechnya.
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Submitter's Note: Absolute proof that gun bans will never, ever work unless we ban guns, tools, and ingenuity.
 

OH: Damon Wells: 'I wasn't trying to kill anyone' (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is no doubt that Damon Wells, the Cleveland man forced to shoot a neighborhood punk in self-defense, is apprehensive and remorseful for his part in the ordeal. In testimony given in a hearing Thursday the Plain Dealer reported that Wells stared at the floor while recounting the ordeal."

"In the end Arthur Buford's accomplice in the attempted robbery, Mardale Williams, was sent to adult court to face charges in his friend's death."

"We learn from the testimony that Wells did everything he could to avert the situation. He tried to de-escalate the violence by telling the two thugs he recognized them from the neighborhood in an attempt to either earn some respect or create the fear that Wells could identify them later. ..." ...
 

Paul Helmke: Working Together (Brady Campaign)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One might be forgiven for thinking there is no middle ground in politics… especially on issues of gun violence. ..."

"Today, the House of Representatives, the National Rifle Association, and the Brady Campaign disproved that notion, when the House voted to approve legislation cosponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and John Dingell that would help strengthen the Brady background check system." ...

"We hope that Congress and the gun lobby will continue to support meaningful reforms that extend Brady background checks to all gun sales, not just those by the licensed dealers who are covered by current law. That would be a significant additional step to prevent guns from getting into the hands of dangerous people." [emphasis added]
 

Not a Gun Control Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's been a lot of confusion and questions surrounding NRA's position on a NICS improvement bill that's being written in Congress. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that the anti-gun media is portraying this as a 'gun-control' bill. Let me make it clear: It's not."

"The NICS bill, as written, wouldn't expand the definition of a prohibited person. It wouldn't disqualify anyone currently able to legally purchase a firearm. In fact, it would provide an opportunity for people who've been disqualified to clear their name. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Is this why the Brady Campaign says "US House Takes Good First Step to Strengthen Brady Background Check System"?
 

CA: In praise of the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THROUGH the years, we've had our differences with the National Rifle Association. For the moment, we'll set aside our conflicting opinions ..."

"Today, we write in praise the NRA."

"In response to the Virginia Tech massacre ... the House of Representatives this week gave its approval to legislation that would strengthen the systems for ensuring the mentally ill do not obtain guns." ...

"The NRA insisted it was not 'gun control' legislation. No matter what it's called, it was the right thing to do and long overdue. It was the first significant constraint on the gun trade to clear the House in a decade."

"We thank the NRA for helping make it happen."
 

OR: Search For Boy Carrying Air Pistol Leads To Two Schools Lockouts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Two Beaverton schools were in lockout Friday morning while police searched for a boy allegedly seen carrying an air pistol.

Officers said the boy is believed to be about 10 to 12 years old and was last seen near Denny Road and Highway 217.

Police are checking the streets near Whitford Middle School and McKay Elementary School, which remained in lockout until 9:30 a.m. as a precaution.

Police said the boy could face charges under a new Beaverton city ordinance that bans carrying any type of air pistol in public.

FOX 12 and KPTV.com will update as more information becomes available.
 

TN: Local officials applaud Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Law-abiding Dickson Countians can rest assured that if they come under criminal attack, fear for their lives and defend themselves using deadly force, the law is now on their side."

"Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen recently signed into law the National Rifle Association-backed 'Castle Doctrine Bill,' putting the law 'back on the side of the victim the way it’s supposed to be,' said Chris Cox, the chief lobbyist for the NRA, in a press release."

"The law allows potential crime victims to protect themselves using deadly force if they are truly in fear for the lives of themselves or their families."

"The bill also provides civil immunity for those who defend themselves from criminal attack, Cox said." ...
 

CA: Lead ammo ban not happening this fall
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Hunters will not have to use non-lead ammunition for big game and varmint hunting this fall. While the Fish & Game Commission announced its intention to take final action on a proposed lead ammunition ban to protect California condors at its July 13 meeting in Bridgeport, any regulation adopted would not take affect until Jan. 1, 2008."

"The Commission still has the option of not adopting any change in the regulations, which would allow continued use of lead ammunition in the future, but it's looking like a majority of its members are leaning toward some sort of ban in condor range." ...
 

Hunters in polar bear fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two Kentucky hunters are among more than 60 U.S. residents who applied this year to bring home the polar bears they sport-hunted in Canada."

"Chase Fulcher of Henderson said he has dreamed since he was a boy about killing a polar bear with a bow. In February last year, he did." ...

"Legislation in Congress, which is backed by leading animal rights groups, would end the permitting process that allows U.S. hunters to import polar bears they sport-hunted in Canada back to the U.S." ...

"Hunters and hunting proponents, however, say the bill would do little to stop the number of polar bears killed by humans each year."

"'The same number of bears will be harvested. It'll just be someone else doing ...'" ...
 

LA: From the city that brought you gun confiscations and subsequent lies about it...
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.libertyzone.blogspot.com

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"...from the city that brought you thieving, terrorist acts by the ones sworn to serve and protect, comes another story of jack-booted thuggery. A pack of New Orleans' "finest" burst into a bar, allegedly looking for two men in white T-shirts, who supposedly ran inside." ...

"They beat the crap out of Steven Elloie, abused him physically until his body was numb and his legs would not move, kicked him and Tasered him. ..."

"He was one man -- unarmed and cooperative, according to witness accounts. And yet, these thugs chose to beat him until he could not move. Why? Because they could. Because they saw a guy who could not fight back against their armed strength, and they took out their impotence on him ..." ...
 

WI: Lisbon officer charged with misconduct
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A town of Lisbon police sergeant has been charged with a felony count of misconduct in a public office after he allegedly entered Town Hall after hours and photocopied time records of police Chief Terry Martorano."

"Gaetano 'Tom' Alioto, 45, was charged Thursday ..."

"Alioto’s attorney, Leonard Adent, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon."

"According to the complaint, Alioto and then-town Supervisor Ron Everett were seen inside the Lisbon Town Hall on April 16, 2006, by a police officer who was summoned there by Alioto. Alioto told the officer he and Everett saw lights on at Town Hall and stopped to investigate, but then told the officer words to the effect of, 'We were never here,' the complaint said."
 

NH: Former Newmarket police officer arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The former Newmarket cop recently arrested in the chaperoning of an elementary school field trip was indicted last week with being a felon in possession of a firearm."

"Dennis Pratte ... spent nearly 20 years with the police department ... before his 1994 arrest on charges that he sexually assaulted his juvenile step-daughter. Pratte pleaded guilty to the charges in 1995 ..." ...

"Pratte was out on bail awaiting a September trial on charges of sexually assaulting his step-daughter again in 2003, this time she is an adult, and is scheduled to be sentenced in August on charges that he chaperoned a field trip with young children, in 2006, violating the law regarding the sex offender's ability to be in contact with children." ...
 

CA: Ex-cop charged in alleged pay scam
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oakland police Officer Wallace 'Wally' Hunter was fired last year after an internal investigation indicated he had devised a scheme to get paid for time not worked, authorities said."

"On Wednesday, the same day an arbitrator was to hold a second hearing on his appeal of the firing, Hunter was arrested on a $10,000 warrant charging him with felony grand theft for the same allegations."

"Hunter was released on bail after he was booked at police headquarters. ..."

"He declined to talk to investigators."

"Lt. Mike Yoell, commander of the property/theft section which conducted the investigation, said Hunter is suspected of being paid at least $8,000 over several months between late 2005 and March 2006 for shifts not worked." ...
 

AR: Ranger’s Vehicle Found; Guns Missing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three teens suspected of stealing a state park ranger's personal car have been arrested, but firearms taken from another of the officer's vehicles earlier in the week have yet to be found ..."

"[Chief] Floyd said the victim of the thefts, whom he would not identify, works as a state park ranger and also as a reserve Cherokee Nation marshal. He said someone broke into the ranger's pickup late Sunday or early Monday, taking two firearms and other park ranger equipment." ...

"The firearms stolen were a Glock 9 mm handgun and a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol, according to Floyd."
 

NY: Gun-Flashing 'Cop' Busted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off-duty NYPD auxiliary cop took his mission to 'patrol, observe and report' too far when he pulled over a driver for talking on cellphone and displayed a gun, authorities said yesterday."

"Yong Jeon, 33, assigned to the 115th Precinct auxiliary squad, got out of his own car to pull the driver over, pressing his badge up against the window, saying 'Get the f- off the phone, I'm a cop,' then pulled up his shirt to show the gun in his waist, officials said." ...

"When Lee asked for Jeon's name and badge number, Jeon ran off, officials said."

"Cops tracked down Jeon and arrested him Sunday."

"He was charged with criminal impersonation, menacing and harassment, and released without bail, officials said."
 

IL: Harvey on hook for $775,000 in civil-rights case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A federal appeals court has upheld a $275,000 award to a man — and another $500,000 to his lawyers — who claimed Harvey police shot him unjustifiably and covered it up by planting a gun at the scene." ...

"The long-running lawsuit stemmed from the 1997 shooting of then-19-year-old Archie Robinson by officer Manuel Escalante outside an apartment complex. Robinson said he was climbing over a fence with a friend when Escalante shot him in the buttocks without warning." ...

"Public records show Escalante remains on the police department payroll and also has been paid thousands of dollars as a vendor for reasons the city can't or won't explain." ...
 

CA: Sheriff to the Stars is a show biz guy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is making his department available for five reality TV shows." ...

"A Los Angeles TV guy would see a fabulous opportunity to produce a sixth show: Sheriff to the Stars. ..." ...

"If Baca did Sheriff to the Stars, episodes could feature Baca renewing the pistol permits he issued to Sylvester Stallone and Ben Affleck. Baca could reminisce about the Mel Gibson controversy, when a deputy was pressured to excise the actor's anti-Semitic remarks from an arrest report."

"Sadly, Sheriff to the Stars could not go into production before Hilton finishes the sentence the incensed judge ordered her back to jail to serve."
 

NY: Navy officer charged with stealing, selling weapons equipment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Navy lieutenant who served as a ship's supply officer has been charged with stealing and selling weapons equipment."

"David Raymond Carmel was charged in an indictment Wednesday with the theft of weapons-mounted infrared laser-aiming devices and their sale to an undercover law enforcement agent, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said in a release."

"The indictment in U.S. District Court in Manhattan said Carmel, of Gilman, Wis., obtained the weapons equipment while he served as a supply officer to the USS Shrike, a mine hunter stationed at the Naval Station in Ingleside, Texas, where he had access to supply inventories belonging to all U.S. armed forces worldwide." ...
 

KY: County attorney: No arrest warrant in road-rage case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze said this afternoon he will not ask a judge to order the arrest of former police officer Richard Koenig in the June 3 shooting of a man during an argument at a four-way stop."

"Darren Pickerill's parents filed a complaint this morning with Maze, saying Koenig is an 'unstable and dangerous threat,' and asking for an arrest warrant."

"But Maze said the case already is being handled by Jeffersontown police and Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Stengel because the potential charges are felonies."

"He said there is no need for a separate investigation." ...
 

FL: Weapons stolen from vehicles increasingly used to commit crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two shootings in west Orange County last week and the shootings of two deputy sheriffs a week earlier have the same thing in common: stolen guns."

"The pistols linked to both sets of shootings were taken from motorists, who are permitted by Florida law to store loaded firearms in unattended vehicles -- something many police agencies prohibit their own officers from doing."

"The rationale of police is simple: Hundreds of guns are stolen each year in the more than 20,000 car break-ins and car thefts just in Orange County." ...

"... last year's record numbers of murders in the city and county prompted more motorists to drive while armed -- increasing the likelihood of gun thefts from car break-ins." ...
 

NJ: Stolen gun off street - seller it was taken from faces challenge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A handgun stolen from a Downtown Jersey City gun shop has been recovered, but now the gun shop owner is looking down the barrel of a new problem - law enforcement officials want to take away his license to sell firearms ..." ...

"But Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said yesterday that the theft has prompted his office to go after Murray's license, alleging his guns are not properly secured."

"Murray's attorney, Evan Mappa, said security measures in the store are approved by the New Jersey State Police."

"'Because someone is somehow able to get around his security doesn't mean his license can be revoked,' Mappa said." ...
 

NJ: Homeschooled siblings win statewide scholastic skeet shooting contests
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While home-schooling all seven of his children in North Bergen, Bill Koehler has searched for positive activities for the kids to get involved with, much like the extracurricular groups children do at conventional school."

"Some became interested in gymnastics. Others got involved in martial arts."

"When Koehler heard of the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Scholastic Clay Target Program for children, he thought it would be great for three of his kids - Sarah (17), Benjamin (15), and Rebecca (12)."

"'It was a national program designed for students from sixth grade through high school,' Koehler said. 'One of the members of our home school association asked me if I would be interested in coaching ...'" ...
 

New Zealand: Campbell Live talks to Greg Carvell and father (video)
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Last year in July, 29-year-old Ricky Beckham walked into a gun shop in Penrose.

He produced a large machete before being shot and wounded, but not fatally.

The police and ambulance were called but took roughly 15 minutes to arrive.

Later, controversially, police decided to charge the gun shop owner, Greg Carvell, with possession of a pistol for unlawful purposes.

Today, completely unexpectedly, two JPs threw the charge out and Carvell walked away a completely free man.
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Submitter's Note: Interview w/ NZ gunshop owner, partial video of the actual attack.
 

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