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NRA's political clout is waning
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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Eight years after a national debate over gun control helped keep Democrat Al Gore out of the White House, the National Rifle Assn. and its Republican allies are launching a new campaign to defeat Barack Obama. But this time, the issue that GOP strategists once relied on to provide crucial votes in close elections has lost much of its political punch. The NRA may have become a victim of its own success.
 

Canada: Montrealer acquitted in shooting death of policeman
Submitted by: M. SHAPIRO

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Awakened before dawn by police officers who battered down the door to his home, Basil Parasiris said he acted in self-defence when he shot at a stranger at his bedroom door.

A jury agreed yesterday, acquitting the Montreal-area businessman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Constable Daniel Tessier, a father of two.

The verdict was the latest slap in this case for the Laval police.
The trial had revealed that the force's search warrant relied on dubious evidence and didn't allow a night-time raid; that officers didn't properly check whether Mr. Parasiris owned guns; and that they fired by mistake into a child's bedroom.
 

CA: Torrance CA. Police Chief, City and Council Members Served with Federal Lawsuit for CCW Unlawful Denial
Submitted by: Transsylvania Phoenix
Website: http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com/

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Long thread on CALGUNS.NET but very fun.
First hand account written by the guy who leads the charge and served the court papers.
 

What to Watch For in D.C. v. Heller
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/author/Jack+Burton/hot/

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My guess is that we’ll see Heller on or after June 23, at the very end of the Term. I guess that simply because Heller is the biggest case of the year, it raises wide-open constitutional issues, and it was argued late in the Term, in mid-March.

Either way, here are key points to look for when the opinions arrive.
 

CA: The Racist Origins Of The Current Concealed Carry Gun Laws In California
Submitted by: Transsylvania Phoenix
Website: http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com/

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Just stumbled upon this on a website and found this well documented historical fact to be very interesting.

On my blog I also added a little bit of background about the different types CCW laws in America, just in case younger gun owners do not have that information:

I wonder how many gun-grabbing politicians would be shell-shocked to learn their anti-gun "feelings" are in fact very similar with the Klan attitude towards Blacks, Hispanicks and Asians.

Enjoy the read!
 

OH: New law extends self-defense protections for Ohioians
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Praising its "common sense" approach and the bipartisan effort that brought it to fruition, Gov. Ted Strickland signed the so-called Castle Doctrine June 10, enacting protections for Ohioans who defend themselves against intruders in their homes or cars.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Steve Buehrer, (R-Delta), was years in the making and was offered in different forms during past general assemblies.
The legislation provides legal protection -- that is, a presumption that they acted in self defense -- for individuals who use force to thwart others who have entered their homes, businesses or vehicles unlawfully.
 

OH: Dilemma of shooting first
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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There are many reasons to like Gov. Ted Strickland. His position on National Rifle Association-backed attempts to create an armed society is not one of them. This week, the governor unwisely signed into law a bill that weakens concealed-carry laws, declares open season on intruders, and unreasonably restricts the property rights of landlords. The bill, opposed by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and many police groups, breezed through a House and Senate eager to begin summer recess and concerned about offending the gun lobby in an election year.
 

WI: Concealed carry. Still a bad idea
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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Normally, we find very few reasons to quarrel with longtime Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers. He's a first-class law enforcement leader, and a smart guy with more than his share of common sense. But this week the sheriff came out in favor of citizens carrying concealed weapons, in response to a push among Winnebago County Board members to begin the permitting practice. “I do not have a problem with concealed carry,” Meyers was quoted as saying by the Rockford Register Star. “Twenty years ago, I would have told you different, but we're at a point where we don't have a choice.”
 

MA: Fifth-Grader Draws Teacher Getting Shot, Could Face Charges
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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A Boston-area fifth-grader faces potential criminal charges for a violent drawing he made of his teacher.

Cullen Smithson, a 10-year-old from Taunton, Mass., told MyFOXBoston.com that he often gets mad at his math teacher because “she always thinks that I don’t do my work even though I really do.”

Cullen said his mother taught him to express his feelings in his drawings rather than act them out or say things in anger.
 

An Illustrated Guide to Obama's Gun-Grabbing
Submitted by: Ric k Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/author/Jack+Burton/hot/

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Buried deep in his official campaign website’s “Issues” page, under “Additional Issues,” is a vague nod to sportsmen, noting that Obama has never been one, and a link to the candidate’s position paper, “Barack Obama: Supporting the Rights and Traditions of Sportsmen.” A sharp observer would note that the document is named “Obama_FactSheet_Western_Sportsmen.pdf,” which makes one wonder if the campaign recognizes the rights of hunters in the southeastern and northeastern United States as well, and non-hunting gun owners nationwide.
 

DC: Gun rights is biggest issue for court to decide
Submitted by: Anonymous

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One momentous case down, another equally historic decision to go. The Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday with 17 cases still unresolved, including its first-ever comprehensive look at the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

The guns case - including Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns - is widely expected to be a victory for supporters of gun rights. Top officials of a national gun control organization said this week that they expect the handgun ban to be struck down, but they are hopeful other gun regulations will survive.

 

MA: 'Open carry' guns at our children's risk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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IMAGINE A child barely tall enough to reach the top drawer of the bedroom dresser. Imagine the child on tip-toes opening the drawer because the forbidden object is hidden there. The naughty thrill of reaching under the socks, the shock of actually touching the thing, finding it cold, as if on ice. Such is my memory of furtive encounters with my father's handgun. At the time, Dad was an FBI agent. Where he stowed his weapon when off-duty was absolutely out-of-bounds, which defined its appeal. Invading that drawer is my first remembered act of disobedience.
 

An Open Letter of Apology to the Good Folk of Illinois From a Hoosier
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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This has weighed heavily on my heart for years and now I finally must get it out into the open. As your direct neighbor to the east I must apologize for Indiana's part in helping to dramatically increase the incidents of crime in Illinois.
 

PA: Today's guns make talk of 2d Amendment quaint
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It has been more than 30 years since the D.C. handgun ban was passed. During that time, the handgun industry has changed, and the lethality of its products has increased. Yet debate over the fate of the D.C. law, and what a decision overturning it may mean for other localities across the nation, is often approached from Second Amendment absolutism, with little regard for how much things have changed since the time of the Founding Fathers.

As physicians, we know the reality of handgun violence. To acknowledge this reality and its impact in America today is to realize that the District of Columbia's law is one to be emulated, not undermined.
 

Ruger gives $125,000 to NRA-ILA for special edition Mini-14 Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. presented the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris W. Cox with a check for $125,000. The check represents a donation from the sale of a special edition Ruger® Mini-14 introduced at the 2008 SHOT Show to raise money for the NRA-ILA. The presentation was made by Ruger CEO Michael Fifer during the 137th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky May 16-18, 2008.

The special limited edition Mini-14 features a blued finish and 16-1/8” barrel in a black Hogue® Patented OverMolded™ stock. The grip cap of the stock features an NRA metal gold-tone logo. This special rifle is chambered for .223 Remington and ships with two 20-round magazines.
 

The Uncompromisable Right To Keep And Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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By Larry Pratt

For years Gun Owners of America (GOA) and its sister organization Gun Owners' Foundation (GOF) have worked tirelessly in support of a robust Second Amendment guarantee of the right of individual Americans to keep and bear arms. Fighting against gun control in the trenches -- in the state and federal courts, in the court of public opinion, in state legislatures, city councils and Congress -- every step of the way is a dog fight. And GOA has become known as the "no compromise" gun lobby.

Our Supreme Court brief in the Heller case was recognized by USA Today as so distinctive that our GOF legal team was invited recently to write the counter-point to that paper's pro-gun control position.
 

Australia: Why Obama needs a deputy who likes guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Franklin Roosevelt's vice president, John "Cactus Jack" Garner, infamously described the job as "not worth a bucket of warm p***".

Choosing the candidate for the job is not a barrel of laughs either. The process of picking a vice president is like juggling hornets' nests.

Balancing personal preference, party politics, electoral mathematics and the nation's best interest is a test of the candidate's political judgment and personal wisdom.

Former VP and presidential candidate Walter Mondale told the USA Today: "It's risky because if you make a mistake, it's like a bad marriage. Only you can't get a divorce".

For Barack Obama, the stakes are even higher.
 

AZ: Arizona already has a law to keep mentally ill from obtaining guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a story in the Arizona Daily Star ("Loopholes allow the troubled to arm," June 7), Associated Press journalist Arthur H. Rotstein wrote, "But Arizona has no law requiring the information concerning mentally ill citizens be sent to the national databank. And none is in the works."

Rotstein quoted State Rep. Pete Hershberger, R-Tucson, as saying, "Requiring that would be very difficult to do in Arizona because of the political climate, and it would be a very difficult path to decide where to draw the line. But that's not to say that it's not appropriate."
 

KY: Fighting Back: City Councilman Pulls Trigger
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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MAGOFFIN COUNTY, KY (WSAZ) -- A City Councilman in Eastern Kentucky says he was about to be the victim of a robbery, when he pulled out a gun and fought back.

Magoffin County Sheriff Bob Jordan says three people approached Royalton City Councilman Ray Nichols at his home. Police say one of them threatened to rob and kill Nichols.
 

The Science of Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There's nothing simple about gun control, a tangle of legal, political and public-health issues complicated by cultural preferences and regional biases. Passions run high on all sides. Lifelong hunters who grew up with firearms, urban victims of gun violence, Second Amendment scholars, NRA lobbyists, chiefs of police—they've all got cases to make and they make them well, often contentiously.
 

CA: National parks no place for concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Bush administration is moving to allow people to carry concealed firearms within the nation's national parks. Having failed to get Congress to pass legislation, political appointees within the Department of Interior are now proposing new firearms regulations.

The current firearms rules have helped to protect national park wildlife and visitors for decades. But they could be a thing of the past by the end of this year if the Bush administration proposal is finalized.
 

Canada: My gun, my right. We'll see
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As Mayor David Miller and provincial leaders urge Ottawa to outlaw handguns, Americans are waiting to see if the United States Supreme Court will shoot down one of that country's strictest gun control laws.

The court is expected to deliver its judgment this month in the case known as Columbia v. Heller, which challenges the District of Columbia's ban on private handgun possession. At the forefront of the challenge are six individuals, including Dick Heller, 67, a Washington D.C. security guard who wants to bring his revolver home with him after work.
 

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To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns...is a dissolution of the government. — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

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