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CCRKBA Says Tiahrt Amendment Should Be Protected, Not Repealed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sensitive gun trace data for criminal investigations should be protected, not opened up to the access of every lawsuit-happy political demagogue, as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his cronies in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition would like to have happen."

"The House Appropriations Committee may vote this week to reauthorize the Tiahrt Amendment, which prevents anti-gun mayors and their political police administrators from getting access to that data, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) is urging gun owners to contact their congressional representatives." ...
 

The Second Amendment and Mental Disorders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week mainstream media announced that Congress (U.S. House of Representatives) passed a bill that would potentially close a gaping loophole in the federal gun laws ..."

"... Wayne LaPierre was shown, front and center, on CBS being interviewed about this new legislation which he deemed good for 'law-abiding citizens.'"

"Really?"

"In the aftermath of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, a move is afoot nationwide to screen every man, woman and child for mental health. Ads abound on television encouraging people to be screened. Articles in parenting magazines advocate mental health screening and prevention to unwitting parents. Mike Wallace tells us to get help for depression, we won't be sorry." ...
 

Gun reform with NRA blessing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Don't faint, but the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence have joined forces behind a bill regulating the sale of firearms."

"The unusual coalition won easy House approval last week to close a loophole in the 1993 Brady law that allowed Seung-Hui Cho to buy the handguns with which he killed 32 people at Virginia Tech - even though a judge had declared him mentally ill. The Senate is likely to follow suit, marking the first time since 1996 that Congress has strengthened gun-control laws." ...
 

Preliminary Data Shows Americans Spent $120 Billion on Wildlife Related Recreation in 2006
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"America's passion for wildlife and the outdoors continues to be a major engine of the nation's economy, according to preliminary survey data released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."

"In 2006, more than 87 million Americans, or 38 percent of the United States' population age 16 and older hunted, fished or observed wildlife. They spent $120 billion that year pursuing those activities - an amount roughly equal to Americans' total spending at all spectator sports, casinos, motion pictures, golf courses and country clubs, amusement parks and arcades combined." ...
 

NY, SF Mayors join forces to push illegal gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom joined forces in San Francisco today to bring awareness to a campaign aimed at stopping the flow of illegal guns into U.S. cities."

"The aim of the bipartisan campaign, brought about by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group which brings together some 225 mayors, is to prevent criminals from illegally obtaining guns by cracking down on gun dealers. It also is pushing for law enforcement to be able to share information easier."

"The coalition opposes a federal measure that restricts the ability of law enforcement to use gun trace data, which tracks the movement of a firearm from its sale to its first retail purchaser, to fight against illegal gun trafficking." ...
 

Gun Show Loophole Must Be Closed, Whether Mental Health Laws are Fixed or Not (GunGuys)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The LA Times has a very frank editorial up about the deal made last week between Congressional Democrats and the NRA. According to the headlines, the deal made huge strides towards closing a loophole that would keep mentally ill people from obtaining firearms. But when you take a closer look, you can see how this deal actually helps the NRA, and doesn’t do anything at all about a much bigger loophole facing America today: the gun show loophole." ...

"The jury is still out about whether this is a 'good bill' or not, but one thing is clear: this bill does nothing to close the gun show loophole, and because of that, it remains useless as long as that loophole remains open. ..." ...
 

FL: Armed man fends off robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An Orlando man with a concealed-weapons permit successfully defended himself early Sunday against two armed robbers.

Confronted outside Metro Place Apartments, the gun owner pushed aside a female acquaintance and drew his 9 mm pistol, according to Orlando police. The couple then fled.

Another tenant heard the commotion and called 911 about 3:20 a.m. to report seeing two masked men armed with shotguns flee the area, reports show.
 

Guns, Tears, Tragedy and Change
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "He said he saw the men coming up the stairs with guns in hand but he couldn't do anything to stop them. So he quickly gathered his family and locked them in the master bedroom. He said they found them hiding there in less than a minute."

"... they all were immediately tied up. Then they started leisurely burglarizing the home, seemingly in no hurry whatsoever. After they bagged-up everything they deemed worthwhile, things really got bad."

"They took turns raping both daughters in front of him and his wife. ..."

"The father kept repeating that he just couldn’t do anything to help them. Nervously he asked, 'Officer, please tell me, if I would have had a gun do you think I could have helped my family'? ...
 

LA: La. boy, 17, grabs gun, foils carjacking
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A 17-year-old boy foiled an attempted carjacking, wrestling a gun from a would-be robber and shooting him after the man grabbed his mother ..."

"Carl Chestnut, wounded in the head and torso, will face armed robbery charges ..."

"The 53-year-old woman ... and her son were in the drive-through line ... when Chestnut, 44, walked up and pointed a gun at her, demanding their money and the car ..."

"When he leaned inside, trying to yank the mother out of the car, the 17-year-old grabbed the gun ... Once the youth got the gun, he shot Chestnut several times ..." ...

"While acknowledging the gamble succeeded, authorities stressed that it's safer to cooperate in such a case." ...
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KABA Note: Just ask the passengers of United Flight 93 about 'giving them what they want'.
 

OH: Seniors feel safer when they carry gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Even at 69 years old, Russ Geis has enough vitality to bike through Stark County's remote nature trails."

"He said the .380-caliber handgun on his handlebars will ensure he's doing it at 70."

"Geis is among a growing number of seniors licensed to carry a concealed firearm. ... some local permit data and anecdotal information indicate they have steadily packed heat since the state's concealed-carry law passed in 2004."

"'You are out in a park, riding a bicycle trail and all of a sudden you're confronted by a drug addict who would kill you for $5,' Geis said. 'Are you going to sit there and say, 'Boy, I hope the police show up?'" ...
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KABA Note: Not only do seniors feel safer, they are safer.
 

Tiahrt, Bloomberg clash over gun data
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are waging a gunfight." ...

"Their feud is over an amendment that Tiahrt wrote in 2003 that puts strict limits on how broadly the government can share gun-tracing data. The information identifies the original dealer and buyer of a weapon used in a crime."

"Tiahrt and others say the restrictions are necessary because disclosure could reveal names of undercover officers and informants or tip off targets involved in investigations related to those weapons."

"Bloomberg and more than 200 other mayors counter that the measure handcuffs their anti-crime efforts where illegal guns are involved because they cannot trace their source." ...
 

Gun-rights and gun-control advocates can find common ground in Senate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The shocking deaths of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech in April spurred into action people on Capitol Hill who usually sit on opposing sides of the fence in gun-control debates. ..."

"A report ordered by the President after the shootings found that the 1993 Brady gun-control law has been poorly enforced. Schools, doctors and police often are unsure what information can legally be shared due to confusing privacy laws. Virginia Tech was a wake-up call."

"Weeks of negotiations ensued between ... two gun-rights supporters; ... a gun-control advocate; and the National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun-rights group. The result was a breakthrough last week in the House with passage of HR 2640." ...
 

ISRA Asks Senator Kotowski to Explain State Police Infringements on First Amendment Rights of Illinois Gun Owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The ISRA is expressing great concern over reports that Illinois State Police (ISP) detectives have been visiting the homes of people who phoned or faxed Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) to express opposition to gun control legislation sponsored by the senator. The ISRA has recently conducted a thorough investigation into one complaint, and is gathering additional information on as many as several dozen other reported incidents of police questioning citizens who have spoken out against gun control legislation."

"In the case investigated thus far, the respondent reports that ISP detectives arrived at his home, unannounced, and informed him that their visit was in response to faxes he sent to Sen. Kotowski. ..." ...
 

IL: Dan Kotowski Better Have a Damn Good Explanation . . . .
Submitted by: Kurt Hofmann
Website: http://armedandsafe.blogspot.com

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"For this stupidity right here:
ISRA Asks Senator Kotowski to Explain State Police Infringements on First Amendment Rights of Illinois Gun Owners

"If you're not familiar with Dan Kotowski, that's OK. He's basically an anti-gun doofus who used to head the 'Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence' (inexplicably abbreviated 'ICHV' and not 'ICAHV.') and managed to sneak into office as a state legislator here in Illinois. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to understand some of the rules of legislating in a republic. There's an important one that says voters get to tell their legislators what they think about legislation before legislators vote. Kotowski does NOT like that idea. ..." ...
 

MI: Toy gun ban in works
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Saginaw City Councilman Amos O'Neal rose from his chair at the council table, unbuttoned his suit coat and whipped out of his waistband a chrome handgun."

"'I don't want anybody to panic,' O'Neal told people in the stately City Hall on Monday."

"City Manager Darnell Earley ducked. Councilman Larry Coulouris hunkered down in his chair and muttered: 'Put that down.' Councilman Bill Federspiel's eyes widened."

"'We've got young people going around like this,' an apparently armed O'Neal declared, panning the room with the glinting pistol, his finger on the trigger."

"Then he added: 'This is a look-alike.'"

"A toy gun, in other words." ...
 

AZ: Senate sends gun storage bill to governor
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"The Senate today approved and sent Governor Napolitano a bill that would let a person take a gun into a public event or building if the operator bans weapons but doesn't provide individually locked storage spaces."

"Current state law allows operators of public buildings and events to ban weapons if they provide storage places for them."

"The bill specifies that an operator prohibiting weapons would have to provide supervised locked storage place for weapons and requires that gun owners be provided the keys for the lock boxes."

"If there aren't enough boxes, a person would be allowed to enter with the weapon."

"Backers of the bill say it respects the rights of gun owners lawfully carrying firearms ..."
 

VA: Lakes at Dare wants to prohibit recreational gunfire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Lakes at Dare Homes Association Board is asking the York County Board of Supervisors to make the area bounded by Link, Railway and Dare roads off-limits to discharging firearms."

"The association wants to be added to a long list of other areas in the county where shooting firearms is illegal. York's supervisors will hold a public hearing on the request tonight ..."

"Steve Savage, president of the Lakes at Dare Homes Association, made a written request to the county in April to add the subdivision to a list of those that don't allow the discharge of firearms."

"'Homeowners at Lakes at Dare have expressed concerns about hearing shots fired in areas close to their homes,' Savage wrote." ...
 

NY: Full Court Press for Bloomberg's Gun Lawsuits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In filing lawsuits against out-of-state gun dealers who have sold an unusually high number of guns later used illegally in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) has become the nation’s most prominent advocate of increased gun regulation." ...

"'Our civil litigation has been a success,' Bloomberg spokesman Jason Post wrote in an e-mail, pointing to the settlement rate as proof."

"But a number of targeted dealers are actively resisting the lawsuits. Two have filed suits of their own against Bloomberg, whose efforts have raised the hackles of gun-rights organizations and politicians in some areas where dealers have been targeted." ...
 

NJ: Hunting Under Fire In New Jersey
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THERE is a bill being pushed in the New Jersey assembly that could result in the end of hunting in the Garden State."

"Legislation that would revamp the New Jersey Fish and Game Council was heard in the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee this week. The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and its allies are concerned such legislation will simplify anti-hunters' involvement in wildlife decision-making."

"Assembly Bill 3275 ... will change the makeup of the Fish & Game Council. It will remove the six sportsmen and three farmers who represent various geographical regions, and replace them with seven appointees recommended by the governor." ...
 

ID: Deja Vu All Over Again At Reds
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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Red's Trading Post owner Ryan Horsley says agents from the BATFE paid him another visit yesterday. Agents last visited the store on May 23rd. That visit resulted in the alleged discovery of three paperwork infractions. Horsley said this visit was more of the same. During the May 23rd visit a Red's employee transcribed alleged comments of one agent. Horsley says supervisor Lori Young told the employee that they would "be back again and again." The latest inspection by the BATFE comes on the heels of last week's showing of the anti BATFE documentary, "The Gang."
 

ID: Red's Targeted Again by ATF
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has their sights set once again on Red's Trading Post.

This after the Wisconsin based Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership produced a film entitled “The Gang” which outlines alleged abuses by the ATF.

After two showings of the movie in Twin Falls agents showed up again at Red's Trading Post.

Two ATF agents and an area supervisor from Spokane are going through the books at Red's looking for more violations.
 

ID: At least one new violation at Red's Trading Post; ATF enters Day 2 of new audit
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"The tension at Red's Trading Post on Monday was palpable."

"... Close to 2 p.m., two investigators and their supervisor returned. An unsmiling Horsley videotaped and audio recorded their every move." ...

"Monday, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted its third audit of Red's this year, its ninth since 1980. Since March, when a federal judge stayed the ATF's revocation of Red's gun-sales license, the audits have come more frequently and are increasingly scrutinizing. ..." ...

"At close to 6 p.m., when the investigators retired for the day, they had found one violation, Horsley said. 'A customer forgot to sign the transfer date,' he said." ...
 

Tanks For Nothing
Submitted by: Tom Perkins

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... "... Wright was embedded with an elite U.S. Marine unit in Iraq. ... Wright explains how the full-time Marines were getting increasingly irritated with a reserve unit ... mostly made up people who in their civilians lives were law enforcement ... and were acting like idiot renegades. Wright quotes a gunnery sargeant who traveled with the reserve unit:"

"'Some of the cops in Delta started doing this cowboy stuff. They put cattle horns on their Humvees. They'd roll into these hamlets, doing shows of force—kicking down doors, doing sweeps—just for the fuck of it. ...'"

"... Yes, it's just an anecdote. But it's a telling one. It suggests that to say some of our domestic police units are getting increasing militaristic probably does a disservice to the military." ...
 

CA: Expert testifies rules weren't followed when MP was shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Throughout a car chase and the shooting of an off-duty military policeman, a now ex-lawman failed to follow his training and to act as a responsible and objective police officer, a police procedures expert testified Monday."

"And immediately before he was shot and wounded three times, Air Force military policeman Elio Carrion was 'mouthy,' slow to comply with orders and appeared to be intoxicated, said prosecution witness Joe Callanan."

"Yet Carrion's behavior was no justification for then-San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Ivory Webb Jr. to open fire, Callanan said."

"'The training is very clear that the officer is supposed to slow down and calm down' when dealing with drunks ..." ...
 

MI: Judge to rule in Green Oak gun range noise trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The trial to determine whether shotgun blasts heard by neighbors of the shooting range in the Island Lake Recreation Area are a public nuisance ended Monday."

"Livingston Circuit Judge Stanley Latreille will issue a written ruling on the matter. No date was set the ruling."

"'This has been frustrating. I'm frustrated with the delays. I'm frustrated with the lack of sensitivity by the state. I'm just frustrated,' Richard Weigand, who lives about two miles from the range, said after closing arguments concluded." ...

"... The suit was filed in 2004, about a year after the DNR's pistol and rifle range was expanded to include shotguns with clay and skeet shooting." ...
 

TX: Ted Nugent: 'Live and let live' foreign idea to left
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... "Neither I, nor any hunter or meat eater on the planet, has any desire whatsoever to influence any vegetarian's choice of diet or to force them to eat meat. We are the friendly, tolerant Americans."

"This is but one of many issues that represent the line drawn in the sand between liberals and conservatives."

"Our own intrepid opinion editor at the Trib, my friend John Young, doesn't want to simply make the choice to be unarmed and helpless for himself. He has again recently insisted that you and I must also comply with his soulless condition of unarmed helplessness in 'gun-free zones.'"

"Nobody from our side wants to force anybody to have a gun or defend themselves. It is us, the conservatives, who are for individual choice." ...
 

Australia: Get real over gun dangers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"POLICE have spoken out about the dangers of imitation firearms after their use in two incidents this year."

"Whittlesea's firearms officer Senior Constable Simon Busuttil said that what looked like a pistol was considered a pistol under the Firearms Act."

"He was speaking after incidents in which young men had been charged with firearm offences, despite the guns being imitations."

"He said people needed to be aware of the laws."

"'We are aware you can buy imitation firearms, as they are called, although they are classed as firearms. Some people may have licences and that's OK. But, without a licence, having these guns is illegal.'" ...
 

Canada: Conservatives Ignoring Provincial Premiers' Calls for Sensible Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Despite demands by the governments of Quebec and Ontario for stronger and more effective gun control measures, the Conservative government is preparing to debate a bill that would effectively scrap Canada's gun registry, a tool used by front-line police over 5,000 times daily, said Liberal Justice Critic Marlene Jennings." ...
 

UK: Jury hears tape of girl crying 'Why are you stabbing mummy?' as her mother was butchered
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man killed his lover by stabbing her 145 times with six knives in front of her 10-year-old daughter, a court has heard."

"Christopher Jones, 54, used different knives to kill Sharon Blair as the blades kept snapping and buckling during the frenzied attack, it was said."

"The alleged attack happened in front of Sharon's ten-year-old daughter, who dialled 999."

"The harrowing 13-minute emergency call was played to a jury at Bristol Crown Court, where the girl was heard shouting 'Why are you stabbing mummy?'." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: It took over 13 minutes for the police to arrive at a stabbing in progress. Dial 9-9-9 and die.
 

Australia: Road rage stabbing 'self defence'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A MAN accused of stabbing a Sunshine Coast teenager to death in an alleged road rage incident would be claiming self-defence and possibly even accident as a defence to murder should the matter go to trial, his lawyer said today."

"Deon Langworthy, 29, has been committed to stand trial on murder over the incident last August which killed Sonny Baker, 17, of Sunrise Beach."

"Langworthy, who is in custody, this morning made an unsuccessful bid for bail in the Supreme Court of Brisbane."

"The court was told there was evidence the accused followed the victim home following a road incident. There was some evidence a knife may have been produced by the victim during the incident but he was disarmed by the accused." ...
 

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