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Mike Vanderboegh: "Closed Hand": An Open Letter to the ATF's Jim Cavanaugh
Submitted by: Chris Horton
Website: http://chris-horton.blogspot.com/

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... "... let me draw your attention to another pertinent anniversary which happens to fall today. It was a previous attempt by the United States government at 'gun control.' The Cheyenne and Lakota peoples call it, 'The Battle of the Greasy Grass.' It is more popularly know as the Battle of the Little Big Horn and was fought on 25 and 26 June, 1876." ...

"It would be a mistake to think that we, the armed citizenry of the United States in the 21st Century, would defend our way of life any less vigorously than the Lakota and Cheyenne of the 19th Century. On a practical note, I might also point out that there are many more of us and we are far better armed and equipped than the best Cheyenne brave. I mention this just in case somebody in your department feels as froggy as you did on 27 February 1993. We have absorbed the lessons of history, including recent history, and I don't think you'll get a second chance at backing away with your hands in the air." ...
 

More Guns, Less Crime Revisited
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is no such thing as gun control. There are laws that prevent or make it more difficult for people to obtain guns, but those laws only apply to those who choose to obey them. Criminals, who by their very nature do not obey the law, are not affected by so-called 'gun control.'"

"The Liberty Belles and gun rights supporters everywhere have been repeating this point like a mantra for years. And yet, unbelievably, there are many who still don't get it."

"A recent 'man on the street' interview in Washington D.C. by CNS News revealed just how pervasive the anti-gun mentality remains to this day. Amazingly, the people interviewed failed to recognize that the benefits of firearm ownership far outweighs the negatives. ..." ...
 

Guns in parks a national right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently proposed changes in federal regulations would allow the carrying of concealed firearms in some national parks, something which is not currently allowed. Specifically, the proposed regulations would allow the carrying of firearms if state law would allow the carrying of firearms in state parks. While this is a step in the right direction and should be supported, changes in federal regulations should go even further and allow the carrying of firearms in national parks even if state law would restrict or prohibit the carrying of firearms in state parks without regard to state law." ...
 

Machine gun lovers gather in Oklahoma
Submitted by: Anonymous

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VIDEO: Machine gun lovers gather in Oklahoma
 

Supreme Court Set To Release Decision On DC Gun Ban Case Thursday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tomorrow is a huge day for Second Amendment gun rights loving Americans. After releasing four opinions this morning the Supreme Court announced they would deliver the rest of the decisions for the term tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10am Eastern. This includes the 'DC vs. Heller' Second Amendment case. ..."
"At the close of Wednesday’s public session, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., announced that the Court will issue all remaining decisions for the Term at 10 a.m. Thursday. The test case on whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a gun is among those remaining ... (Source: SCOTUSblog)" ...
 

D.C.'s Handgun Ban Hits Unintended Targets
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Allan Lucas discovered his passion nearly four decades ago, in the Marine Corps. ..."

"During a 30-plus-year career with D.C. police, the U.S. Marshals office and the D.C. corrections department, Lucas taught hundreds of officers how to handle and shoot firearms. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he had the bad luck to practice his skill and love in a city that since 1976 has maintained the nation's strictest gun ban, which prohibits handgun ownership."

"No one ever accused the government of being terribly logical, but get this: The District, throughout the three decades of its gun ban, has continued to license firearms instructors -- Lucas is one of about 60 licensees -- but has declined to let them open businesses where they could use their licenses." ...
 

IN: Baby sitter raped at knifepoint
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/author/Jack+Burton/best

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"A 20-year-old man is accused of breaking into a Gary home, holding a knife to three children inside and then raping their 16-year-old baby sitter."

"Cornelius Hines, of Gary, was lying naked, with a pair of socks on his feet and a rag on his head when Gary police arrived ..." ...

"One of the children ran next door to the neighbor's house and told them what happened." ...

"Hines told police he went to the house to visit a friend, saw the teen in the bedroom and asked what she was doing. He said he started to take off his shorts and a knife fell out of his pocket, which scared her, police said. Hines said the kids heard the teen scream and then some 'dudes' came in and one had a gun ..." ...
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KABA Note: Interesting that the reporter held off mentioning the gun until the 12th of 13 paragraphs.
 

WV: Man says he had no choice but to shoot pit bull
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia has dropped charges against a Culloden man who was accused of shooting a dog that he claims was being aggressive towards his children."

"Scott Blankenship was arrested Jan. 16 for wounding 'Havoc,' a Staffordshire bull terrier, with a .45 caliber handgun in the Imperial Estates subdivision. Blankenship was charged with three firearm-related misdemeanors."

"Blankenship had been set for trial June 17."

"But Sorsaia said he didn't believe he could have convicted Blankenship, 31. Based on the evidence, Sorsaia figured some on the jury might have decided they would have shot the dog, too." ...
 

SC: Girl, 10, to undergo rabies treatment
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Ten-year-old Summer Langston was able to get away from a rabid fox last week after it chased her near her home in Clover, but she'll soon have to go through a series of shots to treat a 2-inch bite on her leg." ...

"Now, two weeks into summer vacation, York County Animal Control has advised kids who play outside in the mobile home park on Kreps Road to carry sticks to protect themselves from foxes and other animals that might carry rabies." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: I'm carrying a gun.
 

NC: Armed residents patrolling Charlotte streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Armed neighbors are now patrolling the Central Avenue business district in response to a shooting and three armed robberies at nearby businesses." ...

"The Neighborhood Watch Alliance, started by Scott Yamanashi, includes nightly patrols from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m."

"Yamanashi says there are up to 20 members who wish to remain anonymous. Nearly all, he says, have conceal and carry permits and take their handguns with them during their patrols." ...

"Police say they support the group’s Second Amendment rights. But one blogger says he'd feel better if the guns stayed at home and hopes wisdom and patience prevail if there's ever an armed encounter." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Thanks Legislators on Mentored Hunting Program
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Companion bills A-11033 and S-8228 have just received final approval by the State Assembly and Senate respectively. This legislation creates a junior big game mentored hunting program for 14-15 year olds under which they can hunt with firearms while under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association thanks Assemblywoman Francine Delmonte and Senator Dale Volker for sponsoring these bills. We urge Gov. Patterson to sign this legislation promptly so it will be in effect for the fall hunting season." ...
 

WV: More states reciprocate gun permits
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"West Virginians with concealed weapons permits can now legally carry a hidden handgun in about 20 states."

"Last year, the Legislature gave the state attorney general's office the task of working out concealed weapons agreements with other states. Prior to the legislative action, only two other states - Virginia and Kentucky - recognized concealed weapons permits from West Virginia."

"'My directive is to reach agreements with as many states as possible,' said Tom Smith, managing deputy attorney general in charge of the push."

"Smith said West Virginia has now made reciprocity agreements for concealed weapons with 14 states ..." ...
 

FL: Federal judge hearing parking lot gun law case
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A federal judge in Tallahassee will hear arguments in a case challenging a new Florida law that allows guns to be kept locked in cars parked in lots owned by businesses."

"The hearing is set to begin Wednesday afternoon ..."

"The law prohibits businesses from banning employees and customers from having guns in their cars."

"The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Retail Federation contend the law violates the rights of businesses to control what happens on their property. They also say it conflicts with a federal occupational safety law."

"Lawyers for the state and National Rifle Association will defend the law. They say the constitutional right to bear arms trumps property rights and the workplace safety law."
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Thanks Legislators on Big Game Bills
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Companion bills A-9845A and S-6750A have just received final approval by the State Assembly and Senate respectively. This legislation extends big game rifle hunting in Chemung, Steuben and Yates counties through October 2011. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association thanks Assemblyman Jim Bacalles and Senator George Winner for their continuing efforts to promote sound wildlife management practices in these counties. We urge Gov. Patterson to sign this legislation promptly so it will be in effect for the fall hunting season."
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Thanks Legislators on Deer Hunting Bills
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Companion bills A-10163A and S-7112A have just received final approval by the State Assembly and Senate respectively. This legislation creates a one-year trial period during which deer can be hunted with a rifle in Madison County. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association thanks Assemblyman Bill Magee and Senator David Valesky for seeing these bills through the Legislature. We urge Gov. Patterson to sign this legislation promptly so it will be in effect for the fall hunting season."
 

FL: Federal judge calls new Florida gun law 'stupid'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A new Florida law intended to prohibit public and private employers alike from banning guns locked inside cars in their parking lots is so badly written it's 'stupid,' a federal judge declared Wednesday."

"U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle declined, however, to rule on a request for a preliminary injunction before the law takes effect next Tuesday."

"Hinkle said he needed more time to study the issue and doubted two business groups challenging the law would suffer irreparable harm before he makes a decision, probably in mid-July."

"The law bars employers from prohibiting workers, customers and other visitors from keeping a legally possessed firearm locked in their cars parked on the employers' property." ...
 

TX: Handgun Found In Courthouse
Submitted by: Wildfire

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A handgun was found in a downtown Houston courthouse that is equipped with metal detectors, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday. [emphasis added]

Investigators said two Houston police officers appearing for court duty Tuesday morning found the gun in a handicapped stall in a second-floor bathroom of the municipal courthouse, located at 1400 Lubbock. [emphasis added]

A court spokesman did not say if the firearm was loaded, but said the public was never in any danger.

Court operations were not affected.

Houston police are investigating who brought the weapon and how it got past metal detectors.
 

MO: Case against fake police officer upends Mo. town
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bill Jakob arrived in this small town with an offer to help police curb the community's methamphetamine problem. He had a badge and a gun and told officials he had previously worked as an anti-drug agent in Illinois. He even drove a fully equipped Ford Crown Victoria, which he said was for undercover work."
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There was just one problem: Jakob was no cop. He was an unemployed truck driver with a criminal record and had recently filed for bankruptcy." ...

"'He had credentials. He had a badge. He had a phone number to call for verification,' said Gerald Mayor Otis Schulte. 'I don't know what else we could have done.'" ...
 

CA: NRA Throws Support to Blackwater Over Otay Mesa Training Facility
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association has stepped into the fray over Blackwater Worldwide training facility in Otay Mesa ..."

"The NRA recently sent an e-mail encouraging its members to urge San Diego leaders to support Blackwater's indoor naval training center. San Diego city officials had said the project needed further review. But a federal judge ordered the city to issue a permit allowing the center to open. The city did but is also appealing that ruling. The NRA's Andrew Arulanandam says the group's support for the project should be no surprise."
"Arulanandam: If you look at the history of the NRA, the NRA was founded for this very purpose and that is to provide training for our men and women in uniform." ...
 

Fong clinches spot on U.S. Olympic shooting team
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Sandra Fong, a New York City native, earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team."

"Fong, 18, finished second with 1937.6 in the women's 3-Position Rifle event at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to clinch her first spot on the U.S. Olympic Team."

"More than 170 rifle and pistol shooters from across the country battled for spots at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Ft. Benning's International Shooting Complex in Columbus, Ga."

"A national J3 record holder for 50 m prone and 3P air rifle, Fong was Smallbore Champion at the 2008 Junior Olympic Rifle Championships and Junior Silver Medali8st in smallbore 3P at the 2007 USAS National Championships." ...
 

NE: 400 youths in Grand Island for National 4-H Shooting Competition
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Youths pointing pistols lined half the arena. Youths lying on the floor with rifles lined the other half. The clock read 7:45 a.m."

"They focused on cardboard targets 10 meters in front of them. Behind them, parents, coaches and volunteers milled about and talked in hushed voices."

"More than 400 of the best shooters from 30 states arrived 'ready to perform' Tuesday, said Mike Jochum, air rifle 3-P match director for the National 4-H Shooting Competition."

"Yet, the mood at the Heartland Events Center was overwhelmingly calm."

"'You have to shoot like a duck. Be calm on the surface, even if you're flip-flopping around underneath,' said Jochum, quoting Howard Moody, National Rifle Association coach trainer." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"There's no legitimate use for a gun like this." --Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline, brandishing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at a news conference (Chicago Tribune, "Special unit hauling in guns, drugs" by Glenn Jeffers, January 29, 2004)

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