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New gun control: Shut down shops
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"The government is using paperwork errors as small as the abbreviation of a city name to shut down some of the nation's longest-serving gun shops, and 2nd Amendment advocates fear the right to bear arms will mean little if there's no way to obtain a gun."

"'No good deed goes unpunished,' Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, told WND while confirming that as recently as 15 or 20 years ago, there were 250,000 licensed gun dealers in the United States."

"Today, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told WND, there are 108,381, and if more cases involving dealers such as Red's Trading Post of Twin Falls, Idaho, develop, that number will plummet quickly." ...
 

Proposed Legislation Would Protect Access to Gun Stores
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Second Amendment group is drafting federal legislation that would prevent anti-gun demonstrators from blocking access to gun stores."

"The proposed legislation stems from recent protests at a suburban Chicago gun shop."

"On Saturday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a Catholic priest, Michael Pfleger, were arrested and charged with trespassing for blocking the entrance to Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale."

"Pfleger said they've targeted Chuck's Gun Shop because it sells 'more guns...than any place else in the state.' The store is near Chicago, where gun sales are banned, and Jackson says its proximity to the city provides gang members and criminals with easy access to firearms." ...
 

Alan Korwin: Many NRA Members "Confused" by Proposed Gun Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The swift passage of a gun-ban bill in the U.S. House, without committee hearings, floor debate or a recorded vote and possibly without even a quorum present, has NRA members nationwide asking what happened."

"... the NRA said this is 'nothing unusual,' further confusing their members. Swiftly adopting a gun-control measure on a voice vote has not occurred in at least fifteen years ..." ...

"No one knows how many of the 21 million records Congress seeks will truly identify Americans who lack the legal right to have a firearm. ... There are no plans to notify these people."

"An error rate of just one-tenth of one percent ... would mean that 21,000 Americans will have their rights unjustly denied if the bill becomes law. ..." ...
 

Second Amendment spreading in Illinois
Submitted by: dwlawson
Website: http://www.wearethemilitia.org

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... "That makes nine counties (Shelby, Brown, Pike, Schuyler, Hancock, Johnson, Randolph, White, and Greene) with the resolution on the books, and at least another nine that have it proposed for consideration on the county board agenda. Probably close to two dozen more have an effort underway." ...
 

Connecticut, Many Other States Strengthening Gun Laws; More Action Expected In 2008 (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"When Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell signed legislation last week to require gun owners to report to police when a gun is lost or stolen, it was just the latest development in a trend that has been seen in many states since January: elected officials taking new steps to address the nation’s growing gun violence problem."

"Illinois’ state legislature has passed a bill that will mean more mental health records going into the Brady background check system, and Arkansas legislators passed such a bill, signed by Governor Mike Beebe in March."

"Massachusetts held hearings last week on a bill to limit handgun purchases to one per month, to combat gun trafficking, and New Jersey is advancing similar legislation. ... " ...
 

Gun Lobby Fights Gun-Control Democrats
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"For the first time since taking control of Congress, gun-control Democrats are taking on the National Rifle Association. The NRA seems to be nipping the effort in the bud."

"At issue is whether Congress should loosen restrictions on local law enforcement agencies' ability to gain access to gun-purchasing data to trace the movement of illegal guns around the nation." ...
 

FL: Woman shoots at charging pit bull
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Memories of an Easter Sunday pit bull attack four years ago came rushing back to Christine Bruce on Monday night as a pit bull charged toward her while she was jogging with her dogs."

"Unlike four years ago, this time she was ready."

"She pulled out her .38-caliber handgun and fired a shot at the charging pit bull as she was screaming at it to stop ..."

"The attack four years ago ... prompted Bruce to start carrying the gun for self-defense ..." ...

"Afraid for her and her dogs, Bruce retrieved the handgun from her bag and fired at the charging pit bull. She missed the dog but the sound of the gunshot scared it away, ..."

"Bruce has a concealed weapon's permit, sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said. ..." ...
 

FL: Justice System
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was the right verdict that shouldn't have shocked anyone. Even the prosecutor wasn't surprised."

"At first blush, though, it may seem like Norman Borden got away with murder. The suburban West Palm Beach man emptied his gun into a car, killing two men, and a jury acquitted him of all charges."

"But Borden wasn't the typical assailant, and the men he shot were not innocent victims. The Jeep they were in almost ran Borden down before he opened fire. Officials say at least one of the three men inside was a known member of the violent street gang Sur 13 and had a baseball bat resting against his leg. All three were intent on beating a lesson into their neighbor, the lone survivor testified." ...
 

NY: RIT student cleared of gun charges
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A grand jury today cleared a Rochester Institute of Technology student of charges that he possessed illegal assault rifles in his room."

"Grand jurors refused to indict Jonathan M. Hackenburg, a 22-year-old senior engineering student from Hackettstown, N.J., on two felony charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a misdemeanor of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon."

"The grand jury found that the rifles ... weren't illegal assault weapons as defined as New York’s Penal Law ..."

"The grand jury also found that Hackenburg didn’t violate a law prohibiting the possession of weapons in a building used for educational purposes because the RIT Inn is a mixed-used facility that caters to members of the general public, as well as students who live there." ...
 

On YouTube, Candidates Get An Eyeful
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "As of Wednesday, the top-rated video on Mr. Colarusso's site was submitted by Rachel from Durham, N.C. who wanted to know about the candidates' views on gun control."

"'I am concerned about my right to protect myself in a violent world,' she says. 'Can you explain how you interpret the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution?'"

"But as Mr. Colarusso pointed out, the video’s popularity may be a bit skewed; highly mobilized backers of Congressman Ron Paul are driving traffic to the site. (Rachel’s personal YouTube channel includes several videos expressing her support for Mr. Paul.)" ...
 

OH: A Chance To Make A Difference In Cleveland (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The City of Cleveland has a long anti-gun history. Prior to the successful passage of HB347, Cleveland imposed just about every anti-gun law possible. From gun registration to a so-called 'assault weapons' ban, Cleveland had them all."

"On March 14th, HB347 became law, and it made the gun laws uniform throughout the state. However, Cleveland saw this as an opportunity to flex their anti-gun muscles and are challenging HB347 in court."

"Recently, Michael Dolan, Councilman for Ward 21, resigned from city council. ... a special election must be held in order to replace him. ... the other candidate is pro-gun, pro self-defense, and his victory could begin the process of changing Cleveland's anti-gun culture." ...
 

IN: Mayor withdraws from anti-gun coalition
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard is one of about five mayors in the nation who recently withdrew from an anti-gun coalition headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg."

"The nonpartisan coalition created last year includes more than 200 mayors nationwide. It was created to stem the flow of illegal guns into cities and to repeal federal legislation that restricts local police from accessing federal trace data to see where guns used for illegal purposes are purchased the most."

"Brainard said he initially joined because he was told that the coalition's main goal was to 'get guns out of the hands of convicted felons.'" ...
 

Theodorick Bland to Richard Henry Lee, "Has not every Peasant in Virginia & North Carolina a Gun?", March 5, 1781
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...It is said we want Arms-Has not every Peasant in Virginia & North Carolina a Gun? with what weapons were the Battles of Bunkers Hill, Bennington and Kings mountain fought. But I will not dwell on a Subject which affords so much Chagrin. I will suppose that the Spirit of America has again roused and that Saratoga is revived at the Saura Town...."

"...Altho it had not all the desired effect it has at least been serviceable in transporting about eleven Hundred stand of Arms, some considerable Qy of Cloathing, Medcines & military stores, which were intended for Virginia, but taken, retaken and Carried into Rhode Island-which was done at the request of the delegates.,,,"
 

CT: Connecticut Officer Won't be Charged for Shooting Daughter
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A state prosecutor has determined that a New Haven police officer will not face charges for accidentally shooting his daughter in their Stratford home." ...

"Her father, awakened by the light, took his department-issued pistol and upon investigation, found a rear door open that he had locked earlier, police said. Using a flashlight in the dark basement, Scott, who was off-duty at the time, saw a person moving in the basement bathroom and fired once, hitting his daughter in the knee with the bullet lodging in her thigh, police said."
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Submitter's Note: Shoot first, identify target second, never use voice commands as they might draw attention to your flashlight.
 

CA: Video is cited by both sides in Chino shooting case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As they wrapped up the four-week trial of a former sheriff's deputy who shot an unarmed Air Force police officer last year, the prosecutor and defense attorneys turned for a final time to the bystander's videotape of the shooting ..." ...

"In his closing argument, Prosecutor R. Lewis Cope said the video recording had served as a witness — showing jurors a string of unreasonable actions by Webb. He also argued it was proof that Webb used deception when he told officers at the scene that Carrion had lunged at him and ignored warnings to stay on the ground or be shot."

"It was only after Webb knew the incident had been taped ... that the deputy told detectives he thought he saw Carrion reach for a weapon." ...
 

KY: Kentucky Officer Charged in Drug Sting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lebanon Junction police officer is in federal custody after he was arrested during a drug sting operation."

"Sgt. Daniel Carr, 33, and his girlfriend Brenda Mudd appeared in federal court Tuesday for arraignment."

"According to the U.S. attorney's office, the pair bought Oxycontin pills from a Drug Enforcement Agency informant three times in the last few weeks."

"They were arrested Monday night."

"Lebanon Junction's police chief fired Carr on Tuesday morning but he said he was a good officer who was well-liked in the community."

"'I want the police to investigate anybody who is doing anything illegal,' Lebanon Junction police chief Darrell Paul said. 'If it happens to be a police officer it's no excuse.'" ...
 

CA: L.A. cop shoots colleague during training exercise
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Los Angeles police are investigating how a veteran department firearms instructor shot and wounded another officer at a training facility this week when he mistook a loaded handgun for a mock version of the weapon." ...
 

OH: It's About The Privacy & the Sandusky Register Secretly Employing Sex Offenders (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sandusky Register Editor Matt Westerhold, apparently with a straight face, published an editorial today entitled 'It's about the secrets, not about the gun owners'. Apparently hoping we forgot his history at the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, where he attacked gun owners' privacy in similar fashion, Mr. Westerhold bemoans that he did not seek this fight, but at the same time he would be irresponsible to duck it."

"Sorry, Mr. Westerhold, it is very much about the gun owners and their rights to privacy." ...

"Mr. Westerhold’s editorial is full of clever (?) middle school logic class tactics:" ...
 

OH: It's about the secrets, not about the gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is a battle the Register never sought, but would have been irresponsible to have ducked."

"Now, the National Rifle Association and the Ohio Concealed Carry group have begun an organized campaign to harass the newspaper’s advertisers because the Register took a stand against government secrecy." ...

"On Sunday, the Register posted the name, age and county of residence for each of the nearly 2,700 area residents who have been granted a concealed handgun license." ...

"They should be proud to be exercising their second amendment rights ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Until a hoplophobic (or just liability leery) boss fires them, or their neighbors harrass them, or burglars target them.
 

CO: Overused lands - Some recreational shooters need to clean up their act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Forest Service officials insist they've never considered imposing a ban on recreational shooting on Forest Service land. Even so, when you see pictures of the spent shell casings and other refuse that have inundated popular shooting sites in nearby forests ... it's easy to see how limits on recreational shooting might even gain the endorsement of some gun-rights supporters."

"Forest managers can and have designated places where target practice is OK. ... Otherwise, there are few restrictions on recreational shooters."

"Perhaps there should be more. The Second Amendment confers no right to trash public lands. If shooters can't clean up after themselves, the Forest Service may have to step in with new regulations ..." ...
 

India: Right to self-defence need not to be proved beyond doubt: SC
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court has held that preponderance of probabilities is enough for an accused to get the right to defence and it is not necessary to prove it beyond reasonable doubt."

"'The burden of establishing the plea of self-defence is on the accused and it stands discharged by showing preponderance of probabilities in favour of that plea on the basis of material on record,' a bench comprising Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice D K Jain said."

"'... A right to defend does not include a right to launch an offensive, particularly when the need to defend no longer survived,' the bench further said." ...
 

UK: 'Talented boy' fatally stabbed in London
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Irish family is mourning the death of their 14-year-old son who was stabbed to death on the streets of London last night."

"Martin Dinnegan, whose father James (42) is from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, was attacked by up to five boys as he walked to a youth club in Holloway just after 8.30 last night."

"Police officers believed he may have been killed by robbers trying to take his mobile phone, but there were also reports that he had got involved in an altercation after looking at a gang of youths 'the wrong way'."

"Martin, who was a St Aloysius' College student, received multiple stab wounds and attempts by emergency services to save him were unsuccessful." ...
 

UK: Government figures 'missing' two million violent crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An extra two million violent crimes a year are committed in Britain than previously thought because of a bizarre distortion in the Government's flagship crime figures, it was claimed yesterday."

"A former Home Office research expert said that across all types of crime, three million offences a year are excluded from the British Crime Survey (BCS)."

"The poll caps the number of times a victim can be targeted by an offender at five incidents a year." ...

"Professor Graham Farrell ... and the former acting head of the Home Office's Police Research Group, Professor Ken Pease, calculated that if the cap is ignored, the overall number of BCS crimes is more than 14 million rather than the current 11 million a year estimate." ...
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Submitter's Note: This raises the violent crime rate in the UK to over 71 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
 

UK: Doesn't anyone care about knife crime?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I was 15, a friend of mine was mugged and stabbed in our local park in west London. He was pretty lucky, really: the knife missed an artery by two millimetres and, after a week in hospital, he was discharged, at which point he became a sort of local celebrity. Everyone wanted to talk to him. 'Is that the boy that got stabbed?' people would gasp, as if the Queen had just shown up. 'Do you know the boy who got stabbed?'"

"This was because things like that did not tend to happen around there, back then; when I say back then, it was only 12 years ago. Today, I rather imagine he would be told to dust himself down and get the hell on with it, because that sort of thing seems to happen, if not all the time, then all too often." ...
 

UK: Man stabbed through heart with kitchen knife
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A PIZZA shop row ended in tragedy when a man was stabbed through the heart with a kitchen knife."

"Rabid Amin was knifed 16 times during a frenzied attack at the hands of Jabar Ahmed, Manchester Crown Court was told yesterday."

"Mr Amin died of his injuries at The Royal Bolton Hospital and Ahmed was arrested by officers at the scene."

"The argument, which broke out on the streets of Bolton Town centre, happened at 4am on November 19 last year." ...
 

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