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Targeting The Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Outside the Supreme Court the battle was still being fought as the decision was announced - the 5-4 ruling overturned Washington, D.C.'s ban on handgun ownership and explicitly stated for the first time that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to own a gun for self-defense." ...

"How did it happen? Why this particular case? Why now? It took exactly the right cast of characters, perfect timing, and the determination of a lawyer named Robert Levy who knew just how to play the game." ...

"He's never even owned a gun."

"'The gun part of it is, I don't know that I'd say it was incidental, but certainly my primary interest was in vindicating the Constitution and the meaning of the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

Is The Second Amendment Absolute? Cultural Observer and Author John Longenecker Says Yes.. and Why
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The Second Amendment to our Constitution was made absolute for several reasons,' says observer John Longenecker. 'In fact, the Second Amendment wasn’t even written for citizens.'"

"Amid gasps and follow-up from even the most liberty-savvy Talkradio hosts, Longenecker clarifies handily and wins over even gun owners who, themselves, had in an even-handed moment before, imagined reasonable regulations. For the last several years, Longenecker has shown how there is no such thing as a sensible gun law in this country. Not in this country, that is. Longenecker shows how gun control is a European concept totally inapproptiate for the Founders who escaped that kind of thinking at the nation's inception." ...
 

Would a gun on the planes have made a difference on 9/11?
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Assault-Weapons-Evil-Black-Rifles-or-perhaps-not

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"I don't think that armed citizens aboard the planes would have had any positive effect on the events of 9/11, with the exception of Flight 91. And even there they would not have made a great difference."

"I am going to approach this purely from a 'tactical' decision making exercise. I am not going to let my emotions run away, or my desire to 'do something' override the understanding that a well thought out plan (when time is available, which is was) is better than helter-skelter rushing ahead." ...
 

'Chicago Tribune' Call For 'Repeal' Of 2nd Amendment Outrages Pro-Gun Group
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A pro-gun rights group says the Chicago Tribune is attacking the entire Bill of Rights ... with its semi-serious call for a repeal of the Second Amendment."

"A day after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a handgun for self-defense, the Tribune published an editorial provocatively headlined 'Repeal the 2nd Amendment.'"

"'No, we don't suppose that's going to happen any time soon,' the editorial said. 'But it should.'" ...

"But the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said the opinion piece was an 'unconscionable attack on the entire Bill of Rights and the freedoms it protects.'" ...
 

How gun makers can help us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We propose a new way to prod gun makers to reduce gun deaths, one that would be unlikely to put them out of business or to prevent law-abiding citizens from obtaining guns. By using a strategy known as 'performance-based regulation,' we would deputize private actors -- the gun makers -- to deal with the negative effects of their products in ways that promote the public good."

"In other words, rather than telling gun makers what to do, performance-based regulation would tell them what outcome they must achieve: Reduce deaths by guns. Companies that achieve the target outcomes might receive large financial bonuses; companies that don't would face severe financial penalties. ..." ...
 

Court ruling benefits gun owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"This past Thursday is a day that will be remembered and referred to for years to come."

"On that day, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Second Amendment, which was ratified in 1791. By a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled that individuals have a right to bear arms."

"The ruling is the result of a lawsuit brought against the District of Columbia by an armed security guard, whose application to keep a handgun in his home for self protection was denied ..." ...

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia earlier ruled in the security guard's favor and it was this ruling that brought the case before the Supreme Court. The ruling is a major victory for all gun enthusiasts and will probably not affect most current firearm laws." ...
 

Just A Start?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jubiliant, and optimistic bunch, after the high court's decision to strike down D.C.'s handgun ban, the [NRA] used what they say was a 'very encouraging' ruling to suggest ... that 'it was just a start.'"

"Proving that they don’t let any grass grow under their feet, on Thursday, the NRA sued the city of Chicago over its handgun ban and, on Friday, continued by legally challenging San Francisco’s ban on handguns in its public housing."

"If you think the California wildfires have been intense, stay tuned as the Second Amendment posse works to strike down, and undo, every piece of gun control legislation, and as many restrictions, rightful or otherwise, on handguns, and firearms, as they can ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: If restrictions are struck down, then they obviously aren't 'rightful' are they?
 

In Bizarro World, Gun Laws Work
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"The latest verdict on the second amendment by the Supreme Court encouraged me to pause the current storyline. In Bizarro World, everything is mixed up or even completely backwards. That’s the world that a lot of people seem to live in when they support stupid gun laws that disarm only law-abiding people."

"I know a lot of people are happy about the ruling, but I find the court’s decision disturbing on a number of levels. I’m not surprised or particularly disturbed by the 5 to 4 vote. Most every government decision that’s based on a vote seems to teeter on the edge of a knife of going one way or the other, resulting in a mish-mash of tyrannical laws that leave us with a government no one really likes. ..." ...
 

Ruling brings closure on gun rights wording
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I read about the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week which supported individual gun rights in America, a vision came to me of one person I knew would be celebrating."

"His name is Tom Palmer and he lives in Washington, D.C. and is vice president for international programs and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute ... He is a tireless advocate for individual freedom and human rights who speaks frequently around the world." ...

"This was a very personal issue for Palmer, a former Marine who is accustomed to being willing and able to defend himself. ..."

"Palmer is gay and this has resulted in him being assaulted by people who oppose his sexual orientation. Once he had to ward off an assault with a handgun. ..." ...
 

OUTDOORS: Court decision gives gun rights advocates a measure of relief
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Have you ever waited 30 seconds to say, 'told you so,' stick out your tongue or give someone a raspberry. The opportunity floated my way this week."

"Back in 1978, I was a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Alabama taking a political science course on state and local government. The professor asked us to enumerate some of the freedoms guaranteed in the bill of rights. Naturally, my contribution was, 'The right to bear arms.'"

"The professor looked annoyed and quickly corrected me, saying, 'You have the right to bear arms in a militia.' The way he said it was pretty condescending. It was like he was saying, 'You want a gun Neanderthal, go join the National Guard. They'll give you one.'" ...
 

Supreme Court ruling on Second Amendment sends liberal media into temper tantrum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whhaaaaaaa!"

"Hear that? That's the national media throwing a temper tantrum over the Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment does in fact protect an individual right to own firearms."

"No, the Second Amendment is not limited to those in a militia. No, it's not merely a collective right. No, it's not just about 200-year-old muskets. The Justices said clearly and unequivocally that the Second Amendment means that every citizen has an inherent and uninfringable right to own common firearms. Period. End of debate. "

"It's a simple idea that most gun rights supporters have always understood. But journalists and editors in mainstream news departments around the nation don't get it. ..." ...
 

What is the right protected in the Heller dissent?
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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"Justice Stevens' dissent in Heller begins by acknowledging that the Second Amendment protects an individual right. The rest of the dissent critiques Justice Scalia's arguments for construing the individual right according to the Standard Model of the Second Amendment. I have not yet studied the Stevens dissent in depth, but on my initial read, I was confused as what exactly is the scope of the individual right that Justice Stevens thinks the Second Amendment does protect?" ...
 

How Gun Control Lost
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thomas Jefferson once wrote, pessimistically, 'The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.' He would probably not have been surprised to see the proliferation of gun control laws in our time. But he might not have anticipated that the water would run back uphill." ...

"It looked as though ever-stricter gun control was the wave of the future. But the future had different ideas. What happened? Three main things:"

"-- Gun control didn't work. ..."

"-- Laws allowing concealed weapons proliferated -- with no ill effects. ..."

"-- The Second Amendment got a second look. ..." ...
 

Mike Huckabee Applauds the Supreme Court Decision
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"Gun owners and conservatives everywhere should stand up and applaud the Supreme Court's ruling today in favor of striking down the unlawful Washington, DC handgun ban. ..."

"Today's decision affirming the 2nd Amendment right to an individual owning firearms is a refreshing decision from the court, and reminds us how important the election of the next President can be. The Washington, D. C. ban on handguns was clearly unconstitutional and the court ruling today reminds us that our Constitutional rights are not geographical---one locale cannot decide a different right than other locales—they are Constitutional rights—not community rights" ...
 

Gun decision should have been a 'slam dunk'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of 'Heller v. District of Columbia' ..." ...

"In my studies of the issue, including readings of letters, papers, and diaries of our Founding Fathers, I always thought the issue was crystal clear to anyone who would evaluate the issue purely on a Constitutional basis and leave their own political beliefs and feelings about guns out of it."

"Therefore, I thought that if, and when, the U.S. Supreme Court ever got a chance to rule directly on the meaning of the Second Amendment, that it would be a 'slam dunk,' unanimous decision, or nearly unanimous, in favor of the 'individual right' meaning." ...
 

IL: Self-defense rights in a 'Rambo' culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Too bad James Madison and George Mason and Thomas Jefferson and others of their ilk are not alive today to explain what exactly they meant by their ambiguous wording in the Second Amendment ..." ...

"That said, while we have long advocated for reasonable gun controls on this page, we're also pragmatists. Beyond what the Founders intended, which is open to interpretation, it is fair to question whether gun bans make Americans safer."

"Indeed, if it's true that 'a firearm is used in 75 percent of all murders committed in the city of Chicago,' as its police chief maintains, then it would seem clear that Chicago's ban on handgun possession is not effective. ..." ...
 

OH: Handguns in homes okay with area residents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"American citizens' rights to protect themselves and their homes became less complicated with the help of the nation's highest court."

"The Supreme Court's ruling allowing licensed handguns in homes for self defense purposes was the first time the law was interpreted since its ratification, according to a story by the Associated Press."

"The Second Amendment allows citizens the right to bear arms, but the wording of the amendment leaves it up for interpretation."

"William Kennedy, an attorney and Ironton resident, said guns are needed in homes in some areas."

"'In bigger cities, it would pose some of a problem,' Kennedy said. 'In some areas, it is needed for people to protect their homes.'" ...
 

TX: Plenty left to debate about gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling last week ... settled a long and heated argument spawned by the muddled prose of the Second Amendment."

"The court's majority decided that the amendment grants, or better perhaps simply affirms, the right of individual people to keep and bear arms."

"Gun-control advocates have argued for decades that only the states, through their well-regulated militias, held such a right."

"There's still plenty left to fuel a debate, however, and we can expect the nation to be divided about guns and gun control for years to come." ...

"The real issue, and the argument that will continue after the ruling, is how, and whether it’s even possible, to reduce the level of gun violence in the country." ...
 

KY: Like high court, local officials split on gun ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Retired Franklin Circuit Judge William L. Graham says last week's 5-4 ruling 'striking down Washington, D.C.'s ban on handgun possession' 'shows a "pretty deep divide in the Supreme Court.'"

"Nita Gilbert, co-owner of Gilbert's Gun Shop on Louisville Road in Frankfort, said "amen" to the ruling. 'It's about time.'"

"Graham said the majority opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, is a 'perfect example of him and the conservative majority using their own political agenda to belie the notions they advance in other cases. Those notions include great deference to the wisdom and judgment of popularly elected legislative bodies at the state and local level.'" ...
 

OK: How gun rules will start falling
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"The Supreme Court's ruling striking down the District of Columbia's handgun ban will keep Congress from passing a nationwide ban but won't automatically affect other cities, an Oklahoma City University law professor said Thursday." ...

"'This is a big step for this country because we were fast becoming an unarmed society, and the only people who have arms are the bad people,' said Miles Hall, founder and owner of H&H Gun Range." ...

"'I think it's a great thing in America when the Supreme Court will stand up for our Constitution,' said Henryetta's Frank Shurden, a former state legislator who spearheaded the passage of Oklahoma's law to permit carrying concealed weapons by residents." ...
 

Gun Laws and Crime: A Complex Relationship
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lurking behind the Supreme Court’s ruling last week that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms were a series of fascinating, disputed and now in many ways irrelevant questions."

"Do gun control laws reduce crime? Do they save lives? Is it possible they even cost lives?"

"Justice Stephen G. Breyer, one of the dissenters in the 5-to-4 decision, surveyed a quite substantial body of empirical research on whether gun control laws do any good. Then he wrote: 'The upshot is a set of studies and counterstudies that, at most, could leave a judge uncertain about the proper policy conclusion.'"

"There is no question, of course, that guns figure in countless murders, suicides and accidental deaths. ..." ...
 

Supreme Court Decision May Permit Felons To Own Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Supreme Court's historic decision on the Second Amendment could make millions of felons eligible to own guns."

"Under current federal law, the vast majority of felons are prohibited from so much as touching a gun or ammunition, on pain of punishment of up to 10 years in prison."

"Some legal experts now say that the constitutionality of that law, known as the 'felon in possession' law, was deeply undermined by the Supreme Court's decision Thursday in District of Columbia v. Heller." ...
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KABA Note: Except, of course, for the fact that Justice Scalia addressed that when he said "The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons". Relax Joe, the sky isn't falling.
 

The Wild, Wild (North) West - A Supreme Mistake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this week the Supreme Court outlawed the gun ban enacted by the District of Columbia. In a 5 to 4 decision, the Justices decided that the ban was unconstitutional as it violated the right of an individual to own a firearm through the Second Amendment."

"In my opinion, they have made an error in judgment based on an incorrect interpretation of the Constitution ..." ...

"The Second Amendment mentions nothing about a 'lawful purpose of self-defense' against other citizens. The purpose was to secure the State, not for people to practice their personal brand of justice. This decision will have long-term consequences for public safety at every level of society. ..." ...
 

Court ignores Founders' intent
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Supreme Court, in its 5-4 decision last week, effectively stood the plain language of the Constitution on its head when it ruled that the right to bear arms, guaranteed under the Second Amendment, was an individual rather than a collective one. This reversed the reading of the Constitution long established in American law." ...

"The court's ruling reflected little more than ideological sophistry tricked out in judicial robes. It disregarded the import and effect of the opening half of the declarative statement, making of the whole little more than a non sequitur." ...
 

High noon for gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THE US Supreme Court has ended 69 years of speculation and ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitution confers an individual right of Americans to own and use guns. ..."

"So be it. The 5-4 decision is not a surprise from a court that routinely bends precedent to suit its ideology."

"Still, no right is absolute. Even the First Amendment, beloved of editorial writers, has limits. The right to free speech can be restricted where its full expression might cause harm: libel, obscenity, incitement to riot. Similarly, the court ruled that the Second Amendment can be restricted for reasons of public safety."

"The important work now is to determine what constitutes 'reasonable' regulation of murderous weapons. ..." ...
 

MD: High court's ruling doesn't endanger sensible gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We have long supported reasonable gun control. There's nothing wrong in principle with licensing and registration. Government has an obligation to keep guns out of the grasp of felons and the mentally ill. And just as the Constitution's First Amendment free speech protection doesn't confer a right to commit libel or sell pornography, the Second Amendment doesn't confer a right to own an assault weapon - or a howitzer."

For all that, we've never bought the argument that no individual right to gun ownership can be found in the Constitution. That's why we have no problem with the U.S. Supreme Court's much-heralded 5-4 ruling last week in District of Columbia v. Heller." ...
 

NY: On Island, reluctance to give the gun ruling 100 percent support
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of an individual's constitutional right to have a gun; mere hours later, Staten Islanders had plenty to say about the ruling."

"Though opinions here run along a spectrum of approval to disagreement, most of the those interviewed by the Advance expressed hesitation in standing 100 percent behind the ruling."

"High school history teacher Bridgette Francis of St. George, for instance, was ambivalent, based on a common interpretation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: '(It) was drafted to prevent tyranny in government. Obviously, we live in different times now, and we've ruled out the concept of a people's militia.'" ...
 

TN: Judge Advises Crime Victim To Arm Herself After Attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon said Friday that crime in Chattanooga 'has become so rampant that it is no longer possible for the police department to protect our citizens.'" [emphasis added]

"He told a woman who had been pulled from her car and beaten in the head that she or her mother needed to 'purchase a weapon, obtain a gun permit and learn to protect yourself.' The woman moved back in with her mother after the May 4 incident ..."

"Judge Moon said, 'The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that all citizens have a right to purchase a weapon to defend themselves, their families and their homes - unless there is some disqualification that prevents them from owning a weapon.'" ...
 

Obama, McCain don't get free passes on gun issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain both share a spotty history on gun rights and should not be granted a free pass with their recent rhetoric, says the Libertarian Party. 'McCain and Obama are no friends to the Second Amendment, despite what they now say on the campaign trail,' says Libertarian Party National Chairman William Redpath."

"'Both Obama and McCain have a history of anti-gun rhetoric and legislation," says Redpath. "No matter how pro-gun their campaign rhetoric may be, they can't erase their past statements and votes as Republican and Democratic gun-grabbers. ...'" ...
 

FL: New gun law poised to begin Tuesday
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"Sandy Brygider knows gun owners. He's been in the firearms business for 36 years and has owned Ocala Armory for 10. The 61-year-old with gray hair and a still-distinctive Northern accent says what he thinks."

"And he doesn't think that Florida's new guns-at-work law, which goes into effect Tuesday, will make a difference with his clientele."

"The law bars public and private entities from prohibiting customers, employees or invitees from possessing a legally owned firearm in their locked vehicle in the parking lot."

"'Understanding people who own guns, I know it won't have an effect,' he said. 'Owners already have guns in their cars and are lawful about it, so where they go with them is pretty inconsequential.'" ...
 

DC: Council Considering Gun Law Changes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The D.C. Council is looking at instituting criminal and mental background checks, waiting periods and other measures in response to the historic Supreme Court decision striking down the city's 32-year ban on handguns."

"The public will be able to weigh in at a roundtable Wednesday on how the city should respond to Thursday's ruling. The decision marked the first time the Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to own a gun." ...
 

MO: Burrowing muskrat causes levee to fail in Missouri; floodwaters threaten 100 homes
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"A heroic effort by hundreds of townspeople, volunteers and National Guardsmen to hold back the Mississippi River failed Friday _ undone by a burrowing muskrat."

"The furry rodent dug a hole through the earthen levee in this eastern Missouri community, allowing water to penetrate the floodwall, which failed shortly before dawn."

"'It's so disappointing,' said Linda Wilmesherr as she peered through binoculars at water pouring through a gap that appeared to be 30 feet wide. 'With all the guns in this county, couldn't we kill a muskrat?'" ...
 

Mike Vanderboegh: Mercenaries
Submitted by: Chris Horton
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"'The company (BlackwaterUSA) is based on a 7,000-acre compound in Moyock, in the state's northeastern corner, with elaborate shooting ranges and a driving track. Blackwater calls it the nation's largest privately owned weapons training facility. It now has training sites in Illinois and San Diego, has branched out to offer a range of services from aviation to construction management, and has begun building armored vehicles and small blimps. It has become one of Eastern North Carolina's largest employers.' -- Jay Price & Joseph Neff, 'Blackwater States its Case', Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, June 19, 2008." ...
 

GA: Stone Mountain Park answers GCO complaint on gun ban
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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The Stone Mountain Memorial Association, represented by the Attorney General, has answered GeorgiaCarry.Org’s lawsuit challenging SMMA’s ordinance banning firearms in Stone Mountain Park. The Answer may be viewed here.

It appears that the State of Georgia wants to hide behind "sovereign immunity" while continuing to prosecute people who violate SMMA's special, local law (but are in perfect compliance with general state law).
 

GA: GCO Challenges Refusal to Issue GFLs to Nonresidents
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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GeorgiaCarry.Org has filed a class action in federal court, challenging the state law that prohibits issuing GFLs to nonresidents. The GCO member plaintiff, who is a resident of Wisconsin, sought to obtain a GFL for when he visits Georgia. The Fulton County Probate Court confirmed that he would not be permitted to apply.

The case is somewhat unusual in that it seeks to sue all the probate judges in Georgia in a class action, with the class being the defendant judges. Before the case can proceed as a class action, the federal judge to whom the case is assigned will have to certify the class.

The complaint may be viewed here.
 

PA: City officer charged in South Side street shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gun of an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer discharged as he allegedly pistol-whipped an innocent passer-by early Saturday morning following a scuffle with two other men ..."

"Paul Abel, 34, an eight-year police veteran stationed in the city's Zone 3 police station, is charged with aggravated assault and two counts of driving under the influence."

"Abel is accused of assaulting Kaleb Michael Miller, 20, of Sidney Street. Miller was shot in the right hand and was treated at UPMC Mercy hospital, Uptown. Family members said Miller was back at home yesterday afternoon, but would require more surgery. They declined further comment."

"Abel is suspended without pay and faces departmental charges on Monday ..." ...
 

NY: NY policeman charged after woman body-slammed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police officer who body-slammed an unarmed woman and broke her jaw during a medical call to a suburban restaurant last year was arrested Friday and charged with civil rights violations." ...

"Despite the nature of Marquez's injuries, which included a broken jaw and bruises over her entire face, law enforcement authorities initially sided with the officer."

"Marquez was arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and an internal inquiry cleared Simoes of any wrongdoing. After the Justice Department informed the city that it was investigating, Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone held a news conference to praise the department, saying its officers 'do their jobs the right way in full accordance with the law.'" ...
 

VT: McGuffins dominate Vermont Trapshooting Championships
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Lloyd 'Mac' McGuffin and his son Steve, both of Rochester, won all four of the major resident championships at the 100th anniversary of the Vermont State Trapshooting Championships, held last weekend at the Montpelier Gun Club."

"Lloyd McGuffin won the Singles, Doubles and All-Around, while Steve McGuffin took the Handicap title."

"Dennis DeVaux, the 53-time state champion, was participating in his 40th Vermont State Shoot." ...
 

Canada: Why can't we protect ourselves?
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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"Events in the U.S. and Toronto highlight differences between our two countries on firearms."

"As Toronto city council bans shooting clubs within city limits, the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling validating private gun ownership as constitutionally protected , overruling a restrictive D.C. law banning handguns. Canadians have an interesting relationship with guns. Canada is home to millions of firearms and our level of gun ownership of 22% is close to France and Sweden, yet we speak about them with terror and pretend guns are something only Americans own." ...
 

UK: Gun crime goes unreported
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A study has claimed that much of the gun crime on Britain's streets goes unreported."

"The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) said many victims were reluctant to alert police in their study of data on firearms-related offences." ...

"Its report said: 'Given the frequently noted reluctance (often underpinned by fear of reprisals) of many gun crime-affected communities to provide evidence to the police, and the strong 'no grassing' conventions in gang cultures, it is likely that much gun crime - especially incidents involving only intimidation, or firearms discharges resulting in either no injuries or only minor injuries - goes unreported.'" ...
 

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