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UK: Man held over village gun attack
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"A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a gun attack in a village which left two women dead and one seriously injured."

"Police were called to a home in Highmoor Cross, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, late on Sunday afternoon after reports of gunfire."

"Thames Valley Police have declined to give any details about the victims."
 

“Disappearing” Urban Crime
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" 'The news for New York City is spectacular,' New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told a City Hall press conference on Monday. He and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly were claiming credit for new FBI crime stats showing major crimes—murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, larceny and arson—dropping 5.8% in the city in 2003. New York’s crime rate now ranks it 211th of the 230 U.S. cities with 100,000-plus population—behind Omaha, Nebraska and Wichita, Kansas."

"Unfortunately, there must have been at least one skeptic at the press conference. Hizzoner reportedly 'bristled' at suggestions that the city's crime stats are being driven down artificially by numbers-fudging police commanders."
 

OK: Handguns not nostalgic, but up to the challenge
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"My granddaddy loved to squirrel hunt."

"The two things Granddaddy Tucker did most often with his grandsons were hunt squirrels and play -- and cheat -- at Rook. He was skilled at both."

"When the sun popped out after a good rain, granddaddy would grab his single- shot .22 rifle and his ole' black and white terrier, Ring, and it was time to go squirrel hunting." ...

"Shotguns, .22-caliber rifles or handguns and pellet guns are allowed for squirrel hunting. Shotguns will take game more dependably, but many hunters like the challenge of hunting squirrels with a .22-caliber rifle or pistol." ...
 

ID: ATF Shuts Down Gun Dealer
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"I have been doing business as a Class 1 Gunsmith/Firearms Dealer for nearly 15 years. During this time I have requested that the ATF send out a Compliance Officer 4 different times. Their response was 'we have no funding for training, just enforcement'."

"In English: we would rather you make mistakes, so we can bust you, as that's why we're here." ...

"I have been conducting my business the same way since I started. Somewhere, along the line, my actions became 'criminal'. I didn't change my operating basis, the ATF changed theirs."

"I have, as thousands of firearms dealers have before me, dealt with customers in an honorable, ethical and respectable manner. I will not sell to someone I feel is criminal, drunk or too foolish to own a firearm. I have never sold an 'illegal' firearm to any one (unless, of course, the definition of 'illegal firearm' has changed as well)."
 

MO: Gun permits a year off
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"Jackson County residents will have to wait at least a year to get conceal and carry gun permits."

"Although the Missouri Supreme Court ruled it constitutional for citizens to carry concealed handguns, it also said Jackson County, along with three other counties, is not required to issue permits until funding is provided by the state or local governments. The latter part of the ruling came after the counties sued the state for passing a mandate without providing a way for it to be funded, which is unconstitutional."

"Sheriff Deputy Ronda Montgomery said funding is needed to pay the extra personnel it would take to process the applications and permits."
 

Court: Car wrecks not cell phone makers' fault
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"Drivers who get into wrecks with someone talking on a cell phone can forget about suing the phone's manufacturer."

"The Indiana Court of Appeals today dismissed an Evansville lawsuit in which Terry L. Williams tried to do just that after a March 2002 traffic accident."

"Williams collided with Kellie Meagher, who was allegedly talking on a Cingular Wireless phone. In the lawsuit, Williams alleged Cingular knew -- or should have known --Meagher would use the phone wile driving."

"Vanderburgh Superior Judge Mary Margaret Lloyd dismissed Cingular from the suit."

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This decision could impact cases against firearms manufacturers.
 

Philippines: Free market wins out over nanny state prohibitionism
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"A father and his son were arrested last week when police raided an illegal gun factory in the town of Antipas, North Cotabato, belated reports said." ...

"The raiding team was able to seize two caliber .22 revolvers, two 20-gauge shotguns, a long 20-gauge shotgun, a short 12-gauge shotgun, a caliber .45 pistol and a Thompson rifle."

"Assorted ammunitions were also confiscated from the factory, as well as several machines used in the manufacture of illegal firearms and ammunitions."

"The Gallargos are now facing charges for the illegal manufacture of firearms and ammunitions."

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Even when prohibited by the government, criminals still want and need guns and there are those who will satisfy those needs.
 

MI: 'If we can save just one child' but at the cost of how many lives?
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"It may not look like much, just a foot-long cable with a yellow lock."

"But the device can save lives when used properly."

"When the cable is run through a handgun's magazine well, cylinder of a revolver or the ejection port of a shotgun or rifle, it prevents a gun from being fired."

"Known as a gun lock, the device requires a key before the weapon can be released and loaded."

"To promote gun safety, thousands of gun locks were distributed to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department and the Holland and Zeeland police departments recently by Project ChildSafe, a gun safety initiative funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice."

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Don't lock up your safety, teach your children! A home invader or rapist will not wait for you to unlock your gun and load it.
 

History of gunpowder is a real blast
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"Its ingredients - sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter - are, by themselves, relatively innocuous. But when those substances are combined in the right proportions, the result is gunpowder."

"The Chinese invented the explosive a thousand years ago, using it first to scare away evil spirits and later as fireworks. For nearly 900 years, it remained world's only explosive."

"Jack Kelly's spirited and surprising book charts gunpowder's enormous influence on history. ..." ...

"The explosive made a dramatic impact on European history. When a minimally trained serf armed with a musket could unceremoniously kill a feudal knight festooned in all his shiny armor, it meant the death of chivalry and altered the very structure of society." ...
 

UK: Fingers-threat robber is jailed after "terrifying" victims made helpless by their government
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"A robber who threatened to cut off a man's fingers if he did not hand over his rings has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years."

"A court heard how Alberto Dunlop, 40, was threatened in his home in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, by Jamie Burns."

"Armed with a knife and an imitation pistol, the teenager also threatened Susan Dunlop, 25."

"He demanded jewellery and made her fill pillowcases he had brought with CDs and DVDs."

"'Although your victims were not physically injured, they must have been terrified by the experience,' said the judge at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday." ...

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More terrified victims of government disarmament.
 

PA: Parent shot in elementary school parking lot [in self-defense, after he attacked another man]
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"A man attending a second-grader's birthday party at a Philadelphia charter school was shot twice when a group of parents began fighting in the school's parking lot." ...

"Investigators said that the latest shooting followed a fight between Williams and another partygoer, Raheem Moss. Police said Moss, 29, pulled a pistol and began firing after Williams attacked him." ...

" 'Things like this happen. We can't control them. But we can bring clarity to what happened,' [Reverend] Moore said. 'I said I was sure that the man did not come to school with the intention of shooting another man, but for that one moment, his emotions got the better of him. I said I was sure that he would eventually apologize and tell them he was sorry for shooting another human being.' " ...

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Start indoctrinating them young and they'll have no concept of self-defense by the time they are adults.
 

UK: Boy is shot in eye playing with gun
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A TEENAGER has spoken of his lucky escape after a rivet gun he was playing with exploded, shooting shards of metal into his eye."

"Liam Rayner, 14, of Fairfax Crescent, Bierley, near Cleckheaton, was almost blinded by the incident which happened near his home while he was playing with friends."

"The group had found an industrial rivet gun – used in factories to bolt pieces of metal together – and were throwing stones at it."

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You can just see the legislation already being written in the British tyrants' minds.
 

Righting the Second Amendment
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"Richard Skidmore ends 'Rewrite the Second Amendment?' with, 'What part of 'shall not be infringed' is not understood.' The real question is, Is the Constitution a frame of government or a treaty among sovereign individuals?"

In That Every Man Be Armed (1984), NRA 'scholar' Stephen Halbrook describes NRA philosophy as not conservative but akin to 'radical libertarianism.' (p.195) Individual sovereignty is a plank in the Libertarian Party Platform. Individual sovereigns by definition do not consent to be governed, do not give 'just powers' to government. Sovereigns in the State of Nature make a treaty. Citizens in civil society make a government. ..."
 

MN: Consume and carry by State Senator Wes Skoglund (Letter)
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Last letter on page

"Letters writers this week have written that I was wrong about drinking and legally carrying a gun and about permit holder's crimes. I wish I was."

"Permits to carry issued under the previous gun law included this statement: 'Not valid when consuming alcohol.' Now, it is legal to carry a pistol as long as the gun toter is under .04 blood alcohol. Between .04 and .10, the permit holder is guilty of a petty misdemeanor, same as a parking ticket, and above .10 is guilty of a misdemeanor."

"It is disturbing to think that beginning next year, a person carrying a concealed weapon can be drunker, and with a lesser penalty, than a person driving a car, where the legal blood alcohol level will be .08."

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It is even more disturbing to know that Sen. Skoglund is either completely ignorant of the law (which seems unlikely, I have personally written him to correct his misapprehensions) or is just plain lying. See here for an excellent fisking of this letter by the man who "wrote the book" on MN carry laws.
 

MI: Township aims to muffle gun noise
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"After complaining about a barrage of gunfire noise for over a year, Brighton Township-area residents are happy to see a volley fired back at the Island Lake State Recreation Area shooting range off I-96 in Green Oak Township."

"Mark St. Charles, Green Oak Township supervisor, said the township would be filing a lawsuit this week against the state-owned range to force it to comply with the 65-decibel limit. He said it's an 'unfortunate path' but the only way for the township to get the state to fix the noise problem at the range."
 

IN: Gun enthusiasts say their sport is not violent
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"Target shooters who participated in a pistol championship along the Ohio River bristled at the perception that their sport is violent, saying it teaches self-defense."

" 'Safety is paramount,' Pete Laub, a gunsmith from Hanson, Ky., told the Evansville Courier & Press Saturday. 'It's no different than a hammer. When you teach someone how to use a hammer, you teach them not to hit their thumb.' "

"Jim Barbour of Indianapolis said he does not understand why sometimes violent sports such as hockey are held in higher regard than defensive shooting."

"The Indiana Defensive Pistol Shooters' regional championship at Red Brush Rifle Range in this town about 10 miles east of Evansville included 90 participants of all ages." ...
 

Kenya: Victims of Terror in Ngong Area Cry Out
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"Mrs Mwamba Masaka and her two children. Her husband was shot dead in their compound when arriving home from attending evening classes."

"The gunmen are also wanted for the murder of Mr Dickson Kibugi in Ongata Rongai on January 23."

"Mr Kibugi was parking his car at his home on Mayor's Road when the two men suddenly appeared. They grabbed Mr Kibugi's son who was closing the gate and forced him towards the house. Mr Kibugi was shot dead when he tried to rescue his son."

"Again the gunmen escaped on foot, this time with Sh5,000 and a mobile phone."

"Another victim, Pastor Stephen Mutua, is lucky to be alive." ...

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But the government says citizens must remain disarmed and helpless.
 

Kenya: Huge Cache of Arms [5 pistols and 31 rounds]
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"Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) detectives yesterday afternoon intercepted a city bound bus and recovered this year's biggest a cache of illegal firearms."

"The detectives, acting on a tip-off, flagged down the bus at a roadblock on Thika Road and found two Browning automatic pistols, three Ceska automatic pistols and 31 rounds of ammunition hidden in the overhead luggage compartment." ...

"A month ago, the same unit led by Musa Yego intercepted another bus from Moyale, arrested a suspected gunrunner and recovered two guns and some ammunition that was being sneaked into the city." ...

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Meanwhile Victims of Terror in Ngong Area Cry Out
 

Australia: Shoppers see gun robbery
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ARMED bandits ambushed two payroll van guards in front of shocked onlookers in a suburban shopping centre yesterday.

Two men armed with sawn-off shotguns and wearing balaclavas pounced on the guards who had just made a cash pick-up from the Coles supermarket at Dandenong Plaza about 9am.

The amount stolen was described as substantial.

Police said the attack was very well planned.

"It was all over very quickly by the time the offenders had confronted the guards, forced them to the ground and stolen the money and made their escape," said Detective Sergeant Matthew Gleeson of the armed offenders squad.
 

CT: Impeachment inquiry of Connecticut governor enters public phase
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"The Connecticut House impeachment inquiry of Gov. John G. Rowland opens public hearings Tuesday without a single witness or document that, taken alone, proves Rowland unfit for office." ...

"The Select Committee of Inquiry intends to use hundreds of documents to show how a cash-strapped Rowland relied on wealthy benefactors who did millions in state business as they helped the governor."

"The committee's investigators have confirmed ...that businessman Robert V. Matthews arranged for his niece to lease a condo Rowland owned in Washington and paid rent totaling thousands of dollars above the market rate. Matthews later bought the condo, using a straw purchaser to conceal his overpaying Rowland by about $30,000."
 

India: For security, women turn to guns
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"Gone are the days when guns were only associated with men. With the growing insecurity especially after poet Madhumita Shukla’s murder, more and more women in the state capital are going for gun licences."

"Of the 736 licences issued in Lucknow this year, 100 belong to women. ..."
 

PA: Philly Seeks to Expand Anti-Violence Programs
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"Officials in Philadelphia, Pa., are looking for state and federal funding to expand existing anti-violence programs and introduce new ones..."

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Translation: Philadelphia's officials are looking to use your taxpayer dollars to turn the City of Brotherly Love into another Washington, DC, the murder capital of the U.S.
 

South Africa: Durban police in 'Wild West' gun battles
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Civilian disarmament continues in South Africa, while the armed criminals continue to victimize the populace.

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"Two alleged robbers were shot dead in separate incidents of armed robbery in the greater Durban area on Monday."

"The robberies occurred in the morning rush hour at Lamontville and Avoca."

"In the first incident a robber who was part of a hijacking syndicate was killed in a shootout with Metro police and another wounded. A tow truck driver who was hijacked by one of the fleeing robbers was also shot and wounded."
 

IL: Thanks to downstate Second Amendment Dems (Letter)
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"Where was the Second Amendment mentioned in the ILGOP platform? It wasn’t. The closest thing to it was an affirmation of self-defense. That isn’t good enough."

"We in Illinois are being besieged by bill after bill from the Daley Democrats that threaten to take away what we cherish, not because we have misused our rights, but because Mayor Daley 'doesn’t understand why anyone would want to own a gun.' "


"I’m a staunch Republican, but I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: thanks to the downstate Democrats who voted against the Daley/Blago gun bills, and may they continue to stand for freedom in this state."
 

UK: Mum shot holding her baby
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"A Mother was shot by a masked gunman as she held her 13-month-old boy."

"The 21-year-old was hit once after the gunman shot at two homes in Andover Road, Bestwood Estate, at 7.30pm yesterday."

"She is being treated at the Queen's Medical Centre. Her son is being cared for by relatives."

"Police do not know whether the gunman intended to hurt the woman or her child."
 

Libertarianism in One Sentence
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"David Bergland once offered Libertarianism in One Lesson. I would like to offer libertarianism in one sentence."

"The most succinct formulation of libertarianism I can think of is this:

Other people are not your property."
 

IA: Police teach seniors defense
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"Information about crime against seniors and demonstrations of some light self-defense techniques are only a few of the issues to be addressed Tuesday at 'Stranger Danger,' a free senior safety program sponsored Tuesday by Senior Voice of Scott County."

"Seniors who attend also will have the opportunity to sign up for discarded cell phones and chargers."

"The phones only dial 911, but they don’t require a service contract, and they can help seniors in a bind who might otherwise not have access to a phone."

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9-1-1 is no substitute for armed self-defense.
 

KY: 120 years ago, Kentucky judge took his own life after public beating
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... "Buried in his hometown Mount Sterling, the Superior Court judge shot himself in 1884 after attorney John Jay Cornelison savagely caned and whipped him in public. Reid refused to fight back on principle."

"'He desired vindication from the people. Instead, he discovered devastating disapproval,' wrote James C. Klotter, author of 'Kentucky Justice, Southern Honor, and American Manhood: Understanding the Life and Death of Richard Reid.'"

"Many of the gentle judge's fellow citizens shunned him as a coward. ..." ...

... "Others, including the editor of the Hickman Courier, found it 'difficult to understand how any self-respecting citizen can submit to such punishment.' Self-defense, 'to say nothing of true manhood,' demanded retaliation, the editor added." ...

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Even 120 years ago, people "got" it.
 

South Africa: R100 000 on cop killer's head
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"A suspected farm killer shot and killed two policemen with one of their colleague's service pistols before escaping from the Reitz police cells on Sunday."

"Meshack Nhlapo, 20, of Sebokeng, overpowered an officer who was counting inmates and robbed him on his service pistol. He shot Marius Moolman, 34, a father of two, in the chest and Selebalo Finger, 55, in the back of the head, before escaping. Selebalo would have retired soon."

"Free State police have launched a massive manhunt for Nhlapo. He was due to appear in the Frankfort court on Monday along with two suspects from Gauteng in connection with a farm attack and robbery." ...

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The cops can't even protect themselves from inmates but 'civilians' are supposed to disarm and count on them to protect them?
 

UK: More British gun control failures
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"Armed police were deployed in the village, near Sleaford, following reports that a man may have threatened a couple with a gun." ...

"A black case containing two antique double-barrelled shotguns has been stolen."


 

TN: Determined gun restorer beats double-barrel cancer bouts
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"It's been the biggest and most important restoration project of his life."

"But Mt. Juliet's Henry Queener, 62, has handled two serious and separate bouts of cancer the same way he restores guns and other military items for himself, friends and even museums and collecting and preservation organizations." ...

"Queener was diagnosed nearly 2½ years ago with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer."

"... Queener also had renal cancer. In October, Queener had his right kidney removed and early this year, his left kidney."

"Yet Queener has done more than survive. He enjoys his hobby, goes to church, still works as an underwriter for the Indiana Insurance Co., and drives to dialysis three times per week."
 

SD: Angler hooks shotgun
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"Many people have a blast while fishing, but when Douglas Sanders of Aberdeen went fishing last week, he hooked something that once could provide a blast of its own: a shotgun."

"Sanders and his companions reported the find, and the Brown County Sheriff's Office is investigating."

"It will be hard to identify the rusty shotgun because there's no visible serial number, 'and you can't touch anything (on the gun) without part of it falling off,' said Steve Cogley, a deputy sheriff."

"Cogley also said there's no outstanding crime to which authorities can link the weapon."
 

GA: Civil rights suit targets Ga. county jail
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"The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it has filed suit against Georgia's Terrell County Jail for failing to protect the rights of inmates."

"The complaint says the Terrell County Jail routinely failed to protect inmates, failed to provide required medical and mental health care and failed to provide sufficiently sanitary living conditions."

"For example, the department said, after jail officials allegedly left one detainee with known mental health problems unsupervised despite his being on 'suicide watch,' he hanged himself with his bed sheet."

"The department said it has amicably resolved similar complaints after investigations into neighboring jails in southwest Georgia."
 

IN: Fewer firearms being confiscated
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"For the second year in a row, gun seizures by Indianapolis police and Marion County sheriff's deputies are down -- a sign that years of targeting gun-related crime are paying off."

"Indianapolis Police Sgt. Tammy Kunz, one of two detectives assigned to the department's firearms investigation unit, said this week that through May, only 1,118 firearms have been turned in to the Indianapolis-Marion County property room."

"At that rate, Kunz said, the year's-end total would be about 2,700, a drop of about 600 from 2002, when 3,301 firearms were turned in. It also would be a drop from 2003, when 2,922 firearms were turned in."
 

AL: Butler deserves praise for lead in new gun law
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"State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, deserves admiration for his quick response to the ambush killing of police officers Sgt. Larry Russell and Tony Mims when they answered a call to an Athens residence Jan. 2."

"With the gun lobby so vocal in North Alabama, the senator might have joined the chorus of voices against mandatory screening of gun applicants for mental illness."

"The senator's leadership was good enough to get the bill passed and signed late last month by Gov. Bob Riley."
 

Canada: A Knock on the Door in the Night
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"Shortly before midnight, two days before the New Year, I heard a knock on the side door of my house. My German shepherd, Walden, started barking. Was it the beginning of a 'home invasion' like Canadian city dwellers are apparently getting used to?"

"I don’t live in a city, but in the High Laurentians, 200 kilometres northwest of Montréal. I own the last house at the end of an unpaved country road, where the last utility pole stands. I have only one neighbour, who lives in a mobile home a hundred metres to the south. The closest police station is 35 kilometres away, and the cops would take at least half an hour to get here on winding, icy roads, assuming that they scrambled immediately, sirens and flashers on..."
 

MT: Family heirloom stays in Montana
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"Through the sights on the 16-pound steel barrel of his Model 1874 Sharps rifle, buffalo hunter Peter Jackson bore down on vast herds tromping the prairies between the Musselshell and Yellowstone rivers in the 1870s and early 1880s."

"With the big gun braced against his powerful shoulders, the Norwegian immigrant felled somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 bison, killed thousands of deer and antelope and downed hundreds of elk."

"When Montana was emptied of the great bison herds in 1883, Jackson, then only 37 years old, retired the Sharps to pegs above the stone fireplace at his cabin on the west side of Little Porcupine Creek. ..."
 

MN: Churches, charities air concerns over concealed-carry gun law
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"Howard Johnson, a Minneapolis grandfather of 16, believes so strongly in his right to carry a concealed weapon -- even in church -- that he showed up in a Ramsey County courtroom Thursday to hear attorneys debate the constitutionality of Minnesota's handgun permit law." ...

"More than 30 religious groups and charities are suing to have the law struck down, contending it was attached improperly to an unrelated bill with a vague name. They also believe it infringes on the rights of religious organizations to ban guns from their properties."

"The state wants the lawsuit dismissed."
 

CO: Time to clear up gun permit confusion
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"When the legislature last year required counties to issue concealed-weapon permits under a consistent standard, critics said lawmakers were inviting re-enactments of the OK Corral in every city and hamlet. But so far time has proved them wrong."

"As we insisted at the time, people who go to the trouble of obtaining a permit to carry a concealed gun ...tend to obey other laws, too."

"It's odd, however, that the number of permit applications during the first year is barely half of the number predicted, with 10,444 requests for background checks received by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations compared with 21,500 estimated before the law. Why should that be?"
 

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As an individual, I believe, very strongly, that handguns should be banned and that there should be stringent, effective control of other firearms. However, as a judge, I know full well that the question of whether handguns can be sold is a political one, not an issue of products liability law, and that this is a matter for the legislatures, not the courts. The unconventional theories advanced in this case (and others) are totally without merit, a misuse of products liability laws. — Judge Buchmeyer, Patterson v. Gesellschaft, 1206 F.Supp. 1206, 1216 (N.D. Tex. 1985)

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