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BATFE: Open Letter To Federally Licensed Firearms Importers
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... "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has determined that the language of 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3) permits no exceptions that would allow frames, receivers or barrels for otherwise non-importable firearms to be imported into the United States. Accordingly, ATF will no longer approve ATF Form 6 applications for importation of any frames, receivers, or barrels for firearms that would be prohibited from importation if assembled. No exceptions to the statutory language, for example for 'repair or replacement' of existing firearms, will be allowed." ...
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Submitter's note: This means no more cheap AK and FAL kits will be imported with barrels attached.
 

CCRKBA Calls For Investigation Of '60 Minutes' Subject
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following the broadcast of its latest attack on American firearm laws and .50-caliber rifles by the CBS newsmagazine '60 Minutes,' the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today called on the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the subject of that report, identified as Florin Krasniqi."

"In his report, CBS' Ed Bradley acknowledged that Krasniqi entered the United States illegally from Mexico 'in the trunk of a car' and that he is now a U.S. citizen and 'highly successful' businessman. Krasniqi admitted on camera that he has also smuggled firearms purchased in this country for use by Albanian guerilla fighters, an act that may be illegal under U.S. export laws." ...
 

NY: Local gunrunner hero?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Businessman Florin Krasniqi loves America.
When he's not running his roofing company or enjoying family barbecues in his Bay Ridge backyard, he raises millions to buy - without much fuss - powerful weapons to smuggle to fighters in his native Kosovo."

"His fascinating story is told in Dutch filmmaker Klaartje Quirijns' documentary, 'The Brooklyn Connection,' premiering on PBS at 10 p.m. tomorrow."

"Krasniqi's life mission began in 1997 when a cousin was killed by Serbs."

"The former schoolteacher raised $30 million from Albanian-Americans to outfit the Kosovo Liberation Army during the Kosovo War ..." ...

"Though Krasniqi clearly benefited from lax gun laws, one reason he agreed to the film was to expose them. ..." ...
 

The Second Amendment Is Already Dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Was the 2nd Amendment included in the Constitution to protect our right to hunt, our right to target shoot, or our right to defend ourselves from the local neighborhood hoodlums?"

"While those may be important benefits of the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms,' is that really why our founders declared it an unalienable right, and locked it in the Bill of Rights at the number two spot - right behind the freedoms of speech, assembly and religion?"

"The short answer is of course, no. The 2nd Amendment was intended to protect the states and the people from being forced to suffer through another 'long train of abuses' like the ones that led to the war against Britain - a purpose for which, unfortunately, the 2nd Amendment it is already dead." ...
 

Parker v DC: Second motion for argument on the merits (Blog)
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"Now that the NRA's 2nd-Amendment case in DC (Seegars v Gonzales) has had it's petitions for re-hearing denied at the appellate level, the Cato Institute case (Parker v DC) can move forward. In my last report on the Seegars case, I noted that the judge in Parker had asked for motions regarding the next steps in the case, with a July 22nd deadline. The Parker attorneys have filed their motion, with several attachments. We should be expecting the government to file their own soon."

"The short version is that the Parker attorneys want the court to set a briefing schedule and dates for oral argument. ..." ...
 

Montel Williams July 18 Show Features Four Women Who Defended Themselves With Force
Submitted by: Dan Dawley

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"Today's guests found themselves facing the ultimate choice - kill or be killed. They chose to live. Melissa woke up in her new home with a strange man on top of her, shining a flashlight in her face. The man was also holding a gun, and Melissa had to decide to submit or fight. Using a move she learned in a martial arts class, she pushed the man off the bed and managed to take his gun. Without hesitation, she pulled the trigger, shooting and killing her attacker. ..."
 

CA: Gunman Shot By Store Clerks During Acampo Robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A robbery suspect is in critical condition after being shot several times by two Acampo grocery store clerks during a botched hold-up, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department."

"Parolee-at-large Daniel Godoy, 37, of Galt is listed in critical condition ... with multiple gunshot wounds following the attempted robbery ... Friday night."

"Deputy Les Garcia said Godoy was armed when he walked into the market around 9:30 p.m. Friday and attempted to rob employees. According to witnesses, one of the store clerks produced a handgun and confronted Godoy, who then pointed his gun at the armed clerk. The clerk, in fear for his life, fired his gun, hitting Godoy several times, Garcia said." ...
 

TN: Robbery suspect killed at diner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shawn Williams pointed to the bullet holes in the wooden walls of the coffee shop where his brother was shot hours earlier Tuesday."

"Police say his 22-year-old brother Brandon Underwood and a woman, both armed with knives, came in about 12:45 a.m. and tried to rob the CK's."

"An off-duty security guard having coffee in the shop shot Underwood and killed him."

"'I heard he didn't get no money or nothing,' Williams said, standing on the porch of the restaurant at 3530 Summer, where customers continued to come in for breakfast. 'That man that shot him could have just shot him in the arm or leg.'" ...
 

OH: Fifth Third Bank robbed in Covington
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Police investigate a bank robbery Monday morning at the Fifth Third Bank in Covington. A person, appearing to be a woman, implied they had a weapon and made off with an undetermined amount of cash. No-one was hurt in the robbery.

If you have any information that might help police, you're urged to call CrimeStoppers at 352-3040. You don't have to give your name and you could get cash for clues.
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Submitter's Note: Another "incident" from "gun free" Fifth Third.
 

OH: Peoples Rights Organization (PRO) Issues Statement in Support of NRA Decision to Cancel Columbus 2007 Convention Location
Submitted by: Peoples Rights Organization
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"Peoples Rights Organization (PRO), Ohio's largest grassroots gun rights organization, today announced it supports the National Rifle Association's decision to withdraw its 2007 Meetings & Exhibition from Columbus."

"'It is painfully clear that city lawmakers, who already have lost in federal courts twice on this issue because of PRO lawsuits, fully intend to go forward with a plan to entrap law abiding citizens -- and NRA convention exhibitors -- with a vaguely worded gun ban,' says Terence Regan [PRO] chairman."

"... Law abiding residents are likely to be arrested in droves ... since the ordinance bans many more guns than city leaders originally disclosed, including many commonly used self defense handguns.'" ...
 

OH: Comments from NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre: City Council Drives Freedom and NRA Out of Columbus
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"Two months ago, I was pleased to announce that the National Rifle Association chose the great city of Columbus to host our 136th annual meetings and exhibits in May of 2007."

"Today I’m here to announce that the convention is cancelled. The NRA is not coming to Columbus in 2007."

"The convention is canceled because last week your city council voted unanimously to revoke the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in Columbus by banning perfectly legal firearms."

"Councilman Michael Mentel led the gun ban. He said the NRA 'isn’t going to dictate the policies of this city.' But Michael Mentel certainly wants to dictate the policies of the U.S. Constitution for the people of Columbus." ...
 

OH: NRA Nixes Columbus Convention (another view)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association said Monday it is pulling its 2007 national convention out of Columbus because of the city's ban on assault weapons."

"The City Council passed a ban July 12 outlawing the sale or possession of semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips and detachable magazines."

"The gun owners' organization had planned to hold its annual three-day event, expected to draw as many as 60,000 people, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center."

"'The party is canceled because last week your City Council unanimously voted to revoke the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in Columbus by banning perfectly legal firearms,' NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said." ...
 

CA: US police pursue girl over stone
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"An 11-year-old girl who threw a stone at a group of boys pelting her with water balloons is being prosecuted on serious assault charges in California."

"Maribel Cuevas was arrested in April in a police operation which involved three police cars and a helicopter."

"She has since spent five days in detention, in which she was granted one 30 minute visit by her parents, and has spent a month under house arrest."

"Her lawyer accuses the authorities of criminalising childhood behaviour." ...

"'We responded. We determined a felony assault had taken place and the officers took the actions that were necessary,' said Fresno Police Sergeant Anthony Martinez." ...
 

OK: Former Kingston policeman faces more charges
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"Additional felony counts have been filed against a former Kingston police officer already charged on felony and misdemeanor counts stemming from a Memorial weekend vehicle pursuit across two counties."

"Brian Scott Campbell, 38, is named on three embezzlement counts related to the alleged theft of money and illegally pawning a gun. Campbell, a nine-year law enforcement officer, was fired by Police Chief John Canoe following discovery that money and property were missing from the police department property room. The matter was referred to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for investigation." ...
 

FL: Sheriff's lieutenant fined for gun on airplane
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"A veteran Collier County sheriff's lieutenant was fined $1,000 after he placed a loaded gun in his luggage without filing the proper paperwork with the airline while he flew to Atlanta to attend a law enforcement conference."

"Lt. Mike Dolan, who joined the agency in 1982, also received a written counseling statement for improperly carrying the .40-caliber weapon, his duty weapon, on a commercial airliner, internal affairs reports say. He was written up for being careless, an agency violation."

"No criminal charges were filed against Dolan, but the original fine was $2,000, increased because he is a law officer and because the gun had a round in the chamber. It was reduced to $1,000, because Dolan paid within 30 days." ...
 

MN: Police release officer jailed on suspicion of domestic assault
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"An eight year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department has been released from the Ramsey County jail after spending the weekend behind bars." ...

"[Ko Xiong] was jailed on suspicion of domestic assault involving his estranged wife. Last week she told police Xiong had stabbed her earlier this month ... She said he had also threatened her with a gun."

"Monday, the Ramsey County Attorneys office ordered Xiong released from custody pending further investigation." ...

"Even though Xiong was released from custody with no charges filed against him, that doesn't mean he'll return to streets of Minneapolis as a police officer."

"He remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal police investigation ..."
 

FL: Fort Lauderdale officer back on job after domestic violence, shooting investigations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Officer Stevens Gelu is back on road patrol after being cleared of any major wrongdoing in two separate internal investigations."

"Last week the Fort Lauderdale Police Department's internal affairs division found that Gelu acted justifiably when he fired his weapon on Sept. 26, accidentally shooting fellow Officer William McGarry."

"He also was cleared in a domestic violence case in which he was arrested and accused of hitting his wife in the face with a gun and threatening to kill her, just a little more than a month after the McGarry shooting."

"In the domestic case, Gelu will receive a written reprimand for using a Police Department computer to look up an automobile-tracking system ..." ...
 

South Africa: Police warn public about dangerous escapees
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smuggling a gun to a prisoner at Durban's Westville Prison is easy when there is money involved."

"That's the reaction of a correctional services officer after four men shot their way out of the prison on Saturday."

"Nicholas Mlotshwa, 30, Bongani Malala, 25, Nkosana Ngcamu, 24 and S'phiwe Ntombela, 22, are still on the run after the jailbreak."

"Police have warned the public that the men are extremely dangerous. Three of the men were arrested in May last year on murder charges and another for armed robbery."

"Mlotshwa is a regular prison escapee - Sunday's breakout was his fourth escape, and his second from Westville in the last year." ...
 

UK: Where public safety is at risk they cannot take any chances
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THE decision to create Lothian's first 24-hour police armed response unit should come as no great surprise. In fact, all that is surprising is that it has taken so long to get around to it considering the growth in gun culture that appears to exist within our society."

"Police stress that the new set up is not in response to an increased terrorist threat or an indication that more criminals are carrying, or are prepared to use, firearms. It is the continuing thoughtless actions of small sections of the public and their attitude to guns, both real and fake, that has prompted the move."

"... Armed officers attended a staggering 458 firearm related incidents - almost 90 more than the previous year." ...
 

India: Police seize stolen pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Acting on a tip-off, police raided a dharamsala in Jugsalai and arrested two people who had allegedly looted the service pistol from the body-guard of an MP from Orisasa, last month.

Those arrested were identified as Mohammed Qalimuddin, a resident of Silli, in Ranchi and Mohammed Siddique, a resident of Chowra village in Ichagarh police station area under Seraikela-Kharsawan district. The sub-inspector of police, Manoj Kumar Gupta successfully nabbed the two before they could flee the spot. The duo confessed that they had looted the pistol from the Purulia MP, Bir Singh Mahto’s bodyguard by intercepting his car.
 

Canada: Still no charges laid in seizure of rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A First Nations activist arrested in a dramatic police take-down on the Burrard Bridge last month says he still hasn't been charged with anything."

"David Dennis, a member of the West Coast Warriors – and two other men – were stopped in their van and arrested at gunpoint on June 27 by the RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET)."

"The police seized 14 hunting rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition."

"The three men were released a short time later." ...

"Dennis also argues that his rifles were fully registered, and he wants them back. He says they were for a native youth hunting camp."

"RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tom Seaman will only say the investigation is ongoing, and the guns are not being returned for now." ...
 

Canada: Toy guns look very real, maybe too real!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A toy gun you can buy in local dollar stores has Calgary City Police worried.

The toy looks very real, in fact it looks very similar to the Glock 27, the handgun carried by Calgary police officers.

The toy gun has all the features of a real Glock, including a removable clip, slide action and a realistic looking barrel.

Police are concerned about what might happen if people, especially an officer on a weapons call, can't tell the difference between the toy and the real thing.

Already city police have been called to investigate two teenage boys carrying guns, in that case it was the fake guns.
 

CA: ANOTHER VIEW: Scare tactics and gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The fight to maintain our rights is a never-ending struggle. We were reminded of this recently when we received a postcard from an organization called the Freedom States Alliance. This is an outfit that uses scare tactics about terrorism to push its anti-gun agenda."

"Pictured on the front of the card was a civilian airliner with an illustration of a rifle scope's crosshairs centered to the nose of the plane and the Web site www.50CaliberTerror.com listed across the top. On the back was a listing of why .50 caliber rifles should be banned. The reasons might seem reasonable, but a bit of research shows them to be exaggerated and open to interpretation." ...
 

OH: NRA was founded before the NAACP (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Your July 5 editorial stated, "The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation's oldest civil rights organization …"

This is incorrect.

I don't know for sure what the oldest civil rights organization is, but the National Rifle Association was founded in 1871, far earlier than the NAACP'S 1908 founding. This makes the NRA the older of the two, and perhaps the oldest, period.

I realize that The Blade doesn't think the Second or Fifth amendments count as rights, but they are still in the Bill of Rights, and should be discussed as such.

JOHN D. MUELLER
Defiance
 

SD: Shooting, archery skills taught
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"Sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Step Outside program was created to give newcomers the opportunity to test their skills at hunting, shooting and archery. The organizers hope the experience will draw youngsters toward learning more about hunting and shooting sports and spur their future participation in those activities." ...

"'We had about 80 children learning about shooting, archery and other outdoors skills,' Bahe said. 'They all had a chance to try each of the different sessions. ... (The activities) were all very hands-on and gave them the chance to try everything.'" ...
 

MS: Confiscated Guns for Sale
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"Armed and ready. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has 212 guns at its disposal and not one rightful owner."

"Jim Walker, of the MDWFP, says, 'These guns were taken from hands of the bad guys. We hope to put them in the hands of the good guys.'"

"They were taken from violators of hunting laws or convicted felons in possession."

"Walker says, 'These guns have gone to the courts. These individuals have been found guilty and these guns now belong to the state of Mississippi.'"

"They're not your run of the mill firearms."

"Phillip Pope is the training co-ordinater for the MDWFP. He says, 'Most of them that we have are hunting type rifles or shotguns.'" ...
 

UK: Mum is gun target
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"A GREENOCK mum whose window became a gun target says she will not be forced from her home."

"Police were called to the Larkfield home after the front window was destroyed in the early hours of Saturday morning. Residents in every direction were said to have heard the loud bang."

"Fay Docherty (47) was terrified by the blast that also woke her nine-year-old daughter Brogan and a four-year-old visiting neighbour. But she was defiant that she would not leave her Oxford Road home."

"She told the Telegraph: 'The loud bang woke me up. I looked out the window and saw all the glass in my garden. My windows have been put in before on many occasions, but nothing like this.'" ...
 

UK: Four men injured in 'feud' gun attack
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Four men have been injured in a gun attack in Newcastle County Down in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The attack occurred at around 3am in the Burrendale Park Road area of Newcastle.

Police said that one man had been shot in the leg and three other men had received what were described as "superficial injuries".

It is understood that police are interested in the movements of a Nissan Terrano in the area at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information should contact detectives in Newcastle on 028 4372 3583 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

It is understood that the incident may have been the result of an ongoing feud.
 

UK: Toy gun pupil arrested at school
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"An 11-year-old boy spent three hours in a police cell after he brandished a plastic toy gun at a schoolmate and told him to 'hand over the money'."

"Earl Crump, from Sheerness, Kent was arrested and taken to Sittingbourne police station after the incident at Cheyne Middle School."

"His mother, Tracey Crump, said she thought the punishment was too harsh."

"Kent Police said it acted in the public interest and any reports of firearms were taken extremely seriously." ...

"'Two officers arrested a boy at school on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place,' said a police statement." ...

"At the police station Earl was searched and had a DNA sample and fingerprints taken." ...
 

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