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National Security Experts Confirm Terror Threat Posed by 50 Caliber Anti-Armor Sniper Rifles
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released a new study detailing the concerns of a wide spectrum of national security experts about the terrorism threat posed by easily available and virtually unregulated 50 caliber anti-armor sniper rifles. The 42-page study -- Clear and Present Danger: National Security Experts Warn About the Danger of Unrestricted Sales of 50 Caliber Anti-Armor Sniper Rifles to Civilians -- reveals the details of a report, previously classified as 'Secret' written by a senior U.S. Secret Service official warning that large caliber sniper rifles present a threat to the President, other senior government officials, and to civil aviation in particular. ... (See http://www.vpc.org/studies/50danger.pdf for a PDF of the VPC study.)" ...
 

SAF, CCRKBA Support NRA Decision to Move 2007 Convention
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association's decision to pull its 2007 annual members' meeting and convention out of Columbus, Ohio one week after that city passed a ban on so-called 'assault weapons' was correct and proper, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today in a joint statement."

"The move will likely cost Columbus an estimated $15 to $20 million in lost revenues, and possibly the largest convention that city would ever have hosted."

"But SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb said American firearms owners shouldn't weep a single tear for the city. He called the ban 'cheap political grandstanding that will get very expensive for the Columbus business community' and a 'slap in the face' to law- abiding Ohio gun owners." ...
 

Editorial: Guns Make Murder Too Easy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An old reprobate, a heavy-drinking veteran of many barroom brawls, once told me why he favored knives over guns when he needed to get out of a tight spot. Anyone who knows how to use knives, he said, knows that you can always put your thumb half-way up the blade, so you can just stick the guy, not kill him by accident."

"This story always comes to mind when we hear about yet another person dying on our city streets. There was such a tragedy on a corner near the UC campus on Sunday morning. One of Berkeley’s golden children, a young woman full of joy and promise, was killed while she was out for an evening with her girlfriends. ... What is known, however, is that he used a gun, from some distance away." ...
 

Small Arms Weapons Program Reviewed for Joint Service Potential
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Army announced today it temporarily suspended the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition of a new family of small weapons - Objective Individual Combat Weapon Increment 1 (OICW-1) - in order to incorporate joint requirements. The Army’s proposal has received interest from the other military services, and is further supported by several internal reviews reinforcing the increase in the potential for joint use."

"Congressional notification has been made and today’s suspension of the program allows joint requirements to be viewed and incorporated through the Joint Capability and Integration and Development System process, which will occur immediately. ..." ...
 

VA: No Charges for Shooter In Slaying of Va. Man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man who fatally shot a 23-year-old Falls Church man last month during a scuffle did not commit a crime, a Fairfax County grand jury found yesterday in declining to file charges."

"Friends and relatives of victim Jack 'Steve' Cornejo said the former high school soccer star was not a violent man and would never start a fight. But the grand jury decided otherwise, according to Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr., who presented the case to the panel ..."

"Because Cornejo, who had a seemingly nonviolent nature, was shot once in the back, his family was mystified when the shooter wasn't immediately arrested. Now, with the shooter free from all charges, the family is furious." ...

 

TX: Woman, 70, shoots, kills relative
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police said a 70-year-old woman shot and killed her granddaughter’s husband following a family argument Saturday morning."

"Police are treating the shooting in the 2500 block of 37th Avenue North as a case of self-defense."

"Steven Porres, 28, was shot once in the chest after he allegedly broke down the front door of the home he shared with his wife and her grandmother."

"Police said it appeared Porres and his wife had been involved in a heated argument when he stormed out of the house."

"A short time later, Porres smashed in the front door of the home, the wife and grandmother told police. It was then, the grandmother told police, that she shot Porres once in the chest." ...
 

TX: Officer shoots car-burglary suspect outside his home
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A suspected car burglar is in very critical condition this morning after breaking into an SUV near an off-duty Houston police officer's home." ...

"HPD Sgt. David Crain said Hernandez was awakened about 4:30 a.m. ... Hernandez looked outside to see a van parked in the street in front of his house and three suspects breaking into the Ford Expedition ..."

"Hernandez donned his raid vest, which is marked 'police,' retrieved his firearm and went outside to confront the three ..."

"As Hernandez ordered the driver of the van to stop and show his hands, the driver pointed a pistol out the window at Hernandez, who opened fire, Crain said."

"Hernandez's father, also awakened by the commotion, fired on the van with a shotgun ..." ...
 

KY: Corrections Officer Says He Fired Shotgun At Neighbor In Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An attorney for a metro corrections officer accused of wounding his neighbors with a shotgun told the court at a probable cause hearing that his client fired in self-defense.

Hance wasn't in court Monday, but his attorney, Eric Farris, says Hance was trying to protect himself when he fired the gun. "They were on his property and he was in fear of his life."

The hearing was delayed to a later date.

Hance has been suspended without pay from his job at metro corrections until the outcome of the case is over.
 

Canada: The potential danger lurking on the other side of the counter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While writing these columns it hasn't occurred to me until now that I've never seen an article about the retail clerk's protection behind the counter during an evening shift." ...

"To me, it doesn't matter what the store installs. The employee is still open to abuse in a confrontation with a robber. In such cases, what's the employee to do when alone in the store or service station? Does the employee put up a big defense against the robber or abuse?"

"No, that would be foolish on their part."

"Which is more important, a life or money? Much of the defense - whether behind a counter or when walking down the street - is pure common sense." ...
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Submitter's Note: This is the logical fallacy of the 'false choice'. The questioner ignores the probability that after giving up the money the clerk will still be killed.
 

NRA Retaliates Against Columbus, Ohio for Regulating Cop-Killer Assault Weapons by Moving 2007 Annual Meeting; NRA's Bullying Tactics Fail as Gun Lobby Retreats in Defeat After Courageous Stand by Columbus City Council and Community Leaders (OCAGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"After the Columbus city council passed a unanimous city ordinance to regulate assault weapons to protect the safety of law enforcement officers and Columbus families, the National Rifle Association retaliated and announced today it would move its 2007 annual meeting to a new city. On July 11, the City of Columbus became the first major U.S. city to adopt an assault weapons ban since the federal law expired in September. The NRA threatened to move its meeting if Columbus passed the city ordinance."

"'It is astonishing that the extremist leadership of this organization thinks it can bully and intimidate local lawmakers and municipalities that are working to reduce gun violence and address the threat of assault weapons on our streets,' said Toby Hoover, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence." ...
 

NRA On Columbus, Ohio: Unmitigated Arrogance
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Michael Barnes, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement today on the announcement by National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre that the group will pull out of its commitment to meet in Columbus in 2007:"

"'Columbus police officers said they didn't want to face military-style semiautomatic assault weapons on the streets, and the city's elected leaders wisely listened to law enforcement and passed sensible restrictions on these weapons. What the NRA's leader said to the people of Columbus this morning is 'let us set public policy, or we won't visit your city.' That must never be the agreement in a civilized democracy.'" ...
 

OH: Bill Would Prohibit Cities from Banning Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A bill to be introduced soon in the Ohio Legislature would prohibit cities from enacting their own gun laws like the one passed by the Columbus City Council banning assault weapon sales. The measure is being written by the lead sponsor of the concealed-carry law, Representative James Aslanides, and it would also would restrict media access to gun permit records.

The Coshocton Republican says the provisions are among a number of loopholes in the state's gun laws that still need to be addressed.

Aslanides' bill also would clarify that cities cannot ban gun from parks or other places not designated as gun-free zones under state law.

In Columbus, guns defined as assault weapons can no longer be sold after August 11th and residents who already own one must register it with the city.
 

OH: Columbus City Leaders Standing By Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun control advocates in Columbus, Ohio, accuse the National Rifle Association of trying to 'bully' them, and they say they will stand firmly in support of a gun ban -- even though it will cost the city millions of dollars in lost business."

"Second Amendment supporters hope the gun ban may also cost city council members their jobs come election time."

"The NRA announced on Monday that it would take its 2007 convention business elsewhere now that Columbus has passed a citywide ban on semi-automatic weapons."

"'Let me say, that we are not for sale; and we're going to stand by this; they won't hold us hostage,' said Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman on Monday." ...
 

GA: NRA shoots blanks in Columbus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Columbus, Ohio, deserves a salute for banning certain assault weapons last week, all the more so because the city lost the National Rifle Association's convention in the process. Columbus City Council members did what was right instead of what was expedient, setting an example for other lawmakers."

The Columbus City Council, responding to concerns from city police and last year's expiration of the federal ban on assault weapons, approved an ordinance prohibiting the sale, purchase, gift or loan of semiautomatic guns with detachable magazines. Other than combat, there is no obvious need for such weapons." ...
 

IL: Illinois Group Speaks Out Against Sniper Rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An Illinois group is speaking out against the dangers of .50 caliber sniper rifles.

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence says the rifles pose a danger to our nation's security. The group is calling on lawmakers to address the threats posed by the rifles.

There's a new study by the Violence Policy Center that warns about the dangers of unrestricted sales of the rifle and it's very large ammunition.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger recently signed legislation restricting everyone except military and law enforcement officials from using the sniper rifles.
 

PA: On Behalf of Family of Slain Teen, Brady Center to File Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Area Gun Seller Which Sold Hundreds of Guns Used in Crimes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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... "The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Pennsylvania attorney Mark Lewinter will announce the filing of a significant civil action against a Pennsylvania gun dealer that has sold hundreds of firearms that were later linked to crimes."

"The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of the family of a young man whose shooting death received significant news media attention earlier this year." ...
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KABA Note: The BATFE and Justice Department have both repudiated the use of gun crime traces to stigmatize dealers.
 

Gun Violence Prevention Organizations Host Briefing Before NRA Remarks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will host a joint briefing for news media on Wednesday morning, July 20, at 9:15 a.m. in the Lisagor Room at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C., just before National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Press Club at 10 a.m." ...
 

FBI EAVESDROPPING: Court overrules LV judge (in OnStar case)
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"A Las Vegas judge erred when he ordered a company to help the FBI eavesdrop in a suspect's vehicle, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday." ...

"The appeal was filed by an unidentified company that runs a system now found in some luxury cars." ...

"The FBI obtained court orders requiring the company to help agents intercept conversations taking place in a car equipped with the system." ...

"Las Vegas attorney Dominic Gentile ... his client and Galardi both drove a Hummer that was equipped with a system called OnStar. ..." ...

"Houston defense attorney Douglas McNabb and other defense attorneys interviewed Tuesday said they knew of no other cases in which law enforcement had used an onboard system to intercept conversations of people who were lawfully occupying a vehicle."

"'That is absolutely outrageous,' McNabb said." ...
 

OH: Soldiers prevail at National Pistol Matches
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit brought home several trophies from the annual National Pistol Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, July 12 to 16. Approximately 700 pistol shooters from around the country competed in these matches."

"The USAMU Service Pistol Team ... placed second out of 101 teams in the Team National Championship; Sgt. 1st Class Charles E. Coffey was the team captain and Sgt. Brian W. Rost was the coach. The Army Team finished only five points behind the winner and beat the third-place team by 31 points. The Team National Championship is an aggregate of the .22-Caliber, .45-Caliber and Center Fire team matches." ...
 

CA: Send in SWAT, too
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An individual is accosted without provocation. She tells those doing so to leave her alone, and they refuse. She responds with a self-defending attack. She winds up facing an aggravated-assault charge."

"Sounds like a pretty strong case for a victims-advocacy group to intervene."

"Let’s get specific. The person attacked and then charged is 11; the ringleader of the attackers is 9. The chosen weapon for the attackers was water balloons. The girl’s response: a rock to the forehead of the 9-year-old boy."

"The boy, who later told police he had instigated the fight with the girl, wound up with stitches in his forehead."

"It gets worse. The police response to this neighborhood dust-up was straight out of Hollywood: Three squad cars and a helicopter. The girl wound up on the ground with an officer’s knee in her back ..." ...
 

MT: Montana Police Have to Stop One Vehicle an Hour
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For motorists wondering whether police are working on a quota system, an answer can be found in Montana.

A new policy requires state troopers to stop at least one vehicle an hour, whether the driver has done anything wrong or not. But the driver doesn't have to be ticketed, so police officials say it's not a quota system.

State police Colonel Paul Grimstad said the rule that took effect on Monday is intended to reduce traffic accidents and drunken driving.

Montana had the highest number of alcohol-related deaths per miles traveled in a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report released in December 2003.
 

Nigeria: First Ever Trial Opens in Nigeria Against Law Officials
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Heavy security surrounds the opening trial in the capital, Abuja, of six Nigerian police officers charged with the June murder of six traders."

"The trial is the first of his kind with senior officers facing a trial that could end with the death penalty."

"Police claim the officers of killing the traders in self defence when they failed to stop at a check point." ...

"Sources claim Nigeria's police have a history of violence and extra judicial killings - none have gone to trial due to a lack of evidence."

"Five of the six accused police officers were in court and include an assistant police commissioner who is the most senior official to be charged with such a crime - the men pleaded not guilty." ...
 

WI: Bill to lower age limit for hunters being sent to Assembly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill that would allow 10- and 11-year-olds to hunt when accompanied by a parent or guardian, along with other restrictions, is expected to be introduced in the Assembly this week."

"'It's important to get kids out in the woods to experience the hunt and, hopefully, they will be doing it the rest of their lives,' said Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford), author of the bill."

"Gunderson sees the current regulation, which prohibits children younger than 12 from hunting, as an obstacle to recruiting new hunters in the state. He cited a recent study that showed every two hunters Wisconsin loses are replaced by about one." ...
 

IN: 4-H'er calls 'shotgun' (her favorite)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the newest projects offered through 4-H, shooting sports has quietly gained popularity over the past several years."

"That’s something that Ashley Tiede of Reynolds – recently named a national teen ambassador for the 4-H shooting sports program — wants to shout about."

"'The No. 1 project in 4-H is the livestock program,' noted Tiede, who will be a senior at North White High School this fall. 'The second is shooting sports.'"

"In her eighth year in shooting sports, Tiede is also one of only eight ambassadors nationwide, 'It just so happens two are from Indiana,' she explained.
The 4-H shooting sports teen ambassador program is open to each state that has an active shooting sports program ..." ...
 

IN: More and more kids taking aim at special club
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"Third-graders fire scaled-down shotguns at moving clay targets."

"Middle school students fire arrows from bows in a back yard."

"And high school students unload handgun clips at boards."

"Despite skepticism about a 4-H program that teaches youngsters how to use handguns, bows and rifles, the county’s shooting-sport program is continuing to grow four years after it was started."

"'At the time it started, it was pretty controversial,' said Kyle Wheat, 16, a club member and Whiteland Community High School student. 'A lot of people didn’t think it would happen. But look where we are now.'" ...
 

LA: They will 'survive'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While few people will ever get the chance to test their survivor skills on a reality television show, knowing a few basic outdoor skills could prove valuable in some emergency situations."

"Having a car break down on an empty stretch of road or being lost on a camping trip are very real situations that can be dangerous without proper knowledge on how to handle the problem."

"About 20 women underwent training Saturday to learn just how to react to these types of situations at the Women In the Outdoors workshop, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation."

"Classes taught women how to properly fish, cook with a Dutch oven, back a trailer, perform self-defense and shoot pistol and skeet." ...
 

PA: Accord reached to allow gun show at ExpoMart in Monroeville
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gun shows will go on, but all sides have agreed on more safety precautions after the accidental shooting of a man at a Pennsylvania Gun Collectors Association show in May at the Pittsburgh ExpoMart in Monroeville." ...

"After the shooting, Oxford Development Corp. and Mart/Hotel Limited Partnership, which operate ExpoMart, sought to void its lease with the gun association, which holds several shows a year at that venue." ...

"The gun association and Oxford Development already were in court when the two sides reached an agreement in principle, said Kamin and Scott Bergstein, Oxford's vice president for operating businesses." ...

"Bergstein and Kamin declined to discuss the additional safety steps to be taken while the agreement is being finalized." ...
 

Australia: Rare occurrence in pistol shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All shooters in the sports pistol match at Mudgee Pistol Club on Saturday, in a rare occurrence, broke the 500 mark in an outstanding shoot."

"George Nicholson returned to competition on Saturday after a short break and showed the rest had done him the world of good when he shot a personal best off gun of 557 to break his handicap."

"His nett score of 601 gave him the off gun/handicap double for the event."

"Club Champion Rod Leven was hot on Nicholson's heels with an off gun 556 while Robert Nichols came in third on 544. The balance of the field had scores ranging from 534 down to 525."

"Leading junior shooter Catherine Nicholson led the ladies division with 392 off gun." ...
 

Australia: Get fired up for Legacy shoot
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"Even if you have never shot a rifle before, the opportunity to learn about handling weapons will be the focus of the Legacy open rifle shoot charity day at the Fashion mount rifle range this Sunday."

"Demonstrations from the police officer weapons branch and military rifle coaching will be part of the day and a variety of weapons will be on show with people attending able to shoot at both paper and metallic targets over a 22 to 50 metre range."

"There will also be black powder demonstrations and field rifle (scope) coaching and practice." ...

"'You are not required to have a gun licence, so it's an opportunity for anyone interested to come out and have a shoot,' Legacy president Andrew Tierney said." ...
 

UK: British Government Blocks Book Critical of Iraq War
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"Claiming that privileged conversations with Prime Minister Tony Blair have been violated, the British government has stopped the publication of a memoir by its former ambassador to the United Nations that is critical of the Iraq war."

"Britain's Foreign Office has confirmed that it will not allow 'The Costs of War,' a memoir by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, to be released this September as originally planned."

"Greenstock was London's ambassador to the U.N. ... and was appointed Blair's special envoy to that country once the war was over." ...

"In Britain, it is normal procedure for former ministers to have their writings reviewed and censored by the government before publication is allowed. ..." ...
 

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