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Congratulations, Harrold, Tx! Are you Listening, Atlanta, Ga?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Texas school district in Harrold is on the right track. With law enforcement officers potentially thirty minutes away, the school district has recognized that armed teachers just might be the best defense against an attack." ...

"As I have written in the past, just one gun may be all that is needed to end a threat. History has shown us the absence of guns has not stopped an attack once it begins."

"Now if we could only get the officials of Harrold, Texas to discuss their decision with the mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin, who is absolutely certain that the best way to protect me is to disarm me, a logic which I do not grasp." ...
 

The Poor Man's Survival Arsenal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I know we all like our toys, no doubt about it. After all having the biggest most expensive firearm on the range can be sort of a status symbol. Leading to being looked up to by the other shooters, giving way to pride and boasting, and a feelings of self worth, or something like that. We want the best guns available but very few of us survivalist types have unlimited funds. Not everyone can afford to put down a large sum of cash for a survival arsenal. But being poor or cheap does not mean you must be held to a disadvantage."

"Let's say I can tell you about a basic three gun battery that will have you equipped to handle most any survival situation. ..." ...
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Critically Endangered Condors: Get The Lead Out!
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"For most hunters, the act of killing takes place when they pull the trigger. But across the United States, some ammunition keeps killing long after it leaves the gun barrel."

"The victims are not the targeted animals but instead, critically endangered animals who—instead of soaring in the skies—are hovering on the brink of extinction." ...

"The Humane Society of the United States called for a nationwide ban on lead ammunition in June of 2008, the same time The Wildlife Society completed a technical review entitled Sources and Implications of Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle on Natural Resources. " ...
 

Post Heller Gun Rights Limits
Submitted by: Clell

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Whatever one thinks of illegal immigration, I see no Constitutional authority of the feds to limit their gun rights. And I see citizens rights as suspect in general – individuals have natural rights, and governments shouldn't abrogate them. (As for "civil rights" like voting and equal assess to state "services," I do not tend toward affording them to everyone.)

I am thus disheartened by the recent federal decision that illegals have no right to bear arms, implying the feds have a right to control guns in this area, despite no such enumerated power. It is just another decision that further upholds the problematic conflation of civil and natural rights, and further tramples on the original limits on federal power.
 

The Heller Gun Decision Week 7 - Working Out a Bit Different Than Many Thought
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"In this week's article I would note that for all the concerns about Heller v. District of Columbia affecting anything other than over the top firearms controls or 'gun bans' we are now seeing actual post Heller federal decisions and the results show what Dr. Cavala and I knew and others figured it out: Justice Scalia stuck it to the loony tunes on both sides. Professor Volokh at www.volokh.com has been posting several post Heller lower court decisions and we have a Neo-Con fight over the efficacy of Heller. In particular, Gene Volokh referenced United States Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit in a to be published opinion in United States v. Fincher upheld the National Firearms Act against a Heller challenge as to Fincher’s possession of a sawed-off shotgun. ..." ...
 

AK: Girl remains in critical condition after pit bull attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 6-year-old girl remains in critical condition Tuesday after a pit bull attacked her and a baby sitter."

"Two neighbors came to the rescue and one of them shot the dog to save the victims." ...

"'The report was a pit bull had attacked a 6-year-old girl and she was severely injured ...' said APD Lt. Paul Honeman."

"John Kersbergen and Shawnee Hart witnessed some of the attack."

"'I heard the screams get worse. I looked out the window and I see the dog has the baby sitter by the arm out here and the neighbor has his pistol. He shoots away, then, and the dog lets go. But then the dog turned on him, so he had to shoot again and after, like, three shots he finally hit the dog in the leg,' Hart said." ...
 

KY: No Charges in Deadly Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No charges have been filed against a Pulaski County woman who police say shot and killed her husband after the two got in a domestic confrontation."

"The shooting happened early Wednesday morning on Highway 196 in the Nancy community."

"Investigators with the Sheriff's Department say 48-year-old Tamara Wilson got a gun and shot her husband, 49-year-old William, after an argument escalated."

"Mr. Wilson was taken to the hospital where he later died."

"During its investigation, the Sheriff's Department found a history of domestic violence in this family ..."

"Investigators also say Mr. Wilson had made threats against his wife leading up to the shooting." ...
 

Harrold, TX School Officials Right On Change In Campus Gun Policy, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Harrold, Tex. School district trustees and Supt. David Thweatt deserve accolades for changing school policy to allow staff and teachers to carry concealed handguns to protect against school shootings, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"'When classes open August 25 in Harrold, school buildings will be safer than normal, thanks to this decision,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'Critics of the plan will argue about liability, or suggest that the school could have hired a security officer or off-duty policeman. But we all know that such officers can't be everywhere, and in an emergency, every second counts.'" ...
 

FL: Guns on campus? FAU students push for advocacy group
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A chapter of a national gun advocacy group that supports allowing students to carry weapons to class may open at Florida Atlantic University this fall."

"Students for Concealed Carry on Campus was created after the April 2007 shootings on the Virginia Tech University campus ..."

"The group, which now claims 30,000 members in 45 states, believes people with concealed weapons permits should be able to carry handguns to school, as they can to many other public places, as a way to protect themselves and others."

"Two FAU students are spearheading a campaign to start the club on the school's Boca Raton campus, hoping to garner interest with a grass-roots campaign, including an 'empty holster protest' ..." ...
 

TX: Texas school district lets teachers, staff pack pistols
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"When classes start Aug. 25 in the tiny Harrold school district, there will be one distinct difference from years prior: Some of the teachers may have guns."

"To deter and protect against school shootings, trustees have altered district policy to allow employees to carry concealed weapons if they have a state permit and permission from the administration. ..."

"More than a dozen state legislatures have considered making it legal to carry guns on college campuses, but experts and officials contacted by the Star-Telegram say the move is unheard of in elementary or secondary schools."

"Superintendent David Thweatt said a main concern was that the small community is a 30-minute drive from the sheriff's office ..." ...
 

NY: Primary ratings and endorsements
Submitted by: Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
Website: http://blog.nysrpa.org

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"NYSRPA candidate ratings for the primary are now available. There are two endorsments for Senator Dale Volker and Assemblyman Greg Ball." ...
 

WV: Advocacy Group Challenging Ordinance Banning Guns In Public
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"A pro-gun group wants to do away with a Martinsburg law that bans guns in city buildings, but city officials intend to keep the rule in place." ...

"Currently it says people can't carry guns on any 'public property' or in a building owned, leased, or controlled by the city. ... they want the language of the ordinance to more clear by taking out the phrase 'public property' to avoid confusion."

"But no matter how it's written, members of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL) say the ordinance violates a state statue."

"'Neither a municipality, nor its governing body may limit the right of a person to possess, carry, transport, sell, purchase, and several other activities with respect to firearms,' said Jim Mullins with WVCDL." ...
 

WV: Martinsburg City Council bans guns in city-owned buildings
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"By a 5-1 vote, the Martinsburg City Council on Thursday adopted an amended version of an ordinance that prohibits individuals from carrying a firearm or other deadly weapon in any building that is city-owned, leased or under the municipality's control." ...

"'This ordinance is in direct conflict and violation of current West Virginia statutes,' said Jordan A. Austin, a National Rifle Association lobbyist from northern Virginia."

"Austin cited a 1999 'pre-emption' law passed by state lawmakers, and quoted a section of the code that he said gives the state Legislature the sole authority to adopt firearm regulations."

"'It was very clear in what they were doing,' Austin said." ...
 

WV: [Martinsburg] City Council bans guns
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"Despite concerns raised by several people in attendance, the Martinsburg City Council voted Thursday to approve an amended ordinance prohibiting weapons in city buildings." ...

"Jordan Austin, a lobbyist with the National Rifle Association, said the original ordinance that was implemented by city leaders in 2005 is in direct conflict with state statute." ...

"City attorney Kin Sayre responded to Austin's comments and agreed that the state statute does restrict the power of municipalities on the issue. However, the ordinance that was voted on by the council deals with the city as a property owner, Sayre said. As a property owner, the city has a right to restrict firearms on its property." ...
 

Blackwater Pushes Gun Control Bill
Submitted by: Larry

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"Blackwater Worldwide announced its support of AB2498, proposed legislation that would prevent prohibited persons from unlawful access to and possession of firearms." [link added]

"This legislation would serve to hold all responsible firearms training facilities to a common standard, allow training of responsible citizens, and, hopefully, reduce firearms capabilities of dangerous criminals."

"Blackwater ... has long supported a strict credential policy, requiring every student it trains to provide documented proof of their suitability for training and eligibility to possess firearms." ...
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Submitter's Note: Centgov parasites push for citizen disarmament. No surprise here. Mike Vanderboegh's novel has them down to a T.
 

NY: Cop forms private posse, attacks wrong man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Obsessed with his own 'authority' an off-duty cop in New York decided to take justice into his own hands."

"Everything started when two girls told him that some man had flashed them. So Detective Arthur Molnar and two buddies formed a posse and went in search of the alleged flasher."

"At around the same time 52-year-old David Campeas, an ophthalmologist, was walking to synagogue. Detective Molnar and his buddies set upon Campeas. According to Dr. Campeas the police officer and his friend shouted antigay slurs, even though Campeas is not gay. The doctor said: 'You couldn't reason with them. They were yelling and screaming and whacking me in the head.'" ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

IL: Bond Reduced For Cop Accused Of Raping Young Girls
Submitted by: Wildfire

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"Bond was lowered by $500,000 Friday for a Gurnee cop accused of sexually assaulting two young girls and holding a man at gunpoint in separate incidents."

"... Judge Theodore Potkonjak agreed to the lower bond for Jay Simon, 36, of Round Lake Beach from $1.5 million to $1 million during a pre-trial hearing Thursday ..."

"Simon, a six-year veteran of the Gurnee Police Department, is facing 10 charges ..."

"In addition to seven sexual assault charges for the alleged rapes, he is charged with unlawful restraint, aggravated assault and two counts of official misconduct for the gun incipient. In that case he's accused of entering a home, identifying himself as a police officer and holding a 35-year-old man at gunpoint ..." ...
 

CA: America's Worst Sheriffs, Part 1
Submitted by: Larry

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"Charles Lynch, a wiry, gentle 46-year-old, faces a prospective prison term of up to a century behind bars. He committed no crime against persons or property. ..."

"His supposed offense was to provide a legal palliative -- medical marijuana -- to people suffering from chronic pain in and around Morro Bay, California. ..." ...

"Although Lynch was careful to follow state law and county ordinances alike ... he attracted the malign attention of a local resident named Pat Hedges. ..."

"Hedges is certainly entitled to his opinion, as is any other sanctimonious fool. ..."

"The problem here is that Hedges is not your garden-variety self-righteous crank. He is also the Sheriff of San Luis Obispo (SLO) County." ...
 

NY: Commemorative rifle misses the mark
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A limited-edition Franklin County commemorative rifle being advertised here is not sanctioned by the county, its Bicentennial Committee or a local historical organization."

"Historical Armory, a Fort Collins, Colo.,-based company that deals in commemorative firearms, is selling a Henry .22-caliber long-range rifle for $499, plus shipping and handling, or $899.99 for the Golden Boy model, according to an advertisement."

"The ad states that the company 'combines meticulous research, original artwork and finely detailed engraving to celebrate the history of Franklin County.'"

"But County Clerk and Bicentennial Co-Chair Wanda Murtagh said she has never been contacted by anyone from the company to help with the research or any aspect of the product." ...
 

FL: Disney narrows employee gun ban to property
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Walt Disney World decided today to narrow its employee gun ban to the actual Disney World property only -- and with that move the theme park giant got the blessing of Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum for the controversial policy."

"Disney had riled the National Rifle Association, gun advocates and many Florida lawmakers earlier this summer when it declared that it had a special exemption within a new state law, and could therefore tell employees with concealed weapons permits that they could not bring guns to work locked in their cars. Disney claimed that a loophole in the new law exempts employers with federal fireworks permits -- and Disney holds such a permit." ...
 

NY: High-Caliber Club
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Matt Matthews doesn't own a rifle. Doesn't hunt."

"He's a member, though, of the Syracuse Pistol Club's Wednesday morning league."

"'It's my form of bowling, but with a very small ball,' said Matthews, 71, a retired technician/systems engineer who used to work at IBM. He shoots a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver."

"'The camaraderie . . . there's a great group of guys here. We have some good times,' the Liverpool resident said."

"The Syracuse Pistol Club ... is devoted to the sport of target shooting with pistols, along with .17- and .22-caliber rimfire rifles. No shotguns, larger rifles or magnum revolvers are allowed because of the noise they produce and the shooting distance required to accommodate them." ...
 

NV: Ending gun violence, and gun control, different (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to Bill Peltz's letter ... Mr. Peltz makes a couple of errors of his own."

"Mr. Peltz says: 'There's nothing elitist about wanting to stop gun violence.' The fight over guns is not about stopping 'gun violence.' This fight is about control; control over the people, which brings us to Mr. Peltz' second error."

"Mr. Peltz says: 'The Second Amendment's seemingly ambiguous reference to state-regulated militias was . . .' There is nothing in the Second Amendment mentioning a 'state-regulated militia.'" ...

"Additionally, for those who believe the Second Amendment should be repealed, I would say that it makes no difference as the inherent right to 'keep and Bear Arms' would still exist." ...
 

OH: Couple moves in next to 60 year-old Boy Scout camp, complains about noise from shooting range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Northeast Ohio media outlets are reporting on a Henrietta Township ... trustee meeting that heard complaints from a couple who bought their 'dream house' next to the 60 year-old Firelands (Boy) Scout Reservation and shooting range."

"'It's constant banging all day long,' Deborah Banyas whined ... 'Even if we go in the house, close the windows and turn up music, it's loud. It never stops.'"

"Banyas and her husband, Terry Speer, live on their 20-acre property ... where the two artists make sculptures. The story says they have a hard time working with all the racket coming from the 450-acre reservation next door."

"Is it just me, or is this something akin to moving in next to railroad tracks and complaining about the trains?" ...
 

PA: Right moves in recent gun cases (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Congrats (belatedly) to the Reading prosecutor who convinced Pennsylvania to give us back the right to defend our homes with deadly force."

"Congrats to the U.S. Supreme Court for correctly 'interpreting' the Second Amendment (even though four of those judges are communists.)"

"As for 'Spy Tale' on Aug. 6, aww! Did Paul Helmke and Bryan Miller get a dose of their own medicine? Good! Miller claims the anti-gun lobbies are 'more honest.' What an egregious lie! What about FBI and ATF infiltration of citizen militias? What about these anti-gun gun-owners? The American Hunters and Shooters Association comes to mind." ...
 

NJ: Sleeping Teen Fatally Struck by Stray Bullet in Newark
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"A 15-year-old boy asleep in his bed was fatally shot Thursday by a bullet fired from an apartment below."

"Bukhari Washington was found by his mother, who ran into his room after she heard the shot about 9 a.m., police said." ...

"A short time later, detectives arrested downstairs neighbor Terrance Perry, 19, who faces an aggravated manslaughter count and weapons charges. ..."

"According to Police Director Garry McCarthy, Perry said he was 'fiddling' with the Norinco SKS rifle when it accidentally fired. Perry told police he had obtained the rifle on the street." ...
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Submitter's Note: Anti-gun New Jersey has some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the country.

KABA Adds: Including an 'assault weapons' ban which lists the SKS by name.
 

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