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When a President Betrays His Country (Liberty Belles)
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"Recent papers released from the Clinton Presidential Library [.pdf file] reveal a well-orchestrated and clearly defined roadmap to impose severe restrictions on firearm owners, manufacturers, and dealers. Perhaps the most sinister is the deliberate attempt to financially cripple firearm manufacturers and dealers via class action lawsuits. In an effort to mimic the lawsuits levied against tobacco companies, the Clinton Administration appears to have had direct involvement in its support and furthering of such lawsuits. Of course, the major difference between tobacco and firearms is that firearms save an estimated 2.5 million lives year, whereas tobacco is not reported to save any lives whatsoever. Clearly the benefit of owning a firearm far outweighs any possible risk of owning one." ...
 

Gun Control: Rebuttal to James Alan Fox
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "'Guns are not the root cause of our violent society. In fact, the U.S. non-gun homicide rate (3.6 non-gun homicides per 100,000 residents) is double the overall homicide rate in virtually all our kindred nations, including Great Britain, Canada and Australia.'[2]"

"He notes that 'firearms do make violent attacks far more lethal.'[3] And this is also true: Firearms make self-defense more lethal and more costly to the predator. A previous paper noted the accelerated drop in the rate of rape in right-to-carry states 1995-2004. [4] Further corroboration comes from the fact that while the U.S. rate of rape dropped 13% between 1995 and 2004, two countries saw just the opposite trend since enacting their gun bans ..." ...
 

Gun maker seeks U.S. Army contract
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson, fresh from winning military contracts in Afghanistan, now wants a bigger prize back home: a U.S. Army deal worth as much as $500 million that would be its biggest defense order ever."

"The largest U.S. handgun company ... will bid on a contract to make about 645,000 of its .45-caliber pistols over the next 10 years, the chief executive, Michael Golden, said in an interview. Beretta of Italy has the current Army contract, which expires next year."

"Golden has been pushing Smith & Wesson into the government market since he took the top job two years ago. He has hired a lobbyist and a manager in Washington and says he has made 24 trips to the capital himself in the past year to drum up business. ..." ...
 

CA: Security guard shoots man in Pomona bar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man was shot in the chest inside a bar late Sunday after he tried to strike a security guard with a metal chair, police said." ...

"The man tried to bring an underage boy in the El Tapatio Bar ... He struck a security guard who confronted him about the boy, said Pomona police Sgt. A.C. Cox. The guard fell to the ground."

"When the man grabbed a metal chair to strike the guard again, the guard pulled out a gun and fired two shots at the man, Cox said. The man was struck once in the chest."

"Police interviewed witnesses and determined the shooting appeared to be in self-defense, Cox said. No arrests were made, and the case will be reviewed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office."
 

IL: Shot at mall fired in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off-duty police officer working security for Dillard's at St. Clair Square fired a gunshot at a vehicle in self-defense Friday night, the Fairview Heights Police Department said."

"The officer does not work for Fairview Heights."

"The officer had attempted to apprehend a man and woman who had committed retail theft. While on the parking lot about 9 p.m., they were confronted by the officer and they resisted the officer's attempts to stop them."

"Both suspects then entered a white Cadillac that was parked on the lot. The vehicle then pulled forward in the direction of where the officer was standing and accelerated. The officer then fired one round at the suspect vehicle in self-defense." ...
 

NC: Resident says he shot intruder during scuffle
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Durham resident shot an apparent intruder in his home early Sunday. The shooting victim was in critical condition Monday, according to police, and no charges had been filed."

"The incident occurred about 4:25 a.m. at 900 Laurel Springs Drive, where a resident told police an unfamiliar man forced his way into his apartment and said he was looking for someone who didn't live there, said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael."

"Once he was inside, the man refused to leave and restrained the resident, Michael said. The two men began to struggle. At some point during the scuffle, the resident shot the intruder twice, she said." ...
 

South Africa: Man shoots, kills burglar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A home owner shot dead a burglar in his house at Sundra ..."

"Inspector Thabiso Ncongwane said two men broke into Nicholas Botha's house on Monday morning. Botha was woken up by noise and found the pair trying to steal from him."

"'Botha, 38 , fired two shots with his 3.57 rifle and [hit] one of the suspects in his chest.' The man died at the scene."

"Ncongwane said the other suspect managed to escape but that fingerprints left at the scene would help police to find him."

"'Botha was not arrested as it was self-defence, but the prosecutor will make the final decision on the matter,' he said." ...

"'We are continuing with investigations,' Ncongwane said."
 

CA: Teen tries to bring gun on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A teenager was arrested after he allegedly attempted to bring a handgun onto the Sultana High School campus."

"A school employee spotted the teen and his friend near campus Thursday at the end of the school day."

"'The school police [spoke] with the two young men,' said Bob Mosley, Hesperia Unified School District’s police chief. 'The officers, because of the nervousness, the gang attire and the fact that they were trespassing on campus, searched them.'"

"The search uncovered a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, which had one bullet in its magazine."

"According to authorities, the teens were there to pick up a younger brother of one of the pair." ...
 

VA: Shooting suspect caught in Blacksburg
Submitted by: Brian Abbott

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"William Morva, accused of killing a police officer and a security guard, is captured after a day-and-a-half manhunt that prompts the shutdown and evacuation of Virginia Tech. A hectic day unfolds in a series of updates below."

"Before he landed on national news Web sites, accused double murderer William Morva was already notorious on the downtown Blacksburg scene." ...
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Submitter's note: This is yet another example of why they need to get rid of gun bans on college campuses.
 

PA: 'Shoot first' law's coming: Why?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Cappelli ... is a state lawmaker who wants to make Pennsylvania the next state to adopt what the National Rifle Association calls 'stand-your-ground' laws."

"D.A. Lynne Abraham has another name for them."

"'You mean the 'shoot-first' laws?' Cathie Abookire, the D.A.'s spokeswoman, asked me. 'That's how she refers to them.'" ...

"If the district attorney already has enough discretion to determine that George Newton was within his rights to pursue and shoot a carjacker, why does she need a new get-your-gun law on the books?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Harold Fish.
 

OH: Change conceal-carry law so public will know who gets, loses permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The law that allows Ohioans to carry concealed weapons was supposed to ensure that permits wouldn’t be issued to people who have committed certain crimes or are mentally ill or dependent on drugs or alcohol. But the General Assembly included so many restrictions on information about who holds conceal-carry permits that no one can judge whether the law is being followed."

"The statute should be changed to allow the public to see how it’s working."

"The information blind spot was revealed most recently when state officials refused The Dispatch’s request for copies of letters sent to people whose conceal-carry licenses were suspended or revoked." ...
 

OH: Columbus Dispatch the latest to editorialize against gun bill(s) (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Dispatch editors' suggestion that the public cannot already see how the program is working is ludicrous. Apparently the fact that more than 99% of licensees have proven to be law-abiding, and that many of the small fraction of a percent of licenses were suspended or revoked for reasons such as the license-holder moving out of state or dying just isn't enough for these self-appointed watch-dogs, who are hoping beyond hope to find one bad apple among the miniscule few revocations with which they can tarnish the other 75,000-plus law-abiding Ohioans." ...
 

NE: Three Nebraska Cities - Three Potential Concealed Gun Policies
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: HTTP://WWW.NYSRPA.ORG

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"The City Council has increased the list of crimes that bar people from carrying concealed handguns in Lincoln."

"A state law that takes effect in January allows qualified Nebraskans to apply for permits to carry concealed handguns. The law does not supersede the authority of local governments to enhance regulations for permits, or to completely ban concealed weapons."

"In July the council brushed aside a move by Mayor Coleen Seng to completely ban concealed weapons in the capital city."

"The council's action Monday added to the list of specific convictions, going back ten years, that disqualify a person applying for a 'concealed carry' permit." ...
 

PA: Tougher gun laws likely to get chilly reception
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While crime has become a white-hot issue in Reading, some state lawmakers who represent Berks County agreed that attempts to tighten the state's gun laws probably will get a chilly reception next month during an informal session on crime."

"The state House of Representatives will hold a committee-of-the-whole session on anti-crime legislation when lawmakers return Sept. 26." ...

"Gov. Ed Rendell and some House members from Philadelphia have pushed for legislation that would limit a person to buying one gun per month." ...

"Santoni would prefer to see lawmakers try to agree on proposals that would increase penalties for convicted gang members." ...
 

PA: ATF links man to gun from slaying
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Northampton County man faces a federal firearms charge after he was identified as the original buyer of the gun used in the fatal shooting of a Reading police officer earlier this month."

"Jared Tomline has been in federal custody since his arrest last week by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ..."

"John Hageman, a bureau spokesman in Philadelphia, declined to specify the charge against Tomline or comment on how the .40-caliber handgun went from Tomline into the hands of Cletus Rivera, 24, the Reading man charged with killing officer Scott Wertz on Aug. 6." [emphasis added]

"Hageman said agents traced the original purchase to Tomline, and that Tomline was not involved in Wertz's murder." [emphasis added] ...
 

PA: Owner of Gun Allegedly Used to Kill Reading Cop to Stay in Jail (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The man believed to have bought the gun used to kill a Reading police officer had his day in court today. We first told you about the arrest of Jarad Tomline last night. Today, a judge ruled on whether the Lehigh Valley man should stay behind bars." ...

"While it's tragic that a police officer was killed with the gun Jarad is alleged to have purchased, Jarad did nothing other than provide his mailing address."

"That mailing address is why Jarad was arrested.
He's charged with giving a false address last month when he bought the 40-caliber semiautomatic pistol believed to have been the one used in Officer Wertz's murder."

"Tomline's lawyer argues the form isn't specific, and that Tomline did nothing wrong by giving his mailing address." ...
 

CA: Hells Angels reap $800,000 from S.J. over cops' killing guard dogs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city of San Jose will pay nearly $800,000 to the Hells Angels motorcycle club to settle a lawsuit that claimed city police crossed the line when they fatally shot three dogs during a raid of two Hells Angels members' homes." ...

"'We're happy that it's been finally resolved,' said Karen Snell, one of the lawyers representing the club. 'We sincerely hope the city will engage in changes to its policy and training to make sure that this doesn't happen again.'"

"Attorneys for the club said the dogs -- a Rottweiler named Bronze and two German Shepherd dogs named Sam and Dog -- were needlessly killed by police who refused to give their owners and caretakers a chance to secure the animals." ...
 

NC: Ex-Deputy Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping, Gun Charges
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"A former Robeson County deputy pleaded guilty Monday to a kidnapping charge as part of the 'Operation Tarnished Badge' investigation."

"The three-year investigation focused on the drug enforcement division in the sheriff's office. Since June, federal investigators have charged five former Robeson County deputies with stealing money from drug dealers along Interstate 95."

"Patrick Terrell Ferguson, 35, of Red Springs, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to kidnap and using a firearm in a crime of violence. ..." ...
 

NJ: Cop career lost over DVD player
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Hudson County sheriff's officer has resigned after being charged with trying to shoplift a DVD player from the Wal-Mart store in Secaucus, officials said."

"Gino Delcolo is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 3 following a plea deal in which he agreed to forfeit holding any public office and to pay restitution, New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice spokesman David Wall said yesterday."

"Delcolo was arrested by security officers at the Secaucus Wal-Mart and pleaded guilty to the official misconduct charge in Bergen County state Superior Court on July 26, Wall said."

"The 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office resigned his position the day he took the guilty plea, Hudson County Sheriff Joseph Cassidy said yesterday." ...
 

ID: Nampa officer wounded as standoff ends
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"A man shot and wounded a Nampa police officer early Saturday after a 51/2-hour standoff that started when worried family members asked police to check on him."

"... Swanson barricaded himself in his home and refused to come out, despite hours of negotiations and officers firing tear gas into his home ..."

"At about 2:30 a.m., specially trained tactical team members forced their way in ..."

"Officers shot Swanson with a Tazer, knocking him down, but Swanson still struggled, eventually shooting an officer with a revolver before he was detained ..." ...

"Nampa Police called the tactical team to a non-criminal call in part because family members indicated Swanson may be armed ... 'We can't walk away if we think someone is hurt and dying in there,' [Nampa Police Chief Curtis Homer] said." ...
 

IL: Chicago Police Crack Down on BB Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Making good on warnings that BB-guns are illegal in Chicago, police have busted a Northwest Side store owner for selling one of the plastic weapons to a 13-year-old boy, authorities said Monday."

"William Garriga, 55, owner ... was cited for not having a license to sell firearms and for illegally selling BB-guns within city limits."

"Garriga could face a fine of $250 to $500 for each violation and his business license could be in jeopardy. Police said he sold at least nine BB-guns."

"After an officer shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy holding a metal BB-gun Aug. 7 ... police stressed that BB-guns are illegal in the city. Police said the shooting was justified because the officer thought the gun was real." ...
 

OH: Useless gun law wasn't applied to Clarett (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association volunteer John Litle spreads a little common sense with readers of the Columbus Dispatch..."

"I have been following with great interest The Dispatch's coverage of Maurice Clarett's ongoing troubles. ... The Dispatch has noted criminal charge after criminal charge against the former Ohio State University football player."

"Interestingly, one crime The Dispatch has not mentioned and one for which Clarett has not been charged is a violation of Columbus' assault-weapons ban. ..." ...

"... The law is perverse; it is simply useless as a charge against those who have the mind-set to commit a crime with their weapons, and it criminalizes the nonculpable act of possessing a firearm that 'looks scary.'" ...
 

PA: NRA aims its support to select situations
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"My e-mail inbox has yet to receive a single proclamation from the National Rifle Association this week, but I'm not surprised. Disappointed, yes, but not exactly shocked."

"My disappointment stems from vain hopes I had that Karena Dorsey, of Homewood, would be lionized by firearms rights groups for her heroic actions last September."

"It was then that the 19-year-old used a .22-caliber handgun she carried in her shoe to shoot and kill DeWayne Rankin, 42, of East Liberty. On the surface, the story is tailor-made for an NRA membership brochure: Rankin had just stolen from Dorsey on a Homewood street corner, and she opened fire to recover her personal property." ...

"... She was self-employed as a part-time crack dealer ..." ...
 

KS: Gun permits prove popular
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In less than two months, more than 900 people have applied to carry concealed guns in Kansas. More are expected."

"As of Monday, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office had received 270 concealed-carry applications."

"'We’ve been getting hit with a lot,' said Lt. Dennis Hammer. 'There have been days where it’s standing room only, and it’s getting a lot busier.'"

"The applications to carry concealed weapons became available July 1 at local sheriff’s offices and online at the Kansas attorney general’s Web site. Permits will not be issued until Jan. 1." ...
 

OH: Enquirer: Criminals Never Rest, Even at Rest Areas (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

OFCC Member Mike Kinsey, who also writes for the organization's website, recently received positive responses to an opinion piece he wrote on the website a little over a week ago, Criminals Never Rest. Among those who contacted Kinsey was a suggestion that he submit it to newspapers as a letter to the editor.

Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer picked up a letter to the editor penned by Kinsey and based on that story from our website. You can read it on their website and in today's Enquirer print edition.

Congrats to Mike for getting this issue into the mainstream media from the perspective of the average gun owner and self-defense advocate!
 

Dear Gear 2006
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Truth be told, it doesn't take all that much to kill a whitetail or a mule deer. I mean, really, the guns our fathers and grandfathers hunted with are still every bit as capable now as they were then."

"But if we went by that logic, we'd all own just one rifle, one shotgun and one handgun--and life would be much a lot less interesting."

"So on the following pages we picked out some of the notable new introductions or updated versions of guns and optics that will appeal to deer hunters everywhere. Enjoy. -- The Editors" ...
 

Blackhawk CQC SERPA Holster Double Feature: Tactical and Duty Rigs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regular readers know that I recently spent two weeks in New Orleans working on contract for Blackwater. One of the things I took with me was my own gunbelt. One of the things I wish I'd had on my gunbelt is the BlackHawk CQC Tactical SERPA Holster [In this case, 'CQC' stands for 'Close Quarters Concealment', as opposed to 'Close Quarters Combat']. I have reviewed the [standard/belt] CQC SERPA holster in the past and was quite impressed with its versatility, strength and performance. BlackHawk has taken that same basic design, strengthened it even more, installed additional protection for the weapon, and mounted on a well-thought out thigh platform." ...
 

CA: Sonora shooter passionate about high-power
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No target is safe when Sonora's Robert Taylor II takes aim, especially when he's using a borrowed firearm."

"Two of Taylor's favorite accomplishments in the world of high-power rifle shooting – and he has had many – came with someone else's gun in his hands."

"In the just-completed U.S. National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, a National Guard post on the Lake Erie shore in northern Ohio, Taylor had his highest finish in the 'President's 100' match sanctioned by the U.S. government's Civilian Marksmanship Program."

"Taylor, at 27 a seasoned veteran, was feeling good going into the competition."

"'It was the first time since 1999 I felt I could relax and shoot my average scores and win,' Taylor said." ...
 

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