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SAF Argues For Stringent Judicial Review Of Alameda County Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Nordyke v King case, supporting the position that the Alameda County, Calif., gun ban is a Second Amendment issue, and as such should be subject to 'strict scrutiny,' which is the most stringent standard of judicial review in the United States."

"The case ... was brought by two operators of a gun show. ..."

"SAF Founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb said that the importance of the case stems from the fact that 'it could establish the highest standard of scrutiny to which gun laws around the country would be subjected.'"

"It 'cannot be underestimated, or understated,' he stressed." ...
 

Long Island Firearms Group Gives $2K To SAF For Help In 2A Lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Long Island Firearms has contributed $2,000 to the Second Amendment Foundation to support its legal actions, including a lawsuit in Westchester County challenging a state law that allows carry licenses to be denied because applicants cannot show 'good cause.'"

"This is the second such contribution from a New York group. Earlier, the Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) contributed to the SAF legal action effort."

"'SAF is very grateful for this level of support from Long Island Firearms,' said SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb."

"'The level of support we are getting from New York gun owners clearly demonstrates their dedication to correcting the Empire State's onerous gun laws. ...'" ...
 

Successful home gun defense illustrates unfairness of Chicago gun laws
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "It doesn't have to be this way. Not all law enforcement officials believe they should be the 'only ones' capable of an armed response to aggression." ...
 

Does Westchester storage law make gun owners less safe?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "[A] politician mandating that we must yield a head start advantage to a home invader should tell us all we need to know about his competence and his character." ...
 

Software Predicts Criminal Behavior
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"New crime prediction software being rolled out in the nation's capital should reduce not only the murder rate, but the rate of many other crimes as well."

"A computer program is helping law enforcement determine who is most likely to commit crime."

"... the software is already used in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict which individuals on probation or parole are most likely to murder and to be murdered."

"In his latest version, the one being implemented in D.C., Berk goes even further, identifying the individuals most likely to commit crimes other than murder."

"If the software proves successful, it could influence sentencing recommendations and bail amounts. " ...
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KABA Note: Department of Pre-Crime anyone?
 

OpenCarry.org calls on Michigan legislature to repeal open carry requirements at schools, bars, etc.
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-2782-DC-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"As unlikley as it might seem, OpenCarry.org, the hub of the American open carry movement, has come out against government mandates requiring open carry. The issue bubbled up amidst recent howls by the Metro Detroit political class lamenting Michigan Open Carry Inc.'s victory in securing gun carry rights at the upcoming Arts, Beats and Eats 2010 festival in the City of Royal Oak."

"It turned out that Royal Oak's contract with the festival organizers called for banning both open and concealed carry at the festival. Further investigation revealed that Michigan law actually requires Michigan's Concealed Pistol License holders to open carry at bars, schools, and certain other venues."

"OpenCarry.org's press release has more:" ...
 

Biggest Appleseed Ever
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You've read here, and in the pages of Backwoods Home Magazine, about the Appleseed Project, a great combination of American Revolution history lecture and strong, basic rifle marksmanship and safety training. Phil Wylie alerted me to a way cool event coming up soon in his home state, Illinois."

"The organization is hoping to get its biggest turnout ever, three hundred participants on the firing line simultaneously, at an Appleseed scheduled for September 11-12 at the Aurora Sportsman’s Club in Waterman, Illinois. What better date to make a personal commitment to patriotism and the heritage of the American spirit?"

"The Appleseed folks expect to have sixty firearms instructors on the line ..." ...
 

What is your line in the sand?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What will provoke you to use the Second Amendment to rebel against a government gone bad?"

"Will it be ............

1) - The closing of the banks and freezing your money?
2) - How about Martial law?
3) - Cutting Social Security and Medicare payments by 25-50%?
4) - Food shortages?
5) - Losing your home? ...
9) - You realize you have nothing to lose? ...
15) - Or ............ Tell us what your line in the sand is, and also how you might plan to respond?"

"Please take our latest survey anonymously and tell the world what your line in the sand is. When does the Second Amendment become your tool of choice for rebellion to bring back a Bill of Rights culture to America?" ...
 

Gun Review: Remington Model 700 VS
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Go on. Admit it. You want a precision rifle. For hunting. Target practice. Picking off zombies from your bedroom window. Does it really matter why? No. The only thing that matters is how much. A well-sorted precision rifle with pillar bedding, free-floated barrel, high quality bases and rings and killer optics will melt your credit card faster than a butane blowtorch. Alternatively, you can scratch that itch for Old School Cool with a Remington Model 700 VS. With a few odds and ends, you can built a precision setup that will exceed your shooting capabilities (in a good way) without breaking the bank. Yeah, let's do that." ...
 

Question of the Day: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Submitter's Note: The title says it all.
 

Excerpt: Early Warning — The Attack on Times Square
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "'You know how I hate that word, schmuck,' said Shirley Acker, just as they heard the shots behind them. Not that they recognized them as shots. Like most New Yorkers, the Ackers lived in a gun-free world, at least as far as their social circle was concerned. They were against firearms in all forms, didn't see why a little thing like the Second Amendment couldn't easily be ignored, failed to understand why anyone would hunt for food when you simply buy it at Fairway, and were quire sure that, were they ever to encounter a gun, one of them would quickly kill the other, or perhaps him- or herself, entirely by accident. And should there ever be trouble ... they would simply call 911 and the cops would come running." ...
 

GA: Armed judge fatally shoots a home invader in self defense
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"An intruder was reportedly shot in self defense by a Judge, after breaking into that Judge's home early in the morning."

"Police say that at about 4:00 AM, a burglar, whose face was covered with a bandanna, broke into the home of Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet ... Hearing the intruder approach, the Judge reportedly fired in self defense, striking him in the chest and ending the attack. A suspect, reportedly identified as 20 year old John E. Howard Jr., whose jail nickname was reported to be 'Killa,' later died from his wounds, and the Judge was unharmed, according to police. At the time of the home invasion and self defense shooting, Howard was on probation for 3 burglaries and a shoplifting offense ..." ...
 

Camping with the three bears
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I went camping in the Cherokee National Forest last weekend. a friend and I went to the Indian Boundary Campground (35.40167, -84.10722). We set up camp Friday afternoon, and within a few minutes we were talking to the campground hostess. She had come to welcome us to the campground and let us know that Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear had been spotted in the area. Note that we were on the back side of nowhere, and even if our cell phones had worked, we could be an hour or more from first responders."

"We had prepared for this little outing by gathering up the usual camping supplies - tent, bedding, food, cooking equipment, etc., etc.,..."

"We had also each brought a handgun*. What we didn't bring was bear spray. ..." ...
 

Why would someone need a gun in a park? Question asked and answered
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For years, while gun control extremists were busy asking 'why would anyone need a gun in a park?,' gun rights activists and organizations have urged people to carry while enjoying outdoor recreation."

"Consider these recent headlines and ask yourself - which side of the argument is standing on solid ground?"
  • Campers Robbed At [Ohio's] John Bryan State Park

  • Man shot eight times in Dayton park

  • Officials Trap Three Bears Believed Responsible for Yellowstone Attack

  • Ariz. fugitives believed to be in Yellowstone ...
 

Open Carry is a Bad Idea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Open Carry (OC) is a hot topic on TTAG. No surprise; a lot of gun rights proponents heart OC. At first blush, it seems a promising way to extend and defend Second Amendment rights. In many states (including my home state of Colorado) there's no law against openly carrying a firearm—as long as one is not brandishing said firearm in a threatening manner. Quite a few Western, Midwestern, or Southern states also lack prohibitions against the practice. Include me out. I think OC will ultimately harm gun rights. It's ill-advised practically, tactically, and politically." ...
 

Open Carry – How To Assert Your Rights
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"Michigan Open Carry recently scored a victory in Royal Oak. The pressure group forced the city to reexamine and, eventually, rescind a firearms ban for its Eats, Beats and Arts festival. I contacted one the prime players in the saga: Paul Dalrymple. I asked him to create a 'playbook' for those who wish to repeat the feat. Here are his tips." ...
 

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry? Wrong Question . . .
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oh, sure. I know what you're thinking. Just after Martin Albright posted a well-reasoned, rational argument against Open Carry, here comes another article with a contrarian view. Will the madness never end? Why can’t we all just get along? When will Kozak stop shooting off his mouth?"

"Ahem. (Short answer: never.) Well, strictly speaking I do not disagree with Brother Albright. (Even if I did, I wouldn’t. It’s the unwritten 13th Commandment for TTAG writers: Thou Shalt Not Flame a Fellow TTAG Scribe in Public.) But I happen to think he makes some valid points. However (and this is a big 'however'), I think we're asking the wrong question, or more to the point, we're dealing with the wrong issue. Let me explain . . ." ...
 

Provo company joins suit against Chicago gun limits
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"A Provo maker of firing-range equipment has joined a lawsuit against Chicago's new handgun restrictions, which bar gun shops and shooting ranges." ...

"Action Target has built and installed steel bullet traps and other equipment for police and federal agency firing ranges in Chicago, Graham said, and would be interested in helping build private ranges now that the city allows handguns. Private ranges aren't a big part of the business, though, so he said the main motivation for suing was to make a constitutional stand." ...

"Action Target joins the Second Amendment Foundation, the Illinois State Rifle Association and three people in the lawsuit."
 

Gun-control Laws Challenged After Supreme Court Ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On June 28, the day the Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms, Bob Unruh wrote that the decision 'has opened the door for a long list of legal challenges to city, county and other rules and regulations that may now infringe on the 2nd Amendment.'"

"Although both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence applauded the ruling by the Supreme Court, they differed in how that long list of legal challenges will play out in the courts." ...
 

McDonald Case Changes Little for Gun Owner Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On June 28th, the Supreme Court ruled that the City of Chicago's handgun ban was unconstitutional and the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to the Constitution."

"Many have called this a stunning victory, but before you pop the cork on the champagne you’ve been saving for a special occasion, let me warn you: the devil is in the details." ...

"What Justice Alito and the court is saying is simple: your right to keep and bear arms is fundamentally guaranteed so long as you abide by the state and federal laws which restrict those same rights."

"In the end, some of the worst gun control may be struck down. ..."

"Meanwhile, anti-gunners will seize on every upheld state law as an opportunity to pass new gun control ..." ...
 

IL: Daley, council’s childish arrogance at root of follow-up lawsuits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whatever spin Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the city council wish to offer, it is their stubborn arrogance that has resulted in more gun rights lawsuits filed against the city following the Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago ..."

"The McDonald case - brought by the Second Amendment Foundation and [ISRA] with four Chicago residents - resulted in a landmark ruling that incorporated the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms to the states via the 14th Amendment. SAF and ISRA have now been joined by Action Target, Inc., and two local residents, Rhonda Ezell and Joseph I. Brown to challenge the city’s new gun ordinance, which appears to have been written to purposely provoke more lawsuits." ...
 

They don't make Washington politicians like they do elsewhere
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine a political advertisement by a woman running for Congress, who appears on camera shooting a variety of firearms, including a Thompson submachine gun."

"Imagine another advertisement by a candidate for a statewide office, accusing his opponents of stealing his campaign signs from the yards of his supporters ... The candidate then walks off into the distance leading a horse and carrying a Model 94 Winchester over his shoulder."

"[NPR] did a story on the phenomenon of political candidates courting the gun owner vote this year, and it's an eye-opener. The risk of doing such advertisements, of course, is that if the candidate is gun-stupid, genuine gun owners and sportsmen are going to spot that in a heartbeat. ..." ...
 

VT: Federal races take shape for Novembers general election
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former radio talk show host Paul Beaudry appeared poised to win the right to face off against Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch in the fall's general election by late Tuesday night."

"Beaudry, of Swanton, held a four-point lead over his nearest competitor in the three-way race to win the GOP primary."

"Beaudry said his 'traditional' Republican values struck a chord with voters. 'I think people responded to my fiscally conservative views and of course many Vermonters also appreciate my strong support for the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

AZ: Libertarians eye governor's seat
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... "Arizona House"

"Ray Cullison-R:Cullison is the only non-incumbent running for Mohave County's House of Representatives seat in the Arizona Legislature. He moved from California to Kingman in 1973 and grew up in Kingman. He has been a city of Kingman employee for the last 23 years."

"He supports Arizona's illegal immigration bill and would like to take a step further making sure that Arizona is an English-only state. He would repeal Prop. 204, which expanded Arizona's Healthcare Cost Containment System. He also supports the Second Amendment and would require anyone on public assistance to pass a drug test."

"For more information on Cullison, visit www.cullison2010.com" ...
 

MA: State Senate hopeful Martinez to host town hall forums
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sandi Martinez, Republican candidate for the Third Middlesex District state Senate seat, will hold two town hall forums this week at her Chelmsford campaign headquarters."

"James Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners Action League, will discuss the Second Amendment at the forum tomorrow at 7 p.m., according to a release from the Martinez campaign."

"'I have always been enthralled by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in particular,' said Martinez in the release. 'It is interesting to see how people often misinterpret the Second Amendment as a right of the government, rather than a right of the citizen.'" ...
 

CO: Tom Tancredo picks Erie's Pat Miller as Colo. governor running mate
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"When gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo announced he'd run for Colorado governor on the American Constitution Party ticket, his longtime friend, Pat Miller, vowed to do anything she could to help him win."

"Miller, 63, of Erie, was organizing a bake sale last week for her Erie Airpark neighborhood when Tancredo called and asked that she be his running mate." ...

"Miller, a former state legislator who twice challenged David Skaggs for a U.S. Congress seat representing the 2nd Congressional District, said she was shocked to be chosen by Tancredo, but is up for the challenge."

"'I have a strong conservative voting record,' Miller said in an interview. 'I'm pro-Second Amendment. I have a concealed-carry permit.'" ...
 

NH: Bang for their bucks (last item)
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"Former Congressman Charles Bass picked up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund at week's end."

"Bass had a solid NRA rating in his 12 years in the U.S. House, and the group's PAC often maxed out to him as a candidate for re-election. Gun owners across the state played a pivotal role in Bass taking the 2nd Congressional District seat away Democrat Dick Swett in 1994."

"'Based on your previous record in Congress as well as your responses to our NRA federal candidate questionnaire, you are rated an 'A' by the NRA-PVF this election,’' Director of Federal Affairs Chuck Cunningham wrote. 'During your tenure ... you were a strong and consistent supporter of the Second Amendment.'"
 

CO: Tancredo picks new running mate
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"Third-party gubernatorial hopeful Tom Tancredo on Tuesday cemented himself as the far-right candidate, picking former state legislator Pat Miller — an abortion foe and a staunch Second Amendment defender — as his new running mate."

"'Her consistent conservatism has been known for 25 years, and her views on fiscal policy and social policy are the same as my own,' said Tancredo, now an American Constitution Party candidate. 'If she had to, she could step into my shoes without a glitch.'" ...

"... Miller, who served one term in the state House from 1990 to 1992, sponsored bills backing school vouchers, [and] eliminating the corporate income tax ... A self-described 'gunny,' Miller says she has a concealed-weapons permit." ...
 

CA: Folkens can compete (second letter)
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"Response to July 6 letter, 'Folkens can't compete.'"

"Young Mr. Scott Folkens is our Kiwanis secretary, who most often opens our meetings with a prayer (God before country), sometimes the Pledge to Our Old Glory. He is our Key Club advisor emeritus and received nothing but high praises from the students, and helped in the selection of our scholarships."

"Incumbents like Mr. Joe Baca are not working for the average citizen. He works, I am sure, for his beliefs, but not the average Joe - look at the numerous polls."

"Vote for Scott Folkens as our new congressman, for a balanced budget, holding the line on spending and letting us keep our Second Amendment rights. Our country needs new blood, not 'seasoned politicians.'" ...
 

NH: Binnie: Ayotte soft on gun laws
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"Republican Senate candidate Bill Binnie's campaign stepped up its claim that GOP rival Kelly Ayotte of Nashua as attorney general opposed gun owner rights." ...

"Clegg joined a Binnie campaign conference call with reporters Tuesday along with state Rep. Jennifer Coffey ... and Evan Nappen, a lawyer who specializes in state gun laws."

"'There have been a number of issues where Kelly has not been on the side of what I call the good guy who was trying to simply protect himself or his property,' Clegg told reporters. ..." ...

"At the core of the gun owner debate was Ayotte's opposition to a 2006 bill (SB 318) to let anyone in public defend themselves with deadly force against someone who first threatened to use that force." ...
 

PA: Senate hopeful visits Biglerville
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"Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey is excited."

"As he begins his statewide 'More Jobs, Less Government Summer Bus Tour,' Toomey is becoming encouraged by his support." ...

"And he continually bashed Joe Sestak, claiming he received a rating of 'F' from the NRA while Toomey received an 'A,' the highest rating they give in defense of the Second Amendment freedom."

"'Just so you know, my idea of gun control is a steady hand,' Toomey said to applause and laughter. 'Joe may continue to vote with Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives) 100 percent of the time, but I'm here to tell you the good news is Pennsylvania voters are not gonna elect a San Francisco liberal to the United States Senate.'" ...
 

MD: GOP voters can vote for liberty
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"I could not agree more with Leslie Baggott's Aug. 16 letter exposing Bob Ehrlich as just another big government socialist; socialist being my definition of what she called a lighter version of liberal."

"He is definitely not a Constitutionist. He is bad on the Second Amendment. Remember when he told the local Republican club to raffle off a quilt or something when they were raffling off a gun? He now campaigns on more jobs, lower taxes. How cliché and worn out. How about obeying the constitutions as they are written, which would bring about those desired changes." ...
 

OH: Ohioans For Concealed Carry's Guns in Parking Lots Exemption Bill Efforts Introduced
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"Grassroots activism can be a lot of fun and rewarding when you see the fruits of your labor pay off in the form of legislative reform."

"Today Representative Joe Uecker's (R-Miami Township) office released a press release announcing the introduction of Ohio House Bill 571."

"HB571 is legislation that would allow a concealed handgun licensee to store a firearm in a locked motor vehicle while parked on the premises of their employer — without fear of retribution from their employer for that completely lawful act."
"'Employees should not be discriminated against just because they choose to exercise their second amendment right,' said Rep. Uecker." ...
 

NY: Westchester lawmakers consider county's 'right to bear arms' law
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"Westchester County legislators began a dialogue, Monday, over how the county would implement the state law relating to approving a license to carry a firearm as well as look at a local law that regulates the safe storage of firearms in the home."

"The issues are complex and many, said Legislation Committee Chairman John Nonna."

"'One is the constitutionality of our gun storage law; two, how the gun storage law is enforced; and three, whether our licensing procedure complies with state law,' he said."

"The Legislation and Public Safety committee members discussed the June 28, 2010 US Supreme Court decision holding that the Second Amendment applies to states ..." ...
 

Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans (video available)
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"As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets."

"American Science & Engineering ... has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents ... Reiss [a vice president of marketing at AS&E] says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S." ...
 

NC: Charlotte cop's gun used in 3-year-old's shooting at liquor store; 'It's horrible,' according to 911 call (videos/link to 911 calls)
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"A 3-year-old child used the gun of an off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer to shoot himself in the thumb Friday outside a Gastonia liquor store, police confirmed Monday."

"The .40-caliber Smith & Wesson was a personal handgun and not the service weapon of Officer Winsthon J. Mercedes, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department."

"Gastonia Police continue to investigate the incident and plan to take their evidence to the District Attorney's office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed, Gastonia Police Sgt. Gene Weaver said Monday."

"The shooting occurred around 6:20 p.m. Friday inside the family car, a silver Dodge Charger. The glass in the vehicle's sunroof was shattered by a bullet hole." ...
 

WV: Charleston police officer under investigation
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A Charleston police officer is being investigated by Hurricane police for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last week, Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster confirmed Tuesday.

Hurricane police did not return phone calls seeking information on the allegations.

Webster said his department's Professional Standards Section was working with Hurricane police on their own preliminary investigation into the incident.

Webster said the officer, whom he did not name, has not been placed on administrative leave.

"We're still doing a preliminary investigation before we do that," the chief said, adding that he understands the allegations are very serious.
 

WV: Cedar Grove chief's brutality accusation not the first
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"The police chief who witnesses say dragged an 80-year-old man off his ATV and slammed him to the concrete has been accused of abusing his authority as an officer before."

"Cedar Grove Police Chief Johnny Walls was sued for his actions as an officer in Chesapeake in the summer of 2006 ..."

"On Aug. 16, Robert McComb was riding ATVs with two friends and was heading back to his house in Cedar Grove after coming out of the woods when he was stopped by Walls."

"Witness Carrie Balser said she watched in horror as McComb was pulled off the side of the ATV by Walls and slammed to the concrete face-first."

"McComb was hospitalized for three days after the incident. ..." ...
 

CO: Shooting in the dark
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"While the rain doesn't stop the elk and deer from roaming, it does cost hunters valuable target practice time, but the Ten Ring Gun Club outside of Nucla now has an indoor shooting range that will soon be open to archers as well as gun enthusiasts."

"'We've had this Quonset hut for 15 years,' said club vice-president Forrest Herring, 'and now, with a $20,000 grant from Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Association), we were finally able to make a big push in the spring and get it useable.'"

"The hut is now insulated and heated, and equipped with indoor lights, as well as a classroom at the back, which has been used for Hunter Safety courses. ..." ...
 

Australia: Shootings fear: trade in stolen guns impossible to quantify
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"Three separate shootings in just seven hours in which two people died have reignited questions about how people get their hands on guns."

"Official statistics from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research indicate gun crime is at a lower level than it was two years ago."

"However, a violent Sunday night in Sydney included a home invasion ... in which Devril Leuthwaite, 17, was fatally shot ..."

"It came just three weeks after senior police tried to publicly allay fears about gun violence in Sydney after a weekend in which three people were shot."

"While it is impossible to know just how many illegal guns there are in Australia, GunPolicy.org ... estimates the figure to be between 400,000 and 700,000. ..." ...
 

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