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NY: Shootout ensues in robbery attempt
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Two assailants picked on the wrong guy when they confronted a man exiting his car in his driveway in West Hempstead on Monday night, police said. The 35-year-old homeowner was armed -- carrying his licensed Glock 9 mm pistol. When one of the assailants fired at the man he fired back. No one was hit by the gunfire on Oakford Street, before the pair fled.
 

NV: Second Amendment: Gun control debate cools off
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The never-ending battle between gun control supporters and Second Amendment advocates has nearly fallen off the charts as a significant issue either in Nevada or the West, a Review-Journal poll says.

Water issues, immigration and climate change all rate much higher as concerns for residents of Nevada, as well as neighboring Western states including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, according to the poll by Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.
 

TX: Fort Worth Man Shoots, Kills Neighbor's Dogs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One of the animals was found dead in Harrison's backyard. The other was found dead in its own backyard.

"He was showing his teeth, growling and he was coming at me," Harrison explained. "The second dog, I didn't know. I didn't think I was going to have to shoot him, because he seemed a little hesitant. But then he looked at the hole in the fence. I thought he was going to go back under, then he turned around and started coming at me and that's when I shot him."

Fort Worth Police are reviewing the case, but they say if the dogs were in the neighbor's yard when they were shot it's unlikely that any charges will be filed.
 

NM: Concealed weapons should be allowed on UNM campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A shiver went down my spine, because I was approached by three large, seemingly homeless men on Thursday. One said in an aggressive manner, "Hey, how 'bout a little bed and breakfast?" as he lurched toward me. I swerved around them and hurried to my building. With the loud construction nearby, I don't think anyone noticed and certainly couldn't have heard.

...I believe it's time to be allowed to even the playing field. I want a fighting chance when three drunk, 250-pound men approach me shouting lewd comments. Everywhere else in the city, I am allowed to conceal and carry my Kel-Tec .380, but when I come to work, I have to leave it in my night stand and hope I can run fast.
 

SC: Two Democrats
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This year's Constitution Party candidate, Chuck Baldwin, believes that the sovereignty and safety of America rests on its government's obedience to the Constitution. He will take seriously his oath to preserve, protect and defend this great document.

...

Baldwin is a supporter of the Second Amendment, while McCain was given an "F" by Gun Owners of America.

Baldwin is committed to securing our borders within 30 days after taking office, using our National Guard. McCain sponsored an amendment that would have given illegal aliens amnesty. Baldwin would prosecute those who knowingly hire illegal aliens to the fullest extent of the law and would end the North American Union.

Ed.: Second letter on page.
 

WA: Seattle mayor's gun ban on hold
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A shooting during the Northwest Folklife festival over the Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center led Mayor Greg Nickels to say he would ban guns on all city-owned property.

But with the Bumbershoot festival coming up this weekend at the center, there's no gun ban in effect. The city says it's still developing a rule that can stand up in court.

Two Bellevue-based gun rights groups, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to keep and Bear Arms, both plan a legal challenge.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers have asked Attorney General Rob McKenna for an opinion on whether state laws on firearms overrule a mayor's executive order. That opinion may be ready by the end of September.
 

CO: Western Dems see party making inroads
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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[U.S. Sen. Ken] Salazar said voters have turned to Democrats in the West in part because Western Democrats aren't like their counterparts in the East.

Many are pro-life, pro-gun liberals, he said.

"We understand the realities of gun ownership and the rights under the Second Amendment, and we always have," the senator said. "We grew up around guns. It's something I support and Western Democrats support. So then, the question becomes, 'What are the real issues that people are struggling with?' We have to turn your attention to huge issues as health care and energy and the cost of higher education. That's where most of the people are struggling today."
 

PA: No. 1 issue: Do we want to keep the Bill of Rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are several reasons for me not to vote for John McCain this November. But the overwhelming, No.1 issue is that I want to keep the Bill of Rights intact. McCain has promised his base supporters that, if elected, he would appoint judges in the mold of Roberts, Alioto, Scalia and Thomas. Those four justices are relatively young and if the next judge installed votes with them, we can all say good-by to the Bill of Rights. Of course, the Second Amendment will certainly survive, but the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth amendments are certainly gone and the first will be on shaky ground. John McCain is an honorable man and I believe he will appoint such judges. That prospect frightens me to death.
 

DC: Landmark Handgun Ruling Lifts Firearms Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to the Supreme Court, Americans have the right to own firearms for hunting as well as for self-defense.

On June 26, the court case, District of Columbia vs. Heller, eliminated D.C.'s 32-year ban of handguns.

The ban, which took effect in 1976 in a city struggling with violence, outlawed private ownership of firearms.

Although the ban was lifted, this 5-4 court ruling does not guarantee every D.C. resident ownership of a handgun.

Mayor Adrian Fenty, along with Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, has set up strict regulations and legislation in order for any resident to register and store a handgun in their home for self-defense.
 

McCain Camp Tries To Downplay Top Aide Lobbying In Favor Of Gun Rights For Suspected Terrorists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Siding with the gun industry in opposing closing this “terror gap” was Randy Scheunemann, now Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) top foreign policy adviser. Newsweek reports that Scheunemann lobbied against the bill on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

One group opposed to closing the loophole is the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun manufacturers’ trade association. Until this spring, one of its congressional lobbyists was Randy Scheunemann … Registration documents filed by Scheunemann’s company, Orion Strategies, list the terror-gap bill as one of its specific lobbying objectives, and the registrations listed Scheunemann as a lobbyist until he took a leave.
 

NV: Law May Allow Homeowner To Shoot Intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There’s a popular phrase that says "A man's home is his castle." One Valley lawmaker is trying to get a new law passed that goes even further to protect homes and homeowners’ rights.

It's called the Castle Doctrine, and it's been passed in more than a dozen states, but not without some controversy.

The law would allow homeowners to use deadly force on a home intruder, with no regard to whether he or she's retreating.

“I keep a gun in my house. It's close at hand. My children are gone, so it’s ready ... Not cocked, but it's ready,” said assemblyman Harry Mortenson, D-Nev.
 

MD: Obama's record indicates no respect for gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Barbara Schmid is misinformed on Obama's position on the rights of and traditions of gun ownership....

Instead of trying to repeal the 2nd Amendment they are trying to legislate it out of existence. They use so-called "reasonable" gun laws to make it difficult and more expensive for law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms. They use billionaires to file harassing lawsuits against mom-and-pop gun dealers who cannot afford to fight them, to drive them out of business. They file lawsuits against gun and ammo manufacturers -- even when they know they can't win -- to force the manufacturers to spend tens of millions of dollars to defend these suits, further driving up the costs of guns and ammo.
 

TN: Reporter Subject of Highway Patrol Background Check
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A list of 182 people believed to have been subjects of background checks from a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer includes the Tennessean reporter who revealed the Highway Patrol's probe into the officer's unauthorized activities.

Brad Schrade, who has reported on the Highway Patrol for years and first reported the probe earlier this month, received a call Saturday morning from a Highway Patrol special agent who said that Lt. Ronnie Shirley, the subject of the probe, had accessed Schrade's background information.
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The Highway Patrol confirmed that the agent who contacted Schrade, Troy Human, is one of a team of THP officers who have been calling those on the list about the unauthorized checks. Human did not discuss specifics but requested a meeting, Schrade said.

Schrade otherwise declined to comment, referring calls to Tennessean editors.
 

GA: GCO Settles with Athens-Clarke County on Parks Ban
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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Athens-Clarke County has followed through on its promise to repeal its ordinances regulating firearms in establishments that sell alcohol and its emergency gun store powers. These actions follow ACC’s repeal of its ordinance banning carrying firearms in parks. ACC also has reimbursed GeorgiaCarry.Org for its costs in bringing a lawsuit against ACC to accomplish these repeals. GCO therefore has withdrawn its case against ACC, which now is closed. GCO applauds ACC for taking these common sense actions in the face of overwhelming legal authority against it.

 

GA: Law banning guns at 'public gatherings' has racist past
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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Next month is the 140th anniversary of the Camilla Massacre, when a group largely made up of blacks heading to a Southwest Georgia Republican political rally were shot up by white locals after being warned not to bring guns to town.

Gun-rights advocates say the September 1868 massacre, in which at least nine freedmen were killed and up to 25-30 were wounded, led the General Assembly to ban citizens from carrying firearms at political rallies and other “public gatherings.” The aim, they say, was to keep guns away from blacks.

“It was entirely about race,” said Ed Stone, president of GeorgiaCarry.Org.
 

GA: GCO Settles With Coweta County Over Parks Ban
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org has settled its long-standing case against Coweta County for banning firearms in county parks. GCO originally lost the case in Coweta County Superior Court, but the Court of Appeals of Georgia reversed the lower court, ruling that the county was prohibited from regulating carrying firearms “in any manner” and that it was error for the lower court to have ruled otherwise. On remand, the Superior Court granted GCO’s motion for summary judgment.
 

IA: Colt gun collection on display at the lakes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The "Hope Diamond" of guns to the gun collector will be on display for the next several months. The Paterson Colt Gun Collection is a pre-Civil War collection -- all dated between the years 1836 to 1847. All the guns in the exhibition were manufactured by Samuel Colt at his first factory in Paterson, N. J. Although Colt did not invent the repeating arm, he was the first person in the world to perfect it.

Ed.: I hope that collection makes it to Seattle.
 

GA: Carrying a gun: Fad or paranoia?
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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Maybe it's the latest fad, a “keeping up with the Joneses” sort of thing. Or perhaps it’s a case of “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.”

Have we really become that paranoid?

Perhaps the numbers surge reflected in a recent survey on gun permits in this newspaper indicates a temporary fad. After all, getting the permits hasn’t been made easier (it’s already too easy); all that changed is that weapons can now be taken into more places. However, what’s really apparent is that this new law has to quickly be revisited by the General Assembly and made saner.
 

FL: Leaders in neighborhood are preparing to take up arms in crime-plagued area and become a "locked and loaded" community
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Leaders of a crime-plagued neighborhood near downtown are tired of talk and task forces. Instead, they're taking up arms and preparing to become a "lock and loaded" community.

Members of the Royal Poinciana Civic Association say they want to start working with a Texas-based gun-rights organization and a local weapons-training academy to verse residents on gun laws and self-protection.

"It is unfortunate, but it really has come down to this," said the association's president, Jack David, whose neighborhood is surrounded by cheap motels, slum apartment buildings and a large cluster of social service agencies.
 

Stick to your guns, Joe
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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It was on July 23 last year in Charleston, S.C., that Joe Biden really showed what he is made of. It was at a Democratic debate — one of approximately 700 or 800, as I recall — that was sponsored by CNN, Google and YouTube. Via a video clip, a man identifying himself as Jered Townsend from Clio, Mich., said: “To all the candidates, tell me your position on gun control, as myself and other Americans really want to know if our babies are safe.” Then Townsend picked up what appeared to be a semiautomatic assault rifle. “This is my baby, purchased under the 1994 gun ban,” he said. “Please tell me your views. Thank you.” It was an invitation for the Democrats to fall all over themselves telling gun owners how much they really loved guns.
 

GA: No place should be 'off limits' for the law-abiding
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org’s mission is to foster the civil right of its members to bear arms. While the phrase “bear arms” is familiar to most people from text of the Second Amendment, GCO’s mission is focused on the notion that people have an inherent right to self-defense that is firmly rooted in our history.

There has been a gradual erosion of this human right in Georgia stemming from racial politics during Reconstruction and the early 20th century.

Georgia has the dubious distinction of prohibiting the licensed carry of firearms in more places than most other states, thanks largely to the 1870 “public gathering” law, which by its vagueness has been interpreted to include many places not specifically listed.
 

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