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CO: Libertarians censure Stanley
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"The Colorado Libertarian Party voted late Tuesday to censure Rick Stanley, its candidate for U.S. Senate, over accusations he violated party rules by threatening violence."

"Stanley, wearing a .357-magnum pistol strapped to his hip, said the charges were false."

"At a party meeting Tuesday, Joe Johnson, one of three party members who filed the complaint, said Stanley had embarrassed the party."

"Stanley said he did not advocate violence and was only exercising his rights as laid out in the party's statement of principles."

" 'The charges were lame. They were a stretch,' he said. As for the censure, 'That's fine. That's their opinion. It doesn't really mean anything. It was saving face.' "

"Party members were still sharply divided over the charges and the result, State board members told them to get over it and unite."
 

IA: Increasing BATF staff is for "prosecuting gun crimes"
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"Federal authorities will begin working more southeast Iowa felony cases, Des Moines County Attorney Pat Jackson said."

"Jackson said officials from the U.S. Attorney's office in Des Moines have assured him the four new agents being added to offices in the Quad Cities aren't interested in taking cases away from local prosecutors."

"Instead, he said, a new focus on prosecuting gun crimes and explosives–related offenses will ultimately help local authorities by reducing their workload."

" 'Our felony cases are the most time–intensive cases, and those are the ones they are interested in,' Jackson said."

"To support the effort, Jackson said, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms will station two agents in the Quad Cities and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will open a full–scale office there."
 

UK: Banned sawed-off shotgun used in armed heist
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"Robbers armed with a sawn-off shotgun tied up cash and carry workers and stole money from the store's safe."

"The raid took place at Booker Cash and Carry on Hermitage Lane Industrial Estate, Mansfield, at 6am yesterday."

"Two men approached the store while a member of staff and the store manager were opening up."

"The staff were tied up with rope and threatened with a sawn-off shotgun."

"Then the robbers fled the scene - using the store manager's car."
 

IA: 18 month prison sentence ordered - for "possession of a stolen firearm"
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Iowa man sentenced on gun charge"
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"An Iowa man was sentenced Monday in Dodge County District Court on a firearm charge."

"Marvin L. Levell Jr., 36, of Carter Lake, Iowa, was sentenced to serve 18 to 20 months in a state penitentiary complex for possession of a stolen firearm, a Class IV felony. Levell was given credit for 156 days already served."

"Levell was arrested March 23 hiding in a local tavern....had fled after police stopped a car he was riding in at Fifth and H streets."

QUESTIONS:

When purchasing a used firearm from someone -- at a gun show, from a friend, wherever -- how is one supposed to know whether or not it is stolen?

Does this mean that anyone in Iowa found in possession of a stolen firearm could go to prison for a year and a half -- even if they had no knowledge it was stolen?
 

Bangkok: Scotsman facing possible death sentence for 'drug trafficking'
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"AS he stares through the thick wire mesh of the infamous 'Bangkok Hilton', Julian Gilbey recalls hill-walking on the Isle of Bute as he anticipates the death sentence for drug trafficking."

"In three weeks he expects to be sentenced to death as a drug trafficker and, although that sentence is usually commuted to life in the case of 'farang' (westerners), at the age of 35 he is aware most of his life is now out of his control."

"He was seized together with a Dutchman and a Thai dancer at Bangkok's Don Muang airport on route to Japan, in an operation involving narcotics officers from the US Drugs Enforcement Administration, Austria, Taiwan and Thailand."

"In their luggage police found 4.3 kilograms of heroin."
 

FL: Space-industry brainpower helps tame gun range noise
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"A national collection of space-industry brainpower, administered from a Titusville office, recently resulted in some down-to-earth solutions to noise problems at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office firearms range in Cocoa."

"Having tried other solutions with mixed results, the sheriff's office contacted the NASA-funded Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)."

"SATOP officials presented the challenge of the shooting range noise to Dynacs, Inc., a NASA contractor with experience in space systems, including the chemistry of coatings, hearing protection and material physics." ...
 

Jet emergency injures three, shuts down Sky Harbor runway
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"The nose gear on an America West flight from Houston collapsed early this evening as the jet landed in Phoenix this evening with about 150 passengers aboard."

"It's unclear what caused problem and whether it was related to the monsoon storm that was hitting East Valley at the time."

"Passengers on Flight 794 left the jet by way of emergency chutes about 6:45 p.m. The Airbus A-320 was surrounded by emergency vehicles on the north runway."

"Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman Suzanne Luber said three passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals for further checks. One was taken away by stretcher."

QUESTION:

Even IF they figured out that this was a result of sabotage... do you think they'd tell the public?
 

Self-Defense at 30,000 Feet
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"What do you do if the unthinkable happens on your next flight? You'd know if you took a class that teaches how to foil drunks and hijackers"

"Welcome to a Defensive Travel-Corporate Safety Training Program from Flight Watch America, an outfit composed of business travelers and corporate safety specialists. The goal of the group, which was started in September, 2001, by California businessman Don Detrich, is to provide public education and training to assist in thwarting crime and terrorism."
 

TN: Frayser man justified in Sunday's fatal shooting
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"Prosecutors decided Tuesday that a fatal shooting in a Frayser home was a justifiable homicide."

"Donnie Weathers, 64, told police he shot and killed Otis Yarbrough, 19, Sunday afternoon after Yarbrough and an accomplice broke into his Northmeade home."

"The decision not to prosecute Weathers is based on the state's self-defense law, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Gen. James Challen III."
 

To Serve and Protect
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"It's rather pathetic that this motto assumed by so many law enforcement agencies is as false as the oaths to uphold the Constitution they must take before assuming their duties as peace officers."

"Or, maybe it's not false. Maybe it is just that we, the American Citizens, have been misled into believing it means one thing while in reality it means quite another."

"Notice. It doesn't say, 'To serve and protect the People'; it just says to serve and protect."
 

WI: Candidates trade jabs on gun control records, other issues
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"Last week's candidate forum at Unity School was not without the exchange of criticisms and sharp words that seem to mark the political process. Barbs were traded by state assembly candidates Charlie Wolden (D) and incumbent Mark Pettis (R), along with county clerk candidate Bob Dueholm. Dueholm, a Democrat, formerly served as state representative until he was defeated by Pettis." ...
 

PA: "Police take gun stash from Moosic residence"
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Still another report on the gun confiscation/arrest in PA. Several statements in this "report" are clearly intended to demonize firearms and gunowners.
 

PA: "Standoff ends; cops find arsenal"
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Here's another report on the PA arrest/confiscation that demonizes firearms and gunowners.

"...5,000 rounds of ammunition..." [big deal!]

"Russian night-vision goggles, high-powered scopes, guns with lasers, and hollow-point bullets were also taken." [all legal]

"Moosic Police Chief Charles Mauer was still astonished as he looked over the arsenal Tuesday."

" 'Some of these weapons I've never even seen before,' he said. 'I can't imagine what she'd want to do with all this stuff.' "

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OH: Police officer quits after charged with 'gross sexual imposition'
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"A city police officer resigned Tuesday after he was charged with gross sexual imposition and disseminating material harmful to juveniles."

"Steven F. Slimak, 32, of South Arch Avenue in Alliance, was arrested Tuesday, based on information learned by the police department earlier that day, said Assistant Police Chief Jeffrey W. Helaney."

" 'Subsequent to his arrest, Slimak resigned his commission with the department,' Helaney said in a press release."

"A supervisor at the Alliance police department declined to elaborate Tuesday evening about the case."
 

MD: Democratic candidate Mark K. Shriver repeatedly promises more gun control
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In a television ad that begins today, Democratic candidate Mark K. Shriver repeatedly promises to fight the National Rifle Association if he is elected to Congress. The 30-second spot follows two gun control brochures the state delegate mailed to voters across Maryland's 8th District."
 

TX: Houston Chronicle Pulling No Punches on Coverage of Mass Arrests at KMart/Sonic
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All HELL is breaking loose. The Houston Chronicle is providing this hot link to all relevant stories on this scandal.
 

TX: [Kmart] Arrests prompt $100 million suit against city, and HPD suspensions
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The City of Houston is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit. It's the first of what could be a wave of legal action for a trespassing bust gone bad.

The ACLU has just filed the first suit on behalf of a 19-year-old man. Attorneys are asking for $100 million dollars in damages from the police department and city. And there are others right behind this one.

Attorney Steve "Rocket" Rosen said many young people were arrested without probable cause.
 

The effects of gun control in the UK: MY GUN TERROR
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A father blasted in the chest by a masked gunman has spoken for the first time about the night he cheated death."

"A bullet went straight through Yousaf Hussain's body, missing his heart by two inches."

"The 37-year-old said: 'I was terrified. I couldn't breathe, I thought it was the end of the line.' "
 

CA: Hunters warned to help avoid spread of fatal deer disease
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Authorities are trying to avoid a spread into California of a fatal disease plaguing deer and elk in other states."

"The Department of Fish and Game asked hunters to remove the brain and spinal cord from deer and elk killed in other states before bringing the meat into California, to avoid importing chronic wasting disease which could infect California's elk and deer herds."
 

PA: "More than 100 Assault weapons found in Moosic home"
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"Police find more than a hundred assault weapons inside a house. They say the woman who lives there bought them after she joined a small local army."

"Police think Sandra Petriello had no interest in guns until she joined a local militia group: three local men who convinced her to wear camouflage and stockpile weapons made to kill."

Moosic Police Officer Tom Jenkins describes them this way. "They're assault weapons. There's no other purpose for them except assault or military operations. Unless you're a collector and this particular residence had no glass cases to collect them. She didn't display them."

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Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507
(717) 457-5480
 

Legal Experts Draft War Crimes Paper
Submitted by: Paul Parker

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"European Union nations have no right under international law to exempt U.S. citizens from prosecutions at the International Criminal Court, according to a paper drafted by the legal service of the EU head office."
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SUBMITTER'S NOTE:
A moot point since they have no right to prosecute in the first place.
 

Bill Would Allow Vets to Keep Their Battlefield Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Current federal law threatens veterans with possible prison terms and hefty fines if they keep the machine guns they used during their war service prior to 1968. But two congressmen are trying to change the law and a leading veterans' group says it's about time."

"U.S. Reps. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) and Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) have introduced legislation that would allow veterans to keep the machine guns they brought home as souvenirs following their service in America's military."
 

MD: Maryland Assembly candidates proudly argue over who has implemented more gun control
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"Two of the top Democrats running in the tight 8th District U.S. House of Representatives primary race tried Tuesday to distinguish themselves as leaders on gun control."

"While Del. Mark K. Shriver and state Sen. Christopher Van Hollen differ slightly over restrictions on guns, they have squabbled over who has taken the lead in the General Assembly on the issue."
 

Israel: Gov't reverses, decides to privatize Israel Military Industries
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"The Defense and Finance Ministries back the recommendations of an inter-ministerial committee to privatize Israel Military Industries, rather than rehabilitate the company and leave it in government hands, as decided earlier this week."

"The director general of the Defense Ministry, Amos Yaron, said a timetable has not yet been set."

" 'I would very much like to see the IMI sold after a recovery plan is in place, but this depends on the consent of the workers,' Yaron said."
 

VA: Cantor Seeks Stricter License Requirements
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"If a Virginia congressman gets his way, state motor vehicle departments will require proof from non-citizens that they are legally in the United States before issuing them drivers licenses."

"Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced Tuesday that he will introduce legislation when Congress returns from summer recess next week that would require foreign nationals to show proof of a valid, non-expired visa before they are granted a license or a state identification card."
 

IA: Gun–toting councilman objects to ban
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"The City Council held off voting to ban someone from carrying a firearm into a municipal building, whether or not the person has a permit."

"City Attorney Terry Loeschen told the council the city had a right to establish a new law, but the council — because the wording of a proposed ordinance and a resolution would prohibit someone with a gun permit to carry a firearm on a city street — tabled voting on passing anything until a September meeting."
 

IL: Joliet Junior College weighing police upgrade
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"Some big changes may be in store for Joliet Junior College's police department."

"Arming campus police officers was just one of several recommendations a task force made to the board of trustees Tuesday during an informational presentation."

" 'Firearms on campus is an extremely emotional issue; there is no doubt about it,' said Frank Alberico, law enforcement professor at JJC and task force member."
 

MT: Grizzly mauls animal rights activist
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West Yellowstone, Mont. -- "A 38-year-old man was in fair condition Monday after a grizzly bear attacked a group of animal rights activists hiking eight miles northwest of here."

"The victim, who was not identified, and three other members of Buffalo Field Campaign surprised a grizzly sow and two cubs Sunday afternoon."

"Clarke Ball, who was behind the other hikers, said he found his companion bleeding from his face and legs."

" 'He got his face mangled,' said Ball. 'He had two puncture wounds on his knee and two on his right-hand side below the kidney.' "

"The hikers were part of a group of activists who annually monitor and occasionally disrupt Montana's efforts to keep bison from entering the state from nearby Yellowstone National Park."

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NC: Charges won't be filed in shooting
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"The Rockingham County district attorney has declined to charge a Ruffin man in the shooting death of an intruder who forced his way into a home in July."

"Scott N. Robertson, 32, died at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro on Aug. 21, 25 days after being shot once with a shotgun at the Leisureland mobile home park residence of Leonard G. Martin Jr."
 

OH: Trapshooter scores at Grand American
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"After 45 years of trying and goodness knows how many shots fired from his trusty shotguns, Bill Young has brought home a trophy from the Grand American trapshooting championships."

"Young, 71, finished third in the senior veterans' division of the Grand American Handicap, one of 19 events contested during the 10-day tournament held each year in Vandalia, Ohio."
 

FL: Petting Zoo Puts Kids and Convicts in the Pen
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"At one popular Florida vacation destination, children can mingle with both animals and prison inmates, and most people -- including the Monroe County Sheriff's Office -- seem happy with the arrangement. 'It is a really unique zoo,' said Elaine Lash, the manager of the Children's Animal Park in Key West. 'I haven't heard of anything quite like it ... Not the type of petting zoo that we have.' "
 

Qualifications Have Nothing To Do With Airline Gun Phobia
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Last week I talked about allowing pilots to carry firearms. I also mentioned that I felt I should also be allowed to carry while on board an aircraft. However, nobody (except certain Federal employees) is allowed to carry a firearm while flying on commercial aircraft. In my own humble way I hope to show you how stupid this is, so here is my background with firearms."
 

UK: Police fear 'gun culture' is growing
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"NORFOLK police today called for people to be banned from carrying replica pistols in the street and warned that there is a growing about a "gun culture" in Norfolk."

"In the past year armed officers police have been scrambled to sightings of people carrying handguns in the street 158 times, compared to 192 last year and 210 the year before."

"Most of the time the firearms are revealed to be replica pistols not capable of firing live ammo."
 

IN: Gun range for officers under construction
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"A shooting range for use by county law enforcement officers on property owned by the Jay County Landfill is targeted to open in January."

"The range will be located east of the landfill, which is located on county road 400 South near Ind. 67 in Jefferson Township."

" 'The range will be open to all law enforcement in Jay County,' Jay County Sheriff Todd Penrod said earlier this week."

KABA NOTE: Federal law specifically stipulates that if any federal funds are used to build a shooting range, the public must be given access to the facility.
 

'Signs'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Mel Gibson is gonna go and get himself in trouble! The themes of some of his recent movies have gotten to be darn near defiant of the culture and society we live in. How dare he."

"In 'The Patriot,' Gibson really starts getting the goat of Pretendland (Hollywood) because, while freedom on a foreign soil seems a good thing, being too intense about America's freedom is just plain immoral. How dare he be so patriotic, especially about a land that is not his native soil? I mean gosh, look what he has gone and done. Early in the film little boys are using guns! You know – GUNS! Like the kind that shoot people!"
 

Legal Machine Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Holders of a Curio and Relics license issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms may legally own a number of different machine guns, as long as the weapons meet the ‘curio or relic’ definition of the BATF. One of the primary considerations is determining whether a firearm may be considered a curio or relic is whether it was made more than 50 years ago."
 

CA: LA City Council Planning to Ban Ammunition
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Please Help Stop The L.A. City Council From Banning Hunting Ammunition!"

"On Tuesday, September 3, the Los Angeles City Council will decide the fate of an ordinance to ban shotgun, rifle, and handgun ammunition commonly used for sporting purposes. Individuals proposing this measure have provided no evidence that this type of ammunition is favored by criminals, which is why it is vital that NRA members, friends, and fellow sportsmen contact the following..."
 

LA: Free gun classes are public service
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"We commend organizers responsible for free handgun safety classes for Baton Rouge area women conducted this weekend and planned again Saturday."

"These classes could help prevent a fatal mistake in a tense community fearful of a serial killer who has murdered at least three Baton Rouge women."

"The Advocate previously urged inexperienced women with newly acquired firearms to take such courses."
 

A Republican Police State?
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"Is a vote for a Republican a vote for a police state?"

"The American media functions primarily as a pimp for government. The liberal media will blast conservative Republicans, but never the government. The small and dwindling conservative media refuses to 'help criminals' by criticizing the 'forces of law and order.' Consequently, every prosecutor with a high profile case relies on the media to pressure the target into a plea bargain."
 

Films on Liberty and the State
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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Some films have snuck by Hollyweird's socialist filter:
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"I have come up with a list of some films I've happened upon that I think are of particular interest to Austrians and libertarians. In addition to having some libertarian angle, (and I, by no means, am vouching for ideological purity in any of these films), I also selected for films that are generally high quality (critically acclaimed)."
 

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