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Shoot to deceive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When is an anti-gunner a pro-gun advocate? The obvious answer is never, but that's too simple a response. The actual answer is 'any time a member of the media wants to portray the anti-gunner in a pro-gun light'. Take, for example, a new article in The New Republic entitled 'Gun Crazy: The Revolt Against the NRA' by Michael Blanding. Blanding, a freelance writer from Boston, profiles the group calling itself American Hunters and Shooters Association. AHSA bills itself as a 'moderate alternative to the NRA', but in reality it’s an organization founded by leaders in the anti-gun movement who have strong ties to the Brady Campaign." ...
 

TX: Man dies trying to escape home invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Dallas man died late Wednesday after jumping through a window to escape three robbers who burst into his apartment, north of the city's downtown area, officials said." ...

"In another overnight home invasion, the would-be robber was hospitalized, said Sgt. Ross Salverino, a detective in the robbery unit."

The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. ... The residents, who sold compact discs out of their home, were confronted by two gunmen demanding money."

"But, Salverino said, one of the residents grabbed his own pistol and gunfire was exchanged."

"One of the suspects was shot multiple times and the other fled. The wounded man was taken to Baylor Medical Center ..."

"No one else was hurt in the shootout, Salverino said."
 

SC: Police: No charges against man who shot two intruders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lyman man who shot and killed two brothers he said were breaking into his house early Wednesday morning will not be charged, Police Chief Scott Suttles said Wednesday." ...

"Investigators said the Anderson brothers and Oglesby tried to break into the house and hit 21-year-old Freeman with a pistol, giving him a bad cut on his forehead. Thomas, also 21, grabbed his shotgun when he heard the noise and shot Travis Anderson in the chest as he tried to get in a bedroom door. The older brother also was shot trying to go in through Thomas' bedroom door, Suttles said." ...

"Suttles said Thomas will not be charged because he killed the Andersons while defending his home." ...
 

WA: Man acquitted in fatal shooting in Oroville
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man who insisted that he acted in self-defense when he shot another man to death at the home of a mutual friend has been found innocent on all charges after 17 months in jail." ...

"Instead, facing as much as 23 years in prison if convicted of murder, Todd was found innocent of all charges."

"Todd and Hernandez apparently argued at a bar before returning separately to the residence where the shooting occurred. In his call to 911 immediately after the shooting. Todd said he was sleeping on the couch when Hernandez took his blanket and punched him in the face."

"In the call and on the witness stand he said he opened fire with a rifle only after being attacked and cornered." ...
 

NY: Amnesty program takes 900 guns out of circulation in Yonkers
Submitted by: NYS Rifle & Pistol Assn.
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"City officials are calling it one of the most successful gun buy back programs in the country as the Yonkers City Police Department collected almost 900 firearms during a month-long gun amnesty program offered by Mayor Philip Amicone."

"The anonymous, no questions asked program offered cash in return for guns — $200 per handgun, $100 per long gun — and gave city residents an easy way to get dangerous weapons out of their houses and off the streets."

"'This is a small but significant victory in our continuing battle to get illegal guns off our streets,' said Amicone. 'By no means is our work finished, but we can take some measure of satisfaction in knowing that there are almost 900 guns that will never be used in crimes against our citizens.'" ...
 

OH: State lawmakers hope to pass a 'shoot first' bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Worthington resident Allen Davis allegedly opened fire on a group of high school students near his yard last Tuesday, critically wounding one. Davis is currently in custody facing felonious assault charges. While the senseless tragedy has prompted an outpouring of emotion in the community, several Ohio lawmakers have taken a more dry-eyed approach."

"Concluding that shooting someone in Ohio currently leads to too much legal liability, 22 House members and 15 state senators have co-sponsored legislation that would make it harder to prosecute people who use deadly force in what they claim to be self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course the one has nothing to do with the other, since Davis 'allegedly' shot at the group as they drove past his house, and could hardly claim 'reasonable fear' of 'bodily harm'.
 

WV: Ashley Stinnett: 'Castle Doctrine' could reduce crime in Huntington
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite being unhappy about high taxes and unfair user fees, the residents of Huntington are fed up with the apathy of the city administration when it comes to the issue of crime. ..." ...

"And finally, there is the famed 'Castle Doctrine' legislation that is sweeping through other states. This 'no retreat' legislation has gained much popularity, and with that, the United States has never before been a more pro-gun country."

"This bill simply puts that we as law-abiding citizens have a right to no retreat and can use deadly force when assaulted in a place where we have a right to be ..."

"And what a shock -- the crime rates in the states where this successful legislation has passed are dropping significantly." ...
 

OH: Statewide Bicycle Pre-emption Coming Soon (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bicycling enthusiasts have something to celebrate when changes to Ohio law will make cycling laws conform more with those that apply to motor vehicles this September."

"Supporters call it the best solution to a 'crazy quilt' of laws that exist across the State of Ohio that nobody can easily comply with while traveling between local jurisdictions. ..."

"Sound familiar?"

"... The argument to pass statewide pre-emption for bicyclists is just as sound and almost taken right out of the playbook of gun owners seeking the same reprieve." ...

"One has to wonder if Chuck Smith would agree when it comes to Ohio's patchwork quilt of gun laws, where driving down the same road for ten minutes can cause what was originally a lawfully transported firearm to become a violation of local law. ..." ...
 

Mayor Bloomberg and Congressman Rangel Take Fight Against Illegal Guns to Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Caucus in Washington, DC
Submitted by: NYS Rifel & Pistol Assn.
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that he and Congressman Charles B. Rangel, the dean of New York's Congressional Delegation, will serve on a panel entitled 'Crime in the Cities: America's Mayors Fight Back' at the 36th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in Washington, D.C. next Thursday, September 7, 2006. Mayor Bloomberg suggested convening a CBC forum on crime to Congressman Rangel earlier this year when the two were brainstorming ways to build on the work of April's Mayors' Summit on Illegal Guns held at Gracie Mansion. ..." ...
 

NY: Queens gun dealer pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
Submitted by: NYS Rifle & Pistol Assn.
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A gun dealer charged with illegally selling a firearm after a sting operation pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct, the mayor's office said."

"Michael Spallone, of the Woodhaven Rifle and Pistol Range in Queens, will pay $1,000 in fines and restitution, and his dealer's license was revoked, the mayor's office said."

"'His guilty plea sends a strong message: Any violation of the law that allows illegal guns to flow onto our streets will be vigorously pursued,' said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has made cracking down on illegal guns a focus of his second term." ...
 

SC: Gun Dealer Hits Bloomberg on Sting Operation
Submitted by: NYS Rifle & Pistol Assn.
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg has been hit with another lawsuit in connection with his campaign to crack down on illegal guns."

"A South Carolina gun dealer became the second storeowner to sue after Mr. Bloomberg targeted it a few months ago in an undercover sting operation designed to stymie illegal gun sales."

"The lawsuit, filed in South Carolina, seeks damages and claims that the city smeared the storeowner's reputation." ...

"For the two gun dealers suing the city for damages ... it was the mayor's original tenor and lack of jurisdiction in their towns that led them to start a legal battle with City Hall. Among other things, the mayor called the 15 dealers 'rogue gun dealers,' 'the worst of the worst,' and 'bad apples.'" ...
 

IL: Judge drops weapons charges against state police sergeant
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"A federal judge has dismissed charges that an Illinois State Police sergeant possessed a machine gun illegally, ruling the law is unconstitutionally vague."

"U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon ordered the charges dropped against Sgt. James V. Vest of O'Fallon."

"Federal law bans fully automatic weapons, but exempts use by the military and police agencies, or by individuals with a special license, which Vest did not have."

"Vest argued that he bought and used the M-4 machine gun in his state police training classes and was covered by the law's police agency exception. Prosecutors said he lacked authority to buy or possess the weapon." ...
 

AL: Promoting gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Jackson Police Officer Arvis Slack (back, left) and Eddie Eagle recently visited Miss Peggy's Daycare in Jackson to teach the children about gun safety through a child gun safety program sponsored by the NRA (National Rifle Association). Eddie Eagle serves as the spokesperson for the program, which has two levels, one for 3 and 4 year olds and another one for first and second graders. Currently the focus of the program is working with the 3 and 4 year olds. "This is a good program, especially now when hunting season is about to begin," said Officer Slack.
 

IL: Ex-officers' lawyers say authorities hid evidence
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"Lawyers for two former police officers charged with multiple felonies in an off-duty bar fight in Fox Lake accused McHenry County authorities Wednesday of withholding surveillance tapes that could clear their clients."

"County prosecutors, however, responded that there are no surveillance tapes ..." ...

"The officers are accused, along with former Richmond cop Brian Quilici, of viciously beating a 27-year-old Wisconsin man in the tavern’s parking lot, even after the man was on the ground in handcuffs."

"The ex-cops say they were acting in self-defense after the man, Ryan Hallett, pulled a knife on them, but a jury earlier this month convicted Quilici, 34, on five felony charges in connection with the incident." ...
 

CA: Deputies Weigh Lethal, Nonlethal Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They may still wear pistols on their hips, but sheriff's deputies have several other "less lethal" weapons at their disposal."

"In addition to firearms and riot gear, the armory of every Sheriff's Department station is stocked with TASERs and two types of less lethal shotguns, said Sgt. John Mack of the Sheriff's Training Bureau."

"The weapons are categorized as less lethal rather than nonlethal because while their intended use is to harm - not kill - any weapon presents an inherent risk of causing death."

"Ultimately, the decision of whether to choose a less lethal weapon over a firearm is a split-second one made by deputies, said training Sgt. Jim Morrow of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station." ...
 

ME: Gun show scheduled for Sept. 9-10
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Penobscot County Conservation Association will sponsor the 29th annual Bangor Gun Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Bangor Auditorium."

"Proceeds from the shows are used to support scholarships for wildlife conservation students at the University of Maine and Unity College."

"The association also supports Maine Hunter Education and marksmanship training programs, and is a major contributor to the Greenland Point Conservation School."

"The show will feature new, used, antique and historical firearms, ammunition, gun parts and shooting accessories." ...
 

PA: Customer spots gun in store, but no harm done
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A report of a man with a gun inside a city grocery store caused a brief panic Tuesday, but there was no crime committed and no harm done, city police said.

A person who was shopping at Weis Market on Walnut Street went to the police station to say she had seen a male shopper with a gun. Chief John Brown said police responded and found that the person with the gun was visiting his girlfriend at the store. He had just returned from a shooting range and still had his gun with him.

"When he bent over, the individual saw a gun and reported it to us," Brown said.

He said the man did have a permit for the firearm and no further investigation was needed.
 

NV: Commemorative pistol to be auctioned in Carson
Submitted by: NYS Rifle & Pistol Assn.
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"An auction of a commemorative pistol with Nevada-themed grips is planned during the Tin Cup Tea and Chuck Wagon BBQ scheduled at the Governor's Mansion from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in Carson City."

"The auction of the .45-caliber Ruger Vaquero will be conducted by Gov. Kenny Guinn. The pistol grips, which feature the logo on the state quarter, are hand-cut from German silver and inlaid into Chinese turquoise." ...

"The tea and barbecue includes dancing to the music of David Johns and the Comstock Cowboys and a performance by the Guns and Gals of Virginia City. Tickets are $45 and benefit the Nevada State Museum and W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum." ...
 

WA: Mica firing range reopens
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"A firing range near Mica has reopened after a small fire prompted Spokane County Fire District No. 8 to close it down briefly and re-evaluate its fire-prevention measures."

"After a half acre of grass and small trees ignited Aug. 15 several residents asked fire commissioners at their last meeting to crack down on what they perceived as fire risks at the Mica range, used by the Spokane Valley Rifle and Pistol Club. ..."

"Investigators believe the fire started after someone fired an incendiary round into the range, said Deputy Chief Dan Blystone. ..."

"'We required that the range supervisor inspect the rounds before they are used and prohibited the use of any surplus military ammunition,' Blystone said." ...
 

MN: Pawlenty Plans To Bag A Deer Before Election
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to veer from the campaign trail this fall with hopes of bagging a deer near Rochester."

"The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that on Nov. 4, just three days before Election Day, the Governor's Deer Opener will be held in southeast Minnesota for the first time."

"'I look forward to the opportunity to enjoy Minnesota's great outdoors during this year's deer hunting opener,' Pawlenty said. 'Southeastern Minnesota and the Rochester area are home to some of the finest deer and turkey hunting in the state.'"

"On his three previous openers ... he's killed one deer and last year passed on an opportunity to shoot a small doe." ...
 

HI: Police recover gun student brought to school (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 14-year-old boy accused of bringing a semiautomatic machine pistol [sic] to Waipahu High School was charged last night as police recovered the nine-millimeter MAC-Eleven."

"The sophomore told police he took the gun from a garment bag at home and brought it to school yesterday to retaliate against two other students who were harassing his girlfriend."

"Police say one of the intended targets, a 16-year-old boy, stole the 14-year-old boy's backpack with the gun and ammo off campus after school."

"The 16 year old told police he had sold the gun for 60 dollars. But detectives said that wasn't true and they managed to recover the weapon." ...
 

OH: Attorney General Announces Second Quarter CHL Stats (BFA)
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Ohio's Attorney General Jim Petro announced the 2nd quarter statistics today for concealed handgun licenses issued during this past quarter. Ohio continues to gain at a steady pace new licensees, adding 5489 CHL's and 15 emergency licenses to the ranks. With these latest statistics, it brings Ohio's CHL's to over 79,000 concealed carry licenses issued since April 8, 2004.

Ohio's CHL licensees have proven over and over again during the past 2 1/2 years that they are some of the most law abiding citizens in the state. With nearly 0% problems, we have much to be proud of.
 

SKS Update (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, after two weeks, my SKS is finally ready to take to the range. ... we're gonna take it out to the range, zero it in, and burn a couple hundred rounds."

"What kept me from taking it earlier, after I got it all cleaned up, was the sights. The standard SKS sights have an incredibly small notch in the rear leaf sight, which is bad enough. But what's even worse is that the rifle has a tiny, hair-thickness front post sight. I found that, if I was aiming at anything other than a white background, I would just lose the front post. It would simply disappear. ..."

"So, I wanted something better. I wanted a reflex sight. The question is, where do you mount it? Indeed, how do you mount it?" ...
 

NC: Shooter bags a big title
Submitted by: NYS Rifle & Pistol Assn.
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"Ask most Triangle residents what they did this summer, and most probably will mention vacations and the like."

"Ask Kent Reeve what he did, and he might reply that he won a national championship."

"And he did."

"Reeve, 48, ventured to Camp Perry, Ohio (ground zero for shooting competitions), for the National Rifle Association Long Range Rifle Championships, where he beat 407 other shooters." ...
 

Mexico: Mexico City style applied economics 101
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'I'm really sorry. This is my job,' the man said, wiping his fingerprints from my debit card."

"He slipped it back to me under a table in a crowded downtown restaurant where a Mexican friend and I had been held hostage for a half an hour that felt like two days."

"An accomplice, who had guarded us while his partner emptied nearly $1,000 from a nearby cash dispenser using the PIN number I had given him, eyed the door."

"Two days after arriving from New York to take up my post as an economics reporter in Mexico City, I had experienced one of the nastiest and fastest-growing manifestations of Mexico's informal economy - 'express kidnapping'." ...

"My kidnappers were professionals. We never saw a gun, just a bulge clasped inside a jacket." ...
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Submitter's Note: Bringing so much as a single round of ammunition into Mexico from the US is worth up to 5 years in a Mexican prison.
 

UK: Three charged over raid at home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 50-year-old man was attacked by a gang after they broke into his flat in the High Street, Saffron Walden, at 12.30am on Bank Holiday Monday."

"The victim was attacked with weapons and received a back injury. He had three stitches to a head wound and an injury to his ear and was taken by Essex Ambulance Service to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge."

"A woman in her 20s, also an occupant of the flat, was uninjured."

"Police recovered an air rifle, hammer, crutch and knife from the scene. An Essex Police spokesman said a small amount of cash was taken from the flat." ...
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Submitter's Note: Hammer and crutch control now!
 

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