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SAF Investigating New Orleans Gun Seizures; Needs To Hear From You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is calling on members and supporters living in the New Orleans metropolitan area who have had firearms confiscated by police, federal officers or National Guard units to contact SAF headquarters at once."

"Over the past three weeks, since the New Orleans and surrounding area was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, there have been disturbing reports about warrantless searches and seizures of privately-owned firearms."

"'SAF, in cooperation with the National Rifle Association, has investigators on the ground and has retained legal counsel in preparation for possible action,' said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb."

"SAF wants to speak directly with individuals who have actually had their firearms confiscated. ..." ...
 

NRA On The Ground In Louisiana
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As was reported last week, in the wake of unspeakable crimes perpetrated by roving, armed gangs and individuals, authorities in New Orleans seized legal firearms from lawful residents, effectively disarming the very citizenry they are sworn to protect."

"On Monday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox slammed New Orleans authorities for this incredible action." ...

"If you have personally had a gun confiscated in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina hit, please call (888) 414-6333. Be prepared to leave only your name and immediate contact information so we can get back to you. Once again, we are seeking contact information from actual victims of gun confiscation in Louisiana only." ...
 

Supreme Court Nominee Roberts Needs Education on Second Amendment (Brady Center)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, in response to questioning from Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) about the Second Amendment, gave a completely distorted picture of the state of Second Amendment law." ...

"'This is very disturbing testimony from Judge Roberts,' commented Dennis Henigan, Director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project. 'His answers on the Second Amendment issue faithfully echo the 'spin' on the case law typically given by the NRA and others who seek to use the Constitution as a weapon against reasonable gun laws. Those who believe that Congress, and the states, should have broad power to protect our Nation from the epidemic of gun violence now have reason to be worried about Judge Roberts.'" ...
 

Military May Play Bigger Relief Role
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"President Bush's push to give the military a bigger role in responding to major disasters like Hurricane Katrina could lead to a loosening of legal limits on the use of federal troops on U.S. soil." ...

"Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said, 'I believe the time has come that we reflect on the Posse Comitatus Act.' He advocated giving the president and the secretary of defense 'correct standby authorities' to manage disasters." ...
 

Katrina and Qaeda both demonstrate need for American firearm rights, says gun law expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun law expert John Michael Snyder believes both the terrorism perpetrated by Al Qaeda and the civil disorder following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina underscore the vital importance of the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms."

"'Our present national situation demonstrates just why the Second Amendment is so terribly important in this day and age,' Snyder says. '... So who in this crisis guards Americans’ homes and, in fact, Americans’ lives, but Americans ourselves? And how can that be done against violent criminals without the presence of guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens who know how to use them?'" ...
 

IL: No actual winner in gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You can fight City Hall. You can even win."

"The question is what you win."

"After 2 1/2 years of fighting the city of Peoria on charges he had fired a Thompson submachine gun at his neighbors, Don Raineri won on all counts. But when he asked for his gun back, he was told it had already been destroyed."

"'They melted my gun,' he says. They have offered me $350. I thought it was worth $750.'" ...

"'If I lost, they could either sell the gun or destroy it,' he says. 'But they melted it eight months before the case was over.'" ...
 

ME: Man claims self defense, acquitted in murder trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Brooks man charged with fatally shooting his father’s female companion with a shotgun last year was acquitted Friday by a Waldo County Superior Court jury."

"After deliberating more than seven hours, jurors acquitted Jerome Reynolds Jr., 54, who was charged with killing Janet Bacon, 60, after she entered Reynolds’ house in search of his father."

"Reynolds testified in his own defense Thursday, describing the shooting on Sept. 29, 2004, as a reasonable and necessary defense after Bacon burst into his home." ...
 

GA: Fatal carjacking was a nightmare in broad daylight (follow-up)
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... "The crime was as random as one could imagine."

"A stranger carjacks a woman in broad daylight. There's a crash. The woman dies. Her abductor is shot and killed — not by police but by an armed passer-by who gave chase in his truck."

"That man, Shawn T. Roberts, has emerged as a hero for trying to help 30-year-old Kimberly Boyd and for saving other lives that police say might have been taken had the carjacker escaped."

"'Scores of people were coming up to him and thanking him for what he did,' said Scott Cannon, a friend of the Boyds who attended Kimberly's funeral Friday." ...
 

South Africa: Man had 'right' to shoot robber
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"A man who shot an attacker dead during an armed robbery at a jewellery store in Pretoria's Brooklyn Mall will not face criminal charges." ...

"The robbery took place at 11.40am on Saturday when two armed robbers forced their way into the jewellery shop and held customers at gunpoint."

"'The robbers then shot through the windows and took an undisclosed amount of jewellery,' Kgafela said."

"As the robbers were fleeing, one of them grabbed a member of the public and held him at gunpoint. The man being held took out his own firearm and fired one shot at the robber."

"The gunman was declared dead by paramedics and a portion of the jewellery and his firearm were recovered."

"The other robber fled."
 

UK: Mirror Signal Machete
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"MOTORISTS are arming themselves in fear of road rage and carjackings, a survey has revealed."

"One in six drivers claimed to carry a weapon, with 1.5 per cent saying they kept a gun in their car."

"Six per cent of drivers questioned by stolen vehicle recovery company Tracker said they carried a club, bat or hammer."

"Four per cent said they kept a knife or blade to hand and the same number had a self-defence mace spray like CS gas stored in their car."

"But Scots police yesterday warned drivers who carry weapons that they are risking their lives and they could face prosecution.'" ...
 

MI: Gun control groups take aim at Michigan deadly force bills
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"Gun control advocates failed earlier this year to stop a Florida law allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves without fear of prosecution from being signed by Gov. Jeb Bush."

"They aren't going to let it happen again."

"National and local groups that want to see tighter restrictions on guns are taking early aim against similar legislation introduced this month in Michigan. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March are sending out press releases criticizing the legislation and are calling lawmakers in an attempt to keep the bills from getting out of the House Judiciary Committee." ...
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Submitter's Note: In other words they don't want a simple 'yes' or 'no' vote taken in the legislature.
 

MN: Concealed carry advocated (Second thru Fourth letters)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"John See's Sept. 12 Viewpoint column, 'Concealed carry bill is based on myths,' told only one side of the concealed carry story. He also presented some questionable 'facts' in his column." ...

"Under the old law it was relatively easy to obtain a concealed carry permit. There was no requirement for a background check as there is under the new law. Some cities and counties refused to issue permits to anyone and others gave them to almost anyone who applied."

"Under the new law, one must demonstrate competency and everyone is subject to an extensive background check. In addition, an applicant must complete a daylong course ... All of this provides a much safer atmosphere than we had under the old law." ...
 

NY: Gun shows score legal victory
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"A federal judge Friday tossed out a significant portion of New York state law regulating firearms sales at gun shows."

"U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa determined that one of the statute's definition of a gun show is so broad that it 'infringes on ... constitutionally protected rights to free speech, assembly and petition.'"

"Several area sporting clubs last year challenged the constitutionality of the gun show definition. Under the law, sellers at a gun show must be prepared to provide background checks on possible gun buyers. The show operator otherwise can face civil penalties up to $10,000." ...
 

WI: Gun buyback: Getting a handle on gun violence
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"The Madison Police Department recently launched 'Operation Peacekeeper' as a proactive response to the rise in gun violence." ...

"... this program fits in the broader context of our community policing, or 'trust-based,' philosophy..."

"... this initiative will remind those with weapons to secure them to prevent their curious child from an accidental discharge ... this initiative will produce a weapon from a perpetually battered woman or man who fear their partner's rage, so now that violent partner can no longer turn and grab that gun."
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Submitter's Note: Because such a victim certainly can't be trusted to defend him/herself in a life-and-death struggle!
 

IL: Cop kicked off force after battery charge
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A Bull Valley police officer charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest in Lake County has been fired, Chief Norb Sauers said Friday.

Steven M. Lelli, 37, of South Elgin was dismissed Thursday, Sauers said.

Lelli was arrested Sept. 10 at a marina and RV park near Antioch after allegedly pulling his wife's hair during an argument. Authorities say Lelli reached for his loaded gun as officers tried to arrest him.

A man who answered Lelli's home phone Friday said Lelli had no comment.

Lelli joined the Bull Valley Police Department in suburban McHenry County in 2001. He was free on bail.
 

CA: Federal agent given 2-year prison term
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"A judge sentenced a federal police official Tuesday to two years in prison for covering for a colleague in San Francisco who made up a story that a motorist had tried to run them down."

"Charles H. Jackson, a special agent with the Federal Protective Service, was convicted in May by a federal jury of falsifying records in a federal investigation."

"On Feb. 15, 2003, then-federal police officers Peter Taoy and John Haire pinned their patrol car against a Mercedes-Benz driven by Jeffrey Petri after he ran a red light. Taoy fired several shots into the left front tire of the car at Larkin and Green streets, then falsely claimed that he had fired after Petri tried to run him over." ...
 

WA: Retired Police Captain Arrested in Slaying of Fishing Buddy
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"A retired Tacoma police officer once honored for saving the life of a shooting victim has been arrested in the slaying of his fishing buddy, a 64-year-old grandfather of 13."

"Capt. Walt Copland appeared in Benton County Superior Court on Friday, the day after the shooting, and was ordered held on $1 million bail for investigation of second-degree murder."

"Police say Copland, also 64, shot and killed Harvey Anthis, a retired Columbia Basin College instructor, with a low-caliber pistol after a day of fishing. The shooting took place at the Kennewick home of another friend, John Stevens, who called police." ...
 

South Africa: Cop shoot his girlfriend, then himself
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"An Eastern Free State police officer shot dead his girlfriend with his service pistol before turning it on himself on Sunday morning."

"'The police inspector, 41, allegedly shot his girlfriend and then himself at Bohklokong near Bethlehem at about 8.30am,' said police Captain Hennie Labuschagne."

"'The shooting occurred after they quarrelled when she wanted to end their relationship.'"

"Labuschagne said it appeared that the woman, 40, did not answer the man's telephone calls on Saturday night."

"The police officer went to her home, arriving at about 4am on Sunday, Labuschagne said."

"'They both went to sleep, but allegedly at 8am they started arguing and by 8.30 they were both dead.'" ...
 

WV: Pistol peril
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WOULD you want your child to play with a loaded pistol left carelessly in a drawer — or to visit a small friend with easy access to a deadly gun?"

"Sadly, this danger is common in America, according to Pediatrics magazine. The medical journal says 1.7 million U.S. children live in homes with loaded, unlocked guns." ...

"This is ominous. It means that not just the 1.7 million kids, but also their visiting friends, are in peril. Each year, an average of 1,400 American children are killed by firearms. The recurring tragedy devastates families." ...
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Submitter's Note: This is why you have mandatory gun safety training starting in pre-school, up through 12th grade.
 

WY: Old West hits Cody with guns drawn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dozens of spectators in downtown Cody cheered and applauded Saturday afternoon after Bryan Bash drew his revolver and gunned down Chad Binkley without batting an eye. Fortunately, the pistol was loaded with blank rounds, and the shoot-out was one of many performed by a gathering of Old West re-enactors."

"'It's a lot of fun to see people enjoying the show,' said Tom Moore of the Cody Gunfighters, a group of about 15 area residents that performs six nights a week during the summer for tourists outside the Irma Hotel, which also hosted the weekend event."

"About 40 gunfighters from six other groups from as far away as Calgary, Alberta, joined the Cody Gunfighters in entertaining crowds Saturday and will perform today ..." ...
 

NY: Free gun locks available to public
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"With hunting season right around the corner, gun owners now have the opportunity to keep their home safe, free of charge."

"A national firearm safety education program called 'Project Childsafe' has given police departments around the country free gun locks, which they hand out to anyone who's interested." ...
 

HI: Farmers being urged not to arm against theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The problem of agricultural theft has pushed some Hawaii farmers out of business. But authorities are urging farmers not to keep firearms to fend off thieves."

"Dean Okimoto is president of the Hawaii Farm Bureau."

"He says thefts are costing the industry millions of dollars and have put farmers, including an areca palm farmer in Waimanalo and growers of Kau oranges, out of business."

"However, he and other local authorities said yesterday that farmers should not be taking the law into their own hands."

"Kahuku farmer Khamxath Baccam is charged with killing Marcelino Pacheco, Jr., who he believed was stealing produce from his farm last year." ...
 

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