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Kerry courting both sides on gun-control issue
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"Democrats in West Virginia know that many of their state's voters guard their gun rights jealously..."

"That's why Kerry stood on a stage here last week, proudly hoisting a shotgun and telling a throng of mine workers that he would like to go 'gobble huntin' ' with them as soon as possible."

"The scene boosted Kerry's image with at least one voter attending Kerry's Labor Day rally. 'It cleared one problem up for me, with the guns,' said Paul Cooper ... 'He can't be against our guns, or want to take mine, if he's got one of his own.' "

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It's idiots like Paul Cooper that will be the end of the right to keep and bear arms in America. Take a look at Kerry's voting record, Paul, instead of believing publicity shots of Kerry's supposed love affair with the "assault" rifle he owns, but wants to forbid to the rest of us.
 

Has John Kerry Finally Given Up on Winning Gun-Rights People?
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"Why on earth would John Kerry make his inaccurate, indeed, nonsensical comments about the 'consequences' of the expiration of the 'assault weapons' ban and President Bush’s decision to let it expire? Perhaps he has simply given up on trying to convince those who believe in our constitutional right to own firearms that he is one of them. That’s the opinion of Kimberley A. Strassel, writing in The Wall Street Journal."

"Strassel says that no one has worked harder than Kerry to neutralize the gun issue, which worked against Democrats in the last election. But no one seems to be buying his act--that he supports gun rights, identifies with hunters, and is not your typical liberal, who thinks (or, perhaps, feels is the better word) that gun ownership automatically makes someone an irrational, rednecked, and about-to-run-berserk and shoot-up the neighborhood post office. ..."
 

Shotgun Incident Worsens for Kerry
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"New legal research by gun-law expert Alan Korwin indicates that merely accepting a gift shotgun from a private party out of his home state would be a five-year federal felony for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for President [see United States Code, section 922(a)(9)]. Giving him the gun would also be a felony [922(a)(5)]."

"National news reports picture Kerry proudly holding the gift in Racine, West Virginia, during a Labor Day celebration. Bringing the gun back to his home state would be an additional five-year federal felony, under the massive and bewildering federal gun laws, as previously reported by Bloomfield Press."

"The shotgun, identified in published reports as a semiautomatic Browning, was actually a semiautomatic Remington model 11-87. News reports suggesting it was a gift from Remington would be an illegal donation from a corporation to a candidate, and the value of the shotgun would exceed campaign donation limits as well."
 

Cheap shots on gun ban
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"By insufficiently pushing to renew the ban, Kerry said, 'Bush chose to make the job of terrorists easier and . . . the job of America's police officers harder.' "

"If Kerry really believes this, it would betray an alarming ignorance of both terrorists and crime-fighting."

"In truth, Kerry was just being hypocritical (nothing new there). After all, the Democratic presidential wannabe can't seem to get enough camera time posing with a rifle."

"And if he really wanted to chide anyone for letting the ban expire, he could have targeted Democrats." ...

"Crime plunged in the '90s not because of the ban, but because law enforcers got tough with thugs. Meanwhile, criminals — even 'terrorists' like the Washington, D.C., sniper — got their hands on deadly weapons despite the ban."
 

Stories about weapons ban are not accurate
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"I have seen more inaccurate stories about the 1994 'ban,' both before it was enacted and now that it has met its well-deserved demise, than any other such issue in recent memory. Most of the inaccuracies seem to stem from a general lack of understanding about the ban and firearms in general. Before the 1994 ban, the term 'semi-automatic assault weapon' had previously been used only as a slang term by gun control advocates to describe any weapon they simply didn't like the looks of. Such a definition only became an 'official class' of firearms after the ban was adopted in 1994."

"The notion that after the ban sunsets there will somehow be more of these firearms 'out there' is completely false. Following the passage of the ban these firearms continued to be purchased by the same law-abiding citizens who purchased them before the ban, except that they bought even more of them."
 

We Won! (GOA)
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"Pinch yourself. This is not a dream."

"A fresh breath of freedom has swept across the land."

"The hated ban on semi-automatic firearms and magazines has now expired; and it was, in large part, thanks to your efforts."

"In fact, you played a TREMENDOUS role in making sure this onerous law faded into the sunset." ...

"Thanks to you, the gun banners have been blocked at every turn."

"Thanks to you, firearms and magazines that were once banned are now legal."

"And thanks to you, GOA will continue to be here in Washington, D.C., fighting for your right to keep and bear arms. "

"Thank you!"
 

Why gun ban died quietly
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"A simple definition of democracy is this: The government does what the people want."

KABA Note: Technically, democracy means that the government does what the majority wants - whether right or wrong.

"Yet civics-book definitions often run smack into political realities, and that was what happened last week when Congress failed to renew the popular 10-year-old ban on the manufacture and importation of semiautomatic assault weapons."

"...the ban's narrow scope and big loopholes limited its effectiveness."
 

Matthew Scully: Firing blanks with phony gun machismo
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Matthew Scully, the vegetarian author of the book, "DOMINION: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy," shows that he capable of writing so many inaccuracies in one article that it would take pages and pages to properly rebut.

There are few humans who actually want animals to suffer. But his lumping of all hunters into one group that doesn't care about animal suffering shows that he knows as much about hunting and hunters as he does about football bats.

The typical vegetarian is deprived of many of the essential nutrients and amino acids that a brain needs to properly function. Thus, his disturbed view of hunting and hunters is easy to rationalize to his nutrient-deprived brain.
 

David Rossie: Police are no match for NRA (Or how to whine petulantly and disguise it as sarcasm)
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"So there you are. Lifting the ban is no big deal. Not in Wayne's World anyway. As for those Nervous Nellie cops, I have this bit of advice. The next time you and your 17-round Glock 9 come up against a mutt with an AK-47 and a 30-round clip, just remind yourself that the difference is purely cosmetic."

"And don't forget to duck. If you have time."

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Of course, if you talk to the majority of the rank-and-file cops, and not the elected or appointed chairborne police bureaucrats, you will find out most of them supported the sunset of this worthless law. But to Rossie, the guys who are out there risking their lives against armed criminals don't matter. It's the politically appointed or elected police chiefs who matter most.
 

Marc Folco: Ineffective gun ban finally lifted
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"The fact is that all semi-automatic firearms use the same technology that's been around since the 19th century, when the first such mechanisms were designed. The forces of expanding gases from a fired cartridge cycle the action and load the next bullet to be fired. Because of this action, 'semi-autos' also are called several names such as gas-operated, self-loaders, autoloaders or just plain automatics for short. The trigger has to be pulled each time a shot is fired."

"Thus, semi-automatic firearms are not the fully-automatic machine guns that the anti-gun crowd would have you believe, and they are incapable of indiscriminately spraying a non-stop hail of bullets into ranks of defenseless people, which the gun grabbers claim."
 

Ed Quillen: Farewell to a stupid law
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"Despite some of the anguished hand-wringing that has appeared recently, it is highly improbable that Americans will be sprayed by bullets because the 'assault-weapons ban' was not renewed by Congress last week."

"That's because the law, passed in 1994 with a 10-year sunset clause, should have been known as the 'ugly gun ban' rather than 'assault-weapons ban.' It was about cosmetics, not firepower or public safety." ...

"They weren't especially popular with criminals - after all, if you're going to use a banned gun, why settle for an illegal semi-auto when you could use an illegal full-auto?"
 

Joe Nizzari: "Assault" weapons ban desperately needed to go
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"I’ve found that in most cases, people who would like to see the so called 'assault weapons' ban renewed have taken their position because they have been fed propaganda from anti-gun organizations and the liberal media. This has led them to believe these arms are the weapons of choice for drug dealers, gang bangers, terrorists, the Tooth Fairy, and even Barney the dinosaur. The anti-gun movement agenda has managed to creep into the minds of the misinformed by various means including TV ads, rallies, organized marches and just plain obscuring the truth and dividing the entire issue, which in turn have spawned a steadfast political platform that freedom-hating politicians can use in the hopes of garnering additional votes."
 

Compromise possible on assault weapons
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"It is not a 'need,' it's a freedom of choice. We live in a free society, so we all have to take the good with the bad. Gun violence is terrible, but it still happens. The violence rate is lower in places where it is easier to carry a gun. Assault weapons are in a class of their own, however."

"I am a pro-gun conservative, yet agree that assault weapons are designed for one purpose and, because of that, do not belong in everyone's hands."

"In keeping our choices free, while keeping the public safe, we need another option. Let's make the punishment fit the crime. A handgun crime gives an automatic 10 years. Let's make it 20 years for an assault weapon."
 

Dorothy Anne Seese" Growing a Police State; One Terror Alert at a Time
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"A free state with gun-wielding citizens to protect their lives and property by lethal force is not the object of a police state or a member of the Global Governance Village. Our founders thought it necessary to leave the defense of this nation, particularly on home soil, as part of the duty of the citizenry. Now it is solely the privilege and prerogative of the military and local police. No help wanted from citizens, get back indoors."

"Loyal leaders would call on the national guard to protect our southern border here in Arizona, the open gateway for illegal aliens of all nationalities to enter the United States with no visas, no papers, no permission, no real identity, and leave a trail of garbage, ruined grazing land, dead animals belonging to Arizona ranchers, and some dead people (Americans) on their route to establishing residence in the USA. Of course the media photos are always of pregnant women wanting babies born in America, another 'for the children' smokescreen for allowing the cultural dilution of the nation and heavy drains on its natural and financial resources. The American citizens (of various original ethnicities) who live along that border could stop illegal immigration, but if they try, the governor of Arizona threatens them! Those who protest against this travesty on justice are castigated as radicals, hostile militias, and heartless, trigger-happy wretches by the media here. National media ignores the plight of the border citizens."

"In effect, the police state against action by American citizens is already in place along Arizona's border with Mexico."
 

Armed Females of America: Armed Females Executive Director profiled in Concealed Carry Magazine
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"My 12 year old son, Joey, was shot and killed on New Years Eve 1991, and it seemed as if the anti’s were relentless in their pursuit to use my son’s death to further their unconstitutional gun-control agenda. Every time I turned on the TV there would
be an anti gun commercial with my son’s little face as one of the victims of an 'accidental' gun discharge. Since my son’s death was not accidental, I felt it necessary to let the media and the public know the truth surrounding his death."

"My fiancé Dennis Jackson (now my husband) encouraged me to get involved in the fight to save the Second Amendment. Dennis was a commercial pilot at the time, and while on a trip he read about a rally sponsored by the Second Amendment Sisters in D.C. on Mother’s Day 2000. This rally, Armed Informed Mothers March (AIMM), was a counter rally to the Million Mom March. Dennis made contact with the Sisters and next thing you know I was on the list of guest speakers."

 

Publisher Sponsoring 'DVD Buy-Back' Program to Keep American Homes Safe From Michael Moore's Dangerous Propaganda
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"In an effort to ensure the safety of American homes, World Ahead Publishing, publisher of THANK YOU, PRESIDENT BUSH, announces its Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD Buy-Back program for U.S. purchasers of Michael Moore's documentary. In urban areas, city leaders periodically sponsor gun 'buy-back' programs to help reduce gun violence. Similarly, the Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD Buy-Back program is designed to protect Americans from harm, especially young children who might accidentally slip this dangerous propaganda into the living room DVD player."
 

Microwave gun to be used by US troops on Iraq rioters
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"Microwave weapons that cause pain without lasting injury are to be issued to American troops in Iraq for the first time as concern mounts over the growing number of civilians killed in fighting."

"The non-lethal weapons, which use high-powered electromagnetic beams, will be fitted to vehicles already in Iraq, which will allow the system to be introduced as early as next year."

"Using technology similar to that found in a conventional microwave oven, the beam rapidly heats water molecules in the skin to cause intolerable pain and a burning sensation. The invisible beam penetrates the skin to a depth of less than a millimetre. As soon as the target moves out of the beam's path, the pain disappears."
 

DC: Bang Bang, You're Elected
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"The nation's capital city will soon suffer a brazen insult at the hands of the House of Representatives as a legislative majority prepares to vote for the decontrol of guns in the city - that's right, a majority of lawmakers, sworn to 'insure domestic tranquillity' for the nation, would make D.C. stand for Dodge City. As far as election year pandering goes, the impending vote to legalize handguns and semiautomatic weapons on the streets - striking down the home-rule wishes of Washington's citizens - may answer the question of how low Congressional politicians will go in bowing to the gun lobby."

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DC could only wish to have the violence rate of Dodge City. According to an article by Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute, "As with Dodge City, the excitement in the Old West in general has been much overstated. All the big cattle towns of Kansas combined saw a total of 45 murders during the period of 1870-1885. Dodge City alone saw 15 people die violently from 1876–1885—an average of 1.5 per year. Deadwood, South Dakota and Tombstone, Arizona (home of the O.K. Corral), during their worst years of violence saw four and five murders respectively. Vigilante violence appears to not have been much worse."

How many murders did DC have in 2003? 248.
 

CA: Olympic shooter raises money for Boy Scouts
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"Trap shooter Kim Rhode, a three-time Olympian who won the gold medal last month in Athens, was on the auction block Saturday as dozens of people vied for a chance to take aim with the world's best female shooter."

"About 85 people paid as much as $150 each to participate in the Shootout for Scouting fund raiser Saturday at the Oaktree Gun Club in Newhall, an event that raised an estimated $18,000 for the Ventura County Council branch of the Boy Scouts of America."

"Rhode (pronounced Roadie), a resident of El Monte, added another gold to her Olympic medal collection when she bested all comers in the women's double trap shooting event at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens. ..."
 

PA: Self-defense course helps women get a kick out of crime
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"Chief Kyle Sneddon is mad, and he said others should also be downright furious that houses are being broken into, people are being mugged and women are being raped."

"Quoting from a book entitled 'Street Sense for Women,' Sneddon told a group at a recent self-defense training course, 'How Not to Become a Victim,' that one in 10 Americans will be the victim of crime - a broken window, a sliced tired - during his or her lifetime. One in five Americans, he said, will be a victim of violent crime - murder, rape, robbery or aggravated assault." ...

"Sneddon said that average, everyday citizens have to learn how to take care of themselves because there aren't enough police officers and, consequently, police have to be reactive instead of proactive." ...

"Sneddon and Uniontown police Capt. Ronald Kozak both said that everyone is capable of carrying pepper spray, and they encouraged those in attendance to purchase it."

"Kozak said a loud whistle also is good for attracting attention, when needed. However, Kozak said he doesn't recommend people buying guns for protection unless they are extremely confident with firearms."

"I don't recommend somebody using a gun for protection unless you know, deep in your heart, that you could kill another person if you have to. There's not a whole lot of people who could do that, and if you're not confident enough to be able to use that gun on the bad guy, the bad guy will take it off of you and either use it on you or someone else down the road,' Kozak said."
 

NC: Post-ban gun sales on the rise
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"Some gun dealers say they are seeing an increase in business now that the ban on assault weapons has expired. They say more people are coming to the stores curious about what they can now buy."

"The 10-year ban prohibited the manufacturing of 19 military-style weapons, including AK-47s and Uzis. Dealers say not much has changed because it was always legal to buy, sell or trade the weapons that were produced before the ban."

"The ban mainly stopped customers from buying certain accessories that could be used on the weapons they currently owned."
 

TX: Weapons Ban May Not Be An Issue
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"When people first heard about the weapons ban being lifted, many had visions of Rambo shooting everything in sight. But local gun dealers we spoke to say fully automatic weapons like that are still illegal, and have been since the 1930's."

"The weapons ban only affected a few things."
 

IN: Indianapolis wants new gun restrictions after fatal shooting
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"INDIANAPOLIS The city attorney of Indianapolis says lawmakers should act to prevent future shooting sprees like one that killed an Indianapolis policeman."

"Scott Chinn says lawmakers need to grant judges and police more authority to determine when it is unsafe to return seized weapons to someone who's mentally ill."
 

UK: Semi-automatics and grenade launchers are legal again in US
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"Anton Bonifacic pulled his AR15 rifle off the rack and pointed out all that would have made his weapon illegal in America a week ago."

"There were the flash suppressor, the 30-round magazine, the bayonet mount and the grenade launcher."

"In Britain last week, MPs voted to ban hunting with dogs, depriving people of the chance to chase foxes armed with nothing more lethal than a pack of hounds. In America, the 1994 ban on military-style assault rifles passed by Bill Clinton has now expired after President George W Bush failed to extend it. Now, all you need if you want to take a walk in the woods equipped like Rambo is about $1,000. In America, it's known as being 'loaded for bear'."
 

IL: Gun Control in Chicago Works ...to Boost Homicide Rate, Says Second Amendment Foundation
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"Below is a press release from the Second Amendment Foundation, a pro-gun lobby. Before you read it, here are some facts put out by the Chicago police department: According to the police, in 2003 Chicago had the fewest number of homicides since 1967, when 552 people were murdered in our city. The statistics for the year 2003 are the more impressive when one takes into account the 'particularly violent spring' the city had. And it was not only the murder rate that declined. The overall 'index crime' rate (which tracks nine major violent and property crimes), went down 4.4 percent from the previous year's numbers. Some specific figures: aggravated battery went down 18.3 percent; criminal sexual assault went down 10.5 percent; and violent crime went down 10.7 percent. Nonetheless, Chicago (with 599 murders total for the year) once again ended up as the nation's murder capital. New York, which has about three times the population of Chicago, had three fewer murders. And Los Angeles, the nation's second largest city, had less than 500 homicides. So, what is Chicago doing wrong?"
 

CT: Keep weapons out of Connecticut
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"Following the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban Monday, Hoffman’s Gun Center in Newington received a flurry of calls from those interested in purchasing weapons."

"However, Scott Hoffman, owner, informed callers the weapons were not available because of the Connecticut ban passed in 1993, a year before the federal ban was signed by former President Bill Clinton." ...

"Connecticut’s list includes guns with specific mechanisms that categories them in the banned list. However, there are many loopholes for gun manufacturers and buyers, Hoffman said."

 

Letting weapons ban lapse off is the mark (Letter)
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"Ten years ago a tough crime bill was passed to protect America. They made sure that criminals couldn't get their hands on assault weapons. There were record drops in violent crime all over America, including gang violence and school-related murders. We saw assault weapon-related crimes drop 65 percent."

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For the record:

1 - An alleged 65 percent drop in "assault" weapon related crimes means absolutely nothing if your initial sample is inadequate. These weapons were used in less than 2 percent of crimes committed with firearms to begin with.

2 - This ban did NOT make sure that criminals didn't get their hands on these weapons. Columbine happened AFTER the ban was implemented.

3 - There has been absolutely no evidence that the drops in crime in the US had anything to do with the 1994 ban.
 

Assault weapons ban was a lie (Letter)
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"Hitler said, 'If you tell a lie often enough people will believe it.' The assault weapons ban was a lie. In the first place, automatic weapons have been banned for many years."

"What the gun banners want you to believe is that a rifle that looks like a military weapon is an automatic weapon. Not true."

"I personally do not want nor own such a weapon. But the truth is, they are semi-automatic. I know many people don't know the difference. ..."

"Also, how many cases do the police have where automatic weapons were used. Check it out - very, very few."

"Terrorists don't buy guns at gun shows. 9/11 was lock cutters. If the pilots had been armed and a secure cockpit door in place, the Twin Towers would still be standing."
 

TX: Gun shop a labor of love for local man and his wife
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"Lester 'Les' Foulke has loved guns for almost as long as he's been conscious of them. He and his wife, Betty, were both raised in 'hunting country' and both grew up hunting."

" 'I was about 8 years old when I started hunting and just naturally looked for a way to make a living around guns and hunting,' Foulke (pronounced "folk") said. 'When I got a little older I got interested in gunsmithing.' "

"After marrying in 1957, Foulke attended gunsmith school in Denver, Co., from 1958 to 1959. He and Betty were living in Jonesboro, Ark., when he read an advertisement in Shotgun News magazine that a Mr. Riley of Texarkana, Texas, wanted to hire a gunsmith for his shop."
 

WI: Assault weapons ban gone, but few can see difference
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"A 10-year-old ban on assault weapons expired last week with barely any effect on people in central Wisconsin, gun salesman say."

"The public has the wrong perception of what the ban meant, said Paul Miller, manager of Bull's Eye Sports in Marshfield. Many people think they can walk into a gun shop now and see machine guns for sale, but that's not the case, he said."

"The federal ban halted the production of high-capacity magazines for weapons. The magazines hold 70 to 80 rounds of ammunition, instead of about 10, Miller said. Miller does expect the sale of the high-capacity magazines to increase in the next few weeks."
 

KY: Ex-Ky. Officer Goes on Trial for Shooting
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"Nineteen-year-old Michael Newby was the seventh black man fatally shot by Louisville police in the past five years. The officer who shot him three times in the back is the first in any of those cases to face criminal charges."

"McKenzie Mattingly, a 31-year-old former Marine and five-year department veteran, goes on trial for murder this week ..." ...

"Newby 'moved away, he was not trying to flee, he was trying to get a weapon out, and I felt in very real fear ... for my life,' Mattingly said during questioning. 'I thought, this guy is trying to get a gun out and he's gonna kill me.' "

"Mattingly fired four shots; three hit Newby in the back. The teen died the next morning at a hospital."
 

UK: Man found shot dead was murdered
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"A 36-year-old man who died after being found with gun shot wounds was murdered, police in Surrey have said."

"Daniel Blackett had been shot several times when he was found at his home in Sandhills Lane, Thorpe Green, Virginia Waters, at about 2020 BST on Saturday."

"He was taken to hospital, but pronounced dead. Police said a murder hunt had been launched."
 

NY: NRA spokesman boosts work of organization
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"Some of the top guns fighting over the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms rallied members of the Shooters Committee on Political Education Friday night in Cheektowaga."

"Wayne LaPierre, the high-profile spokesman for the National Rifle Association, was the headliner for the 39th annual banquet of the statewide grass-roots organization, held in Sheraton Four Points Hotel."
 

NY: Assault-weapons ban doesn’t fade away for New Yorkers
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"A federal law banning certain types of military-style rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines has ended, but a New York state ban on assault weapons is still in effect."

"State Police Lt. Glenn Miner is a spokesperson assigned to the state’s handgun permit bureau in Albany. He said the end of the assault weapons ban shouldn’t really affect New Yorkers."

"New York State passed legislation in 2000 that mirrors the federal law and that law is still on the books and we continue to enforce it..."

"The New York law will end only if the Legislature repeals it. Seven states adopted similar laws based on the federal law. Those states are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Those laws remain in effect."
 

FL: Teacher Arrested After Bookmark Called Concealed Weapon
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"Federal officials say a school teacher charged with carrying a concealed weapon - her weighted bookmark - into Tampa International Airport may soon be cleared."

"...airport screeners found her bookmark, an 8 1/2-inch leather strap with small lead weights at each end."

"She had carried it on several flights since the 2001 terrorist attacks, even through Tampa, but screeners had never noticed it, she said."

"This time they did, and thought it resembled a weighted weapon that could be used to knock people unconscious. Airport police charged her with carrying a concealed weapon." ...

"Harrington, who also is a Sunday school teacher, faced a possible criminal trial, a $10,000 fine and the stigma of being deemed a security risk."
 

CA: Brady Campaign supports Machado
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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has endorsed Sen. Mike Machado, D-Solano, in his re-election bid against Stockton Mayor Gary Podesto, campaign officials announced Monday."

"The Brady organization praised the senator's leadership and courage 'to stand up to the gun lobby to protect California's children' from gun violence."
 

NY: Gun dealers: ban's impact slight
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"The gun on Kevin Bruning's table at the Fall Syracuse Gun Show would've looked at home in the hands of a camouflage-clad soldier in the middle of a firefight."

"It was a semiautomatic assault rifle selling for $920."

"And it is still legal in New York state."

"Even though New York has its own weapons ban that mirrors the federal ban lifted Monday, many assault-style weapons were not included in the state or federal ban and are still widely available."
 

OH: Dire warnings from gun ban extremists already proving false
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"In a hysterical email message to supporters lamenting yet another day of failure (the Clinton Gun Ban sunset), gun ban extremist Toby Hoover said 'The gun lobby is thrilled and taking orders for guns.' "

"This claim has been oft repeated by extremists the gun ban lobby in recent weeks - if the ban sunsets, they screamed, assault weapons will be flooding the streets within hours!"

"The problem for the gun grabbers is...it hasn't happened. Just as those who truly understood the failed legislation predicted, newspapers are now reporting that gun dealers are not experiencing a rapid increase in demand..."
 

UK: Charge after doorstep gun death
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A 35-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a father-of-three at his Leicestershire home.

David Holland, 36, known as Nobby, was shot dead on 12 September. He was at home with his wife and children in Loughborough.

The accused man was charged on Saturday and will appear before Loughborough Magistrates' Court on Monday.

He was one of two men arrested separately in Shepshed on Thursday. The other has been released without charge.

Mr Holland had worked as a doorman at pubs in the Loughborough area.
 

CA: California authorities fear more violence without federal gun ban
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"When the federal ban on 19 types of assault weapons expired this week, law-enforcement officials were quick to point out that a California law outlawing an even larger number of the military-style firearms would remain in place."

"But with a thriving underworld gun trade and with the weapons legally available for residents of nearby states, officials predict it won't be long before the powerful firearms end up on California streets."

"California 'has always had much stricter laws. But the problem is when you don't have a national law, it just makes it easier for people to bring those 19 weapons here,' police Chief William Bratton said."

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Right. It's the fault of the states that have more respect for the Constitution of the United States and the right of the people to keep and bear arms than you do that you cannot control your criminal element. That's why everyone should be at the mercy of oppressive tyrants and armed criminals, so they can be just like you.
 

OH: Woman receives probation for trying to take loaded gun on plane
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"A woman who tried to take a loaded gun and additional ammunition in her carry-on bag onto a flight at Port Columbus International Airport has been put on probation for a year." ...

"Printz and her husband were traveling to Detroit on May 13 when agents at a terminal security checkpoint noticed the .38-caliber handgun in Printz's carry-on as it went through the X-ray machine. Authorities found five rounds of ammunition in the weapon and 11 additional rounds in the bag."

"Printz told authorities she had a permit to carry the gun. But firearm permits do not allow passengers to carry guns on planes."
 

Gun rights are now restored (Letter)
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With the expiration of the "assault weapons ban," Second Amendment rights have been restored to 1994 levels. Second Amendment rights help protect our freedom from tyranny.

Don't give away your freedom because it has no sporting purpose. You may not want a military type weapon and think they are a danger to society. Many also think you don't need a SUV and that they are a danger to society. Does that make the case to ban them?

Having freedom means others will have freedom, too. Think before you vote to take freedom from others. You may be the one to lose a right you care about next.
 

IL: Court backs city's quest for gun records
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"Chicago officials Friday hailed an appeals court ruling that orders the feds to turn over gun records to the city, saying the information could help the city in a $433 million lawsuit against the firearms industry."

"The Republican-controlled Congress enacted appropriations measures in 2003 and again this year saying no funds could be used to release the federal data that traces the path of guns used in crimes."

"The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives argued the language in Congress' spending bills blocked Chicago from obtaining the gun records under the Freedom of Information Act."
 

CT: Gun ban worked, officials say
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"AK-47s and Uzis remain banned under a 1989 federal law. However, collectors can obtain the weapons after going through a lengthy process to obtain a federal license."

"Connecticut has seen a drop in violent gun crimes over the past 10 years. Some advocates say the combined federal and state bans contributed to this decrease. Now, they worry if the lack of a federal law could allow people to bring the newly available weapons across the state line."

"The drop in crime, however, could have other factors. Some law enforcement and gun-ownership advocates question how much the laws really had to do with the reduction in crime."
 

Russia: Firearm fever in Russia
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"After the recent terrorist act in Beslan, Russians began purchasing legal means of self-defense."

"Some even address direct letters to different law-enforcement agencies across country with a plea to authorize sales of hunting rifles and self-defense firearms."

"State Duma plans to adopt certain amendments by the end of this month, aimed at restricting the overall turnover of firearms and explosives in the country. The amendment however will apply only to Russian special services. At the same time, many delegates express their affirmative views to make the firearms market more liberal. According to them, if the state is unable to protect its citizens, let them have the right protect themselves, writes 'Izvestia'."
 

Security Guard Shot at Illinois Capitol
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A security guard was shot inside the state Capitol on Monday afternoon by someone who then fled in a vehicle, authorities said.

The victim's condition was not immediately released.

The building was locked down, with employees ordered to stay in their offices.

The shooter entered the north entrance and shot the UNARMED guard at about 1:45 p.m., then fled, said Secretary of State's spokesman Randy Nehrt.

The Capitol has no metal detectors, and its officers are NOT ARMED.

-- "Trust us... we'll protect you"... yeah, right. Maybe you can speak to the BG using harsh tones. Scouling might help, too.
 

A Kalashnikov that's Legal in the UK
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LONDON - The creator of one of the world’s most famous guns, the AK-47 assault rifle, launched another weapon in Britain on Monday — Kalashnikov vodka.
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Will Brits be allowed to use the empty bottles as weapons against bad guys, or will THAT get them prison time, too?

 

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