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Big Easy hard on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Businesses selling bumper stickers that read 'If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns' also should offer one with the rejoinder 'We told you so.'"

"In spite of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina -- and then by its citizens -- New Orleans still is the "Big Easy" because of its total and effortless vandalizing of the Second Amendment."

"Say what you will about the astounding ineptitude of Mayor C. Ray 'Not My Fault' Nagin and Police Superintendent P. Edwin 'Me Neither' Compass III who, when interviewed jointly, wear 'I'm with stupid' T-shirts with arrows pointing at each other. Who could have predicted that their gun grabbing would be almost lethally efficient?" ...
 

The Jury is Still Out on Protecting Gun Makers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The anti-gun provisions in S. 397 would probably be stripped out in the House if all the gun groups were working together with GOA.' -- Rep. Ron Paul, Sept. 15, 2005"

"Thank you, Ron Paul, for your kind words. Sometimes it's a lonely battle fighting gun control. GOA was the only gun group fighting trigger locks in the Senate, and once again, is the only group fighting these gun restrictions in the House."

"The drums in the House are beating for gun control. There are two bills that would take baby steps toward protecting gun makers from the frivolous lawsuits that are plaguing the industry. The House bill (H.R. 800) would help protect gun makers WITHOUT imposing any new gun restrictions. ..." ...
 

Media, Politicians Keeping Gun Confiscation Quiet?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No. News of gun confiscation in New Orleans has reached every corner of the country. Contrary to the message in the accompanying newsletter (below), it is not a secret."

"The secret is what can be done about this violation of our right to keep and bear arms. But don't ask Gun Owners of America, because their answer is just as useless as the Second Amendment. Their answer is to pass additional legislation--legislation that forbids the violation of the Second Amendment and imposes a consequence consisting of the withholding of financial aid."

"'Pardon me, gentlemen, but if you proceed with your naughty gun grabbing mission you may jeopardize your financial aid.'" ...
 

MO: Supreme Court denies appeal of ruling in concealed-gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear a case on whether people must answer background questions to qualify for concealed-gun permits."

"In May, a three-judge Missouri Court of Appeals panel ruled that Paul Heidbrink - and any other applicant for a permit to carry a concealed weapon - has an obligation to answer the issuing sheriff department's questions about past crimes or military service."

"The appeals court rejected a judge's ruling that Heidbrink did not have to answer questions about his background, ruling that the right to bear arms in Missouri isn't absolute." ...
 

TN: Rhea Shooting Victim Allegedly Attacked Trio First
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Ogden Road man who shot another man at his home may have done so in self-defense."

"Rhea County Deputy Steve Rievley responded to a report of a shooting ... When he arrived, Rievley found two men and a woman in the home, and they turned over a Sterling .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol to him. Rievley took the three people into custody temporarily."

"Rievley found the shooting victim, Terry LaFuze, ... in the bathroom, sitting on the floor with a bullet wound to his right foot. ..."

"Chief Deputy John Argo said that the circumstances could indicate it was a case of self-defense. The sheriff’s department will give the evidence to the District Attorney’s office for a determination on whether to file charges ..."
 

MN: Man shoots burglar coming through window
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A Minneapolis man shot and wounded a suspected would-be burglar Monday morning after he climbed through a broken window."

"Police said the suspect broke into a home ... about 9 a.m. The man, who was living in the lower-level duplex, confronted the burglar and fired several shots, said Capt. Rich Stanek."

"The alleged burglar was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition and was later stabilized ... He was expected to recover."

"[Capt. Mike Martin] said police don't recommend that homeowners confront intruders."

"'But we understand that homeowners have a right to protect their person and property,' Stanek said, adding that homeowners have the right to use reasonable force to protect themselves."
 

GA: Store Owner Shoots Intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The owner of John's Discount Store in Jonesboro shot and wounded an intruder Tuesday morning.

The armed suspect fled the scene and later went to Southern Regional Medical Center to seek help for the treatment of a gunshot wound. His injury was not considered life-threatening.

The owner of the store said he has been robbed in the past and fired before the suspect shot him.

Police are considering charges against the suspect.
 

WI: Lack of concealed carry only helps bad guys
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"Two Wisconsin Republicans are planning to reintroduce legislation that would allow law-abiding citizens in Wisconsin to carry a concealed weapon for protection and self-defense. Similar legislation was narrowly defeated last year. ..."

"With this news comes the renewed debate over the merits of allowing people to carry a concealed weapon for personal protection. The arguments on both sides aren't really new, but the logic used by the anti-gun lobby just doesn't make sense to me." ...

"My main problem with the anti-gun crowd is this: Any legislation banning or restricting the possession of firearms only ensures that the only people carrying weapons will be the bad guys. And the bad guys know it." ...
 

WI: Concealed Carry -- There's no need to change the law (first letter)
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"On the concealed-carry bill that keeps bobbing up every year in this state, the issue is that a firearm is not just an inanimate object. It is an object that becomes rapidly animate with the simple pull of a trigger. It is a volatile object because the emotions that activate it are the volatile elements of anger or fear." ...

"A responsible society knows that volatile objects such as guns and chemicals cannot be totally banned, but it also knows that their use must be limited due to a high level of risk. In the case of chemicals, they have usefulness. As for concealed carry, our relatively low crime rate in this state - and common sense - in no way demands a change in our current law."
 

NJ: Important Reminder: Please Attend a Public Hearing on New Jersey Black Bear Management! (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Make your voices heard! A public hearing regarding the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 21."

"The policy was written in response to last year's New Jersey Supreme Court Decision canceling the 2004 hunt. According to last year’s decision, before a 2005 bear hunt can take place the policy must first be approved by DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell. The purpose of the hearing is to provide Commissioner Campbell with public comment to inform his decision."

Animal rights activists are expected to turn out in force. It is vital that you attend. Please encourage family and friends to do the same." ...
 

DE: End of Gun Ban Has Little Effect - No Increase Reported in Crimes Using Previously Banned Arms
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"The predictions were dire. The expiration of the 10-year-old federal assault-weapons ban would flood the streets with AK-47s and other weapons of war."

"With the one-year anniversary of the expiration of the ban passing quietly last week, the reality has proved much less grim. The assault-weapons ban went out with a whimper, not a bang."

"Although precise figures are not available, police in Delaware have not reported an increase in crimes committed with previously banned weapons." ...
 

NC: Legislature Revokes Rights of NC Citizens, Citizen Fights Back
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"A Raleigh citizen thinks the North Carolina Legislature has turned a large group of unsuspecting citizens into potential felons. Barney Britt, a 47 year old business owner from Raleigh, NC is suing the State of North Carolina. Twenty six years ago, Mr. Britt pled guilty to a felony criminal drug charge. He served his time and has no criminal record since that ignorant youthful offense. In the mean time, Mr. Britt has become a valuable member of society, starting his own business and employing others for the past ten years." ...
 

AK: State, city carry dueling gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Anyone legally allowed to own a handgun in Anchorage can carry it just about anywhere."

"Carrying a concealed handgun used to be against the law without a special permit."

"But the city stopped enforcing the permit requirement after the state passed a law in 2003 that said Alaskans no longer needed the permit. Concealed weapons are those hidden from view -- in a purse, under a coat, in the glove box."

"However, the city's permit law remained on the books. Assemblyman Dick Traini wants to change what it says so the two laws match." ...
 

OH: Representative Aslanides Introduces HB347: HB12 Reform Legislation
Submitted by: Dan White
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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry is pleased to announce that we can now share with you legislation that has been drafted to reform Ohio's seventeen-month old concealed carry law. House Bill 347 was introduced today!" ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association Endorses HB347, Sweeping Firearms Law Reform Bill (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"Buckeye Firearms Association is excited to announce its endorsement of House Bill 347. ... HB347 has overwhelming support as indicated by the bill's 47 sponsors."

"Perhaps the most momentous accomplishment is that HB 347 is a statewide preemption bill. It ensures that firearms laws are uniform throughout the state. 44 states currently have similar laws, and they have proven to be successful and are well accepted by police. This will eliminate problems for all gun owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances such as the Columbus’ so-called assault weapons ban or the unjust firearms confiscation and convictions in Toledo. This is crucial to anyone who owns a firearm in Ohio." ...
 

OH: Aslanides' sweeping firearms law reform legislation introduced as HB347 (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"Buckeye Firearms Association has learned that Rep. Jim Aslanides' comprehensive firearms law reform legislation was introduced today in Columbus, as House Bill 347. The bill already has 47 co-sponsors, with more expected to sign on soon."

"To download a copy of House Bill 347 in .pdf format, CLICK HERE." ...
 

NH: Police Draw Guns On Man Assembling Toy Weapon
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"An incident involving a toy gun turned into a real scare for a local family."

"Sitting in a truck with his two children in a Salem, N.H., shopping plaza, a Dracut, Mass., father started putting the toy weapon together."

"NewsCenter 5's Rhondella Richardson reported that the move gave some nearby police officers the wrong impression."

"'This was absolutely ridiculous what happened. Somebody yelled out, 'Put your hands up!' And I had no idea what was going on. I am right there, I turn around and there is a police officer, maybe 8 feet over there with his handgun out at me, right at my face. Directly across from me, my boy is sitting right here,' said Anthony Kulesza." ...
 

Philippines: Kidnapped trader tags two brother-cops
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"Two brother-policemen have again been implicated with two other companions in the abduction of a Chinese businessman earlier this month, following their involvement in the kidnap-for-ransom case of another Chinese-Filipino in August."

"Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Tuesday raided the house of PO2 Clifford de Guzman at 53 Linao St., Quezon City, for his alleged involvement in the Sept. 1 kidnap of Henry Sia of Fugoso St., Sta. Cruz, Manila."

"NBI Special Action Unit head Vicente de Guzman III said they seized the Toyota Lucida van (RAM 479) used in abducting Sia, a .9 mm [sic] Beretta pistol and a hand grenade from the policeman's house." ...
 

TN: For whom the Bells Toll
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"That bell we heard ringing last week at Pigeon Forge High School did more than signal changing classes. It was an alarm that signaled changing times."

"Details are sketchy about why a student brought a 9 mm pistol to school, but parents and students alike were and are alarmed. One fact that can be pinned down is that a number of students knew about the gun early in the day. It's alarming that they didn't report it immediately to school authorities. Their unthinking silence unwittingly gave the gun-toter the opportunity to bring about disaster. Sometimes being a tattletale can save lives." ...
 

LA: One holdout determined to stay in the home he's known all his life
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"When the deputies came to the last inhabited house on Schnell Street to rescue Donald Bordelon and his wife, Colleen, their kind offer was declined."

"The Bordelons, Donald said, were in no need of rescue. He said this from the roof, where he and his wife have been staying of late, because the interior flooded after the storm."

"But the deputies were adamant. They would not take "No, thank you kindly" for an answer. It's possible that, after much back and forth, unkind words were exchanged, including the phrase 'take me in handcuffs or a body bag,' and that the deputies saw Donald Bordelon's impressive collection of pistols and hunting rifles." ...
 

IL: United Nations Report Validates Old Adage 'An Armed Society is a Polite Society' (ISRA)
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"A report released this week by the United Nations confirms what law-abiding Americans have known for quite some time. That being that criminals prefer victims who cannot fight back." ...
 

MA: MAR’s Self-Defense Class an Important Part of Realtors Safety Week
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Massachusetts Association of Realtors last week held a 90-minute self-defense and safety training program for real estate professionals, as part of this year's observance of Realtor Safety Week."

"The program, held at MAR's offices in Waltham, was presented by Tami Bonnell, president of U.S. Operations for Exit Realty Corp. and a certified instructor and coach of Tae Kwon Do, who has taught self-defense seminars for over 10 years."

"The class was held in response to a recent reported apprehension of a rapist who was targeting owners of homes for sale in both northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire." ...
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New equipment good for hunter, not so good for deer
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"My wife has already put me on notice - this year come deer season, no excuses pointing to a venison-free freezer; she politely advised me to fill 'er up. I can deal with the pressure and I'm ready for the challenge." ...

"I don't own a fully rifled, barreled shotgun for shooting slugs, but if I did I would make a beeline to check out Hornady's SST slug. Hornady has left the competition standing in the gate with this new offering. The slug is a 385-grain sabot with a muzzle velocity of 2,000 feet per second, energy level of 2,664 foot pounds and when zeroed in at 150 yards is 6.7 inches at 200 yards. In checking the charts for comparison purposes with both Winchester and Federal using the same 2¾ configuration, neither came close." ...
 

Texas -- Still King for Big Bucks
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"What are the old sayings, 'You just can't argue with success' or, 'It ain't braggin if you can do it'? As much as I hate to give any ground up to the Lone Star State about anything, one undeniable truth is that Texas is still tops for producing white-tailed deer of both sexes. When a state touts deer population numbers that regularly exceed a head count of 5 million, then naturally it's a hunting location that is going to garner a lot of attention."

Argue as you will about some of the tactics used ... Non-resident hunters returning home from Texas deer hunts regularly report having seen more bucks in just a few days than several seasons altogether back home. That's just the reality of it." ...
 

AK: Borough shooting range plans under fire
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"As the Mat-Su Borough Assembly prepares to consider three possible sites for a borough-owned shooting range, Susan Lindquist and her family have become more concerned."

"... In an attempt to provide gun enthusiasts with a designated safe place to shoot, the assembly unanimously adopted a pair of resolutions calling for the identification of potential sites for a public shooting range."

"... During its regular meeting Tuesday, the assembly will discuss declaring one of the three sites a shooting area."

"The selection of those sites has drawn the ire of Lindquist and several other neighbors." ...
 

NY: Cleanup of lead a problem
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"Over the next few years we may be facing the end of Southern Tier 'rod and gun' clubs as we know them. If your club hosts organized or recreational shotgun, pistol or rifle shooting on its grounds, action will have to be taken to clean up spent lead - or else."

"Clubs that don't have the initiative or financial resources to sufficiently search and/or clean up their grounds will be getting a visit from the Feds, and it won't be friendly."

"You may remember a brief furor several years ago when the Environmental Protection Agency started petitioning states for listings of their clubs where shooting events were held ... it wanted to survey lead pollution of the ground and water where shooting was conducted." ...
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MI: Gobble them up
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"The seasonal hunting guns will be warming up Sunday when the 44th edition of the Ottawa Sportsmen's Club Turkey Shoot fires at 11 a.m.

"... The events are open to the public and end when all the prizes have been won."

"In the beginning years, the event was known as the 'Turkey Shoot' because live turkeys were awarded as prizes ... Now, frozen turkeys are awarded and some frozen chickens too ..."

"'The turkeys aren't the only thing that has changed over the years as the event has evolved from a shooting competition to a day of wholesome fun for the whole family,' said former Club President Russ Weisinger ..."

"The Turkey Shoot offers 14 shooting events with challenges for all skill levels. ..." ...
 

CO: Colorado hunting program draw critics
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"Critics of a program that encourages landowners to manage their land with wildlife in mind say recently approved changes don't go far enough."

"The Ranching for Wildlife program gives ranchers with more than 12,000 acres hunting licenses and more flexible hunting seasons if they open their land to public hunting and manage their land for the benefit of wildlife."

"Sportsmen and RFW neighbors say the Division of Wildlife program provides undue benefits to private landowners and hurts public hunting."

"The Colorado Wildlife Commission last week adopted new program rules that will take effect in 2006." ...
 

NC: Talented youth shoot down experience
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"A collegiate team with more experienced juniors and seniors is more likely to achieve success if experience -- which relates to comfort and understanding of the game -- is as big of a factor as coaches make it out to be."

"The rifle team has only two juniors and doesn't have any seniors, but coach Keith Miller has no problem with that."

"'I have my top four people coming back from last year and they're all sophomores and juniors,' he said. 'We've been building our program over the last few years, and as we've done that we've been bringing in shooters that can contribute right off the bat.'" ...
 

TN: Marksmanship provides recreation
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"Most people are involved in extracurricular activities. These hobbies are enjoyable and provide an outlet of escape from one's normal routine."

"Some people choose to go to the gym while others go shopping. ..."

"While some people shoot guns as their recreational activity."

"Located on 934 West Watauga Ave. in Johnson City stands a firing range called Point Blank Indoor Firing Range. It is a locally owned business that provides a safe environment for those who enjoy marksmanship."

"I know what you are thinking. I bet this place is full of gun fanatics. On the contrary, lawyers, mechanics, electricians, registered nurses and people from all walks of life use the facility according to part owner Tony Davenport." ...
 

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