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Once upon a midnight dreary: A defense of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was hard for me, a non-lawyerly type, to understand how shutting down the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) for a few days to upgrade the antiquated program was a breach of the Second Amendment. ..."

"No sooner had I penned out and e-mailed that opinion to this paper, though, than I started to have second thoughts. ..."

"Long story short, I had a terrible time getting to sleep that night. ... And when I finally did nod off, I had a really weird dream in which I was having a conversation with a man who looked to be from another era, like back in the colonial days maybe, and he talked to me like he knew me and knew how that PICS thing had been pestering me." ...
 

Significant Developments in DC Case on Handgun and Self-Defense Bans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "But when DC filed its petition [for a writ], the petition flagrantly violated DC's representations to the Court of Appeals. DC's petition for a writ of certiorari presents one, and only one question: 'Whether the Second Amendment forbids the District of Columbia from banning private possession of handguns while allowing possession of rifles and shotguns.' ..."

"... The most logical inference is that DC (despite statements by the Mayor at press conferences) has concluded that it cannot convince the Supreme Court that the Second Amendment is not an individual right. DC is retreating to position that the individual Second Amendment right is not violated by a handgun ban, as long as individuals can possess other guns." ...
 

National Hunting and Fishing Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"National Hunting and Fishing Day is September 22nd. This is an annual celebration of our hunting and fishing heritage as set by Congress. It provides a day for celebrating our freedoms to hunt and fish, as well as the Second Amendment. Whether you are a hunter, fisherman, trapper or shooter take some time this special day to think about that heritage. Even better would be to take some time to take a new shooter, young or old to the range. ..."

"Jeff Foxworthy is the National Honorary Chairman for 2007. ... 'It just drives my wife crazy', laughs Foxworthy, 'She goes, 'We get invited to the Oscars. You turn that down. We get invited to the Grammy's. You turn that down. But you never turn down a hunting or fishing trip.' ..." ...
 

So much for Mr. Nice Guy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I get several phone calls or e-mails from other FFL dealers stating that 'my inspector is a nice guy' or others in bewilderment when their license is revoked that this nice guy is now destroying their livelihood."

"We have a 'nice guy' who is out of the Boise office who has audited us for years. We had always called him for questions or concerns, most of the time we were overly cautious but always wanted to cover our bases."

"The problem is that they are there to follow orders. If their agenda is to shut down gun shops then you quickly become the enemy. They cannot go into a shop and not find any violations, it will then reflect that they are not doing their job. ..." ...
 

Process to obtain a CCW permit in Arizona
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"For anyone interested I wanted to share the process I went through to get my Arizona CCW permit (permit to carry a concealed weapon). Just for clarification for those unfortunate enough to live in states that issue permits specific to a specific list of gun calibers, Arizona is much better in that my permit allows me to carry any concealed legal weapon whether it be a gun or a sword ... On a side note, I personally don't feel I should need permission from the government in the form of a permit to allow me to exercise my right to 'bear arms' as protected by the 2nd Amendment, but until we can get the current law improved here, obtaining a CCW permit is the only way I can carry concealed without risking dire consequences. ..." ...
 

Experts say terrorists eye your local school
Submitted by: Pastor Guest
Website: http://www.stepstowardthemark.com

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"Three years after Muslim terrorists attacked a school in Beslan ... terrorism and law enforcement experts say most U.S. schools have not prepared at all to deal with the possibility of such an assault."

"More disturbingly ... such attacks are most definitely being prepared and rehearsed ..." ...

"The pair of trainers say the most effective deterrent to such attacks is to ensure there is an armed presence within every school. They recommend armed security as well as encouraging teachers and administrators to carry firearms."

"'Even one or two armed teachers in a school can make a difference,' says Grossman. 'One man or woman with effective fire from behind cover inside the school can hold off a group of attackers for five minutes.'" ...
 

OR: It’s 'concealed' for a reason
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Everyone interested in the Second Amendment is following the case of a Medford teacher who is suing the school district there because it won’t let her carry a firearm at work even though she has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. But the facts of the case make it a case that is less about gun rights than about common sense."

"The teacher says she wants to be armed because she’s afraid of her ex-husband, who she says has threatened to harm her."

"So a teacher fears she will be attacked at work, perhaps while she is teaching her class. Regardless of whether she is armed, this has to be of concern to the school, the pupils and all their parents. If the teacher’s fears are well grounded ... the school faces a heightened risk. ..." ...
 

MI: Shoot down plan for guns in school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The suggestion sounds as if it belongs in a futuristic, satiric morality play: A proposal to allow school districts to authorize staff members to carry handguns on campus."

"Proponents of the bill, introduced recently in the state House of Representatives, claim that having an armed teacher, coach or custodian on site might have prevented tragedies such as the Virginia Tech shootings."

"What they can't predict is if cross-fire would simply make an already deadly situation all the more tragic. That's a gamble that few parents would be willing to take with the safety of their children." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yes, offerring a murderous thug no possible opposition whatsoever would definitely reduce the body count.
 

Giuliani to Face the N.R.A.
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The sportsmen (and the politicians who love them) are set to converge on the capital this weekend as the National Rifle Association holds a 'Celebration of American Values.'"

"Speakers include some of the movement’s best-known conservatives, both on and off the presidential ballot, including Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Fred D. Thompson and Senator John McCain. But perhaps the most-watched remarks will be those given by Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was a vocal supporter of gun control as mayor of New York." ...
 

Giuliani's a long shot to win over NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rudy Giuliani takes his presidential pitch to the [NRA] Friday -- a group he once likened to 'extremists' -- but his past record as the Republican Party's biggest gun-control booster will make it almost impossible for him to win broad support, activists say."

"In fact, a scheduling coincidence Friday shows just how hard it is for Giuliani to escape his past: He speaks to an NRA meeting here on the very same day his 2000 lawsuit against gun-makers goes before a federal appeals court in New York."

"Giuliani has tried hard ... to claim a political conversion on guns -- from a big-city mayor who once called for ... national gun laws to a Second Amendment supporter who thinks those decisions should be left to local governments." ...
 

Giuliani Seeking Support From NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rudolph W. Giuliani will go before the rank and file of the National Rifle Association on Friday, seeking support for his Republican presidential campaign from a group he once likened to 'extremists' for its efforts to repeal the ban on assault weapons."

"But even as the former New York mayor strives to burnish his Second Amendment credentials at the gathering in Washington, a panel of federal judges in his home town will be hearing arguments on the lawsuit that Giuliani filed seven years ago aimed at punishing the nation's gun manufacturers for violent crimes involving firearms." ...
 

Giuliani, Romney Shifts Fail to Allay Gun Owners' Suspicions
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"The Republican Party in New Hampshire recently came up with a novel idea for a fund-raiser: having donors pay $25 to fire semiautomatic and automatic weapons at a Manchester gun range. It was such a success that party officials in other cities plan to hold similar events."

"Guns haven't much figured as an issue in the Republicans' 2008 presidential campaign, overshadowed by the war in Iraq and health care. That will change tomorrow when the nation's largest gun-owners' advocacy group, the National Rifle Association, holds a forum in Washington where its members will assess the leading Republican candidates' commitment to their cause." ...
 

McCain to Criticize Giuliani on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican presidential candidate John McCain lobbed a thinly veiled attack at fellow rival Rudy Giuliani, describing the former mayor's 'devious' attempt with a lawsuit 'to bankrupt our great gun manufacturers.'"

Giuliani said he preferred to focus on the lion's share of issues on which he and the National Rifle Association agree."

"Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., and the former New York mayor are among several officials speaking Friday at a National Rifle Association conference."

"In his prepared speech, McCain refers to a lawsuit by Giuliani and other mayors against the gun industry, to Giuliani's shifting Second Amendment position and to Giuliani's use of the term "extremists" in relation to the NRA." ...
 

Giuliani Is Everyone's Worst Nightmare
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former New York City Mayor and Republican Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani said this week that he was 'liberals' worst nightmare.' However, the truth is, Rudy Giuliani is everyone's worst nightmare."

"That Rudy Giuliani is currently trying to cast himself as a conservative is beyond laughable--it is hilarious. This is a man who ... has been one of the country's most radical proponents of gun control. He made New York a sanctuary city for illegal aliens and is a strong proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens. As a prosecutor, his abuse of power and disregard for law are legendary. ..." ...
 

ID: N. Idaho city can't enforce gun ban
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The state attorney general's office says the north-central Idaho city of Moscow doesn't have the legal authority to enforce a gun ban.

In a letter Tuesday, the office told city officials they can't restrict people from legally carrying exposed or concealed weapons on public property.

Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney sought gun restrictions following a May 19 shooting rampage that left four dead and three wounded.

Chaney says she's personally disappointed by the letter, but not surprised.

In Idaho, it is legal to carry an exposed firearm in public, and a concealed weapon with the proper permit.

Chaney says allowing guns at public meetings could hinder an open debate.
 

“...Which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them...”
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...But it should always be remembered, that this law, natural or revealed, made for men or for nations, flows from the same divine source: it is the law of God.

"Nature, or, to speak more properly, the Author of nature, has done much for us . . . and the deficiencies of our laws must be supplied by the perfections of his. Human law must rest its authority, ultimately, upon the authority of that law, which is divine.

"...We now see the deep and the solid foundations of human law...."

"...The First Law of Nature is that every man ought to endeavour peace, as far as he has hope of obtaining it; and when he cannot obtain it, that he may seek and use all helps and advantages of war...."

 

How a police chief SHOULD respond to an officer's abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, the Internal Affairs unit sent me a letter today."

"Their determination was that the officer in question violated the departmental regulations regarding 'knowledge of laws and regulations and courtesy'. ..."

"The official action(s) taken are:"

"- A written reprimand for the officer, 'which reprimand carries with it certain inter-departmental consequences beyond just a notation in their personnel file.'"

"- Remedial training in TN Handgun Carry Permit law, and in dealing with the public."

"- All KPD officers will be undergoing refresher training on Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit law during the next in-service training session."

"- An apology from the Chief of Police, Sterling Owen." ...
 

Police chiefs blast gun loophole
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a report Wednesday that calls for stronger gun laws and urges law enforcement agencies to better educate the public about gun violence and to form more partnerships with public health officials in preventing firearms-related deaths."

"The organization ... made 39 recommendations in the report, intended as a guide in countering a rise nationwide in gun violence over the past two years."

"The report also implores states to consider enacting legislation that would close the 'gun show loophole,' a term referring to transactions between private sellers, which allow buyers to avoid mandatory background screenings required by federally licensed gun dealers." ...
 

IN: Former officer charged in 'joy ride' crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More details about a late-night joy ride have emerged with criminal charges filed against former Muncie police officer Jason Lyons."

"Lyons, 39, faces charges of reckless driving and interference with reporting a crime, both misdemeanors, resulting from an Aug. 28 incident in which he crashed a police car with three Ball State University students inside."

"The prosecutor's office filed the charges in Muncie City Court this week ..."

"'These are clear-cut cases,' said Prosecutor Mark McKinney." ...

"After talking to as many as four police supervisors, Lyons told police Sgt. Sharyl Mench that 'I has messed up really bad and I told her I was stupid and trying to impress three pretty girls who were paying attention to me.'" ...
 

NJ: Vineland officer charged
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Cumberland County SPCA filed five charges of failing to provide veterinary care Monday afternoon against city police officer Richard Cotto."

"The officer, now facing his fourth round of animal neglect charges in connection with the pit bulls he keeps at his Brewster Road home, could be fined up to $1,000 for each charge, said county SPCA Director Bev Greco."

"Investigators from the SPCA and Animal Control on Friday discovered that Cotto was in violation of a June 29 court order stating the officer is allowed no more than five dogs on his property."

"A total of 29 pit bulls were found at the officer's home, including 15 puppies and 14 adults." ...
 

OH: Corrections Officer Charged with Taking a Bribe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lucas County corrections officer will face a judge this week, accused of taking a bribe. Officer Edward Drane reportedly took money from an undercover officer to smuggle drugs into the jail. He's charged with felony count of bribery. Meanwhile, his family is coming to his defense."

"It's not easy for Rita Wilson to look at the mugshot of her brother ..."

"Wilson says the 'Ed' she knows is hard-working family man, devoted to his job at the Lucas County Jail, and is rarely seen out of uniform. 'It seems like it's a set up. It's mighty strange that it was done on the inside, and they're trying to pinpoint him,' said Wilson."

"Family members say they will fight the accusations in court." ...
 

CO: Alcohol surveys spur complaints
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"The Gilpin County Sheriff's Office was apologizing Monday after a weekend effort to help a research group led to complaints about what appeared to be a DUI checkpoint - but wasn't."

"Sheriff's officials who participated in the stops now acknowledge that the nonprofit organization requesting voluntary DUI and drug tests from drivers was overly persistent, according to complaints."

"'It was like a telemarketer that you couldn't hang up on,' said Gilpin County Undersheriff John Bayne."

"Sgt. Bob Enney said deputies assisted the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in stopping motorists at five sites along Colorado 119 for surveys on any drug and alcohol use. ..." ...
 

NY: Court papers: Indicted cop told Mt. Kisco officer he gave immigrant a ride
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The village police officer charged in the death of homeless immigrant Rene Perez told a fellow officer he 'went out hunting' for Perez and 'gave him a ride up to Byram Lake Road' in Bedford the night he was found dying there, according to court records obtained by The Journal News."

"In the locker room at headquarters the next day, George Bubaris told the other officer that 'you're the only one who knows, bro,' according to the court records."


"The documents reveal statements alleged to have been made by Bubaris that prosecutors intend to use against him at trial."

"A grand jury charged Bubaris, 30, with second-degree manslaughter two weeks ago, finding that he recklessly caused Perez's death in April. ..." ...
 

GA: Luthersville police chief charged with rape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arrest warrants have been issued charging the police chief of the small west Georgia town of Luthersville with rape, false imprisonment, violation of oath of office and false imprisonment under color of legal process."

"A second officer in the Meriwether County town also has been charged in connection with the case."

"Late last month, the Meriwether sheriff's office requested the GBI's assistance in investigating allegations of sexual assault by Chief David Yates against a Luthersville woman ..."

"The charge of false imprisonment under color of legal process stems from an Aug. 17 incident in which the same woman was taken into custody by Luthersville police at the direction of Yates, Bankhead said." ...
 

IL: Chicago police officer charged in bar beating to appear in court
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A Chicago police officer charged in connection with the videotaped beating of a female bartender is scheduled to return to court today.

Anthony Abbate is on a security video camera tape beating and kicking a bartender at a Northwest Side bar back in February.

The 12-year police veteran was off duty at the time.

Abbate faces charges in the attack, including official misconduct and intimidating witnesses.

Abbate has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bond.
 

Belize: Police Officer Charged For Extortion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once again Police have charged one of their own. 41-year-old Corporal Francis Ogaldez who was posted at the Ladyville sub formation has been charged for extortion. A Ladyville resident has reported that Ogaldez was extorting money from him. The man said he was involved in a traffic accident and Ogaldez is the investigating officer. He said Ogaldez demanded four hundred dollars from him for the investigation to be dropped. As a result four one hundred dollar bills were marked and given to the resident. Last Friday evening as a result of surveillance operation Ogaldez was seen receiving the money. ... Ogaldez also faces disciplinary charges along with the criminal charges."
 

Canada: B.C. Mounties' pay docked over drunken 'serial abuse' rampage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two Ridge Meadows RCMP officers have been docked 10 days' pay for getting drunk and riding around assaulting innocent people and falsely identifying themselves as 'PoCo (Port Coquitlam) police.'"

"An RCMP disciplinary board recently found constables Pat Hughson and Steve Frazer both guilty of 'disgraceful' conduct as a result of their 'intentional, serial abuse of innocent passersby, without reason.'"

"According to the board's written decision, Const. Hughson and Const. Frazer were 'highly intoxicated' when they left a bar on May 10, 2006, in a truck driven by a friend."

"The two off-duty officers spotted a man, Colin Frederick, whom they wrongly believed had a warrant out for his arrest." ...
 

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