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Federal Agents, Police Leaders Blast Gun Dealer Protection Bill; Legislation Could be Voted on as Soon as Monday (BCPGV)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Eight retired senior agents of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, including two former ATF chiefs, and two of the nation's most prominent police groups today sent letters to members of Congress urging them to oppose a bill, H.R. 5092, that would weaken federal powers to crack down on gun dealers who violate the law."

"The retired ATF leaders wrote the legislation 'would severely undermine the Bureau and protect corrupt gun dealers.' The Major Cities (Police) Chiefs Association said the bill 'would have a devastating effect on the ability of law enforcement to stem the flow of firearms from lawbreaking gun dealers to violent criminals.'" ...
 

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Arsenal of Freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two 17-year-old boys were arrested last week in Green Bay, Wis., for allegedly planning to use bombs and other weapons at East High School. ..."

"In Wisconsin, police acted before any shooting took place, so it is hard to know how much of the plot was fantasy and how much real. ..." ...

"Perhaps more strikingly, instead of gun control in the wake of Columbine and the fear of terrorist cells, we've turned to gun licentiousness. Catering to the National Rifle Association lobby, the president broke his campaign promise and let the assault weapons ban expire—despite the virtually unanimous demand of police officials that it be retained. The police know that their lives are put at risk ..." ...
 

VA: Tractor is alleged attack weapon
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Wytheville farm worker is accused of losing his temper and attacking a woman with a tractor.
Jeffrey C. Turpin is charged with the malicious wounding of Robyn Babos."

"... Authorities allege a hot-headed Turpin chased Babos, 45, across the farm with the John Deere tractor after aborted negotiations for a $500 truck." ...

"...When Babos fell down, Turpin dropped the 350-pound iron bucket to the ground and rolled the bucket over her, breaking her leg, Hagee said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Restrict heavy machinery to government employees only? Sue John Deere?
 

Three more dealers settle NYC firearms suit (Another view)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who backed a landmark lawsuit to curb illegal firearms sales earlier this year, said three additional out-of-town gun dealers have agreed to settle with the city, bringing the total number of settlements to five."

"In May, the City sued 15 gun dealers in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, claiming that 500 confiscated guns were traced back to these dealerships between 1994 and 2001. In July, two Georgia gun dealers reached a settlement with the city that included a court-appointed special master, continued surveillance of gun sales and fines for future violations." ...
 

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Groundbreaking Settlements With Three Additional Gun Dealers Named in New York City Lawsuit
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that three additional gun dealers named in the New York City lawsuit against dealers caught selling illegally have agreed to settlements with the City bringing the total number of gun dealer settlements to five. ..." ...
 

TX: Radio ad asks Houstonians to arm themselves against evacuees
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A radio commercial for a local gun shop advises Houstonians to arm themselves against 'Katricians,' adding to the growing tension between Houstonians and the Katrina evacuees who have been blamed for a rising crime rate."

"Gun shop owner and radio talk-show host Jim Pruett said Thursday he started running the ad a few weeks ago after hearing a local television interview with a Katrina evacuee living in Houston who implied he would have to turn to crime if his government assistance ran out." ...

"Residents in upper middle-class west Houston have blamed evacuees for violent crime rates that have increased almost 14 percent in one district and homicides that have nearly doubled in another." ...
 

WI: Accused Burglar Sues Homeowner Who Shot Him
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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An accused burglar who fell through the roof of a Janesville home and was shot is now suing the homeowner who shot him.

Kurt Prochaska was arrested last October and charged with burglary, WISC-TV reported.

The homeowner, Michael Rainiero, said he shot Prochaska after he refused to leave the house.

Prochaska's lawsuit claimed Rainiero used excessive force and that he intentionally shot him in the back, trying to sever his spinal cord.

The Rock County district attorney believed Rainiero acted in self-defense and never pursued charges against him.
 

AL: Gun at C'ville school lands man in jail
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"A man who took a pistol to the Coffeeville High School was arrested Friday night."

"Coffeeville Police Chief Clint Harrell observed Cotrie Purvis Cowan Jr.'s vehicle in the parking lot at the school as the football team was returning from an away game."

"Harrell heard loud music coming from Cowan's vehicle and as he approached the vehicle to address the noise ordinance violation, Harrell saw a Glock pistol on the front passenger seat."

"Cowan, 36, was immediately taken into custody for possessing a firearm on school property."

"Coffeeville Police Officer Steve Carlisle seized the weapon and discovered it was loaded."
 

ID: Proposed Ordinance asks Each Household to Have a Firearm
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"All Americans have the right to bear arms. Some towns have even gone as far as to require each household to have a gun. Now a small Idaho town is contemplating a similar idea-- it's called the Civil Emergencies Ordinance. And although gun ownership is just one piece of this ordinance, it's the part that's getting the most attention."

"'We've blessed to be a fairly rural area of the state, so we don't have a lot of crime and I think we'd like to keep it that way,' said Lee Belt, Greenleaf city clerk." ...
 

ID: Greenleaf wants homeowners to arm themselves (Another view)
Submitted by: Protector

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"A small Canyon County town is considering a city ordinance that would recommend every homeowner have a gun and know how to use it."

"A Greenleaf city council member proposed the idea as part of a plan to handle civil emergencies.
It would create citizen response teams and neighborhood watch groups, but would also recommend citizens own a gun and ammunition."

"'We aren't choosing to pick a fight. We're choosing to organize and learn how to defend our own homes,' said Greenleaf Mayor Brad Holton."

"Holton assumes nearly every person living in his town already owns a gun."

"'That's just the nature of our community,' said Holton." ...
 

KY: Former Hart sheriff enters plea of not guilty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former county sheriff in south-central Kentucky has pleaded not guilty to charges that he took valuable items seized by police as evidence."

"Jeff Staples, Hart County sheriff from 1993 to 2005, was indicted earlier this month on seven counts of abuse of public trust, 16 counts of receiving stolen property and a minor firearms charge."

"Staples, 50, was arraigned Tuesday."

"Prosecutors allege that Staples took property seized by the department, including cash, an all-terrain vehicle, night-vision goggles and several guns."

"Staples was indicted Sept. 5 and released after posting bond that day. He could face up to five years in prison on the stolen-property and public-trust counts. ..."
 

MN: Fletcher seeks to revoke gun permit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At the urging of then-St. Paul Police Chief Bill Finney, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher in 2004 issued a gun permit to a friend of Finney's despite the man having a 'criminal history,' Fletcher said Thursday."

"The disclosure is contained in a letter Fletcher sent last week seeking the return of the gun permit, which had been issued to Aaron Walter Foster Sr., a longtime friend of Finney's."

"Foster's friendship with Finney, who is challenging Fletcher's bid for a fourth term as sheriff, became a campaign issue last month when Fletcher said he had reopened a 25-year-old suspicious-death case in which Foster was the only suspect." ...
 

FL: Reward Offered For Orlando Police Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Orlando police will pay $2,500 for information that will help find a rifle recently stolen from an officer's patrol car.

Police said someone broke into the car parked in a subdivision located off North Lane near Pine Hills Road early Monday and took an AR-15 rifle.

The rifle was in a locked mounted rack and it was the only item taken from the vehicle.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.
 

UK: Brave PC honoured for overpowering gunman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"AN UNARMED cop who overpowered a pistol-wielding thug has been honoured with the capital's top policing award."

"PC Steven Roots and police dog Millie brought down fleeing gunman Kingsley Opoku, 26, in a late-night chase."

"Opoku took aim as PC Roots and his colleagues pursued him. He even tried to strangle Millie, but the officers' combined strength was enough to overpower the brute in a park in Goldsmith Road, Peckham. The full significance of their bravery emerged only afterwards when cops uncovered a deadly 'assassin's kit' in Opoku's bag."

"The cache included a powerful Mac-10 machine pistol, 15 rounds of ammunition, a silencer, replica pistol and bulletproof vest. ..." ...
 

IN: Daniels supports handguns in parks rule change
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Governor Mitch Daniels supports the Department of Natural Resources decision to allow handguns in Indiana's state parks. The rule change announced Thursday eliminates the restriction against handguns.

Hunters and other visitors with valid gun licenses to carry them on DNR properties. Daniels says he believes in the Bill of Rights and the second amendment right to bear arms.

"The right of licensed and law abiding citizens that exists everywhere else, I don't think they should forfeit it when they come to a state park," said Daniels.

Daniels is scheduled to speak Friday to a statewide meeting of the National Rifle Association. The timing of the rule change is a coincidence, Daniels said.
 

IN: Pack a picnic -- or a gun (Another view)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's now legal to carry a handgun in Indiana's state parks, a move seen as the latest victory for the gun lobby in Indiana."

"In the past, you had to keep your piece locked in your car. But under a provisional rule change, announced Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources, licensed handgun owners can pack while birding, hiking, picnicking -- whatever."

"DNR Director Kyle Hupfer announced the news a day before Gov. Mitch Daniels was to share the stage with National Rifle Association President Sandra S. Froman at a forum on gun rights at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg." ...
 

PA: Shotgun shells all have comparable velocity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I left the scene before the argument finished, but it was plain to see that the older hunter had no time for combination outfits or any gauge smaller than the 10. His remark about the 10-gauge shooting twice as hard as a 12-gauge is simply not true. From a velocity standpoint, all gauges, even down to the .410 bore, fall into velocity readings running between 1,100 to 1,350 feet per second. I'm sure there are exceptions, and some of the new factory ammo now available may even offer more velocity. But no shotgun shell shoots twice as hard as another shell of comparable loading." ...
 

MD: Pistol Found in Carry-On at Md. Airport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Security screeners discovered a pistol in a carry-on bag at Baltimore's main airport Friday morning, and two concourses were evacuated when its owner disappeared, authorities said."

"The bag was held at the security checkpoint at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, but the man who owned it passed through, airport spokesman Jonathan Dean said."

"There was no indication of terrorism, police said."

"Police, security officers and search dogs unsuccessfully hunted the terminals for a man ... Transportation Security Administration police spokesman Jonathan Green said."

"'We simply were acting with all due precaution,' Dean said."

"The pistol was a .25 caliber semiautomatic, Green said." ...
 

MS: Death sentence thrown out in Mississippi cop-killing case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A judge on Thursday threw out the death sentence of a Prentiss man convicted of killing a cop in a 2001 drug raid and handed Cory Maye a second chance of avoiding lethal injection."

"After a two-day hearing in Pearl River County Circuit Court, Judge Michael Eubanks ruled that Maye's trial attorney, Rhonda Cooper of Jackson, did not represent her client adequately during the penalty phase of Maye's 2003 trial." ...

"Eubanks overturned the sentence, ordered a new sentencing hearing and said he would rule on the other matters raised by Maye's new defense team later." ...
 

NY: Mount Kisco justices step aside in gun case against mayor's son
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Both village justices have recused themselves from hearing a misdemeanor weapon charge against the mayor's son."

"Justices Mark Farrell and John Donohue cited their personal and political relationships with the mayor and his family in their decision to step aside in the case against John J. Cindrich, the 25-year-old son of Mayor J. Michael Cindrich."

"Farrell, a former Democratic mayor who served with the elder Cindrich on the village board, said he wanted to avoid the 'appearance of impropriety.'"

"'My affiliation with that family, I think, is well-documented. I served in office with his father,' Farrell said this week. 'I think it (the recusal) is best for everybody. ...'"
 

AR: Calling all Sportsmen
Submitted by: The Citizens Journal
Website: http://thecitizensjournalblog.blogspot.com/

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"The Asa campaign sent out a news release today that Governor Huckabee will be holding a fundraising event for Asa based on his service and support of the Second Amendment;"

"Little Rock – Gov. Mike Huckabee will host an 'Arkansas Sportsmen's' fundraising reception on Friday, September 29, in honor of Asa Hutchinson, the 2006 Republican nominee for Governor." ...

"I'll consider it 100 dollars wisely invested in my future." ...
 

Canada: Lawyer: Courts shouldn't give police deadlines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Courts have no business giving police deadlines for their investigations or offering advice on when police should use deadly force, a government lawyer argued Friday."

"Douglas Eastwood wants a judge to remove the Attorney General of British Columbia from a lawsuit filed by the mother of Ian Bush, a man who was shot in the back of the head by a police officer." ...

"In the suit, Linda Bush has named the Attorney General of British Columbia and the provincial solicitor general, arguing their offices had a duty to ensure the investigation that followed her son's death was properly directed and that there was 'a speedy and independent review by the Attorney General's staff.'" ...
 

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