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CCRKBA to Biden: It's Not Your Gun Obama Wants, It's Everyone Else's
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden was trying to convince rural Virginians the other day that he's a devoted gun owner who will not allow presidential nominee Barack Obama to 'fool with my Beretta.'"

"'Senator Biden must think America's gun owners are dumber than rocks,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'Here is a man who has supported every restrictive gun control and gun ban law that ever landed on his desk, suddenly telling Virginia residents that he's a gun owner, and very pro-gun."

"... 'Senator, it's not your Beretta that concerns American gun owners, but their own Colts, Smith & Wessons, Kimbers, Winchesters, Marlins, Remingtons, Mossbergs, Springfields, Kahrs and Brownings.'" ...
 

Top 5 Ways to Observe National Hunting and Fishing Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the great annual traditions in the outdoors, National Hunting and Fishing Day, is set for this Saturday, Sept. 27."

"For the past 37 years, the day has served as a public reminder that hunters and anglers are America’s premier conservation supporters. Through licenses and excise taxes, they now generate $100,000 every 30 minutes for fish, wildlife and habitat programs—benefiting all citizens who appreciate wild things and wild places."

"Top 5 ways to observe National Hunting and Fishing Day 2008:"

"1. Introduce a newcomer to the outdoors."

"2. Visit your sporting goods retailer, treat yourself to a new piece of hunting, fishing or shooting gear, then get outside and enjoy it." ...
 

Laser dazzle comes to the battle field
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "Low-power lasers known as 'dazzlers' are being used in Iraq, mounted on M-4 rifles, 'to warn or temporarily incapacitate individuals,' according to the Defense Science Board's report. Army, Special Forces and more recently Marine units are using them to warn or deter drivers approaching checkpoints and to 'defuse potential escalation of force incidents,' according to the report."

"Marines were given approval to use a green laser whose beam can temporarily reduce a person's vision when aimed from a distance of 1,000 yards, according to the report. These 'laser optical incapacitation devices' were being procured on a case-by-case basis." ...


 

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Final Settlement in Groundbreaking Litigation Against Gun Dealers Caught Selling in Apparent Violation of Federal Law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that the last of the 27 dealers sued by New York City in 2006 for public nuisance has agreed to a settlement. The final dealer to settle, Bob Moates Sport Shop, Inc. of Midlothian, Virginia, has entered into an agreement that closely mirrors the terms of the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership, a collaborative project of the coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Wal-Mart. Key features of the ... Partnership include videotaping of sales activities; a computerized system to log crime gun traces; and the requirement that for sales flagged by the computerized system, purchasers must fill out a declaration indicating they meet the legal requirement to purchase a firearm. ..." ...
 

A Gun Law for the District
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The D.C. Council should require all gun owners in the District to obtain gun liability insurance ['D.C. Legislation Would Remove More Gun Limits,' front page, Sept. 13]. The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of an individual right to own firearms, but it did not say that jurisdictions cannot regulate guns in a way similar to how cars are regulated. A study by P.J. Cook and Jens Ludwig, professors at Duke University and the University of Chicago, shows the direct and indirect costs of handgun violence exceed $100 billion a year." ...
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KABA Note: See the second paragraph of the Maximizing The Costs section here to debunk this figure.
 

Broad Coalition Opposes Irresponsible DC Gun Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A coalition of religious and civil rights organizations has joined together in an effort to stop the Senate's consideration of H.R. 6842, which would endanger the lives of DC residents and the millions of people who visit Washington each year. H.R. 6842 would remove DC's bans on semiautomatic weapons and handgun ammunition, repeal registration requirements, and remove criminal penalties for possession of unregistered firearms. In the few remaining days before recessing, Congress should be working to protect Americans – not to place them in greater danger." ...
 

After 'Heller,' Reason Can Prevail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court's Second Amendment decision last term, with its historic affirmation of an individual right to keep and bear arms, is being read as a harbinger of doom by gun-control advocates, and as cause for celebration by the National Rifle Association and its allies. In fact, it could play out exactly the other way around. District of Columbia v. Heller may finally open the door to sensible gun policy in the United States, and it could be the beginning of the end for the NRA, at least as we know it today." ...
 

Opponents of Tough Federal Sentencing Rules Take Up Heller for Help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The federal judge that sentenced Weldon Angelos to 55 years and one day in prison in 2004 said his hands were tied by mandatory-minimum gun laws, calling his own sentence 'unjust, cruel, and even irrational.'"

"Now a law professor and a group of Am Law 200 lawyers are challenging the sentence on unique grounds: that Heller v. District of Columbia, the case celebrated as a definitive victory for gun rights, protects Angelos and others like him convicted of gun crimes."

"Douglas Berman, a law professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, devised the strategy with help from attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson and Snell & Wilmer." ...
 

IL: City considers options after NRA gun ban lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Evanston City Council is still discussing what to do next after being "forced kicking and screaming" to amend its handgun ban last month."

"The change was made following a June 26 Supreme Court ruling, District of Columbia v. Heller ... The day after the landmark decision, the National Rifle Association brought a lawsuit against Evanston alleging its ban was unconstitutional."

"The City Council chose to change its ban instead of fighting the potentially expensive suit, said city corporation counsel Jack Siegel, who wrote the amendment. Now, Evanston residents can have handguns in their home for the purpose of self-protection, Siegel said. Other uses and other types of guns are still prohibited." ...
 

OH: Police: Cleveland home owner shoots, kills burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Cleveland police are investigating a Tuesday shooting in which a homeowner shot and killed a burgler." ...

"[Lieutenant Thomas] Stacho says 65-year-old Lawrence Hanson was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into an attached section of his house. ..."

"Hanson ... grabbed his gun. Upon returning downstairs, Hanson confronted the burglar who fled on foot into the fenced in yard."

"... Once in the yard the burglar turned and began to move toward the home owner. Hanson told detectives that he repeatedly told the burglar to stop and that he was armed."

"Hanson stated that he feared for his life as the burglar closed in on him. When the suspect got approximately five feet away he shot him." ...
 

MO: Store clerk tells police he shot man who pulled gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A store clerk fatally shot a man in an attempted robbery Monday afternoon at 27th Street and Prospect Avenue, police said."

"The clerk told police that a man approached the counter of Tony’s Market about 2:25 p.m. and asked for a pack of cigarettes. As the clerk turned to grab the cigarettes, he saw the man pulling a gun from his waistband, he told police."

"The clerk grabbed a gun he had hidden near the cigarettes and fired at the man, hitting him in the chest, according to the police."

"The man stumbled out the front doors and collapsed." ...
 

Self protection
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Logic does seem to elude Mr. Walden in his recent column 'Adventures of pistol-packing Peter.'"

"The purpose of carrying a concealed firearm is not to shoot the restaurant cook, the preacher, the choir or anybody else for that matter. The purpose of carrying a concealed firearm is to protect yourself."

"There has been a history of crimes, murderous crimes, in restaurants, in schools, in churches, at work and probably any place else you can imagine. I would welcome having 'Pistol Packing Peter' as close to me as possible, to stop the killer(s) who are intent on inflicting as much devastation upon others as possible. These mentally deranged killers typically pick out the places where people are unarmed." ...
 

CA: Struggle Erupts During Armed Robbery Of Gun Store
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As many as 15 guns were taken at gunpoint Monday from a hunting and fishing retailer in Redondo Beach."

"The suspect walked into Turner's Outdoorsman, 2323 Hawthorne Blvd., at 10:45 a.m., and herded employees into a corner before going behind a counter and removing weapons, police said."

"At one point, a struggle broke out when an employee tried to intervene."

"'There was a struggle. He (the suspect) stepped back and fired into the ceiling,' Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department said."

"The suspect put the pilfered weapons in a duffel bag and fled on foot." ...
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H/t to David Codrea, who noticed the gun ban sign.
 

NRA Targets Obama-Biden in Ongoing Ad Buy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The National Rifle Association is likely to spend 'in the eight figure range' on radio and television advertisements in the next 42 days as part of its efforts to deter undecided voters from voting for Barack Obama, according to an NRA spokesman. The group will air a series of ads starring group members that openly question Obama's commitment to protecting gun rights. Ads will air on radio stations and during local cable television ad breaks in Colorado and New Mexico through Oct. 5 and in Pennsylvania through Sept. 28, with plans to expand to other battleground states in the coming weeks." ...
 

Buckeye Firearms Association Endorses Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association is proud to make its first-ever endorsement in a Presidential race, and announces the endorsement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States."

"Sarah Palin is more familiar with the Second Amendment issues important to average American gun owners than any Vice Presidential (or Presidential) candidate in decades."

"She doesn't wear gun rights on her sleeve, but is a citizen for whom guns are a natural and unremarkable part of life and tradition. She is an example of the ordinary gun owner in America."

"Palin understands the simple truth that people commit crimes, while guns, knives and hammers do not, and thus such objects should not be banned ..." ...
 

FactCheck: NRA targets Obama
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A National Rifle Association advertising campaign distorts Obama’s position on gun control beyond recognition."

"The NRA is circulating printed material and running TV ads making unsubstantiated claims that Obama plans to ban use of firearms for home defense, ban possession and manufacture of handguns, close 90 percent of gun shops and ban hunting ammunition."

Much of what the NRA passes off as Obama’s '10 Point Plan to 'Change' the Second Amendment' is actually contrary to what he has said throughout his campaign: that he 'respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms' and 'will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport, and use guns.'" ...
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KABA Note: Of course his campaign has also said that Obama considered the DC gun ban to be constitutional.
 

PA: Barletta gets high marks from NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Republican Congressional candidate Lou Barletta received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and the endorsements of two other leading national gun rights groups.

Representatives from several leading pro-Second Amendment groups attended at a “day at the range” with Mayor Barletta to present their endorsements.

Firearms Owners Against Crime and Gun Owners of America both strongly endorsed Mayor Barletta at the Mainville Sportsman Club in Columbia County.

Barletta, currently mayor of Hazleton, is challenging incumbent Democrat Paul Kanjorski.
 

CO: Schaffer is gun owners' pick
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every once in a while a letter to the editor is so full of untruths that we need to stop and say whoa. John Smeltzer implied that because of his long affiliation with the National Rifle Association, he spoke for the NRA when making an endorsement for the Colorado U.S. Senate seat."

"A clear examination of the NRA endorsements show that the NRA endorses Bob Schaffer for Senate, They stated: “Bob Schaffer amassed an outstanding voting record on firearms and hunting issues during his five years in the U.S. House, voting to protect gun shows and to protect our hunting heritage. Schaffer would be a proven pro-gun successor to Senator Allard." ...
 

NY: Anti Liz Feld gets Bloomberg endorsement
Submitted by: Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
Website: http://blog.nysrpa.org

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"Flaming antigunner Liz Feld gets the nod from Mayor Bloomberg in her bid for State Senate. Capitol Confidential reports:"

"'… Mayor Feld and Mayor Bloomberg share a passion for results-oriented, non-ideological government. They also are both committed to reducing gun violence in America ...'" ...
 

Helping 'people at home' may become a permanent part of the active Army
Submitted by: motoboy

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"The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys."

"Now they're training for the same mission — with a twist — at home."

"Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be ... an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks."

"It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas." ...
 

OH: Northwood Open Carry Walk Huge Success
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Open Carry Walk in support of OFCC member Ed Farbrother was a huge success!"

"Over seventy people, ranging in age from 2-1/2 to 70 years old and from as far away as Cincinnati, showed up on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to support Farbrother and protest his poor treatment at the hands of the Northwood police department." ...

"Afterwards, the majority of us went over to Frisch's Big Boy for lunch. Big Boy management welcomed our group of humble open carriers, and were rewarded with receipts totaling over $560, well over if you include tips. Originally, the plan was to return to the scene of the original incident. However, Netty's Ice Cream Shop informed us we weren't welcome. ..." ...
 

PA: Ex police chief charged with forgery, fraud
Submitted by: Henry Statkowski

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"A former western Pennsylvania police chief is charged with forging doctor's notes so he could collect sick pay while on suspension."

"Northern Cambria Borough suspended 49-year-old Kevin Stanek in May after he was arrested for assault and driving under the influence. He retired Thursday."

"Police say while on suspension, Stanek used the forged slips to collect $8,423."

"Stanek and his wife, Debra Stanek, 50, were also charged Monday with insurance fraud after state police say they lied about how their SUV was damaged two years ago. Police say they claimed it was damaged in a hit-and-run when another family member backed into it." ...
 

OH: Patrol fires 12 linked to cheating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A dozen Ohio Highway Patrol officers, including 11 of 40 at the patrol's Canton post, were fired Monday, resulting in a significant loss of manpower that could benefit drunken drivers and speeding motorists."

"Three sergeants and eight troopers at the post along with a Wooster-based trooper were dismissed, after investigations found that they cheated on a written alcohol detection device certification test or knew about the cheating and failed to stop it. The terminations come more than a week after Jackson Township Patrolman Todd Macaluso was fired by the township for receiving a 'cheat sheet.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well thank goodness it was only a few 'bad apples' and that 70% of the officers were ignorant.
 

OH: City of Independence Cease & Desist Letter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday morning, Ohioans For Concealed Carry delivered a Cease & Desist letter to the City of Independence, Ohio politely requesting the city cooperate with a four-point plan to come into compliance with Ohio Law."

"Over the past two years, OFCC has attempted to negotiate a repeal of the city's ordinance prohibiting all firearms from its parks ... we left with the city basically ignoring us."

"Today, in light of the recent ruling in the OFCC v. City of Clyde case, we have sent a letter to Mayor Kurtz and the entire city council demanding that the City of Independence comply with that ruling and Ohio law ..." ...
 

OH: OFCC Response To The Columbus Dispatch Editorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following was submitted to the Columbus Dispatch this past weekend in response to this editorial from Saturday:"

"The Dispatch response to the Ohio Supreme Court decision in Ohioans For Concealed Carry v. City of Clyde is as laughable as the city's Hail Mary argument."

"If the legislature didn't recognize the established principle that private property owners can prohibit nearly anyone from their property editorials and courts across the state would have been up in arms. Four years later this paper is buying into the silly argument presented by cities that they should get to ban guns in city parks because privately owned parks could if they wished." ...
 

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