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Compass' Departure as New Orleans Chief 'Right, But Not Enough,' Says Second Amendment Foundation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The abrupt retirement announcement Tuesday by New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass was 'the right thing to do, but not enough,' said Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) founder Alan M. Gottlieb."

"'While the departure of Chief Compass may begin a healing process that needs to occur between the police and law-abiding gun owners whose firearms were arbitrarily seized in the days after Hurricane Katrina,' Gottlieb said, 'there are many unanswered questions about who actually issued the order to confiscate guns, and the public has a right to know. New Orleans police officers, visiting officers from other jurisdictions and peace officers in surrounding parishes didn't just collectively dream up that confiscation effort.'" ...
 

Right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the wake of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the law-abiding citizens of New Orleans were told they couldn't protect themselves from the criminals who wanted to exploit the situation. The deputy police chief of New Orleans made this comment on ABC News: 'Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.' He went on to say, 'No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons.'"

"Now, luckily the people of New Orleans were saved by the National Rifle Association who filed a suit on Sept. 23." ...
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Submitter's Note: Um, guys? Let's not forget the Second Amendment Foundation. They were part of the suit too.
 

The Assault on Self-Defense!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The debate over gun control is decades old, it is also going to continue to rage on for decades to come. For many who do not really take sides or think the debate is just another partisan political fight which does not effect them, there is a new shining example of how there is no escaping this debate."

"The issue of gun control does indeed affect all of us. It does not matter if you own no guns or 100 guns. Whether or not you are a member of the National Rifle Association or the type of person who would never feel comfortable owning a gun matters not. The real essence of the battle between gun control advocates and gun rights advocates is not over guns. In the end, it is all about the right for you and me to defend ourselves." ...
 

In Defense of Freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns are good and terrible things. Whether they are good or terrible depends on whether the hands that wield them are good or evil. Guns can, of course, be a lot of fun if they're used for target shooting or hunting. They can also be — and often are — lifesavers in the event of a threat. Since self-defense may be the single most basic of all the human rights, that's a whole lot of good going on! The obvious good of protecting yourself and your loved ones from harm is so integral to all of us and to society as a whole that even the drastic action of killing another human being can be excused under the law as 'justifiable' homicide, or, more simply and accurately, 'self-defense.'" ...
 

Getting into the world of firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Do you think at some point you could write a column on some of the basics of getting into the world of firearms? Specifically, I'm looking for tips on acquiring weapons for home defense and hunting. While I'm not a survivalist weirdo, I have no intention of waiting for any level of government to ride to the rescue, should bad times come along."

"Since I have been hit with numerous requests (mostly post-Katrina) from people looking for that first firearm, I am pleased to respond with a column on the topic. Since you used the word 'weapons' (plural) and spoke of 'getting into the world of firearms' (again plural) I have a number of recommendations for you. And here they are:" ...
 

Rock River Arms Elite Commando: A 1911 Built To Perform
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite the 10 degree F. temperature, I was having a great time as I ran another transition drill. ... I transitioned to my sidearm and kept moving. Bringing the 1911 up, I fired three rapid shots with one hand while scrambling for cover. ..."

"What made things really interesting during these drills was the Model 1911 I was using. Like the carbine, the pistol was stamped 'Rock River Arms.' I was already familiar with the firm's rifles, so I was running these drills to gain greater insight on what kind of pistol Rock River Arms (RRA) is capable of building. With .45 ACP empties peppering the snow, I was becoming more and more impressed by its performance."
 

Hunters as endangered species? A bid to rebuild ranks.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Along Indiana's highways, 50-foot billboards pitch: 'Take a Kid Hunting Day.' They depict father and son ambling down a country road - two dead ducks drooping from one of the boy's hands, a shotgun in the other."

"Trying to appeal to youths' instincts for fun and family, Indiana state officials and national hunting advocates are banking on a phalanx of sophisticated promotions to lure a new generation of would-be hunters into the fields, or woods."

"Indiana's first statewide youth hunt is one of many state and private initiatives emerging this fall that aim to ensure that hunters don't become an endangered species." ...
 

AL: Homeowner Buys Gun After His Home Was Robbed In Montgomery
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A Montgomery family is pleading for help after a camera caught someone breaking into their home. They say they did all they could to protect themselves, now they are taking Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright's advice to be better prepared if it happens again." ...

"The family's home security system captured images of someone pulling up in an old Lincoln Towncar and stealing from their yard in broad daylight. Blevins says the next time someone breaks into his home, he will be prepared to defend himself and his family. 'I went out and bought a shotgun the next day to put in the house.' Blevins admits it is a bold step, but a necessary one to protect his family." ...
 

CO: When the hunter becomes the hunted
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"While Dave Williams was hunting a mule deer buck, a mountain lion was hunting him."

"He didn't know this until the 125-pound cat was 8 feet away. The ensuing five seconds or so are burned into the Roaring Branch, Pa., man's memory."

"The hungry cat died 4 feet away." ...
 

OH: Restaurant Robber Locks Employees In Freezer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An armed man robbed an Arby's restaurant and locked the employees in a freezer, News 5 reported.

An employee said the robber entered the store just after it opened at 7 a.m. and showed a gun.

"We believe that he is familiar with fast-food restaurants and how they operate. He has some experience with this line of work," said Sgt. Rick Jones of the Forest Park police.

Police are studying whether this robbery is connected to a recent one in Lawrenceburg.
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Submitter's Note: I don't know for a fact that this restaraunt was posted as a Victim Disarmament Zone, but Arby's (r) has stated that their policy is to prohibit law-abiding permit holders wherever allowed.
 

WI: Personal Protection Act to be Reintroduced in Wisconsin
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"Please show your support for the Personal Protection Act on Thursday, September 29. Senator Dave Zien (R-23) will be reintroducing Wisconsin’s Personal Protection Act at a press conference in the Senate Parlor at 10:00 a.m. Supporters interested in attending should gather at Senator Zien’s office ... at 9:00 a.m. The Personal Protection Act will allow trained citizens who successfully complete a background check to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense." ...

"Wisconsin remains one of only a handful of states that does not respect the right of citizens to carry concealed for personal protection outside the home. It is up to you to help change this -- your safety and that of your family depends on it."
 

FL: New law on use of deadly force caught up in gun politics
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"Peter Hamm takes his family on vacation to Delray Beach every year, and plans to do it again this Easter. But make no mistake, Hamm says, Florida come Saturday will be a much more dangerous place."

"That's why the spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says the Washington-based group plans to counter a state law going into affect at end of this week. The law allows citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves ..."

"The group says the campaign is planned to educate visitors to Florida that petty arguments in the Sunshine State can now more easily end in bloodshed. It clearly hopes to get the attention of lawmakers by targeting the state's most lucrative asset: tourists." ...
 

WI: Alderman doesn't want cops giving NRA's coloring book to kids
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"Eddie Eagle - a feathered National Rifle Association cartoon character who teaches children how not to handle guns - could actually be harmful, says an alderman opposed to a Police Department plan to use Eddie in programs for children."

"The City Council will decide Tuesday whether the Racine Police Department can order hundreds of coloring books from the NRA for no charge and use them in conjunction with lectures the department holds with children."

"... Opposition Alderman Pete Karas, who is leading the charge against the police department's efforts, said the booklets are harmful and ineffective, teaching children that guns are for adults, which could further a child's interest in the weapons." ...
 

WI: From the left -- rally organized against concealed carry legislation
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"Racine city Alderman Pete Karas is sending around the following e-mail to organize an anti-gun rally in front of Sen. Cathy Stepp's office ..." ...

"We have learned that on this Thursday, Rep. Scott Gunderson and Sen. Dave Zien are planning on introducing yet another bill that would allow virtually all Wisconsinites to carry concealed weapons virtually anywhere in the State, with very few restrictions. Last year this bill was approved by the Senate and Assembly and barely was defeated in a veto override vote."

"As Sen. Cathy Stepp has been a long-time supporter of a CCW bill in Wisconsin, we believe that we need to let her know that a majority of the people of Wisconsin, even hunters, oppose this pro-more-gun legislation." ...
 

PA: Boy, 14, expelled after trying to bring gun into Frankford H.S.
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"School police officers stopped a Frankford High School freshman from sneaking a loaded semi-automatic handgun into the school yesterday afternoon, police said."

"The 14-year-old boy ... left the school during the afternoon and came back with a loaded .9-mm [sic] pistol, cops said." ...

"[School district spokesman Vincent] Thompson said the boy was expelled from Frankford and will be moved to an alternative disciplinary school. Police said the boy was booked on weapons charges."

"The boy arrived at school for 8 a.m. classes and successfully passed through the metal detectors in the main entrance, Thompson said."

He left hours later ... and returned at about 1:30 p.m., entering the school through a side door." ...
 

CA: East Bay School Trying To Keep Guns Off Or Campus
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"For a second time this school year, a student has been caught with a gun at an East Bay school."

"El Cerrito High School students have their identification checked, and their backpacks searched at school sporting events. But officials say more needs to be done to prevent violence campus. On Monday, a student was arrested after being caught with a semi-automatic handgun to school. Last month, another student was shot with a high-powered pellet gun."

"'We can't allow students to come to school with weapons,' says School Board Member Charles Ramsey. 'That's unacceptable behavior.'" ...
 

FL: Union says Boca chief interfered in friend's arrest
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"A local police union on Monday accused Police Chief Andrew Scott of illegally interfering with the arrest of a prominent developer and personal friend who had been charged with battery on a police officer."

"According to the Fraternal Order of Police Boca Raton Lodge 35, Scott violated state law and three department policies early Saturday when he ordered his officers to release Gregory Talbott following Talbott's arrest at an upscale Boca Raton restaurant on charges he battered his wife, the establishment's manager and a police officer." ...
 

India: Armyman’s gun goes off in S Block; no injuries
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"A gunshot in South Block had security agencies in a tizzy for a brief while on Sunday."

"But later it emerged that a lance naik had pressed the trigger of his Insas rifle by accident during a check without realising it was loaded."

"No case was registered and no one was injured as the bullet ended up hitting the ceiling. But a departmental probe has been ordered."

"Lance Naik Govind Singh, posted with the Defence Security Corps, was taking charge when the weapon went off 'accidently' around 10 am." ...
 

Nigeria: We bought ammunition from police, robbery suspects allege
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"A suspected armed robber and an arms dealer have confessed before the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police that they used to procure ammunition from the police while rifles were snatched from them."

"Mallam Musa Mohammed and Shedrack Agbo were arrested along Nassarawa - Makurdi axis for armed robbery related offence as well as for dealing in firearms."

"They equally confessed they killed seven soldiers and stole their rifles. According to the suspects, police sold ammunition to them at the cost of N3,000 but recently they have hiked the price to N6,000. They added that the ammunition recovered from them was bought at the recent price." ...
 

MA: Local Developer Takes Dead Aim at the NRA
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... "A while ago, Rosenthal’s billboard—it’s the biggest in the country—sported a lineup of kids' yearbook photos, with a few of the kids' heads missing. 'Bullets leave holes,' the message said. ..."

"Ten years after he co-founded Stop Handgun Violence, Massachusetts boasts the nation’s most comprehensive gun laws, as well as the lowest firearm fatality rate in the country. ..." ...

"'We need a nationwide membership group to engage reasonable gun owners who don’t think there should be unrestricted access to guns for kids, criminals and terrorists ...'" ...

"Not according to the NRA, however: Although Hunters and Shooters is in the early stages of a soft launch, they’re drawing all kinds of heat from the Commie-hating gun show crowd ..." ...
 

NY: Zero in on places to sharpen your aim
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"With the fall turkey hunting season opening on Saturday, bowhunting season for deer on Oct. 15 and firearms season for deer in this zone of the state on Nov. 19, it is time to make sure you will be able to deliver an accurate shot if the occasion presents itself." ...
 

WI: Once a hunter, always a hunter
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"As a member of the Fish & Game Hunters Education group and a vehicle from the Health Care Center converged upon the Menomonie Public Shooting Range on day last week, Jim Forster, the instigator of the day's event described the day about as well as anyone could have. A good day was starting out great."

"Cooler temperatures provided the sights and smells of fall. That, together with the smell of gun powder, conjures up all kinds of the good memories that fills the minds of every hunter. Once a hunter, always a hunter. It's a bond that supersedes age and time. How easy it is to take life for granted. As another fall approaches, we think about friends that we can't share hunting anymore ..." ...
 

OR: Hunters reminded of tag deadline
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"Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today reminded hunters to buy their buck deer tags, fall bear tags and general season cougar tags by the Sept. 30 deadline."

"Friday is the last day hunters may purchase tags for controlled buck deer centerfire hunts in eastern Oregon, general season centerfire buck deer in western Oregon, general season fall bear and general season cougar. ..."

"Hunters may purchase big game tags at any one of more than 600 license agents in Oregon. Hunters who want to exchange their tag must do so prior to the seasons for which they are valid, but only at an ODFW office." ...
 

AK: Juneau Gun Club wants people to hit the target
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"Fresh off a solid performance last month in Whitehorse, local sport shooter Mal Menzies wants to get more people involved in shooting."

"Menzies recently won the handicap division at the Pacific International Trap Association's Yukon Territory two-day, 600-bird event."

"Fellow Juneau Gun Club members also performed well at the event. Brian Buck captured the doubles competition, while Tammy Kramer won the 'D' division for singles."

"Menzies serves as the secretary for the Juneau Gun Club and also helped design the club's trap range, although he never really used it until recently." ...
 

OH: ACLU opposes sex offender ban in city parks; ignores illegal CHL ban (BFA)
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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that two Ohio municipalities have enacted bans on sex offenders in public parks, and that the ACLU is none-too happy about it." ...

"Why is it that the ACLU is so willing to defend the rights of convicted sex offenders, and so absolutely unwilling to defend the rights of law-abiding Ohio concealed handgun license-holder who wants to take a jog on a secluded park trail without having to disarm to give those same sex offenders an easier target? ..." ...
 

IL: The reality of gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Want gun control? Use both hands. Guns don't kill people; people kill people, and Charlton Heston's famous "from my cold dead hands." We've all heard these slogans and read them on bumper stickers, but does anyone really take the time out to think what they mean?"

"Gun control is a major issue today in this country, and has been for several years. It is probably the only issue today that is specifically referred to in our Constitution, 'A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.'"

"The explicit meaning of that line in the Constitution is undoubtedly one of the most controversial writings in our nation's history." ...
 

UK: Police launch crackdown on fake guns
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"POLICE are launching Operation Holster in an attempt to cut down on the use of imitation firearms."

"Crimes involving firearms, which include replica guns, air rifles and BB guns, are on the up, with 98 offences recorded in Sussex last year."

"Police say they respond to every firearm incident as if it is the real thing, and as a result are running a series of initiatives to crackdown on the use of fake guns."

"One scheme educates children on the dangers of using imitations."

"Police and Trading Standards are calling on all traders in East Grinstead to sign up to a voluntary code of practice to restrict replica sales. The code also recommends a proof of age scheme." ...
 

UK: Murder hunt breakthrough
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"A breakthrough in the hunt for a seven-year-old girl's killer could see the gunman caught in the coming weeks."

"Officers investigating the brutal shooting of Toni-Ann Byfield and the man she knew as her father, Bertram Byfield, now know the real name of their key suspect." ...

"DCI Basu is still searching for two vital pieces of information in his pursuit of the killer. He said: 'We ... need to know his exact location, and we also need information on where the gun he used is.'"

"Police have never received any information on the whereabouts of the murder weapon, which was used in a separate shooting ... eight months after the Byfield killings. No one was hurt in this second shooting and there were no witnesses." ...
 

UK: Sword, guns and ammo handed in
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"A SAMURAI sword, guns and ammunition were among a variety of weapons handed in with no questions asked during a weapons amnesty in Felixstowe."

"Police hailed the week-long amnesty as a great success."

"A yellow solid steel bin was in place 24 hours a day outside the bus depot in Langer Road for people to deposit their unwanted weapons to take potentially dangerous items out of circulation and stop them falling into the hands of someone who might use them for a criminal purpose."

"Police spokeswoman Anne-Marie Breach said more than 30 assorted knives, a samurai sword, meat cleaver, flick knife, two air rifles and a quantity of ammunition such as trays and clips of bullets and shotgun cartridges were placed in the bin." ...
 

UK: Missing man has a rifle
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A MAN who is suffering from depression and is believed to be carrying a rifle has disappeared.

Gwent Police is warning the public not to approach Derek John Upton despite officers saying he is not a danger.

The 64-year-old, who is married and retired, left his home in Caldicot on Sunday morning, and was last seen soon after on the moors at Rogiet. He was wearing stripey shorts and a T-shirt when he disappeared.
 

UK: Gun enthusiast will be 'sorely missed'
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"A 'WITTY, charming', and successful gun enthusiast has tragically died at the age of 55 and more than 100 mourners turned out to pay their last respects at his wake."

"Terry Boucher ... was a doting granddad to four and a much-loved and respected character in The Nag’s Head on Sunderland Street before he sadly died of a heart attack last month." ...

"The father-of-one developed a love of guns from the age of 15 when he went shooting with friends in the country. This began with full bore shot guns and then grew into a sportsman’s fondness for all rifles."

Janet Boucher, 56, his wife of 38 years, said: 'He loved his guns and used to keep a lot of shotguns until Dunblane happened and after that he kept .22 rifles.'" ...
 

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