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The Federalist Society Online Debate Series
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in Parker v. District of Columbia that ... a local law that effectively bars District residents from owning handguns violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. ... A panel of experts including Ohio State professor Saul Cornell, University of Tennessee Law professor Glenn Reynolds, Legal Director of the [BCPGV], Dennis Henigan, Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, Joshua Horwitz, and lawyers for the plantiffs in Parker, Alan Gura (Gura & Possessky, PLLC.), Bob Levy (Cato), and Clark Neily (the Institute for Justice) predict the outcome of the case, and debate about the Second Amendment’s relation to the right to bear arms." ...
 

John Longnecker: Guns On Campus: Time To Litigate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When it comes to banning guns on campus, and when students suffer damages (such as wrongful death) due to an interference with their civil rights, is there a liability on the part of the campus who writes and enforces such a gun ban?"

"We are no longer discussing banning guns on campus for some theoretical safety reasons, we are now discussing the fate of students when those policies and politics have failed. Policies of banning weapons are clearly understood now to act to the detriment of the very people the policies claimed to protect and much, much more than the what-if's of general concealed carry on campus squabbling. ..." ...
 

Don't 'IMUS' Joaquin Jackson
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"If it was true, I was going to be mad as hell. Imagine, an NRA Board Member supporting restrictions on semi-automatic firearms - it was 'Jim Zumbo' all over again. Only this time ... it was one of the 76 people in the world charged with setting the policies and direction of the most powerful gun-rights organization ever known. But was it true?" ...

"... NRA Board Members are ELECTED BY A DIRECT VOTE OF THE MEMBERSHIP, not foisted upon us (unlike those unaccountable 'no compromise' fly-by-nights.) There seems to be a 'doth protest too loudly' quality to many of those complaints, leaving the bad smell of a hidden agenda at work." ...
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KABA Note: Apparently The SAF and KABA.com qualify as one of "those unaccountable 'no compromise' fly-by-nights", but I post my e-mail on all the articles that I submit.
 

Gun ownership said to parallel city security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, professor Keith Krause ... discussed the findings of the Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City with The Washington Times reporter John Zarocostas. ..."

"Question: The survey shows a worldwide increase of civilians holding small arms. You estimate that 650 million small arms, 75 percent of the total 875 million worldwide, are owned by civilians. What's behind this?"

"Answer: I think there's lots of reasons, but the main one is generally increasing wealth in some parts of the world that make people able to buy weapons and, frankly, the failure of many states to provide for the security of individuals and their communities, which leads to raising insecurity in urban zones ..." ...
 

Number of Hunters Falls, Worrying Some
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hunters remain a powerful force in American society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue."

"New figures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that the number of hunters 16 and older declined by 10 percent between 1996 and 2006 _ from 14 million to about 12.5 million. The drop was most acute in New England, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific states, which lost 400,000 hunters in that span." ...
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Iraq War Causing Bullet Shortage for Law Enforcement; Metals Treatment Technologies Says Recycling Lead from Firing Ranges is the Best Solution
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"More than 1 billion bullets a year are being fired by armies around the world in training and in combat, consuming so much lead that law enforcement agencies in the U.S. say they are facing a critical shortage of ammunition for training."

"Experts at Metals Treatment Technologies (MT2), an environmental technology firm which owns patented processes for recovering, treating and neutralizing toxic metals, say the solution will require a major initiative to recover spent lead from the nation’s firing ranges for reprocessing into ammunition."

"'It has been estimated that there could be as much as a 15-year supply of lead buried in the nation’s 10,000 firing ranges ...' said James M. Barthel, President and CEO of Denver-based MT2. ..." ...
 

GA: Robbery target won't be victim, kills intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"When two armed men allegedly attempted to rob a house full of young adults in Brunswick early Monday morning, their victims fought back."

"A man visiting the house at 601 Wolfe St. in the city's south end pulled a handgun from the front of his pants and shot the two would-be robbers, killing one of them and wounding the other, police said."

"Police did not release the names of the two suspects. No charges had been filed Monday." ...
 

ID: Wife Talks About Shooting in Swan Valley
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A fight between a husband and wife turns deadly overnight in Swan Valley and his wife admits to firing the shot that killed him."

"The Bonneville County Sheriff's office says they haven't ruled out self defense."

"Debra Schultz describes what happened Tuesday night, 'He said I'm going to kill you and so I just pulled the trigger. I didn't know what else to do, it was me or him.'"

"Debbie Schultz says her husband came home in a rage, he had been drinking and smoking marijuana. 'He told me he was going to kill me. That was after he beat up my face and he said I can't let you go now because if the cops see this, I'm going to prison,' she said." ...

On at least five occasions, Schultz was arrested in Reno, Nevada on similar charges.
 

TX: Musician with Sorta, New Bohemians shot and killed
Submitted by: Wes Wilson

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"The local music community was left stunned Monday by the fatal shooting of a well-known musician who authorities say beat up his girlfriend and then tried to kick in a neighbor's door in an apparent drunken rage." ...

"... She broke away from Mr. Albrecht and ran outside ... She then went around to the back yard and through the back door, locking Mr. Albrecht out ..."

"... Mr. Albrecht then went to the back of nearby neighbor's home."

"... The man was kicking and banging at the door, and the homeowner yelled at him to stop."

"When the man, identified as Mr. Albrecht, didn't stop, the homeowner who was armed with a handgun 'shot one time at the top of the door,' ..." ...

"Mr. Albrecht was shot once time in the head and died at the scene." ...
 

UT: Catch-22: Man who killed intruder acted justifiably but will stand trial for illegally possessing the gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities have determined Danny Dutton acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a violent intruder at his Hurricane apartment earlier this year."

"But in a case of legal Catch-22, Dutton has been ordered to stand trial for possessing the gun he used to kill Aaron Rondan Barbosa during a March 24 break-in."

"Because of a 2004 felony conviction for cultivating marijuana, Dutton ... is prohibited from possessing firearms."

"Following a June preliminary hearing, defense attorney Gary Pendleton filed a motion to dismiss the charge, citing case law recognizing that even a convicted felon may be entitled to use a gun in a life-or-death situation." ...
 

MD: Bear tests positive for rabies (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The aggressive bear that was killed a week ago by an Amish Road homeowner after the animal charged and then attempted to pull out a window air conditioner has tested positive for rabies, a Garrett County health official said Tuesday."

"'We sent the head to our health and mental hygiene lab in Baltimore on Thursday and got the results Friday,' said Steve Sherrard, director of environmental health for the county’s health department." ...
 

IN: Man blinded in robbery awarded $4M
Submitted by: Daniel L. Moulder

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"A man who was shot and blinded by a gunman during a 2002 robbery at a Fort Wayne motel has been awarded $4 million by a jury for his injuries."

"A seven-member Allen County jury that heard John Bruce's civil lawsuit found Thursday evening that Fort Wayne Innkeepers, the company that runs the Days Inn motel, was 50 percent responsible for Bruce's injuries. That means the company would have to pay him $2 million."

"The other $2 million should come from the robbers, court officials said."

"Bruce's lawsuit claimed the hotel did not ensure the safety of its guests or provide proper security or training. It also said management should have foreseen such issues based on criminal acts that previously occurred at the motel." ...
 

As District Files for High Court Review of Gun Ruling, Brady Center Charges Appeals Court with Obscuring Second Amendment Issue (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"As the District of Columbia filed its petition on September 4 asking the United States Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals ruling striking down the District's strict handgun law, the Brady Center released the latest installment in its continuing on-line critique of the ruling."

"The Center's 'rolling critique,' Second Amendment Fantasy: The D.C. Circuit's Opinion in the Parker Case, is a comprehensive discussion, by Brady Center lawyers, of the landmark 2-1 Second Amendment ruling in Parker v. District of Columbia, handed down on March 9 of this year ... The Brady on-line critique, in its entirety, is available at www.gunlawsuits.org." ...
 

D.C. Asks Supreme Court to Back Gun Ban
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The District today asked the Supreme Court to uphold the city's ban on private ownership of handguns ..."

"Most legal experts believe the court will accept the case, which could lead to a historic decision next year on whether the ambiguously worded Second Amendment to the Constitution protects private gun ownership or only imparts a civic right related to maintaining state militias."

"'It is eminently reasonable to permit private ownership of other types of weapons ... but ban the easily concealed and uniquely dangerous modern handgun,' states the petition, filed by District Attorney General Linda Singer. It adds: 'Whatever right the Second Amendment guarantees, it does not require the District to stand by while its citizens die.'" ...
 

Fenty Announces Gun Appeal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mayor Adrian Fenty has announced the city has formally filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in the hopes that it will overturn a March decision in which a lower court found that the District's ban on handguns was unconstitutional. Though the appeal has been a month in the making, Fenty and D.C. Attorney General Linda Singer today explained their reasoning in an op-ed published in the Post. In it, they reject the individual right to own firearms while arguing that the Second Amendment does not preclude states from imposing regulations on the ownership and use of guns. Moreover, they state that the handgun ban is central to ensuring the safety of District residents." ...
 

D.C. Takes Gun Battle to Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The District of Columbia appealed to the Supreme Court today, asking to uphold its decade-long ban on private ownership of handguns, paving the way for a possible Second Amendment showdown in the high court."

"Attorneys representing D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty petitioned the Supreme Court in an effort to save the district's gun law, arguing that access to a handgun would be a direct threat to D.C. residents: 'Whatever right the Second Amendment guarantees, it does not require the district to stand by while its citizens die.'" ...
 

DC: Fighting for Our Handgun Ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"As mayor and attorney general of the District of Columbia, we were deeply disappointed this year when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declared that the District's longstanding handgun ban violates the Second Amendment. Today we are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision in that case, which we think threatens public safety and is wrong on the law." ...
 

D.C. Takes Gun Battle to Supreme Court (II)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Alan Morrison left D.C. for the left-coast pace of Stanford Law School in 2004, he saw little prospect of adding to the 16 cases he had argued before the Supreme Court ... Even this summer when Morrison decided to return to the district ... he thought he'd be working on local legal problems, not strategizing litigation before the high court."

"But on Tuesday, Singer confirmed that if the Supreme Court grants review in the city's defense of its 31-year-old handgun ban, Morrison will argue the case for the city. ..." ...

"The ruling ... 'wears the trappings of a bona fide legal theory, but it distorts both the words of the amendment and the plain intent of the founders,' according to the petition ..." ...
 

Fred Thompson premieres as presidential candidate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are those inclined to sneer that Fred Thompson ultimately has not much more than Hollywood star power going for him. Could be. But then, Americans didn't elect Ronald Reagan simply because he used to be that nice man on 'General Electric Theater,' ..."

"Committed Fredheads, for their part, are sure that what they've got in their man, a lawyer and former U.S. senator, is a genuine pure-conservative alternative to the other Republican presidential candidates ..."

" ... Thompson is ... solidly pro-Second Amendment, period, no dithering. ... America is about to find out whether Republicans lean more toward Thompson's unabashed purity on social issues - or toward the practical executive experience touted by Giuliani and Romney." ...
 

TX: New law allows guns in vehicles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill that becomes law Saturday allows law-abiding people to carry guns in their vehicles without a concealed handgun permit. House Bill 1815 passed unanimously in both houses of the Texas legislature, after which Governor Rick Perry signed it into law."

"HB 1815 was actually passed to clarify some issues left dangling by a similarly-enacted law in 2005, according to Wendy Hopper, Texas Senator Craig Estes’ executive assistant. But, the wording in it still leaves room for improvement, said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown." ...
 

VA: Kaine vows action on Tech panel suggestions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One day after receiving a critical report on the Virginia Tech shootings, Gov. Tim Kaine said Friday that he will push for action on many of its sweeping recommendations in the upcoming General Assembly session."

"Kaine said the report of his handpicked investigative panel makes a powerful case for overhauls in the mental health system and also could lead to changes in privacy laws and gun controls. The governor and his staff will spend the coming weeks prioritizing the panel's recommendations, assessing their costs and developing a plan for implementing those requiring state action, he said." ...
 

FL: Federal Prosecutors: Sheriff Ken Jenne agrees to plead guilty to tax evasion, mail fraud
Submitted by: Freedom Broadcast Network
Website: http://www.myfbn.com

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"Former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud charges, prosecutors said Tuesday, ending a two-year investigation into his private and public business dealings." ...
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Submitter's Note: Anti-Gun Sheriff Ken Jenne- Broward County, Florida - who lied (KABA story 5-30-03) via CNN regarding the Clinton Gun Ban as to which guns were being banned is caught as a true lier again and is now being indicted, pleading guilty, and will be prosecuted.

In the CNN story, Sheriff Jenne, fired a fully automatic AK-47. But this gun was regulated by the 1934 National Firearms Act. Sheriff Jenne was touting that the Clinton Gun Ban would take these guns off the streets.
 

NC: Trooper Investigated For Alleged Animal Abuse
Submitted by: jac

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"The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that a trooper abused a police dog during a training exercise in early August."

"Sgt. Charles L. Jones, 38, was placed on investigative leave and turned in his badge and uniform on Friday after internal affairs investigators received videotape of an incident of alleged animal abuse."

"The videotape contains footage of Jones handling Rioch, a Belgian Malinois, at a training exercise in early August. Another trooper recorded the incident with his cell phone camera and turned it over to internal affairs investigators." ...

"The SBI is investigating to see if Jones broke any laws. Abusing a law enforcement animal is a felony offense." ...
 

Vatican City: Vatican Cadet Dies in Apparent Suicide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A cadet in the Vatican police force was found fatally shot in the head early Monday inside the barracks in what officials said was an apparent suicide over a breakup with a girlfriend." ...

"Colleagues found Alessandro Benedetti, 26, mortally wounded in the barracks bathroom Monday morning. He later died at a nearby hospital."

"'Early clues lead (us) to believe that the young man wanted to kill himself,' Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in the statement. He added that a note found on the site was being examined by Vatican investigators, and that an autopsy was planned."

"Vatican officials said Benedetti was distraught over a recent breakup." ...
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PA: Society takes aim with commemorative rifles
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A North Annville gun dealer aims to sell commemorative 1860 rifles engraved with local historical places on their barrels and receivers, with some of the proceeds targeting the Lebanon County Historical Society."

"Glenn Blantz, owner of Glenn's Guns, is selling 200 Civil War-era Henry rifles, an American-made firearm from the Henry Repeating Arms Co. of New York."

"LCHS President Phil Feather endorsed the rifle sale last week."

"'We're glad that Glenn came to us and offered to pay a small portion of any sales that he makes so that he benefits from the sales and we benefit from the sales,' Feather said. 'I think this is a unique opportunity.'" ...
 

NY: Program Urges, 'God, Not Guns' On Sabbath Weekend (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In partnership with Riverside Church in New York City, the Brady Center's God Not Guns Coalition is coordinating a nationwide 'God Not Guns Sabbath' during the last weekend of September." ...

"The God Not Guns Coalition hopes that communities of every faith will join together as we commemorate the lives lost to gun violence and renew the commitment to a vision of a peaceable world. More than 30,000 lives are lost to gun violence every year in America." ...
 

OH: Attorney General announces Second Quarter 2007 CHL statistics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorney General Marc Dann has released the concealed handgun license (CHL) statistics for the second quarter of 2007. Once again, the numbers prove there is continued demand for CHL's and those who have a license are following the laws."

"There have been 98,989 regular, and 233 temporary emergency licenses (TEL's) issued by Ohio's 88 sheriffs since Ohio began issuing the licenses in 2004. Less than 1% of those have been suspended or revoked for any reason."

"After the first year rush to obtain licenses, demand stabilized as expected. As Ohio moves into its fourth year of issuing licenses we see demand growing. ..." ...
 

MN: Taking Aim
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For some people, shooting a gun can mean a lot of different things. For some it's a sport that features some of the most proficient shooters in the world and many of them women packing the heat."

"Darcy Shaefer says, 'guns aren't that scary, it's when you don't know what they're about and how to handle them, that's when they're scary.'"

"To calm your fears - try practical shooting, Darcy did."

"Shaefer says, 'it's better than just standing and shooting at a plain old target.'"

"Participants have to open doors and determine that correct target to hit before firing, but that's not all."

"Members of the United States Practical Shooting Association are ranked on accuracy, speed and agility." ...
 

FL: Gun debate muzzles the middle ground
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Two years ago, Florida enacted a law that allows anyone who feels threatened anywhere to use deadly force. Today the National Rifle Association (NRA) is shepherding similar laws through legislatures across the country."

"The so-called Castle Doctrine extended the notion of a man's home being his castle to public streets being his castle. When the law first went into effect in October 2005, the nation's most prominent gun-control group, the Brady Campaign, decided to fight back. Sort of."

"The Brady Campaign – understaffed, underfunded, and generally floundering – missed the news of the law's consideration until it was almost a done deal. ..." ...
 

UK: Girl, 14, knifed her sister to death in row over boyfriend
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A hair-pulling scuffle between two teenage sisters over a boyfriend escalated into bloodshed and death, a court has heard."

"After they had grappled in the lounge of their home, one of the girls, aged 14, went for a kitchen knife and stabbed her 16-year-old sister in the back."

"Despite a five-inch wound which had punctured her lung, the older girl grabbed the knife and turned to stab her sister in the leg."

"But within minutes she had collapsed and she died in hospital the next day."

"The 14-year-old, who denies murder but has admitted manslaughter, sobbed in Bradford Crown Court as her mother described the sibling row that ended in tragedy." ...
 

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To trust arms in the hands of the people at large has, in Europe, been believed...to be an experiment fraught only with danger. Here by a long trial it has been proved to be perfectly harmless...If the government be equitable; if it be reasonable in its exactions; if proper attention be paid to the education of children in knowledge and religion, few men will be disposed to use arms, unless for their amusement, and for the defence of themselves and their country. — Timothy Dwight, Travels in New England and New York [London 1823]

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