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NRA-ILA Launches New Website To Defeat Proposition H-- San Francisco Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As you've been reading in the Grassroots Alert for months, on November 8, San Francisco voters will go to the polls to vote on Proposition H--a citywide gun ban."

"To educate and mobilize Bay Area pro-gun supporters, NRA-ILA has unveiled a new website dedicated exclusively to exposing the truth about Proposition H. The website-- www.StopSanFranban.com --is designed to provide you with one-stop-shopping for the information and tools you will need to ensure Proposition H is defeated on November 8."

"Among the many features at www.StopSanFranban.com are: information on the proposed ban; tips for identifying and writing letters to the editor to area newspapers; information on the benefits of firearm ownership ..." ...
 

South Africa: Black gunowners suing for R3bn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The South African Black Gunowners Association (Sabga) is suing the government for billions of rands because of gun-licence applications constantly being turned down."

"They claim 99.9% of all Sabga members' applications for gun licences have been rejected."

"Sabga chairperson Amos Khoele said on Friday the application had been submitted to Pretoria High Court."

"'More than 10 000 of the 20 000 association members have been robbed in the past year.'"

"'Many were wounded and some were even murdered.'"

"'They are not allowed to use their weapons in self-defence as applications for renewal of their licences are rejected en masse.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Looks like the system is working exactly as planned.
 

TX: Texas Extends Right-to-Carry Reciprocity to Michigan and Virginia (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) has negotiated, and Governor Rick Perry (R) has signed, concealed handgun license reciprocal agreements with both Michigan and Virginia. For more information, please visit: www.txdps.state.tx.us.

These agreements were made possible by the passage of HB 225 by Representative Joe Driver (R-Garland), Representative Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) and Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) during the 2005 session of the Texas Legislature, which made key improvements to Texas' reciprocity law.
 

New Orleans: Residents Guard Neighborhoods From Looters
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"When night falls, Charlie Hackett climbs the steps to his boarded-up window, takes down the plywood, grabs his 12-gauge shotgun and waits. He is waiting for looters and troublemakers, for anyone thinking his neighborhood has been abandoned like so many others across the city. Two doors down, John Carolan is doing the same on his screened-in porch, pistol by his side. They are not about to give up their homes to the lawlessness that has engulfed New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina."

"'We kind of together decided we would defend what we have here and we would stay up and defend the neighborhood,' says Hackett, an Army veteran with a snow-white beard and a business installing custom kitchens." ...
 

New Orleans: The Battle of New Orleans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Of all the bad news from New Orleans, the most disturbing has been the reports of spreading disorder, with looting, marauding gangs and even sniper fire at helicopters and rescue workers. Americans sometimes expect their government to do far too much--such as ensure low gasoline prices--but they do have a right to expect that it will at least provide for the safety of its citizens, even or perhaps especially in a crisis."

"One reason for the New Orleans breakdown is the size of the calamity, whose growing severity caught nearly everyone by surprise. ..." ...
 

New Orleans: FEMA 'Surprised' by Lawlessness
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"The head of the federal disaster relief agency said Friday it's 'heartbreaking and very, very frustrating' to witness the virtual anarchy in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans and defended the Bush administration's response." ...

"Brown appeared the morning after the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, charged that administration officials "don't have a clue" about what's going on in the devastated city ... " ...

"Appearing on ABC's 'Good Morning America,' the FEMA director said he 'never thought I'd see' the lawlessness that has overtaken the city and interrupted emergency relief efforts. 'It's heartbreaking and very, very frustrating to me from a broad operational perspective,' he said." ...
 

New Orleans: Nagin declares Martial Law to crack down on looters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Disgusted and furious with the lawlessness of looters who have put fear into citizens, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared Martial Law in the city and directed the city's 1,500 person police force to do 'whatever it takes' to regain control of the city."

"Nagin said that Martial Law means that officers don't have to worry about civil rights and Miranda rights in stopping the looters." ...
 

New Orleans: After the Storm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Katrina is a huge and historic story. The human cost, the financial cost, the rendering uninhabitable of a great and fabled American city--all of it amazing. A quick look at the good, the bad, and the let's-shoot-them-now." ...

"There seems to be some confusion in terms of terminology on TV. People with no food and water who are walking into supermarkets and taking food and water off the shelves are not criminal, they are sane. They are not looters, they are people who are attempting to survive; they are taking the basics of survival off shelves in stores where there isn't even anyone at the cash register."

"Looters are not looking to survive; they're looking to take advantage of the weakness of others. ..." ...
 

NC: Weapons counseling stays in bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The House decided Wednesday to keep a new policy on advising domestic violence victims about carrying a gun, rejecting Gov. Mike Easley's request to nullify a law he signed a few days ago."

"The law requires court clerks to give victims information on applying for a concealed weapon permits. Advocates for domestic violence victims wanted something akin to a repeal because they think it's a bad idea to encourage domestic violence victims to get weapons." ...
 

CA: Anti-Gun Measure Heads to Governor Schwarzenegger's Desk (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A final concurrence vote took place this week on Assembly Bill 996. Amended by the Senate in July, AB 996 would require all retailers to display and sell ammunition in a manner that is only accessible by an employee, not the purchaser. ... Please contact Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and ask him to oppose anti-gun measure AB 996." ...

"As predicted, Assembly Bill 352 was taken off the inactive list on Wednesday, August 31. ..."

"AB 352 expands the definition of 'unsafe handguns' to include semi-automatic pistols that are not designed and equipped with an array of microscopic characters ... imprinting the characters on each cartridge case when the firearm is discharged. ..." ...
 

CA: Armed Man Crashes Through Window Of Home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man claiming that armed suspects with night vision goggles were breaking into his University City home early Sunday opened fire on police, who returned fire, but no one was injured, authorities said."

"Police were sent to the 6900 block of Weller Street at about 4:30 a.m. to check out a 911 hangup call, San Diego police homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney said."

"When an operator reconnected with the resident, he claimed that people were trying to break in, Rooney said."

"Seeing no suspicious activity outside, officers called the resident. But before the call was completed, the man shouted for help and fired several shots, Rooney said."

"An officer, believing he was being fired upon, returned fire." ...
 

Jamaica: Portland bailiff shot with his own firearm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Portland bailiff was shot with his own firearm, when it fell during a fracas with three men who allegedly attacked him Saturday, the Port Antonio Police reported. Albert McCain, who was shot in the vicinity of 33 West Avenue in Port Antonio about 1:00 am, was treated at the Port Antonio Hospital and later released."

"Police said McCain was leaving a business establishment when he was attacked by the three men. His licensed firearm fell and the men took it up and fired four shots at him." ...
 

Canada: Hunters blast Ont. gun inspection plan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A plan to conduct 'blitz inspections' on Toronto gun shops as Canada's largest city battles a string of shooting deaths is getting shot down by two groups representing Ontario hunters."

"The Ontario Federation of Anglers, which represents tens of thousands of gun owners and hunters, says the plan is a waste of police resources on an industry that is already rigorously inspected."

"'Gun shop owners already invest thousands of dollars in vaults and security systems, they keep log books of guns and ammunition sold and they will sell only to federally trained and licensed gun owners,' said federal executive director Mike Reader in a release." ...
 

MI: Women set sights on shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Donna Van Buskirk decided to try her hand at blasting away at clay targets with a shotgun last year after she saw an ad in a woman's magazine."

"Now, she's hooked. The 45-year-old mother of two visits the Howell Gun Club in Marion Township twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, to blow apart airborne targets with her 12-gauge Remington 1100."

"'I enjoy coming out here and all the people I've met,' Van Buskirk said. 'It's a good way to work out your aggressions.'"

"She's not alone. Target shooting -- nonhunting shooting with a rifle, shotgun or handgun -- is a fast-growing sport for women, both in Michigan and nationwide. ... " ...
 

AL: Top tips to better shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Checkup, range time best ways to get ready for seasons"

"With about five weeks until archery season begins for whitetail deer and roughly 21/2 months before gun season opens, it's time for some fine-tuning with the bow and rifle."

"Many bow hunters already are in the groove, having shot 3D competitions during the summer or daily rounds with a target in their yard. Practice is good, of course, as long as it's not reinforcing bad habits." ...
 

CT: Gun lock giveaway takes aim at reducing risk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shots from firearms accidentally killed 762 people nationwide in 2002. Among those who died that year, the most recent for which the National Center for Health Statistics had information, 270 were under 24."

"If even one accidental shooting death could be prevented, the firearms safety group Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, believes its nationwide effort distributing more than 30 million free gun locks to date has been worthwhile." ...
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Submitter's Note: Since "lock up your safety" laws are directly responsible for the pitchfork stabbing deaths of at least two children, you need to save at least 3 lives for it to be worthwhile.
 

PA: Games at a Glance: The water gun games: A sure winner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are at least four variations of this game at the fair this year. The idea is to use a water gun to squirt a target, which, in turn, either inflates a balloon or sends a colorful plastic animal/car up a sliding scale. The first player to get the balloon to explode or move the animal/car to the top of the slide wins a prize. The balloon explodes (yes!) or an annoying buzzer/alarm sounds. The prize depends on the number of people who play, and at least two players are required. I didn't play this game because there weren't enough people around who wanted to play." ...
 

MD: City to aid federal prosecution of gun crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Maryland's new federal prosecutor and Mayor Martin O'Malley have forged an agreement aimed at producing more prosecutions of gun crimes in Baltimore, an issue that for years had driven a wedge between City Hall and the U.S. attorney's office."

"Under a deal that marks a thawing of recent icy relations between the two offices, O'Malley agreed to funnel $200,000 from a grant award to bolster U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's plans to pursue more gun prosecutions in Baltimore."

"While the deal is helping to build bridges between O'Malley and Rosenstein, it has stoked recently dormant acrimony between the mayor and Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, who said her office deserves the additional resources." ...
 

AL: Tragedy a reminder to always be safe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state of Alabama has two sacred cows. One is football and the other is hunting. Hunting is extremely popular in our state and always has been."

"The activity provides an estimated 5.8 million man-days of recreation per year for approximately 360,000 hunters."

"Beyond common perception, hunting is actually one of the safest outdoor related activities that one can participate in. According to the National Safety Council's study of outdoor recreation-related injuries, sports such as football, baseball, soccer and even billiards have a much higher incident rate than hunting."

"Unfortunately, our county has suffered the tragedy of a hunting accident. ..." ...
 

CT: Firearm safety tour visits county
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Project ChildSafe, the nation's largest firearm safety education program, has begun the second phase of its nationwide campaign to promote safe and responsible gun ownership and storage. The program reminds gun owners to take steps to prevent a loaded gun from falling into the hands of a child, thereby preventing tragic accidents."

"The Dawson County Sheriff's Department received 400 gunlocks available for free in the lobby."

"Sheriff Gary Reiber said that his department handed out all of the locks they received in the past year."

"The current campaign will distribute over 12 million free firearm safety kits and follows the successful Phase One distribution of 20 million firearm safety kits over the past year to all 50 states." ...
 

Scotland: SNP seeks airguns sale licences
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shops selling airguns north of the border should be licensed, according to the Scottish National Party."

"The SNP made the call the day after Mark Bonini, the man who shot dead two-year-old Andrew Morton with a pellet in Glasgow, was jailed for life."

"Firearms legislation is reserved to Westminster but licensing shops is within Holyrood's powers, the SNP said." ...
 

Canada: Police, Manitoba government call for tougher penalties for gun crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Amid growing concerns over gun-related violence in across the country, the federal government is facing new calls to toughen penalties under the Criminal Code."

"Manitoba Attorney General Gord Mackintosh asked Ottawa on Thursday to boost the minimum sentence for people convicted of smuggling guns into Canada to four years in jail from one. 'We think that a more preventative minimum penalty will send a much stronger message and, I think, keep Canadians safer,' Mackintosh said."

"The issue goes beyond a recent spate of gang-related gunfights in Toronto that have left innocent bystanders injured, Mackintosh said." ...
 

UK: Angler In Gun Rage Over Dog
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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AN angler pulled out an air pistol and threatened to kill a springer spaniel when it drank from the lake where he was fishing, a court heard yesterday

Giuseppe Graffagnino, 42, brandished the gun above his head as he ranted at owner Susan Nesbitt: "My rods are worth 200 each - more than your dog. I could shoot it.".

Police called by Mrs Nesbitt to Cotswold Water Park in Cirencester, Glos, found he also had a rifle, cannabis and a CS gas canister, magistrates at Cheltenham were told.

Graffagnino, of Hartcliffe, Bristol, admitted possessing a loaded air weapon, the pot and gas and using threatening words and behaviour.

He was given 100 hours' community punishment in an 18-month order and sent on an anger management course.
 

Greece: Gun Rape Terror On Hol Island
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A BRITISH woman has been raped twice at gunpoint on the Greek island of Zakynthos.

The 20-year-old is the seventh sex attack victim at the popular holiday destination this summer.

A "well-built Briton" is said to have forced his way into her hotel room in the resort of Laganas over the weekend.

Police believe the gun may have been fake. All the island's rape victims are British. The latest is from Liverpool.

Only one suspect, an Albanian, has been arrested so far over an assault on a 24-year-old.

On the same night three Brits targeted a 21-year-old after a party.

The island's prosecutor is probing a series of staged orgies and sex competitions among boozed-up holidaymakers.
 

Guatemala: Gun Rules in Guatemala
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Hollywood scriptwriter could hardly have done better. On a Friday morning in downtown Guatemala City, a bus had just left the main terminal when it stopped to pick up two young men waiting on a corner. Although they blended in easily among their fellow passengers, the pair were in fact members of the notorious Central American street gang M-18. Armed with handguns, they were about to stage a hold-up of the bus when they were pre-empted by rivals from another gang who had boarded earlier. An angry discussion ensued as to who had the right to rob the passengers, which quickly escalated into gunfire that left one gang-member dead and two passengers injured." ...
 

UK: Man charged over fatal shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder after a shooting outside a hair salon in Birmingham."

"Paul Francis, 29, who is from the city, died in the incident in Lozells Road, Newtown, on 27 August, and another man, Nathaniel Ellis, was injured."

"The man charged will appear before magistrates in Birmingham on Monday morning, West Midlands Police said."

"The shooting happened as thousands of people made their way to nearby Villa Park for a Premiership football match." ...
 

Brazil: Brazil gun deaths down after disarmament campaign
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"A government disarmament campaign has helped cut gun deaths in Brazil, which has the worst record in the world for such killings, for the first time in 13 years, the Health Ministry said on Friday."

"The report was released seven weeks before a referendum on banning guns and arms sales in Latin America's largest country, which is gripped by rampant crime."

"It said gun deaths fell by more than 8 percent to 36,091 in 2004 compared with the previous year." ...
 

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