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Don't Let the Anti's Ram Through The McCarthy Gun Grab (GOA)
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"Because of the recent Labor Day holiday, you might have missed an important alert that GOA sent out on August 29."

"The House Judiciary Committee is getting ready to vote on H.R. 1415 -- a gun grab bill that was introduced by New York anti-gun liberal Carolyn McCarthy (D)."

"The anti-gun forces are asking their members to call their Representatives in favor of McCarthy's bill, so it's important that your Congressman hears from you."

"Moreover, GOA is the only gun lobby on Capitol Hill opposing McCarthy's bill -- which is all the more reason that your action is crucial!" ...
 

The World Must Wonder how U.S. can Tolerate Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: '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.'"

"What does this mean? Does it mean guns should be readily available on demand? Should we not be concerned about the proliferation of guns and the disconcerting rise of urban violence because of the Second Amendment?"

"Unfortunately, too many members of the National Rifle Association believe the Second Amendment is absolute, thus, all arms should be legal."

"With the current spike in urban violence it is fair question ask is there a correlation between gun availability and escalating murder rates? ..." [link added] ...
 

Target Shooter Allows Players to Test Hundreds of Firearms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames for the casual gamer, in partnership with Highway 1 Productions, today announced that the National Rifle Association has officially endorsed NRA Gun Club, a target shooter for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. This target shooter allows gamers to enter the shooting range, steady their nerves, and take aim at the bull's-eye and score in a wide variety of competitive environments." ...
 

Mini Guns Put ATF On Alert
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Federal ATF Agents issued an officer safety advisory on what is called the world’s smallest gun after a CBS 2 inquiry. The Alert has been issued both in the New York and nationally to all Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives criminal investigators and will be passed on to other federal agencies." ...

"The latest miniature gun that is alarming ATF agents is the SwissMiniGun. It’s extremely small -- just over two inches long. It comes with tiny bullets designed especially for the weapon that can penetrate skin. Even in its holster, this gun is so small that law enforcement experts say it could pass for a keychain ornament." ...

"[CEO Paul Erard] said the gun is a miniature, detailed copy of the Colt Python revolver. He sells it for roughly $5,000 to gun collectors ..." ...
 

South Africa: Dad praised for killing robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gauteng police chief Perumal Naidoo has praised the 'brave action in the struggle against crime' of a wounded Fairways man who shot dead two robbers in his kitchen."

"The robbers held up his wife and two retarded children."

"Naidoo said: 'It's sad that he had to take that action to protect his loved ones, but his actions were just and very brave.'"

"Benson Twan, a businessman and father of a 17-year-old daughter and six-year-old son, was on his way to work shortly after 07:00 when he was attacked outside his garage ..." ...

"One of the robbers apparently wanted to tie up the family while the other aimed his firearm at them."

"'Twan managed to take out the firearm that he had on him and shot the two men.'" ...
 

AL: Police: Student wielded a pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A long-simmering feud came to a head Wednesday morning when a Scarborough Middle School student pulled a gun on a Murphy High School student at a bus stop, according to Mobile police."

"Officer John C. Young, a police spokesman, said officers arrested 14-year-old middle school student after he got off the bus, charging him with menacing and carrying a pistol without a permit."

"Young said police also charged two other students who handled the gun. Those boys, ages 14 and 13, were charged with unlawfully carrying a pistol."

"Young said officers confiscated the weapon, a .38-caliber handgun, and took the suspects to the Strickland Youth Center. ... Young said investigators did not know who owns the gun." ...
 

VA: Be responsible for your own life and liberty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The author of Tuesday’s letter ('Attending Virginia Tech is always a privilege,' CT, Sept. 5) states, '... those who see their rights as being violated have absolutely failed to recognize that university policy ... is clearly indicated ...' Yet he clearly has stated that the Second Amendment protects (not grants) the right to keep and bear arms, which the amendment prohibits any infringement — period. Being an inalienable right, however, no one can, by any clause, abrogate such a right — especially if it receives public money, and therefore to some extent part of the government, even if only indirectly. ..." ...
 

VA: Gun control letters miss fundamental issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The letters and editorials concerning gun control in the wake of the William Morva incident have missed a number of fundamental issues. One author suggested that had we allowed students to possess guns, the William Morva incident would not have posed a threat to students. I would suggest that if the sheriff deputy guarding Morva had not possessed a gun, Morva would never have become an armed fugitive in the first place. This serves to highlight what might have happened had students possessed guns in addition to law enforcement." ...
 

VA: Clarification of Handgun Issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are some things that need to be clarified about the handgun issue. First, I realize that my attendance at Virginia Tech is voluntary and I have read the student policy. Again, that is my responsibility, and one that I have undertaken. Among other voluntary choices I have made are living in Virginia and the U.S. 'Love it or leave it,' is not a reasonable response to my request to have the same rights afforded to all other citizens of Virginia. Virginia is a 'shall issue' state, interpreting the state constitution as affording citizens the right to self-defense via a handgun. You can present the at-will idea all you want, but the will and laws of the commonwealth should bind the university, as it is a state institution." ...
 

NC: Student charged with taking gun to high school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 16-year-old Independence High School student was arrested Wednesday after police said he brought a loaded handgun to school in his SpongeBob SquarePants bookbag."

"Stephon Akeem Mobley was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a handgun by a minor, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police records. All three charges are misdemeanors."

"Another student tipped an Independence administrator about the gun around 9 a.m., police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said."

"Mobley hadn't made any threats, but was showing off the weapon, said CMS spokeswoman LaTarzja Henry." ...
 

MN: Bruininks: More police to patrol [U of MN] campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last year the University experienced a lot of crime. What is the University doing to ensure student safety?"

"The safety of our students is a very important priority for the University."

"We are adding police officers to increase at least the amount of protection for our own university community, meeting with the Minneapolis police officials and Minneapolis city government officials to determine what we can do to increase the safety of the neighborhoods that surround the University of Minnesota ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: According to the Campus Recap, robberies and assaults doubled from last year. Not only does the U prohibit students and employees from carrying, they ban CCW holders as well.
 

CO: Locals take shots at Ritter's gun record
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A handful of gun-rights advocates and local conservative candidates for state office gathered today to lambaste Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter for his record on Second Amendment issues."

"Dave Gill, vice president of the Colorado State Shooting Association, told fewer than a dozen onlookers and reporters that Ritter's history at the State Capitol, testifying against concealed weapon legislation and the 'Make My Day' law, which lets Coloradans use lethal force to defend against home intruders, was unacceptable."

"'When he tells you he supports a hunter's right to bear arms, that's all he thinks of the Second Amendment,' Gill said." ...
 

Days Before 9/11 Anniversary, Congressional Panel Moves to Gut Federal Oversight of Arms Sellers (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A House panel today cleared for full action by the House of Representatives a bill that would make it virtually impossible for Federal authorities to shut down gun dealers who violate the law. The bill would make it virtually impossible for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) to revoke the licenses of even the most egregious rogue gun dealers in the country."

"The bill now faces likely House action as early as next week. Opponents of the bill, H.R. 5092, criticized the measure Thursday as a wholly inappropriate step in a time when the nation is otherwise cracking down on security to fight the war on terror." ...
 

MD: 'Ceasefire Maryland' Holds Rally Outside Gun Store
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A new study by Ceasefire Maryland shows assault rifles are linked to a crime every 48 hours. Today the group renewed their call for a state ban on all assault weapons."

"'I have no problem with people selling normal guns, but I see no need for assault weapons,' Ceasefire president Lisa Delity tells WJZ's Peggy Lee. 'They kill many people, especially police officers and FBI agents, but they kill them very fast.'"

"The study states more than 700 assault rifles were traced to crimes in the state from 1998 to 2001."

"The group chose to hold a press conference this morning outside Valley Shooting Supply because the Harford Road business lost its gun license after ATF found them in violation of federal fire arms." ...
 

CA: Gun Violence Prevention Groups Pledge Strong Effort to Lay Groundwork for Passage of Microstamping Bill in 2007
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gun violence prevention advocates say that they will work through the fall and winter to educate lawmakers so as to ensure that a bill to implement a microstamping program in California is passed next year. A microstamping bill, AB 352, came within a single vote of passage last week in the State Assembly before time ran out -- and it was stopped only after a flagrant misinformation campaign by the gun industry." ...
 

Trinidad: Firearm scare at airport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TWO people nearly got killed when a police officer mistakenly [sic] discharged his police issued pistol at the domestic terminal at the Jackson Airport in Port Moresby yesterday."

"Civil Aviation Authority acting chief executive officer Joseph Kintau said the officer had allegedly failed to follow proper procedures to clear the weapon before checking it at the firearms clearance and lodgement point."

"... the officer discharged his pistol at about 8am, the bullet hit a cleaner’s broom, spade and plastic bag and grazed a passenger, but luckily no one was injured."

"National Capital District police commander Chief Superintendent Mark Kanawi confirmed the incident, adding it is being investigated." ...
 

MI: Shooting range ban possible
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"Cascade Township officials are considering a ban on the discharge of firearms after a resident with a shooting range on his property failed to show for a meeting on the matter last month."

"Officials say they hope to meet this week with Kenneth Gunderson and his neighbors, who are concerned about gunfire coming from his 20-acre property near Buttrick Avenue and 36th Street SE."

"About a dozen neighborhood residents in June questioned the safety of allowing Gunderson and friends to shoot on what a Kent County Sheriff's deputy described as very similar to a professional shooting range." ...
 

N.Y. Gun Enthusiasts Call for Automatic Issuing of Permits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"While attempts to make New York adopt an objective standard for concealed weapons permits have failed for almost a dozen legislative sessions in Albany, gun enthusiasts will resume their campaign for a change in the law."

"'We will be pushing for that legislation,' the president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Thomas King, said. 'The exact specifics of the bill, we're still working on.'" ...

"Forty states have 'shall issue' provisions on their books, by which anyone who meets objective criteria — taking into account criminal background and marksmanship training — must be given a concealed weapon permit. Wisconsin and Illinois completely prohibit citizens from carrying firearms." ...
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KABA Note: Actually Wisconsin only prohibits "concealed" carry; open carry is perfectly legal.
 

OH: Ohio's Own Silly District Court (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On September 1st , two of the judges of the 6th District Court of Appeals rendered a poor decision in the city of Toledo's case against Bruce Beatty. ... The effect of their decision is to say that every municipality in the state can manipulate this law to mean what they want, even rendering it null by prohibiting firearms from being carried in places the law clearly indicates you can. ..."

"To illustrate the ruling's absurdity, let me suggest this scenario:"

"Imagine some city in Ohio ... decides to ban Sport Utility Vehicles in the city for 'environmental reasons'. Now picture some poor motorist ... is driving through and he is arrested and prosecuted for violating this ordinance, one which he has never even heard of ..." ...
 

FL: Woman power
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cyndi Howard a few years ago never would have dreamed of owning a handgun, of shooting clay pigeons with a shotgun, of taking a bow-hunting course wearing a baseball cap and a camouflage shirt."

"A few years ago, she never felt this confident, this comfortable, this secure about herself and her daughter's safety."

"Later this year, she will apply for a concealed weapon permit, allowing her to carry the gun to work -- the small business she owns in downtown Jacksonville, where she opens each morning and closes each night."

"'It's not like I'm afraid of things,' she said. 'But having a gun -- and knowing how to use it -- is going to make me feel better, more protected. I was never this confident before.'" ...
 

Canada: Alberta aiming for month-long gun amnesty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Alberta Justice is working with police organizations across the province to launch a gun amnesty next month ..."

"The amnesty, which would allow owners of firearms to get rid of their weapons without charges being laid or questions asked, is tentatively set to take place across Alberta throughout October."

"'Everybody is very excited about the possibility. The (police) agencies are the biggest advocates themselves,' said Cooper."

"Edmonton police were scheduled to host their own amnesty in June, as part of Chief Mike Boyd's 100-day plan to fight crime. But the 30-day gun amnesty was postponed when Justice Minister Ron Stevens and Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko decided to hold a province-wide campaign in the fall. ..." ...
 

Thailand: The right of self-defence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The new and supposedly improved version of the United Nations' focus on international human rights has hit the headlines again, in a startling manner. Reports bubbling up through the bureaucracy of the Human Rights Council, as it now is called, are addressing the supposed problem of so-called small arms _ the term that bureaucrats use for rifles and handguns. An astounding report by the world body's Special Rapporteur on the subject has gone far overboard. It suggests that it ought to be global policy that neither nations nor their citizens have the right of self-defence. It is difficult to imagine a more obscure and tortuous route to reach the apparent goal of the Special Rapporteur, which is a ban on small arms." ...
 

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