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Bill to revise gun-show laws advances in House
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill to revamp federal enforcement rules for gun dealers, born in part from complaints about heavy-handed tactics at Richmond gun shows, is headed to the House floor."

"The House Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan bill by voice vote yesterday, and a spokesman for the House majority leader said it could come up for a House vote as early as next week." ...

"The bill would give ATF more tools to punish federally licensed gun dealers who break U.S. firearm sale rules. It would offer an intermediate set of new penalties -- including civil penalties or a license suspension -- that fall short of revoking a dealer's license." ...
 

Billions for Gun Owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Billions of dollars."

"That's what may be waiting for potentially thousands of gun owners who have been falsely incarcertated due to the random, capricious, and yes -- fraudulent -- firearms testing performed by promotion-driven ATF thugs. The Congressional Research Services' memo ... verifies the lack of legitimate and standardized testing procedures. Furthermore, in a letter dated March 2, 2006, the ATF acknowledges this lack ..."

"Believe it or not, this is GREAT news. Why? Because heads of this bureaucracy have officially acknowledged -- in writing! -- that thousands of prosecutions have not been based on accurate standardized testing procedures. _Every case_ can be re-opened and CHALLENGED!" ...
 

Ohio's Sixth District Shoots Itself In The Foot?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not all of Ohio, of course, but enough to vex the constituents there."

"I’ve been following Ohio’s concealed carry quagmire since the beginning, and I just had a thought. It’s a legal problem some experts might find interesting."

"Ohio courts have ruled that carrying a gun in the park is illegal because the park is private property. Well, if that’s true, then it could open the door to all sorts of foreseeable plaintiffs naming the City as respondent in everything from nuisance to sour milk. Not an especially bright move on the chessboard of this argument. If it’s private, who owns it? A Corporation? What do the shareholders have to say about this? And if the people aren’t the shareholders, who is?" ...
 

Coalitions Against Trafficking Handguns: Congress Shows It Hasn't Learned Lessons of 9/11
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Five years after the catastrophic intelligence failure that resulted in the worst terrorist attacks on American soil, the House of Representatives is pushing legislation ... that will make it harder for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to share information to prevent violent crime and terrorist attacks." ...

"HR 5005 would:"

"-- Prevent police from conducting investigations across jurisdictional lines in order to establish patterns of criminal activity and threats to national security."

"-- Restrict law enforcement access to a national databank that traces guns used in crime."

"-- Bar law enforcement from learning which gun dealers are supplying the bulk of guns to criminals and would-be terrorists ..." ...
 

NY: Wheelchair-bound NYC woman shoots mugger with licensed gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Margaret Johnson might have looked like an easy target."

"But when a mugger tried to grab a chain off her neck Friday, the wheelchair-bound 56-year-old pulled out her licensed .357 pistol and shot him, police said."

"Johnson said she was in Harlem on her way to a shooting range when the man, identified by police as 45-year-old Deron Johnson, came up from behind and went for the chain."

"There's not much to it," she said in a brief interview. "Somebody tried to mug me, and I shot him." ...

"Margaret Johnson, who lives in Harlem, has a permit for the weapon and does not face charges, Grimpel said. She also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later released."
 

TX: East Side resident kills home intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A man was shot and killed Thursday after an East Side homeowner awoke to noise by his front door and found the man inside his house, opening the door for another person, police said." ...

"... He was with his wife in their bedroom, their 1-year-old son in another room, when around 10:30 p.m. he heard a scuffle and grabbed the shotgun lying next to his bed, Berrigan said."

"The homeowner saw the man in his hallway and shot at him twice."

"The man ran outside and collapsed a few houses down. He was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he later died." ...

"The homeowner will likely not face charges, Berrigan said, adding, 'He was protecting his property and his family. What are you going to do?'"
 

Thailand: Teachers in Thailand, under fire, learn to shoot back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'When you pull the trigger, you've got to keep steady,' the instructor sternly told the elementary school teachers. 'If your hand is shaking you can’t shoot.'"

"Teachers have one of the deadliest jobs in southern Thailand, with 44 killed by the bombs and bullets of an Islamic insurgency since 2004."

"So the teachers are learning how to shoot back."

"The Chulabhorn naval base, on the Gulf of Thailand in Narathiwat province, opened its heavily guarded gates on a recent Sunday to a training course for 100 public school teachers, mostly Buddhist men and women who say bringing a gun to school has become essential." ...
 

OH: And They Ask Me Why I Carry?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Albuquerque, NM - 74 year old Garland Taylor slain while showing a $900,000 home to a well groomed, professionally dressed man."

"McKinney, TX - Sarah Ann Walker stabbed 27 times while holding an open house ..."

"St. Petersburg, FL - A neatly dressed man posing as a DEA agent attacks a real estate agent, taking her purse and car keys ..."

"DeKalb County, GA - Within an 11 day period, 3 female real estate agents report being robbed at gunpoint by a man and a woman."

"Baltimore, MD - Maryland police warn Realtors of a man stalking female agents. One agent was assaulted during an open house ..."

"It's September and that means that once again it's 'Realtor Safety Month'. ..." ...
 

OH: Candidates support gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Q Current law gives journalists access to the names of people who hold permits to carry concealed weapons, but a pending bill would close off that access. Should the media continue to have access?"

"Blackwell: No. 'A law-abiding citizen's personal information should remain personal. Making their personal information available to the press would needlessly put law-abiding citizens in potentially dangerous situations.'"

"Strickland: No. 'What we're talking about here is a basic, fundamental right that is guaranteed in the constitution and it seems reasonable to me that unless or until someone demonstrates cause, that their privacy, when it comes to exercising this right, should not be violated.'" ...
 

Mike: Black gun-death toll 'shocking'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Despite a dramatic drop in crime in neighborhoods with large black populations, blacks are disproportionately killed by guns on the streets of New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday."

"'There are still too many innocent people getting killed on our streets with guns, and African-Americans continue to be the most frequent victims,' Bloomberg said during a forum at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington." ...

"At the forum, convened by Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Bloomberg and several other mayors took aim at the National Rifle Association."

"While acknowledging the power of the NRA to influence Congress, Bloomberg called the organization 'extremist' and he insisted: 'We are making progress.'" ...
 

Bloomberg Criticizes as ‘Soft' Politicians Who Stand in Way of Gun Crackdown
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg says politicians who oppose measures to crack down on illegal guns have been 'cowed or duped' by an 'extremist gun lobby.'"

"During an appearance in front of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington yesterday, Mr. Bloomberg said elected officials in both political parties have been too "soft" when it comes to trafficking and possessing illegal guns."

"'They say that they are protecting the Second Amendment, but that's a red herring if ever there was one, and it's time for us to start exposing it,' Mr. Bloomberg said."

"'The Second Amendment does not give anyone the right to sell or possess a gun illegally,' he said." ...
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KABA Note: No, the Second Amendment was supposed to prevent any government from saying 'the right to sell or possess a gun' is in any way illegal.
 

Bloomberg Joins Mayors From Around The Country To Fight For Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In his latest attempt to gather support for a federal crackdown on illegal guns, Mayor Michael Bloomberg headed to Washington Thursday to join colleagues from across the country to blast Congress."

"'We share the same problem: a Congress that won't accept its responsibility to crack down on illegal guns,' said Bloomberg. 'Let's be clear, politicians that are soft on illegal guns are soft on crime.'"

"Bloomberg spoke at the Congressional lack caucus in Washington. Other big city mayors are also trying to find ways to take guns off the streets."

"I think that Mayor Bloomberg has done some incredible things in New York ...' said Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. 'But everything won't work that New York is doing because of the uniqueness and the different nuances as was said today in Detroit.'" ...
 

NJ: Armed 'drug agent' turns out to be fake
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Demarest homeowner was startled when a stranger came to the door carrying a semiautomatic pistol in a holster and another gun in his waistband."

"The visitor identified himself Wednesday as an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He was conducting a surveillance of the home, which he said he suspected was a 'drug location.'" ...

"Authorities were called ... Within a half-hour, genuine law enforcement officers in Fort Lee had arrested the man, identified as Michael Gluchowski, a former New York state trooper."

"A search turned up two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun, DEA Task Force credentials, a DEA badge, a DEA raid jacket and a pair of latex gloves ... What motivated the retired trooper is a mystery." ...
 

Canada: Who is watching the Mounties?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's hard to imagine how someone who was arrested for having an open beer in a parking lot can end up shot to death by a cop in a police station."

"But that's what happened Oct. 29, 2005, to Ian Bush in Houston. On Tuesday B.C.'s criminal justice branch issued a two-page statement saying that the RCMP officer who fired the fatal shot into the back of Bush's head was acting in self-defence. No criminal charges would be laid." ...

"It's pretty clear that the concern of the force to show impartiality was not strong enough. An RCMP spokesman in Vancouver six months into the investigation dismissed concerns about the delay this way: 'It takes long because it takes long.... The public doesn't have a right to know anything.'" ...
 

Canada: Rush to Judgement: One Man's Opinion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Why Attorney General Wally Oppal, are you wading into the Ian Bush shooting at Houston?"

"Comments such as 'A rookie RCMP officer was choked nearly unconscious before drawing his pistol and shooting Bush in the back of the head,' clearly only present one side of the story."

"Do you now Mr. Attorney General, yield judgments without the benefit of a trial? That is exactly what is taking place in this instance."

"What happened to lead to the death of the 22 year old man who was arrested put in handcuffs and was supposedly under police control?"

"What happened to change all of that? That is the question that you should be asking for an answer to Mr. Oppal." ...
 

NY: Turkey Shoot in Boonville
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Boonville Rod and Gun Club will be holding a turkey shoot Sept. 17, beginning at 9 a.m.

There will be a trap shoot, long distance shot (scope or open sight), hand gun 25 yard slow fire (open to all handguns) and a 22 rifle 50 yard shoot with open sights only.

Food and drinks will be available.

Boonville Rod and Gun Club 2006 yearly memberships are now on sale for $10, which includes hunting and fishing on the property, and are available at Lee Pontiac and Buick, RT 12, or at Mahaffy's Barbershop on Main St.

The event is open to the public. Contact Chuck at 942-9112 or 723-1424 for any questions or more information.
 

MD: Gun Control Advocates Want Stricter Regulations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once every two days, a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun is used in a Maryland crime. That's what a new study reports, but gun shop owner Bill Truitt doesn't think it's that high."

"'The true numbers of these guns being used in a crime are very low,' Truitt said."

"But right or wrong, gun control advocates say they want a ban on long guns."

"Wicomico County State's Attorney Davis Ruark says that would do more harm than good."

"'It'll just create a black market for long guns and we don't need another black market for different weapons here.'" ...

"He also says he sees more crimes involving knives than long guns."

"'To put it into perspective, out of the last three murders I've tried, two involved a knife and the other brute force.'" ...
 

IN: Targeting a gun problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Did you hear about the recent shoot-out on Angela Boulevard? ... occupants of two vehicles that were racing side-by-side fired multiple shots at one another ..." ...

"While we're relieved that the outcome wasn't a tragic one, it doesn't lessen our concern about our region's gun problem ... There are too many people with too many guns, and many of them are far too young to be carrying firearms."

"As we have stated in the past, we believe it is time to approach the problem in a different way, to get beyond merely stating that the problem is people, not guns, and leaving it at that." ...

"It should be required that no one may own or operate a firearm without being certified to do so." ...
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Submitter's Note: First they say that the guns are being carried illegally, then they call for certification for law-abiding gun-owners.
 

AZ: Court decision in Tucson could affect verdict in Fish case
Submitted by: Shovelhead

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"Four days could mean the difference between prison and freedom for a 59-year-old retired schoolteacher convicted of second-degree murder."

"An opinion handed down Sept. 5 by the Arizona Court of Appeals in Tucson has many across the state examining the date Harold Fish went to trial for the shooting of 43-year-old Grant Kuenzli at a trailhead north of Strawberry."

"At first, that appeared to be good news for Harold Fish whose attorney, Mel McDonald, has long argued the new law was retroactive." ...
 

IL: Blagojevich 'Pal' Arrested for Burglary -- Again (ISRA-PVF)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A career criminal who was the focal point of a controversial Gov. Blagojevich veto has been arrested once again for burglarizing a Wilmette home."

"Morio Billings was arrested by Chicago Police just 11 days after serving less than half of a 7-year sentence for a 2003 burglary that touched off a national firestorm over the right of self defense."

"In that 2003 case, Billings broke into another Wilmette home and made off with personal items and the resident's luxury SUV. The next night, when Billings returned to the home for a second helping, he was confronted by the homeowner -- who was armed at the time. The homeowner shot and wounded Billings. Interestingly enough, the heroic homeowner was arrested for possessing the handgun that probably saved the lives of himself and his family. Wilmette is one of a handful of Chicago suburbs that forbid residents from owning handguns." ...
 

WY: Gun groups back Wyo suit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two national gun rights groups are supporting Wyoming's lawsuit over a federal agency's rejection of a state law that allows people with misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence to petition in state court to regain their right to carry guns."

"The National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Foundation have both filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Wyoming's challenge against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."

"Wyoming filed suit in May against the ATF claiming it exceeded its authority by rejecting the state law, which was passed in 2004."

"Federal law prohibits people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning guns." ...
 

UT: Supreme Court Says University of Utah Can't Ban Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Utah Supreme Court says concealed weapons are allowed on the University of Utah campus. For years, the U has enforced its own policy, banning all weapons, but that policy was contrary to state law."

"Even with this ruling ... the University of Utah's President says concealed weapons will still be banned from campus. That is until a federal court case is resolved on this issue."

"Still, this Utah Supreme Court ruling is significant. It says that people who have a concealed weapon permit are allowed to carry their weapon at the U, just as they can everywhere else in the state. The University has long insisted guns on campus were contrary to a healthy learning environment ..." ...
 

MI: City sues to prevent man from getting back guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city of St. Clair Shores is trying to prevent the return of two handguns to a man who threatened a 'killing spree' and violence against city officials on a TV station news hot line." ...

"Parker in June 2005 was arrested for domestic violence and was sentenced to a diversion program ... Parker successfully completed the program and was set to have two pistols .. returned to him. The routine approval of return of the guns was made last month in 40th District Court."

"But before the guns were given back, the city filed the injunction request ..." ...

"Chief Burnett said ... due to the context of the call and likelihood the comments were 'taken out of context,' he doesn't believe Parker actually intended to carry out the threats ..."
 

MI: Township aims at restrictions on firearm usage
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Leaders are moving ahead with refining a ban on discharging firearms while hoping neighbors of a resident with a shooting range on his property can work out a safety compromise."

"Township officials met Wednesday with a group of residents concerned about gunfire on a more than 40-acre property ... Residents have complained about noise and the potential safety hazard since June."

"Officials say they are considering a move allowing residents to shoot guns on properties larger than 10 acres in areas zoned rural, and on residential properties of a certain size -- not yet determined -- by obtaining a special use permit. Shooting in any area would be permitted only on shooting ranges designed to specifications set by the National Rifle Association." ...
 

UK: Great-gran and girl, 8, 'fired at'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TWO gunmen opened fire on an eight-year-old girl and her great-grand-mother as they stood outside their home,the Old Bailey heard."

"The gun battle erupted in the street after Marlon Crooks drove up to his mum's home to show off his new BMW convertible to his family. Marlon Stubbs, 25, and Stefon Thomas, 23, whipped out pistols and aimed a hail of bullets at Mr Crooks,his young daughter,grandmother,mum, brother, and sister,the jury was told." ...

"The court heard Stubbs and Webster collected a .44 pistol on the last day of the Muslim festival of Ramadan and were heard to say: 'When Ramadan ends, the snake is going to strike.'" ...
 

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