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Dr. Lott: Problems with the latest Miller, Hemenway, Azrael study on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The New York Times reports yesterday that a new study from Miller, Hemenway, and Azrael claims: 'States with the greatest number of guns in the home also have the highest rates of homicide ...' Well, I have just spent a short time looking at the study, but there are some of things that are pretty obvious: 1) They excluded the District of Columbia without any explanation, 2) they use other crime rates to explain the homicide rate (by the way, they don�t use anything like an arrest or conviction rate, nothing to do with law enforcement), 3) they use purely cross-sectional data that never allows one to properly control for what may cause differences in crime rates, and 4) data from different years is used without any explanation ..." ...
 

"Hypocrite" Romney Fawns Over Gunmakers, NRA Head
Submitted by: Ed Anger

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"The New Gun Week is not kind to Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney's attempts to win over gunmakers by attending the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show, the annual trade show for America's gun industry. As one pro-gun activist cited in the article put it, 'Romney was a liberal Republican for years. Now that he wants to be President he's trying to shine up his conservative credentials. Gay marriage? Yes back then. No now. Guns? No then. Yes now. Hypocrite? Maybe then. Certainly now.' Having myself been an attendee at far too many SHOT Shows, I would have been surprised if the response had been anything otherwise." ...
 

Congress Pushes Anti-Gun Brady Law Expansion Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The first major anti-gun bill of the new Pelosi-led Congress has already been introduced, and it could prove to be the most serious threat yet to Second Amendment Rights."

"On the first full day of the new Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy introduced H.R. 297, the most massive expansion of the Brady law since it passed in 1993. This is a bill that was quashed last year but under the new Pelosi House leadership, the Bill has a higher likelihood of getting passed this time."

"Conducting Talk Show interviews on this topic is Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, the nation�s second largest gun group." ...
 

NV: Jewelry Store Owner Shoots Robbery Suspect
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Three robbery suspects tried to hit a jewelry store Wednesday night, but the victim turned the tables on them. The owner of the jewelry store opened fire hitting one suspect. Two are still on the run."

"This is the third such incident this month. The first two in North Las Vegas were deadly."

"Just after 7 p.m., the suspects, two men and one woman, tricked the owners to let them into the secured store by posing as customers. Once inside they pulled out at least one gun and demanded jewelry."

"Both owners were forced to the ground but one of them was able to get a gun."

"It then became a shootout." ...
 

NY: Armed homeowner forces out intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A Buffalo homeowner forced an intruder to flee Tuesday afternoon when he pointed his pistol at the man, according to South District police. The homeowner, who lives in a lower apartment on Edson Street, was inside his home when a man kicked in his door at about 4:29 p.m. and walked in, police reported.

The man, wearing a knitted green hat and green jacket, confronted the homeowner and said, "I'm looking for Dougy."

The homeowner pulled his pistol on the intruder, who ran out of the apartment toward Seneca Street. Police said the homeowner has a valid pistol permit.
 

OK: Muskogee Prosecutors Decline Charges In Fatal Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Muskogee County prosecutors are declining to file charges against an 81-year-old Haskell man who shot and killed another man Saturday night.

District Attorney Larry Moore says Curtis Wright acted in self-defense when he shot 49-year-old Arthur Fisher Junior in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun. Investigators say Fisher had threatened Wright with a knife.

The shooting death was the second homicide reported in Muskogee County this year, both of which occurred in Haskell.

The first occurred January 4th when Bobby Foster was shot to death during what investigators described as a drug deal gone bad.
 

NY: Mayor Brown returns from Mayors Against Illegal Guns national summit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Byron W. Brown today returned from a national summit of Mayors Against Illegal Guns that was held yesterday in Washington, DC. ..." ...

"'I was pleased to join mayors from across the country to discuss the issues that are affecting our cities as a result of illegal gun trafficking and the use of illegal guns in criminal activities,' said Mayor Brown. 'While this may be portrayed by some as an infringement on their Second Amendment rights, my fellow mayors are very clear on this matter � we are interested only in curtailing and ending the proliferation of illegal guns on our city streets; we are not trying to impose gun control measures or target law abiding citizens who possess firearms legally.'" ...
 

MD: Sheila Dixon Attends Gun Summit For U.S. Mayors
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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... "'It helps us when we identify a weapon in a particular criminal case, we can then trace it back to the gun company or wherever in order to find out if this is a registered gun with the person,' said Dixon."

"Of Baltimore's 21 homicides so far this year, 17 are gun-related. Last year there were 85 non-fatal juvenile shootings and a majority of the city's 275 homicide victims died from bullet wounds."

"'It's just so important that we keep guns out of the hands of those people that no rational person would want to let have a weapon,' said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who also attended the summit." ...
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KABA Note: Of course the Tiahrt amendment does nothing to prevent law enforcement from tracing crime guns, but it does prevent big city mayors from using crime trace data to sue gun shops.
 

KS: Manhattan officials restrict Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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City of Manhattan officials are going to ban concealed weapons in some areas. This month Kansas began issuing Concealed Carry licenses. State law prohibits concealed weapons in some areas including state buildings, but Manhattan City Commissioners are taking those restrictions further.

"Our philosophy was to identify certain areas as property that we own where there might be meetings or larger gatherings of people and those are the areas we want to make sure that someone's not bringing a concealed weapon," Manhattan Deputy City Manager Diane Stoddard said.

Those areas include public parks, swimming pools and some organized sports areas. The city will have to display signs to show that weapons are not allowed.
 

AR: 'No retreat' bill stalls in committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill to remove the requirement that civilians attempt to retreat before they can use deadly force made no headway Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee."

"Sen. Jerry Taylor, D-Pine Bluff, sponsor of Senate Bill 2, pulled the bill from consideration before a vote amid a barrage of criticism in the Senate Judiciary Committee."

"'Can you provide a single example of the need for this dramatic change?' Sen. Jim Luker, D-Wynne, asked at one point." ...

"'We shouldn't wait until somebody gets their brains blown out,' retorted Sen. Paul Miller, D-Melbourne, who supports the bill but is not on the committee." ...
 

MO: NRA-Backed Castle Doctrine, Emergency Powers Legislation High Priority in Missouri (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his 2007 State of the State Address Wednesday night, Governor Matt Blunt laid out his list of priorities for Missouri's 2007 legislative session. National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed 'Castle Doctrine' and 'Emergency Powers Protection' bills were included in the Governor's legislative priorities."

"'We are grateful that Governor Blunt chose to highlight such vital self-defense bills as 'Castle Doctrine' and 'Disaster Recovery Personal Protection' for the good people of Missouri,' said Chris W. Cox, NRA's chief lobbyist. 'It is fundamental to our American way of life that honest, law-abiding citizens know the law is on their side if they are faced with criminal attack and act in self-defense.'" ...
 

WV: 'Castle doctrine' bill picks up support
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shooting an intruder breaking into a West Virginian's home no longer would expose the homeowner to civil liability pressed by either the criminal or his family in a new Senate bill offered Wednesday."

"Pushed by the National Rifle Association, the measure is commonly known as the 'Castle Doctrine,' harking back centuries to England."

"In that era, the law recognized that, as one writer phrased it, 'a man's home is his castle, and the wind, but not the king, may enter.'"

"Put simply, it means a homeowner under law can protect his domicile from invaders without feeling any repercussions from the law." ...
 

RI: Protest raised over gun shop near Robertston school
Submitted by: Jim Archer
Website: http://www.cralri.com

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"The opening of a gun shop near Robertson Elementary School has left parents panicking over safety, legislators rushing to change local and state laws and weapon store owners scrambling to defend their civil rights."

"Community activists are fighting plans by the owners of D&L Shooting Supplies from moving a mile down West Shore Road and opening about a block from the Robertson School and into a business plaza where kids gather to buy frozen lemonade in the summer. The store advertises for potential customers to bring their weapons to their location." ...
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "...which can never be made too secure against illegal encroachments...", March 25, 1868
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...The first section of the bill meets my approbation, as for the purpose of protecting the rights of property from the erroneous decision of inferior judicial tribunals, it provides means for obtaining uniformity. . . . The second section, however, takes away the right of appeal to that court in cases which involve the life and liberty of the citizen, and leaves them exposed to the judgment of numerous inferior tribunals...."

"...a measure which proposes to deprive any person "restrained of his or her liberty in violation of the Constitution, or of any treaty or law of the United States," . . . To "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity," is one of the declared objects of the federal Constitution...."
 

NJ: Skyway Horror Crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities say an off-duty Jersey City cop was drunk Tuesday night when he slammed his Jeep Cherokee into a Grand Am on the Pulaski Skyway."

"North District Police Officer Kevin Freibott, 38, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and assault by auto after the horrific 11:01 p.m. crash just after the Broadway entrance ramp to the westbound lanes of the elevated highway." ...

"Freibott, the son of Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy's first cousin, is suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, Police Chief Tom Comey said yesterday. Freibott transferred to the Jersey City Police Department in December 2005 after working as a Middletown police officer since 1996." ...
 

NJ: Trouble in Middletown 5 years ago not mentioned on his transfer form
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The cop involved in Tuesday night's Pulaski Skyway crash didn't have a perfect record when he transferred into the Jersey City Police Department - but city officials insist his hiring had nothing to do with the fact that he's Mayor Jerramiah Healy's cousin." ...

"Freibott became a Middletown police officer in 1996 ... but was fired five years later, when he got into a fender bender in a restaurant parking lot in Atlantic Highlands, a nearby town."

"Police determined Freibott had allowed his driver's license to expire, but for nearly three months had continued to drive his own car as well as his patrol car, authorities said." ...
 

OH: Ineffective Gun Control Doesn't Stop Anti-Gunners (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fact: violent crime is near a 30 year low and has dropped from its high point in 1994 of 4,115,000 incidents to our latest figure in 2005 of 1,823,400 incidents. Nevertheless, we still have urban Mayors forming an anti-gun coalition led by New York City�s Michael Bloomberg and meeting in our nation's capital. They are scheming to try and find a way to make gun control palatable to the American people. They claim they are not persecuting the 2nd Amendment, they are merely trying to reduce crime. 'It's out of control!' they shout. No, wait� that was the 1990�s argument. Today's statistics prove that is not true today." ...
 

DE: Del. Wal-Marts' gun availability curtailed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Wal-Mart once was one of the few places in Delaware that hunters could shop for shotguns, rifles and ammo at the same time they picked up their tube socks and toothpaste. That's changing, both here and around the country."

"That's changing, both here and around the country."

"In late 2005, the discount giant decided to end gun sales at Wal-Marts where demand is relatively low, a marketing decision that has now reached three Delaware stores. In July, the store in Dover stopped sales; this month, stores in Prices Corner and Bear followed suit." ...
 

OH: Firearms auction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This Saturday, January 27, 2007 Garner Auction Center in Carrollton Ohio will auction off over 300 firearms."

"Whether you are interested in pistols, revolvers, rifles or shotguns, there is something for you. Most are used, but some are new in original box. There are even a few knives and other accessories to be sold."

"Auctions generally have a large variety of items. They come in different types and conditions so there is generally something of interest for everyone. Some guns sell for under $100, and others go for $15,000 or even $20,000 dollars. Interested buyers can preview the items on Friday from 4-7 PM or Saturday morning. You can see a picture of each item and bid at Proxibid.com." ...
 

OH: Ohio Supreme Court won't hear Beatty appeal (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Toledo Blade is reporting that the Ohio Supreme Court voted 5-2 (Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton and Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger dissenting) against hearing the appeal of Bruce Beatty, who was convicted of carrying a concealed handgun into Toledo's Ottawa Park in protest of a city ordinance." ...

"Beatty told the Toledo Free Press he would pay the City of Toledo the fine and court costs resulting from the citation, which he estimated would be $96."

"While the impact of the Supreme Court's decision not to act was diminished by passage of HB347, the fact is that there are still local laws on the books that are more restrictive than state law." ...
 

IL: ISRA Launches Firearm Training Initiative
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The ISRA is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new firearm training initiative designed to heighten safety awareness, and build shooting skills. The program keys on women who are interested in learning to handle handguns safely as well as improving their accuracy under combat conditions."

"Initial program sessions are scheduled for February 3 and February 17 at the Chillicothe Sportsman's Club, Chillicothe, IL. Additional sessions at other locations across the state are being planned and will be announced as those plans firm up. For more information on the Chillicothe sessions, contact Richard Pearson, +1-815-635-3198." ...
 

FL: American Ammunition Attends 29th Annual Shot Show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"American Ammunition, Inc. (OTCBB:AAMU) announced today that its personnel recently returned from the 29th Annual Shot Show in Orlando, Florida. ... AAMU personnel have attended the Shot Show for more than 12 years. The event affords AAMU the opportunity to display and offer its new products and to make direct contact with existing and potential customers attending the event. AAMU personnel concluded that its new products, including its efforts to expand its rifle caliber lines, was the direction for AAMU to have taken. Feedback from the event also supported its decision to increase its self-defense hollow point line. Its cowboy action calibers were also well received." ...
 

OR: Got a bang out of cowboys (9th letter)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"Regarding 'Giving cowboys a shot,' (Sunday, Jan. 14), I get a bang out of Old West shootists firing their shotguns."

"The versatile shotgun played a vital role on the 19th-century Western frontier. If a person were limited to owning but one firearm during this era, a double-barrel shotgun (both percussion muzzle loaders and later breech loaders) was a sensible choice. Beside the repeating rifle and six-shooter, it was the shotgun which actually tamed the frontier out west."

"For the wagon train emigrant, immigrant, homesteader, farmer, townsfolk, etc., the shotgun was both provider and protector. First the smoothbore could provide fresh meat for the table, and second it was a formidable weapon as it defined 'Homeland Security.' ..." ...
 

UK: Man 'stamped' on partner's father
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An east Belfast man has admitted an assault on his girlfriend's father which has left the victim requiring daily nursing care."

"Adrian George Shaw, 35, from Upper Newtownards Road, had initially denied the charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Jacob Stewart."

"A witness said she saw Shaw kicking and stamping on Mr Stewart's head as he lay prone on the ground." ...
 

UK: Street attack left man's cheekbone collapsed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The assault came during a row between neighbours in the resort early one morning."

"It left victim Michael Ruffle needing surgery at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary."

"His cheekbones had collapsed and his nose had to be refashioned."

"The middle of his face was squashed and separated from the base of the jaw, prosecutor Mr Jeremy Grout-Smith told Preston Crown Court."

"Surgeons said great force had been used."

"Attacker Geoffrey Marshall, 25, was given a 51-week jail term, suspended for 18 months."

"He admitted causing grievous bodily harm." ...
 

UK: Hammer attack: Fourth charged
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A FOURTH person has been charged in connection with the brutal hammer attack at Ridgeway School."

"The 18-year-old is due to appear in court today and has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent."

"Fifteen-year-old Henry Webster, pictured, was attacked with a clawhammer in the school grounds on January 11, and suffered serious head injuries."

"Three youths, aged 17, 15, and 14 appeared in court on Monday charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. The eldest has been remanded in custody and the younger two have been bailed until all three appear before Swindon Youth Court on February 19." ...
 

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