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Judge postpones trial for lawsuit over guns seized after Katrina
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A federal judge has agreed to postpone a trial for a lawsuit that the National Rifle Association filed against city officials for seizing hundreds of guns in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath."

"Last week, NRA attorneys said the lobbying group needs more time to search for hundreds of gun owners whose firearms were confiscated by New Orleans police ..."

"U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier agreed Friday to reschedule a Feb. 19 trial for the case. A new trial date is expected to be picked ... later this month."

"The NRA and Second Amendment Foundation ... sued New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley over the city's seizure of more than 1,000 guns that weren't part of any criminal investigation after Katrina." ...
 

NRA to address pressing issues at show
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Most people who will visit the Nation's Outdoor Sportsmen's Show on Friday through Sunday at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly expect to see the latest deer stands, hunting supplies, fishing gear, etc., and they will get it."

"But hunters concerned about the steady onslaught on their sport by animal rights groups and sometimes poorly informed judges and public officials should stop by the National Rifle Association booth, where NRA staff will talk about their efforts to preserve our right to hunt." ...
 

CeaseFire Pennsylvania’s Other Board Member
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While we're busy focusing on Alexander Tristan Riley, and whether or not he is or isn’t a well known and vile troll here on Al Gore’s Internets, I thought it might be rather interesting to shine some light on some of their other board members, in this case, Jennifer W. Stein:" ...

"What they don't mention here is that Jennifer W. Stein is also Pennsylvania State Regional Representative for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. Be sure to follow that link. It's a great read:" ...

"... Folks like Ms. Stein should especially understand the importance of upholding the Bill of Rights; all of it. After all, everyone is an unpopular minority in some aspect of their life. ..."
 

DC: Top D.C. Lawyer Weighs In On Morrison Firing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an interview with Legal Times today, Peter Nickles, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's general counsel, said he is considering Supreme Court veterans Walter Dellinger III and Thomas Goldstein as possible replacements for Alan Morrison to argue D.C.'s cause at the Supreme Court in the key gun control case of D.C. v. Heller."

"'We'll be fine' in spite of Morrison's departure as special counsel to D.C. Attorney General Linda Singer, Nickles said. Nickles confirmed that he, in consultation with Mayor Fenty, decided to 'go in a different direction' and remove Morrison. Nickles, who becomes D.C.'s acting attorney general on Jan. 6, says 'it would not be appropriate' to say why Morrison was fired. ..." ...
 

D.C. Lawyer Preparing to Defend City's Gun Ban Fired
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles has fired the city lawyer who had been preparing to defend the longtime District ban on handguns in the high-stakes Supreme Court case this spring."

"Alan B. Morrison, who has argued roughly 20 cases before the high court, was asked to leave his post as special counsel by the end of this week, Morrison said today. Morrison had been hired by former Attorney General Linda Singer, who resigned two weeks ago, and put in charge of arguing the handgun case." ...

"Morrison had taken an active hand, along with a team of lawyers from the city and two private firms, in writing the 15,000-word brief that is scheduled to be filed with the high court on Friday. It is not clear whom Nickles will select to replace Morrison." ...
 

TX: Man Shot, Killed In Apparent Road Rage Incident
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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"One man was shot and killed Tuesday morning, but the man who pulled the trigger will likely not face charges ..."

"Two vehicles were on Huebner Road, but when they both reached the Fredericksburg Road intersection, one man got out of his vehicle and began attacking the other with a baseball bat ..."

"When the man with the bat tried to attack the driver ... the second driver pulled out a gun and shot the first driver twice."

"The man with the baseball bat died at the hospital. ..."

"The shooter ... had a license to carry a concealed weapon and investigators said he acted in self-defense and will not immediately face charges."

"The case will be sent to the district attorney’s office for review."
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IN: Shopper With Gun Stops Robbery
Submitted by: Clell Adams

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"A grocery store customer in Indianapolis is being credited with halting an armed robbery by pulling his own weapon and pointing it at the assailant until police arrived."

"... Charlie Merrell, 51, was in a checkout line at a grocery store ... when a 'masked man jumped a nearby counter and held a gun on a store employee.'"

"'While the suspect was demanding cash from the workers ... Merrell pulled his own handgun, pointed it at the robber and ordered him to put down his weapon.'"

"... when the suspect seemed to hesitate, 'Merrell racked the slide on his gun to load a round in the chamber.'"

"At that point ... 'the suspect placed his gun and a bag of cash on the counter ... removed his mask and lay on the floor.'" ...
 

MI: Bill lets judges carry weapons in gun-free zones
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Legislation introduced in the state Senate earlier this year to expand exemptions to current concealed weapon laws by allowing judges to carry concealed weapons in 'gun-free zones' is moving in Lansing."

"Senate Bill (SB) 505, sponsored by Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw), was recently reported to the full Senate floor after spending a few months before the Senate Judiciary Committee."

"The bill has a House companion in House Bill (HB) 4744, which is still stalled in committee. Both bills allow retired and current state judges who have carry concealed weapon (CCW) permits to possess a gun in gun-free zones, such as schools, day care facilities, sports stadiums and arenas, bars, restaurants, places of worship ... and courts." ...
 

Huckabee Talks Gun Rights On Campaign Trail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mike Huckabee is making two appearances in Iowa Wednesday before heading to Los Angeles to be a guest on the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno.'"

"One of those was in Fort Dodge, where the former Arkansas governor talked about his support for gun rights."

"Huckabee said he'll do everything he could to protect Second Amendment rights."

"'People are looking for some consistency when it comes to the support of the second amendment. They’re not going to find that I once supported some gun control measure and now I've changed my mind ... I think that that's a constitutional right. It's not about hunting; it's about our freedom. It's about protecting ourselves, our families and our futures. ...' Huckabee said." ...
 

VA: Taking shots at gun laws
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Expect grieving parents to talk about their slain children as they plead for stricter gun controls."

"Expect passionate Second Amendment loyalists to argue that a legally armed professor could have halted the Virginia Tech massacre."

"In all, expect heated discussions and passionate debates about firearms when state lawmakers return to Richmond next week."

"'We could see a record number of gun bills,' said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun-rights group. 'There should be a lot more starting to roll in. This is life-and-death stuff.'" ...
 

GA: Your Opinion: Bill disregards property rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three years ago, the Washington, D.C.-based National Rifle Association (NRA) raised eyebrows at the Georgia state Capitol with introduction of a bill to establish a peculiar new right in Georgia:"

"The right for any person to enter any other person’s personal or private property and park so long as the driver had a gun in the car!"

"Yes, I know, sounds bizarre, but ‘tis true."

"The NRA bill ran roughshod over the rights of all property owners and trampled on trespassing laws and common-sense to ensure guns and cars could travel anywhere, anytime, on any property, regardless of the wishes of the property owner. ..." ...
 

Oregon v. Mitchell, U.S. Supreme Court, "generally considered by American law to be mature enough to contract, to marry, to drive an automobile, to own a gun", Dec. 21, 1970
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...It is said, why draw the line at 18? Why not 17? Congress can draw lines, and I see no reason why it cannot conclude that 18-year-olds have that degree of maturity which entitles them to the franchise. They are

""generally considered by American law to be mature enough to contract, to marry, to drive an automobile, to own a gun, and to be responsible for criminal behavior as an adult. [Footnote 2/7]" ..."

"...Concluding, as I have, that such decisions cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny, I think it my duty to depart from them, rather than to lend my support to perpetuating their constitutional error in the name of stare decisis..."
 

Sullivan and the ATF continue to ignore Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier I had made the announcement that the House of Representatives had rebuked the ATF for shutting down dealers for minor paperwork errors in the 2008 Appropriations Bill. It has been brought to my attention that 2007 Appropriations Bill had similar language:"

"The Committee has heard reports that ATF has pursued license revocations and denials against firearms dealers based on violations that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of various types that are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or prosecution of individuals who use firearms in crime. The Committee encourages ATF to focus its efforts on cases where licensees commit serious, material violation of known legal duties. ..." ...
 

MO: Practical joke leads to cop's shooting
Submitted by: Kent
Website: http://policestateusa.net/

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"Police believe a practical joke led to the shooting Tuesday of a 23-year-old Ste. Genevieve police officer."

"The rookie deputy allegedly faked a break-in around 9:45 p.m. at his brother-in-law’s home in Festus ... The brother-in-law thought an intruder was about to enter his house and reacted by shooting him."

"A short time later, Festus police noticed a car speeding ... and realized the vehicle was racing to Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Once there, they recognized the shooter as an on-call minister for the police department."

"Festus police have turned the investigation over to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office ..."

"The names of the victim and shooter are not being released because of the ongoing investigation."
 

MD: Cops Kill Prison Lifer Who Escaped Hospital
Submitted by: jac

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"This aftertoon Maryland police shot and killed a carjacker who had earlier escaped from a local hospital after stealing a pair of guns from two guards, shooting a man in the head and carjacking two separate vehicles."

"Officers for the Prince George's County Police Department came across a white SUV around 3 p.m. driven by Kelvin Poke, a 45-year-old man who had been serving a life sentence plus 40 years for previous kidnapping and carjacking convictions."

"Authorities followed Poke into a local cemetery, where he began to fire at the officers. 'They returned fire,' Prince George's police spokesman Henry Tippett told ABC News. 'He was shot and killed.'" ...
 

SC: Pickens officer charged with driving under the influence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A Pickens police officer has been fired after he was charged with driving under the influence after he wrecked his patrol car on New Year's Eve.

Authorities say Irving "Rocky" Simmons left his home in his cruiser after a fight with his girlfriend and crashed into a tree a short distance away. He was alone in the car and not seriously injured.

Troopers say Simmons had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent. The legal level for driving is 0.08 percent.

Pickens Police Chief Tommy Ellenburg says Simmons has been fired. He had been on the force less than a year.

The Pickens police Web site shows Simmons was a patrol officer who worked DUI cases.
 

Uganda: We're from the government, and we're here to help you.
Submitted by: Larry Stone

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... "If the true purpose of the Arms Trade Treaty is really to protect human rights-rather than to set the stage for arms embargos on the U.S. and Israel-the treaty will need to address the problem of arms possessed by armies like the UPDF and the human rights atrocities they perpetrate in the name of gun control."
 

OH: Bitter cold lessons on a bitter cold day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the recent cold weather I was reflecting on how convenient it is not to have to have my firearm in 'plain sight' while driving. This is the first winter that we don't have to try to tuck in a heavy ski jacket or a long trench coat behind our sidearm to comply with a moronic law. Our law changed because we worked hard at it. We were unified. We let the legislators hear from us."

"With a pro-gun House, a pro-gun Senate, and finally a pro-gun Governor, it seemed like we finally had it made. But last year ended without the passing a single improvement to our firearms laws. What has happened?" ...
 

OH: 2008 – What lies ahead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As we noted a year ago, 'Even though we have pro-gun leaders in the Ohio House, Ohio Senate, and Governor’s mansion, we do not expect this year to be without problems.' Turns out that was an understatement."

"The fact that we have not been able to pass a single law to improve our out-dated laws indicates how difficult it can be to pass legislation. We must acknowledge our failures and correct them if we are to get any real improvements this year." ...
 

IL: Gun maker expects to complete move in spring
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Illinois custom gun manufacturer opened the new year at the same old place in Illinois as construction continues on a new facility across the river in LeClaire."

"Les Baer Custom of Hillsdale, Ill., announced in May it wanted to move out of Illinois and received approval of a development and site plan agreement in LeClaire. ..."

"On Monday, owner Les Baer described the plant as being about 80 percent complete. ..." ...

"Baer decided to move his company when a bill arose in the Illinois General Assembly banning large-capacity gun magazine clips. The bill failed to reach a vote, so other companies that considered a similar move are now waiting to see what happens with future legislation." ...
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WA: Protect armed citizens' rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's time to allow legally concealed carriers (such as teachers) to protect themselves and others instead of more knee-jerk, feel-good legislation that does nothing by creating more gun-free killing zones such as schools or malls. These criminals are laughing all the way to their deaths by going out in a blaze of glory with worldwide media attention. Amazing."

"Someone with a legal permit took care of the problem in Colorado. What would the death toll have been if the gunman wasn't stopped by a legally armed citizen, while cops were still en route? There were hundreds of parishioners and likely victims just a few feet down the hall. He had more than 500 rounds of ammunition. The woman who stopped him was a private citizen ..." ...
 

MI: Trained officers and guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Interesting to find the news item, 'Gunfire closes theater,' and the Pulse letter, 'Stop madmen,' on the same day (Dec. 26). At the theater 'shots rang out' and 'Eight Wyoming police squad cars surrounded the doors.'"

"These trained uniformed officers 'found no victims or weapons.' But if there would have been four or five people with CCW permits on the scene at the theater, they all could have drawn their weapons to protect the innocent. Then, when additional shots rang out, they could have reacted by shooting the 'madmen,' whoever they were. Of course, with no uniforms it would have been difficult for the CCW people to distinguish the madmen from each other." ...
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Submitter's Note: It's simple: The 'madman' is the one who started shooting and is targeting everyone around him. CCW holders are the ones shooting the 'madman'.
 

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