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Credit card company: No more buying guns
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"A major credit card company has issued a letter to a gun dealer canceling his payment processing services because of corporate concerns firearms were being sold to consumers in other states, in 'a non face-to-face environment.' Now the move has raised the ire of the National Shooting Sports Foundation."

"'Your anti-gun corporate policy is based on ignorance of the law applicable to the sale of firearms,' the NSSF wrote in response to the action taken by First Data Corp., which operates Citi Merchant Services." ...
 

ATF's Mike Sullivan On The Ropes
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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It appears that Mike Sullivan, the acting BATFE director who is awaiting Senate confirmation as full fledged director -- well, he has some skeletons in the closet.

Viewed as horribly anti-gun, his ties to anti-self defense and gun control organizations has now been exposed. Ryan Horsley at Red's Trading Post has published an eye-opening list of the gun grabbing groups with which Mr. Sullivan is linked.

His confirmation is being held up in the Senate by a handful of senators -- and for good reason, it appears!
 

Should US citizens accused of domestic abuse lose the right to bear arms? - No
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While it is true that some abusers use firearms on their victims, it is not true in all cases. As a victim of domestic abuse, I can truthfully say I was only threatened three times with a firearm. A true abuser will use anything they can get their hands on to beat their victim and some of their tactics are more terrifying than a firearm."

"The right to bear arms is part of the original constitution of this country. I can assume that there were domestic abusers at that time also. Our founding fathers still decided that, no matter what, this should be a privilege and right of citizens of this country." ...
 

Should US citizens accused of domestic abuse lose the right to bear arms? - Yes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The right to bear and retain arms is guaranteed to all Americans in the Bill of Rights' second amendment, however, the application of this constitutionally designated right in favour of accused abusers represents a grave misunderstanding of the amendment's purpose. All of the Bill's Rights, second amendment included, are written with the expressed purpose of protecting citizens from any arbitrary deprivation of liberty by the state. In fact, the Constitution itself states that the Bill of Rights was designed to limit the power of the ruling government, thus the Rights were clearly NOT devised to be used as the basis to abuse and cause harm to fellow citizens." ...
 

Reprehensible: Gun Proponents Openly Mock Victims and Families of VA Tech Massacre Along With Advocates Pushing for Universal Background Checks (GunGuys)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun violence victims, survivors and gun violence prevention advocates gathered in Richmond, Virginia on Jan. 21st to stage a 'Lie-In' and push for a bill to require a background check on gun sales to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. But during the event gun proponents caught wind and converged on the state capitol to disrupt the 'Lie-In' and moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre."

"We have to ask gun proponents: 'Have you no decency?'" ...

"We strongly urge you watch to this YouTube video showing the sheer lack of empathy by gun zealots trying to disrupt the 'Lie-In'." ...
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Submitter's Note: Unsurprisingly the anti-gunners turned off comments and ratings on their video. The same video is available here with comments and ratings enabled.
 

Brady Campaign Urges Support For Bill To Close Gun Show Loophole
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Several families of the Virginia Tech massacre and Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke joined Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jack Reed on Capitol Hill today as the Senators announced the introduction of legislation that would strengthen the Brady background check system by closing the gun show loophole."

"'We make it too easy for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons. Closing the gun show loophole is a sensible step to take to strengthen the Brady criminal background check system,' said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign. 'The bottom line should be: 'No background check. No gun. No excuses.'" ...
 

VA: Gun show loophole creates danger
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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I am an American citizen. I am a conservative Republican. I believe in the constitutional right to bear arms.

I believe that in an armed home invasion your only recourse is to have a weapon for protection. The police can only arrive after the fact, after the damage has been done.

Now I read in the paper that in Virginia a Republican-dominated committee voted along party lines to kill legislation to require unlicensed sellers at gun shows to run criminal background checks on buyers.

Voting this bill down continues to allow felons, domestic abusers and dangerously mentally ill individuals the right to obtain a gun. Particularly after the Virginia Tech disaster, I find this appalling.

Scott Graef
Montgomery
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KABA Note: According to The Collegiate Times it was, in fact, a bipartisan 9 - 6 vote.
 

Court has your Second Amendment rights directly in its cross hairs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Driving around this area, you see plenty of bumper stickers declaring membership in the National Rifle Association and several cars adorned with slogans espousing the evils of guns. This automobile propaganda notwithstanding, there is seldom discussion about the underlying issue of the Second Amendment that is central to this debate. Soon, that could all change."

"The U.S. Supreme Court last considered a Second Amendment case 68 years ago, but that hiatus is over. Before the court is a hotly contested case that could turn the gun debate on its ear, influence the presidential election, and surely impact our area." ...
 

PA: BB gun club denied approval to hold event at school
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/bb-gun-club-seeks-approval-to-hold.html

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"In State College Pensylvania, a BB gun club sought approval to hold a BB gun sports event at a middle school in the State College Area School District. They needed the school board to grant a one time exception to their existing 'Zero Tolerance' Gun Policy so that the children who wish to participate in the event could bring their BB gun with them (It would be difficult to hold the event without BB guns). The current policy states that weapons and replicas of weapons are prohibited at all School District buildings." ...

"'We have had expulsions that have involved this policy,' said Lou Ann Evans, one of three board members who voted Monday against putting the proposal on the agenda for the next meeting." ...


"Unfortunately the board met this past Monday on Jan 28th & decided to NOT allow the exception:" ...
 

Nicki F: Another case of zero tolerance stupidity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's a TOY! It has a bright orange tip, you panty-wetting idiots! It can't harm anyone!"

"An Orange County third-grade student has been suspended after taking a toy gun to school ..."

"The Sunset Park Elementary School student was suspended for three days after the gun was found in his backpack, school officials said."

"According to officials, a teacher overheard the student bragging about the gun to a classmate, leading to the discovery."

"The toy gun had an orange tip that is similar to real pellet guns, school officials said."
"Oh, and guess what the headline said! '3rd-grader suspended for gun at school' Nice job at fomenting hysteria with inaccurate headline, Channel 6! It wasn't a gun. It was a toy!"
 

An Open Letter to Neal Boortz Listeners
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... "Until 1987 it was perfectly legal to carry a gun onto a commercial airplane (subject only to the airline's own rules). Disarming the pilots and passengers by federal decree made possible the 9/11 suicide hijackings. This policy remained in place until after 2003 when the Bush administration began to allow, on a very limited basis, federally trained pilots to carry weapons. ... official mandates [have] put Americans at great risk. Ron Paul has repeatedly championed the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, thus allowing the airlines to determine their own security measures. The current practice is putting Americans at undue risk; Paul's policies would assure a much greater level of security." ...
 

An Open Letter to Conservatives On Behalf of Ron Paul
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Doctor Ron Paul has always been a conservative. ... Paul is currently in his tenth term in Congress, where he has earned the nickname 'Dr. No' for his strict, constant refusal to vote in favor of legislation that does not pass Constitutional muster." ...

"Texas Republican Paul is one of only 4 House members to earn an A+ rating from Gun Owners of America, indicating gun rights 'leadership' in the form of introducing pro-2nd-Amendment legislation. Gun Owners of America characterizes Paul thusly:"

"Ron Paul has been a leader in the fight to defend and restore the Second Amendment. He has sponsored legislation to repeal the following:" ...
 

In Election Season, Mum’s the Word about Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Are this year's U.S. presidential candidates avoiding the gun issue?"

"Last week, San Francisco's First District Court of Appeal struck down that city's two-year-old law that confiscated all handguns ... a federal court of appeals invalidated District of Columbia laws that banned handguns ... That case is now in the Supreme Court ..."

"Ironically, though these laws represent the ultimate goals of the gun 'control' (actually gun ban) movement, they epitomize that movement’s political downfall. For Democratic candidates, an Eleventh Commandment has evolved: 'Don't mention guns'—while formerly anti-gun Republicans Romney and Giuliani now declare themselves faithful advocates of gun rights." ...
 

IL: Closing gun shop won't stop crime
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"It's election time in Cook County, and once more Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale has become a straw man to beat up for one of the candidates for state's attorney."

"Larry Suffredin, a lawyer who has served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners since 2002, is riding the anti-handgun horse into this battle, saying 'Chuck's Gun Shop and similar stores in suburban Cook County are the source of guns that are used in violent crime throughout Cook County.'"

"My challenge? Prove that Chuck's is selling guns illegally, then close it. Or shut up." ...
 

NE: Neb. Proposal Would Bar Gun Seizures after Catastrophes
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Should disaster strike and chaos ensue, Nebraskans could be forced to give up their guns, under current law.

That's what happened in New Orleans, when police seized guns after Hurricane Katrina walloped the city in 2005.

But a state lawmaker wants to change the rules so that cities and other political subdivisions in Nebraska couldn't do the same.

Under a bill LB 1076 from Sen. Kent Rogert of Tekamah, neither the state nor political subdivisions could enact special restrictions on guns during emergency or disasters. The law would apply to gun possession, storage and use, among other things.

The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against New Orleans city officials over the city's seizure of firearms after the hurricane.
 

AZ: Bill would allow guns in restaurants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With memories of legislative defeats and televised ridicule on his mind, a state senator pushed a more pragmatic, and perhaps less controversial, bill that would allow gun owners to bring their weapons to restaurants that sell booze in Arizona."

"Unlike past attempts, the proposed legislation would give restaurant owners the choice of allowing guns in their business, and it would not apply to bars. Those carrying weapons could not legally drink, under the bill."

"Most other states already allow gun owners to carry weapons into restaurants with varying restrictions, supporters of the bill told the Senate's Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday." ...
 

VA: Concealed Carry on Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Two bills in the General Assembly could allow concealed handguns to be carried on college campuses.

One bill, proposed by Delegate Todd Gilbert, would prevent a Board of Visitors from prohibiting people with concealed handgun permits from carrying a gun on state property, which would include the campuses of state universities.

The other bill, proposed by Delegate Bob Marshall, would allow only college faculty members with concealed handgun permits to carry guns on campus.

Both bills are currently in a House of Delegates committee.
 

SD: House panel OKs bill allowing guns on campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Law-abiding people should be allowed to carry and possess guns on the campuses of South Dakota's public universities, a state House committee recommended Wednesday."

"The State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to pass HB1261, which would guarantee people the right to carry or possess firearms on college campuses. The schools also would be prevented from expelling students or firing employees for having a gun on campus."

"The panel later voted unanimously to kill a competing measure ... which sought to ban guns on campus."

"Rep. Thomas Brunner, R-Nisland, the main sponsor of the bill allowing guns on campus, said most mass shootings in recent years have occurred in areas where guns are prohibited. ..." ...
 

UT: Sides square off over keeping guns in cars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No shots were fired but the battle lines were clearly drawn as lawmakers discussed SB67, which would allow individuals with concealed-carry permits to keep their guns locked in their parked cars during work hours." ...

"Sen. Mark Madsen ... characterized it as preserving the basic right to keep two important items in vehicles while parked in employee lots: a firearm and implements of religious worship." ...

"But Tom Bingham, president of the Utah Manufacturers Association, views the bill ... as placing Second Amendment rights above property rights."

"'This could put us in violation of Federal OSHA laws,' Bingham said. 'We are liable to provide a safe work place.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: And a gun is the safest and most effective self-defense tool in existence.
 

To the INHABITANTS of NEW-YORK, "will ye supinely fold your arms, and calmly see your weapons of defence torn from you", 1774
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...AT a time when slavery is clanking her infernal chains, and tyranny stands ready with goads and whips to enforce obedience to her despotic and cruel mandates; when oppression, with gigantic strides is approaching your once happy retreats, and her tools and minions are eagerly grasping, to seize the cup from the lip of industry; will ye supinely fold your arms, and calmly see your weapons of defence torn from you, by a band of russians? Ye, whose glorious and renowned ancestors, freely lavished their blood and treasure, to secure to you the full enjoyment of liberty, that greatest of all temporal blessings; Forbid it Heaven; Forbid it gratitude and honour!--How long will ye patiently bear insult and wrong? ..."
 

CA: Bicyclist tased when he runs for minor infraction (follow-up)
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"A man riding a bicycle with improper lighting equipment was shot with a Taser stun gun Wednesday night as he ran from a deputy who tried to stop him for the infraction."

"After repeated attempts, Glenn County sheriff's deputy Cale Smith said he finally got the attention of the rider ... who jumped from the bike and began running."

"After a half-block chase and several warnings from Smith that he would use the Taser, he did." ...

"Smith caught up with him near the garage of a home, and took him into custody after a brief struggle."

"James said Smith was fully justified in firing his Taser, because Rivera was running toward a home, and could have endangered people inside." ...
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KABA Note: Because we all know that improperly lit bicyclists are hardened criminals . . .
 

PA: Phila. police officer charged with insurance fraud
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A city police officer is charged with filing 19 bogus accident reports that were then used to submit fraudulent insurance claims.

The district attorney's office says Tuesday that 28-year-old Deshane Riggins faces multiple counts of insurance fraud and records tampering.

Prosecutors say Riggins knew the insurance claims were hoaxes and that his police reports were false.

Riggins has been on desk duty since July 2007 pending the outcome of the investigation.
 

NY: County To Take A Shot At Alternate Site?
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Will the Suffolk County Trap and Skeet facility in Yaphank be relocated? The county Legislature soon may have to decide the fate of the shooting range, as a search committee - created by county Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) and charged with the task of finding a new site for the shooting range - is expected to release its findings in the next week or so." ...
 

NH: Founders' nuanced thinking on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mr. Hamel's letter contains five quotes purporting to describe the various founders' views on the right to keep and bear arms ('God-given rights,' Monitor, Jan. 24). Sadly, at least three of those are incorrect and have been debunked several times in the past. A run-down can be found at guncite.com/gc2ndbog.html."

"An open-minded review of the actual writings of the founding fathers on the subject of the Second Amendment (i.e., not one undertaken for the purpose of finding support for one's preconceived notions), and a careful review of the history surrounding the drafting of that amendment will show that the founders had a much more nuanced and complex view of the need for the Second Amendment than Mr. Hamel suggests." ...
 

UK: Student jailed for glassing man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A County Down student who "glassed" another young man in a Belfast bar has been jailed for 18 months."

"Rory Patrick Flanagan, 23, of Derryboye Road, Crossgar, admitted maliciously wounding David Battisti with a pint glass, but said it was self defence."

"A crown court judge said such incidents would not be tolerated."

"Mr Battisti sustained two facial wounds and despite four eye operations the court heard there is a strong chance he will lose the sight in one eye."

"There is also the possibility the vision in his other eye may be affected in the future." ...
 

Australia: Road rage led to stabbing death: court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Sunshine Coast youth was stabbed to death in his own front garden after a road rage run-in turned to murder, a court has heard."

"Deon Paul Langworthy, 31, is on trial in Brisbane's Supreme Court over the bloody August 27 killing of 17-year-old Sonny Baker at Sunrise Beach, near Noosa, two years ago."

"Crown prosecutors say Langworthy followed Mr Baker home after two carloads of drunken revellers clashed at a Noosa Junction roundabout during the early hours of the morning."

"Mr Baker was stabbed six times in the back, leg and groin and died either of a punctured lung or a severed artery. ..." ...
 

Russia: Russia's most famous - and glamorous - female bodyguard killed as her Porsche is carjacked in Moscow
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"Russia's most famous female bodyguard Anna Loginova has been killed after failing to prevent her own Porsche being carjacked.
The glamorous 29-year-old died from head injuries after clinging on to the door handle and being dragged along the street at high speed as the car screeched away."

"'She suffered serious injuries and died at the scene,' said a police spokesman."

"Police believe that she was killed in a random carjacking and was not the victim of an attack based on her work for wealthy high-profile Russian clients."

"Loginova ran an agency for female bodyguards, some trained by the ex-KGB, to give discreet protection to Moscow's billionaires and their wives and mistresses." ...
 

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