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PA: Toting a gun: How it works just depends
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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“The sheriffs have the discretion to deny the issuance of a (permit) for good cause, and good cause can be interpreted differently from county sheriff to county sheriff,” said state police Trooper Paul K. Anderson, who oversees the agency’s firearms background-check program.

Anyone seeking a permit to carry a pistol must pass state and federal criminal background checks done by the state police, but applicants who pass the checks can still be denied by sheriffs.
 

MA: OPEN SEASON: Fallout continues from meeting with Mayor Lang
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Paul Barton of New Bedford got really annoyed with my column on Mayor Scott Lang's meeting with gun rights advocates to discuss the proposed ban on the sale and possession of AR-15s and other self-loading rifles.

In his Dec. 31 letter to the editor, Barton was upset because I was at the meeting, which he claims was supposed to be a private meeting between the mayor and gun rights advocate John Beaumont.
 

Australia: Call for nationwide laws on replica guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The NSW Government wants tougher import regulations for replica and toy weapons and uniform laws to prevent them crossing state borders.
Since 1999, 34 replica weapons seized by police were found to have been converted into firing weapons, Police Minister John Watkins said yesterday.
 

Firearm rights and control already an issue in 110th Congress, notes gun law expert
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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American firearm owners’ rights already at issue during the 110th Congress, observes United States gun rights expert

Gun rights expert John M. Snyder released the following column today

Any possibility that gun control and the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms would be shelved as legislative and political issues during the 110th Congress came to a crashing end last week as Representatives were sworn in on Capitol Hill.
 

AR: Militia Leader Put Government On Notice Years Ago
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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FAYETTEVILLE -- Hollis Wayne Fincher had been sparring with the federal government for several years before his arrest in November on charges he possessed illegal machine guns.

Fincher said in a March interview with The Morning News he believes Americans should proudly uphold the right to bear arms, stand up for land rights and not always accept the federal government as the supreme law of the land.
 

Australia: War over toy gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Police are concerned about the use of replica guns in hold-ups as well as criminals converting them into functioning weapons.

Since 1999, 34 replica weapons seized by police were found to have been converted, NSW Police Minister John Watkins said yesterday.

Replica weapons are mostly illegal and their use in crime often carries the same penalties as using real weapons, but not all Australian states are as strict, Mr Watkins said.
 

UT: Guns on campus debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Utah's colleges and universities are trying a new strategy in the debate over guns on campus: They are meeting with the Legislature's staunchest gun rights advocates in an attempt to reach a compromise.

Although the Utah Supreme Court last fall ruled the University of Utah cannot ban concealed weapons on campus, U. President Michael Young and Senate President John Valentine have formed an informal work group of lawmakers and higher education officials to consider a bill that may allow schools to bar guns from campus dorms, sporting events and other "communal" areas.

Ed note: Story is about 2/3rds down the page.
 

Mike Monroe: NBA Beat: Wrong place, time
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"The stories need to get out there," Williams said. "People need to understand. Guys aren't out there trying to carry guns because they're trying to be gangsters. It's a sign of the times, man. It's our environment. It's messed up. ... It's messed up."

The environment often can turn dangerous around athletes who have no malicious intent. Spurs forward Robert Horry had his own scary moment in a club in the recent past. While attending a party at a Los Angeles club, shots rang out in a crowded room. A friend tackled him to the floor and draped himself atop Horry to protect him.
 

OH: Tougher Sentences Sought In Cases Involving Illegal Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Cincinnati police say they're trying to send more cases involving illegal guns through federal court for longer sentences.

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Federal sentences for illegally carrying a gun can be ten times longer than those from state courts, especially if the suspect has a long criminal record.
 

NV: Another salvo on Beers' proposal to arm Nevada teachers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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More than a few readers excitedly wonder how I could be such an "idiot" by not trusting teachers with guns since we trust them to educate our children. One response: "Huh?!"
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, "...with arms in our hands,--a resource which Freemen will never part with...", Dec. 6, 1775
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"...We condemn, and with arms in our hands,--a resource which Freemen will never part with,--we oppose the claim and exercise of unconstitutional powers, to which neither the Crown nor Parliament were ever entitled. By the British Constitution, our best inheritance, rights, as well as duties, descend upon us: We cannot violate the latter by defending the former..."

"...Our sagacious ancestors provided mounds against the inundation of tyranny and lawless power on one side, as well as against that of faction and licentiousness on the other...."

"...The breach of allegiance is removed from our resistance as far as tyranny is removed from legal government...."
 

Citizen Militia Needed Now
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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When President Bush sent National Guard troops to the border, no red-blooded American would have guessed that their orders would be to retreat in the face of border aggression. And yet that's exactly what happened Wednesday night (1/3/07) when a group of armed men stormed the border and headed right for the National Guard.

From June 2005 to June 2006, 250 border agents were assaulted. In order to protect their safety, the National Guard has been instructed to retreat in the face of danger and call the Border Patrol for backup. Of course we all know what happens to border patrol agents when they stand their ground against armed invaders.
 

Pro-gun activists say women are taking away their rights with domestic laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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He was much larger than me and had a beefy football-player build. He was going to get physical if I objected. I kept telling him I didn't work for the newspapers as he herded me to the exit. Then he closed the door and left me standing outside. A hand-lettered sign appeared outside the entrance: NO CAMERAS ALLOWED. Thirty minutes earlier I had walked into the public fairgrounds to attend a local gun show in Moscow, Idaho. I was taking photographs of abandoned lumber mills and mines in the Pacific Northwest. I had also taken pictures of men hunting. I wanted to add pictures of men and women at gun shows. At that point, I wasn't writing about gun culture. I was only taking pictures of daily life in small, rural Western towns.
 

KS: Shooting range approved for private use
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Leavenworth County Commission approved a special use permit for a shooting facility in southwestern Leavenworth County on Thursday, but stipulated that the facility could not be used for commercial shooting. Instead, only the property owners and invited guests will be allowed to shoot on the firing range.
 

NY: Stanley Crouch: Taking guns off the streets of New York
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Too often, our culture seems to have become one of sloth, combative vulgarity and murder. The first two can be conquered by asserting craftsmanship and respectful manners as aspects of unpretentious morality, but the last happens so frequently that the New York City Police Department is addressing the problem by trying to remove as many illegal guns from the streets as possible. Without guns, many deaths would have been avoided because the murderers are not people hypnotized by the possibility of bringing guns to equal the odds; they bring deadly weapons into confrontations in order to have an advantage.
 

"...in plain derogation of the rights, privileges, and immunities secured to citizens of every State by the constitution and laws of the United States...", Dec. 15, 1845
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"...Mr. John Quincy Adams presented the following resolutions:

"Resolved, That the personal and commercial rights of the citizens of Massachusetts, of whatever origin, race, or color, as secured in and by the constitution and laws of the Union, are, and of right ought to be, when such citizens are without the limits of the Commonwealth, under the protection of the general government, and ought therefore, in all cases of infringement or violation, to be sustained and vindicated by that government.

"Resolved, That, as the judicial power of the United States extends to all cases in law and equity arising under the constitution and laws of the Union, every violation of the personal and commercial rights...,"



 

Fear factor: Worried about their safety, athletes arming themselves
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Even before Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed after a New Year's Eve party, professional athletes worried about their safety. Some have hired bodyguards and some own guns to protect themselves.
 

PA: Editorial | Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Elected and appointed leaders in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, the ones most responsible for protecting the public from violence, are supposed to be smart. The key phrase is supposed to be. People can dream, can't they? And dreaming it seems to be, considering how childishly local leaders have been acting lately. You'd think that with 406 homicides last year, and at least four so far this year, Mayor Street, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, and Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson would be focused on exchanging ideas for improving public safety. Instead, they are busy exchanging accusations and excuses that seek to deflect attention from their ineffective collective performances. They need this reminder.
 

IN: PAUL HELMKE
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke has served as president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for the past six months. Here are excerpts from an e-mail interview with Editorial Writer Stacey Stumpf.
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "...nor shall the rights of the people to keep and bear arms be infringed...", July 8, 1856
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"...Sec. 18. And be it further enacted, That inasmuch as the Constitution of the United States and the organic act of said Territory has secured to the inhabitants thereof certain inalienable rights, of which they cannot be deprived by any legislative enactment. . . . nor shall the rights of the people to keep and bear arms be infringed."

"...It was determined in the affirmative..."

"...I DON'T SEE THE MENTION OF 'MILITIA', DO YOU? ..."

"..."the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms shall NOT be Infringed", means EXACTLY what was written...."
 

NY: Several self-defense claims worked in 2006
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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In Central New York, 2006 was a year for successful claims of self-defense in homicide cases. Of 29 homicides cases resolved in Onondaga County last year, six involved self-defense claims that ended with five of those defendants exonerated on the homicide charge. Cayuga and Oswego counties each had one of three homicide cases resolved with a successful self-defense claim, while Madison County had no homicide cases resolved. Onondaga County First Chief Assistant District Attorney Rick Trunfio said it's not really a trend - it's just the way the facts played out.
 

MI: Case involving weapons charges moved to Detroit
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
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Two former Ogemaw County prosecutors and former Rose City Police Chief Maxwell Garnett will have charges they illegally kept machine guns and gun silencers heard before a federal judge in Detroit.

Garnett was fired from his position as police chief in Rose City in July 2004 and currently works part time as a range master at Kirtland Community College. MacKinnon has a private law practice in Standish. Theunick's whereabouts could not be determined by The Times.
 

MI: Officer didn't fire shot that killed motorist
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The Kentwood officer shot and injured in a traffic stop did not fire the bullet that killed the mentally ill driver, police said on Thursday.

Instead, the Nov. 24 death of Darrell Norwood in a church parking lot was self-inflicted, police said.

The 9 mm bullet fired by Norwood into his right temple passed through his head, exited an open window of the car and struck Officer James Morningstar in the arm, according to police.

Police at first believed the fatal shot was fired by Morningstar. But none of the six shots fired by the officer struck Norwood, an autopsy found.
 

Taking on the NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Ray Schoenke, 65, was tackling the steep, rock-riddled slopes of Oregon's Snake River chukar country in November with the same high threshold for pain that got him to the Super Bowl three decades ago. Following two English pointers through the near-vertical terrain of America's deepest canyon was "the most exhausting and exhilarating hunt I've ever endured," he told me over a beer that first evening. Yet it was a cakewalk compared with the former Washington Redskins lineman's latest challenge: Schoenke and Boston businessman John Rosenthal have founded the American Hunters and Shooters Association, which they describe as an NRA with a conscience.
 

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