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Landmark Gun Bill Becomes Law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed a bill intended to protect the gun industry from politically motivated lawsuits stemming from the criminal misuse of their products." ...

"Before Congress even passed the bill, a gun control group announced it would challenge the measure on constitutional grounds."

"Lawyers at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence call the bill a 'special interest extravaganza' that threatens the rights of 'gun victims.'"

"The Brady Center, which has filed a number of negligence/nuisance lawsuits against the gun industry, said Congress can pass the bill, the president can sign it, but 'this shameful law will not stand.'" ...
 

Martial law in America: Intel analysis by a USAR commander
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... "To sum this all up: our military is reduced in strength and are now overseas; our reserves are used up; our borders are open; terrorists are inside our country and may even have access to nuclear weapons; our federal government is totally infiltrated with global-socialists; and now we are facing a global pandemic that might require 'foreign assets' and martial law!"

"I’m sure China and Russia are ready to come to our aid."

"Some Americans will, as Kissinger predicted, welcome them with open arms."

"What the globalists fear now is that too many will 'welcome' them with a demonstration of our Second Amendment—if the Bird Flu doesn’t get us first."
 

EUGENE VOLOKH WRITES on the Second Amendment and the 'Living Constitution'
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"The Second Amendment and the Living Constitution: The federal statute that preempts various lawsuits against gun manufacturers — passed last week — begins with two interesting items denominated Congressional 'findings':"

"(a) Findings- Congress finds the following:"

"(1) The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

"(2) The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the rights of individuals, including those who are not members of a militia or engaged in military service or training, to keep and bear arms." ...
 

FL: State is often a reliable ally to gun groups
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Ginny Brown-Waite pulled into a parking lot around midnight to rest before continuing her drive to a state legislative session in Tallahassee."

"She awoke that night to four or five young men rocking her car and demanding she open up."

"'I said, 'No, I've got a gun in the glove compartment,' recalled Brown-Waite, 62, who was then a state senator and now is a member of Congress. 'You'd better leave'"

"She was bluffing, but the men fled. And Brown-Waite later got a concealed weapon permit after training on a .357 magnum."

The experience helps explain why Brown-Waite, who owns a .38 and a .45, gets riled when the Second Amendment comes up, as it did last week when Congress passed landmark legislation to shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits. ..."

"Brown-Waite, one of at least three members of the Florida delegation to carry permits, shows that Florida isn't just well armed. The state is a significant player in gun-control debates nationwide." ...
 

Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Teams with Legendary Richard Childress Racing in Support of Sportsmen Legislators
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Teaming up for a winning event, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and famed NASCAR legend Richard Childress celebrated America’s outdoor traditions of hunting and fishing last week at the Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina. The event served as a platform to bring two common constituencies together and to underscore the importance for sportsmen to have a voice in Washington, DC and in the halls of state government through state and Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucuses."

"Celebrating 'Wine, Wheels & Wildlife,' NASCAR, hunting and fishing enthusiasts came from across the country to enjoy an evening of outdoor activities including archery, casting, wildlife calling and skeet shooting. ..." ...
 

One Man's Perfect Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Borrowing from Jeff Foxworthy's schtick about 'knowing you're a redneck when…,' I say, 'You know you're a rifle crank when you can't look at a gun without wanting to change something about it.' That's about as succinct a definition as I can come up with, and believe me, no one can better recognize or relate to this affliction than I. I'm the worst."

"I cannot remember a time when, after examining a rifle, I didn't mentally redesign some feature in some fashion. From the most subtle alteration in the bend of a bolt handle to a major reshaping of the stock, nothing is sacred. No bottom metal unit, magazine system, bolt release, follower, trigger, safety, extractor, ejector, barrel contour or stock design is out of bounds." ...
 

NV: Man shoots 1 of 2 people police say tried to rob him
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 38-year-old man with a permit to carry a concealed firearm shot one of two men accused of trying to rob him at a car wash late Monday, Reno police said."

"Luis Alfredo Aguirre, 18, of Reno was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of attempted armed robbery."

"His cousin, Jorge Aguilar, 21, of Reno, was treated Tuesday at Washoe Medical Center for a bullet wound in his liver, Reno police said. Sgt. Doug Evans said Aguilar would be arrested on suspicion of attempted armed robbery when he leaves the hospital." ...
 

MI: Sentencing upsets victim
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... "Within a minute, she heard the door being kicked down and the mother of two did what came instinctively - she called 911 and grabbed the family pistol."

"Randy Fraley, the man she confronted in the kitchen, bolted out of the house with his arms in the air, yelling for her not to shoot, police reports said."

"Determined to stop him without inflicting a mortal wound, Sharp fired into the getaway car where his female accomplice awaited. Four of the nine shots pierced the vehicle, leaving it disabled a few blocks away ..." ...

"Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor Blake Hatlem called that argument ridiculous and said Sharp should be commended for defending herself." ...
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KABA Note: Between dialing 9-1-1 and grabbing a gun we see which was more effective.
 

TX: 2 intruders shot in 2 days by homeowners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Some homeowners have taken the law into their own hands."

"In the last couple of days, two people have shot burglars they said were trying to get into their homes." ...
 

TN: Apparent drug deal ends in [self-defense shooting] death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An apparent drug deal gone bad led to the death of a young Christiana man Tuesday night north of Shelbyville."

"Matthew Ryan Peterson, 19, died of a gunshot wound to the neck at a Staley Road home, Detective Sgt. Sam Bragg of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said."

"Peterson had gone to the home of Kenneth Paul Vanderpool III, 148 Staley Road, about 8 p.m. Vanderpool allegedly shot Peterson after guns were pulled."

"'He went down there to buy drugs,' Bragg said. 'Peterson pulled the gun on Vanderpool and Vanderpool pulled his own gun and shot him.'"

"'Right now it looks like it was self-defense,' Sheriff Clay Parker said. 'We don't know why Peterson pulled the gun at this point.'" ...
 

Thailand: Queen urges self-defence for locals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Her Majesty the Queen has suggested that self-defence training be provided for local residents living around a Buddhist temple in Pattani where an elderly monk and two temple boys were brutally murdered on October 16. ..." ...

"Lt-Col Pakorn Chanchota, said the 43rd ranger regiment has been assigned to provide firearms training for 44 local residents ..."

"The applicants, including 10 women, were aged from 16-66. They will undergo training for six days, said Lt-Col Pakorn."

"Afterwards, the trainees would be responsible for guarding their communities. Around 15 shotguns would be handed out to the villagers." ...
 

Congress makes sense in fighting lawsuits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Common sense - along with the U.S. Constitution - has driven Congress to enact a law that helps keep needless lawsuits out of our nation's courtrooms."

"The measure that won approval in the U.S. House of Representatives this past week shields gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits for selling their products to criminals."

"The bipartisan vote in favor of the bill, with Reps. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon and Randy Neuegebauer, R-Lubbock, voting with the majority, means gun manufacturers cannot be sued because someone commits a crime using one of the manufacturers' guns." ...
 

New York gun owners heartened by Congressional action
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Last week's passage of The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act by the United States Senate and House of Representatives will have a positive effect on New Yorkers' safety and lives. The Act, limiting civil liability for firearm manufacturers, has been passed by both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and is awaiting President Bush's signature."

"'We are -- for the first time in years -- heartened by an Act of Congress which will enable lawful manufacturers to continue to operate in our country without the risk of frivolous lawsuits,' said Thomas King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association." ...
 

S. 397 - Victory or Loss?
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"Senate Bill 397 -- a bill that grants legal immunity to firearm dealers and manufacturers in the event of wrongful misuse of their products by a third party -- passed the House and the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Bush. The anti-gun clauses that were added to the bill have left many in the gun rights community debating about the true benefits of this legislation, particularly since a similar bill -- H.R. 800 -- was also introduced but contained no anti-gun aspects."

"... Could we have won without sacrificing the rights of the consumer/citizen?" ...
 

Windblown -- Congress shields the gun industry
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In the debate over legislation to shield gun makers and sellers from civil liability lawsuits, gun rights advocates defended their efforts by accusing gun control groups of trying to win in court what they couldn't in Congress: to force the gun industry to pay ruinous legal costs to defend itself in court."

"That claim is open to question, to put it mildly. Nor is it clear how big a victory the gun lobby has won with congressional enactment."

"Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, condemns the new law but also believes it will not stop his group from pursuing and winning judgments against gun companies that he accuses of misconduct. ..." ...
 

CA: AEAA Against Prop H - No More Movies or TV Shows Could Be Made In SF
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"On November 8th the residents of San Francisco will vote on Proposition H, a gun ban initiative narrowly put on the ballot by San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly and three other Supervisors. If passed, Proposition H would make it impossible to produce a film, television or theatrical production involving firearms in San Francisco. The American Entertainment Armorers Association (AEAA), representing prop houses, armories, prop masters, and related industry professional, strongly opposes Proposition H." ...

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Submitter's Note: What about exhibits at museums? Lots of implications...
 

TN: Gun Found at School; Student Arrested Tuesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 14 year-old Antioch High School student said the gun wasn’t his."

"Officials say the 9th grader had an unloaded 380 caliber semi automatic pistol in his backpack Tuesday."

"Another student reported the gun. Officials said the 14 year-old told them the gun wasn't his and he didn't know it was in his backpack."

"Just last week three guns were found at three different schools in one day, Friday." ...
 

Brazil: Shot Down: Lobby Kills Brazil Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every 15 minutes, someone in Brazil dies from a gunshot wound, according to the United Nations. Yet the world’s first ever referendum on banning civilian guns in this country failed to pass this past Sunday." ...

"Earlier this year, support for the ban had been running as high as 80 percent, but in recent weeks, the pro-gun lobby -- arms makers and various activist groups -- played on fears about the crime rate and the public swung dramatically against the proposal. The vote also represented the public’s lack of confidence in security forces -- mired in corruption and inefficiency -- to protect the populace. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Funny that there is no mention of IANSA's role.
 

MI: "Castle Doctrine" bill would expand gun owners' rights
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Protecting your proverbial castle would not only include your home, but also your car and any place you are legally allowed to be. 'It would decriminalize the use of deadly force or lethal force in self-protection circumstances,' said Wayne Groth -- a supporter of state House Bill 5142 and House Bill 5143."

"Groth is the Calhoun County Gun Owners Association Vice Chairman and the Legislative and PAC Director for the Great Lakes Shooting Sports Association."

"The legislation would establish a presumption that a criminal who forcibly enters or intrudes into a home or occupied vehicle or in a place where someone else has a legal right to be, is there to cause death or great bodily harm." ...
 

UK: Two crimes every minute as figures hit record level
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A CRIME is committed every 30 seconds in Scotland, according to the most comprehensive picture of police activity ever compiled."

"Figures released yesterday showed recorded crime north of the border reached its highest level last year, with an act of vandalism or fireraising taking place about every four minutes."

"Ministers blamed the increase on changes to the method of recording crime but Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary warned that not all of the 5% overall rise could be blamed on the new system."

"Opposition politicians believe the statistics show the true level of crime in Scotland and described the findings as 'grim'." ...
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Submitter's Note: Don't they blame 'improved' or 'changed' reporting every year?
 

NV: ATF rule change draws fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buying a gun just got more expensive for what many in the firearms industry call 'the good guys' - gun owners who have purchased a license and registered their fingerprints in a federal database." ...

"However, as of Sunday, permit holders must pay the additional $25 fee for a background check each time they purchase a firearm ..." ...

"Nye County residents ... pay $105 to the Nye County Sheriffs Office for a five-year permit."

"According to Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall, that amount breaks down to $45 to the state for fingerprinting, with the remaining $60 paid to the Sheriff's Office for a background investigation."

"Every five years, Nevadans holding permits repeat the process, including paying the fees. ..." ...
 

Sweden: Policeman to face trial over shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A policeman who in March of this year shot dead a 22 year old man in Lindesberg was charged with serious assault and manslaughter at Örebro district court on Tuesday."

"He denies the charges and says that he was afraid of being attacked by the man and shot in self defence."

"However, the prosecutor, Per Lind, maintains that the policeman was never in danger." ...

"When police arrived at the house they were met on the steps by the 22 year old, who had armed himself with knives and was shouting abuse and threatening them."

"The police remained a few metres away behind a fence, but when the man began to move towards them, the policeman fired a shot." ...
 

India: Cop among five arrested, HM Module busted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police have arrested a selection grade constable of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP), three other government employees, and a truck conductor for their involvement in killings and grenade blasts in Kishtwar town in Doda district. Police have also busted a module of the Hizubul Mujahideen."

"Police identified the arrested JKAP cop as Mushtaq Ahmad ..."

"All hail from Palmar near Kishtwar and are neighbours, according to Deputy Inspector General of Police (Udhampur-Doda) Satvir Gupta."

"Mushtaq was at present posted as a guard at the official quarter of additional sessions Judge, Kishtwar, Abbas is HM divisional commander Shoukat Ahmad's brother. One pistol and its two rounds were seized from the cop." ...
 

South Africa: Illegal gun pool growing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"About 17 000 police firearms were reported lost or stolen between 1990 and 2003 ..." ...

"These are just some of the facts that came to light in a report from Gun Free SA (GFSA) about the increase in firearms in the country."

"The report states that about 208 090 personal firearms - or an average of 66 firearms a day - were reported stolen to the police. The police traced only 66% of these firearms."

"'The rest landed in the pool of illegal firearms,' ..."

"'I can't say how many of the firearms reported lost or stolen by the police have been used in violent crimes, but I know that the police use Z88 service pistols. These firearms are one of the types used regularly in violent crimes,' Keegan said." ...
 

MN: Officer handguns will now be issued by the department
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"Elk River police officers will soon be getting new department-issued pistols."

"Currently, officers carry their own personal sidearms."

"'We’re one of the few remaining agencies in the metro area and probably in the state, of departments this size, that does not require officers to carry a department-issued weapon,' said Elk River Police Chief Jeff Beahen. He recommended changing to department-issued weapons."

"The Elk River City Council voted last week to spend $26,987 to buy 28 Kimber .45-caliber single action pistols, one for each officer in the department. The council did consider buying cheaper Springfield weapons, which would have totaled $16,764, but went with the Kimbers which were the department’s first choice." ...
 

NY: Judge Leads Gun-Liability Panel
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Cornell undergraduates and various members of the community joined Cornell Law School students last night to listen to a panel discussion entitled, 'Should Gun Manufacturers be Liable For Crimes Committed With Guns?' The featured speaker was Richard C. Wesley ’74, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Wesley wrote the opinion for Hamilton v. Beretta, which determined the answer to the above question." ...

"Wesley’s decision was that manufacturers were not liable. ..." ...
 

FL: County commissioners can only hope gun-control activists go away
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A group of gun-control activists are targeting travelers at Miami International Airport with leaflets warning them of what the group says are dangerous implications of a new state law, the Miami-Dade County Commission heard last week."

"The literature says Florida's Shoot First Law could put visitors at risk. The law, which went into effect Oct. 1, offers broad legal protection to citizens who use firearms to fight off an attack." ...
 

OH: HB347 assigned to House Committee on Criminal Justice (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to announce that Rep. Aslanides' sweeping firearms law reform bill, House Bill 347, has received a committee assignment." ...
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Submitter's Note: See the story for a list of the members of the Ohio House Committee on Criminal Justice and their voting history as it relates to concealed carry, as well notation if they are previous endorsees of Buckeye Firearms Association.
 

MD: Redskins-NRA Event Draws D.C. Activists
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"They stood in the rain on a frigid country road, waving sodden protest signs as water dripped from the hoods of their too-thin jackets. But the nine young men and women from Southeast Washington weren't about to go away, even if they didn't always agree about what they were protesting."

"'Don't support the NRA and the Redskins!' yelled Ronald H. Moten, co-founder of Peaceoholics, a group that works with at-risk District youths." ...
 

UK: Britain mulling gun-law change for 2012 Olympics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The British government has begun talks about relaxing gun laws in order to help their shooters prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London."

"Sports Minister Richard Caborn is to meet Patrick Johnson, secretary of the British Shooting Sports Council, later this week."

"Special permission has been given for shooting to be staged in 2012, but Britain's top competitors are currently forced to do most of their training in Switzerland."

"Johnson said: 'Between now and the Olympics, competitors need to train, but also, officials need practice and experience.'"

"'Those two things need to be looked at fairly quickly if we are to have sufficient people in place by 2012.'" ...
 

Canada: Toy gun ban a wacky notion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Seven years ago left-leaning Coun. Michael Phair's ludicrous idea of banning the sale of toy guns in Edmonton was deservedly shot down."

"It was criticized as an unworkable social engineering plan."

"Well it doesn't look like our politicians learn much from history because the ban-the-toy-guns initiative is back on. This time it comes at the urging of Mayor Stephen Mandel, who led the charge."

"In April, he asked for an administration report 'outlining the options available to council to restrict the sale and/or control of imitation handguns and pellet guns within the City of Edmonton.'"

"It goes to executive committee today."

"Sure, we understand everyone's concern that some toy weapons can look scarily authentic." ...
 

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