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Mukasey: "Second Amendment Secures an Individual Right"
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "Robert Levy had advocated Mukasey disclose his position on the Second Amendment. I'd wondered the same thing, and expressed concerns that he backs Rudy Giuliani for president, as is backed in turn by Chuck Schumer for the top law post."

"Presumably we now have an indication of Mukasey's position on 2A, albeit from an unlikely source, Senator Dick Durbin, in his explanation of why he opposed confirmation:"

"'Take another unsettled legal question: whether the Second Amendment secures an individual right to bear arms. Here is what Judge Mukasey told me: 'Based on my own study, I believe that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

JPFO: Innocents Betrayed Review
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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The JPFO "Innocents Betrayed" documentary was produced in 2003 and shows that the real cost of gun control is the loss of innocent life at the hands of government. Registration and confiscation of firearms was often the first step that lead to genocide over the last 100 years in numerous countries.

Chris Chumita of Buckeye Firearms has written a review which succinctly outlines the strong and important message in this documentary which has changed many gun prohibitionist's minds. If you have not yet seen the work we hope it will encourage you to buy a copy and better understand how to use this freedom tool - http://buckeyefirearms.org/article4030.html

The Liberty Crew
 

David Codrea: Too Much to Ask For
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"Based on some the comments posted so far, it would appear sending a simple email is too much to ask of many 'activist' gun owners--they'll not only find a reason not to do it, they'll elaborate on how it's a defeated effort from the outset, so why even try?"

"Look--nobody proposing this effort is under any illusions--if anything, we're among the most cynical of the lot. But you tell me it wouldn't have an effect if ten thousand or more pissed off gun owners sent a no-uncertain-terms missive to one official on one day. Then tell me how much more of an impression it would make to flood his inbox with 100,000. Or a million." ...

"Thanks guys. It would have taken one minute of your precious time." ...
 

Do you have the right to FEEL safe?
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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"I often hear hoplophobe's state that they have the right to restrict or ban gun ownership because they have a 'right' to 'feel safe,' & they don't feel safe knowing that other people around them might have guns."

"Here is my answer to that over-used assertion. First & foremost, which constitutional amendment says 'the right of the people to always feel safe & secure, shall not be infringed'? Secondly, how would they ever KNOW that nobody around them has guns even if they did ban them? So even after an all out ban they still would not achieve their desired dream of 'feeling safe'." ...
 

SC: Gimme back my bullets
Submitted by: Doug Huffman
Website: http://www.scfirearms.org

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"And now, a message from the National Rifle Association."

"Friends, once again our rights are under attack, this time in Dorchester County, where some subversive people are trying to bring gun control to our schools."

"On Wednesday, the Dorchester County sheriff and school officials had an actual meeting to discuss a few recent incidents involving firearms — incidents in which we want to point out that no one was hurt."

"Now, nothing happened at this meeting, but they have 'started a dialogue,' so this could be the end for us."

"What Congress and Bill Clinton could not do, we fear Dorchester County might. Because they mean business."

"They are threatening to make actual phone calls — to law-abiding citizens!" ...
 

D.C. gun ban suit waits for last shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce by Tuesday whether it will hear the District"s appeal of a federal court ruling that lifted the city's ban on handguns."

"The high court's decision, which could come as early as today, may signal the end of the 30-year-old ban ..."

"If the court denies the appeal, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will issue an injunction that will stop the District from enforcing some laws ..." ...

"If the Supreme Court decides to hear the District's case, which D.C. Attorney General Linda Singer called a matter of 'life and death,' it will mark the first time that the court will rule directly on the Second Amendment since 1939." ...
 

MN: Court of Appeals considering church challenge to gun law
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"The Minnesota Court of Appeals is considering whether the state law allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns with a proper permit places an undue burden on churches and infringes on their property rights."

"The state is appealing a Hennepin County District Court ruling that struck down parts of the state's 2005 concealed-carry[sic] law ..." ...

"David Lillehaug, a former, U.S. attorney now in private practice, said on behalf of the churches that the court must answer two questions: whether the government can force religious institutions to allow guns on their property and whether the government may carve out exceptions to the law allowing handguns." ...
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KABA Note: The "undue burden" here is informing permit holders and asking them to leave.
 

IL: Judge dismisses suit against gun club
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"St. Clair County's nearly three-year effort to seize and close a shooting range next to Scott Air Force Base suffered a legal setback Thursday morning."

"St. Clair County Associate Judge James Radcliffe dismissed the county's eminent domain lawsuit against the Caseyville Rifle and Pistol Club in Mascoutah."

"The judge's reason: The May 2005 County Board resolution authorizing the lawsuit is too vague to withstand possible review by an appellate court, Radcliffe said." ...

"Radcliffe told Swartout to refile the county eminent domain lawsuit under the authority of a much more detailed ordinance the County Board passed last month."

"'I think you fixed it, quite frankly, with the Oct. 29 resolution,' Radcliffe said." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

TN: Domestic dispute leaves one dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Camden police are investigating a domestic dispute that left a Holladay man dead Thursday afternoon."

"Jason D. Robinson ... suffered a single shotgun wound to his chest ..." ...

"Both women told police Robinson was beating up on them when Murphy got the shotgun to defend herself ... 'There were signs of abuse on both women,' according to the release."

"Murphy was released pending further investigation and the presentation of the case to the district attorney general. ..." ...

"The incident occurred after Murphy admitted to Moore in front of Robinson that Murphy had had an affair with Robinson, Smith said."

"'It escalated from there,' Smith said. 'He started beating both the women up.'" ...
 

GA: Man uses stun gun on Atlanta carjacker, gets shot
Submitted by: Pastor Guest
Website: http://www.stepstowardthemark.com

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"A man tried to use a stun gun to fend off a carjacker and ended up being shot five times."

"The man ... was expected to survive, Atlanta police Sgt. Lisa Keyes said."

"The man was driving a minivan in southeast Atlanta when he was confronted by a carjacker at an intersection. The carjacker jumped in, told the man to drive and demanded money, police said."

"While trying to reach for his money, the man also pulled out his stun gun and shocked the carjacker."

"But the carjacker reacted by shooting the man at least five times, Keyes said. The van, which was still moving, crashed into a tree and the carjacker ran away." ...

"Keyes stressed the importance simply giving up the vehicle when confronted by a carjacker." ...
 

PA: Governor Rendell Annonces Support For Bill To Curb Gun Violence Targeting Law Enforcement
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Governor Edward G. Rendell today joined Pennsylvania House Speaker Dennis O’Brien in announcing their joint support for legislation that would create a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone who discharges a firearm with the intent to injure, maim or kill a law enforcement officer." ...
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KABA Note: George Orwell said it best: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
 

OH: Cleveland records 119th homicide with 17-year-old found shot
Submitted by: T. Mar

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"A 17-year-old youth found shot to death today outside his home on East 152nd Street became Cleveland's 119th homicide of the year, matching last year's total."

"With nearly two months left in the year, Cleveland is on pace to record the most homicides in the city since the mid-1990s and continues a spike upward that started in 2005." ...

"Cleveland Police spokesman Thomas Stacho said he could not point to a specific reason for the rise in murders."

"'There's clearly too many guns on the street,' Stacho said. 'And too many are too quick to go to guns to settle a dispute.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Again, a Cleveland Police official blames the guns, not the real problems of our inner cities.
 

PA: Stricter laws needed to curb gun violence
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Only a fool or a member of the National Rifle Association would deny that a proliferation of guns is a major cause of the death toll in Philadelphia that is averaging slightly more than a murder a day."

"Last week the violence developed a new twist as three police officers were shot, one fatally, in four days."

"For Lawrence Sherman, an expert on crime, the fact that none of those victims appeared to have been targeted specifically because they were police officers is evidence of how prolific the problem has become."

"... 'It's an issue of so many guns on the street and so many gun crimes being committed that police are just walking into more of it because the density of those events is greater.'" ...
 

WI: Chief: 24-Year-Old Gave Gun To 15-Year-Old
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"A 24-year-old man purchased the semiautomatic weapon that a 15-year-old allegedly used to shoot two other teenagers and two Milwaukee police officers, Milwaukee police Chief Nan Hegerty said Thursday." ...

"The police chief said both the teenager and the man admitted to being in the Latin Kings."

"Hegerty said the police have taken taken 2,390 guns off street this year, which up 12.6 percent from last year."

"'The problem is that the gun industry pumps additional firearms into our society,' Hegerty said." ...
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OR: Judge rules against Oregon teacher who wants to take gun to class
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A judge says the Medford School District can forbid English teacher Shirley Katz to carry a gun on school grounds.

Katz sued the district, arguing that its policy against firearms violates a state law that allows people with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns into public buildings.

Katz says she has a right to carry a handgun, as a defense against intruders or her former husband.

But Circuit Court Judge G. Philip Arnold ruled Friday that the Legislature has forbidden local governments from passing ordinances - local laws - to regulate firearms. He says an ordinance is different from a school employment policy, so state law does not prohibit the district's policy.
 

TX: Gun-cleaning kit prompts evacuation at Baylor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Officials at the Baylor College of Medicine ordered an evacuation of the campus today after a gun-cleaning kit and an empty box of shells were discovered in a classroom."

"An assistant professor was about to teach a class about 1:30 p.m. when she spotted a paper bag on a side table containing the cleaning kit and the empty box."

"'There was oil on it (the cleaning kit) so obviously it had been used,' said Dr. Peter Traber, president of the medical school."

"Campus security officers were notified about the discovery. Within the hour, the alert was announced over Baylor's public address system ..."

"'We sent them home and told them the campus would be closed until the (Wednesday) morning,' Traber said." ...
 

Romney Secrets The Media Are Hiding From You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As long as Mitt Romney keeps America focused on his religion, he may win the upcoming January primaries."

"But as soon as Americans are able to penetrate the religion smokescreen and see his governor's record, voters may think twice." ...

"For all you ... gun owners, keep this in mind. Mitt is for and against the 2nd amendment. While campaigning in New Hampshire last April, he said to a man wearing an NRA hat that he was a 'life long hunter.' ... He declared his love for Massachusetts' fascistic gun laws and favors the Brady Law, which the NRA opposes. Perhaps the time will come when he 'discovers' the second amendment is a good thing. But it can only happen during an election campaign." ...
 

Obama promises openness in energy policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Chariton resident Larry Briggs was one of the hundreds crammed into an old train depot to listen to [Illinois Sen. Barack] Obama as afternoon turned to night. Briggs got an answer from Obama on an issue important to him. Briggs quizzed the senator about gun rights and the Lucas County hunter and farmer was pleased with the answer he received." [emphasis added]

"'I believe the Second Amendment means something,' Obama said. 'Hunters and sportsmen have a right to hunt.'"

"Enforcing the existing laws currently on the books to keep handguns out of the hands of gang members, children and people suffering from mental illness is vital, Obama stressed, and told Briggs he wants to ensure his gun rights are protected." ...
 

OH: Ohio Newspaper Touts Mandate of Anti-Gun Mayor's Re-Election; Only 1 of 9 Residents Bothered To Vote (strong language)
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"The true undeclared headline regarding the November 6, 2007 Election Results for Columbus public offices races is 'Public thinks both political parties and candidates are full of shit'. Granted, Coleman won the election by results that indicated he crushed his opponent on its face. However, if one looks at all the money that was spent by all candidates and parties messaging voters and less-than 85,000 voters voting, the messages were viewed as bullshit."

"There are times when calling things exactly what they are, is the order of the day.The media is trying hard to convince the public that the Democrats are on a roll but the real truth is that a majority of Americans are dropping out of the process ..." ...
 

NJ: Don't mess with the sportsmen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A hard lesson was learned on election day in New Jersey's 12th legislative district, when incumbent State Senator Ellen Karcher (D-12) and incumbent Assemblyman Mike Panter (D-12) were retired from public service despite the infusion of millions of campaign dollars to save their seats."

"That lesson can be summed up this way: don't mess with the sportsmen."

"There is one reason and one reason only that these otherwise popular politicians lost their jobs: they went too far in assailing the rights and traditions of law-abiding New Jersey sportsmen and sportswomen." ...
 

NY: Rudy Giuliani won't say if he'd pardon Kerik as President
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"Rudy Giuliani refused to say if he'd consider pardoning his old friend Bernie Kerik - who was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges - if elected President."

"'It wouldn't be fair to ask that question at this point,' the Republican presidential hopeful said in an exclusive interview in Dubuque, Iowa, just hours before Kerik was indicted in New York."

"'He may or may not be charged, he may or may not be convicted. Who knows what happens?'"

"As uncomfortable and hypothetical as the question may be, it's one of many tough queries Giuliani will face as his former police commissioner's case winds its way through the courts amid a white-hot presidential race." ...
 

MD: Senate overrides police gun veto
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Maryland Senate voted unanimously yesterday to override Gov. Martin O'Malley's veto of a bill that would let police departments dispose of their guns by selling them to a manufacturer.

The bill was approved unanimously this year in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. No one testified against it during a Senate committee hearing. State law requires police departments to either destroy the guns or sell them only to another police agency or an active or retired officer.

O'Malley stated that "police weapons should not be potentially made available outside of the law enforcement community." The House of Delegates would need to get a three-fifths' vote for the General Assembly to override the veto.
 

Allen v. U.S., U.S. Supreme Court,"it is not converted into murder by reason of his having previously armed himself", April 8, 1895
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...The difficulty was between boys. The oldest, Philip Henson, was about 17; Alexander Allen, the defendant, about 15; and the other participants were about 12 and 13 years of age. The first encounter was on Thursday, when a quarrel took place, sticks were thrown, and threats made. On Saturday there was another meeting, when hostilities were renewed. The evidence is conflicting as to whether Henson and his party crossed the fence into the Marks yard, and as to which party made the first assault. An undeniable incident was that Philip Henson was fatally shot by a pistol..."

"...a person who has an angry altercation with another person . . . may be justified, in the eye of the law, in arming himself for self-defense..."
 

Justice Iredell's statement to the Grand Jury, "armed and arrayed in a warlike and hostile manner, that is to say, with guns, swords, clubs, staves and other warlike weapons", April 11, 1799
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"..."The Grand Inquest of the United States of America, for the Pennsylvania District, upon their respective oaths and affirmations, do present John Fries, late of the County of Bucks, in the District of Pennsylvania, he being an inhabitant of, and residing within, the said United States, to wit, in the district aforesaid, and under the protection of the laws of the United States . . . . one hundred persons and upwards, armed and arrayed in a warlike and hostile manner . . . with guns, swords, clubs, staves and other warlike weapons, as well offensive as defensive . . . assemble and join themselves together against the said United States, and then and there, with force and arms..."

 

State of Arkansas v. Kansas & T. Coal Co., U.S. Supreme Court, "a large number of armed men of the low and lawless type of humanity", Dec. 2, 1901
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"...That said coal company is threatening and is about to import into said county and town of Huntington, over the line of their codefendant's railroad, a large number of armed men of the low and lawless type of humanity, to wit, about 200, to the great danger of the public peace, morals, and good health of said county, and more particularly of said town..."

"...Hmmmm, not one mention of the “ large number of armed men” or “any and all large bodies of armed, lawless, or riotous persons” in the opinion of the CHIEF JUSTICE of the UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. It does however raise some questions concerning the matter of “the power” of Congress to “regulate commerce, or with regulations established”, doesn't it? ..."
 

MAJOR BAD move: Senate Judiciary Committee approves Michael J. Sullivan’s BATFE appointment
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"OK PEOPLE! We have our work cut out for us. As expected, based on who is on the committee (Kennedy, Kerry, Feinstein, Schumer, Biden, etc. (entire membership here)), the acting Director of the ATF, Michael J. Sullivan, won the Senate Judiciary Committee approval (by voice vote) for his appointment by the SOB (Son Of a Bush) to be Director of the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). This is MAJOR BAD!"

"Sullivans appointment will now go to the Senate floor for a vote. YOU MUST CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO VOTE NO! I MEAN, 'HELL NO!'" ...
 

NC: Officer Charged With Burying Puppies Alive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A police officer accused of burying puppies alive in his backyard has been charged by a grand jury.

John Leggett was indicted last week on eight counts of Felony Animal Cruelty and is free on an unsecured bond.

According to police, 44-year-old Legget is accused burying 9-week-old puppies in his backyard, killing two of them.

The puppies, along with their mother were taken to the Cumberland County Animal Shelter.

As of October 23rd, Leggett is no longer with the Fayetteville Police Department.

His next court appearance is scheduled for December 5th.
 

NY: America's Cop Faces 142 Years in Prison If Convicted
Submitted by: jac

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"His old title was 'commissioner.' His new title is 'defendant.'"

"A 16-count federal indictment unsealed today charges Bernard Kerik, the former police commissioner of New York under then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, with conspiracy, tax and making false statements."

"Kerik pleaded not guilty today and was released on $500,000 bail. He was ordered to turn over his passport and any firearms as well as to have no contact with potential witnesses." ...
 

MA: After two days of testimony, Boston police officer pleads guilty to drug charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Boston police Officer Roberto Pulido pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to possession of 140 kilograms of cocaine and possession of a firearm, stopping his trial on drug-trafficking charges after two days of testimony."

"The abrupt guilty plea brought an end to a Boston police corruption scandal that involved officers allegedly protecting truckloads of cocaine shipped to the city as part of an FBI sting operation. Two other officers -- Nelson Carrasquillo and Carlos Pizarro -- had already pleaded guilty, and other officers were implicated in the testimony this week. Pulido was the alleged ringleader of the group that prosecutors said received thousands of dollars for their protection services." ...
 

MA: Salem officer charged with stalking girlfriend put on leave
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Salem police officer is facing charges that he stalked and assaulted a former girlfriend and threatened a man she was with on Monday night, after running the man's license plate through a police computer to learn his identity, according to Boston police."

"Richard Wilcock, 30, a six-year veteran of the department, is free on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to charges of stalking, domestic assault and threats ..." ...

"Salem police Capt. Paul Tucker placed Wilcock on paid administrative leave shortly after learning of the arrest and has assigned two senior officers to conduct a separate internal affairs investigation. The investigation will look into whether Wilcock violated department rules, Tucker said." ...
 

AZ: Off duty Tohono O'Odham officer charged with DUI
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off duty Tohono O'odham police officer finds himself it hot water."

"The 24 year old was off duty, but he was busted driving a marked patrol car."

"Pima County Sheriff's deputies say he was driving under the influence."

"Brandon Ramon is currently on paid administrative leave." ...

"Witnesses found Ramon slumped over the steering wheel of his patrol car."

"Lt. Karl Woolridge with PCSO says '[Witnesses] could see the officer was in the seat passed out. Possibly they were concerned there was a medical issue.'"

"Witnesses started banging on the window, saw a weapon in the vehicle, became concerned and called 911. The officer - who was off-duty and not in uniform - woke up, and started driving south." ...
 

WA: Man jailed in photo incident awarded $8,000
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An amateur photographer who was taken into custody last year after shooting pictures of two Seattle police officers making an arrest on a public street received an $8,000 settlement this week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington announced Thursday."

"The photographer, Bogdan Mohora, later was released and was never charged with a crime. The two officers who arrested him were disciplined ..." ...

"'Being arrested for simply being a witness to police activity was frightening and humiliating,' Mohora wrote in a claim he later filed against the city. 'It bothers me to think that police can abuse their authority by arresting innocent witnesses and then not even make standard police reports to document what happened.'" ...
 

AL: Sober Diabetic Man Tasered, Accused of DUI
Submitted by: Clell Adams

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"Police in Ozark, Alabama on Tuesday used a taser on a sober man who was having a diabetic seizure. ... James Bludsworth, 54, a man with no criminal record, was was slumped over behind the wheel. Because of his condition he was not responsive to police commands."

"Police then fired tasers at the sick man three times. A police officer now says that he smelled alcohol on Bludsworth, even though later testing showed no trace of alcohol in his system. Ozark Police Chief Myron Williams also claims the sick man was 'combative.' Instead of taking Bludsworth to medical care he was booked at Dale County Jail and charged with resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Folks, this has got to stop. If you know a policeman, please tell him this has got to stop before it's too late.
 

NY: Bernard Kerik Indicted - Federal prosecutors charge Rudolph Giuliani crony Bernard Kerik with 16 counts
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"Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner and current Rudolph Giuliani political albatross, was indicted today on a slew of federal criminal charges. Kerik, 52, was named in a 16-count indictment charging him with, among other felonies, fraud, tax evasion, obstruction, filing a false loan application, and making an assortment of false statements when applying for various federal posts, including Homeland Security secretary. A copy of the indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in White Plains, New York, can be found below. ..."
 

Canada: Winnipeg officer charged with assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Winnipeg police officer has been charged with assault in connection with an arrest made in the city more than a year ago.

The charge was laid after the "arrest and detention of a citizen in the Transcona area" on Oct. 9, 2006, police said in a release issued late Thursday afternoon.

The police service's professional standards unit investigated the arrest, then turned the results over to the Department of Justice for an opinion from the Crown.

The officer, a 14-year veteran of the force, has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and was released on a promise to appear.

Police officials said the constable's employment status is currently under review.
 

NY: Hunters Getting Ready To Use Rifles In Southern Tier
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"New York deer hunting season starts in about a week. This year a new law allows you to use a rifle."

"Jonathon Yearick has been hunting with a shotgun for two years, but this year, he's switching to a rifle."

"'There's a lot more accuracy at a lot more range. Basically that's the bottom line,' says Yearick who lives in Horseheads."

"New York State is allowing rifles to be used in Chemung, Steuben, and Yates counties for the first time this year. ..." ...
 

NY: Ask the DA: Charles J. Hynes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Q: If someone enters your home and you shoot him in self defense with an unregistered gun, what happens? I have noticed ads in the subway that say you can go to prison for three years for merely possessing an unregistered gun. Is this true?"

"A: The ads that you have seen on the subway refer to a recent change in the law which raises the penalty for anyone convicted of possessing a firearm outside of his or her 'home or place of business.' ... persons who knowingly and unlawfully possess a firearm outside of their home or place of business are now guilty of the class C violent felony of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. The minimum sentence for that offence is three and one-half years incarceration." ...
 

MS: Sharpshooter has eye on target
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Get your earplugs out because it's going to be popping."

"That is the sound you hear when Washington School junior Shane Coley fires his .38 Super Caliber Pistol during his recreational activities known as Practical Shooting."

"Practical Shooting is a sport that tests a person's defensive shooting skills in a sporting environment. It involves timing, quick reflexes and accuracy."

"Coley has all three. That is why he is currently a member of the Master Class."

"In order to become a member of the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association), a potential candidate must qualify at smaller matches. There are six levels including D, all the way through Grand Master. ..." ...
 

Canada: Ottawa blasted for killing long-gun registry contract
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"The Harper government paid a $10-million settlement this year to kill a contract designed to modernize the long-gun registry's computer system, federal records show."

"The Liberals blasted the decision Thursday, saying the government is effectively wasting $80-million of work that was already done by CGI Information Systems and Management."

"'They put that money directly into the trash can,' Liberal MP Pablo Rodriguez said." ...

"A senior federal official shot back yesterday that the gun registry is a 'bottomless pit' and that the government is doing what it can to 'avoid wasting public funds.'" ...
 

Finland: Finland defends its gun laws in wake of teenage gunman's shooting rampage
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"A teenage killer's deadly school rampage has put Finns on the defensive about their relationship to guns."

"With 1.6 million firearms in private hands, the Nordic country is an anomaly in Europe, lagging behind only the United States and Yemen in civilian gun ownership ..."

"The government said Friday it would raise the minimum age for buying guns from 15 to 18, but insisted there was no need for sweeping changes to gun laws shaped by deep-rooted traditions of hunting in the sub-Arctic wilderness."

"'If you look at the rate of homicides with firearms (in Finland), the figure is very low,' Interior Ministry spokesman Ilkka Salmi said. ..."

"According to a government study in 2002, 14 per cent of homicides in Finland are gun-related." ...
 

UK: Apple iPhone customers warned by police
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"Police warned owners of Apple's new iPhone yesterday to hide the handsets in public amid fears that they could be the target of muggers."

"Scotland Yard believes that high-value handsets are the driving force behind street robberies, especially among young people."

"The warning comes as stores across Britain are preparing for the launch tomorrow of what has been described as the 'God phone'."

"Queues are expected to form early tomorrow outside more than 1,300 Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse shops, which will be selling the £269 device from precisely 6.02pm." ...
 

UK: Assault trio claim they acted in self-defence
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"THREE people who assaulted a man outside a takeaway claimed they were acting in self-defence."

"Michael James Barnard, 20, Daniel Michael Charles, 26, and Sarah Logan, 20, admitted assaulting Stephen Walden outside a Barrow takeaway in October."

"The trio appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday."

"Ms Monica Townsend, speaking for the prosecution, said that in the early hours of October 12 the defendants were caught on CCTV outside a takeaway on Duke Street, Barrow."

"Charles was seen to repeatedly punch the victim and Barnard and Logan were seen to wade in with kicks and punches."

"During the attack Mr Walden sustained a bite to his face, which was attributed to Charles." ...
 

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