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Seegars vs Ashcroft: Does the 2nd Amendment reach the Capital?
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
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... "For, if not to such federal territories as the capital, then to whom may the 2nd Amendment be applied? The collective rights argument, which this opinion earlier endorsed, suggests a prohibition solely on the federal government. The government of the United States cannot delegate to the District of Columbia powers which it does not itself possess, and the federal government is clearly bound from infringement upon the right to keep and bear arms. To deny this is to deny the protections of the entire bill of rights to residents of the District of Columbia." ...
 

Condi: Why I Support the Second Amendment
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"Secretary of State nominee Dr. Condoleezza Rice is a big supporter of the second amendment, a commitment cultivated during her days growing up in Bull Conner's Birmingham, Alabama, when the shotgun wielded by her father was often the only thing that stood between her family and the Ku Klux Klan." [emphasis added] ...

"The memory of her father out on patrol lies behind Rice’s opposition to gun control today. Had those guns been registered, she argues, Bull Connor would have had a legal right to take them away, thereby removing one of the black community’s only means of defense." ...
 

This Advice Might Save Your Life: Don't Bring Ayn Rand to a Gun Fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I believe it was Robert Heinlein who first said, 'An armed society is a polite society.'* He meant armed as in packing heat. As in loaded and trained. As in cocked and locked."

"Heinlein did not mean, 'A society armed with information, dialogue, smarts, verbal-power-that-dispels-liberal notions, an Ayn Rand background, a memory for past LewRockwell.com articles, or an intense knowledge in Libertarian ideas.'"

"There's a point where you must stop honing your argument about your rights and learn how to defend your rights. And that point is always far sooner than you or I think it is." ...
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*Submitter's Note: It was Heinlein in Beyond This Horizon published in book form in 1948.
 

Three-barrel combo gun makes good Christmas gift
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It's hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us. That means it's time for my Christmas gift-giving idea column." ...

"According to Jon Wingo of Wiley Outdoor Sports in Decatur, a popular combination firearm is a hot topic among shoppers looking for a great gift. He said this item is good for the younger crowd and adults alike."

"'The Rossi three-barrel combo gun is very popular right now,' Wingo said. 'We're receiving a lot of calls from people about this gun.'"

"The Rossi combination gun gives hunters the option of firing a .22-caliber long rifle bullet, a .243 caliber bullet or a 20-gauge shotgun shell. The barrels are interchangeable, which makes it a great gift, whether you wish to go hunting or just target shooting." ...
 

Child should show interest before getting gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Young people can get their first gun at any time, but most of the time, Christmas is the occasion. Most recipients are boys, but not always."

"Most of the time it's the father who initiates this event, but not always. It's my wish that both parents would read this article before deciding on a child's first gun."

"First order of business is to decide if the young person is ready. Many young people are ready at age 12. Others will not be ready at 35, or 65."

"Does that young person really want a gun and really want to shoot or hunt? Some don't and never will be and shame on the parent who forces this issue simply because it's the parent's wish and not that of the young person." ...
 

Keeping firearms clean necessary for safety
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"It seems that after the hunting seasons, when guns may not be used again for a few months, is often the only time that hunters give much thought to gun maintenance. The question that comes to mind is, 'How often should I clean my firearms?' Well, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials' answer is usually the same; 'it depends.'"

"Hunter Education Coordinator Joe Huggins said firearm cleaning necessity depends on an almost endless number of factors, including how the gun is used, in what weather conditions, how many shots are fired, the make and model of gun, how thoroughly it was last cleaned and when it is likely to be used again." ...
 

WA: Vancouver homeowner shoots, kills man in garage
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"Vancouver police officers found a man fatally shot Friday morning shortly before 2 a.m. in the Fisher's Landing neighborhood."

"A homeowner heard unusual noises coming from somewhere in his residence and confronted and shot an intruder after discovering the man inside his garage, authorities said. Police said it appears the homeowner interrupted a burglary in progress."

"'We believe the homeowner was armed and the suspect was armed,' said officer Ron Stevens, with the Vancouver Police Department."

"The intruder was identified as 34-year-old Ronnie Taylor, of Portland, according to police. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest."

"It was unclear how many shots were fired and police said they didn't know whether Taylor, who died at the scene, had fired his gun or whether he knew the homeowner." ...
 

ND: University now allows students to carry pepper spray
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"A year after news of Dru Sjodin's abduction sent students rushing to buy pepper spray, university officials here have permanently rescinded a ban on the self-defense product." ...

"Pepper sprays were prohibited under the school's student code, but officials said they would look the other way in the aftermath of Sjodin's disappearance."

"Since then, the code has been revised to take pepper spray off the list of banned self-defense weapons, said Jerry Bulisco, UND's dean of students."

"Bulisco said other self-defense chemicals, such as Mace and tear gas, remain banned on campus, along with more dangerous weapons. He also said the change does not mean UND necessarily endorses the use of pepper spray." ...
 

LA: Jury finds former deejay not guilty
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"A Caddo jury didn't find enough evidence Friday to convict a former local disc jockey of illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence in connection with the shooting of her husband."

Submitter's Note: Translation: it was self-defense.

"The seven-woman, five-man panel -- including a Caddo sheriff's deputy and a Shreveport police officer -- deliberated about two hours before returning the verdict not guilty."

"'I don't know a word to express how I feel,' Julia Austin said moments later. 'As much as we doubt it, it's proof that the system works. I'm glad that it's over for me, and I'm glad that it's over for my children.'" ...
 

MI: Taser subdues unruly youth
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"Police in Lincoln Park had to use a Taser gun -- twice -- to subdue a kicking and screaming 14-year-old boy who wouldn't stop playing his Nintendo Game Boy during class."

"The boy, who appeared in juvenile court Friday on a charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer, was uninjured, except for a scrape on his right temple that happened Thursday during the lengthy tussle with three police officers and the assistant principal at Lincoln Park High School." ...
 

CA: Video Prompts L.A. Airport Police Probe
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"City officials are calling for an investigation of Los Angeles International Airport police after hidden cameras captured several officers abandoning their posts and ignoring emergency radio calls."

"'I am very concerned about airport police officers neglecting their duties,' Mayor James K. Hahn wrote to Kim Day, executive director of the airport agency. 'Security at the airport must not be compromised.'"

"The camera footage broadcast Thursday by KCBS-TV appeared to show officers spending hours of their shifts away from the airport or staying at the airport but not working."

"It also showed police chatting at a restaurant while ignoring radio calls about abandoned suitcases, and using a patrol car to pick up a child at school." ...
 

Philippines: Soldier guns down brother of reporter
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"Police are hunting down an Army soldier who gunned down a brother of a tabloid correspondent in Antipolo City yesterday."

"Senior Superintendent Leocadio Santiago, Rizal police director, ordered a city-wide hunt for the soldier, identified as Januario Tomaquin, after witnesses pinpointed him as the one who shot dead Aurelio Gamit Jr., brother of Tempo correspondent Leo Gamit who is based in Southern Luzon."

"Santiago said Tomaquin shot Gamit, a resident of Barangay Inarawan, with a caliber .45 pistol at the height of a verbal tussle along the Marcos Highway in Sitio Langhaya, Barangay de la Paz at about 1 a.m. Gamit died on the spot. Tomaquin escaped, bringing along the firearm." ...
 

Germany: Army police holding Coleman Barracks robbery suspect
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"Army police are holding a 21-year-old soldier suspected of a brazen daylight bank robbery at a military base in southwest Germany, according to military officials."

"Spc. Daniel A. Sampe, a helicopter mechanic with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Aviation Regiment in Mannheim, was charged with robbing the local Community Bank at Coleman Barracks, said Army spokesman Maj. Mark Wright."

"A lone, masked gunman brandishing a pistol, blitzed the bank wearing an Army physical training uniform at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29, shortly after the bank opened. Army officials refuse to release the amount of money stolen, but the robber was able to slip away unnoticed." ...
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Submitter's Note: Remember, innocent until proven guilty.
 

Philippines: Soldier’s gun goes off, hurts handicraft worker
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"A 34-year-old male handicraft worker was seriously wounded in the head, specifically in his right eyebrow, after he was shot by a soldier inside a shellcraft factory in barangay Catmondaan, Catmon town last Friday."

"Gary Duran, one of the workers of factory owner Iglon Sucalit, is still in serious condition at the intensive care unit of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center."

"Sergeant Primitivo Tadija of the 78th Infantry Battalion based in Sogod town, said he owns the .45 cal. pistol which wounded Duran but also claimed that the firing was accidental." ...
 

MN: Hunting Tales: Bad Start, Good Ending
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"'I don't think there's too many people that would have found a rifle like that and actually turned it in.'"

"Mike Briggs Ramsey, Minn., deer hunter who got his rifle back Saturday after losing it Nov. 5"

"Saturday morning, Mike Briggs's two-week ride around the wheel of misfortune came full circle."

"It all happened at the Eats and Antiques restaurant and antique shop here. That's where Briggs met John Schmalenberg of Fertile and Stuart Bensen, a conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Erskine, Minn."

"The meeting with two men he barely knew made Briggs's day." ...
 

PA: 'Cowboy Action Shooter' Airs Tonight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The idea behind the Single Action Shooting Society's sport is simple and all-American."

"Based on a romanticized version of the Old West, cowboy action shooting's costumes, attitude and camaraderie are as big a part - if not bigger - as the firearms and skill. The following rules apply:"

"Guns and dress must be typical of the period from the 1860s to 1899 or from Hollywood's golden age of B Westerns."

"Shooters adopt a character and an alias and put together an outfit as authentic as their desire and budget allow."

"Everyone shoots two revolvers, a shotgun and a rifle, which can be originals or replicas."

"They fire from a series of 'stages' that represent scenes from the Old West, such as the jail, barbershop or mercantile." ...
 

VT: Number of hunters declining in Vermont
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This year's rifle hunting season is likely to be the smallest in more than a decade.

State wildlife officials say the decline follows a national trend that has been going on since the 1970s.

State wildlife officials don't know yet how many licenses will be bought for the season that ends a week from today. But they say it won't be more than the 88-thousand sold last year.

Even though Vermont has the second highest number of hunters per capita, the number of hunting licenses sold has been declining for years.

Nearly 112-thousand hunting licenses were purchased in 1987 and 1991. By 2001, the number of licenses dropped to about 96-thousand, and to 92-thousand in 2002.
 

PA: Bear season opens Monday
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"The three-day bear hunting season opens Monday with wildlife experts expecting another strong harvest of 2,500 to 3,000 bears."

"The state Game Commission estimates there are almost 15,000 bears in Pennsylvania, about the same number as last year and triple the number two decades ago."

"'The population for the last probably 10 years has been very well-managed through seasons and bag limits,' said Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources at Penn State University. 'We have a lot of agricultural land, and a large chunk of Pennsylvania is still forested, so there's a good habitat for bears.'"

"Since 1980, hunters have killed about 20 percent of the state's black bear population each season, according to the Game Commission." ...
 

OH: Ohio bowhunters flirting with 2003 deer record
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"Ohio bowhunters, who are on the way to a record season, are setting the table for the state's gun hunters, whose week-long season opens a week from
tomorrow."

"Hunters armed with longbows and crossbows took 40,319 deer during the first six weeks of the season, 13 per cent higher than the record 2003 season's first six weeks."

"Mike Tonkovich, a state deer biologist, said that 74 to 78 percent of archery deer are taken in the first six weeks, and that works out to a total archery bag of 54,000-plus this year, a record. The archery season runs through Jan. 31. The 2003 record season bag for archers was 50,564." ...
 

OR: Resident urges city to fight crime with gun ordinance
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"Springfield voters agreed this month to build a new jail to help cut crime in the city. But even if the city finds money to operate the jail - and it hasn't, so far - a new jail is a couple of years off, at best."

"So Springfield resident Curtiss Greer has his own idea to solve property crime in the city: a gun and ammunition in every home, by city ordinance."

"'They did that in Kennesaw, Ga.,' Greer says. 'And the crime rate went down.'"

"Greer is the gun advocate who forced both the Springfield School District and the Willamalane Park & Recreation District to relax their weapons bans last year."

"'I am a very avid firearms person,' he says. 'It's the private armed citizen that criminals are scared of.'" ...
 

ME: Police find gun, seek 2 teens [follow-up]
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"Portland police say they have recovered the handgun that teenagers were flaunting in a series of photographs posted on the Internet. Now two of those teenagers are wanted in connection with a separate incident." ...

"The photos were taken weeks ago at a party off school grounds and outside school hours, [Portland High Principal Michael Johnson] said, but those pictured with the gun were suspended for 10 days." [emphasis added]

"'It becomes a school issue when I believe the safety and well-being of my kids are compromised or may be compromised; then I make it a school issue,' Johnson said." ...
 

NC: After so many shootings, even gun lovers should back control
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"I love guns and my Constitutional right to have them. I wanted to get that out first, before the NRA-types start firing their verbal attacks at me." ...

"I understand America's love affair with guns."

"But that love affair has gone way astray for too many of us."

"The latest evidence was the shooting near Kernersville Nov. 11."

"As most of Forsyth County now knows, a madman apparently enraged over property disputes charged into a Vance Road neighborhood and started blasting away with a high-powered rifle. He fatally shot Sgt. James Johnson, a reserve deputy; Reba Idol; and her son-in-law, Dwight Allen." ...
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IL: Gun suit decision won't end effort, slain teen's father says
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"Maybe it will be another parent who receives the worst news possible, that their child has been fatally shot. Maybe it will be a lawmaker. Or one of the college kids Steve Young teaches about guns and the law."

"Young knows the danger far too well. Eight years ago, he was the one hearing the words that his 19-year-old son, Andrew, had been shot to death by a teenager."

"He and other families hit by gun violence sued in an attempt to force gunmakers and sellers to be more socially responsible. But on Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed their lawsuit and another brought by the city of Chicago accusing the firearms industry of knowingly allowing criminals to get ahold of guns." ...
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Submitter's Note: More "Blame the gun not the criminal" insanity...
 

WA: Marked man -- How a missing rifle, at least 10 killings and two years of fallout changed Brian Borgelt
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"Brian Borgelt never killed anyone."

"He sold guns for more than a decade, but he rarely carries one. He was a soldier who taught marksmanship to thousands of other soldiers, but he’s never fired a gun at another human being."

"In summer 2002, a boy and a man robbed him – took a rifle from the store he owned, and killed at least 10 people they didn’t know, just because they could. Because of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Beltway snipers, Borgelt, 40, is a man without a career – a casualty of America’s endless culture war over firearms."

"His gun dealer’s license has been revoked. He faces criminal charges for failing to file tax returns. In July 2003, he sold Bull’s Eye Shooter Supply, the business he built. ..." ...
 

KY: Take aim to see George Washington rifle at Frazier
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"Consider it a major cultural alternative to shopping on Thanksgiving weekend. A Kentucky long rifle that is one of only three guns documented to have belonged to George Washington goes on display at Louisville's Frazier Historical Arms Museum next Sunday. The museum acquired the rifle in February and unveiled it briefly to the media at that time. This display is the first public display since 1971."

"The rifle, which surfaced in the early 1920s in Pennsylvania, went into a private collection from which it was loaned to Independence Hall in Philadelphia from 1924 to 1971, when it was sold to another private collector." ...
 

NJ: Jersey could forfeit wildlife aid
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"Department of Environmental Commissioner Bradley Campbell's attempt to 'take control' of wildlife management in the state could cost New Jersey millions in federal aid."

"In a letter released yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Interior threatened to withdraw $2 million in annual wildlife aid to New Jersey because Campbell has violated federal regulations by interfering with a planned bear hunt authorized by an independent state agency." ...

"The Interior Department contends Campbell is improperly 'attempting to take control' of wildlife management authority bestowed on the independent state Fish and Game Council and the DEP's own Division of Fish and Wildlife." ...
 

MA: City takes aim at guns
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... "Mayor Frederick M. Kalisz Jr. says Lopes' killing spurred him to action, in part because it ended the life of a young man with a promising future but also because it was 'one more death.'"

"'Every death is tragic,' he says."

"Just days after Lopes' death, Kalisz announced that he would seek special legislation to make New Bedford the last place in the state where you'd want to be caught with an illegal gun. If the mayor gets his way, those found guilty of possessing illegal guns in New Bedford would face stiffer penalties than if they were caught in any other Massachusetts community." ...
 

KY: Justice Center's buyback effort nets 14 firearms
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The Justice Resource Center bought 14 guns yesterday as part of its buyback program, which aims to take 100 weapons off the street by the end of the year, the center's executive director said.

The Rev. Louis Coleman said the group bought 11 handguns and three rifles for $25 each and also took in dozens of rounds of ammunition. Last week, the buyback netted 21 firearms.

"These are guns that we're getting out of our neighborhoods and our homes," he said.

Coleman said the group will buy guns again at noon Saturday at its headquarters, 1601 Maple St.

People who are reluctant to take guns to the center during the buyback program can arrange to bring them in at another time or have them picked up by calling 562-6737.
 

NY: Woman, 19, Is Shot in Head While Standing on Bronx Corner
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"A 19-year-old woman was fatally shot in the head early yesterday when an argument between two men on a Bronx street ended in gunfire, the police said."

"The woman, Jasmine Pacheco, was standing at the corner of Bathgate Avenue and East 180th Street just after 4 a.m., the police said, when a quarrel erupted between two men in front of 2121 Bathgate Avenue, about 100 feet from the corner."

"As one of the men raced toward the spot where Ms. Pacheco was standing, the other man fired three shots from a .45-caliber pistol, the police said."

"One of the bullets struck Ms. Pacheco in the head and she was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, a few blocks away. She died about 10:30 last night, the hospital said." ...
 

MS: Order Your Mississippi NRA License Plates
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"During the 2004 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature, Rep. Warner McBride (D-Courtland) and Sen. Walter Michel (R-Jackson) worked to pass SB 2623, which created a specialized license plate for supporters of the National Rifle Association. The specialized tags cost $31, with $24 of that total being deposited into the NRA Foundation State Fund Account for Mississippi to be used for Foundation-related projects such as youth hunter education, firearms safety training and shooting range development."

"Click here to view a sample of what the NRA plates will look like. Tag numbers will be placed where the big block letters 'NRA' currently appear on the sample." ...
 

Indonesia: Detained Skipper carried Guns for protection
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"The family of an Australian man arrested in Bali after police seized a number of guns from the boat he is skippering, says he carried the weapons purely for protection."

"Indonesian police have officially declared Perth man Chris Packer a gun-running suspect and are also investigating what they have described as a very small quantity of leaf material found on the boat."

"They are holding Mr Packer under emergency laws dealing with the illegal possession of firearms." ...

"He has been cruising through Indonesia on his converted 500-tonne freighter for months."

"Police stopped the boat as it left Bali's Benoa harbour on Friday."

"They found a pistol, four rifles and over 2,500 rounds of ammunition." ...
 

Australia: Restaurant owners tackle would-be robber
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A 22-year-old man is in police custody after firing a gun during a robbery at a pizza restaurant in East Fremantle in Western Australia.

Police say the man was armed with a rifle when he went to the business on George Street about 11:00pm yesterday.

Acting Inspector Greg Medhurst says the man demanded money from the owners and shot a round of bullets into the front counter before he was stopped.

"The two business owners have tackled him to the ground," he said.

"A struggle has taken place where a shot has been discharged from the firearm and he was detained until the arrival of police."

The man injured his foot during the scuffle.

He is expected to appear in court tomorrow.
 

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