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Kelo: The Growing Specter of Government 'Rights'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Most profound among the many failures of the American 'educational' system has been its abominable distortion of this nation’s history. In particular, the principles of constitutional law, once widely understood by the citizenry, are now treated as hazy and erudite philosophies, only fit for debate within intellectual circles." ...

"Having proven so successful, this judicial 'sleight of hand' has been applied on an ever-expanding basis. The Second Amendment, again a restriction on the ability of government to disarm the citizens, has likewise been recast as a protection of the government’s ability to establish a militia. Advocates of gun ownership are increasingly compelled to clarify the Second Amendment ..." ...
 

Gunfighter Traits -- What qualities does it take to survive a gunfight?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a daily pistol packer, I must admit that I have, at one time or another, suffered from a dreaded condition known as tunnel vision. Those who carry every day, whether or not they're in the law enforcement profession, must continually be cognizant of the fact that they're armed and be continually aware of their surroundings, realizing that at virtually any time they can be pressed into a situation that can forever change their lives, or someone else's."

"They must practice with their sidearm, carry reloads and have an idea of how they're going to respond to certain situations before they happen." ...
 

Smith & Wesson eyes new market
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. said yesterday the company will begin selling rifles or shotguns early next year."

"The firm did not release details on its long-gun entry, saying it expected to have a product to announce at the large shooting industry trade show in February."

"In the past, Smith & Wesson has said it could purchase an existing long-arm maker, could license its name to another manufacturer, could source rifles or shotguns from others or could start making the firearms itself at its Springfield plant. Yesterday, company chief executive Michael Golden said Smith & Wesson would not be licensing its name for this project." ...
 

Jack O'Connor's Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here's your chance to own a repro of a legendary gunwriter's favorite .270 and raise money for wild sheep."

"Life is strange sometimes. I'm writing these lines in a hotel in the city of Baku in Azerbijan on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. I've just finished a successful hunt for Dagestan tur, my twelfth variety of wild sheep. ..."

"It's impossible for me to go on any sheep hunt, anywhere in the world, without thinking of Jack O'Connor, my boyhood hero, guru of sheep hunters and dean of gunwriters. ..." ...
 

Thoughts From The Gunner's Guru
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back in the pioneer days of the handgun revolution, we gave a lot of thought to adjustable sights on pistols, only to discover with the passage of time that except for certain kinds of specialties, pistol shooting does not call for much sight adjustment. Though I think that the adjustable sights on a pistol are pretty much an affectation, I am certainly open to contributions from family members who disagree."

"The elegant super revolvers now being marketed in extravagant calibers may be an exception, but somehow I think that once you have obtained a solid factory zero, you need not fuss around much further. Practical pistol shooting is a short-range proposition ..." ...
 

VA: Sudafederalized?
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... "A Senate bill would require consumers purchasing over-the-counter cold medicines such as Sudafed and NyQuil to show their IDs and sign a document to make their purchase -- because such nostrums contain pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make meth. The bill also would limit the amount of cold medicine an individual could buy each month." ...

"... But the logic of federalizing Sudafed control resembles the logic of gun control: Because a tiny fraction of persons misuse a legal product, the implicit reasoning goes, everyone should suffer inconvenience and government monitoring."

"In essence, the bill before Congress presumes a buyer of cold medicine is up to no good. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Welcome to the club.
 

OH: Why print the truth when it ruins the 'guns are bad and easy to get' story? (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"News of a pen gun 'firearms accident' in a small town in the Miami Valley this week has drawn nation attention, and although everyone from the Dayton Daily News to the Associated Press (USA Today, CBS News and countless others unquestioningly ran the AP version) have written on it, the facts about the firearm that was involved have yet to reported anywhere but on the Internet blogosphere." ...

"... [A]s Newsbusters.org blogger Bob Owens notes, anyone with an Internet connection (yes, that means the journalists who wrote these stories!) could have found out that:"

"...'Seventy-one years ago Congress passed the National Firearms Act of 1934, which specifically mentions weapons such as pen guns in the classification of 'any other weapon' (AOW), and makes them as highly-restricted by the law as machine guns, bazookas, and land mines.'" ...
 

KY: Police Call Slaying Of Stepson Self-Defense (first story on page)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police say a Hazard man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his stepson. Robert H. Shepherd, 30, died about two hours after he was shot in the chest with a handgun, said Hazard Police Chief Ronnie J. Bryant. About 8 p.m. Tuesday, Hazard police responded to 121 Moore Street and found Shepherd shot, Bryant said. The residence is the home of Shepherd's stepfather, Herman Trent, and his mother, Sharon Trent, Bryant said. Shepherd was transported by ambulance to Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Medical Center, where he died, said the Perry County Coroner's Office. An initial investigation from witness statements said Herman Trent, 70, shot Shepherd in self-defense, Bryant said. Police have not filed charges ..."
 

GA: Builder Killed in Home Dispute
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Cobb County police are investigating after a builder was shot and killed by a homeowner in a subdivision in Kennesaw.

Police say the builder is identified as Brian Gregory Epp. Investigators say he got into a dispute with a new homeowner at Carriage Gates subdivision and that the homeowner shot Epp.

The builder died at the scene.

The homeowner told investigators he shot in self defense. No charges have been filed. Police have not released the name of the homeowner.
 

VA: Counselors told stalked student she should move
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"A University of Richmond student fatally shot by her former boyfriend this week had been advised to move from her apartment because the man was dangerous, Henrico County's chief prosecutor disclosed yesterday."

"But 24-year-old De'Nora Hill declined the county's offer to move into an emergency shelter, said Commonwealth's Attorney Wade Kizer." ...

"'I think the police did what they could in acting promptly in this case,' said Kizer, who is reviewing the incident. 'It's just a tragic case.'"

"He acknowledged that even protective orders won't stop some people."
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Submitter's Note: See what happens when women are UNarmed?
 

OH: Attorney plans wrongful death lawsuit in nightclub shooting (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"The Associated Press is reporting that an attorney representing three victims of a fatal nightclub shooting last December said he will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the club's owners."

"The Alrosa Villa nightclub did not provide adequate security, Columbus attorney Gerald Leesburg told The Columbus Dispatch for a story Thursday." ...

"Under current Ohio law, bearing handguns for self-defense in establishments which serve drinks under a Class D liquor license is illegal, even for employees. What has never been reported by the establishment media is that Ohio law prevents SECURITY at this nightclub from carrying a handgun, even if the club owner had wanted them to do so." ...
 

IN: Safety forum increases student awareness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wednesday's Student Forum on campus safety encouraged students to walk in pairs, use callboxes, and rely on friends."

"The forum proved effective in relaying helpful information to concerned students."

"A panel of seven discussed relevant topics including more lighting, trimming shrubs, call boxes, and safety programs in light of recent attacks."

"Jessica Hoffman, president of the Purdue Student Government, hosted the forum to address safety concerns and educate students on campus resources. She said everyone worked well within the panel. The panel included representatives from the police department, the office of the Dean of Students and Purdue Student Health Center." ...
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Submitter's Note: Perhaps there would be fewer problems if campus policy did not create such a criminal friendly zone.
 

PA: Child who had pistol needs pills, mom says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mother of a child who took his father's 9 mm handgun on a school van last month, said he acts out most of the day and takes pills that don't control his behavioral problems."

"'We're trying to get him switched to another pill,' Rebecca Schade said of her 5-year-old son. 'He saw a psychologist on Monday who wanted to put him in [a hospital] as an inpatient for four days to get his pills switched and get him on other medication because there are more problems.'"

"On Monday, state police charged Schade, 26, and her husband, Steve A. Schade, 31, with endangering the welfare of children, a first-degree misdemeanor." ...
 

NY: Suffolk passes bill to reopen Suffolk Trap & Skeet Range
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Suffolk County Legislature passed two bills on Tuesday that will lead to the reopening of the popular Suffolk Trap & Skeet Range in Yaphank, which county officials shut down in 2001 after a series of problems."

"The decision was met with cheers from firearm enthusiasts and disappointment from some residents who live near the range, located in Southaven County Park." ...
 

CO: State fights city's stricter gun limits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The question of whether state gun laws trump city gun laws went to the Colorado Supreme Court Wednesday in front of 600 teenagers at Arapahoe High School."

"The state is appealing an earlier District Court ruling that upheld Denver's right to enforce some of its stricter gun ordinances, including a ban on the open carrying of firearms and the sale and possession of firearms."

"The arguments were presented at the high school as part of the 'Courts in the Community' educational outreach program." ...
 

OH: Police Hit Grandmother With Taser Gun Five Times
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"A 68-year-old woman was hit with a Taser gun by police in an Ohio city five times."

"The police officer in the case ... claims he is the victim in the case ..."

"Beverly Kidwell, 68, was in the waiting room of the police department in suburban Dayton when the incident occurred."

"According to police, she came into the station to be arrested for hitting her granddaughter."

"Kidwell said she waited a long time in the lobby and, when she got up to leave, the officer hit her with the Taser gun." ...

"The police lieutenant said she was resisting arrest, Bowersock reported."

"Kidwell said she was in a fetal position and unable to move when the lieutenant ordered her to get up and continued to shock her." ...
 

CA: Getting your gun back will cost you
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"To the dismay of gun owners, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is now charging $54 to return firearms seized during arrests or searches - even if the gun was legally owned and not used in a crime."

" The Los Angeles County Supervisors recently approved the fee, which they say would help recover $27,000 the county spends each year storing guns."

"People recovering stolen firearms, however, would not have to pay, according to county officials." ...
 

FL: Air Marshal Kills Passenger; DHS Says Man Talked of Bomb
Submitted by: George Prudden

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"A federal air marshal yesterday shot and killed an American Airlines passenger who allegedly said he had a bomb in his bag at Miami International Airport, the first fatal shooting by an undercover agent since the sky marshals' rapid expansion after the 2001 terrorist attacks."

"Federal officials said there was no evidence that the passenger, Rigoberto Alpizar, 44, was a terrorist. Department of Homeland Security officials said Alpizar ignored two air marshals' orders to get down on the ground and he appeared to be reaching into his bag when one of the marshals fired. No one else was harmed, but officials ordered all passengers off the plane, removed all of the luggage and blew up two bags belonging to Alpizar on the tarmac as a precaution." ...
 

IL: Gun buyback program to take place Saturday
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Lake County law enforcement officials are bringing back a popular gun exchange program which allows residents to safely dispose of unwanted firearms while getting a gift certificate in return."

"This year's gun buyback will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Dropoff locations will be at nine police station sites throughout the county ..."

"People who turn in a gun at one of the designated drop-off sites will receive a $50 gift certificate redeemable at a local food or department store."

"'This is not an attempt to remove guns from law-abiding citizens,' said Lake County Sheriff Gary Del Re ..." ...
 

CA: Case of killing in line of duty sent to jury
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the moments after a wild, high-speed chase, narcotics agent Mike Walker believed he saw a fugitive parolee flash a weapon and had no choice but to shoot, his defense attorney said."

"The only problem with that, argued a prosecutor, is that the victim was the wrong man, was unarmed and was shot in the back -- something he called reminiscent of 'the Old West.'"

"The historic case against Walker, California's first drug enforcement agent charged with killing in the line of duty, ended on Wednesday as dramatically as it began. Spending a total of eight hours with closing arguments, the two sides urged jurors to rely on the law, the evidence and their internal sense of justice to return a just verdict." ...
 

NJ: State police sergeant says stepson took his gun to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The stepfather of a 13-year-old boy, accused of bringing a .22-calbiber revolver to the Readington Middle School in October, says he owns the gun."

"State Police Sgt. James Hrubesh said his 13-year-old stepson took the revolver out of a locked gun cabinet, but would not comment on how the teenager was able to open it. The teen then brought the gun — one of 35 to 40 handguns, rifles and shotguns in Hrubesh' collection — to school and showed it to other students on Oct. 28. Township police received reports about the incident Oct. 30 when a parent of the student who knew about the weapon contacted authorities."

"Hrubesh's stepson and another eighth grader have been charged ..." ...
 

AZ: Army reservist arrested in immigrant detention files lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Army reservist arrested in April for detaining seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint at an Arizona rest stop has filed a lawsuit in the case."

"Patrick Haab is suing the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for false imprisonment, emotional distress and abuse of process for disclosing his military records."

"At the time of his arrest, Haab described himself as an Iraq war veteran. But military records showed Haab had been sent home for a mental health evaluation without ever serving in Iraq and he was on the verge of being kicked out of the military." ...
 

NV: On December 8, the Nevada Chiefs and Sheriffs Association (NCSA) will hold their annual meeting in Mesquite.
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"On December 8, the Nevada Chiefs and Sheriffs Association (NCSA) will hold their annual meeting in Mesquite. On the agenda is a recommendation that all seventeen sheriffs sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to BATFE that they will take the necessary steps to come into compliance with federal law, thereby allowing CCW permit holders to purchase firearms without having to undergo a background check. As reported in previous alerts, there was a unanimous NCSA vote asking the Department of Public Safety to request an extension of the BATFE deadline for compliance, but since the extension deadline passed, an MOU signed by all sheriffs will accomplish the same goal. ..." ...
 

UK: Comment: Reading Chronicle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TEXAN policeman Ben Johnson has been pounding the beat in Reading for several years - during which time he sadly appears to have picked up not one scrap of knowledge about the British way of life."

"This week - while taking a career break to look after his baby - the man who became the first foreigner to join the British police had a very public row with his bosses."

"PC Johnson bluntly says he will quit his job unless he is given a gun."

"He branded our streets as more dangerous than his previous home beat in Dallas. PC Johnson also described our police as illtrained and ill-equipped."

"Back in Dallas the former paratrooper went on patrol carrying a pistol as well as a semi-automatic rifle."

"Is that really what we want to see in Reading?" ...
 

MN: Conceal and carry privileges don’t extend to U property
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Means of personal protection on campus vary based on personal preference and practicality, and the legal carrying of firearms is not the most practical."

"While Minnesota law allows people older than 21 who have received proper training and a permit to carry a pistol for personal protection, the Regent’s Policy does not allow the same privilege on University property."

"The state Legislature allows public universities to establish their own regulations surrounding the carrying of firearms. The law states the institution cannot prohibit lawful carrying in parking facilities or parking lots." ...
 

MO: More deer season to come
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"North Missouri deer hunters have already had 21 days of firearms deer season and have exhausted their chance of killing a buck this year if they were unsuccessful. But if it's venison, not horns, they're looking for and they would settle for a tasty doe instead of a buck, there's still more 2005 deer season to come. Don't put your deer rifle or muzzleloader away yet."

"Several years ago, the Conservation Department began allowing an extra antlerless deer-only season in areas where the deer numbers were beginning to get a bit too large and over time this has been expanded from a two-day season in a few counties to a nine-day season in 74 Missouri counties. ..." ...
 

AL: Rifle Wins Birmingham Southern Air Rifle Classic
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The University of Memphis rifle team won the Birmingham Southern Air Rifle Invitational with a team score of 2176.

Katie Benjamin led the team with a 585, while Jessica Jasis recorded a 584. Krissey Bahnsen led the team with 38 centers, recording a 582 in the process. Andrew Hahn rounded out the team score with a 570.

Host Birmingham-Southern finished second with a 2285, while Austin Peay finished third with a 2176. Mercer and UAB rounded out the participants, with a 1933 and a 1494, respectively.
 

Canada: Canada's Liberals promise complete ban on handguns
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"Canada's ruling Liberals, under pressure to clamp down on gun violence in big cities, will move to ban all handguns if they win the January 23 election, Prime Minister Paul Martin said on Thursday."

"Canada already has extremely restrictive firearms legislation, but under the Liberal proposal only police and some security officers would be allowed to carry handguns."

"So far this year some 50 young men — most of them black — have been shot dead in Toronto. Some government officials blame the problem in part on smuggling of handguns from neighboring United States."

"'I've come to the conclusion that we should ban handguns,' Martin told a rally in one of the most violent areas of Toronto."

"'Handguns kill people. That's why they exist. They are taking too many Canadian lives,' he said." ...
 

UK: Model is jailed for gun in pants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A male model from Putney caught with a loaded gun in his underpants has been jailed for five years."

"Reading Crown Court heard James Okech-Banya, 23, of Carslake Road, concealed the weapon down his trousers after armed police pulled over a BMW in which he was a passenger."

"Prosecuting, John Simmons said: 'Police searched the occupants of the vehicle and this defendant seemed extremely nervous. He was asked if he had any objects on him that he shouldn't have.'"

"'As a police officer searched his groin area he found a hard object.'"

"The officer asked him what it was and he said it was part of his anatomy. The officer reached into the defendant's underpants and found a loaded weapon wrapped in a black cloth." ...
 

India: Aviation security remains weak link
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"The starting of no-frills airlines and the consequent sharp increase in the passenger traffic has weakened security at the airports, experts said here on Thursday."

"'The rapid increase in the passenger traffic and the consequent increase in the pressure on the security personnel is making monitoring of the passengers more difficult. A good number of them are seen to have a deviant behaviour,' said an industry expert at the Aerodrome India 2005."

"The possibility of a terrorist slipping through is extremely high, according to the expert. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: And since tyrants loathe the very thought of freedom, their answer will be further abrogation of peoples' rights.
 

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