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JPFO: Have You Been Contacted by the BATFE?
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"Congress will do nothing to stop BATFE abuses of gun owners unless Congress hears from us loud and clear. Courts won’t protect our rights until they realize that our rights are being violated. Our publicizing the Glover matter – including the video of the botched BATFE 'test' of the alleged 'machine gun' – has already sent shockwaves through BATFE. That was just one example. Imagine the effects when we can report dozens, even hundreds of examples of BATFE harassment, hostility, heavy-handedness, and oppressive conduct!"

"As part of our Boot the BATFE campaign, we are asking firearms owners and dealers to help us collect reports of BATFE hostility, harassment and oppressive conduct. We need to get solid information, real case examples, and estimated counts of BATFE actions against us. Put on your boots, and help us get this job done." ...
 

The America That Might Have Been (Today’s Massachusetts)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The scene, Massachusetts, April 18, 1775:"

"Boston Globe -- Governor General Thomas Gage has decided to move in and seize a cache of registered firearms gathered by a few members of the NRA, a radical organisation which believes that the citizens should have an unfettered right to keep and bear arms, to fight against the 'Intolerable Acts.' These radicals are suspected of possessing highly dangerous and illegal 'assault rifles.'" ...

"The 75 rebels, led by Captain John Parker, were quickly defeated as their hunting rifles and pistols were no match for the Royal Troops and the automatic assault rifles carrying 30 rounds each. Throughout the state ... the rebel NRA members were quickly rounded up and imprisoned." ...
 

Global Deception
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "FP: What is it exactly that the globalists want to use the UN for?"

"Klein: Over the years, globalist have come up with many schemes seeking to create international institutional frameworks that would govern precisely the types of activities that the UN Charter reserves for the member states themselves—a universal code of laws and taxes that transcend national borders. The globalists’ hit parade includes: global taxes to the tune of as much as one trillion dollars a year for the UN to spend as it pleases, strict universal gun control if not outright prohibition against individual possession of guns for self-defense ..." [emphasis added] ...
 

Palestine should emulate America and Switzerland in Disarmament
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns are a way of life in America. My family and I love to go shooting. I'm not alone and there are probably several hundred million firearms floating around America. Our Constitution advocates gun ownership--not for sport or self defense--but to protect the people from foreign or domestically imposed tyranny. ..."

"Indeed, many Israelis must hold similar views--even their school children often carry automatic weapons for self defense. But, we are told, the Palestinians--especially Hamas--must disarm before they can be given any more foreign aid. ... Hamas does not want to disarm because, it apparently feels, the weapons are necessary to protect the people ..." ...
 

VA: Off-duty police officer shoots two men, kills one
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off-duty Richmond police officer shot two men, killing one and wounding another, as they attempted to carjack her in a northwest Harris County apartment complex parking lot this morning, police said." ...

"Two armed men entered the officer's personal vehicle as she was putting her keys in the ignition. As one man pointed a pistol at her head and instructed her to move over, she pulled out her weapon and fired, striking two of the suspects."

"One man was pronounced dead at the scene ..."

"The Richmond officer was not in uniform, and her name has not been released. The shooting is being investigated by Jersey Village police, Texas Rangers and the Harris County District Attorney's Office."
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Submitter's Note: Armed self-defense works!
 

CA: Prosecutor: Shooting was self- defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An ex-convict will not be charged with murder for a Jan. 18 killing police believe sparked a retaliatory attack last week that left two people dead and three wounded, authorities said Monday."

"Police said prosecutors have determined Derrick 'Dirty D' Knockum, 39, acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Purnell Brewer, 26, of Berkeley in the 2000 block of East 26th Street."

"Knockum was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a gun and violating parole."

"On Monday, witnesses to the shooting confirmed that both Knockum and Brewer, who were longtime friends, had guns, homicide Sgt. Ersie Joyner III said." ...
 

CA: Ex-Postal Employee Kills Six, Then Herself
Submitted by: Christopher Borgstede

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"A female ex-postal worker opened fire at a mail processing plant, killing six people and critically wounding another before committing suicide, authorities said early Tuesday."

"Deputies responding to a report of shots fired about 9:15 p.m. Monday found two people dead outside the plant."

"Two wounded women were located inside and were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. One died and the other was listed in critical condition early Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the head." ...
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Submitter's Note: It's mind boggling as to how this woman got a gun through that door into the gun free zone. What's even more baffling is that once in that disarmament zone that gun functioned. Baffling, no?
 

VA: Norfolk Home Owners Told To Take Up Arms To Fight Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Crime concerns attract citizens from across Norfolk."

"Some people are considering taking up arms to protect lives and property."

"National Rifle Association instructors from the Virginia Citizens Defense League spoke with more than one hundred people from Park Place and other neighborhoods at the Park Place Multipurpose Center. They told them how to protect themselves against crime."

"'The self defense is the key part. When you lose your life, or your family loses its life you have lost the most valuable thing that you have,' said Phillip VanCleaves."

"VanCleaves is the President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League and a former police officer." ...
 

Wisconsin Vote Proves Dems Can't Be Trusted on Gun Rights, Self- Defense, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the second time in two years, the failure of Wisconsin's State Assembly to override anti-gun Gov. Jim Doyle's veto of crucial personal protection legislation proves that Democrats are 'all talk and no walk' on the issue of firearms rights and the safety of their constituents, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said this afternoon."

"'For all their lip service about supporting the gun rights of Wisconsin citizens,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, 'this vote once again demonstrates that Democrats cannot be trusted. When Democrats hit the campaign trail this fall, gun owners will be reminded that their rhetoric is empty ..." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Gun Lobby Fails in Effort to Override Governor's Veto (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Wisconsin gun lobby today failed to secure enough votes to override Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle's second veto of legislation that would ludicrously weaken gun laws in Wisconsin.

Under the proposal, loaded, hidden handguns could have been legally sneaked into rock concerts, shopping malls and the Wisconsin State Fair.

"Today, sensible state legislators stood up to the gun lobby and said this proposal was preposterous," said Jim Brady, Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "They're right. You don't make a rock concert safer by letting everyone pack heat."
 

WI: Milwaukee Mayor Barrett: Statement on Sustaining Conceal/Carry Veto
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

"I want to thank the members of the Wisconsin State Assembly who had the courage and common sense to uphold Governor Doyle’ s veto of the concealed carry bill.

No one other than the pro- gun special interests was clamoring for this unnecessary piece of legislation.

Getting illegal guns and those who carry and use them off our streets is a real problem that won’t be solved by allowing more guns in our communities.

It’s time that for the legislature to get serious about protecting citizens from those criminals who victimize our neighborhoods and families with illegal guns."
 

WI: Theater director opposes gun bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"It has been 21 years since the Wisconsin Legislature has overridden a governor's veto, but it may happen today."

"Gian Paul Morelli, executive director of the Capitol Civic Centre, hopes not. He said he doesn't want any pistol-packing patrons to bring guns into his performing arts venue in downtown Manitowoc."

"'I'm really hot about this. I'm concerned about our liability if somebody walks in with a concealed weapon and it discharges accidentally,' Morelli said Monday." ...
 

WI: No Concealed Weapons for Wisconsin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's been a 133 year tradition in Wisconsin, and it will stand. Two votes gave Governor Jim Doyle and other people against hidden weapons a veto victory. The State Senate decided to override the veto and put the decision into the hands of the State Assembly. It needed 66 votes to change the Governor's decision on guns. Tuesday, 64 Assembly members voted to override, 34 stuck with the Governor. The vote fell along party lines minus four Democrats who voted for concealed guns."

"Those Democrats are all from our neck of the woods, including: Barbara Gronemus ... Mary Hubler ... Marlin Schneider ... Adams County and Sue Ann Vruwink ... in Wood County. Wisconsin is still one of only four states that do not allow concealed weapons."
 

WI: Assembly fails to override Gov's veto on concealed weapons bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state Assembly failed today to override Gov. Jim Doyle's veto of bill that would have allowed Wisconsin residents to carry a concealed weapon with a permit in most cases."

"The vote was 64-34, two short of the two-thirds majority required. The Senate approved the override Thursday on 23-10 vote."

"Two Democrats who had voted for the bill when it originally passed changed their votes. They were Rep. John Steinbrink of Pleasant Prairie and Rep. Terry Van Akkeren of Sheboygan."

"Steinbrink issued a written statement saying he had heard from a large number of constituents on both sides of the issue." ...
 

GA: Lack of reason in proposed laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Members of the Georgia General Assembly, or at least some of them, have never met a gun restriction they thought necessary. Aside from Senate Bill 396, which would allow citizens who 'reasonably believe' they are under attack to use deadly force anywhere, there is House Bill 998, sponsored by Tom Graves, R-Ranger, and Earl Ernhardt, R-Powder Springs. Their bill states: 'It shall be lawful for any person who may lawfully possess firearms to park a motor vehicle on any property set aside for the parking of a motor vehicle ..."

"Each bill is dangerous, but together they form a lethal mix. If they were to pass, people could tote their firearms in their vehicles and take them anywhere, including schools, churches or businesses ..." ...
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KABA Note: What is so 'lethal' about law-abiding citizens being able to defend themselves and carry their self-defense tools with them in their cars?
 

VA: Gun bill gets shot down by panel
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly."

"House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws."

"The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill's defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session." ...
 

NE: Stuthman wants metal detectors with gun bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"If a measure to allow Nebraskans to carry concealed weapons passes, state Sen. Arnie Stuthman of Platte Center wants to arm all county courthouses and bars with a tool to boost security."

"An amendment that the District 22 senator has written to the measure (LB454), which was advanced to the second of three rounds of debate by lawmakers earlier this month, would require courthouses and bars to install and staff metal detectors."

"If the bill passes, the amendment will make it safer in places where some people could attempt to carry guns, Stuthman said during an annual legislative breakfast this morning hosted by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee at the Picket Fence Cafe." ...
 

AZ: Self-defense gun bills are gifts to gangsters
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"State Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa and Sen. Tim Bee of Tucson are asking the Legislature to expand the laws governing self-defense. Their bills are poorly thought out, unnecessary and potentially dangerous."

"Pearce's bill expands the concept of self-defense to cover situations that are ludicrously rare and circumstances that are so obvious that they'd be well-covered by existing law."

"The Pearce bill allows a person to use deadly force if he or she feels that life and limb have been seriously threatened by someone who forcibly and illegally intruded into a home or a car." ...
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KABA Note: Actually the bill calls for a reasonable belief not an amorphous feeling of threat.
 

NY: Assembly Speaker Silver, County Executive Spano, Westchester County Assembly Delegation Urge Governor, State Senate, Congress to Protect New Yorkers from Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Calling gun safety a 'critical public safety concern that cannot be brushed aside,' Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano stood together at a morning news conference to call for immediate legislative action on strong, new gun laws that would better protect New Yorkers from the type of gun violence that has taken the lives of some 7,000 New Yorkers since 1999." ...
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KABA Note: This figure apparently includes the over 2,000 firearm suicides between 1999 and 2003.
 

OH: Conservative Republican Greg Hartmann Raises More Than $500,000.00
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Greg Hartmann, conservative Republican candidate for Ohio Secretary of State, is leading the race for that office after filing financial disclosure reports showing that his campaign has raised more than $500,000.00 in the last few months - more than any candidate in the race." ...

"Touting his campaign for Ohio Secretary of State, Hartmann informed the GOP faithful about his candidacy and his campaign's successes:"

"- Hartmann is the most conservative candidate in the field. He's pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, anti-tax, and pro-traditional marriage." ...
 

OH: NE Ohio conservative joins GOP treasurer's race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien, a conservative Republican, will run for state treasurer."

"She will challenge incumbent Jennette Bradley in the May 2 primary. O'Brien says that being Republican is about all the women have in common."

"'I'm pro-life. Jennette is pro-choice. I am pro-Second Amendment rights. I am pro-family values, in the sense that I believe that a marriage is a sacred relationship between a man and woman,' O'Brien said."

"'I believe when [primary voters] look at both of us, the majority will choose myself and choose the values of our party,' O'Brien said Monday." ...
 

WA: Former sheriff's deputy knew roommate unstable
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"A former King County sheriff's deputy knew his roommate had mental-health disorders, drinking problems and brushes with law-enforcement officers before the roommate allegedly used the deputy's personal pistol to kill a Kenmore convenience-store clerk, newly released records show."

"The deputy, Ferenc Zana, 44, resigned from the Sheriff's Office last month, avoiding disciplinary action in an internal investigation stemming from the Aug. 20 shooting of clerk Mohammed-Imad 'Dimitri' Harb at a Plaid Pantry store near Zana's home."

"Sheriff Sue Rahr informed Zana that she had planned to fire him for violating department rules governing ethics, conflicts of interests, appropriate use of authority and personal conduct. ..." ...
 

WA: Deputy's gun used in rape, records show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two days before a King County deputy sheriff's live-in lover allegedly shot and killed a convenience-store clerk, he used the deputy's handcuffs and gun to rape a man in their Kenmore home while the cop slept upstairs, according to police reports."

"The incident in August is one of many revelations regarding King County Sheriff's Deputy Ferenc Zana's disastrous affair with a mentally ill felon. ..."

"Also, the documents reveal that although the gun allegedly used by Christopher Bistryski to kill store clerk Mohammed-Imad 'Dimitri' Harb was Zana's private weapon, the fatal bullets were issued by the Sheriff's Office. That could significantly increase King County taxpayers' liability for damages ..." ...
 

Philippines: Money demanded for release of suspect: NBI nabs cop in 'extort' try
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"Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a policeman yesterday for allegedly extorting money from the wife of a man, who he reportedly arrested for drug pushing."

"PO2 Jaime de la Cruz was collared shortly before noon yesterday inside a fast food outlet near the Cebu City Police Office while accepting P20,000 in marked-money used by NBI operatives in the entrapment operation." ...

"Escobedo sought the NBI's assistance after de la Cruz allegedly demanded P40,000 for the release of her husband, Ariel, who was picked up by the suspect at 1 o'clock dawn yesterday in their house along Magsaysay St., barangay Pasil." ...
 

Trinidad: Cop starts 10 years in jail
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"A POLICE officer who killed a Matelot villager in 1995 returned to jail yesterday to begin serving a ten-year sentence after he lost an appeal against his conviction."

"PC Mihiset Greene created history in April 2004, after he became the first police officer to be convicted for killing a citizen while on official police duties." ...

"Greene, 45, of Arouca, was charged by Assistant Commissioner of Police Winston Cooper on November 15, 2001 after an inquest where the Coroner ruled there was sufficient evidence to support a charge of murder."

"A 12-member jury, however, found him guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter by recklessness ..." ...
 

MO: CLOSE-UP: Dave Butz (former pro football player)
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... "What got you started with the NRA?"

"I've shot all my life. When I was a kid, we'd shoot mice and rats at my uncle's farm in the northeast corner of Indiana. After I got drafted by the Cardinals, I met Wayne Heberer, a farmer in Belleville who my dad knew. I would go out on his property and target practice and hunt groundhogs for him because they are very destructive. My first shoot with the NRA was at a Charlton Heston celebrity shoot in California. I knew Jim Baker, an attorney for the NRA, and he invited me. I got a schedule and kept going to that. I liked the NRA stand for the Second Amendment, as well as for the First Amendment - to have a strong First Amendment you have to have a strong Second Amendment." ...
 

UK: Soldier shot dead for his gold chain
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"A BIRMINGHAM soldier was shot dead hours after arriving back in the UK because he fought back when a mugger tried to steal his gold chain, a jury heard."

"Narel Sharpe was killed as he returned home to Smethwick to jointly celebrate his 21st birthday and his mother's 40th birthday."

"He was travelling back from Germany where he was based with the Queen's Royal Hussars for which he had served in Kosovo and Iraq."

"He stopped to use a phone box and was approached by Levi Solomon Walker who shot him, Stafford Crown Court heard." ...
 

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