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Giuliani says gun control helped reduce N.Y. crime
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He said what he did as mayor would have no effect on hunting.
 

CA: Victim in Officer-Involved Shooting Had Toy Gun
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Police say the driver tried to drive away when the toy gun was discovered, causing the police to shoot in self-defense.


Ed note: Self-defense? WTF?
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "High Court Of Impeachment", May 4, 1830
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"High Court Of Impeachment.--The United States vs. James H. Peck"

"...Article exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States, in the name of themselves and of all the people of the United States, against James H. Peck, Judge of the District Court of the United States for the district of Missouri, in maintenance and support of their impeachment against him for high misdemeanors in office..."

"...James H. Peck, Judge as aforesaid, unmindful of the solemn duties of his station, and that he held the same, by the Constitution of the United States, during good behavior only, with intention wrongfully and unjustly to oppress, imprison, and otherwise injure the said Luke Edward Lawless, under color of law..."

 

AR: Instructor offers advice for gun safety
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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I read the recent reports involving accidental discharge of firearms. My heart goes out to the boys and their families. Thankfully, further tragedy was avoided in both events. As a firearms safety instructor, I wish to take this opportunity to state that by following these all-important rules of firearm safety, which everyone should learn early in life, such traumatic incidents can usually be avoided altogether.
 

PA: National Shooting Spree
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Gun violence is the scourge of Philadelphia. The situation here has become so dire that in late January, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence released a report in Philly entitled "Shady Dealings: Illegal Gun Trafficking from Licensed Gun Dealers." Thanks to the Bush administration and a Republican-controlled Congress that was heavily influenced by the National Rifle Association for the past decade, our federal gun laws have become so shoddy that only gunrunners could be prosecuted in these cases. The dealers who supplied these weapons continue to go unpunished, and cities like Philadelphia have been left to fend for themselves.
 

OH: Cleveland court decides to control guns, not criminals
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Municipal Court has launched a program that they think will help clear up some 25,000 outstanding warrants and get guns out of criminal hands. The scheme calls for known, wanted criminals to walk into a police station, turn in a gun, and walk out without posting bail for their outstanding warrants.

Far be it from us to rain on anyone's parade, but we thought it would be helpful to point out a few problems with this idea.
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, "those who refuse to take up arms in defence", June, 25, 1778
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"..."We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:" of this doctrine it is not a very remote consequence, that all the inhabitants of every society, be the colour of their complexion what it may, are bound to promote the interest thereof, according to their respective abilities. They ought therefore to be brought into the account on this occasion. But, admitting necessity or expediency to justify the refusal of liberty in certain circumstances to persons of a particular colour, we think it unequal to reckon nothing upon such in this case...."
 

Thomas Jefferson to Gouverneur Morris, "the laws do not admit that the bare commission of a crime amounts of itself to a divestment of the character of citizen", Aug. 16, 1793
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"...I would say that if one citizen has a right to go to war of his own authority, every citizen has the same. If every citizen has that right, then the nation (which is composed of all it's citizens) has a right to go to war . . . But this is not true either on the general principles of society, or by our Constitution, which gives that power to Congress alone..."

"...But the laws do not admit that the bare commission of a crime amounts of itself to a divestment of the character of citizen..."

"...The same thing has been unanimously declared by two of the circuit courts of the U S., as you will see in the charges of chief justice Jay, delivered at Richmond, and Judge Wilson* ..."

 

TX: "Castle Doctrine" Aims To Broaden Definition Of Self-Defense
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Cases like Monday's mall shooting in Salt Lake City always bring conversations about gun control. One Texas senator says state law does not go far enough in allowing you to protect yourself.

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The saying goes that a man's home is his castle. But as the law stands now, if someone is breaking into your home, you cannot use excessive force to protect yourself. So if a robber has a knife, and you shoot him, you could be charged.
 

AL: If intruder breaks in, what's your best move?
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Joanie Beise has lived in a house with guns for the nearly 34 years she's been married, but only recently has she considered arming herself.

"There are a lot of crazy people out there,' Beise said, completing her gun and self-defense training. "It would just be nice to know that I have my little friend with me if I need it.'
 

CO: 'Make My Day Better' bill advances
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DENVER (AP) - The House approved a bill Monday that would expand Colorado's "Make My Day" law to say people who use deadly force to protect themselves in their businesses cannot be prosecuted.

The "Make My Day" law currently protects the use of deadly force in self-defense only in homes.
 

ND: North Dakota House OKs deadly force bill
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The North Dakota House narrowly approved a measure Monday to allow homeowners greater latitude in using deadly force on intruders.

Known as the “Castle Doctrine,” the measure removes the homeowner’s legal duty to either retreat or try to force an intruder to retreat before using deadly force.

It passed 50-44 after a long, lively debate on the House floor and will now be considered by the state Senate.
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, Amendment of Confederation; "...all persons who refuse to bear Arms in defence...", June 27, 1778
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"...between the words "vagabonds and" add "all persons who refuse to bear Arms in defence of the State to which they belong, and all persons who have been or shall be attainted and Judged guilty of high treason in any of the United States."* ..."

"...* - And so we see that the call for infringement and restrictions began even before the Confederation was ratified. This helps shine a whole new light on the meaning of “shall not be infringed”, doesn't it? ..."

"...The numbers really disaffected by these measures will be three fold as all the near relations and particular friends to those disfranchised will feel sore...."

"...Our danger arises from the opposite extreme: hence in Massts. the worst men get into the Legislature....”
 

MD: Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. Welcomes Noted Historian Clayton E. Cramer
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Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. is pleased to welcome noted historian Clayton E. Cramer to the Maryland area for the start of his new book tour for Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie. Publisher's Weekly notes: "His most intriguing argument is that, as they became 'tied to defending political rights,' guns also became a symbol of citizenship."
 

TX: Bills filed in Austin to shoot first, retreat later in self-defense
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AUSTIN — Castle Doctrine sounds like a medieval warning to invaders: Cross this moat and suffer the consequences.
A pair of Republican state lawmakers now want to use it to revise Texas' modern-day self-defense laws.
 

GA: Bill Would Allow Gun Owners to Have Firearms Anywhere in Vehicle
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The House approved a measure Monday that would let gun owners carry their firearms anywhere in their vehicles, despite objections from critics who said it could put police officers and children at risk.

The measure allows gun owners to keep their firearms "where they feel is the safest place for their personal protection" by erasing the law requiring that they be placed in a car's glove compartment or console, said state Rep. Tim Bearden, the bill's sponsor.
 

SAF Applauds Third Mayor to Bow Out of Bloomberg's Coalition
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A third mayor has bowed out of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun mayors' coalition, saying he is in favor of disarming criminals, but "not at the risk of losing our Constitutional freedom."

SAF learned from the staff at Gun Week that Rio Rancho, NM Mayor Kevin Jackson has withdrawn from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, without having attended a single meeting of the group, which now reportedly involves more than 150 mayors.
 

NC: Woman Claims Self Defense In Gaston County Shooting
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A woman in Gaston County claims she shot her ex-husband in self defense while he tried to strangle her. Christopher Friday’s ex-wife Linda Friday, who is a paraplegic, tells the paper that her ex-husband attacked her on Saturday. She said he tried to strangle her with an electrical cord. The District Attorney will look at evidence today to decide if charges will be filed.
 

VA: Mr. Bloomberg, you can't win this
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Next to the cash register of the Bob Moates Sport Shop in Chesterfield County, near the tanks of live bait, is a sign telling customers about the Bloomberg Gun GiveAway.

For every $100 that customers spend at the sporting goods and Civil War-relics dealership, they get one ticket for a chance to win a gun in a drawing held by the Virginia Citizens Defense League. The rules include a list of who is eligible to win, as well as a list of who isn't, among them New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his immediate family members.

"It's a good battle," said Philip Van Cleave, President. "We feel like we're protecting our rights as citizens. We're also drawing a line in the sand when it comes to New York governing us."
 

Committee-Chamber, New York, "That any person in this city, or county, who has arms", May (?), & May 9, 1775
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"...RESOLVED 1st. That any person in this city, or county, who has arms, ammunition, or the other articles necessary for our defence, to dispose of; or shall import any of these articles for sale, and shall not within ten days after the publication of these resolutions, or in ten days after the importation, of such arms, ammunition, &c. aforesaid, inform the Chairman, or Deputy Chairman, of this Committee, of the quantity, and quality of the same; he shall be held up to the public as an enemy to this country...."
 

Rudy Giuliani Defends Gun Control
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Unfortunately, Mayor Giuliani quickly proved that he does not understand the Second Amendment. In a feeble attempt to justify his gun control measures, Rudy said that what he did as Mayor “did not affect hunters.” My apologies, Sir, but you need to re-read your history books and the Constitution you swore to uphold. The innate right to bear arms protected by the U.S. Constitution and almost all state constitutions has absolutely nothing to do with hunting. The need for individual firearm ownership is far more important and is easily discernible from the constitutional language itself.
 

IL: County With Assault Weapons Ban Rejects Plan to Tax Bullets
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With a ban on assault weapons set to take effect in Cook County, Ill., on Monday, the county's board of commissioners has rejected a novel approach to dealing with a $500 million budget deficit -- an attempt to impose a tax on bullets. Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, who proposed the plan at a county board meeting on Feb. 6, told Cybercast News Service on Friday that while the amount of money it would have raised -- about $735,000 per year -- was "very small," the ordinance would have re-affirmed "that we are an anti-gun, anti-violence type of community."
 

PA: Shooting sports committee 4-H volunteer training course offered
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The Pennsylvania 4-H Shooting Sports Committee will conduct a training program and instructor certification course for adults interested in working with youths april 20 to 22 at several sites. The training will be held at His Thousand Hills Camp, Nessmuck Sportsman’s Club, Windy Ridge Game Farm. The course is funded in part by grants from the National Rifle Association Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Fedeation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Federal Cartridge Corporation.
 

UT: Campus gun bill before the Legislature
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Last week the Utah Legislature proposed a bill that would serve as a compromise between the groups lobbying for and against gun rights on college campuses in Utah. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights, would allow students who live in the dorms to choose if they wanted roommates who carried concealed weapons. It would also allow members of the faculty to decide if they wanted to allow guns into their offices.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Thanks to the government’s past record, it is unfortunately very predictable that, in spite of the severe penalties mandated, tens of thousands of people will not comply at all (with Bill C-68). A new class of criminal will be created among harmless citizens whose previous lawbreaking may have resulted in nothing more than parking tickets. — Lee Morrison, Canadian Mounted Police

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