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The Militarization Of The American Police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a former state police trooper, I can state emphatically, that I oppose the move away from local policing to a heavily armed 'national' quasi-military police force policy. You need look no further than New Orleans after Katrina. You could watch California Highway Patrol officers and many out of state police agencies going door to door, disarming innocent civilians. Police officers were on a mission to confiscate firearms from people trying to protect themselves. Observing this, was to incite a first class riot in my home." ...
 

ATF Probing Mayor Bloomberg's 'Rogue Gun Sting'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The federal government confirms it is investigating New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sting operation against gun dealers in five states."

"Five months ago, The Second Amendment Foundation called on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to investigate Bloomberg for obstruction of justice relating to Bloomberg's 'rogue' operation."

"SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said he has just received a letter from W. Larry Ford of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confirming that the agency 'is investigating the matter in order to determine if violations of federal firearms laws occurred.'"

"Ford, the director of ATF's public and governmental affairs, did not offer details on what he called 'an open investigation.'" ...
 

Practical CCW Advice from Dave Spaulding (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dave Spaulding wrote an article appearing in this months issue of Gun & Ammo magazine that contains some of the most practical, important, and concise information about carrying a handgun for personal protection that you will ever read." ...
 

Dept of the Interior Rejects Petition (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two years ago Ohioans For Concealed Carry joined a formal Petition for Rule Making with the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). The goal of the project was to encourage the Department of the Interior (DOI) to allow local jurisdictions to adopt local laws with respect to carrying a firearm. In other words, if the National Park was in a state where it was legal to carry a firearm, it would be legal within that National Park, whereas it is a crime today to do so."

"On Tuesday, the VCDL announced that the DOI has responded with a resounding 'No!' [.pdf file], citing some of the most arrogant and ignorant reasons imaginable to deny the two-year old request. ..." ...
 

Petition Congress to create a John Moses Browning holiday (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The other day while perusing the pages of The High Road I learned that a petition is being circulated to create a national holiday and postage stamp to celebrate the life of John Moses Browning."

"Interesting idea - an uphill battle will lie ahead of that, I thought to myself. I can see the anti-gunners fighting this idea tooth and nail. The idea of honoring the life of a gun maker would truly cause them to have a conniption. Perhaps the very reason to pursue this, I thought."

"No, not the having a conniption part, but the idea of paying homage to the legitimate and much needed talent of America�s gun designers and manufacturers." ...
 

Initiation of a Meat Hunter - Part 3
Submitted by: Liberty Belles
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"It was still early, so I circled the two miles around to the top of the clear-cut hoping to see more elk, but saw none. I stood camouflaged in front of a blackberry patch and waited about 30 minutes before I let out some cow calls, but nothing returned my call. Tormented by my decision to pass on the 6-point bull, I silently made my way to another vantage point, approximately 40 yards, that would allow me to watch the backside of the clear-cut while hidden behind fir boughs. Shortly after my move, three young bulls came walking out of the tall timber lining the backside of the clear-cut! My patience was going to pay off." ...
 

Italy: Pitbull attacks her children. Woman shoots and kills it. (translated from the Italian)
Submitted by: Rubys

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"She shot her pitbull to protect her children, aged 18 and 21. A forty-one year old italian woman grabbed a gun and fired nine shots, killing the ferocious animal. ..."

"'We were sitting in the living room' - the woman said - 'when the pitbull suddenly bit our little dog. My children tried to rescue the little dog but the pitbull did not let it go. We tried to kick it, but the pitbull turned over my children and attacked them. I had no choice so I took the gun. When I saw it injured I opened the door: it went out. Police found it dead in a field nearby'."

"The woman did not commit any crime because she shot inside a private property and to protect her family. No charges will be filed against her."
 

MN: When intruder enters, what's your best move?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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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.'"

"Minnesota law allows residents such as Beise to use deadly force if confronted with the threat of death or great bodily harm _ but when and how residents should use that force is not always clear-cut. The decision can be a matter of life and death, as a series of recent home invasions illustrates." ...
 

UT: Sticking to their guns -- Student group advocates Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ground clinks like a hand jingling loose change as members of Second Amendment Students of Utah walk out onto the firing range."

"Abandoned bullet shells littering the ground below clank beneath their feet."

"Most of the club members have been around guns for years, so any nervousness in handling them isn't obvious."

"But Brent Tenney, a senior in business and president of the club, is nervous about restrictions that could be instated if Senate Bill 251 is passed."

"The bill would restrict where concealed weapons permit holders would be allowed to carry their weapons on campus."

"Campus leaders, who support the limited bill, have expressed concern about concealed weapons permit holders being able to carry on campus." ...
 

UT: Gun debate thirsts for more discourse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The debate over the university's gun policy is once again in full swing, but between all the posturing and rhetoric, it seems that no one is talking about the real issue."

"No one wants to live in fear." ...

"The interesting part about the U's gun control debate lies in its origins. Though neither side wants to believe it of the other, both sides of the gun debate are really only interested in one thing: safety."

"By and large, those administrators and students who wish to implement a ban and prohibit students from carrying guns on campus are not ganja-prone peacenicks ... Conversely, the gun supporters aren't generally petitely endowed, overly aggressive rednecks ..."

"Both sides simply want to be safe." ...
 

New Gun Legislation Proposed In Congress
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"On the first full day of the new Congress, US Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-Garden City) introduced a measure that would force states to comply with an automated system that does background checks on those attempting to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and others. While there are some who are calling it 'the first major anti-gun bill' of the Democrat-controlled Congress, and a threat to Second Amendment rights, McCarthy and others claim that the measure is simply a way to bring the nation up to speed on a system authorized and already in place." ...
 

DC: Barry aims for gun-ban hiatus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"D.C. Council member Marion Barry yesterday introduced legislation that would suspend the District's 30-year ban on handguns, providing gun owners a 90-day period to register weapons they would then be allowed to legally own."

"'We are in the midst of a gun-violence epidemic,' said Mr. Barry ... 'We need to see gun violence as an emergency in the District of Columbia.'"

"Mr. Barry's bill, which only applies to pistols, would allow D.C. residents with no criminal record to register guns for 90 days from the law's enactment. After the 90-day period, current gun restrictions would be reinstated."

"Barry spokesman Keith Perry said the bill ... would help police better track weapons used in the commission of crimes." ...
 

OH: Beatty Attorneys Seek Supreme Court's Reconsideration (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday, Bruce Beatty's lawyers filed a motion for reconsideration [.pdf file] of the courts refusal to hear an appeal in City of Toledo v. Bruce Beatty. The Beatty case began when Bruce Beatty held a party in a Toledo park to celebrate the one-year anniversary of concealed carry in Ohio. His well publicized event and subsequent misdemeanor charges, for possession of a firearm in the park, were eventually appealed to the sixth district appellate court."

"The appellate court ruled against Beatty basing most of it's decision on it's own precedent in Am. Fin. Serv. Ass'n v. Toledo. Since appealing the Beatty case to the Ohio Supreme Court that court has overruled the Sixth District's decision ..." ...
 

VA: Self-defense legislation advances
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Home and family - arguably the most crucial elements of the 'American Dream'. Conley Macklin zips his kids coats and helps them out of the car, then tells WAVY News Ten, they're worth protecting."

"'I should have the right to defend my family and my property not have to feel reprecussions behind that,' Conley says."

"A bill that that passed the Virginia House of Delegates this week agrees with the idea. Self-defense Bill 1626 suggests people in their own homes can use deadly physical force against an intruder, if the resident believes there is imminent danger of bodily harm." ...

"House members passed the self-defense bill 91 - 6 this week. The Senate killed a similar bill in committee last month. Now Virginia's Senators are considering the House version." ...
 

KS: Concealed gun proposal stirs emotions in Dodge City
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposal to beef up the list of city-owned places where concealed guns are prohibited - adding parks, among other places - has some here up in arms."

"Indeed, the fuss the critics raised Monday was enough to prompt city leaders to table action on the plan, though the topic likely will come up again in a work session."

"'I think the rules and regulations set forth by the state are more than adequate for Dodge City,' said Gary Cline, one of several to speak out on the matter."

"State lawmakers last year passed legislation allowing the concealed carry of guns by properly licensed gun owners." ...
 

NV: Right-to-Carry Under Attack in Nevada Legislature (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a direct assault on Nevada's Right-to-Carry Permit holders, the Nevada Chiefs and Sheriffs Association has sponsored a bill before the 2007 Legislature that would double the maximum fee an issuing authority can charge not only for first time permit applicants, but for the permit renewals as well."

"Assembly Bill 21, which will be soon be scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, will raise the current maximum processing application fee from its current $60.00 to $125.00, bringing the average cost of obtaining a permit, with training requirements included, to $300 - 400!"

"This would create an environment where Nevada's most financially vulnerable ... cannot afford the most basic right of self-defense." ...
 

MD: Maryland Anti-Gun Legislation Back for 2007 (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Maryland's assault weapon ban legislation is back, along with a new proposal titled 'Assault Weapon Tax.'" ...

"Senate Bill 43, 'Assault Weapon Ban of 2007,' sponsored by Senator Michael Lenett (D-19), would designate specified firearms, including many semi-automatics as 'assault weapons,' prohibit persons from transporting possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, or receiving a specified 'assault weapon(s),' and require the Handgun Roster Board to compile and maintain a roster of prohibited specified 'assault weapons.'"

"House Bill 441, sponsored by Representative Craig Rice (D-19), the 'Assault Weapon Tax,' would impose a 10% tax on the sale of an 'assault weapon.'" ...
 

AR: Deadly Force Bill Pulled For Revisions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The proposed 'Stand Your Ground' law, intended to ease the current self-defense law requiring a person to retreat, if possible, before using deadly force, was withdrawn from committee consideration Tuesday."

"Sponsors said they would consider changes."

"'We still think the intent is good, we'll just have to work on the language,' said Rep. Randy Stewart, D-Kirby, co-sponsor of House Bill 1027, after the House Judiciary Committee heard more than three hours of testimony on the proposal."

"The bill also would make a person who kills another person in self-defense immune from criminal prosecution and civil action." ...
 

MD: Md. Police Shooting Victim Regains Speech
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Maryland man who was shot by a county homeland security official while delivering furniture to his home last month has regained the ability to speak."

"Robert White, 36, and Brandon Clark, 22, were delivering furniture to the home of Keith Washington, a veteran police officer for Prince George's County, on Jan. 24."

"Washington is also the county's deputy director of homeland security, the Washington Post said."

"Both men were shot, and Clark died. ..."

"Police initially said Washington apparently acted in self-defense and that the deliverymen would likely be charged with assault, but recanted and said no conclusions would be made until investigation was complete."

"Both men shot were unarmed, the newspaper said."
 

VA: Taking first steps with firearms safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you own a gun, it's a good idea to learn how to handle it safely."

"If a tour of duty in the armed forces hasn't already taught you, the National Rifle Association has two courses designed for people new to firearms. They also have certified instructors to teach them."

"Michael Smith is a Bedford County resident and NRA certified instructor who offers classes locally. Smith is certified to give classes in pistol, rifle, shotgun and muzzleloader rifle. At present, he teaches the First Steps and Basic Pistol courses."

"Smith said that First Steps is an abbreviated version of the Basic course. It's done in one day. The Basic course takes two days and includes a 100 question test. Both include firing on a range with the instructor observing." ...
 

WA: Don't blame gun shows for killers' access to weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One Seattle newspaper edito­rialized recently that, with Democrats firmly in control of the Washington Legislature, 'this is the year ... to get rid of the gun-show loophole.' But nobody has explained how attacking gun shows will keep firearms out of the hands of criminals."

"Yet lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 5197, the so-called 'gun show loophole' bill, which, even if had been law, would not have prevented the Jan. 3 murder of Samnang Kok in the hallway at Tacoma's Henry Foss High School, nor stopped cop-killer Raymond Porter from getting his hands on a pistol, and the proponents know it. The 9 mm pistol used in the Kok slaying and the gun Porter used to kill King County Sheriff's deputy Steve Cox ... were both stolen in burglaries. ..." ...
 

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