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U.S. Attorney Letter To Bloomberg 'A Significant Victory,' Says SAF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A letter to the office of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from the U.S. Department of Justice scolding the mayor’s infamous 2006 gun sting operation and advising that Bloomberg's administration could face 'potential legal liabilities' over such stings was called a 'significant victory' against the Big Apple mayor's anti-gun antics by the Second Amendment Foundation." ...

"'This new development,' said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb, 'adds insult to injury for Bloomberg. We were adamant early on that this vigilante attack on gun dealers by Bloomberg and his posse of private investigators went way beyond his legal authority. Now it appears the Justice Department believes likewise.'" ...
 

Statement from NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox on ATF Rebuking Mayor Bloomberg's "Sting Operations"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA has always maintained that Mayor Bloomberg overstepped his boundaries and possibly broke the law in conducting these sting operations, and we expressed our concerns to ATF immediately. NRA is grateful that ATF has reviewed the matter and concluded that no further action is warranted against these firearms retailers.

The NRA hopes that Mayor Bloomberg heeds the ATF's stern warning that he and his administration could face potential legal liabilities if they continue their disregard of current federal law and the safety of ATF and other law enforcement officers.

If Mayor Bloomberg was serious about reducing crime, he would focus on prosecutions for violent criminals in his city, instead of resorting to media stunts and press conferences."
 

Feds shoot down Mike's gun suit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The federal government will not file criminal charges against any of the 15 out-of-state gun dealers accused by Mayor Bloomberg in a federal lawsuit of selling guns illegally, the Daily News has learned. In a stern rebuke to the city's high-profile crusade against illegal guns, the feds warned the Bloomberg administration that it could face "potential legal liabilities" if it continues to conduct sting operations that fall within the jurisdiction of federal agents.
 

Guns & More: Takedown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When a 'takedown' rifle is mentioned, the term usually conjures up images from TV or the movies where a rooftop sniper opens a large briefcase and assembles a sinister-looking weapon. When I mention 'lever-action rifle' your mind probably goes again to images of John Wayne, Chuck Connors or Jimmy Stewart riding the dusty range with a trusty Winchester. If I were to say, 'Browning lever-action takedown rifle,' you'd respond, 'Huh?' So did I until I shot one last month." ...
 

U.S. asks to arm pilots abroad
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the first time, the U.S. government is asking foreign countries to allow pilots to carry guns in the cockpit when they fly overseas."

"The Homeland Security Department, working with the State Department, is trying to expand a 4-year-old program that allows thousands of pilots to carry guns on domestic flights."

"'It's obvious that there's a threat internationally,' said Conan Bruce, spokesman for the Federal Air Marshals Service, which runs the armed-pilots program. 'We want to work toward having (armed pilots) be able to perform their duties on international flights.'"

"Some countries may block U.S. efforts because they don't want guns on airplanes, even if they're carried by trained pilots who have been sworn as law officers." ...
 

OH: Armed Robbery At East Columbus Bank
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police said two armed, masked men robbed a Fifth Third Bank in east Columbus Thursday morning."

"According to police, the two suspects entered the bank at 3011 East Broad Street at 11:40 a.m. and ordered customers and employees to put their hands up."

"One of the suspects, armed with a shotgun, remained in the lobby, covering employees and customers, police said. The other suspect had a semi-automatic pistol in his jacket pocket and jumped over the counter and removed money from several drawers."

"No one was injured." ...
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Submitter's Note: According to the OFCC website, all Fifth Third banks in Ohio are victim disarmament zones.
 

OH: Kevin DeWine Makes Bid for Deputy Chairman, Ohio Republican Party (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Since the November 2006 elections many political pundits have wondered about the future direction and leadership of the Ohio Republican Party (ORP). More than a few columns were written conjecturing whether ORP Chairman Bob Bennett would step down or not. Many gun owners hoped Bennett would be gone. ..."

"Initial reports indicated there were three candidates under consideration for the Deputy position. Although State Representative Kevin DeWine’s name was not among those, DeWine has now tossed his hat into the candidate’s ring."

"Kevin DeWine is a three-time endorsee of this political action committee. ... His voting record in the Ohio House is solid for gun-owners and sportsmen. ..." ...
 

Time to bust up Bloomberg-Schumer New York axis of firearms hate, says American gun law expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The report this week that the U.S. Department of Justice is rapping the knuckles of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for conducting sting operations that fall within the jurisdiction of federal agents comes as welcome news to tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners in the United States, as well as to America’s legitimate firearm manufacturers, distributors and dealers."

"That, however, is not the end of the story. Much remains to be done to win the war against American firearm owners and the gun industry currently being waged by Bloomberg and by Bloomberg’s fellow New Yorker, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, and their gun-hating, right to self-defense hating supporters." ...
 

Rudy Opposes Abortion, Supports Second Amendment. Who Knew?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Rudy Giuliani campaign just finished up a conference call to announce the support of Representative Candice S. Miller of Michigan, who said that Rudy would be most 'ready' of all the candidates to deal with a 'worst case scenario.'"

"In yet another preview of Giuliani line on his for 2008 on his liberal social positions, Miller -- who played an active role in George Bush's campaigns -- made a point of saying that as mayor of New York, Giuliani 'really governed as a conservative.'" ...

"When asked about Giuliani's string advocacy of gun control back when he was mayor, Miller said, 'He told me he is a very strong supporter of the second amendment.'" ...
 

NC: Ex-Laney student guilty of having gun at school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Laney High School student was found guilty Thursday of possessing a handgun on school property."

"John M. McNeil Jr., 17, was given 18 months of supervised probation by New Hanover County Superior Court Judge Jay D. Hockenbury and ordered to keep off school grounds."

"McNeil was 16 years old when the offense occurred, on Sept. 29, 2005."

"A jury deliberated nearly four hours before finding McNeil guilty of a felony count of possession of a weapon on educational property. McNeil also was found guilty of two misdemeanors: carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a handgun by a minor."

"McNeil was in class when the .22-caliber pistol fell from his bookbag in a Laney classroom." ...
 

NE: Moser shoots down gun law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mayor Mike Moser vetoed the ordinance that would have allowed Nebraska Concealed Carry permit holders to carry concealed handguns in Columbus."

"In a letter distributed to the City Council Wednesday, Moser said 'after careful consideration' he decided to veto Ordinance No. 07-01. The ordinance would have added 'persons having a valid State of Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit' to those legally permitted to carry concealed handguns under the 'Concealed Weapons' section of city code."

"The mayor said he does not see the need for such a measure given the 'relatively low crime rate and rare occurrence of violent crime in Columbus.'" ...
 

NY: City gun buyback idea questioned in Council
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mayor Byron W. Brown's plan to launch a gun buyback program to get illegal weapons off the streets is getting mixed reviews from some Common Council members."

"Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson met Wednesday with the Council to discuss more than a dozen crime-fighting initiatives that are under way or in the planning stages. He said a new Mobile Response Unit is already making headway in targeting illegal guns and drugs."

"When asked by Council President David A. Franczyk about Brown's plans to introduce a gun buyback program, Gipson declined to discuss specifics."

"'Some of these things are still on the drawing board,' was the only thing Gipson would say." ...
 

IL: County takes a shot at 10-cent-a-bullet tax
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"What could be the nation's first tax on bullets is being floated as a way to help balance Cook County's budget."

"Commissioner Roberto Maldonado wants to slap a 10-cent-a-bullet tax on those buying ammunition in the county. It's one of dozens of plans offered to close the county's $500 million budget deficit." ...
 

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Antoine Louis Claude Destutt de Tracy, "of every man in it able to bear arms", Jan. 26, 1811
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"...They fell immediately into schisms and dissensions, which became at length so inveterate as to render all cooperation among them impracticable; they dissolved themselves, abandoning the helm of government, and it continued without a head, until Congress met the ensuing winter. This was then imputed to the temper of two or three individuals; but the wise ascribed it to the nature of man...."

"...While that may paralyze the single State in which it happens to be encamped, sixteen others, spread over a country of two thousand miles diameter, rise up on every side . . . and for action by their governor, constitutionally the commander of the militia of the State, that is to say, of every man in it able to bear arms...."
 

NY: Court officers told not to carry firearms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Following a complaint last month, the Town of Mamakating will restrict its court officers from carrying firearms during court session. The town's insurance policy does not cover firearms, yet two of the officers have reportedly been bringing them into the courtroom.

Wurtsboro - At the Town Board meeting Tuesday, bailiff George DeSio argued that his handgun was necessary for keeping the safety of the court as well as responding to alarms at Town Hall late at night.

The board and Town Judge Marcelle Matthews recommended that he respond with a state trooper or sheriff's deputy in the future. However, DeSio noted they aren't always available.
 

NC: Ex-Fayetteville Cop Sentenced to 19 Years for Burglaries
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"A former Fayetteville police officer was sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison Tuesday for his role in helping a ring of burglars steal guns, drugs and electronics from houses."

"Jared Parsek and his eight accomplices pleaded guilty last March to a variety of charges, including conspiracy to commit civil rights violations, drug possession, and obstruction of justice." ...

"Prosecutors have said Parsek would gather information while working as an officer and then tell his accomplices about unoccupied house that could be burglarized. Parsek would then wait nearby in case he had to warn his partners about any threat, according to the indictment." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Sponsors Gun Safety Education for Children
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"What do children do when they find a gun? If they have participated in the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program they follow the four rules that the program teaches: STOP! Don't touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

"While firearms accidents are at an all-time low in New York State, any accident is one too many. The NRA has offered the Eddie Eagle program to children in pre-K through third grade for nearly 20 years. The four key rules above are taught utilizing student workbooks, a 7-minute animated video, brochures and student reward stickers. Teachers receive an Instructor's Guide. Program materials are also available in Spanish, and grants may be available to defray the program's nominal costs." ...
 

NY: Ammo scare at JFK
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A loaded ammo clip was found aboard an American Airlines jet that had just arrived at Kennedy Airport from the Dominican Republic, and now cops are trying to find its owner."

"The bullets were discovered in a seat-back pocket at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 29 by a worker cleaning the jet after its flight from Santo Domingo, authorities said yesterday."

"The plane, which had arrived at Kennedy about two hours earlier, also visited Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, that day." ...
 

FL: Bearing arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Re the Feb. 2 letter, 'Re-read the Second Amendment': History must be studied in context. The Second Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, which pertains to individual rights."

"Our Founding Fathers expected us to have firearms for hunting. 'A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.' Because the militia is necessary, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The militia is to be well-regulated, not the right of the people to keep and bear arms." ...
 

NC: Bill of Rights: Kids question right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The fifth-graders at Ed Baldwin Elementary weren't sure why everyone should have the right to carry around firearms."

"They're just glad no one does it around them."

"'I mean, that's scary,' said Erin Raven as her classmates nodded in agreement. 'Someone might pull a gun out for the wrong reason.'"

"'Or just fall down and have it go off or something,' added Ebony Whitted. 'Anything could happen.'"

"The Second Amendment, which outlines the basic rights of Americans and firearms, has its basis in the need of communities to protect themselves. But, noted Ryan Taylor, 'America is a different place now.'" ...
 

AZ: Plans under way for FNRA dinner, events
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The February meeting for the Cobre Valley Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA) will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Supervisor's meeting room at the Gila County Courthouse beginning at 7 p.m."

"The annual fund-raising dinner will be discussed as well as the pre-event raffles of a Savage Rifle package and a gun safe." ...
 

NY: Gun locks distributed to local PDs in Westchester
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Westchester County Clerk Timothy Idoni is facilitating safe and responsible firearm ownership and storage by making gun locks available to local police departments throughout the county. While free gun locks have been available for some time at the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, which processes pistol permit applications, the number of locks on hand far outweighs the demand seen in the office." ...
 

UK: Time to bite the bullet on gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Like me you will remember vividly the horror we all felt back in 1996 when 16 children and a teacher were shot dead at a school in Dunblane by a deranged man with a gun. Politicians reacted in haste to the call for 'something to be done'. A partial ban on hand guns was implemented immediately, followed by a total ban as one of the first measures taken by the new Labour Government in 1997."

"As I am sure your officials will tell you, there was absolutely no evidence to suggest that by banning legally-licensed cartridge pistols and closing legally-operating shooting clubs, we would all sleep safer in our beds. Yet today there are more hand guns on our streets than 10 years ago." ...
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Submitter's Note: The author is a Member of Parliment.
 

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