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Bush's Third-Party Threat
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"While Democrats fret over the possibility of Ralph Nader causing them to lose another election by stealing votes on the left, President Bush may face an even greater third-party threat from the right wing. The Libertarian Party nominee could cost Mr. Bush his job in 2004."

"...the Libertarian nominee may do for Democrats in 2004 what Nader did for Republicans in 2000." ...

" 'The Libertarians will impact Republicans more than Nader will impact Democrats,' said Lawrence Jacobs, the director of the 2004 Elections Project for the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and possibly the nation’s preeminent expert on third-party politics."
 

This is how you save the Republican Party
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"This is how you save the Republican Party."

"You don’t spin your wheels trying to start a third party. You don’t give up and not vote anymore. You roll up your sleeves and do the hard work of recruiting conservative candidates to run against liberal Republicans and take them out in Republican primaries."

"If you want to save the Republican Party from its own squishy leadership, you have to recruit conservative candidates and help them raise the money they need to run good campaigns. You have to send a message to all sell-out Republicans that there is such a thing as discipline in the Republican Party. ..."

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So what happens if you can't find a true conservative to run against the RINO?
 

One On One With House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
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"One thing I know about NRA members is that they're not just worried about the Second Amendment. Any issue of freedom and personal responsibility concerns them, and one of my main goals this year is bringing personal responsibility and accountability back into our lives and our legislation. These issues range from the 'Cheeseburger Bill' that protects restaurants from being sued because someone enjoyed their product a little too much, to shielding gunmakers from predatory lawsuits simply because their product wasn't used as it was intended."

"One piece of legislation that your members should be concerned about is the 'Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act,' ..."

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Yes, we gun owners are very concerned about this bill. It basically sets up an elite class of citizens whose lives are deemed more precious than the average civilian and who is more trusted than the average civilian to carry a concealed firearm.
 

Study Uncovers Life Cycle Patterns of Guns Used in Crimes
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"A new study uncovers distinct patterns in the life cycle of guns used by young people in crimes, which could help refine youth violence prevention efforts, according to a study to be published in the June 2004 Annals of Emergency Medicine ..."

"Tracing records compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), researchers at the University of California-Davis found in 1998, 2,121 crime guns were recovered in California from 1,717 people younger than age 25. The possessors of these guns were likely to be male (95.5 percent), and more than half (58.6 percent) were not of legal age to purchase handguns."
 

More women taking up firearms
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"In her new book, 'Blown Away: American Women and Guns,' Caitlin Kelly takes the gun debate recently galvanized by filmmaker Michael Moore to another level."

"In his Academy Award-winning documentary, 'Bowling for Columbine,' Moore examines gun violence in America, but does not address the role firearms play in women's lives, Kelly said."

"The Tarrytown author, however, does just that in 'Blown Away' (Pocket Books Original; $13), taking what she describes as an unbiased exploration of a woman's right to bear arms, while also calling attention to the many women who succumb to gun violence every year."
 

Tom DeWeese: Let the "Patriot" Act die
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"The Patriot Act changes the definition of terrorism, allowing even legitimate protestors, such as pro-life activists, to be at risk of being labeled 'terrorists' if violence erupted at their events."

"The Act expands the capability to obtain warrants and conduct searches without disclosing them immediately. ..."

"The Act requires fuller identification of bank customers. A year before 9-11 more than 150,000 Americans protested these very provisions in a scheme by the FDIC called 'Know Your Customer.' ..."

"Businesses such as car dealers, insurance companies, investment brokers, lenders and real estate firms will be required to file 'Suspicious Activity Reports' to the Treasury Department."
 

WA: H.S. Senior Killed by ex-Boyfriend
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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Here is a sad story of a young woman who had a restraining order on her ex-boyfriend. He had been arrested for a former gun related crime, and let go.

Paper protection fails again.

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"On her 18th birthday, Dayna Marie Fure got a court order to keep her ex-boyfriend away from her."

"But ten days later, she was murdered. Police investigators say Mainor Mario Valentin shot her, then killed himself."

"Fure, 18, and Valentin, 23, of Seattle, died of gunshot wounds to the head, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said."
 

CA: Cops Caught Performing in Porn Video
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Two San Francisco officers have been caught in compromising positions."

"A hardcore porn video shows an SFPD officer having a sexual encounter with the female institutional police officer from the Sheriff's Department. The officers have not been charged." ...

"It is a pay to view porn website showing various sex scenes, each with a different storyline. In the one with the two law enforcement officers, the female officer from the Sheriff's Department ironically plays a hooker called 'Myra.' "

"The SFPD officer plays a john on the prowl."
 

Mary Starrett: Got R.F.I.D.?
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"Now it seems, Wal-Mart -that insatiable super power of the retail world- has officially said to you, the consumer: 'Drop Dead!' Last week, Wal-Mart began slapping live Radio Frequency I.D. tags on products at seven of their Dallas-Fort Worth area stores. To make matters worse, those tags aren't being de-activated at the register. What that means is the 'spy chips', computer chips the size of a grain of sand, and track able at a distance have been affixed to the very products shoppers are carting home with them. No signs tell of this Orwellian setup and that alone should tell us something about the plan itself. ..."
 

CA: Would-Be Burglars Hit Wrong House
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Two would-be burglars picked the wrong house on Monday. The owner was inside asleep, and armed."

"The men broke into what they thought was an empty home on the northeast side."

" 'He heard them bust a window from the back. It piqued his interest and he was waiting in the bedroom,' said Sergeant Pat Michalec."

"He was waiting with a large handgun. When police arrived, they found the homeowner had the suspect right where he wanted him."

" 'They did find the homeowner holding one of the suspects inside the house at gunpoint,' said Michalec."

"The other ran away after the homeowner opened fire."
 

The Real Purpose of the Assault Weapons Ban (Blog)
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
Website: http://www.triggerfinger.org/weblog/

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"Recently, I've been seeing reports that the Violence Policy Center doesn't think that the Assault Weapons Ban was effective, because its restrictions were primarily cosmetic and easily worked around by manufacturers. Their proposed remedy, unsurprisingly, was to pass another ban -- a stronger one. Gun rights figures argue that the ban wasn't effective for other reasons, such as, for example, banning weapons that are almost never used in crime. Unfortunately, on this issue there's an elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about."

"The Second Amendment says nothing about criminals, or criminal use of weapons. It says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. ..."
 

Database measures your "terrorism quotient" (Blog)
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
Website: http://www.triggerfinger.org/weblog/

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"Before helping to launch the criminal information project known as Matrix, a database contractor gave U.S. and Florida authorities the names of 120,000 people who showed a statistical likelihood of being terrorists — sparking some investigations and arrests."

"The 'high terrorism factor' scoring system also became a key selling point for the involvement of the database company, Seisint Inc., in the Matrix project." ...

"The MATRIX system (and who picked that name, anyway?) collects basic information on all citizens within its implementing state and makes that information available to law enforcement within all participating states. It's one of those projects where the devil is inevitably in the details. Information sharing helps catch terrorists and criminals but threatens the privacy of the law-abiding, so where do you draw the line? ..."
 

NY: Law rarely justifies use of concealed guns
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"Gary Arnold, general manager of Wilton Mall, has been there since it opened in the early 1990s and said guns on the premises haven't been a problem."

"The mall does depend on its security guards and an active camera system to deter crime and theft, he said." ...

"That was not the case at Crossgates Mall Saturday, when a store owner was accused of firing on two men in the parking lot after they allegedly fled from his store with a $25,000 ring they didn't pay for. While two suspects are sought in connection with the theft, Albert Hannoush, owner of Hannoush Jewelers, was charged with felony reckless endangerment."

"At Wilton Mall, it's against the rules to carry a weapon. ..."

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Looks like the rent-a-cops and cameras didn't prevent this particular theft. And since the mall bans armed self defense on its premises, will the patrons be allowed to sue if they are victimized inside the mall and the cameras and security guards don't help?

And here's an ignorant statement from a - who else - District Attorney:

"I think that it's ill-advised to take the law into your own hands and use a weapon against someone who may be taking property... Cooperate, try to get a mental description, call the police. Don't do anything that may jeopardize your own safety."

Many a victim has tried to cooperate with many an armed thug. Many have gotten beaten or shot for their trouble. Is that what you want, Mr. DA?
 

Papua New Guinea: People refusing to take responsibility for their own safety weakly bleat for the government to do something
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"THE letters from our readers on this page speak for themselves. The people of Papua New Guinea, from all walks of life are fed up with crime and the presence of illegal guns in the community."

"Everyone is demanding action to stop guns from being used to kill more innocent people bringing misery to the lives of more families."
 

LA: Legislature debates Guns, Pants, Clones
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"Bills seeking to ban guns from Mardi Gras parades, low-riding pants and human cloning took center stage at the state Capitol on Tuesday."

"The National Rifle Association signed off on the newer version of the parade bill, which was initially beaten back in the Louisiana House after gun advocates lined up against it."

"The newer bill basically stiffens penalties for those committing crimes with illegally held guns. The idea to ban guns at parades came earlier this year after a young woman was shot to death at a parade in New Orleans."

"The original bill sought to ban all guns at parades with no exceptions. The bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee would subject people committing crimes with illegal guns at parades to an additional $2,000 fine and one year in jail."
 

Australia: Gun control doesn't stop murder
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"Two men have been charged with the shooting murder of a man helping to push a vehicle at a Sydney service station last year."

"Police today said detectives had yesterday charged a 23-year-old Hinchinbrook man and a 23-year-old Belmore man with murder."

"Ahmed Fahda, 25, died after being shot a number of times at Punchbowl on October 30."
 

FL: JSO To Be Armed With Automatic Weapons, Tasers
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"Jacksonville Sheriff's officers say the city's criminals are so heavily armed that they must intensify their own defenses."

"Eyewitness News has learned that every officer will now have access to an automatic weapon and will be armed with a taser."

"Such weapons are generally found in the military, and not on the streets. But police site several recent crimes that have made them reconsider their own protection."

"Police cite the chilling image of a gunman pointing an automatic weapon at a woman during a recent bank robbery..."

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So now that the police are realizing the usefulness of these weapons in self-defense, maybe they'll recommend them for civilian use.
 

UT: Courier Clobbers Would-be Robber
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A would-be robber pepper-sprayed a money courier, who then clobbered him with his gun and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived, police said.

The Loomis Fargo and Co. courier, Tyler Kerby, 23, "is more of a hero than anything," Logan Police Capt. Eric Collins said.

Jason C. Wiberg, 35, Hyrum, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Wells Fargo bank branch where the courier had been trying to deliver cash.

Another courier waiting outside in the armored car wasn't aware of the attack, police said.

Police transported Wiberg to Logan Regional Hospital, where he was treated for the wound to his head.

Kerby was treated at the scene, and was not hospitalized.
 

10 children tased nationwide in past 6 months
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"According to Taser International Inc., the manufacturers, they have reports of 10 children within the last six months."

"Some of the children as young as one year old to three 13-year-old girls."

"The younger ones were accidental. The girls, one was brandishing a Samurai sword and two others fought with officers."

"More and more people are buying tasers as a means of self defense. That's because the taser doesn't leave any lasting effects."
 

OH: Brown Publishing's knee-jerk reaction to 'editor-gone-mad'
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"The following letter has been submitted by OFCC Senate District 10 Coordinator Larry Moore to his employer, Brown Publishing." ...

"I was surprised, shocked, and disappointed as I entered the front door of the Xenia Gazette on Monday afternoon to encounter a no firearms posting. I returned to my truck, removed the gun from my holster (exposing it to view of anyone passing), and left it locked in a case in plain view on my front seat. As the holder of the first Concealed Handgun License issued in Greene County, I have carried into the building many times. The policy is no doubt a knee-jerk reaction to the unfortunate incident involving Brown Publishing employee Jeff Hibbs of the Wilmington News Journal."
 

South Africa: Self defence (Editorial Opinion)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"SOUTH AFRICA's firearm statistics are awesome. But they cannot tell us whether keeping a firearm is going to protect us or kill somebody in our family."

"There are clearly situations where the risks are greater and the reasons for owning a firearm are more compelling, as they may be on farms and small-holdings, where neighbours are far away and the risks of attack appear high."
 

AL: Federal, Alabama authorities say parole board can't grant sheriff's gun request
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"The state cannot grant an ex-felon sheriff a pardon to restore his firearm rights, a U.S. attorney and the Board of Pardons and Paroles said."

"Fayette County Sheriff Hubert Norris, stripped of his legal right to carry a gun after he pleaded guilty to federal bootlegging charges in 1989, said he wants the state pardon so he can carry a gun after he retires."

"Norris is awaiting a June 2 board hearing on his request. He already can legally carry a gun while on duty."
 

Russia: Self-Defense Gets a Little Easier
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"Korsakin had invited the four men to his apartment as prospective tenants ..." ...

"But things turned ugly when they arrived at the apartment. ..."

"They began threatening Korsakin and demanding money from him, and trying to avoid any violence, Korsakin went to retrieve the money to hand over."

"That's when he heard a click from behind: a clip being shoved into a gun. When Korsakin turned around and saw one of the men pointing the gun at him, he wrestled it away, cocked it and shot and killed the man. He then grabbed several clips from off the dead man's body, loaded the gun and went room to room, emptying successive clips into the unfriendly guests."
 

AZ: NRA to target 15 'uncooperative' senators
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"The National Rifle Association is targeting 15 state senators who refused Tuesday to support its plan to let people carry their guns where alcohol is served."

"NRA lobbyist Darren LaSorte said his organization will 'absolutely' work for the defeat at the polls of those who did not back SB 1210. ..."

"LaSorte said the NRA even will work against association members who did not toe the party line on this issue."

"But several of the foes said Tuesday's defeat was unnecessary. They said the NRA could have gotten what it wanted -- guns in bars and restaurants that serve liquor -- if they had agreed to a single compromise: Allow weapons on premises only when business owners specifically give permission."
 

NY: NYSRPA inaugurates "misfire" awards
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association has inaugurated its Misfire Awards in order to bring to New Yorkers' attention the many needless gun laws proposed in the State Assembly and State Senate, as well as by local government. Watch your tax dollars at work as legislators author bills that will have no effect on crime, but will harass law-abiding New Yorkers who wish to use firearms for legitimate sporting and/or self-defense purposes."

"The first Misfire Award goes to Assembly bill A03539. Not only will this bill have no effect on crime, it may increase it! A03539 requires common carriers to provide drivers carrying firearms shipments with manifests listing, among other things, the 'make, model and manufacturer's name of each firearm' and 'the serial number for each firearm sold or exchanged on the Internet...' Naturally, these manifests will have to be created by office staff, and accompany the boxed firearms to the warehouse or loading dock. Can you think of a better way to alert sticky-fingered employees to the availability of prime merchandize? Kudos to the bill's sponsors for creating a new problem while attempting to solve one that did not exist!"
 

NY: 3 Held after man doused with gas in burglary
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A Town of Bergen man was doused with gasoline Tuesday after confronting a trio of burglars, state police said.

The homeowner called 911 at about 10 a.m., when he came home and found his house being burglarized, police said. When he confronted the burglars with a gun, they tried to flee in a van stolen in Rochester two days earlier, police said.

The homeowner broke the window of the van and one of the occupants threw gasoline on him.

Two suspects ran off, and a third was arrested when troopers arrived. The second was caught about three miles away. The third broke into a neighboring home and hid. The homeowner discovered him, drove him to the command post and turned him over to troopers.

The three, whose names were not released, were charged with burglary and possession of stolen property.
 

OH: Council to back assault gun bill
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"Cincinnati City Council is set today to endorse a pending state bill that would place a ban on assault weapons permanently into Ohio law, and eliminate existing loopholes that allow gun manufacturers to operate around the ban in some instances."

"As part of its endorsement, City Council also will lobby Congress to extend a decade-old federal ban that ends in September."

"State Rep. Tyrone Yates, a former City Council member, proposed the bill earlier this month."

"Council's law committee voted 4-1 Tuesday to recommend the full group support Yates' effort, and that approval is likely this afternoon."
 

Anti-Gun Campaign Accused of Spreading 'Hype'
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"The Million Mom March's 'Big Pink Rig' (a pink recreational vehicle) rolled into Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, motivating people on both sides of the gun issue to speak up."

"While gun control activists want to extend the ban on certain semi-automatic weapons, Second Amendment supporters want to clear up what they call 'blatant hype and deliberate misinformation' about those guns."

"Steve Canale, president of the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, accused gun control activists of engaging in a 'desperate and deceptive' political campaign. His group wants Congress to let the 'Clinton gun ban' expire as scheduled on Sept. 13."
 

UT: No more Utah pistol permits
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"Utah should stop issuing pistol permits. Enough is enough."

"Tens of thousands of civilians in Utah have gone through a process that includes a class and a background check and then been issued a concealed-carry permit – a license to carry a gun."

"But enough is enough. This has gotten out of hand. The craziness has got to end."

"No more permits. Utah should do away with its concealed-carry permit."

"Instead, all adults with clean criminal records should be allowed to carry concealed handguns. Period. No license, no class, no government list."

"A right is a right is a right."
 

CO: Libertarian Party of Colorado, R.I.P.
Submitted by: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
Website: http://www.rmgo.org

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"The Libertarian Party of Colorado is dead."

"All that remains is a walking corpse without a soul." ...

"According to Steve Gresh (and others), only one person voted for None of the Above to protest the nomination of Mark Brophy, who signed a survey from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners saying he supports the so-called 'assault weapons' ban, local ordinances that limit the right to bear arms, and Brady registration checks at gun shows." ...

"If there is any point to the Libertarian Party, it is running candidates who are libertarians and supporting the libertarian perspective. If those goals are forsaken, the LPCO might as well lock its door and urge its members to join some other party."

 

OH: Concealed carry process going smoothly
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" 'Very smoothly' is how Knox County Sheriff David Barber describes the process of applying for concealed carry permits since April 8, when the law went into effect." ...

"Barber said he’s had a few residents from Knox go to adjacent counties to apply for a permit, and about four or five residents of adjoining counties apply with his department." ...

"While Barber said he has heard of no violations of the law as yet, he plans on sending a letter to various law enforcement departments — such as Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, Danville and the Ohio State Highway Patrol — requesting that should they receive any complaints of violations that the documentation be forwarded to him."
 

NY: Teen girls learn about guns, too
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"Competitive and recreational sport shooting among teens — particularly girls — is increasing in popularity these days, program officials said."

"Though the state's 4-H shooting sports program was established in 1978, it has seen significant growth in the past five years, said Bill Schwerd, the program's state coordinator. Throughout New York, approximately 10,000 teenagers, ages 12 to 19, participate in a variety of recreational sport shooting programs through their county 4-H's, including rifle, shotgun and muzzle loading. About 40 percent of those participants are female, Schwerd said."
 

What Am I Missing Here?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Is it, that a lawful American can only possess a firearm, if they are in compliance with every State law and published ordinance, such that those State laws and published ordinances under 922, are in compliance with 927?"

"How can any of the above stand together without being in direct and positive conflict?"

"How do you obey two masters? Which Master is Master?"

"Is our right to possess firearms secured under the 'Supremacy Clause' of the Constitution by the Gun Control Act of 1968, or is this 'federally secured right' to be infringed by the States?"

"Is the Supreme Court wrong in : CHAPMAN?"
 

AZ: Taser use on 9-year-old raises questions
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"A 9-year-old girl subdued with a stun gun after being handcuffed by South Tucson police is among a growing group nationally of children who have had the device used on them."

"Few local agencies have age-specific guidelines for use of stun guns, though they advise officers to use caution with them."

"Taser International Inc., the Scottsdale-based manufacturer of the device used on the South Tucson girl, says Tasers do no more harm to children than adults and often result in less serious injuries."

"But others question whether it's ethical to use the stunning devices on children."
 

NY: Hot Shots in Brockport
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Conservation Club of Brockport has a 22 cal. Rifle Team (Sporterifle League), which competes in the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA). Every year the teams have 21 matches between other clubs throughout New York state and at the end of the year they meet and have a Shoot-off. There are seven classifications into which individuals are placed according to their shooting averages. For the 2003-2004 season, which runs from September to April, the Brockport teams were competitors in almost every class."
 

South Africa: Plan to Rid KwaZulu of Illegal Firearms
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"KwaZulu-Natal Premier S'bu Ndebele has announced plans to rid the province of firearms, describing it as the most 'armed' in the country."

"Delivering his State of the Province address here yesterday, Mr Ndebele said the situation was so serious such that the government could not begin to talk about peace but the absence of war."

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Yet more misguided attempts to control criminal behavior with more laws.
 

UK: One year in jail for ‘10 seconds’ with a gun
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"A New Addington man, who was caught taking part in a gunfight, is facing the next year of his life behind bars after being found guilty of possessing a firearm and crack cocaine."

"Nehemiah Taylor, 22, of Oakbank Grove, Fieldway, was sentenced to a year in prison last Friday after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm at an earlier hearing at Inner London Crown Court on April 14." ...

"A police spokesman said: 'Despite Taylor claiming he only had the gun in his possession for 10 seconds, the sentence imposed on him shows how seriously the courts and police view the use of firearms.' "
 

CA: No Thumbprint to Buy Bullets, Gun Group Says
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"The California Senate has passed a bill that would require ammunition buyers to provide a thumb print when the purchase is made. But a pro-Second Amendment group is condemning what it calls 'an insidious invasion of privacy.' " ...

"It's a waste of time and taxpayers' money, but more importantly, this constitutes a serious privacy issue. If this measure dealt with something other than a gun control issue, the ACLU would be screaming about it..."
 

Canada: Government betrays hunters, farmers and firearm owners and taxpayers
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"Despite a repeated commitment that 'everything is on the table' by Associate Minister of Defence Albina Guarineri, a firearms user appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin to review the firearms legislation, it is clear from the May 20 announcement, that the government’s promises to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and others amounted to nothing more than preelection window dressing."

"...Provincial and territorial governments have refused to enforce the $1 billion dollar firearms registry. Taxpayers’ federations, municipalities, police associations and front line officers across Canada have told the government that the registry is a fiscal and operational disaster and must be scrapped."
 

TN: New Statistics Show Violent Crime Down in Knoxville
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"New statistics from the FBI show a sharp decline in violent crimes in Knoxville. The US Attorney General's office is giving the city's police department the credit for the trend. But as WVLT Volunteer TV's Bob Brunner explains there is bad news to go along with the good news."

"Only a week after a crime task force cited the Five Points area as a gun crime hot spot, the FBI releases statistics showing violent crime rates on their way down. Murders were down 18% compared to a slight national increase. Robberies are down 20%, assault down 13%."
 

UK: Drunken gunman jailed in Leicester
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"A LEICESTER man has been jailed for two years after he wandered around the city’s centre drunkenly threatening people with a gun."

"Bhavesh Jina Patel, 27, was captured on CCTV cameras staggering around the New Walk area armed with a pistol."

"Video footage was played in Leicester Crown Court showing Patel brandishing the weapon."

"Moments earlier he had waved the gun in the faces of two nightclub doormen."

"The firearm, resembling an automatic handgun, turned out to be a repeater gas-powered pellet airgun - described by an expert as having 'lethal potential'."
 

SC: Bill out of Senate committee that would allow guns seized from domestic violence offenders
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"The Criminal Domestic Violence Homicide Act has caused some controversy among those who consider it a form of gun control, but it was full steam ahead on Wednesday morning. The bill has been mired in politics for six years, but made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee."

"There are a number of facets, but essentially what the act does is prevent a person who has committed an act of felony domestic violence from owning a gun. If a person is subject to a restraining order at the magistrate level or an order of protection has been issued by a family court judge, the judge at his discretion can order the guns to be removed. It also gives judges the discretion to take guns away as a condition of bond."
 

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To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege. [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]

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