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Smith & Wesson booming again
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Smith & Wesson, perhaps America's oldest and most respected maker of handguns, has learned the secret that a flock of tobacco manufacturers learned in Asia as long ago as the 1980s: There is a fortune to be made in licensing a powerful name."
 

NRA exec's book takes shot at gun control
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"You cannot appreciate how low-caliber the anti-gun rationalizations echoed by Big Media are until you read LaPierre's rebuttals. He gives you ammunition to shoot down every excuse for implementing gun prohibition. He spoke with me last week about preserving what's left of your Second Amendment rights."

" 'The essence of the United States of America is freedom and the Bill of Rights,' LaPierre says. 'We must be unflinching in protecting those great freedoms or we will lose them. If you look at history, whenever someone says he will make you more secure -- if you are willing to be less free -- you never are more secure, only less free.' "
 

U.N. should move to Paris and get into Chirac's bed
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"Reports coming out of the G8 Summit say Chirac favors the tax on individual purchases because he doesn't want to tax firearms manufacturers (some of which are French) and because the bulk of the money thus raised would come from 'wealthy' U.S. citizens who are, after all, about the only individuals around who have a legal right to buy guns. It would, of course, be administered by the United Nations."

"This new scheme seems very attractive to Chirac and would allow the U.N. to further both its desire to ban the purchase and ownership of arms and find a way to impose an international tax that would allow member nations to get directly into the pockets of the people of this country. What an idea."

"I dug my old 'get the U.S. out of the U.N.' bumper strips out of a box in the garage some time ago and I'm ready to put one on my car. This is an organization that should meet in Paris, where its friends reside and where the heads of member states not welcome here can go to sip chardonnay with Chirac while their people starve."
 

NY: Ready, aim ... silence?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"If the rumors around town are true, the only clays that will break at the Friar Tuck Inn and Resort will be dropped dishes and flower pots."

"As of Friday, it was unclear whether owners of the resort on state Route 32 would continue to seek a special-use permit to operate a shooting range. At the same time, the Catskill Planning Board has not received any request to halt the permit process."
 

NY: Taking a shot at a new sport
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The 16th annual Syracuse Summer Biathlon combined rifle marksmanship with running. Each break from running required the competitor to shoot five rounds from a .22-caliber rifle at a target located 50 meters away. The first five rounds were fired in a prone position, and the second set of five rounds in a standing position. For every target that we hit, our 5K race was reduced by 100 meters. A perfect score would make it a 4K race."
 

Gun Control Bill Would Subject Firearms to Consumer Safety Screening
Submitted by: William Rodgers

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"Federal legislation introduced Tuesday would subject firearms to heightened scrutiny, similar to consumer safety standards for products like teddy bears, nightlights and pancake makers."

"Gun control advocates hailed the announcement, vowing to strike back at pro-gun lawmakers who supported legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in April granting firearms manufacturers' immunity from nuisance lawsuits."

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Just another retaliatory tool for the enemies of freedom and self defense to use against our Second Amendment rights.
 

OH: Columbus grandfather saves grandson from pit bull attack
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Anthony English, 24, told Columbus police that a pit bull chased him three blocks about 10:40 a.m. before he reached his grandfather’s porch at 682 Stanley Ave."

"Buford English, 58, who was washing his car, got a 9 mm handgun, came back and fatally shot the animal, Officer Dennis Byrd said."

"Byrd decided not to file charges against English, determining that he shot the dog on his own property and in defense of his grandson."
 

Walter Williams - Is this the America we want?
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"Americans salute the results of the anti-tobacco campaign that brought successful multibillion-dollar suits against tobacco companies and levied steep tobacco taxes. In some jurisdictions, such as New York City, taxes have led to the tripling of cigarette prices, not to mention the creation of black markets. I'm wondering whether my fellow Americans would like the food Nazi campaign to produce the same outcome." ...
 

Bad Sports
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"Surely no one wants criminals to get guns. But few criminals participate in church fundraisers or pass background checks and the evidence is that with over two million defensive guns uses each year, guns are used at least four times more frequently to stop crime than they are used to commit crime. The most vulnerable in our society, those are weaker physically such as women and the elderly as well as poor people (particularly blacks) who are most likely the victims of violent crime, benefit the most from owning guns. Police are extremely important in stopping (my own research indicates that they are the single most important factor), but they understand that they can't be everywhere all the time and that they almost always arrive on the scene after the crime has been committed. The Catholic Church clearly recognizes the right of self defense, and telling people to behave passively also turns out not to be very safe advice."
 

NJ: Rap big arrested at Newark
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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"Rap entrepreneur Master P has been busted at Newark Airport with six hollow-point bullets, the deadly and illegal ammo known on the streets as 'cop-killers.' "

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In the real world they are known as bullets appropriate and useful in any situation.
 

FL: No veil for Muslim in license photo
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"A Florida judge ruled Friday that a Muslim woman cannot wear a veil in her driver’s license photo, agreeing with state authorities that the practice could help terrorists conceal their identities."
 

VA: Rollison blames his loss on anger over his support of tax referendum
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"Del. John A. 'Jack' Rollison said his loss in a Republican Party primary shows voters who rejected a proposed sales tax increase are still steamed at him for sponsoring the legislation that put the issue on the ballot."

"Jeff Frederick, a conservative Internet consultant, won 57 percent of the vote to defeat Rollison in the Prince William County district Tuesday."

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Couldn't have anything to do with the NRA-supporter Rollison maligning Frederick about his views on carrying firearms, could it?
 

No Gun Laws - Period
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Our glorious, dead-letter Constitution states that the 'right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' Is the definition of 'uninfringed' equal to 'up to 20,000 laws, but no more than?' I know this will infuriate the nanny-statist heathens in Washington, DC, but 'not infringed' means if you're tall enough to put your money on the counter, you can have a gun. That also means convicted felons can and should be able to own firearms."
 

WA: For Sale: Gun shop linked to "Sniper Rifle"
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"The main owner of a gun store linked to the rifle used in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper shootings said he's selling the shop because of the fallout."

"Brian Borgelt wouldn't reveal the sale price for Bull's Eye Shooter Supply and described the buyer only as a longtime friend."
 

NY: Silver aide faces rape charge
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A top aide to state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was charged today with raping an unidentified, 22-year-old female state Assembly employee."

"During an appearance in Albany City Court, innocent pleas were entered on behalf of Silver counsel J. Michael Boxley to one count each of first- and third-degree rape. Those charges carry possible prison sentences of up to 25 years and four years, respectively."

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More "esteemed" public officials serving the public?
 

The American Terror
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"This government recently criminalized political participation by joining political parties with member structures, such as smaller parties typically have, for people under 21. People unhappy with incumbents find that criticizing them before an election, or even bringing up issues that may impinge on an election, shortly before an election is now a crime as well."

"In most jurisdictions, the laws are not only complex but unintelligible. Scholars amuse themselves using computer programs that judge reading level to discover that many regulations require the reading skills of someone with 40 years of education."
 

LA: Cops Say Phone Looked Like A Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Police videotape showed the suspect finally getting out of his car and pointing a shiny chrome object in what police took to be a shooter's stance."

"Shots were fired, and 25-year-old Marquise Hudspeth was killed; shot eight times in the back."

"The object in Hudspeth's hand turned out to be a cell phone."

"And after a local investigation, all officers involved with the shooting came out with clean slates."
 

Bureaucracy, Not Bush, Is Suffocating the FOIA
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Critics regularly bash President Bush for excessive secrecy in government. But it’s federal bureaucrats who can’t be bothered with public accountability who are slowly but surely strangling the federal Freedom of Information Act."
 

The End of Myth: An Interview with Dr. John Lott
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I think people have a pretty good idea of the problems that happen with guns. In 2001, according to government survey evidence, there were about 450,000 crimes that were committed with guns. Of those, there were about 8,000 gun murders. But few probably realize that our best estimates indicate that last year Americans also used guns defensively, a little bit over 2 million times a year. Ninety-five percent or so of the time, simply brandishing a gun was sufficient to stop an attack."
 

'Demzilla' and 'Voter Vault' Are Watching You
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"National party computers today keep track of where you live, your phone number and e-mail address, whether you vote, your willingness or refusal to make political contributions, your interests, ethnic background, reading habits and church attendance. Some files contain hints about your sexual preferences, whether you own a gun, and your views on abortion and other issues."

"The Democrats call their system 'Demzilla.' Republicans call theirs 'Voter Vault.' Advocates of privacy call it Orwellian."
 

EFF Analysis of "Patriot II"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Whether or not USAPA II is introduced, it's clear that the Patriot Act is casting a long shadow in Washington, D.C. For instance, Attorney General John Ashcroft recently told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had authorized more than 170 "emergency" FISA searches since 9/11. In the previous 20 years, attorneys general had only authorized a total of 47 emergency FISA searches."
 

Austria: Drivers' eye movements measured to test tiredness
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Police in Austria have started measuring eye movements to determine whether motorists are fit to drive."

"A newly developed device, called a pupillograph, measures the contractions of the centre of the eye."
 

Economic Downturn May Bring Eco-nuts To Violence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"This week I have a security warning for all hunters, fishers, and others who enjoy the outdoors. I believe that the people who have been fighting to stop all activity in the outdoors are about to start using violence as a means of furthering their goals. Now, to back that statement up, I give you the following information."
 

MN: Gun law triggers workplace fear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Minnesota's new gun law will impact workplaces in ways frightening to some but comforting to others."

"The law is expected to dramatically increase the number of permits to carry guns; already it is raising anxiety in workplaces across the state."

"Large employers, worried about safety and lawsuits, have rushed to issue strong no-gun policies, while some smaller companies prefer to work on the basis of trust."

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Will these big companies also be able to face the lawsuits if their victim disarmament policies cause the death of an employee or client?
 

The Second Amendment and the Preamble to the Bill of Rights
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The modern debate over the wording of the Second Amendment could be quickly resolved if the Amendment was read through the preamble to the Bill of Rights. A preamble to the Bill of Rights? What are you talking about? You mean the preamble to the Constitution don't you? No Senators Kennedy, Feinstein, Schumer, Lautenberg and your fellow gun-grabbing buddies, we mean the preamble to the Bill of Rights." ...
 

Freedom: Is It Really Just Another Word?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "This country was born in revolution, and the philosophical ideals that form the basis of our government were, and are, unique in the world. We are the only country in existence whose political foundations begin with the premise that all power is inherent in the people, and that the powers of government are only those that the people have delegated to it through the Constitution." ...
 

Canada: Gun owner charged
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Police have laid a firearms charge against the owner of a rifle used in a shooting that ended with a narrow escape for a county constable, and the death of an Ontario man."

"Lawrence Smith, 56, of Grovedale is facing a single count of careless storage of a firearm in connection with the March 9 shooting west of Four-Mile Corner. He's scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie provincial court June 25 to answer to the charge."
 

UT: School Districts Comply With Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The state's two largest school districts seem to have come to a decision for how they can comply with Utah's gun law:"

"Teachers who are concealed weapons permit holders can bring their guns to school, but if they use them they aren't covered by the district's insurance."

"Both districts will allow for teachers to carry their weapons, but if they use them, the teachers are personally liable. They will decide on the policies later this month."
 

TX: Concealed Handgun Legislation
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Mayor sent a letter to the Governor last week asking that Perry reverse a Senate bill recently approved by the Legislature. It would end a long-time ban on legally-licensed handguns in public buildings, including facilities like libraries and City Hall. Brown says allowing handguns at City Council meetings is not a good idea."
 

South Africa: Amnesty to Be Granted to Illegal Firearm Holders
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Starting from next month, people in possession of illegal firearms will be granted a three-months' amnesty period to hand over these weapons at their nearest police stations."

"The move is aimed at controlling the legal use of firearms and eliciting a reduction in the proliferation and availability of illegal small arms in the country."
 

MN: First pile of gun permits approved
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday mailed out the first 52 permits issued to those approved to carry a handgun under the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act."

"When some of the applicants' mail arrives today, they'll be able to strap on their favorite firearm. Not just because they have a personal safety hazard or an occupational reason to do so -- as required under the old law -- but because they have the freedom to do so under the law that was enacted May 28."
 

OH: Mother, Daughter Come Home To Gun-Toting Gang
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A mother and teenage daughter from Broadview Heights, Ohio, got the scare of their lives when they came face to face with a gang of men with loaded guns." ...

"In the meantime, the 13-year-old ran to a neighbor's home and called 911."

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Fortunately no one was hurt. This time. But consider the time difference between dialing 9-1-1 and waiting for them to arrive and defending yourself right there with a firearm. Which is faster?
 

WI: DNR abandons plan for 23-day deer hunting season this autumn
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The state Department of Natural Resources has quietly decided to bag an idea for a 23-day deer hunting season this fall."

"The decision comes after the Conservation Congress, which advises the DNR on wildlife issues, reaffirmed its preference earlier this month for the traditional nine-day gun season in November."
 

Getting Straight
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Every day, the nation's prisons release a walking crime wave: 70 percent of state convicts are re-arrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within three years of their release."

"A Justice Department study found that convicts let out from the prisons of 15 states in 1994 had been charged by 1997 with 2,900 homicides, 2,400 kidnappings, 2,400 rapes, 3,200 other sexual assaults, 21,200 robberies, 54,600 assaults and 13,900 other violent crimes..."
 

CA: Bird repetitions Supreme Court on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A Rancho Tehama man who refuses to give up on his Second Amendment quest, has repetitioned the Supreme Court to hear his case, seeking state officials to admit that private citizens have a right to bear firearms under the U.S. Constitution."

"In May, Don Bird said he was not done fighting against Gov. Gray Davis and Attorney General Bill Lockyer. 'The Second Amendment is fractured again. But I'm not going to give up,' said Bird, 68, in response to the Supreme Court's action. On June 1, he fulfilled that promise, filing a petition of rehearing with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking them to reconsider his petition for a Writ of Certiorari."

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Where is the NRA? Are they supporting Don Bird?
 

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