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White House starts search for new justice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A small group of senior White House and administration officials has quietly interviewed some of the top candidates for any Supreme Court vacancy, said Republican sources with close ties to the White House."

"The senior officials are said to include Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, who has been mentioned as a Supreme Court candidate; White House Counsel Harriet Miers, the president's longtime adviser and former personal attorney; White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr.; and senior adviser Karl Rove." ...
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Submitter's Note: Given the horrible, Constitution shredding decisions that have come from the SCOTUS lately, we should do our best to encourage the President to select 'strict constructionists', rather than 'living document' dolts.
 

How the world's richest countries arm the poorest
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"Merchants of death come in many different guises in Africa. There is the machete-wielding thug high on drugs and tribal animosity who hacks people to death for no other reason than they are different to him. There is the man-child, old beyond his years, for whom an AK-47 assault rifle is both a killing machine and a passport to security. There is the jumpy militiaman at the checkpoint angrily waving an Uzi machine-pistol and demanding dollars. There is the policeman on the make cradling his Browning handgun before concealing it for use later. ..."

"And then there is the granddaddy of them all, the dealer who wears a sharp Savile Row suit, carries a slim briefcase and uses a Blackberry. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: The AK-47 in the arms of a 'man-child' will help prevent the machete wielders of the world (drug-crazed or not) from hacking apart his family.
 

CA: California Anti-Gun Legislation Will Be Heard Soon! (NRA-ILA)
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"Anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 357, is expected to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 28. Recently amended, this bill requires that all handgun ammunition carry a unique serial number engraved on both the bullet and the case and be registered to the purchaser. ..." ...

"Assembly Bill 352 is expected to be considered by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 28. AB 352 expands the definition of "unsafe handguns" to include semi-automatic pistols that are not designed and equipped with an array of microscopic characters which identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol by imprinting the characters on each cartridge case when the firearm is discharged. ..." ...
 

OH: Ohio Please Attend Columbus City Council Meeting! (NRA-ILA)
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The Columbus City Council, led by Safety Committee Chair Michael C. Mentel, will be hosting a public hearing concerning legislation that would ban so called "assault weapons". It is vital that NRA members attend this meeting and voice their opposition to any restrictions on their Second Amendment Rights. Please be sure to spread the word to family, friends, and fellow firearm owners to do the same!

The hearing will be held on Thursday, June 30, at 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Council Chambers at 90 West Broad Street in Columbus. Please plan on arriving early, because speaker slips will be given out at 8:00 a.m.
 

TN: Police: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder
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An attempted home invasion Friday evening ended when a homeowner fatally shot one of the intruders, police said.

Bobby Pottinger, 38, of Nashville was shot and killed when he and three other people tried to rob a home at 504 Macfie Court in Madison at about 11:40 p.m., police said.

Metro Capt. Mike Hagar said it appears the homeowner shot Pottinger in self-defense, but detectives still are investigating the incident.

"The homeowner met them at the door and refused admission," Hagar said.

"When they attempted to force their way in the house, the homeowner fired his pistol."
 

NY: Deliveryman cleared after shooting robber
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"The pizza deliveryman who shot and killed a 16-year-old during an apparent robbery attempt April 20 will not be charged."

"The deliveryman said Friday his attorney, Michael J. Violante, informed him that a Niagara County grand jury that reviewed evidence in the case voted Thursday to return a no-bill, which means it finds no grounds for charges." ...
 

Philippines: BSP security guard outduels 3 robbers
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"Reports reaching Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Arturo C. Lomibao said that police investigators in Bulacan are still determining the identities of the three slain holdup men as of press time." ...

"Reports said that the victims, together with several passengers, were on board a colorum van ... when the armed men announced a holdup ..."

"Reports said that the holdup men divested the passengers of cash, cellular phones, jewelry, and other personal belongings."

"When they were alighting from the van, Crispin Ruiz, 46, a security guard from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), pulled out his pistol and engaged the robbers in a shootout." ...
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Submitter's Note: Armed defense works!
 

India: A spray of self-defence for women
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"Henceforth women need not go for karate classes to learn the art of self-defence to protect themselves against sexual harassment or ward off eve-teasers on the roads, chain snatchers and burglars at home."

"Now they have help at hand. A self-protection 'pepper spray' will do the trick for both working women and housewives, among others."

"Just open the compact aerosol canister, press the nozzle and spray it (like using perfume) on the offender and the effect is there for all to see. Pepper spray is nothing but a biting mix of red chili pepper extracts which would put the offender out of action for at least three hours." ...
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Submitter's Note: Some countries still ignore the fact that a gun is the safest method of self-defense available.
 

WI: Wisconsin Senate passes ban on Internet hunting
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"Hunting via the Internet would be banned in Wisconsin under a bill the state Senate approved Thursday."

"The bill would prohibit hunters in Wisconsin from shooting at captive animals unless they have physical possession of their weapons. The state Senate passed the Republican-authored measure on a voice vote."

"The Assembly already approved the measure, which now goes to Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who must sign it before it can become law."

"Doyle spokeswoman Melanie Fonder said the governor believes the bill is a good idea and plans to sign it."

"'It's widely supported among sportsmen,' Fonder said." ...
 

NY: New York Legislative Update and Special Election Information! (NRA-ILA)
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"Lawmakers returned to Albany today, one day past their scheduled recess, to complete bills still under negotiation. The good news is that at press time, the Senate had not acted on several NRA-opposed measures ... Though legislators will be heading back to their districts, all of these bills remain alive during the recess. We will keep you informed of any plans by the legislature to return to Albany."

"Also, a special election will be held on Tuesday, June 28. If you are a registered voter, you are eligible to participate in this election! For more information on the candidates in this election, please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division (800) 392-8683. Voter turnout is expected to be low, so itís more important than ever that you vote on Tuesday, June 28!"
 

NY: Pataki pushing bill to strengthen curbs on gun-trafficking in state
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"Tougher penalties, the [Pataki] administration argues, would dissuade people like James Nigel Bostic, a convicted gun dealer, from buying guns in other states to sell on the streets of New York State."

" 'Targeting criminals who would attempt to bring several illegal guns across our borders is a critical part of Gov. Pataki's campaign to end gun violence in New York,' the proposed legislation states."

"Sen. Charles Schumer, meanwhile, is calling on the federal government to devote more resources to help the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives fight gun-trafficking offenses."
 

CT: Police Arrest Second Student On Weapons Charge
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"Police arrested a second New London High School student Friday and charged with possessing an assault rifle that another student was arrested for possessing last week, police said."

"Police said that Ramell Humphrey, 17, of 73 Blackhall St. had an Intratec AB-10 semi-automatic pistol before giving it to Ahmad Grishmam, who was arrested with the gun on June 13 after a member of a neighborhood watch group reported him."

"Humphrey was charged with illegal transfer of an assault weapon, illegal possession of an assault weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of a pistol without a permit and altering the serial number on a pistol. He was held on $20,000 bond and appeared in New London Superior Court Friday." ...
 

MS: Greenwood Police Chief fired up by gun gesture
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"Retiring Police Chief Ronnie White found a bargain: City Council sold him his gun for the low price of $1, and he didn't even have to pay for it."

"The 65-year-old White is stepping down at the end of June, and he wanted to keep his Smith and Wesson 4053 .40 caliber service pistol to complete his set of four duty-issued weapons from his 41-year career in law enforcement."

"City Council recently approved selling the weapon to White for $1, and Mayor Harry Smith paid for the firearm." ...

"'I've got four weapons, and I've got four grandsons. One of these days, I hope to be able to give them these guns and explain to them what role they played in my life,' he said." ...

"He also said he is very proud that he has never fired those guns in the line of duty."
 

GA: When should officers shoot?
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"A 15-year-old girl emerges out of the darkness."

"She is angry."

"And she is waving a knife."

Watching the drama unfold, Lt. Gary Glemboski yells, 'Drop it! Drop the knife!'"

"The girl lets the knife fall."

"But then she reaches behind her. She pulls out a gun and takes aim."

"At Glemboski."

"And now he must make a decision."

"Does he reach for his pepper spray?"

"Does he shoot her?"

"He must choose. Fast."

"Because she is pulling the trigger."

"This scene of an angry teenager comes alive on an interactive video-and-computer system designed to train police officers to respond to violence." ...
 

NY: Buffalo's gun problem
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"Anyone who read the recent Buffalo News series on illegal guns and still doesn't acknowledge a serious problem is in denial. We are drenched in gun violence and part of the reason is weak and inconsistent laws, and governments that won't enforce those that are already on the books." ...

"The usual argument against tougher laws is the Second Amendment and, as arguments go, it's a good one. Fuzzy wording aside, the amendment undeniably protects the right to bear arms. What such arguments rarely take into account, though, is that even constitutional guarantees have limits." ...
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MN: Catching up on Minnesota gun permits
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"Hundreds of prospective gun-toters have lined up at sheriff's offices around Minnesota in a new rush for handgun permits since they became widely available again one month ago."

"According to a state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension database, 932 permit applications have been filed since the state's 2003 handgun law, suspended for nearly a year by court rulings, went back on the books May 25."

"But the BCA database lags behind actual filings, and Star Tribune checks with local sheriffs found more applications than that in the seven-county Twin Cities area alone. Those counties have seen more than twice as many applicants as during the 30 days before the law was ruled unconstitutional in mid-July 2004 ..." ...
 

WI: World War II rifle still hits target
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"The M-1 Garand, an infantry rifle, felt heavy in my hands, but on this blistering hot Sunday, I was grateful for the old, restored wooden stock."

"I was aiming for the gong, a painted metal plate, hanging from a crossbeam 200 yards down range at the Twin City Rod & Gun Club."

"I knew if I hit it, Iíd hear a faint 'clink.'"

"I donít know if was the glaring brightness or the sweat running into my eyes, but I could barely make out the target. I had squeezed off a few rounds but hadnít hit anything solid."

"'Youíre way low,' said the gunís owner, Bret Ploeckelmann. He added that as far as he could make out, I was punching holes in the turf 20 yards short of the gong."
 

PA: Outdoors notices -- Shoots on tap (fourth item on page)
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"Tri-County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold a sporting clays shoot today at California Hill Gun Club. The 100-bird shoot begins with registration at 10 a.m. and shooting at 11 a.m. The price of $50 includes a steak dinner and raffles. Pre-registration is suggested by contacting Rich Kovacic at 724-785-3540 or richkovacic@yahoo.com." ...

"Irwin Sportsmen's Association will hold an NRA hunter's pistol and cowboy rifle silhouette shoot July 2, with registration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call Bruce Lumsden at 412-613-5775. The club will hold a revolver/semi-automatic smallbore and centerfire action pistol shoot at 5 p.m. July 7. Call 724-863-1967." ...
 

CA: Gunslingers descend on Manteca for annual event
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"Rifle retorts echoed among the haze of black gunpowder smoke that drifted from the south dock down to the Marshalís office on the first day of main match stages at the Ambush at Durham Ferry on Friday."

"The third annual Cowboy Action Shooting event at the Manteca Sportsmanís Club opened with a series of side matches, or timed speed drills, on Thursday, but everyone was in attendance for the first series of stages on Friday. Cowboys and cowgirls dressed in authentic or B-Western attire moved in eight-man posses among the stages in a test of endurance, speed and discipline."

"At each stage, the Single Action Shot Society gunfighters were required to fire a preset combination of two pistols, one rifle and one shotgun. ..." ...
 

IA: Iowa DNR wants hunters to target antlerless deer
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"Iowa hunters will be encouraged to take more antlerless deer in the upcoming season, with a three-day gun hunt in late November and with center-fire rifles being allowed in southern Iowa seven days in January."

"The state's Natural Resources Commission also approved 19,000 additional county antlerless tags, 41 special management-zone deer hunts and adjustments in the landowner tag program."

"Noting there would be some disagreement to the November gun season and the southern Iowa rifle season, Department of Natural Resources deer biologist Willy Suchy said the adjustments are necessary to reduce deer numbers in underharvested areas, specifically in southern Iowa." ...
 

NM: Manzano Shooters In Top Condition
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"Give the Manzano High Navy Junior ROTC an 'outstanding' on the inspection."

"The deck of the unit's indoor 10-meter air-rifle range was swabbed and profusely buffed."

"The gear positioned at each of the eight firing lines was placed in exact order."

"The Monarchs shooters were neatly attiredó in crisply clean sweatshirts, boldly marked in gold letters with the word 'Navy'ó as they turned to receive commands from retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Zack Forester." ...
 

NM: 4-H pistol, archery compound teams shoot for stars at state, nationals
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"The weather on the day of our competition was the worst that it could possibly have been, but that is expected."

"The morning we shot at our State Competition, it was so cold that the rain froze to our targets, rifles and faces. While I shot, I couldn't feel most of my body, or my trigger finger."

"Even though we shot in these conditions, our team from Valencia County still took second for rifle at our State 4-H Competition. I also shot in pistol, which I will compete in at the National 4-H Competition." ...
 

CA: Goleta Valley Gun & Supply
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"With the start of local deer season a month-and-a-half away, gun store owner Rick Helfrich expects the usual run on rifles and ammunition soon. But as is also typical at this time of year, getting a license isnít always a walk in the park."

Helfrich, who owned and operated Goleta Valley Gun and Supply in the Magnolia Center for 10 years before moving over to Calle Real three years ago, says itís a very small percentage who get turned down, however." ...
 

MT: Quigley Match co-founder retains enthusiasm for shooting
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"It came as no surprise that Billings shooter Dan Walker was at the firing line last weekend at the 15th annual Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match at the Al Lee Ranch, north of Forsyth."

"After all, Walker is one of the originals."

"The Quigley Match got its start after Lee and a friend went to a movie house in Miles City in 1990. They watched the film 'Quigley Down Under' and were struck by the movie magic of star Tom Selleck shooting a Shiloh Sharps rifle as he battled bad guys in Australia."

"Lee and his friend came back to the Forsyth Rifle and Pistol Club and, by the following June, the Quigley Match was born. Buffalo rifles would be used with traditional iron sights. Shooters would take aim at a metal cutout of a bucket ..." ...
 

AK: Beyerle takes home two golds in rifle competition
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"University of Alaska Fairbanks senior Jamie Beyerle was at her best this week during the USA Shooting National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Fort Benning, Ga."

"Beyerle captured a pair of gold medals in the smallbore rifle events and a bronze in air rifle to add to her stellar list of accomplishments during her first three seasons as a member of the UAF rifle team."

"She wasn't the only current or former Nanook to have a big week at the national championships, according to results posted at usashooting.com."

"Former Nanooks Matt Emmons and Joe Hein swept the men's national titles with Emmons claiming a pair of gold medals and Hein earning one." ...
 

TX: Get your guns up
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"Michael Klein raised his gun with a steady hand as his left eye slightly squinted to focus. With surgical precision, he calmly tracked the bird as it cut through the wind on a Saturday afternoon. With an echoing crack and a puff of gunpowder, the bird was down."

"Klein didnít need a well-trained Labrador to go retrieve it, though. He was spending the weekend at the Loma Alta Trap and Skeet Club, trying to test his abilities at the challenging and competitive sport of target shooting." ...
 

PA: Never on Sunday? / A day of rest in Pennsylvania can include hunting
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"America's problems with firearms do not extend to the legitimate pastime of hunting. Real or potential criminals who can easily obtain handguns and assault rifles are the problem -- not the law-abiding heirs to Daniel Boone who stalk the woods in pursuit of game."

"So why can't Pennsylvanians hunt on Sunday? The question sort of answers itself. Because this is Pennsylvania, where the ghosts of the once-extensive Blue Laws still do a little vestigial work in protecting the Sabbath." ...

"It's absurd that a hunting prohibition dating back to 1873 still applies to this day and age, but House Bill 904 would allow so-called 'expanded hunting' on Sundays by simply repealing a section of existing law. ..." ...
 

UK: Aiming high
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"Paralympic shooting champion Isabel Newstead is keen to make amends for what she describes as a poor performance in Athens."

"Newstead successfully retained her air pistol title in Greece, beating Lin Chin Mei from Chinese Taipei by 1.7 points but she admits she was disappointed by her display."

"'Although I won gold in Athens, I felt I had let myself and everyone else down,' she told BBC Sport."

"I've set high standards for myself and I felt on the day that I hadn't shown what I could do on the highest stage and hadn't performed as a world-class competitor.'"

"'I scrambled through with a score that I would have struggled to win a county competition with and I know that I need to more consistent in myself.'" ...
 

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe outlaws self loading [automatic] gun ownership, says report
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"Zimbabwean police have outlawed the possession of automatic weapons and ordered people to surrender them to police stations before the end of the month, the Herald newspaper reported Saturday. Police gave no reason for the immediate withdrawal of licenses for self-loading rifles, machine guns and pistols, according to report." ...

"Harare police spokesperson Inspector Jessie Banda said the firearm licences for such weapons had been withdrawn with immediate effect."

"'Police would like to advise members of the public that firearm licences of the following weapons, self loading weapons, G3, FN 7,62 mm rifles and scorpion pistols have since been revoked in terms of sub section (7) of Section (6) of the Firearms Act (Chapter) 10:09,' she said." ...
 

Ireland: Three charged at Limerick court
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Three men have been charged with the possession of firearms and ammunition following a special sitting of Limerick District Court.

The seizure was made by gardai when they stopped a van near Shannon on Friday morning.

Limerick District Court heard a shotgun, a pistol, cartridges and walkie talkies were found in the back of the stolen van they were travelling in.

The men charged were 38 year old Cathal O'Neill of William Street Limerick, 45 year old Michael Gerard Heelan from Boherbee, Mallow in County Cork and 46 year old John Murphy from Ballina, Killaloe in County Tipperary.
 

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