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WY: Supreme Court Says Muzzleloaders are Legally Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The ruling comes in an appeal by a convicted felon who says he thought he was allowed to own a black powder rifle. Such rifles are excluded from the federal definition of firearms.

A spokesman for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the ruling will come as a blow to some Wyoming residents who have felony convictions in the past but who are now dedicated black powder hunters.

Governor Freudenthal says he would favor changing the state law to allow convicted felons to continue to hunt with black powder guns.

The court ruling released Wednesday upholds the conviction of Frank Alan Harris in a Casper court on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the court ruling, Harris was previously convicted of aggravated robbery and robbery.
 

Of the Absolute Rights of Persons
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"The absolute rights of individuals may be resolved into the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right to acquire and enjoy property. These rights have been justly considered, and frequently declared, by the people of this country, to be natural, inherent, and unalienable. The history of our colonial governments bears constant marks of the vigilance of a free and intelligent people; who understood the best securities for political happiness, and the true foundation of the social ties ..." ...

"... The municipal law of our own, as well as of every other country, has likewise left with individuals the exercise of the natural right of self-defense ..." ...
 

U.N. v. Madison
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Call it the "Assault on the Founding Fathers and Defense of Tyranny" conference. This week, just in time for the Fourth of July, the United Nations is hosting a conference at Turtle Bay on small arms control. Apparently it wasn't enough for Secretary Annan's deputy to attack the American Congress (and the American public) earlier this month. Now the bureaucrats at Turtle Bay are attacking the Founding Fathers and the American way of life. It's the Second Amendment they have in their sights this time." ...
 

AL: Homeowner Shoots Burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A Birmingham homeowner shot a burglary suspect after finding the man hiding inside her home.

It happened just after 1:30 a.m. Monday Police said Jason Kennedy broke into the house in the 300 block of 61st Street North. Kennedy hid when the woman and her companion returned home.

When the homeowner discovered Kennedy, she shot him and held him at bay until authorities arrived, police said.

Kennedy was taken to UAB Hospital and will face burglary and drug charges once he’s released.
 

MI: Woman who shot West will not face charges (follow-up)
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"Authorities say Damian D. West tried to gun down three people days before he died with a bullet in his chest."

"The Saginaw woman who shot West has a child with the 27-year-old Saginaw man. She will not face charges, said County Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas." ...

"Enraged, West punched the woman, who was holding a baby, the prosecutor said. When another woman took hold of the baby, West turned his attention to her."

"'West then struck her, too, and grabbed her by the throat and choked her,' Thomas said. 'She resisted and broke free momentarily, but West then attacked her again.'"

"Unwilling to take the assault any longer, the woman drew a pistol and shot West one time, Thomas said." ...
 

Day two at the gun ban conference
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A remarkable thing happened at the United Nations yesterday. We, the United States, told the world 'no'. The messenger was Robert Joseph ... Speaking before the dozens of nations that have gathered for the review conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Joseph told the world in no uncertain terms where the United States stood." ...

"... The civilian possession of firearms promises to be a contentious issue once again ... countries like Mexico and Indonesia spoke glowingly of the need to ensnare civilian gun owners in the UN’s web of gun regulation. It will once again take steadfast resolve from the US delegation to stop the gun banners from expanding the Program of Action to try and regulate legal firearms." ...
 

U.S. rejects international limits on personal guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The United States will oppose any international effort to limit access of U.S. civilians to legal firearms but supports stronger controls on arms imports and exports, a senior State Department official said yesterday." ...

"Mr. Joseph is heading the U.S. delegation to the small-arms review conference at the United Nations, which continues through next week."

"'The U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of our citizens to keep and bear arms, and there will be no infringement of those rights,' Mr. Joseph said. 'The United States will not agree to any provisions restricting civilian possession, use or legal trade of firearms inconsistent with our laws and practices.'" ...
 

NJ: Tightening gun control on agenda
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Guns will be on the minds, and on the agenda, at tonight's Jersey City City Council meeting, scheduled to start at 6 in City Hall, 280 Grove St."

"An ordinance to limit handgun buyers' purchases to one per 30-day period and a second measure banning the sale of so-called 'Saturday Night specials' are to be considered on second reading."

"Members of the National Rifle Association as well as Frank Caso, the only licensed gun dealer in Jersey City, are expected to attend and protest the ordinances." ...
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KABA Note: At least they are being honest enough to call it 'gun control' and not 'violence prevention' or some similar folderol. After the CDC study showing that laws like these are ineffective at preventing crime, some politicians are actually 'fessing up that their agenda is gun control.
 

NE: Councilman To Introduce Concealed Carry For City
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"An Omaha city councilman will introduce a plan on Tuesday to make it legal for Omahans to carry concealed weapons."

"Councilman Chuck Sigerson said it's a choice people in Omaha should have."

"There's already a state conceal carry law, but it gives cities the right to override it."

"Sigerson said he doesn't think the law would increase crime."

"'A person who has a concealed carry will have to undergo a registration, a proficiency test, a mental evaluation, would have to pay $100 fine, and would be subject to review every 5 years,' Sigerson said. 'Those people are not going to walk into a jewelry store and shoot 'em up.'" ...
 

NY: Bill To Stop Trap & Skeet Opening Tabled
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A bill that calls for the county to cease its actions in reopening the Suffolk County Trap and Skeet facility in Yaphank was introduced last week by Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley). While the legislation was tabled, the conflict behind it has continued to grow as the opening date of the facility nears."

"'This is not the right location anymore to have a trap and skeet,' Browning said after the Legislature's Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee meeting last Wednesday. 'Since I took office, I've met with local residents, and [found that] a lot of new homes have been built around that location.'" ...
 

AZ: It's a Wrap!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After 164 days, 1,453 bills and an untold number of lunches courtesy of lobbyists, the Arizona Legislature finally passed a $10 billion budget and called it sine die last week."

"Here's what you get out of the whole thing:" ...

"Lawmakers made life easier for people who shoot intruders by passing a law that strengthens claims of self-defense. Prosecutors had opposed the law, saying it would make it easier for gang members to get away with murder, but the Legislature followed the lead of the National Rifle Association and changed the law to require the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the shooter didn't act in self-defense." ...
 

MI: House Passes Bill for Deadly Force
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Legislation that would allow the use of deadly force without retreat is one step closer to reality. The Michigan house passed a bill that would allow citizens using force when faced with imminent danger, whether on public or private property.

The bill also protects those who have used self-defense from encountering lawsuits. Supporters of the bill say citizens should not be obligated to retreat when threatened, but critics argue the result could result in a dangerous "shoot-first" mentality.
 

NH: Lynch wins: deadly force bill still dead
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"Gov. John Lynch prevailed Wednesday when the Senate failed to override his veto of a bill expanding the right to use deadly force." ...

"The new bill would have allowed deadly force in public whenever someone felt threatened by any potential felony crime. With two senators absent, the Senate's 11-11 vote Wednesday fell four short of the two-thirds majority needed to override Lynch's veto." ...

"Lynch made the same argument when he vetoed the bill in May."

"The bill 'would authorize any shopper to instantly shoot and kill a thief who had grabbed or tugged at the shopper's purse or briefcase, regardless of how many shoppers might be placed in harm's way by such actions,' Lynch said in his veto message." ...
 

PA: Robber who killed himself was ex-policeman
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"The Leesport man who robbed a bank in Myerstown before killing himself ... had worked as a policeman for nearly 15 years, officials said Tuesday."

"Jeffrey L. McKnight, 56, was a patrolman with the North Lebanon Township police department from April 1985 to December 1999 ..."

"'He left to seek other employment,' [Chief] Easter said." ...

"McKnight entered the Wachovia Bank at 180 W. Lincoln Ave., also known as Route 422, in Lebanon County about 1:30 p.m. with a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun."

"He fired one shot into the ceiling and demanded money from two tellers. He left with money and headed east on Route 422."...
 

MA: Marine felt 'under attack' when he fired out Lawrence window
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A veteran of the Iraq war on trial for injuring two people with a shotgun blast from his second floor bedroom testified Wednesday that he was 'under attack' by rowdy clubgoers who threw rocks and bottles at his home."

"'Leave my family alone,' Sgt. Daniel Cotnoir said he yelled as he pointed his 12-gauge shotgun out the window of his Lawrence home."

"'I pointed the shotgun away from the crowd and fired,' he said. 'It was a clear area. It wasn't my intention to hit anybody. I wanted them to stop throwing stuff at my house.'"

"Cotnoir testified on the second day of his trial at Salem Superior Court. He's charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison." ...
 

OH: Fatal stabbing in Blue Ash
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"A 27-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her Hunt Road apartment early this morning, police said, and her estranged husband is in custody." ...

"Authorities received a call from the victim's boyfriend about 4:20 a.m. reporting that the estranged husband had forced his way into the apartment and attacked the victim, police said. Officers found the woman dead inside the apartment."

"'We're investigating it as a homicide,' Schaffer said this morning."

"Schaffer said police are charging the estranged husband with violating a temporary protective order that was issued May 30." ...
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Submitter's Note: Why would you need a gun to protect yourself? Just get a restraining order to keep the bad person away.
 

Philippines: Halt! Or I'll shoot you with my pawn shop ticket!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Six police officers may lose their jobs for pawning their guns in the southern Philippines, where underfunded and poorly paid security forces are fighting Muslim and communist insurgencies."

"German Doria, police chief of the central region of Mindanao island, said Wednesday the incidents of government-issued guns being pawned came to light when the National Bureau of Investigation raided shops selling stolen goods in Tupi town."

"'What these police officers had done was tantamount to grave misconduct and they should be dismissed from the service,' Doria told reporters, adding that he had ordered an inventory of guns issued to all officers in South Cotabato province." ...
 

NE: Pistol-packer tries to make point to City Council
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tim Tyrrell Sr. went to the City Council meeting on Monday with a loaded 40-caliber Glock handgun on his hip."

"And that’s perfectly legal."

"Until now, council members haven’t been concerned enough about their safety to ban anything other than cell phones from the council chambers."

"Even though plenty of angry citizens march down to city hall on a regular basis, there are no metal detectors at the door; no signs asking people to leave their guns at home."

"Tyrrell was trying to make a point about the concealed weapons ban on the council agenda: Even if Mayor Coleen Seng’s proposed ban were to pass, nothing would prevent people from carrying around unconcealed weapons. ..." ...
 

WA: Talk-show host Mike Siegel returns to the airwaves in Olympia and Silverdale
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Six months after his departure from Seattle morning-drive radio, longtime controversial talk host Mike Siegel is back on the air locally."

"Sister stations KITZ-AM (1400) in Silverdale and KGTK-AM (920) in Olympia have added a one-hour call-in show hosted by Siegel at 6 p.m. weekdays."

"Conn Williamson, the stations' general manager, said adding Siegel on a trial basis is part of an effort to add more local programming to KITZ and KGTZ." ...

"Williamson said the local, independent nature of the stations makes it possible to do that. KITZ and KGTK are owned by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms." ...
 

MD: Target-shooting girls go for the bull’s-eye
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Robin Harris saw her older brother learning how to shoot a BB gun five years ago at the Izaak Walton League in Germantown, there was no way she was going to sit with her mom and read a book."

"'My brother started, and I got jealous,' the talkative 14-year-old Germantown girl said after a recent practice."

"So most Mondays since, she’s loaded her own lead BBs into a gun and practiced with four other teammates –– all girls –– who are competing at the BB gun championships in Kentucky this week." ...
 

NC: Mountain Country Rod & Gun club meet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Mountain Country Rod & Gun club held their first monthly meeting at the new US Forest Service Panther Top Shooting Range. There were 35 members and guests that enjoyed the 'silhouette shoot' with their new targets. The event was so well attended that the club also plans to hold their July 18th meeting at the shooting range."

"Refreshments of hot dogs, cookies, and soft drinks were served to the ravenous shooters. Most of the participants brought their own .22 caliber rifles while several also brought pistols. Everyone had a great time trying out each other's weapons with Johnnie Berrongs custom Olympic Rifle getting the most play. Several members brought their wives, who also participated in the activities." ...
 

Australia: Firearm licence changes
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"From Friday the NSW Firearms (Longarms) Licence Qualification Course will replace the existing Firearms Safety Awareness Course." ...

"The new course will have two parts - a theory and practical component."

"In the theory component, the applicant will have to achieve a score of at least 80 per cent in a 20 question test in which questions one to five must be answered correctly."

"The practical section of the course has 19 tasks, at least 15 of which the participants over 18 must demonstrate correctly ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Blacks who tried to vote in the American South during the 50s and 60s are probably familiar with these sorts of 'literacy tests.'
 

UK: Call for gun amnesty
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"ANTI-GUN campaigners are calling for a push to take air weapons off the street after the huge success of a knife amnesty."

"Linda Mitchell and MP Fraser Kemp have called for an urgent call for an amnesty to be introduced after the successful knife campaign ends on Friday."

"Linda, 41, of Roker, whose son was nearly killed when he was shot in the face with a pellet gun, believes a national amnesty would get the weapons out of dangerous hands and raise awareness of the problem."

"Her son ... was shot in September 2001, and is likely to need treatment for the rest of his life." ...
 

Canada: Mounties get more than 1,000 guns, plus rocket launcher, in gun amnesty
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"More than 1,000 weapons - and one rocket launcher - have been turned over to the RCMP so far this month during a B.C. gun amnesty."

"The weapons include 72 registered handguns, 124 unregistered handguns, 72 unregistered semi-automatic rifles, 34 prohibited firearms and 224 other weapons, such as air pellet rifles."

"RCMP Staff Sgt. John Ward conceded that the rocket launcher was a surprise. ..." ...

"The Mounties say in addition to the firearms, they have collected more than 44,000 rounds of ammunition."

"The majority of weapons were .22s and long-barrel weapons 'but we've seized a number of weapons that were quite interesting.'" ...
 

UK: Time running out to hand over your blades
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"BROMSGROVIANS have until 5pm on Friday (June 30) to hand in any unwanted knives as the month-long amnesty draws to a close."

"West Mercia Police along with all police forces in England, Scotland and Wales has supported the national campaign whereby members of the public could surrender any unwanted knives without fear of prosecution."

"Residents wishing to hand in knives can do so at police station counters in Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Rubery and Wythall within normal opening hours."

"Assistant Chief Constable Peter Wright said so far the amnesty has been successful and hoped people would take advantage of the final week." ...
 

UK: Cat shot in horror air rifle attack
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"A CREWE family are distraught and disgusted after their pet cat was shot three times with an air rifle outside their home."

"Sharon Brown found Sheba lying injured on their doorstep at Greenacres late at night."

"Sheba was rushed to the vets where two of the pellets were successfully removed from her mouth and back leg. But the third pellet is still lodged in her shoulder-blade."

"She has lost the movement in her paw and faces the possibility of it being amputated if the pellet cannot be removed." ...

"'Our neighbour's cat was attacked the other week as well. We just don't want it to happen to anyone else and we want whoever did this caught.'"

"Mrs Brown has contacted the police who say they are investigating the incident."
 

UK: Police warning after 3 air rifle incidents
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"POLICE chiefs have sent out a hard-hitting message urging youths not to use air rifles or other imitation weapons in public following a recent increase in air weapon-related offences across Mansfield."

"In one reported incident on 19th June, two teenagers were seen waving a weapon around in an 'aggressive manner' in the cemetery ..."

"Officers say they are also investigating reports of a man seen firing an air weapon near the Civic Centre ... the same day –– while two days later three youths were spotted using BB guns to fire at each other at Mansfield Woodhouse Railway Station."

"Local area commander Insp Sam Wilson told Chad anyone found using or carrying an air weapon in public would be dealt with robustly." ...
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Submitter's Note: As "robustly" as they've dealt with Brazilian electricians, Scottish painters and Forest Gate Muslims?
 

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