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Lessons from Tiananmen Square -- And why judges like Sonia Sotomayor should study their history
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sometimes a pithy bumper sticker can say it all."

"Twenty years ago, many gun owners silently protested the horrific events of June 4, 1989 with this simple adage: 'China has gun control.'"

"To be more specific: China's gun control applied to anyone outside of the military and the police -- a truth that was pounded into the skulls of thousands of university students during what became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The military government responded to student protesters in 1989 with gunfire and tanks, killing thousands of defenseless people." ...
 

Abortion Doctor's killer was Militia?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Front page of today's Los Angeles Times: Slaying Suspect Tied To Militias."

"Reports of the shooting of Dr. George Tiller in his place of worship have the killer associated with '..anti-government militia groups'. Ladies and gentlemen, the electorate needs now more than ever before to be able to sort out smear from fact." ...

"Militia Groups aren't anti-government or hate groups any more than enforcement of immigration laws is a hatred of new immigrants. Such allegations only mis-frame the issue and lie to the electorate. In the case of militias, the vast majority of individuals summon government to its duty and has no intention of applying anything but due process to the concept of self-rule. ..." ...
 

National Parks… Again
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The lamestream media told you:"

The powerful gun lobby attached an amendment to the must-pass credit-card-reform act Mr. Obama had decided to enact without delay. This forced him to approve a gun law he would probably otherwise not, when he signed it into law on May 22." ...

"The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:"

"Routine constitutional firearms carry in National Parks and Refuges remained uninfringed until the 1980s, when it was banned as a way to prevent hunters from hunting in forbidden zones. Because catching poachers was difficult, the much easier route of banning any possession was adopted through 'regulations,' by agencies incapable of enforcing their laws. ..." ...
 

A post from 2038
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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After 30 years of writing for the Examiner.com, I have seen most everything. I thought I would write today on the watershed events around 2008 that reset the course of the last three decades in American politics. Guns played an amazing part. First, we had the election of Barak Obama, America's first black president who began to pick administration officials and cabinet members with obvious track records opposing gun rights. The intentions coming out of congress and statements by administration officials fueled the fears that our 2nd Amendment rights were in the sights of this new president. The ensuing months after the election saw gun sales soar ... Ammunition was being bought like the country was preparing for war. ..." ...
 

Georgia has more places off limits to bearing arms than California
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Georgia or California: Which place has more off limits locations to bearing, i.e., actually carrying, a firearm. California has more than 50,000 people with firearms licences." ...

"But, if you are one of the more than 50,000 people who have a firearms license in California, are you better off than a Georgian? Prior to July of 2008, the members of GeorgiaCarry.Org, Inc.'s contended that Georgia had more places off limits to the bearing of arms than any state in the nation. Now, in 2009, Georgia still has more places off limits than California. Most people assume California is highly restrictive of the right to bear arms and that Georgia is a 'gun friendly state.' Are these twin assumptions justified?" ...
 

Justifying deadly force (Part 1)
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"In the previous article, we examined two defensive shootings which started out being remarkably similar, but one appeared to go wrong because of subsequent actions by the defender. This article attempts to explain why, in hopes that perhaps one decent person will be spared the agony and expense of having to justify their actions in court."

"In tactical firearms training, one message is repeated over and over: You shoot to stop the threat."

"The difference between law-abiding citizens and criminals is intent and conscience. Criminals don't care if they hurt, maim, or kill their victims. Decent folk suffer remorse, revulsion, and even post-traumatic stress disorder ..." ...
 

Guns are the only inanimate objects blamed for crime
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"It seems nearly every time someone is killed with a gun, there is someone waiting in the wings to blame the gun and not the person pulling the trigger. If there's a robbery, we need to get guns off the street. If there's a murder-suicide, we need to get guns out of the home. If there's a school shooting, we need to get guns out of the schools. Gun control is always the answer." ...

"This past Friday, two Cleveland men allegedly deliberately drove a pickup truck into a crowd of people outside of an Avon Lake bar, hitting three people. Had they driven past and fired a gun instead, the Brady Campaign would be all over the story." ...
 

Tennessee Veto About Control, Not Guns and Alcohol
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "And the argument that guns and alcohol don't mix? As I type this I have access to both. There is literally nothing stopping me from getting up right now and draining a bottle of single malt and loading up the M1 Garand. Nothing except the fact that I'm a responsible and self-controlling human being, and deserve-- under the law --to be treated that way until I prove myself untrustworthy. As do millions of gun owners who may also have adult beverages on their premises. If we're too dangerous to be entrusted with the combination in restaurants, what makes people think we can be entrusted in our homes?"

"Of course, we know that for some, that's what it's all about." ...
 

Framers meant everyone
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In response to 'At ease, militia members' (letters, May 29), read the original writings of the signers of the Constitution and framers of the Second Amendment. The 'militia' in the Second Amendment was understood to be every citizen rather than the 'official military.'"

"As explained by Samuel Adams: The militia is composed of free citizens."

"George Mason: Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people."

"Richard Henry Lee: The militia shall always…include, according to the past and general usage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms. Militias…are in fact the people themselves ..." ...
 

New left's views scary to veteran
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Those who classify the opposition as extreme, or even violent are themselves a danger. The convictions of the writer ... like the current Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security, is depreciating certain Americans by classifying 'right-wing' political groups as potential threats ..."

"I am an American veteran, right of center, Second Amendment proponent, 81 years old. And now my government, and such as Sievers, scare me. In my years of thinking that I was a good citizen I am suddenly cast as an extremist, and violent because I don't fit the image set by the 'new left'. Who are these people ... paying such attention to the likes of Christians, gun owners, pro-life, and veterans? And, what are their credentials?"
 

'Shoot to wound' advocates have watched too much television
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It did not take long in the wake of a fatal police shooting of a man in Covington for someone to wonder why the King County Sheriff's sharpshooter could not have simply shot the armed man to wound him."

"The man in this case was aiming a hunting rifle at a hovering sheriff's department helicopter, Guardian One. A deputy took the shot, reportedly hitting the man in the chest."

"In a rather inane post on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's public feedback section, someone identifying himself (or herself) as 'Trainer56' argued in somewhat disjointed English: 'They should have the building evacuated and if he had to shoot the chopper shoot to wound not kill.'" ...
 

The liberal version of Harriet Miers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Here we go again with the hubbub over race, sex and ethnicity ... I care about Sonia Sotomayor's judicial demeanor/temperament and her grasp of constitutional law." ...

"Focusing on Sotomayor's ethnicity, background, gender and upbringing serves only to obfuscate and detract from what matters most. ..."

"She should be thoroughly vetted based on her ability and temperament. The fact that she has been overturned on appeal in 60 percent of her cases should be of grave concern to liberals and conservatives alike. Her position on the Second Amendment is important to many voters regardless of their party affiliation. ..." ...
 

Guns On Campus, Guns At Work Get Big Thumbs Down In Texas
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Texas State Legislature said 'no' to the gun lobby in the session just ended, joining a growing list of states that rejected forcing colleges and universities to allow students to bring loaded, hidden handguns to class and also rejected a second gun lobby priority bill to force businesses to allow employees to have loaded guns in their cars on private property."

"Texas joins 10 other states that have already rejected guns on campus legislation this year."

"'Common sense is alive and well in Texas,' said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign. 'State legislators in Texas agreed that places of learning don't need armed college students, and that private property owners should set the rules on who can come onto their property packing.'" ...
 

GOP Was Dreamin' of a Different SCOTUS Nominee
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"There has been mucho sputtering this week on the macho right over President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sottomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court." ...

"Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is whipping the NRA crowd into a frenzy based on her decision not to expand second amendment rights to a nun-chuk bearing New Yawker challenging a state law. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So these lib looneys have no problem with a judge who rules that states are not bound by an enumerated right from the Bill of rights, which has been recognized as an individual right by the SCOTUS?!?
 

Duplicity of NRA makes America less safe
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: 'A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'"

"The Founding Fathers understood the rules of English grammar. They intended to say that 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed' was dependent upon introductory phrases separated from the last only by commas, thus conveying their intended meaning."

"'A well-regulated militia' meant a well-organized and well-regulated standing militia. As history evolved, that 'well-regulated militia' became National Guard units maintained in every state." ...
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Submitter's Note: A) SCOTUS disagrees and 2) so do I.
 

Camping? Don't Forget to Bring Your Gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Like many other Americans, every time I take my family to a national park I find myself thinking: Wow! If I only had a gun...."

"Now, thanks to Congress and President Obama, all of us will soon be able to carry loaded firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges. Even concealed weapons will be allowed, for those who have state permits."

"It's about time. The one element that's been missing from the outdoor experience in Yellowstone and Yosemite was the adventurous possibility that the drunks at the next campsite might be fooling around with a loaded .357."

"Now the thrill is back, and the man to praise is Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma and a proud warrior for the National Rifle Association." ...
 

Guns, Liquor and the Age of Obama
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"... When Phil Bredesen turned 16, he was given a .22 rifle by his father ... 'The thing I remember most,' recalls Bredesen ... 'was his constant harping on the 'guns and alcohol don't mix' message' ..."

"Those lessons came back to Bredesen when he found himself confronted last week with a bill allowing people who are licensed to carry concealed weapons to bring them into bars and restaurants that serve liquor and beer. Standing before rows of law-enforcement officers that formed what he called, with the satisfied tone of a good politician, 'a sea of blue,' Bredesen vetoed the measure, though that veto is almost certainly going to be overridden in Nashville. ..." ...
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KABA Note: As David Codrea points out in this Examiner piece "There is literally nothing stopping me from getting up right now and draining a bottle of single malt and loading up the M1 Garand. Nothing except the fact that I'm a responsible and self-controlling human being, and deserve-- under the law --to be treated that way until I prove myself untrustworthy."
 

TN: Gun Freaks Acting Like Schoolyard Bullies
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"After running roughshod over the legislature all session, the state's Second Amendment champions are reacting like a gang of bullies to the governor's veto of the guns-in-bars bill. As every kid on the schoolyard learns, if you punch a bully in the nose, he cries like a baby."

"First, Tennessee Firearms Association's John Harris sent an 'action alert' asking his members to review news photos and videos of the governor's veto ceremony to 'help us identify the police chiefs, officers and district attorneys who stood with Bredesen.'"

"Harris said, 'We want to compile a list of their names, districts and supervisors,' for posting on the TFA website, thus making it more convenient to harass these law officers." ...
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Submitter's Note: So when the Commercial Appeal posts a searchable database of private citizens who have carry permits they are 'mak[ing] state government more transparent' and upholding the First Amendment. When TFA compiles a list of public employees who appeared in uniform (thus representing that they are acting in their capacity as police officers and not private citizens) they are 'making it more convenient to harass these law officers'.
 

TN: A selective reading of Bill of Rights
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"The furor over Gov. Phil Bredesen's veto of the so-called 'guns in bars bill' would be comical if it and related issues ... were not so serious ..." ...

"John Harris [leader of the TFA] emailed his members, asking them to look at the photos and identify for his web site all of the 'public officers' who appeared with the governor." ...

"'We feel like we've got a [First Amendment] right to petition government and government officials for grievances, including that these public officers are lobbying the government on taxpayer's money.'"

"Metro Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas suggested it was a thinly-veiled ploy 'to chill people's rights to speak their opinion.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Ron you can 'speak your opinion' all you like, but when you don your uniform you are acting in your official capacity as Metro Nashville Police Chief. You can't have it both ways.
 

Seventh Circuit: The Second Amendment Does Not Apply Against the States
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion today in National Rifle Association v. Chicago (formerly McDonald v. Chicago), holding that the Second Amendment offers no protection against the restrictive gun control laws of Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois. As I noted last week, the Second Circuit—including Judge Sonia Sotomayor—reached the same conclusion about a New York law back in January, while the Ninth Circuit, in April's Nordyke v. King, held that the Second Amendment does apply against state and local governments. This split among the circuits means the Supreme Court will almost certainly take up the issue. Here's why the Court should rule that the amendment does apply to the states.
 

Court upholds Chicago handgun ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Chicago ordinance banning handguns and automatic weapons within city limits was upheld by a U.S. Court of Appeals panel, which rejected a challenge by the National Rifle Association."

"The unanimous three-judge panel ruled today that a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year, which recognized an individual right to bear arms under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, didn't apply to states and municipalities."

"'The Supreme Court has rebuffed requests to apply the second amendment to the states,' U.S. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote, upholding lower court decisions last year to throw out suits against Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park, Illinois." ...
 

7th Circuit homage for Sotomayor gun-rights stance
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"A Chicago-based federal appeals court--in an opinion by a renowned conservative jurist--has backed Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's recent ruling that the Constitution's right to bear arms does not limit action by state or local governments."

"Some conservatives and gun rights advocates had pointed to Sotomayor's January decision in Maloney v. Cuomo as evidence that she holds a narrow view of the Second Amendment and may harbor a hostility to gun rights."

"However, 7th Circuit Judge Frank Easterbook wrote today for a three-judge panel which specifically concurred with Sotomayor's ruling and her assertion that a Supreme Court case from 1886 [Presser v. Illinois] is still good law--leaving the Second Amendment applicable only to the federal government. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Interesting that the court said Presser still holds given that is was in Presser that SCOTUS stated:
"It is undoubtedly true that all citizens capable of bearing arms constitute the reserved military force or reserve militia of the United States as well as of the States; and, in view of this prerogative of the General Government, as well as of its general powers, the States cannot, even laying the constitutional provision in question [the Second Amendment] out of view prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms, so as to deprive the United States of their rightful resource for maintaining the public security, and disable the people from performing their duty to the General Government." [emphasis added]
 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Would Like To Remind You: You Have No Right to a Fair Trial
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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I expect David Olofson and Gun Owners of America to seek a writ of Cert with SCOTUS, but the refusal for a rehearing enbanc was yesterday denied in the case of US v. Olofson.

Therefore, while you still have no right to expect a fair trial in the federal system, you still have the right to an unfair fire fight with the thugs they send to frame you.

This is going to get out of hand.
 

Sotomayor May Have Some Unlikely Allies on Gun Issue
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"Judge Sonia Sotomayor's best defense against firearms owners mobilizing to oppose her U.S. Supreme Court nomination may come from an unlikely source: two top conservatives on the federal bench."

"Sotomayor was labeled 'anti-gun' by Gun Owners of America for refusing to extend to the states the U.S. Supreme Court's 2008 decision overturning a Washington, D.C., handgun ban. The group said a January ruling by a three-judge panel that included Sotomayor displayed 'pure judicial arrogance' for declining to throw out a New York state weapons law[sic]*."

"Today, Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook, appointed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago by President Ronald Reagan, took the same hands-off as Sotomayor. ..." ...
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*: In fact the GOA release chided her for ruling that the Second does not limit state action and did not even mention NY's anti-nunchuck law.
 

NY: LI deli owner pulls gun, pays robber
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A Long Island deli owner pulled a gun on a would-be robber and then gave him cash."

"Mohammad Sohail, who owns the Shirley Express, says a bat-wielding man entered the convenience store and demanded money on Thursday, May 21, just after midnight."

"Sohail responded by pulling out a rifle. The suspect then reportedly dropped to his knees and begged forgiveness, blaming the tough economy for his turn to crime."

"The Pakistani immigrant, who has been on Long Island for more than 20 years, put down his gun and gave the man $40 and a loaf of bread."

"'He started crying,' Sohail told Newsday. 'He was saying, 'I have no money. I have no food. I have no job. I have to take care of my family.'" ...
 

OH: Burglar shot in home invasion
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"A wannabe burglar may be walking around with a lead reminder of a Friday break-in."

"Lima Police believe the man who reportedly broke into a home in the 800 block of West Wayne Street early Friday morning may have been shot by the home's owner."

"The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. Friday, according to Lima Police Detective Kent Miller. The home's owner was sitting in his living room, just about an hour after coming home from working third shift, when he heard a bang from the next room. He walked in and saw a man in his house by the front door. The homeowner turned around and grabbed his .22 revolver and yelled at the intruder, who then rushed at him, Miller said. He fired one shot before the would-be burglar fled." ...
 

NC: Alleged intruder shot by homeowner
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A 29-year-old woman who broke windows at a house behind Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia was shot in the head by the homeowner, a Richland County sheriff’s spokesman said.

The bullet grazed the woman, who was slightly injured, the spokesman said Tuesday.

The woman who broke the windows at the house at 618 Hatrick Road was trying to get in and will face charges, the spokesman said.

The homeowner will not face charges, the spokesman said. Officials did not disclose the names since no charges had been filed.
 

Record numbers of Missourians preparing for armed self-defense
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"While the enormous--and sustained--spike in sales of firearms and ammunition has been well documented for over half a year now, less discussed is the phenomenon of more and more people seeking to take responsibility for their own defense. Missouri, including the St. Louis area, provides an excellent case in point."
"In the St. Louis area, the surge is most marked in St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln and Jefferson counties, where applications for the first four months of 2009 are between 114 percent and 144 percent higher than for the same period last year ..."

"In St. Louis, applications are up 49 percent this year, and St. Louis County's have risen 53 percent. ..."
"That, no matter how you slice it, is a marked increase." ...
 

KS: Defendant in doc's killing railed against abortion
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"Scott Roeder's family life began unraveling more than a decade ago when he got involved with anti-government groups, and then became 'very religious in an Old Testament, eye-for-an-eye way,' his former wife said." ...

"Scott Roeder, 51, remained jailed Tuesday on suspicion of murder, accused of shooting abortion provider George Tiller to death on Sunday as the doctor served as an usher at his Lutheran church in Wichita. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Dr. Tiller often was accompanied by a bodyguard, but Kansas statute 75-7c10.a(21) prohibits carrying concealed in "any church or temple". After all, why would anyone ever need a gun in church?
 

NC: Abused woman in NC dreads release of ex-husband
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"Heather Thompson's blackened and bloodied face has served as a warning to battered women in North Carolina. On a billboard and in brochures, she tells them they can get help."

"Since her ex-husband used pliers and a broom handle and a belt to abuse her 15 years ago, leaving her with permanent disabilities, she's shuffled to high schools to counsel students and taught law enforcement officers about domestic violence."

"But always, in the back of her head, was the vow Thomas Howard Price Jr. made in a letter from prison. On Friday he was released, and she began waiting for him to make good on his promise to kill her and her daughters." ...
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Submitter's Note: Hopefully, she applied for her CCW some time back.
 

OK: Right to self-defense not an absolute right to kill
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Regarding the article, "Druggist arrested for killing man in holdup":

The right to self defense is absolute. The Second Amendment was passed to recognize this right. However, with rights come responsibilities. When your attacker falls helpless and wounded or turns to flee, you are no longer defending yourself. It is over, and you must stop.

It's easy to empathize with the druggist and understand his rage, but he was wrong. However, first-degree murder is a little much. Manslaughter is a more appropriate charge.

P.M. deLaubenfels, Corvallis
 

NY: Ammo stamp on target with county executive
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"State legislation that would require a system to tag spent shell casings has the backing of Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr."

"The measure requires that certain pistols be equipped to mark each cartridge when fired so police can more easily trace the weapons. The measure is now before the Senate Codes Committee after approval in the Assembly. New semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in New York would have to be capable of microstamping ammunition starting in 2011."

"Microstamping means information that identifies the make, model and serial number of a gun is 'stamped' onto a cartridge as the weapon is fired." ...
 

OH: Bill to remove ban on self-defense while dining introduced!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"One of the most frequently requested changes to Ohio law by concealed handgun licensees is to remove the ban on self-defense while dining in a nice restaurant. Under current Ohio law, concealed handgun license (CHL) holders are prohibited from carrying their handgun into any restaurant which has a class D liquor permit and serves liquor regardless of whether or not that person is consuming alcohol. This means virtually all restaurants other than fast food places or diners are off limits. Ohio is one of the few states with such severe restrictions, as thirty-nine states, including every state surrounding Ohio, have a provision for self defense while dining and several more are considering an exception as well." ...
 

TN: Veto of gun-carry bill blasted as override vote set
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"After setting a veto-override vote for Wednesday, state Rep. Curry Todd lashed out at Gov. Phil Bredesen Monday night for vetoing his bill allowing gun-carry licensees to take pistols into places serving alcohol."

"'I won't tell you what the governor can do with that piece of paper he just sent,' Todd ... said at the House lectern after the governor's veto message -- which said the the bill is 'reckless and lacking basic safeguards to ensure public safety' -- was read aloud." ...

"Overriding a veto requires only a simple majority of each legislative chamber ..." ...

"The bill allows handgun-carry permit holders to take guns into restaurants and other places that serve alcohol if they are not drinking themselves." ...
 

LA: House defeats guns-on-campus measure
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"State Rep. Ernest Wooten's proposed law, which would have allowed those over 21 with permits to carry concealed weapons on Louisiana's college campuses, failed badly last week in a vote of the full House of Representatives."

"In this state, conservative as it is, the measure drew only 18 votes."

"The paucity of support may testify to the clout of the police chiefs and top higher education officials who opposed it."

"Or it may be a sign that few were fooled by a reckless political tactic camouflaged as an attempt to protect the legitimate constitutional rights of gun-owners." ...
 

MN: State court: Juvenile convictions can void adult gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A man convicted of a violent crime when he was a juvenile doesn't have a Second Amendment right to possess a firearm, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday."

"Ryan Turnbull was convicted in Swift County District Court in 2007 after a conservation officer saw him carrying a gun during hunting season in 2006. He had been found delinquent in juvenile court in 2004 of felony drive-by shooting, dangerous weapons charges and criminal damage to property."

"Turnbull ... argued the law is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and that he shouldn't have been deprived of that right without a jury trial." ...
 

TN: Guns In Bars, An Open Letter To Sen. Bo Watson
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Dear Bo,"

"Your record in Nashville, your approach to legislation, has been one with which I generally agree, and I have appreciated your service as my state senator. Because of this comfort level, I have been seriously considering supporting you should you decide to run for Congress in '10."

"But I am deeply dismayed by your ongoing support of the bill to permit concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol. Now that Gov. Bredesen has vetoed this ill-advised bill, you have indicated you will probably vote to override his veto." ...
 

CA: After police raid, bitterness replaces pride for LAPD officer
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Until it all went bad, Randolph Franklin used to talk with pride about his life in the Los Angeles Police Department. ..." ...

"In the early morning darkness of May 25, 2006, Franklin's two worlds -- his life on Woodlawn and his life in the LAPD -- collided."

"The phone in his upstairs bedroom woke him from a dead sleep at 4 a.m. ... The voice on the line identified himself as a lieutenant with the LAPD's elite SWAT unit. The house, he told Franklin, was surrounded. ..."

"... He had 20 minutes, the SWAT officer said, or police would come in and get him." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks "Who here thinks that the 4 am wake-up experience for a non-"Only One" would have been the same?"
 

TN: No charges for deputy over gun discharge
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"District Attorney General Jerry Woodall says he will not file criminal charges against the Madison County sheriff's deputy whose gun was discharged in a Jackson store last week."

"Debra A. Bond, 46, was suspended for 10 days without pay after her 3-year-old grandson reached into her purse and accidentally discharged her .40-caliber Glock handgun Wednesday evening at the Goodwill Store at 1688 S. Highland Ave."

"The bullet struck the ceiling, and no one was injured."

"In a letter sent to Sheriff David Woolfork on Friday, Woodall stated, 'It is my opinion that the officer's conduct was not reckless in that she was carrying the weapon in a manner that most women would carry a weapon ..." ...
 

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