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Thoughts on the gun-ban treaty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our Second Amendment grants us the right to keep and bear arms. But two centuries after it was put into our Bill of Rights, the United Nations declares that this civil liberty is a cause of the world’s violence."

"It claims jurisdiction over sovereign American citizens by crafting a global treaty that calls us to surrender our firearms freedom and accept whatever lesser standard of freedom, if any, the U.N. deems appropriate." ...

"The global gun-ban treaty is a ticking time bomb just a pen stroke away from U.N. gun laws being enforced in the United States. Any anti-gun president could call the U.N. document an 'agreement' instead of a 'treaty' and bypass needing two-thirds of the U.S. Senate for ratification. ..." ...
 

Gun sales up, violence down in '05
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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation, always one to put a smiley face on news from the American firearms industry, notes that 2005 U.S. Department of the Treasury figures show increases in retail sales of firearms and ammunition (2.6 percent) and total volume of sales ($2.1 billion)."

"You've undoubtedly heard that the firearms industry is in trouble; now these figures. Who to believe?"

"Well, the industry is staggering, largely due to the cost of labor and the skyrocketing price of raw materials. It is staying afloat, however, by marketing products - particularly firearms - made off-shore. A total of 1,845,366 firearms were imported for retail last year compared to 2,947,008 made on these shores." ...
 

Politicians Push Anti-Gun Trafficking Bill, Bash New Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two northeastern lawmakers joined a small group of law enforcement administrators on Capitol Hill Tuesday to reintroduce legislation they argue will reduce the illegal flow of guns to criminals. ..."

"Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the bill he is reintroducing is intended to address the 'scourge of gun trafficking in our country.'"

"'This legislation will actually create a new federal crime of gun trafficking, make it a federal crime and give federal authorities the power, which they need, to go after gun traffickers,' King explained. 'It would also make it a new crime for criminals to use stolen firearms [or those] which have [obliterated] serial numbers.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: You mean the BATFEs don't already have the power to enforce straw purchase and serial number obliteration laws?
 

Gun runners family sues FBI
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THE family of a murdered IRA gun runner have begun a $50 million lawsuit against the FBI because of an FBI agent’s alleged involvement in the killing.

The murder of 32-year-old John McIntyre followed the seizure of the Marita Ann gun running shipment in 1984 and the arrest of ship’s captain, Martin Ferris, the future Sinn Fein elected member of the Irish Parliament for north Kerry.

 

Rathore fired up once again
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Ace shooter’s gun retrieved

New Delhi: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today heaved a huge sigh of relief after his Olympic quota-winning Perazzi gun was retrieved today, exactly a fortnight after it was lost by the Luftansa Airlines on his way back from Cairo, Egypt.


Werner Heesen, the General Manager of Passenger Sales in India and South Asia, Lufthansa Airlines, said the weapon was lying at the Frankfurt custom warehouse and would most probably be handed over to the Athens Olympics silver medalist by tomorrow.

 

OH: Special prosecutor clears officers in 5 shootings
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"A special prosecutor cleared police officers in five shootings, including one in which detectives killed a 15-year-old boy."

"Brandon McCloud, a robbery suspect, was shot and killed in September after police tried to serve a warrant at his home. Detectives Phillip Habeeb and John Kraynik said they acted in self defense after McCloud attacked them with a knife."

"Special prosecutor Ellen Connally ... released her findings Tuesday in the McCloud shooting and four other fatal police shootings dating to March 2004."

"Connally said the four other shootings were justified. She called the officers involved in McCloud's shooting 'arguably overzealous,' but said they were still in line with police policy, court rulings and the Constitution." ...
 

OH: Liberal media joins OhioGOP to target Strickland on guns (OFCC)
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"Ohioans are being treated to a rather uncharacteristic display of negative press aimed at a Democratic political candidate. For the second time in as many weeks, the Dayton Daily News has taken issue with Ted Strickland's supposed flip-flopping on the issue of gun control."

"A little over two weeks ago, the DDN's Martin Gottlieb attempted to document Strickland's 'evolving' position on gun rights. This week, it was DDN Washington D.C. staff writer Jessica Wehrman's turn..." ...

"No matter what tricks Strickland's opponents try to pull on gun owners, the fact remains that for the first time in a great while, pro-gun voters in Ohio who Vote Freedom First have two major party choices at the top of the ballot come November. ..." ...
 

TX: Stolen 19th century weapons recovered
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 19th century weapons stolen from the Fort Davis Historical Site were recovered Tuesday afternoon."

"Site Superintendent Chuck Hunt said National Park agents have recovered the artifacts stolen in early April."

"Hunt said the several pistols, five revolvers and a historic knife all dated to the 1880s. The items were stolen on a weeknight — Tuesday, April 11."

"Hunt said the weapons were retrieved Tuesday — eight weeks after they were stolen."


"'There are two persons of interest,' National Park Special Agent Dave Sandbakken said. 'The case is progressing quickly.'"

"Hunt, who is working closely with National Park agents, confirmed this report on Tuesday when he said arrests were pending." ...
 

PA: Police: Would-Be Victim Pulls Gun, Shoots Robber
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An alleged robber got quite a shock from his victim, who pulled a gun on him and opened fire.

It happened in Philadelphia's Logan Square Tuesday.

Police said Luther Cook, 42, pretended to have a weapon and attempted to rob the victim.

But the victim actually had a gun and shot Cook, NBC 10 reported.

Cook is listed in stable condition and faces several charges in the incident.

Police have not released the name of the shooter, but said he will not be charged since he acted in self-defense.
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Submitters Note: What do you think about this Sara?
 

NY: County targets Playland toy-gun vendor
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"The second-largest vendor at the Westchester County-owned Playland Amusement Park could lose its contract if it continues to sell realistic-looking toy guns at a park gift shop, county officials said yesterday."

"Peter and Fredericka Trahanas, who own the second highest number of concession contracts at the historic amusement park, were ordered to pull several models of toy guns off the shelves Friday after County Executive Andrew Spano learned from a WCBS-TV news reporter that the plastic guns were on sale — in violation of a 2000 law pushed by his administration." ...
 

FL: The lone gun shop: Jupiter resident opens only full-line gun shop in town
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"It was his lifelong dream to own a gun shop."

"On June 3, a dream became reality."

"Chuck Sunser opened Chuck's Gun and Ammo Shop at 126 Center Street, Suite 10."

"'I've been into guns since I was 10 years old and have been collecting guns since I was 15,' he said Monday."

"'I was a weapons specialist in the Marine Corps as well. Although I've owned a landscaping business for 18 years, I wanted to have a gun shop for a long time,' Sunser said. 'I wanted to stay in Jupiter to do it.'"

"Not only does the shop offer tactical rifles, tactical and hunting shotguns and a full line of handguns, but Sunser has a mission to provide classes for those who use the weapons." ...
 

VA: Boy, 12, charged with gun at school
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"A Huntington Middle School student is facing charges that he brought a loaded handgun to school Tuesday, the second instance of police arresting a Huntington student on gun charges in less than a month."

"The school's resource officer arrested the sixth-grader at his home Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the boy was suspended for an unrelated offense ..."

"The 12-year-old was charged with possession of a firearm on school property."

"About 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, two Huntington students reportedly told Principal Michele Mitchell that they had seen the 12-year-old with the handgun earlier in the school, Thurston said. ... Huntington students also told school administrators that the boy hid the weapon nearby." ...
 

KY: Two men shot by businessman
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"Wilson Liquors owner James Wilson managed to fend off an attack from two would-be robbers Tuesday evening by shooting them."

"Police told us the two men who were shot were taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Wilson also went to the hospital for injuries to his head, but his granddaughter tells us he'll be okay." ...

"'They started beating me with a pistol. I fought 'em off as best I could and finally I got my pistol out of my pocket and they turned and run and then I started firing,' said Wilson. 'I run out there and caught one going south and one running around here… The other one crossed the alley and I caught him before he could turn the alley and hit him in the leg.'" ...
 

MA: As gun buyback set to start, message startles early caller
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"Carolyn Cogswell wanted to take part in the Boston Police Department's latest gun buyback program, so yesterday she called 1-888-GUNTIPS , a number the city began advertising last week."

"The 49-year-old from Brighton, who wanted to turn in a pistol, thought she had dialed the wrong number when she heard this message: 'Hello, you've reached the office of Cecil Jones. I'm not available right now, so leave a name and a brief message, and I'll return your call.' She didn't leave a message." ...

"Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said the number Cogswell reached is correct, but that the officer fielding calls had not changed his voicemail message. The department changed the message yesterday." ...
 

NY: Cuomo's (Bloomberg's?) Gun Proposal
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"Just two days after Mayor Bloomberg made headlines with yet another initiative to fight illegal guns, Andrew Cuomo announced his own gun control plan this afternoon while receiving an endorsement from the NYC Sergeants Benevolent Association."

"Cuomo said that he had not personally conferred with the mayor or reached out to Bloomberg's staff at City Hall about the plan -- a statewide coalition of mayors to stop the flow of illegal guns. (Ring a bell?)"

"But as it turns out, his campaign had reached out. And, according to the mayor's press office, Cuomo did too."

"'I shared the proposal with the mayor's office in advance,' said Wendy Katz, Cuomo's press secretary, who emphasized that the proposal was not coordinated with City Hall." ...
 

NY: 2nd shop re-arms after NYPD seizure
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"A second Big Apple gun store swept up in the city's crackdown on rogue gun dealers had hundreds of firearms returned by police, the store's lawyer said yesterday."

"Cops handed back 234 firearms to the Woodhaven Rifle and Pistol Range in Woodhaven, Queens, after seizing the guns in an undercover sting on May 25. ..." ...

"... Spallone relented and agreed to make the sale if the Suffolk PD gave him permission. Chambers said Spallone spoke to an official in the Long Island department and the official said it was OK for him to change the paperwork to reflect the right number, so he went ahead with the sale."

"That prompted the raid and seizure of the weapons."

"But Chambers said city lawyers ultimately realized no crime had been committed and decided to return the weapons." ...
 

NY: Gun drop off nets a dozen weapons
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A dozen guns are off the streets and in the hands of Rochester police thanks to a new gun drop off program.

The RPD showed off the haul Tuesday. 12 guns, big and small, were collected between 6 area churches over the weekend. The program was launched by the new chief of police, David Moore. It's the city's first "no questions asked" program since 1999.

Though the guns were turned in anonymously, they will be tested to determine if they have been used in any unsolved crimes.
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KABA Note: Will they be returned to their rightful owners if it turns out they were stolen?
 

OH: Victim Shoots Back In Store Robbery
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"The victims in a jewelery store robbery shoot back." ...

"The store owner has a message for those criminals, and anyone to tries to rip him off." ...

"'Come in with a gun,' said 'Tony,' store owner. 'You going to run out with a bullet. So, this what's going to happen.'"

"Only Local 12 was there as that chilling warning was made by the man police believe owns New York Gold Exchange ... in downtown Cincinnati."

"Police say two men, 18 to 20-years-old, ran inside the shop around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. They then turned around, running for their lives, and from a bullet."

"Police say the shopkeepers tell them the two were robbing the place. It's unclear if those robbers were armed with guns."

"The shopkeepers told police they were." ...
 

UK: Knife attacker still at large
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"A 24-YEAR-old man was 'stable' in hospital last night after being stabbed in the back late on Sunday night – a grim wake-up call that knife culture could be creeping into Macclesfield."

"Three days earlier – and just nine days after a nationwide amnesty on blades – a man was arrested brandishing a 10in bread knife in a town centre disturbance."

"But the assailant who plunged a 6in 'steak-type' knife into the lower back of his victim in the more recent of the two crimes on the Moss Estate is still at large – and the weapon has not been recovered." ...
 

Switzerland: Right to bear arms set to trigger new debate
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"The Senate is due to launch a review of the country's firearms legislation this week as part of parliament's regular summer session."

"The draft law foresees a slight tightening of regulations for purchasing and keeping guns and rifles, but it falls short of introducing a central database of all weapons in circulation."

"Despite a long tradition of bearing arms and fairly responsible attitudes towards guns, Switzerland is not immune to tragedy and the gun law is a highly controversial subject."

"It appears to be a contradiction that Switzerland, an orderly country with an efficient administration, has no record on the exact number of firearms." ...
 

Canada: Our View: Fake guns, real threat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Playing cops and robbers is a game children have enjoyed for generations. But times are changing and both parents and toy suppliers need to keep pace."

"Reports of people carrying weapons in public have become a weekly occurrence for police in Saanich."

"Most of the time the guns are fake -- toys or replicas that look real but aren't capable of killing anyone. At least that's what the weapons' owners think. The truth is fake guns can be deadly for the people wielding them." ...

"When lives are on the line it is all but impossible to tell the difference between a toy gun and a real pistol. It's a truth that parents need to drill into their children." ...
 

Canada: Wild West Rides Into Town
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"he Kamloops outdoor gun range on Saturday looked like the Wild West of 150 years ago when firearms and theatre came together for the annual cowboy action-shooting event."

"Organized by the Western Canadian Frontier Shooting Society, gun enthusiasts donned cowboy hats and western wear while shooting replica pistols from the late 1800s."

"'We play with firearms from 1860s to the 1900s,' said Rob 'Rusty Hinges' Hetherington."

"'Most of them are replicas made in Italy.'"

"He said each shooter has a cowboy name they go by when they are at the range and in costume."

"Hetherington is called Rusty Hinges because of his bad knees." ...
 

Uganda: Extinguishing the Fire of Small Arms
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"As flames licked the tightly stacked pyre of carefully positioned weapons, an occasional loud crack pierced the air, as some gun with ammunition lodged inside discharged its payload straight into the ground."

"The weapons had been driven firmly and vertically into the earth to prevent any risk of injury to the workers and the people watching the destruction in the town of Jinja, in eastern Uganda, on Monday."

"The pyre included weapons ranging from crude homemade arms to pistols, semiautomatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and mortar tubes. ... the weapons would be smelted into molten metal then recycled into blocks ..." ...

"As of this week, some 57,000 small arms and light weapons have been destroyed." ...
 

UK: Hold up at bank
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"FIVE bank employees were threatened with a pistol in the first raid on the bank in its 20-year history."

"The armed robber pointed the 6in barrelled gun at staff members at the Co-op in Hythe Street, Dartford, before stealing £2,900."

"He entered the branch at 12.20pm and pointed his pistol at the face of a female cashier before demanding the contents of her till."

"She gave him the notes which he pushed into an orange, canvas Sainsbury's bag before swinging his gun in the direction of two male and two female cashiers also behind the counter."

"He demanded money from their tills but when staff said they did not have keys he fled the bank towards the town centre." ...
 

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