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IL: Harvey mayor probed over missing gun
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"The State Police have launched an investigation into whether Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg and other officials in the south suburb were involved in the disappearance of a gun in a criminal case, law enforcement sources said Wednesday."

"Cook County prosecutors discovered the .45-caliber Remington semiautomatic pistol was missing when they prepared to go to trial last week against Anthony T. Reynolds on a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon."
 

TX: Officer Shot In Foot By His Own Gun
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Dallas police are investigating after an off-duty officer's gun went off inside a club Saturday morning.

A department spokesperson said Officer Andrew Pagel handed his gun to another off-duty officer so he could ride a mechanical bull at the Red River Saloon.

The gun accidentally went off, hitting Pagel in the foot.

He is now recovering in the hospital.
 

How do you KNOW this, Longenecker? When Old Wounds Meet Political Clout.
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"The Quote Of The Day was: Anti-gun people are anti-liberty people. There is no such thing as a righteous, good faith anti-gun position. Good people cannot endorse gun control."

"Thank you very much. Sorry to be so absolute, but it’s true. Let me answer both.

"In that piece, I’d written that liberals and leftists are angry; their older, deeper anger is based on old wounds they never got over, while the rest of us got over them and live life working without a net. My statement was that throughout psychology, it is generally understood that impaired persons — impaired by their anger, which motivates how they see things — know what they are doing."

"They do."
 

South Africa: Cape Town in hijack blitz
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A heavily armed gang rampaged through Parklands, Table View and Cape Town on Friday, hijacking at least four cars, some in their owners' driveways, reported the Cape Argus.

Men carrying handguns and AK-47 assault rifles and thought to be wearing wigs as a disguise, struck as people left their homes for work, at around 09:00, in a hijacking blitz that took no more than 10 minutes to carry out.

But the hijackers, who sources believed might have had access to a police radio, abandoned all the cars around the suburb as they fled.

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Submitter's Note: When reading the above, keep in mind that AK-47s are strictly controlled in South Africa with the type of laws that Sarah Brady fully endorses.
 

NY: NRA camp nurtures shooting stars
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Summer camp season has arrived, and the East Aurora Fish & Game Club is setting up to host its 5th Annual NRA Shooting Sports Camp."

"This free demonstrational gathering offers boys and girls ages 12 to 18 a day of shooting education, experiences and fun."
 

SD: Sturgis firearms maker declares bankruptcy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Dakota Arms, a privately held firearms manufacturer in Sturgis, has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the company announced."

"Dakota Arms manufactures rifles, shotguns and gun parts. The company moved to Sturgis from Minnesota in the mid-1980s. Through mergers and acquisitions, Dakota Arms has since brought gun maker Nesika Bay Precision, gun maker Miller Arms Co., and gun-case maker Dan Walter Cases to Sturgis."

"In a news release, Dakota Arms officials said the company's board of directors decided that Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing would be in the best interest of Dakota Arms' customers, creditors and employees. The company will continue operating during the reorganization."
 

IN: Lifetime gun permit aimed for debate
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"Indiana now allows residents to purchase lifetime permits to carry concealed weapons. ..."

"Our guess is that the new law will have no impact on crime rates -- for good or bad, and it will also prove to be of little consequence to either gun owners or law enforcement."

"Lafayette Deputy Police Chief John Dennis told reporter Sophia Voravong that officers would need to run a check on anyone they arrest, to determine if they're licensed to carry a concealed weapon. But it doesn't matter whether the person has a four-year permit, which used to be the norm in Indiana, or a lifetime permit. The check needs to be made and the information sent to state officials when appropriate."
 

PA: Gun laws to be discussed
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"Anti-gun lawmakers will get a shot this fall to advance new gun laws in a rare, one-day House session."

"Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, brokered a deal with House Republican leaders to hold the session on crime and violence Sept. 26. The House will convene in a Committee of the Whole, which allows House members to debate and take unofficial 'straw votes' meant to show how much support exists for proposals."

"House Majority Leader Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, agreed to the session last week as a vote neared on the state budget. Several Democrats were eyeing procedural maneuvers on bottled-up gun bills that threatened to delay the budget, and the one-day session in September appeased both sides."
 

IN: Lifetime gun permits proving popular
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"The new state law that allows handgun owners to obtain lifetime gun permits instead of having to renew every four years is proving popular."

"The law, which went into effect July 1, gives people the option of purchasing a four-year permit for $40 or a lifetime permit for $100 ($125 if they're not a current holder of a gun permit). Those numbers include the local and state fees."

"The Porter County Sheriff's Department sold four lifetime permits in the first two days, including one to a 60-year-old man who thought he was still young enough to make the investment pay off. But staff said some are opting for four-year permits because they feel they are too old or don't have the extra money for a lifetime permit."
 

OH: Youth gun violence topic at conference
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"A town hall meeting focusing on youth gun violence in Greater Cincinnati will be a part of the 30th annual National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives annual training conference and exhibition this weekend."

"NOBLE, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., has about 3,500 law enforcement CEOs and command level officials, most of them black. Its annual conference begins a six-day run todayat the Duke Convention Center downtown."

"The town hall session Sunday at Urban League Headquarters is intended to give the community the opportunity to engage in dialogue and identify strategies and solutions to curb youth gun violence."
 

The NRA is riding high; gun control is a political loser
Submitted by: News Director

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"...The freshman congressman's enthusiasm for firearms might always have stood out in the Democratic Party, but Boren now finds himself among an even more endangered species: Democrats willing to discuss guns at all."

"'When we as Democrats are trying to reach out and speak to voters in the center of the country, I don't think that we can support gun control,' he explains. After seeing Democrats hammered at the polls for voting to regulate guns, many of his colleagues seem to agree. As a result, a number of pro-gun measures moving through Congress will most likely face little opposition, as advocates of gun control increasingly find themselves marginalized and ignored."
 

Canada: Gun amnesty sees 70 weapons coughed up by Cowichanians
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"More than 2,000 rounds of ammunition and 70 firearms were turned in to North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP during a month-long gun amnesty program that ended last week."

"Most surrendered weapons were long guns with some handguns as well. One sawed-off shotgun was surrendered along with a handgun believed to date from the First World War."

"'The bulk of them were folks who simply didn’t use them, sometimes for as long as 20 years, and were looking for a way to dispose of them,' said Const. Susan Boyes of people who handed over firearms."
 

UK: Gun victim's justice plea
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"Detectives last night vowed to catch the would-be killer of a young man who was left blinded after a barbaric gun attack."

"One year after an LVF gunman pumped six bullets into innocent loyalist feud victim David Hanley, police have renewed their appeal for anyone with information on the murder bid to come forward."
 

TX: The war on drugs couldn't put Durst in jail
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"For more than a year, a Galveston police officer has been prodding federal prosecutors to seek charges against Durst in what that officer called a 'slam dunk' case. ..." ...

"The situation provides an interesting window into how the federal justice system works for people who can afford top-shelf defense counsel. It raises questions about the utility of a federal firearms law with which all Americans must comply when exercising their Second Amendment rights to own and bear arms. And it calls into question the commitment of two of the state’s most powerful politicians to enforcing laws meant to keep guns away from addicts and habitual drug users."
 

MA: Seized guns should be tracked, audited
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"Massachusetts may have some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, but the state is woefully inept at keeping track of the whereabouts of guns seized by local police departments."

"An expose in The Sunday Sun (July 2) revealed that thousands of guns confiscated from individuals facing domestic-abuse violations wind up in bonded public warehouses for firearmas and are rarely, if ever, returned to their rightful owners."

"So what happens to the guns?"
 

MN: St. Paul's Police chief tells parking officers to cite 55 violations a day
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"St. Paul's chief says the directive is to provide a standard to measure performance — not fill city coffers. But the union and drivers aren't happy."

"Let the meter expire, even for a minute or two, and there's a parking officer issuing a ticket. Park too close to a driveway or ignore a permit-only sign and again it's ticket time."

"If it seems like St. Paul aggressively enforces parking meters and rules, this might help explain why: To make sure the city's enforcement officers are working hard, police want each agent to write tickets for 55 violations a day."

"Parking officers could face discipline if they don't meet the goal. The police department says most officers aren't hitting the target and that no one has been punished as a result, but the idea of ticket quotas doesn't sit well with the parking officers' union and some motorists."
 

UN small arms conference ends in "total meltdown"
Submitted by: Mitch Haley

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"A U.N. meeting meant to expand a five-year-old crackdown on the illicit global trade in small arms ended in chaos on Friday as delegates ran out of time without reaching agreement on a plan for future action."

"'There was a total meltdown at the end. You don't know if it was a conspiracy or just a screw-up,' said one delegate, speaking on condition of anonymity."

"Other delegates said negotiations had simply proceeded too slowly, leaving too much to accomplish on the last day."

"But Rebecca Peters of the London-based International Action Network on Small Arms accused governments of letting a few states 'hold them all hostage and to derail any plans which might have brought any improvements in this global crisis.'"
 

Not his weapon of choice
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mikhail Kalashnikov says he designed the assault rifle that bears his name to fend off the German invasion of the Soviet Union."

"But six decades later, he laments its transformation into the worldwide weapon of choice for terrorists and gangsters." ...

"I didn't put it in the hands of bandits and terrorists and it's not my fault that it has mushroomed uncontrollably across the globe. Can I be blamed that they consider it the most reliable weapon?"

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You could if you were living in New York City or Chicago, or in any of the other cities who see it fit to sue the industry for thugs using its product to commit crimes.
 

CT: Taking Aim At Street Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"It's early evening on Albany Avenue, one of Hartford's meanest of streets, and police Sgt. Norm Godard is trying to make a difference."

"In response to increasing gun violence, the Hartford Police Department has made it a top priority to clear the city's streets of illegal firearms. Through June, 107 people have been shot so far this year, compared to 88 during the same period in 2005, according to department records."
 

Million Mom March: Meet Nick and Amanda
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Amanda and Nick have always been disturbed by gun violence and its innocent victims, and have faithfully made an annual donation to the Brady Campaign for over twenty years. But the effect of gun violence became very real and very personal, when, in January 2001, just eight months after the Million Mom March in D.C., their daughter Laura, bright and beautiful at age nineteen, was shot four times and killed in a rampage shooting incident."

"The gunman was known to attend local gun shows and exactly one month after Laura's death, the annual gun show was held at their county fairgrounds. Stunned by the insensitivity and inappropriateness of such an event, Amanda and Nick, their sons, and a small group of friends gathered in silent vigil to protest the gun show. Front-page coverage in the local paper put the issue of gun shows in the public eye and stimulated an on-going debate in the letters section regarding gun laws and firearm violence."

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Did the gunman get the weapon at a gun show? Did he get it illegally? Did he have a history of violence? Would it matter that only a miniscule number of guns bought at gun shows are used in crimes?

We don't suppose these questions matter in the drive to use tragedy to relieve law-abiding citizens of their rights. But they are important and pertinent.
 

OH: Zins will be shooting for record
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Thousands of casual and serious target shooters and their fans from across the United States and Canada, plus a few countries overseas, are collecting along the shoreline of western Lake Erie, just west of Port Clinton, this week to begin one of the world's premier shooting events."

"That would be the National Shooting Matches and National Shooting Championships at Camp Perry, the Ohio National Guard marksmanship base and training center. The site has been home to the Matches since 1907, for 99 of their 103 years."
 

Canada: Manhunt on after two Mounties shot
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"A massive manhunt is on in central Saskatchewan for a suspect who shot two RCMP officers during a pursuit Friday night."

"RCMP said they are searching for Curtis Alfred Dagenais, 41, adding they consider him armed and dangerous."
 

CA: Taylor claims shooting honors
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Robert Taylor II won the coveted Dean Alley Memorial Trophy as overall champion of the Mother Lode Club's 11th annual High Power Match."

"Taylor, of Sonora, shot a score of 591 out of a possible 600 points with 24 dead-centers. He was presented the trophy by Sonora's Hank Tammerlane, a longtime friend of the late namesake of the award."

"Alley was instrumental in starting the club's rifle program many years ago and developed a target for 100-yard ranges that helped shooters simulate longer distances. The target was approved by the National Rifle Association and the Department of Civilian Marksmanship, and now is used throughout the nation in NRA-sanctioned events."

"Taylor, in addition to the Alley trophy, was honored as the newest member of the NRA's exclusive 495 Club for shooters who score 495 points of a possible 500. Taylor scored 496 to become only the 108th member of the fraternity, which dates to 1970."
 

Canada: 100 guns seized in police raids
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"It may have looked like nothing to the casual observer. But when a man pulled a hockey bag from the trunk of a car parked outside Burnaby's Eight Rinks last April 25, it contained three fully automatic MAC 10 machine pistols, each capable of firing 32 bullets in less than 10 seconds."

"Police later swooped in and seized the weapons in Langley, along with a loaded handgun, as part of an 14-month investigation that resulted in the arrest of eight men and arrest warrants for two others in what was described as a roundup of upper-echelon gun traffickers in the Vancouver area."

"More than 100 guns were seized, including military assault rifles, submachine guns equipped with silencers and fully automatic handguns that police say were destined for criminals involved in the illegal drug trade. The guns were displayed for the media during a news conference Friday."
 

IL: Gun support is key to Blagojevich's downstate revival
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Four years ago, Rod Blagojevich, a lifelong Chicagoan with a history of supporting gun control, stunned the Illinois political world by convincing culturally conservative voters throughout Southern Illinois to help put him in the governor's office."

"Now gunning for re-election, Blagojevich is attempting another downstate surprise. But it may prove more elusive this time, as he tries to stay out of the crossfire of the state's continuing gun-control debate."
 

FL: Democrats diverge on guns, green
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa gets an 'F' from the National Rifle Association but kudos from environmental groups. In contrast, state Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua received low marks from one conservation group -- and an 'A' from the NRA. Last year, Smith co-sponsored a 'shoot-first' law that says citizens can use deadly force against attackers in public places."

"'The law was a big rah-rah for the NRA and lots of politicians like Rod Smith, but it sends a dangerous signal,' said Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 'Will it hurt him politically in the state of Florida? Probably not. People down there really like their guns.'"
 

How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico
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"George W. Bush isn't the first Republican president to face a full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border."

"Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond."

"President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents - less than one-tenth of today's force. Operation Wetback is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol."
 

David Kopel: U.N. Conference Ending, Freedom Winning!!
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"As of 6 p.m. eastern time, the word from the United Nations small arms conference is that the conference is concluding with NO final document, and NO plans for any follow-up conference. It was the latter issue that prevented an agreement about a final document. The officials who had been charged by the conference chair with drafting the conference document presented a final take-it-or-leave it document a little while ago; that draft document eliminated various provisions that the U.S. delegation had found objectionable, but also declared that there would be at least two more conferences. The U.S. delegation refused to assent, and so the conference ended with no consensus agreement, and no plans for future conferences. The back-up plan of the international gun prohibition movement, and their many allies within the U.N. and national U.N. delegations, was to give up on significant progress in 2006, but to keep the game going with future conferences, when a more pliant U.S. administration might welcome an international gun control program."
 

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