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Savage to Sullivan: It's On
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "In other words, if he took them up on their 'offer' and tried to re-register it as a machinegun without a guarantee of immunity, they would technically be able to come after him for committing 'unlawful acts'. His options are to risk losing an expensive piece of property to forfeiture proceedings, or to risk his livelihood and freedom defending himself from stepping into the trap of essentially being coerced into signing a confession."

"Those of you who have been watching things here and in other cases we've talked about, and slogging through the myriad documents, will see what's going on--this is another significant piece of evidence as to the true nature of this agency, and another significant glimpse into the hearts and minds that run it." ...
 

Gunmaker to feds: Make my day!
Submitted by: JarHeadSgt

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"A gun expert who alleges the U.S. government is retaliating against him for his testimony on behalf of a man sentenced to prison after his gun malfunctioned now has challenged the feds to go ahead and confiscate one of his own products."

"'Your suggestion for forfeiture of company property is an excellent solution to this most unfortunate controversy. The initiation of forfeiture proceedings by ATF against the firearm serial number V1, will afford the opportunity for both parties to be heard and will provide a fair and equitable determination of the issues while preserving all processes that are due for both parties,' Len Savage, owner of Historic Arms LLC, wrote in a document prepared for the [BATFE]."
 

Ted Nugent loves KC, hates liberals and music biz
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"He will turn 60 in December, and some people will tell you that the older they get, the less they care about what other people think."

"But Ted Nugent has never really cared what anybody thinks about him, and for nearly 40 years he has been as known for his brash, sometimes crude outspokenness as he has for his unbridled live shows. In the last 10 years or so, he has become an uncensored spokesman for the National Rifle Association and for other conservative causes. He has also been a staunch supporter of President Bush, the Republican Party and the Iraq war." ...
 

The Constitution, literally?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 'strict constructionists"" on the U.S. Supreme Court have now reconstructed the Second Amendment by deleting the clause about militias. Interesting how we pay such homage to the wisdom of the writers of the Constitution that we must obey what they had in mind, but can just decide that that one clause was just a stupid mistake in an otherwise perfect document."

"Since the document was penned in the latter part of the 18th century, it is only reasonable to assume, as strict constructionists, that the arms referred to were the arms available at that time. So the founders only really meant to protect the right to own and to bear single-shot muzzle loaders." ...
 

GA: Texas has guns right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"GEORGIA'S gun problem is not really about where one can carry a concealed weapon but rather about who is doing the carrying."

"The current uproar about trying to expand gun-carry rights into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport simply further emits a smokescreen hiding the real concern." ...

"... Georgia has some of the weakest checks on gun-toters around ... and now has some of the broadest ability to brandish what one may not know how to use.

"That's a prescription for unending disasters and constant bad publicity about gun rights ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So where are all those disasters you're predicting?
 

FL: Guns in our homes put children at risk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The St. Petersburg Times recently reported the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants private citizens the right to nonmilitia private gun ownership. That same week, a 3-year-old playing with a gun in his family's living room accidently shot himself in the head and died. A 4-year-old pulled a gun from her grandmother's purse, shot herself and died. And a 6-year-old was killed when playing with a gun that his friend brought into his house."

"Tragic stories of accidental shootings from the careless storage of guns at home are all too common. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Accidental shootings among children 14 and under averaged 71.5 a year from 1999 - 2005. Accidental drownings in that age range and period averaged over 845 per year. Which one should we try to fix first?
 

Old Heller
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun-rights supporters are going to have to come down from their post-Heller high a little earlier than they'd hoped. There's already a considerable amount of legal maneuvering taking place, and for much of it, a bullseye is uncertain."

"Most promising are challenges to gun bans nationwide. Since the Supreme Court struck down the capital's ban, it's almost a no-brainer to predict the Court will strike down those in places like Chicago and its suburbs as well."

"There's a slight wrinkle when it comes to 'incorporation' -- D.C. is a federal enclave, so in Heller the Court didn't have to decide whether the Second Amendment applies to state and local laws as well. ..." ...
 

Supreme Court Muddles State Gun Law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"No more arguing over the meaning of commas or engaging in semantic minutiae over the definition of militia."

"The June 26 Supreme Court decision to strike down the Washington D.C. handgun ban ... clearly established the right to bear arms as an individual right guaranteed by the Constitution’s Second Amendment." ...

"Despite clarifying the definition of the amendment and defeating D.C.'s handgun prohibition, the five to four decision left lingering questions in states where handgun violence is a serious problem – sparking new debate over the ability of state and local governments to enact restrictions on federally guaranteed rights and raising fears of unintended consequences for law enforcement." ...
 

Supreme Court got issue of gun ownership right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems to me Linda Cades (Community Compass, July 10) is a hypocrite. She berates the Supreme Court's affirmation of the 'individual right' of the people to arm themselves as the demise of public safety, but retires to the most heavily armed state in the union, which also ranks at the top of the safest states in the union. I don't see the difference between Maine and Washington, D.C.. Regardless of where we live, we have a right to protect ourselves from the scum that lies just below the surface everywhere. It's darn sure the government can't -- remember Katrina?" ...
 

Why a New Revolver Is Still Out of Reach
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"District residents in the market for handguns could face a long wait -- only one dealer has stepped up so far, and his license isn't active."

"Charles Sykes Jr. has been selling guns since 1994 to active and retired police officers and security companies out of an unmarked office in Anacostia. But right now his business, CS Exchange, is on hold because he recently changed locations on Good Hope Road SE and his permit needs to be amended."

"Sykes said the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told him that it could be 30 to 90 days before his papers are in order again."

"For now, D.C. residents who want to buy handguns have no legal options. ..." ...
 

DC defiant on 2nd Amendment ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court may have ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual citizen's right to own and possess a firearm, but that doesn't mean the District of Columbia won't do everything possible to discourage law-abiding citizens from arming themselves for self-defense."

"... Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America is convinced that liberal, gun-hating politicians in the District have no intention of allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves from violent criminals."

"'They're making it so that, if you're willing to crawl over glass and walk through concertina wire, then you might be able to get a license,' he says. 'But, of course, that office will only be open between 2 and 4 ... So lots of luck.'" ...
 

PA: Guns Ruling Spawns Challenges by Felons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Twice convicted of felonies, James Francis Barton Jr. faces charges of violating a federal law barring felons from owning guns after police found seven pistols, three shotguns, and five rifles at his home south of Pittsburgh."

"As a defense, Barton and several other defendants in federal gun cases argue that last month's Supreme Court ruling allows them to keep loaded handguns at home for self-defense."

"'Felons, such as Barton, have the need and the right to protect themselves and their families by keeping firearms in their home,' says David Chontos, Barton's court-appointed lawyer." ...
 

NJ: Authorities say homeowner shoots intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Law enforcement authorities say an intruder into a Lakewood home has been seriously injured.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says the owner of the home shot the intruder at about 5 a.m. Friday.

The prosecutor's office said the person who had invaded the home was being treated at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Further information wasn't immediately available.
 

MS: Resident Opens Fire on Apartment Burglars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One man is hospitalized after being shot during a home burglary. It happened just after noon Thursday at the Elton Park Apartments on Elton Road in south Jackson."

"Police say a tenant in Building 11 came home to find his apartment door kicked in. The resident then approached his home and yelled for anyone inside to come out. Authorities say when three men ran out of the apartment, the resident started firing shots. The suspected burglars escaped through a hole in a fence surrounding the complex."

"Police later found one of the culprits hiding in a nearby culvert with two gunshot wounds. Paramedics took him to University Medical Center, but the other two got away." ...
 

Campgrounds Near Yellowstone National Park Closed After Bear Bites Camper
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bear attacked a person sleeping inside a tent early Thursday, leading authorities to close two campgrounds near Yellowstone National Park."

"The camper suffered bite and claw marks on his arms while protecting himself. His name and age weren't disclosed. Authorities said he was taken to West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyo., which refused to release any information."

"As a precaution, the U.S. Forest Service closed the Soda Butte campground, where the camper was attacked, and the nearby Chief Joseph campground ...

Forest spokeswoman Marna Daley said the bear was believed to be a grizzly. ..."

"The camper apparently had stored his food properly, Daley said. She didn't know if he was camping alone." ...
 

MO: Trio Of Million Mom Marchers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three area women who took part in Million Mom Marches (MMM) against gun violence are putting their convictions to the test in this year's races for the state legislature."

"All of them have a respect for the Second Amendment, although they put the emphasis on 'well-regulated' in the Constitutional wording. All are unhappy with the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in June, which they contend promotes the availability of weapons over the safety of people."

"These state candidates said they're confident voters also are unhappy — even angry – that the pendulum has swung too far in a direction of unregulated gun availability. They point to gun carnage from Virginia Tech to closer to home to make their case." ...
 

NC: Bill clears to withhold guns from mentally ill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A measure proposed in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting designed to prevent the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns is headed to Gov. Mike Easley."

"The bill - which the House unanimously approved Thursday - requires court clerks to report to a federal database the names of people who have been involuntarily committed to mental health treatment because they pose a threat to themselves or others. Those who have been acquitted by reason of insanity or deemed mentally incompetent for trial also must be reported." ...
 

OH: What SB184 means to you. Part V – School Safety Zones
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"SB184 is 75 pages. It will go into effect on September 09, 2008. This is part of a series of articles looking at specific sections of the bill and how it will affect you. Keep in mind that I am not an attorney and this does not constitute legal advice. ..."

"We documented the problem with School Safety zones in our 'white paper' ..." ...

"While SB184 stopped far short of 'fixing' the problems with school zones, it did address the issue and it is now possible to pick up and drop off children at school." ...
 

SC: Former Olanta police officer charged with arson
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Olanta police officer was arrested after deputies said he set fire to his mother’s car because he didn't want to repair it, Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said."

"Robert Brendon Smith, 28, of 428 Chester Road is charged with third-degree arson and filing a false report, Boone said."

"Deputies said Smith and his neighbor, 40-year-old James David Morris of 439 Chester Road, set fire July 8 to a 2001 Dodge Dakota ..."

"Investigators said the next day, Smith called central dispatch and reported the car stolen. When deputies arrived, Smith filed an incident report ..." ...

"Olanta Police Chief Mark Strickland said Smith resigned from the department Wednesday." ...
 

OH: Ohio Cops Caught Cheating on DUI Test
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police officers administering tests used to determine whether a motorist is guilty of a serious drunk driving offense may not actually know what they are doing. The Ohio Inspector General yesterday released a scathing report that accused a state highway patrol post of cheating on tests used to certify proficiency with breathalyzer units."

"'This is not solely about cheating on a test that admittedly the vast majority of law enforcement officers can pass, it is about the public's expectation that public safety officials should maintain the highest levels of integrity at all times,' the report stated. 'Cheating, no matter the circumstances, has no place in a law enforcement agency. It cannot be tolerated, encouraged, or condoned.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So dismiss every DUI conviction since March 2 2007, and provide restitution and damages to every person convicted.
 

LA: Woman With Gun terrorizes Children
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"On Tuesday afternoon, dozens of children at a community center in Treme ran inside screaming that a lady outside had a gun."

"The woman - who according to several witnesses announced that she was a New Orleans police officer - ... for reasons unknown, became enraged at the driver of the car in front of her in the pickup line ..."

"Numerous witnesses said the woman relentlessly honked her car horn. As the situation escalated, she yelled expletives at the other driver and got halfway out of her car and brandished a gun, they said. At that point one of the witnesses called 911 ..."

"Police Department spokesman Bob Young ... said the ranking officer ruled the incident 'unfounded' because the officer couldn't find the person who'd dialed 911."

"The man who called 911 ... said the responding officer did not appear interested in his account." ...
 

GA: Gwinnett ex-officer arrested in car scheme
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Gwinnett County police sergeant has been arrested on racketeering and forgery charges related to a used-car selling scheme, authorities announced Friday."

"Michael James Saunders, who resigned from the department last month after 18 years of service, was allegedly buying and selling used vehicles without a dealer's license ..."

"Saunders, 48, is also accused of forging signatures on documents involving the ownership of his vehicles." ...

"Saunders is charged with one count of first-degree forgery, two counts of violation of oath of office, one count of racketeering, one count of false statement in application and three counts of illegally selling used vehicles." ...
 

China: Reporters hurt at gun [control] press conference
Submitted by: Steven Brown

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"THREE journalists were hurt when a gun went off at a press conference called by Chinese police to highlight the success of a gun-control campaign." ...

"One of the police officials mishandled a homemade weapon, releasing the trigger and dropping it."

"It was unclear from the report whether the gun contained bullets or shotgun pellets but it said one journalist needed surgery after being hit in the ankle, crotch, and chest."
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Submitter's Note: Gun-control proponents, whether in America, the UK, or China, apparently have a very strange definition of "success".
 

Italy: The bloody battle of Genoa
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was just before midnight when the first police officer hit Mark Covell, swiping his truncheon down on his left shoulder. Covell did his best to yell out in Italian that he was a journalist but, within seconds, he was surrounded by riot-squad officers thrashing him with their sticks. ..." ...

"There are several good reasons why we should not forget what happened to Covell ... that night in Genoa. The first is that he was only the beginning. ..."

"The second is that, seven years later, Covell and his fellow victims are still waiting for justice. ... Fundamental questions about why this happened ... hint at the third and most important reason for remembering Genoa. This is not simply the story of law officers running riot, but of something uglier and more worrying beneath the surface." ...
 

Australia: Female police officer charged with assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Police from the Internal Affairs Unit in Perth have charged a female officer with aggravated burglary, common assault and unlawful damage.

Sergeant Kellee Walters from Northam, east of Perth, allegedly committed the offences at a house in the town on Sunday evening.

She is due to appear in the Northam Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police say she has been stood down from operational duties.
 

IL: Daley's $1 mil. push to buy back guns misfires
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mayor Daley wants to raise $1 million to buy back guns and remove them from Chicago streets, but the latest in a string of corporate fund-raisers got off to a slow start." ...

"The value of gun buy-back programs came under question this week at a City Council hearing."

"Dr. Carl Bell, president and CEO of the Community Mental Health Council and Foundation Inc., argued that turn-in programs don't reduce gun violence because 'the guns they buy back don't work in the first damn place.'"
 

CA: Friends of NRA banquet nears
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 2nd annual Mendocino Friends of NRA banquet will take place on August 19, starting at 6 p.m. at the Redwood Empire Fair & Events Center Fine Arts Building in Ukiah."

"Last year's sell-out dinner was the first Mendocino County fundraising event. Some 100 people were in attendance and many prizes were auctioned and raffled ..."

"This year's event will be limited to 200 people; no tickets will be sold at the door."

"Banquet tickets are $50 per person, with special dinner packages available, including private tables for eight guests. Table packages include your choice of either a Springfield XD 9mm pistol, Henry Golden Boy Lever Action .22LR, or a Mossberg 590 120gauge Pump Mill-Spec shotgun." ...
 

UK: Thugs committing 350 knife assaults EVERY DAY, as blade menace spreads to rural areas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thugs are committing more than 350 knife assaults every day across England and Wales, latest crime figures reveal."

"Results from the British Crime Survey showed nearly 130,000 attacks took place last year ..."

"Separate figures recorded by police forces reveal 22,000 serious knife assaults including 231 attempted murders, almost 14,000 robberies and more than 8,000 woundings." ...

"[President of the Police Superintendents' Association Ian] Johnston called for more robust stop-and-search tactics."

"'We must get back to the time when members of the public accept that even if they have done nothing wrong, and are not carrying a knife, they must not object to a police officer questioning them and in some cases searching them,' he said." ...
 

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