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MN: Challenges to State's handgun law spreading
Submitted by: Michael Lomker

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"From the heart of the Iron Range to the hometown of the chief legislative sponsor of Minnesota's new handgun law, local officials are challenging its provisions barring them from keeping guns off public property."

"And gun-rights advocates are gearing up for counterchallenges in court, but on their own unhurried timetable."

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This story paints a picture of county and city governments as being "wronged" and valiantly defending their "right" to have local ordinances. Local law firms say they will file suits based upon property-rights arguments. Landlords think they are entitled to write firearm bans into their leases.

We wouldn't want anyone but the landed gentry to be able to defend themselves, would we?
 

PA: Pennsylvania Legislators Conspire to Confiscate Your Handguns
Submitted by: John Salsgiver

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"On July 1, 2003, three days before Pennsylvanians were to begin celebrating our Independence from tyrannical British rule, 13 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced a bill that would give law enforcement the authority to confiscate all handguns in private possession, unless they are approved by a newly created Handgun Standard Commission. The catch 22 is that no handgun currently manufactured today will be able to comply with the standards outlined in the legislation that this Commission must use to approve handgun sales. These standard(s) will require that the only handguns that will be permitted to be owned will be of the so-called personalized-smart guns design, and no existing handgun will be permitted to be modified."
 

IA: Des Moines to ban gun use at city's cemeteries
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The dead can rest easier. City leaders will ban the use of firearms in Des Moines cemeteries." ...

"Paintball guns and air-powered weapons are illegal in the city limits without proper permits or permission. Military salutes in cemeteries will still need special permission."
 

IL: Police chiefs say gun ban in court off target
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A standoff is brewing between judges who want to turn their Lake County courthouses into gun-free workspaces and police who find the idea dangerously disarming."

"A majority of Superior Court judges issued an order last month that everyone, including law enforcement officers, check their guns at the front door of county government buildings in Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary and Hammond. The judges' own security force and police escorting prisoners are the only exceptions."
 

DC: Pro-Gun Groups Split on Tactics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Months before Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) introduced legislation to repeal the District's 27-year-old handgun ban, two gun rights groups were trying to get the law struck down in U.S. District Court."

"But instead of working together, the Cato Institute and the National Rifle Association have filed separate lawsuits against the gun ban and have disagreed with each other's legal tactics."

"Last week's proposal by Hatch, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has once again put them at odds, with the Cato Institute accusing the senator and NRA officials of conspiring to spoil its lawsuit."
 

German gun maker wins TSA contract to arm airline pilots
Submitted by: Alan Glenski - TRT Colorado

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"The Transportation Security Administration has selected the German firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch to supply the .40-caliber semiautomatic handguns the agency will use to train and arm commercial airline pilots."

"A company spokesman confirmed the contract award Friday. TSA notified bidders by fax late Thursday. TSA officials were unable to comment as of Friday afternoon."

"Although losing bidders may still file a protest, the award caps a procurement effort that proved troublesome for TSA, which ran afoul of leading handgun manufacturers in its attempt to buy handguns for its next class of pilots, scheduled to begin Sunday."
 

Canada: Put the gun registry out of its misery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The case for maintaining the national firearms-registration system weakens with each new example of mismanagement. A well-intentioned initiative has been so wretchedly bungled it increasingly appears it would be best simply to put the costly mess out of its misery."
 

UK: Gun raiders injure woman at takeaway
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A woman working at a Chinese takeaway in the Black Country was injured after being beaten around the head with a pistol by two men during a violent armed robbery. One of the raiders was brandishing a black handgun."

"The raiders entered the Tividale Chef takeaway, in Tividale Road, Tipton, at about 12:15am on Saturday."

"After demanding cash, the armed man hit the 32-year-old woman repeatedly on the head and shoulders with the gun."
 

UK: Cop Shop Gun Maniac
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A crazed gunman walked up to a police station and opened fire last night."

"The maniac, who was wearing a combat jacket, shot twice into the car park before running off."

"At least one person was injured in the incident, at Shettleston police station in Glasgow's east end."

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Are gun-free police station zones next? After all, gun-free school zones have done legislative wonders!
 

UK: Gun rally flops in shadow of bands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"An anti-firearms rally in Birmingham flopped yesterday as crowds flocked to a charity concert in a neighbouring square instead."

"Groups including the Black United Front and the Nation of Islam had organised the event to preach against the growing gun culture which is costing Midland lives."

"The Victoria Square rally had been expected to draw more than 2,000 people - but fewer than 200 turned up."
 

TN: School gun safety class urged
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Cocke County education officials have mixed feelings about a proposed gun safety program in the schools, citing a lack of resources and an already 'jam-packed curriculum' as major obstacles to implement such a program."

"Cocke County Director of Schools Larry Blazer said that while the idea sounds valid, the schools are already heavily taxed and an additional mandate would only exacerbate the situation."
 

AL: Police Chief Reaches Out to Hispanics in Wake of Police Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Fort Payne's police chief met with members of the city's Hispanic population over the weekend, saying he wants to calm their fears after the June 7th fatal shooting of a Latin man by a police officer."

"Walker has said the officer -- who was chasing Bamaca after he ran following a traffic stop -- accidentally slipped on pine needles and his gun went off, killing the immigrant. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating."

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And if it were you or me, we would be facing negligent homicide charges.
 

Jamaica: Ten violent deaths over weekend
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The police had a busy weekend as a total of 10 deaths, including that of a two year-old infant, were recorded by the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) between Friday and yesterday, pushing the murder toll for the year to 494."

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Two murders in a weekend is "relatively quiet" in the gun-free paradise of Jamaica.
 

Husband, Cop And Enemy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"When asked if she has any idea of how many Crystal Brames there may be out there, Anne O'Dell, a retired San Diego Police sergeant says, 'There are so many women being battered by police officers.' The detective notes for too long, police departments have ignored the problem of domestic abuse within the ranks."

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And yet, all too often, the police are the ones armed, while their victims are not.
 

UK: Police Constable shot on duty in Scots police station
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Armed officers hunting a gunman who walked into a police station and blasted a constable with a shotgun surrounded a flat today."

"The police activity came several hours after a gunman walked into Shettleston police station and shot a constable manning the public counter."

"PC John Cunningham was today in a serious but stable condition after taking the blast in his right side."

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Even cops aren't safe. What chance does a disarmed
British subject have?
 

Australia: Man gunned down in parked car
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A man was shot dead in his car in an execution-style killing in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne last night."

"Police said the man was shot while he sat in his sports car par ked on the side of Waverley Road, near the corner of Warrigal Road, Chadstone." ...

"Police said two men pulled up in a car and one got out and fired into the parked car before they fled the scene."
 

Modern Liberalism: The State Church of the Left
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The truth is, Modern Liberalism does not oppose moral law; rather it haughtily believes that it has a fresher, higher, smarter moral perspective than that contrived by the rough and puerile rabble. Thus, the advocates of this creed feel compelled to share it, to order it, to mandate it—and with the power of the state behind them, they have met with great success in decreeing their religion throughout the land." ...
 

South Africa: Captain America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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" 'The imperious and arrogant in Washington believe the rights of man come not from God, but from the generosity of Uncle Sam,' wrote The New Straits Times in Malaysia."

"The sentiment is bolstered by growing anti-Americanism, some of it based on ignorance. Thus America is seen as a battleground of gun-crazed gangsters, a land where a few have immense wealth amid poverty and suffering, a nation that does not value learning or culture."
 

CA: Gov. Davis Admits He's Consulting Clinton
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A vote to recall him would be a vote to abandon the Democrat party's most cherished ideals such as support for abortion and gun control warned California's ultra-left wing Gov. Gray Davis, oddly described by the liberal Los Angeles Times as 'a longtime political centrist.' " ...

"Davis admitted he had even sought advice from disgraced former President Clinton."
 

DC: Battle of the Ban
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Disarmed residents of the nation's capital, which is also the nation's murder capital, seem to have attracted a powerful ally in Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). The D.C. Personal Protection Act, introduced by Hatch on July 15, would repeal the District's 27-year ban on handguns and lift prohibitions on carrying weapons in homes and businesses."

"Yes, Congress has been through this before. For the first time, however, someone with the heft of Orrin Hatch is leading the charge. Why Hatch? And why his sudden preoccupation with D.C. after 27 years? As Council member Kathy Patterson (D-Ward 3) put it: 'I can't believe a senator of his stature would waste time on something like that.' Of course, defenseless Washingtonians, at the mercy of the local drug gangs, may have a different view of what constitutes wasted time. Still, that doesn't explain Hatch's sudden emergence as a crusader for repeal." ...

... "Spurred by Attorney General John Ashcroft's endorsement of an individual right to bear arms, public defenders across the country are invoking the Second Amendment as a defense to prosecution. How long before the high court gets one of those cases, with a crack dealer as the Second Amendment's poster child?"

"Despite that risk, the NRA seems determined to derail our case." ...
 

NJ: SAF hails victory for free speech in NJ school case.
Submitted by: Second Amendment Foundation
Website: http://www.saf.org

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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today congratulated the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) for resolving its lawsuit against the Montclair, N.J. Board of Education, which had allowed anti-gun materials to be distributed in the school, but not pro-Second Amendment materials."
 

Police Departments Turn to Private Money
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Police departments with shrinking budgets and a growing list of duties are using nonprofit foundations to solicit donations for new, and sometimes controversial, projects." ...

"In the past five years alone, at least 10 foundations have been launched around the country, said New York City Police Foundation president Pam Delaney, whose group gives seminars on establishing them. Atlanta, Detroit, Omaha, Neb., and Oakland, Calif., all have police foundations based at least in part on New York's."
 

On Elderly Drivers
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Passing a law... gosh, it always makes us feel so proactive, and it may help in some situations. But we can't just rely on laws, and the wisdom of the state on things that are so important. We have to continue to take personal responsibility, even when life is uncomfortable. I believe no action of the state can relieve us from our moral imperative to pay attention and have icky conversations, for the sake of 50 bloody bodies in that California market."
 

Firearms Measure Surprises Some in GOP
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Tiahrt's eight-point amendment, which targets the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and was drafted with the NRA's help, would prohibit the use of federal funds for several bureau activities. It would prevent the bureau from requiring firearms dealers to conduct a physical inventory, from denying licenses to dealers whose sales fall below a certain level, and from demanding that certain dealers provide documentation for all used guns sold in a specific period."
 

WI: Wisconsin's 130-Year-Old Ban on Carry-Conceal Gets Court Change
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A state Supreme Court decision allowing home owners and business owners to carry concealed weapons on their property has re-ignited a movement to relax Wisconsin's 130-year-old ban on carrying concealed weapons."
 

CA: Bowless in Burbank
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Burbank began as two Spanish land grants that became a sheep ranch. Today it is an incorporated city of 100,000 with a total size of just more than 17 square miles. The studios, Griffith Park Zoo, and many other attractions and homes are located in the lovely downtown area, but on the northeast side of the city are the Verdugo Mountains, which rise up to 1,000 feet. Over seven miles long and three miles wide (at their widest), the Verdugos are part of the San Gabriel Mountains, and home to some 500 deer, as well as numerous rabbits, quail, and coyotes. Until this spring, these animals have been legal game for archers."

"Last fall, however, some hikers complained about seeing bowhunters in the Verdugos. Their concerns led the Burbank city council to forbid anyone 'but a peace officer or animal control officer' acting in the line of duty from shooting arrows in the city limits — except at archery ranges, although there are none."
 

Oppose this bill to criminalize internet cigarette purchases
Submitted by: Melissa (skypod)
Website: http://profiles.yahoo.com/skypod

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"A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that will prevent you from purchasing the cigarette brand of your choice over the Internet. If you live in the states of Arizona, Utah, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, South Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, Texas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, Wisconsin, California, New York, Illinois or North Carolina, it is vitally important that you write, call, e-mail or fax your Senator or Senators, urging them to vote against S. 1177."

"Tell these Senators you are an adult consumer, and should be able to purchase the brand of your choice, the same way you can purchase other legal products over the Internet."

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If you live in Arizona, Utah, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, South Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, Texas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, Wisconsin, D.C., California, New York, Illinois or North Carolina, call, email or fax your Senator to vote against S.1177. Contact info at link.
 

Canada: Police seize paintball gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two young men failed to act their age Sunday evening and, as a result, watched a police officer confiscate their paint ball gun."

"A husband and wife out walking shortly before 9 p.m. told the RCMP they’d been shot at with either a pellet or paint ball gun from a moving vehicle. They were on the Alaska Highway in the MacDonald Road area at the time, Sgt. John Sutherland said this morning. Neither stroller was hit."
 

FL: UF flag flap: Patriotism or politics?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The 22-year-old senior, leader of a conservative group at the University of Florida, wants to mount American flags on the walls of all 382 classrooms, lecture halls and auditoriums on this traditionally liberal campus."

"Some students are offended, saying the flags would intimidate people who don't support the war in Iraq or the U.S. administration." ...
 

I was ejected from a plane for wearing "Suspected Terrorist" button
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Your readers already know about my opposition to useless airport security crap. I'm suing John Ashcroft, two airlines, and various other agencies over making people show IDs to fly -- an intrusive
measure that provides no security. But I would be hard pressed to come up with a security measure more useless and intrusive than turning a plane around because of a political button on someone's lapel."
 

McCain-Feingold Plaintiffs Squabble Over Argument Time
Submitted by: Melissa (skypod)
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"Seven weeks before the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law will be argued before the Supreme Court, squabbles have broken out among plaintiffs challenging the law over how to divide up the face time before the justices."

"Lawyers for seven main challengers -- including Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the major political parties -- submitted a plan to the Court last week that urged the justices not to grant argument time to three fellow plaintiffs, including the National Rifle Association."
 

NY: NYPD'S Commish of Porn
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A top NYPD official who allegedly looted $113,000 from a jailhouse charity to help pay for thousands of inmates' calls to X-rated chat lines, frequently eavesdropped on the steamy sessions, sources told The Post."

"During a five-month investigation, Department of Investigation probers found Deputy Police Commissioner Fredrick J. Patrick — a rising star in two city administrations — apparently had a secret side to his respectable public persona."
 

Eternal Thanks To A Patriot: Dick Hafer (1937-2003)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Members and supporters of JPFO, and literally tens of thousands of other Americans, recognize the work of Dick Hafer. He was the cartoonist and a contributing writer for JPFO's Gran'pa Jack series of booklets (Nos. 1-5 & 8). Outside of JPFO, Dick Hafer was known in the political action community for his signature drawing style and light-hearted lampoon wit."

"We at JPFO must sadly report that Dick Hafer passed away on July 5, 2003." ...
 

Wrong Lubricant, Jammed Weapons, Dead Soldiers
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"It wasn’t just Pvt. Lynch in the 507th Maintenance Co. who fell victim to a jammed weapon." ...

"The probable cause of this widespread weapons failure has been blamed on a government-issued lubricant known as 'CLP' that has been provided to many – but not all – U.S. Army soldiers. A number of Army veterans and contractors have denounced CLP as totally ineffective in preventing sand and dust buildup in weapons in Iraq."
 

UK: Confiscated cash to fund anti-gun crime measures
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"Up to £1.5 million of confiscated criminals' money is to be put back into the community to tackle gun crime, Home Office Minister Caroline Flint announced today."

"Speaking at the inaugural conference of the anti-gun charity, Disarm Trust, Ms. Flint revealed that the cash would be allocated to community groups working in the eight regions in England worst affected by gun crime."
 

Firearms Industry Wins in NAACP Case
Submitted by: Gary G. Mehalik
Website: http://www.nssf.org

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Another expensive and unfounded court action against the firearms industry came to an end today with Federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein’s decision to follow a 12-member advisory jury panel’s recommendation to exonerate manufacturers and distributors of firearms in a case brought by the NAACP to a Brooklyn Federal courthouse.

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