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In Turnaround, Gun Dealer Tries Suing Bloomberg
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Georgia gun dealer that Mayor Bloomberg sued as part of his effort to get firearms off the city's streets hit the mayor with a lawsuit of his own yesterday, saying Mr. Bloomberg slandered his business and broke federal law."

"Adventure Outdoors Inc., which is being represented by ... Bob Barr, filed a $400 million lawsuit ..."

"The business was one of 15 so-called rogue dealers in five states that Mr. Bloomberg sued two months ago after an undercover sting operation. The 13-page complaint filed yesterday said that Mr. Bloomberg and several others in his administration smeared the dealer's reputation and that its undercover investigators lied on federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco forms." ...
 

Gun Control: Paul Helmke Continues Brady Tradition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Brady Campaign ... introduced its new president, Paul Helmke, in a rebuttal to Florida Governor Bush's recent statement on the state's decreasing crime rate:"

"The truth is that, across the nation, violent crime ... has been in sharp decline since the Brady Law ... Weak gun laws have not made Florida a leader in fighting crime: Arguably, they have helped to make it one of the two most violent states in the Nation.[1]" ...

"Helmke ignores Governor Bush's main point: While Florida 'weakened' its gun laws to favor law-abiding citizens, violent crime dropped.[4] ... The table below compares Florida's violent crime trend to the national trend, showing that Florida’s decrease exceeds the national trend in all categories." ...
 

Armed Revolt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Backlash to Mayor Bloomberg's national war on illegal gun dealers has surfaced in Georgia, where Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr filed a lawsuit against the mayor today arguing that his crackdown was 'careless, willful and clearly illegal.'"

"Supporters of Mr. Barr's have suggested the lawsuit it is about the second amendment, Bloomberg has long held that his lawsuit was about gun dealers breaking the law and allowing illegal arms to flow into the city." ...
 

FL: Hurricanes Safety Shot in His Yard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Miami Hurricanes reserve safety Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks when confronted in his yard Friday morning by an unknown person who fled after another player returned gunfire."

"Police said Cooper was able to walk after being shot and the injury wasn't believed to be serious, but he was taken to a hospital for treatment."

"After Cooper was shot, teammate and roommate Brandon Meriweather pulled a pistol from his pants pocket and fired three times at the person, who jumped a fence and fled with another person in a car, police said. It was unclear if the assailant was hit."

"Police said Meriweather used his gun legally." ...
 

NH: Jury acquits man of murder after dramatic trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Nacogdoches County jury needed only 10 minutes to acquit Kingtown resident David Redden, 64, of murder charges Thursday following a dramatic four-day trial." ...

" Redden's attorneys claimed he shot Wheeless in self-defense after Wheeless sprayed him twice with pepper spray, or Mace, blinding him. However, the prosecution theorized that Redden resented Wheeless because he wanted a relationship with King. Assistant District Attorney John Boundy said Redden became angry with Wheeless, chased him with a .22-caliber rifle and shot him after Wheeless broke his ankle and fell to the ground." ...
 

South Africa: Bullets fly as motorists take on hijackers
Submitted by: The gunman

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"Two Pretoria motorists disregarded their own safety when they gunned down an armed robber and critically injured his accomplice in a shootout north of the city." ...

"Motorists Chris Jacka and Giel van Wyk were driving out of the parking lot at Kolonnade shopping centre when they spotted two men driving at high speed through the mall's car park." ...

"'I dropped to the ground and screamed at Giel for help. As Giel shot, I jumped up and grabbed the dead man's gun and turned around and shot the other man as he tried to shoot me.'"

"I just carried on until everything was over,' he said, before driving off in his bullet-ridden Hyundai." ...
 

101st soldiers claim order to 'kill all military age males'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four U.S. soldiers accused of murdering suspected insurgents during a raid in Iraq said they were under orders to 'kill all military age males,' according to sworn statements obtained by The Associated Press.

"The soldiers first took some of the men into custody because they were using two women and a toddler as human shields. They shot three of the men after the women and child were safe and say the men attacked them."

"'The ROE (rule of engagement) was to kill all military age males on Objective Murray,' Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard told investigators, referring to the target by its code name."

"That target ... was believed to be an al-Qaida training camp. ..." ...
 

AZ: Mexican Man Receives Court Settlement for Border Shooting By Police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Mexican man will receive $25,000 to settle a suit he filed against the city of San Luis, Ariz., after he was wounded by police who fired on a van filled with illegal immigrants, the city attorney said." ...

"... the driver of the van had picked up a group of illegal immigrants before the shooting and had turned back toward Mexico ..."

"The Border Patrol radioed San Luis police, and two officers were trying to stop the van when it swerved and tried to run one of the officers down, police said."

"The San Luis police previously concluded that Officers Joel Sauceda and Paulino Lara had acted in self-defense. But a subsequent investigation ... concluded the officers' conduct violated their own department's policies." ...
 

MI: Officers suspended over suspect beating, caught by elevator camera
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Two Pontiac, Michigan police officers have been suspended and face additional disciplinary action after they were caught on an elevator surveillance camera beating a suspect. Prosecutors allege officers Joe Brinson and Ed Lasseigne launched an unprovoked attack on Mark Jones in a police headquarters elevator on July 1. Jones was in custody for weapons charges and was not seriously injured.
 

NY: Verona councilor brings loaded gun to Hancock Airport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Verona town councilor was stopped at Hancock Airport for possession of a loaded handgun.

Scott Musacchio, 38, was going through airport security when the x-ray technician noticed a gun in his briefcase. Musacchio told police he had been practicing with the gun and forgot to remove it from his briefcase. He was traveling to South Carolina on business.

Police say the pistol was loaded with eight hollow-point rounds. Musacchio has a valid pistol permit and the district attorney's office says he had not broken any local or state laws.

The gun was taken by police and Musacchio was allowed to board the plane.
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Submitter's Note: Nope, no special treatment here!
 

VA: Former Marshals Service detective gets 6 1/2 years
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former U-S Marshals Service detective has been sentenced to six and a-half years in prison for killing his wife ..."

"Authorities charged 52-year-old John Ludwig with first-degree murder and using a firearm after he shot 38-year-old Karen Ludwig on July Fourth last year."

"Ludwig testified he fired his service weapon in self-defense when an argument turned physical. He said he didn't notify Loudoun authorities about the shooting for nearly two days because he blacked out after swallowing pills and alcohol in a suicide attempt."

"Jurors convicted Ludwig on Tuesday of voluntary manslaughter and using a firearm to commit a felony. The eight-man, four-woman panel deliberated for more than a full day before agreeing on the sentence."
 

MI: Local Boy Arrested for Shooting Another
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
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Jackson police have a 10-year-old boy in custody. They say he shot a pellet gun at another boy outside a Quik Mart on Jacksons' south side. Police say the plastic pellet hit the other boy in the face, and that the victim did suffer some minor injuries. The 10 year old's being held at a Jackson youth home while prosecutors prepare charges.
 

VA: Officer faces Reckless-Driving charge in deaths -- Petersburg couple were killed by policeman not using siren (follow-up)
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"A Petersburg police officer was charged yesterday with reckless driving in a Monday evening crash that killed a retired Petersburg couple as they were driving home."

"Police said officer David Michael Christian, 30, was traveling in excess of 65 mph without using his emergency lights and siren when his patrol car slammed into a pickup truck occupied by Robert Allen, 75, and his 71-year-old wife, Juanita." [emphasis added] ...

"Timothy W. Allen, the couple's son, said the reckless-driving charge was not enough. Allen said the officer should be charged with manslaughter and fired."

"'He killed my mother and father, period,' Allen said. 'Do you think six points on his driving record, and a little fine, is enough for taking two lives?'"

"'If I was going down the road recklessly driving, and I killed two people, where would I be talking to you from? I can tell you -- I'd be talking to you from jail.'" ...
 

MI: Self-defense shooters protected
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Armed citizens who shoot in self-defense would gain legal protection from civil lawsuits and criminal charges under six bills signed Thursday by Gov. Jennifer Granholm."

"The bill-signings produced barbs between Granholm and a Republican senator who backed the bills."

"The legislation, promoted by gun-rights activists, clarifies when a person can use deadly force in self-defense during break-ins, carjackings and other potentially violent crimes -- even in incidents away from the person's home." ...
 

OH: Unlike Others, Montgomery County Fairgrounds Complies with Ohio Law (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Montgomery County Fairgrounds has recently become another example of county property that was made to realize the error of its ways. ..."

"Upon hearing the complaint raised by an OFCC member, reading the Attorney General’s opinion, and consulting with attorneys, Major Michael Nolan of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office promptly contacted Dan Bullen, General Manager of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and ordered the removal of the signs. After a few weeks had passed and no action was taken, Mr. Bullen was contacted by the OFCC member to ask why the fairgrounds continued to knowingly ignore the direction of the Sheriff’s office. The signs were removed the following day." ...
 

IL: Cowboys taking their shots: Upcoming Randolph County Ruckus emulates the golden era of the cowboy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If the Randolph County Ruckus had a soundtrack, you'd expect to hear Johnny Cash singing 'Don't Take Your Guns to Town' or Marty Robbins' classic 'El Paso.'"

"The Ruckus is the Prairie State Cowboy Action Shooters Association's Illinois State Championship. It will be held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta July 26-30."

"Competition begins at 8 a.m. each day."

"Parts of the new shooting complex will be transformed into the Old West, circa 1870. The event was held at Sparta last year while the WSRC was still being built." ...
 

MA: Buyback takes 1,000 guns off streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At least 10 guns turned in to Project RIGHT during the city's gun-buyback program were brought in by wives or girlfriends of men recently jailed for violent or serious offenses, said the organization's executive director."

"'The women were fearful of living in a house with a gun, so they brought them into Project RIGHT,' said Jorge Martinez." ...
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Submitter's Note: So they were promptly arrested for stealing the guns, right?
 

NY: Police confiscate 'cop killer' gun in Far Rockaway
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Police in Far Rockaway arrested and charged three youths with criminal possession of a weapon Wednesday after a search of their home yielded a powerful type of handgun that has been responsible for more than two-thirds of police officer deaths since 1994, according to the Queens district attorney."

"Police executed a court-authorized raid ... Wednesday morning and found a notoriously powerful Fabrique Nationale 5.7 handgun along with another less-powerful handgun and a bag of cocaine, according to DA Richard Brown. The gun, called a 'cop killer' by many for its ability to pierce 48 layers of bullet-proof Kevlar, is the first of its type to be recovered by authorities in New York City." ...
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KABA Note: A gun that can pierce Kevlar? I thought bullets were what did that.
 

CA: With weapons a'blazing, modern cowboys face the West's wild, wild past
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The match began with a scenario straight from a Louis L'Amour novel or a spaghetti Western -- or a mix of the two."

"Hawk Hardcase stood with one hand holding a bag of groceries and the other limp over his Colt single-action pistol. As he stared down his challenger -- a metal target about 20 yards away -- Hardcase delivered his lines, straight from Clint Eastwood's 1976 movie 'The Outlaw Josey Wales.'"

"'You gonna pull those pistols or whistle 'Dixie'?'"

"Hardcase dropped the groceries, and the eerie silence was replaced by the sounds of slapping leather, the earsplitting report of a double-barreled shotgun and continuous gunfire." ...
 

NY: EMPIRE GAMES: Peters hopes to be a straight shooter
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Debra Peters is set to move to Texas, but she's got one more piece of business to take care of in New York before she goes."

"And that's to participate in the Empire State Games, which begin Wednesday in Rochester."

"'I was all set to move, but I asked to delay it a week so I could go to the game,' said Peters, a Pendleton resident."

"Peters will compete in the standard pistol and air pistol competitions, which take place at the Rochester Rifle Club and Genesee Conservation League." ...
 

CO: "Make my day" law has its merits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When is it acceptable to kill an intruder in your home?"

"Unless unforeseen evidence emerges, it seems that Lawrence Kintz of Aurora was well within his rights Tuesday when he used his 12-gauge shotgun to shoot and kill a man climbing in his window."

"Aurora police told me Kintz's gun was 'above board' and it doesn't appear as if he knew the intruder."

"Colorado's 'make my day' law states that the 'citizens of Colorado have a right to expect absolute safety within their own homes.'" ...

"Moreover, the Kintz case is another persuasive argument for the right of responsible citizens to bear arms." ...
 

OR: Judge did the right thing (second letter)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"San Francisco's anti-gun ban was overturned. San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren issued a 30-page decision in "Fiscal it al v. San Francisco", a timely challenge to this damnable, oppressive and discriminatory ordinance banning handgun possession and firearms sales in the city. The court likewise held the anti-gun ordinance was pre-empted by state law, and invalidated the ordinance in its entirety. This decision is posted at www.sftc.com. Case number is CPF-05-505960." ...
 

Canada: Rifling through history
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two nearly identical Navy Colt .36-calibre pistols rest quietly on the kitchen counter ..."

"It's hard to tell the difference between them, but Kangas pulls out a sepia-toned photo of a man he says is David Hall, the postmaster in Orangeville, Ont. from 1864 to 1879. The slightly more weathered-looking pistol ... was worn as a sidearm daily on the job by Hall, Kangas said."

"'Canadians packed guns until the 1950s ...' he said. 'People viewed it as a bit of self-reliance, whereas now there’s a feeling that the state will take care of us.'"

"Getting guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals is one thing. Taking firearms out of circulation that have significant historical value is quite another, say Kangas and other gun enthusiasts." ...
 

UK: Police find deadly machine pistol in firearms arsenal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A DEADLY Mac 10 machine pistol that can fire 1,000 rounds a minute was among an arsenal of firearms seized by police."

"Officers discovered the lethal 9mm firearm - a favourite weapon of gangsters - together with two Eastern European-made Markarov automatic pistols, silencers, 150 rounds of ammunition and 30,000 ecstasy tablets and cocaine."

"The haul was discovered in the boot of a car parked in Sumner Road, Peckham, on Tuesday."

"Officers taking part in Southwark's Operation Hamrow anti-gun crime initiative searched the vehicle after receiving intelligence it might contain guns and drugs."
 

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