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WY: Judge dismisses gun rights suit
Submitted by: Pern

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"A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a Casper man against the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives because he did not face any threat of prosecution for wanting his gun rights restored."

"Christopher Kegler offered only hypothetical arguments that federal agents would prosecute him if he wanted to own a gun after he had a misdemeanor domestic violence crime deleted from county court records, according to U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson's order on Tuesday."

"Kegler's lawsuit, filed in February, deals with issues similar to one filed by Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank in May."
 

NY: Trapshooters win titles
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Two northern Broome County shooters brought home some impressive hardware from the New York State Trapshooting Championships last week at Cicero."

"Joe Pendell of Lisle finished as the runner-up, by one bird, in the High Overall standings with a 390 count out of 400. He was the Class AA Empire State Singles Champion with a perfect 200 and also won the state's Class A Doubles title with a 97 out of 100."
 

NY: Mr. Mayor, stand your ground!
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"New York City's feisty mayor is being sued. Former Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Barr has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Michael Bloomberg, claiming that his campaign and subsequent crackdown on gun dealers is 'careless, willful and clearly illegal.'" ...

"Of course, the powerful politically connected gun lobby has put Mr. Bloomberg, who recently met with the mayor of Atlanta, Ga.--part of his coalition of mayors against gun violence -- in its political cross-hairs." ...

"'We didn't start this fight. They did,' Mr. Barr told the crowd in Marietta's city square. 'We will fight to prove the Constitution of the United States is still intact, and that Mr. Bloomberg's fight to abolish the Second Amendment must and will fail,' added Edwin Marger, a lawyer who filed the lawsuit with Mr. Barr."

"Cheering and dancing notwithstanding in Georgia, we agree with Mr. Bloomberg's spokesman."
 

Assault weapons: they're not just for militias anymore
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The prohibition on assault weapons, which went into effect in 1990, is cause for hundreds of gun lovers like Newby to cross the state line twice a year and head for the Machine Gun Shoot at Nevada's Mustang Range to get a taste of the forbidden fruit."

"Some seek the adrenaline rush from firing high-power weapons. Others go for the opportunity to exercise their Second Amendment rights."

"For Newby, shooting is a hobby akin to golf or horseback riding." ...

"Newby looked on with a mix of delight and disappointment, acknowledging that gun culture attracts all types."

"He generally votes Democratic or Green and said he could do without the political display or, for that matter, the 'zealots' camped out in full combat fatigues by vintage military vehicles in the parking lot."

"The more extreme gun culture is what the outside world sees, Newby said."
 

NY: Something for kids to shoot for
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Alik Miller wasn't buying the notion that competing on a three-person team lessened the pressure of shooting skeet." ...

"Miller, 16, a junior at Gates Chili High School, had just walked off the skeet field on July 15 at Rochester Brooks Gun Club in Rush. A perfect 25 out of 25 targets on the last round of the day and a solid 95 out of 100 on the first of two days at the Scholastic Clay Target Program's national championships didn't placate Miller."
 

KS: Gun Owners Becoming Certified for Conceal and Carry Law
Submitted by: News Director

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"Nearly a month after the state's new concealed weapon law goes into effect, many Kansans are preparing for their chance to pack heat. All over Kansas, gun shops are opening their doors to teach. They're hosting conceal and carry so gun owners can safely follow the new law."

"People all over Wichita are excited about Kansas becoming the 47th state to enact conceal carry legislation. ..."

"As part of the approval process, residents wishing to carry concealed weapons must participate in an eight-hour training course. Bel Aire Police Chief John Daily is involved in the classes offered by the Bullet Stop. Daily says they ask all the participants why they want to carry a gun."
 

SC: Lawmaker won’t be prosecuted in gun incident
Submitted by: News Director

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A state lawmaker won’t be prosecuted for firing a gun while arguing with two utility workers in his parents’ backyard.

Rep. Wallace Scarborough, R-Charleston, was arrested July 15 by Charleston police after firing a single round from a 9 mm pistol. At the time, two S.C. Electric & Gas linemen were inspecting storm damage in the backyard of Scarborough’s parents’ home in West Ashley.

Scarborough said he thought the men might be robbers. The round fired, he said, when he tripped while walking away from the men. Prosecutor Ralph Hoisington said Scarborough’s conduct did not amount to assault with intent to kill. “I don’t think we can prove there was any intent to harm somebody,” Hoisington said.
 

TX: Former West Lake Hills Mayor Had Gun At Airport
Submitted by: News Director

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"Austin Bergstrom International Airport police told CBS 42 Saturday that former West Lake Hills Mayor Dwight Thompson was arrested Friday after trying to board a plane with a handgun."

"Thompson reportedly had a loaded, .38 caliber pistol."

"He was arrested at checkpoint two at ABIA early Friday morning."
 

UK: Woman Shot In Face
Submitted by: News Director

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"A woman was shot in the face by gun-toting thugs in south London, police revealed today."

"Police say the 25-year-old victim was with a group of pals when a car pulled up and a man got out and fired several shots."

"The woman, who has not been named, was taken to hospital following the incident in Lohmann Court, Kennington, at about 5.35pm last Friday afternoon. She was allowed home the following day after treatment."
 

NJ: Dodging bullets no way to live
Submitted by: News Director

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"...When we get a shooting, we put as many cops as we have out there to get information..."

"If the Northside were a CeaseFire zone, the response would be different, said state police Capt. Christopher J. Andreychak, who coordinates the statewide CeaseFire program that aims to reduce gun violence through innovative methods and by improving the way law enforcement agencies gather and use intelligence. Under the CeaseFire model, multiple agencies respond with more resources to each shooting, he said."
 

IN: New gun permits earn raves
Submitted by: News Director

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"Chris Phillips hopes the next time he renews his handgun license will be his last."

"Phillips, 24, is the manager of Riverside Sporting Goods and a licensed handgun owner. In the past, he has had to take the time to renew his license every four years, but a new law allowing lifetime licenses for handgun owners will make that a thing of the past." ...

"Phillips said he doesn't know anyone who has applied for a lifetime handgun license since the law changed, but he said many people he has talked to like the idea. He also said the new permit will save handgun owners money."
 

MA: Boston Police Officer Placed on Administrative Leave
Submitted by: News Director

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"A Boston police officer from the same motorcycle unit as two officers arrested in a police corruption investigation has been placed on administrative duty."

"A police spokesman wouldn't say whether Edgardo Rodriguez's new assignment is connected to the F-B-I corruption probe."

"Rodriguez -- and 11-year veteran of the force -also had his gun confiscated."

"Last week, three Boston officers were arrested and accused of taking part in a wide-ranging criminal enterprise."
 

Many Police Officers Disenchanted with President Bush on Immigration
Submitted by: News Director

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"During the last presidential campaign cycle, many national and local police organizations, as well as individual officers and commanders, supported the reelection of George W. Bush. Commanders and rank-and-file officers understood the fact that compared to the alternatives, Bush was the right man to serve as Commander-in-Chief in wartime." ...

"But now there's increasing disenchantment with President Bush on his handling of illegal immigration and border security. More and more police agencies find themselves engulfed in crimes being committed by illegal aliens. ..."

"This is a widespread problem and will eventually lead to more crime and violence. How can the President of the United States allow foreign soldiers on US soil who are carrying automatic firearms? Where are the so-called gun control advocates in congress who wish to disarm American citizens? Are they not concerned with foreign nationals entering the country armed to the teeth? US police departments are outgunned and outmanned and no one save a few congressmen are displaying any concern."
 

MA: City recoups $438k from gun maker
Submitted by: News Director

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"The city of Boston received $438,500 in a settlement between a pellet gun maker and the family of a college student killed after a Boston policeman fired pepper spray pellets into an unruly crowd celebrating a Red Sox win."

"The city was entitled to a portion of the settlement as part of its agreement last year to pay the family of Victoria Snelgrove $5 million, the largest wrongful death settlement in Boston history."

"The agreement included a stipulation that the city receive half of any proceeds, up to $2 million, from the family’s $10 million suit against the gun manufacturer, FN Herstal. The city also agreed to cooperate with the family in the suit."
 

TN: Bystander uses gun to end attacks with knife
Submitted by: News Director

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"Two victims of a knife-wielding grocery store employee remained hospitalized Saturday after the man attacked eight co-workers and was stopped by a witness who pulled a gun, authorities said."

"Elartrice Ingram, 21, was charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said. The attack Friday apparently stemmed from a work dispute." ...

"Ingram, chasing one victim into the Schnucks store parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said."

"Cope grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim 'like something in a serial killer movie.'"
 

NY: Opponent slams Fossella on gun policy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Democratic congressional candidate Stephen Harrison blasted Rep. Vito Fossella yesterday, saying he hadn't done enough to stop the flow of illegal guns into the city."

"Speaking outside the 120th Precinct stationhouse in St. George, Harrison said that while Fossella had secured money to buy bulletproof vests for cops, 'Fossella has done nothing to make sure these officers are not being shot at in the first place.'"
 

MI: Deputy fired for misconduct
Submitted by: News Director

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"An Antrim sheriff's deputy was fired after she knowingly allowed a suspect with outstanding warrants to go free."

"An investigation led deputy Trish Pratt's superiors to believe she tampered with recording equipment in her patrol vehicle in order to cover her tracks."
 

Canada: There's still a gun control problem
Submitted by: News Director

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"Supporters of the federal firearms registry have pointed to the tragic deaths of two RCMP officers in Saskatchewan as evidence of the need of the registry."

"That's a bit of a stretch. It's true that Constables Robin Cameron and Marc Bourdages were shot in the head by long guns, but whether a well-established long-gun registry could have stopped that event is questionable. Yet these shooting deaths do remind us, as did the deaths of four RCMP officers last year in Mayerthorpe, that we have a gun control problem in this country. ..."
 

SD: Protect Second Amendment (Letter)
Submitted by: News Director

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"Rep. Stephanie Herseth speaks proudly of her South Dakota rural heritage, and so she should. However, her Democratic party House leadership (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Calif.; John Conyers, Mich.; Charles Rangel, N.Y.; Barney Frank, Mass.; Maxine Waters, Calif., and others) are strong anti-Second Amendment, pro-gun control advocates." ...

"The survival of our Second Amendment is not a local/state issue; it is a national concern. Herseth can indicate a Second Amendment stance in Redfield or Huron; however, what counts is what she does in Washington, D.C. As she is a Georgetown University graduate - hotbed of leftist/liberal activism with pronounced gun control advocacy - her position is a concern to all who believe in the Second Amendment."
 

NE: Gun owners capture victory in the Senate
Submitted by: News Director

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"Thankfully, on July 13 the U.S. Senate recently voted 84-16 to add the Vitter Amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441) to try to ensure that it would never happen again. Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter's amendment prohibits the use of funds appropriated under H.R. 5441 to be used for the confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster."

"You'll be glad to know Nebraska's Senate delegation of Republican Chuck Hagel and Democrat Ben Nelson voted in the affirmative for this common sense measure which both shows confidence in law-abiding American citizens, as well as respect for the U.S. Constitution."
 

TN: Cordova Schnucks employee attacks seven co-workers
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owner
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"Justin Murchison had a matter-of-fact answer Friday when asked what would have happened had a Good Samaritan with a gun not put a stop to a stabbing rampage at a Cordova Schnucks:

"I'd be dead."

"A knife-wielding employee of the grocery store at 9025 U.S. 64 stabbed seven co-workers Friday morning before the armed civilian apprehended him in the parking lot. Another person was accosted with a knife, and yet another was stricken with heat-related symptoms."
 

UT: Popularity of Utah gun permits puts hole in budget
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the 11 years since its passage, Utah's concealed-weapon law has become the closest thing to a national concealed-carry permit, with six of every 10 permits this year going to out-of-state residents."

"A tidal wave of nonresident applicants since January has state Bureau of Criminal Identification officials overwhelmed and concerned that Utah taxpayers are subsidizing nonresidents' gun permits. Worse, they say the huge numbers of out-of-state applicants are robbing resources from other important public safety duties - particularly doing criminal background checks on school employees."
 

CA: Everybody pays
Submitted by: News Director

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"Every click of a trigger comes with a cost."

"That's obvious in the flatland neighborhoods of Richmond and Oakland, where people live with danger and disruption every day."

"That's not so obvious in the distant suburbs, where most view such troubles through the filter of the evening news."

"But everyone pays -- whether they realize it or not."
 

PA: Gunning for votes
Submitted by: News Director

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"Drug dealers, pimps, muggers and assorted thugs in Philadelphia are cringing in their boots at the idea that politicians might enact legislation limiting handgun purchases to one per month."

"I'm sure they are following the issue closely and it will crimp their style." ...

"Critics of gun control legislation -- whom the Philly liberals would call "gun nuts" -- point out that such legislation favored by city pols would basically impact law-abiding citizens. Supporters of this bill say, 12 handguns a year are not enough?"

"Never mind that criminals tend to buy guns illegally."
 

IN: Former police officer admits to bank robbery
Submitted by: News Director

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A former police officer from west Michigan has pled guilty to robbing more than 20 banks in 11 states.

Clifton Davidson, Jr. of Holland is charged with 24 counts of bank robbery, and one count of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old admitted robbing the banks between November 2003 and November 2005.

More than $167,000 was taken.

Davidson admitted to committing four of the robberies in Michigan.

Davidson was fired from the Elkhart, Indiana police force in 1995.
 

SC: Fifth man sought in home invasion case (Update)
Submitted by: R. Stevens

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"Greenville police are searching for a fifth man who has been charged in a home invasion that authorities say was foiled by a gun-toting 13-year-old."

"Sylvester Rodriquez Jones, 19, of 520 Lowndes Hill Road, Apartment13, Greenville, was charged with burglary in the first degree, lynching in the second degree and attempted armed robbery, according to warrants."

"A gunman and four other men barged in to George Dickert's home off Wade Hampton Boulevard on Sunday, authorities said. As the men roughed Dickert up, causing his eye to swell, his son came into the room carrying a pistol, according to reports and warrants. The men saw the boy with the gun and ran away."
 

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