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New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Hosts International Rifle Festival Competition
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Twenty nine competitors traveled to the Iroquois Rod & Gun Club in Rotterdam, NY on July 18th and 19th for the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association's 2009 International Rifle Festival competition. Some of the state's finest competitors took part in this event - including 2008 Olympian Sandy Fong. Both smallbore rifle (.22 caliber) and air rifle matches were conducted under international rules, with medals awarded in both the Scholastic class (under age 21) and Open class (age 21 or over).
 

FL: Second Amendment is outdated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Due to the practically unlimited access to guns, the percentage of gun deaths has accelerated to dangerous amounts. It seems that our gun manufacturers have an unlimited control over our legislators. Is it their money that upholds our outdated Second Amendment? It is unbelievable that our highly intelligent members of the Supreme Court can close their eyes to the huge increase in gun deaths while backing an out-of-date Second Amendment.
 

NRA Stance on Sotomayor Draws Fire From Hispanic Lawmakers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Four pro-gun members of the House Hispanic Caucus fired back at the National Rifle Association for opposing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

“We are concerned that your opposition will alienate Hispanic NRA members and dismayed that you may unnecessarily force some well-intentioned Senators to choose between disappointing the NRA or infuriating their Hispanic constituents,” wrote Reps. Joe Baca of California, Solomon Ortiz and Silvestre Reyes of Texas and John Salazar of Colorado. The four Democrats noted that their own “strong support for the rights of gun owners has earned us consistently high ratings from the NRA.”
 

TN: Egads! Yet Another Impediment to the Free Exercise of Our Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Bad news for our many brave champions of the Second Amendment. The legislature may have enacted the guns-in-parks law last session, but that still doesn't mean they can stride around with their loaded pistols on playgrounds and ballfields.

In a new official opinion, Attorney General Bob Cooper placed a big caveat on the new law: Guns still are banned during times when public schools are using the athletic fields, playgrounds or other recreational facilities. At many parks, that's a lot of the time, as we all know.
 

Gun Grabbing Jeers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jeers to Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

They lead the debate against an amendment authored by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and David Vitter (R-La.) to allow law-abiding individuals with conceal-carry permits to bring their firearms into other states that allow concealed carry. Cheers to Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) who spoke for the amendment and made a strong case for the right of self-defense.
Extra jeers to Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) for, according to Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, voting yes, but being willing to vote no if the Lautenberg gun grabbing gang needed their vote.

Ed.: Fourth story on page.
 

GA: Police: man shot girlfriend's ex in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say a man who shot and killed his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend was acting in self defense.

The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Monday.

Atlanta police Maj. Renee Propes said the shooting victim waited outside his ex-girlfriend's apartment until her new boyfriend came home. Propes said the man attacked the new boyfriend and the fight continued into the apartment, where the new boyfriend shot and killed the ex-boyfriend.
 

For women, not resisting attackers can be a lethal strategy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The following story challenges the belief that resisting your attacker only escalates the violence. Just give them what they want and they’ll leave you alive, right?

Seattle residents Teresa Butz and her partner were in bed sleeping when Isaiah. M.K. Kalebu allegedly broke into their home and stabbed both multiple times. The women escaped the house, while Kalebu ran away. A neighbor heard somebody screaming for help and ran outside. Butz died at the scene from her injuries. A neighbor said Butz told him the attacker said that if they did what he asked, he wouldn’t hurt them. Her last words: “He lied, he lied.”
 

NC: A Gunman In Your House: What Rights Do You Have?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Spencer Cockrell says he expected to die the night of June 1, 2009. Cockrell and his wife, Sheila, own a cash checking [Ed.: check cashing?] business in Rocky Mount. That's why authorities think three men targeted the Cockrell's home that night, demanding money.

The kidnappers stripped Cockrell of his clothes and bound his hands and feet with apron strings. He says being tied up is the most helpless feeling in the world. But Spencer's helplessness turned to empowerment. Cockrell wiggled free and negotiated with the robbers giving them the keys to the store and the codes to the company safe. The robbers discussed the couple's fate and decided to kill them.
 

Top Republicans on Judiciary Panel Oppose Sotomayor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, announced today that they will not support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Sessions, the ranking member of the committee, explained his decision in a column published today in USA Today.

"I don't believe that Judge Sotomayor has the deep-rooted convictions necessary to resist the siren call of judicial activism," he wrote. "She has evoked its mantra too often."
 

ID: Risch, Crapo both to oppose Sotomayor confirmation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators, Republicans Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, said today they’ll vote against confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Differences on 2nd Amendment/gun rights issues were among the top concerns the two cited; both met with Sotomayor personally. “There is no question she is a genuinely nice, smart and well-intentioned person,” Risch said. “However, her belief and pronouncement that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right is something I cannot accept.”
 

NY: Burress To Spend Year or More in Jail? You've Gotta Be Kidding Me
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Plaxico Burress is a dumbass.

That doesn’t mean he should spend a year or longer in jail, however.

Burress, as many can recall, accidentally shot himself in the leg with an unlicensed gun in a New York night club last year. The incident was stupid, regrettable, and dangerous.

But it was also isolated and left the assailant as the only victim involved.

So why send Burress to jail for such an extended period of time for making a fool of himself?
 

OH: Police: Ohio woman shoots self at gun range, dies
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A woman rented a handgun at an indoor shooting range, got some instructions on how to use it and then fatally shot herself, police said Monday.

Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville said they believe the woman committed suicide Sunday at Target World, a public range that sells and rents guns and has a dozen 25-yard target shooting lanes.
 

Right to Self-Defense Should Know No Borders
Submitted by: Anonymous

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On July 23, the U.S. Senate voted to defeat one of the most promising gun rights bills to come to the Senate floor in recent memory. The provision was introduced by Senator John Thune as an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill. It would have granted national reciprocity for concealed-carry permits, requiring all states that allow concealed firearms to honor those permits of other states.
A majority of the senators — 58 in total — voted in favor of the amendment. Another 39 did not and the bill saw defeat as this tally put the measure 2 votes short of the 60 required for passage by Senate rules.

 

Taser unveils multi-shot stun gun
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Manufacturers of the Taser stun gun on Monday unveiled a new handheld weapon on Monday which is capable of shocking three people without having to reload.

Arizona-based Taser International said in a statement the company's new X3 "electronic control device" was the first new handheld weapon since 2003 and featured enhanced safety details.

Taser International chief executive Rick Smith said the new multi-shot Taser would "increase officer safety through the ability to recover from a missed shot or even simultaneously stop up to three separate targets."
 

Gun Sales: Will The "Loophole" Close?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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In the national debate over the right to bear arms, the election of Barack Obama was seen as a victory for those who want stricter gun controls.
But so far, things haven't worked out that way. The president recently signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

Membership in the National Rifle Association, the NRA, has been rising and, as 60 Minutes and correspondent Lesley Stahl first reported in April, the financial crisis is having its own rather surprising effect: in past downturns people stocked up on things like canned soups, but this time it's guns. And even as the stock market was plummeting, shares in Smith and Wesson were going through the roof
 

ME: Distributor drops Uncle Henry's over gun ads
Submitted by: JarheadSgt

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A month after a Boston gang member was sentenced in Maine to 17 years in prison for trafficking in guns bought through Uncle Henry's, the Boston Herald has announced it will stop distributing the classified bulletin in the city.

"There's concern that firearms for sale in the book end up on the streets of Boston, and we didn't want any part of that," Herald spokeswoman Gwen Gage told The Boston Globe.
 

The super-basic arsenal
Submitted by: Larry

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n response to Karen’s question about personal gun ownership, I would just note that I’m definitely too tired and lazy to spend a lot of time researching guns, so I go with basic low-maintenance options. Laziness dictates that I use revolvers because automatics require actual maintenance and there are a lot of moving parts in those things. Revolvers require an occasional cleaning that requires minimal effort. So, a .357 revolver has to do.
 

New Taser stun gun can deliver 3 shocks
Submitted by: Larry

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A Taser stun gun, capable of shocking three people without being reloaded, was unveiled Monday in front of hundreds of law enforcement officers who applauded after watching six rounds of the barbed wire fired at metal targets.

The demonstration at the Scottsdale-based company's annual conference was performed by Taser International Chairman Tom Smith, and his brother, CEO Rick Smith, who says the device will become the new standard for police officers who want greater tactical abilities.
 

LRC Bloggers: What Are Your Gun Choices for Personal Protection?
Submitted by: Larry

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I was asked to start what we hope will become a sequence of blog posts from LRC bloggers talking about what guns they prefer for purposes of self-preservation in a defensive mode (yep, The Boss had something to do with this). The question is – What do you prefer to own or carry? Before I answer my own question, that question brings me to this video interview with Ted Nugent (thanks to Richard Nikoley for the tip). Indeed, make fun of my linking to Ted if it amuses you, but there is virtually no one, especially of celebrity status, who so consistently gets it so right and so clear on guns and self-defense.
 

Firearms are simply the best self defense tools
Submitted by: Anonymous

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While Tasers, pepper spray, and other self defense tools have their place, none of them can match the ability of a gun to stop a criminal before it is too late. This is why firearms are simply the best self defense tool yet invented by humanity.
 

Focusing on 'Mexican Crime Gun' Numbers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"With the 'Mexican crime gun' percentages they've been hawking so thoroughly debunked, Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign is trying out a new sleight of mind routine...

"How convenient, Paul. Start an argument, lose it, and then change the argument."
 

ID: Prison escapees meet their match in Idaho mom with gun
Submitted by: Steve Jett

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The Idaho County Sheriff's Office had honored a Cottonwood woman with a certificate of achievement saying she showed true courage in the face of danger for fending off two prison escapees who tried to break into her home.

Cassidy Lockett was home with her young children late last month when she says two men tried to break into her home. She hid the children behind the couch, grabbed a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and aimed it at a man who was already halfway through a window, climbing into her home.

Lockett says she pointed the gun at him and told him to get out or she'd shoot. She says he complied, and left along with another man who was trying to get through the locked front door.
 

UK: Man held after confronting gang at home
Submitted by: JarheadSgt

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A businessman was held on suspicion of attempted murder after confronting a gang of youths who allegedly threatened to kill his wife and attacked his stepson outside their home.

“In the blink of an eye, the lads attacked Colin and I saw one stumble into the road as Colin screamed for me to call the police and ambulance service.”

Mrs Philpott’s 25-year-old son was treated in hospital for a broken nose and concussion.

The 16-year-old boy who was stabbed five times in the chest was said to be in a stable condition at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
 

VA: 'Gun Show Loophole' Divides VA Governor Race
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Unfortunately, that neither deserves power is not the point--one of them will get it, and the gun owner vote will make the difference...

"Thing is, gun show regulation is probably going to be the next big offensive in the endless back-and-forth."
 

Newspaper editor flaunts gun bias
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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In their glee at having National Reciprocity fail, one member of the Hartford Courant editorial staff, whether Carolyn Lumsden herself or one of the staff is unknown, forgot to at least make an attempt to seem unbiased in today's editorial about gun control.
 

Firearms Training
Submitted by: Larry

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"You play the way you practice" was a favorite saying of my high school football coach back in the day. This statement is just as relevant to firearms training as it ever was to football. A large number of people, both those who are new to firearms self-defense and those who have been shooting for years, consider practicing at bull’s-eye targets adequate for self-defense. Such training will only be adequate in the unlikely event an individual is attacked by a target with rings and numbers. Mental and realistic training is paramount when it comes to defending your life.
 

My Dream Personal Protection Arsenal
Submitted by: Larry

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Because I am a mere amateur when it comes to firearms in comparison with the LRC blog’s resident Gun Goddess—Karen De Coster—I would like to impart a particular philosophy which I was told by my friend who is a gun aficionado (and was the one who introduced me to the world of firearms): “Beware the man with one gun.” In other words, for the vast majority of gun owners who are not the De Costers and the Ayoobs of the world, it is better to know how to use and maintain one gun that you are comfortable with rather than stockpiling an arsenal with which you only have a surface knowledge of the individual firearms which make up that arsenal.
 

AZ: Dillinger's gun goes for $95K at auction
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John Dillinger's big-screen reincarnation is bringing heightened interest in the gangster, and a Tucsonan got a hefty sum for one of Dillinger's guns sold at auction this weekend.

As the Dillinger movie "Public Enemies" plays at eight metro-area theaters, the small pistol Dillinger carried in his sock when he was arrested here in 1934 was sold at auction Saturday for $95,600.
 

PA: Man claims Harrison shot him
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A Philadelphia man who claims he was caught in the crossfire during a shooting rampage by Marvin Harrison is suing the former all-pro wide receiver, saying that a bullet fired by Harrison is still lodged in his back.

In the suit, Robert Nixon, 33, claims he saw Harrison shoot at another man with guns in each of his hands on April 29, 2008, and continue to fire when the target fled the scene in his car. He said Harrison "continued shooting at the other person ... as [he] drove past plaintiff. In doing so, a bullet from defendant's handgun struck plaintiff in the back with great force and violence.
 

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