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Safer Streets 2010: Author Sonia Wolff's Gun Essay
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Writing for the Los Angeles Times, author Sonia Wolff described her experience of she and her husband becoming gun owners. In my doorstep edition this morning it is Reluctantly packing heat. In the online edition, it is The reluctant gun owner. It's a wonderful piece... The essay, not the revolver they looked at."

"One of the most important observations Sonia makes it this: 'We should have a pistol,' I finally declared. 'Something I can use.' Still, I wrestled with the idea of whether I could become someone else, someone capable of violence. Was I really prepared to kill someone who threatened my property or my life?"

"If I may, the truth is that you do not become someone else, you grow up. ..." ...
 

Florida Family Doctor Refuses to Treat Gun Owner’s Baby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "So whats the Doc's beef then? Apparently, when it comes to his patients, it’s in Okonkwo we trust. Or f-off."
"Okonkwo said the issue was not about whether the parents owned a gun."

"He said the doctor and patient have to develop a relationship of trust and that if parents won't answer such basic safety questions, they cannot trust each other about more important health issues."

"He said he respected a patient’s right not to answer questions, but it was also his right to no longer treat them, and he isn't required by law to do so." ...
 

Out of the Closet: Hollywood (Heart)s Guns. Sort of.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once I became a gun owner and received the training I needed to carry and use it responsibly, mine eyes were opened to the bi-polar attitude Hollywood has regarding guns. Perfectly willing to exploit guns in movies and on TV for ratings, most of Hollyweird has this love-hate thang goin', where they despise and deplore guns in real life. ..."

"But something interesting's happening lately. A growing number of celebs are beginning to find their voices, speaking out as Conservatives, and…wait for it…pro-gun advocates. I thought it might be interesting to scour the web for lists of current denizens of MovieTown and see which ones are willing to be identified as gun-friendly. ... Here's a partial list . . ." ...
 

'The suspects have long criminal records'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Monday's installment, this column talked about a 'war' that is unfolding here and now; ... it involves a criminal justice system in which there are lots of criminals and damned little justice."

"In one of my three recent books with Alan Gottlieb ... we devoted an entire chapter ... to the broken judicial system ..."

"That has hit home in Tacoma where authorities have charged three men – two of whom have the proverbial 'long criminal histories' – in the shooting death of Lisa Melancon, an innocent bystander to a dispute that erupted over text messaging. If there were ever a reason for Olympia to outlaw text messaging – an annoying, often abusive, anti-productive habit ... (but we digress) – the Melancon slaying is it." ...
 

The right to regain the right to own a gun
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"Forever is a long time, and removing a right forever is a bit too unforgiving for some mistakes in life."

"A U.S. appeals court earlier this month ruled that a Wisconsin man who had convictions for domestic violence could be barred from ever owning a gun ..."

"... we're concerned that a blanket rule like this covers both the deserving and the undeserving."

"Gun rights organizations point to news stories about otherwise decent people who ... have been arrested for domestic violence. The 73-year-old woman busted for allegedly slapping her granddaughter for swearing is a popular reference."

"Presumably her picture wasn't in legislators' crosshairs when they established the lifetime gun ban ..." ...
 

Is .380 the New 9mm? Ask My BODYGUARD
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"Smith & Wesson have begun shipping their new BODYGUARD 380 semi-automatic pistol and BODYGUARD 38 revolvers to gun dealers around the country. Both weapons come complete with Insight Technology laser sights. A laser for a double action snub-nosed revolver? That's a topic for another day. Today we focus like a you-know-what on the BODYGUARD 380's standard-issue not-so-secret weapon against the chart-topping LCP. Here's how Smith & Wesson describes their new mini-me semi in today's press release . . ." ...
 

How Many Bullets Do You Need in Your Home Defense Handgun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A handgun is not a shotgun. A handgun doesn't fire as much lead as a shotgun. A handgun is harder to aim than a shotgun. Provided the shotgun in question is loaded with double ought buck and fired from a relatively close distance, the disparity in lethality is so great that many security experts pose the following question: what's the main purpose of a home defense handgun? To fight your way to your shotgun. This much is true: if you're trying to stop someone from killing yourself or your loved ones using a handgun, you’re going to need to pull the trigger more than once. So you’ll need more than one bullet. But how many?" ...
 

The Secret to Choosing a Concealed Carry Weapon (video)
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Praxis: 22 Rimfire Ballistic Tables
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Here. Evaluates the various manufacturer's loads. Interesting.
 

Gun Review: Springfield XD-M 3.8 9mm
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"My mother has a 's--t list.' You do NOT want to be on my mother's s--t list. She can make Devil's Island seem like the Ritz Carlton. And once you're on my mother's ... list, you're on it. It doesn't matter if you suck up to her like a remora fish on a shark. There's no coming back. I take the same approach to guns. If a firearm fails, I will never trust the gun again. It's dead to me. Now clock the video above and imagine how I felt when the slide of my new carry gun, the Springfield XD-M, failed to lock back. The Apollo 13 astronauts were the last people to experience the same sort of sinking feeling about a mechanical malfunction. And yet . . ." ...
 

Gun Rally to Stand in Shadows of Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King
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"A disturbing magazine cover crossed my desk last week announcing, in big bold print, that Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and the NRA are hosting a 'Restoring Honor' rally next month."

"It's being held at the Lincoln Memorial — a place that honors America's most revered president ... who was killed by a gun."

"It's also being held on the 47th anniversary of the 'March on Washington.' The march where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke so eloquently of his dream ..." ...

"Now picture the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, on the anniversary of I Have a Dream, with Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre at the podium, and our National Mall teeming with their followers ..." ...
 

The Fantasy World of "More Guns = Less Crime"
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"The 'gun rights' absolutists are continuing their campaign to ensure that guns are carried into every corner of American society, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signing legislation to allows guns in places of worship, Arizona allowing the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit, and Utah giving out concealed carry licenses like candy to folks who have never set foot in the state. The madness is driven by the 'more guns=less crime' malarkey that has become the mantra of the gun lobby." ...

"Apart from the statistics, the deterrence theory poses an interesting conundrum. If criminals are deterred by the prospect that their victim may be armed, how can we account for attacks by armed criminals against other armed criminals? Why do armed drug dealers have anything to fear from other armed drug dealers? Why do armed gangs have anything to fear from other armed gangs? ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: I would never accuse Dennis of being stupid or uninformed, therefore he must be deliberately attempting to mislead people with this argument. There is a huge difference between targeted violence (drug wars, gang turf fights, etc.) and random violence (sexual assault, mugging, etc.).
 

TN: Poll: Tennessee voters oppose guns in establishments with alcohol -- Seven out of 10 against mixing weapons, booze in public
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"A law that allows handguns in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol is proving to be unpopular with Tennesseans."

"Seven in 10 voters said they oppose the law passed earlier this year that lets holders of handgun-carry permits take their weapons into any establishment that sells alcohol. Supporters of the gun law say it will make the state safer, but voters said in interviews that the prospect of guns mixing with alcohol is too dangerous." ...
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Submitter's Note: Oddly enough, the poll neglects to mention that the proposed law prohibits permit holders from consuming alcohol while carrying, hence guns and alcohol aren't "mixing".
 

MO: Gun violence -- How Much Longer?
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"The latest episode of gun violence occurred Friday night at the Boone County Fair, where a feud between warring 'factions' exploded into random shooting. One of the combatants was shot in the butt, but the flurry of bullets flew here and there and could have injured or killed anyone in the area." ...

"But an incident like the one at the fairground makes me revisit a proposition I posed here a few years ago when gun violence in the Douglass Park/public housing area was getting out of hand: Gun possession should be more aggressively prohibited in worrisome locations." ...
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Submitter's Note: Right . . . just like fire extinguishers should be prohibited in kitchens and spare tires banned from cars . . .
 

Sunday Morning Funnies: (De)Motivational Posters
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"Like motivational posters? Personally, I can't stand 'em. They are to philosophical discourse what cotton candy is to the food pyramid. Having said that, I'm a huge fan of satire, and nothing says 'what a stupid load of cr@p motivational posters are' better than satirical versions of same. Below, you'll find an assortment of posters created by anonymous wags ..." ...
 

OK: Woman Uses Concealed Gun to Fight Off Rapists
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"Two thugs followed a woman into her Oklahoma apartment late one evening when she was returning from some errands, and demanded that she remove her clothing. Not only did she fail to comply with their demand that she disrobe, she gave them lead instead."

"She's a hero in my book. Not only did she save her own life, she also took two thugs off the streets that will no longer be free to search for new victims. One is resting 6 feet under, and the other is in critical condition while facing a [felony] murder charge ... Her reasoning for having decided to carry: 'I choose to carry a concealed firearm, because even though I am immensely grateful for the protection from our police departments, I realize they're not God ...'" ...
 

FL: Homeowner Opens Fire On Home Invaders
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"A Polk County homeowner fought back against armed home invaders and may have killed one of them."

"Investigators say three men with bandanas over their faces kicked in the front door and tied up the four residents on Sunday."

"The homeowner freed himself, grabbed a gun and opened fire on the crooks."

"The suspects fled the scene, but 30 minutes later Osceola County deputies received a call about a body in front of a vacant home in Kissimmee. The body turned out to be 25-year-old Berthony Pascal. Investigators believe he was one of the men involved in the home invasion." ...

"None of the residents were injured."

"The homeowner who opened fire will likely not face charges."
 

Stephen Jackson Home Invasion – The Mistakes
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"The LA Times reports that three robbers invaders Charlotte Bobcats basketball player Stephen Jackson’s crib at 7am Wednesday morning. The masked men held Jackson's wife Renata at gunpoint. At some point, they locked her in a bathroom and left. Amongst other items, the perps removed a 9mm pistol and a stun gun. Far be it for me to judge Mr. Jackson's security measures based on such scant information. But someone’s got to do it. So let's start with this: Jackson's an idiot." ...
 

NY: Mexican Officials to Patrol Staten Island Following Latest Bias Attack
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"Police are investigating another assault on a Hispanic man in Staten Island as a possible hate crime -- and the Mexican government is now getting involved as well." ...

"'We will act decisively in order to protect our citizens and will actively promote that those guilty of these vicious attacks are brought to justice expeditiously. We are working hand-in-hand with local authorities on all levels,' said Consul General of Mexico in New York, Ruben Beltran ..." ...

"... this latest incident has promoted the Mexican Consulate to post personnel in Staten Island until further notice. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Here's a thought, how 'bout letting people exercise their G-d given, fundamental, individual, human and civil right to defend themselves with the safest and most effective tool available: a handgun.
 

ICarry Takes Chicago and Mayor Daley Back to Court!!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in McDonald that Chicago has violated an individual and fundamental right to keep and bear arms by having an outright ban on pistols (and for decades this ban did not apply to Chicago aldermen and other criminals), Daley and his cohorts have immediately responded with more outrageous restrictions." ...

"The laws are only written for you and I. Exactly the people who would never commit a crime. They simply don't want us to own guns - it's very clear with the miles of red tape, time, and expense required. ..."

"For this reason, ICarry.org has teamed up with nationally-known attorney Walter Maksym of Chicago to defend the Constitution and your rights. ..." ...
 

Poor historians on Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You published an editorial cartoon (July 16) that addressed the recent Supreme Court decision affirming the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, as an individual right. The cartoonist depicts the five majority-opinion justices as the 'Supremos.' I suppose a take-off on the 'Sopranos', a gangster family. The cartoon reads, '2nd Amendment, redefined.' Prominent is a smoking handgun."

"The cartoonist is either ignorant of United States history, or chose to ignore it."

"The individual right of firearm ownership was essentially unquestioned until the mid-20th century when revisionist history somehow determined that it pertained only to the establishment of a militia and not to individual ownership of firearms." ...
 

Chicago: 83 Applications for Handgun Licenses vs. 100,000+ Illegal Guns
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"According to chicagotribune.com, 'As of Monday, police said they had accepted 83 applications for gun permits since the process started two weeks ago.' That’s in stark contrast to the enormous population of illegal guns in the hands of otherwise legal citizens in the City of Chicago. There are a number of possible explanations for the non-rush to satisfy the City’s new requirements for handgun ownership . . ." ...
 

IL: Otis McDonald Applies for A Handgun License
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"That's Otis McDonald of the italicized McDonald decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. ... As we continue to follow the arc of that story, let’s pause for a moment as an African American who secured the right to bear arms in the highest court in the United States applies for a handgun license at a Chicago police station . . ."
"The process took only 20 minutes, but McDonald said some of the requirements to obtain the permit seemed excessive. And though a gun permit was worth any price for him, he said he is concerned that the $100 fee could deter some law-abiding citizens from buying a handgun." ...
 

IL: Thoughts on guns and the living wage
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... "The recent rash of pro-gun comments on Oak Park news websites and message boards are notable primarily for their utter confidence in the correctness of their interpretation of the Constitution. Opponents of the Supreme Court decision and advocates of gun control are told to 'Go read the Constitution,' ..."

"Fair enough. Let's consult the Constitution. ... Pro-gun activists rarely cite the preamble to the portion that establishes a 'right to bear arms,' because it creates ambiguity. A well-reasoned and respected lineage of American legal scholarship argues that the Second Amendment does not provide an individual right to bear arms, but rather a state's right to establish a formal militia. So there is certainly room for debate. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Okay, you've read the Constitution, now read Justice John Paul Stevens' dissent (in which he was joined by the rest of the minority Justices). Pay special attention to the first paragraph: "The question presented by this case is not whether the Second Amendment protects a 'collective right' or an 'individual right.' Surely it protects a right that can be enforced by individuals. But a conclusion that the Second Amendment protects an individual right does not tell us anything about the scope of that right." So the Supreme Court of the United States of America disagrees with you, 9-0 that "there is certainly room for debate" about the meaning of the amendment.
 

The Free Speech Gag Bill Stalls on the Floor of the Senate!
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"Your voices have been heard! The so-called DISCLOSE Act stalled on the Senate floor today as Democrats failed to overcome a Republican filibuster of the bill. Needing 60 votes to kill the filibuster, Democrats fell three votes short (57-41)."

"As noted by Senator McConnell above, the DISCLOSE Act puts severe and unconstitutional limits on our ability to hold individual congressmen accountable in the weeks leading up to an election." ...

"Gun Owners of America has been fighting the DISCLOSE Act for months. Our Second Amendment rights rely on the First Amendment's right to freely and openly communicate with government officials, who at one time were called 'public servants.'" ...
 

Gun Law Expert Praises Senate Cloture Vote
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"'When the U.S. Senate refused Tuesday to invoke cloture on the proposed, so-called DISCLOSE Act, it struck a blow for freedom, for the right to freedom of speech, for a hallmark of the Bill of Rights,' gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today."

"'Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell deserves special commendation for skillfully managing the coalition which enabled Senators to deny the majority leadership the super-majority of 60 votes it needed to prevent a filibuster,' he added. ..."

"Although promoters of the legislative monstrosity claim cynically that it promotes freedom of speech, the very opposite is the case. ... The bill really is an attempt to put a big and corrupt government in charge of our politics ...'" ...
 

Campaign Financing Disclose Act Stalls—for Now: Democrats vow to revive bill to illuminate GOP obstruction
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"There wasn't any real suspense about how the Senate would vote today on a bill known as the Disclose Act, which would require a corporate or union sponsor of a campaign ad to physically appear in it so the public knows where the backing is coming from. Without a single Republican stepping forward to support the legislation and not all Democrats certain to vote for it, the expectation was that the Senate would fall short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster, and indeed they did, with the final tally 57 votes." ...
 

Strange Brew: The Tea Party Mocks the Founders' Stance on Armed Rebellion
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"Perhaps the single most disturbing thing about the rise of the Tea Party ... is the frequency with which the movement's most notable figures have rallied the faithful with talk of armed rebellion or revolution ..." ...

"With anger high in this country in response to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and with the rise of armed extremist groups since President Obama took office, these comments are just about as smart as throwing a lighted match into a powder keg. As Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush wrote in a column for the Washington Post, comments like Angle's lack 'the seriousness of genuine sedition,' but should, nonetheless, be 'disqualifying for public office.'"
 

Democrats Embracing Gun Rights Amid Tough Elections (video)
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Democratics all over the country are embracing gun rights as they face tough election campaigns, and the NRA is noticing, giving more money to some candidates in the traditionally anti-gun party. Fox News reports:
 

MD: Candidates get a night out at Potomac Fish & Game Club
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"Some wanted to protect their right to bear arms and some were interested in issues related to hunting and motorcycles." ...

"About 450 people attended a 'Candidates Night Out' ... on Tuesday. The event was sponsored by the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Inc."

"... Considering the federation has an estimated 6,500 members in Washington County, Givens estimates the group represents the largest voting block in the county." ...

"Bob Nigh of Hagerstown said he attended the event because he wanted to find candidates who support the second constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms. Nigh said he thinks there has been a deterioration of second amendment rights ..." ...
 

OH: Provenance of anti-gun Lee Fisher quote undetermined; Fisher's record as anti-gun politican is fact
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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer ... has begun a new series 'addressing the claims, ads and statements of players in the political world.'" ...

"Among the first questions examined by the researchers was whether or not a quote that has long-been attributed to anti-gun U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher was actually ever uttered by him." ...
"'I never met a gun control bill I didn't like.'"
"In all those many years of having the quote attributed to him, the investigators note that the former Handgun Control Inc. board member never uttered a single word of protest."

"This year, however, Fisher has apparently realized that support for gun rights is an important component in getting elected ..." ...
 

CO: State gun database divides Republican sheriff candidates
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"Submitting the names of Larimer County conceal carry permit holders into a statewide database has become a divisive issue in the Republican primary for Larimer County sheriff after Colorado's largest gun rights organizations recently criticized Justin Smith for his plans to continue to submit those names."

"Providing the names is a major campaign issue for Smith's Republican counterpart, Carl Bruning, who said he will not submit the names to the database if he's elected. Bruning also said he does not believe gun owners should have to obtain conceal carry permits in the first place."

"Smith, a major with the sheriff's office, said he will continue the practice ... and submit the names to the Colorado Crime Information Center." ...
 

AZ: Candidates Allen, Konopnicki explain views
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"Rim Country’s two Republican state senate candidates agreed on most issues Thursday during a calm Citizens Awareness Committee debate, issuing support for the recently passed immigration bill and for new laws that allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training." ...

"When asked about new laws expanding people's rights to carry weapons, Allen said crime is not a gun problem, but a moral problem."

"'The second amendment is very clear,' she added."

"Konopnicki also supported the laws, and said a perpetrator is less likely to victimize someone with a gun."
 

MO: Aiming for continued momentum, Icet touts NRA endorsement
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"Already buoyed by a poll that showed him with a slight lead over party rival Tom Schweich, Wildwood Republican Allen Icet -- seeking the GOP nomination for auditor in next week's primary -- today announced the endorsement of the National Rifle Association."

"Despite being outraised by Schweich -- a former George W. Bush administration official with support of super-donor Sam Fox -- Icet is showing he has a fighter's chance in the Aug. 3 vote."

"The Post-Dispatch/KMOV-TV (Channel 4) poll showed 28 percent of respondents in favor of Icet, compared to 23 percent for Schweich."

"Many voters, according to the poll, remain undecided -- something a group like the NRA can sway." ...
 

TX: Fellow Democrat raises questions about White's stance on guns
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"Exactly one year after it became an issue in his Senate campaign, Bill White — now the Democratic candidate for governor — is still explaining his past membership in a controversial group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns."

"The issue was not raised by his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Perry, but by another Democrat who stands by his statements."

"White said he has a good record on guns. 'I have a 'B-plus' rating from the NRA,' he said."

"The Texas State Rifle Association confirms it gave White a "B" prior to the primary. But opponents claim White doesn't make the grade politically because of his previous membership in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization." ...
 

Debtors could keep guns under Rep. John Boccieri's bankruptcy bill
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"Rep. John Boccieri thinks people in bankruptcy should stick to their guns."

"On Tuesday, the House of Representatives debated a bill authored by the freshman Democrat that would allow people undergoing bankruptcy proceedings to retain rifles, shotguns, and pistols worth up to $1,500 without having them seized by creditors." ...

"... Boccieri said guns shouldn't be treated any differently from other household items, like radios, televisions, musical instruments, jewelry and linens, that people who declare bankruptcy are allowed to keep."

"New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy ... argued against Boccieri's proposal. She said she sees no reason why guns should have a 'special carveout' under bankruptcy law." ...
 

MO: Raymore gun issue will be on Nov. 2 ballot
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"Raymore's politicians have argued since last winter about whether City Council members should be allowed to carry concealed weapons at meetings."

"On Nov. 2, the people will get their say."

"At Monday's City Council meeting, a petition ... was presented to take the issue out of the council's hands and put it to a vote of the people."

"If the proposed charter amendment passes, it will undo an ordinance the council passed this spring allowing members to come armed to meetings." ...

"Cox's proposal, in addition to allowing council members to come armed to meetings, would let citizens carry guns into City Hall at all times except during council meetings. State law prohibits that act ..." ...
 

MA: Massachusetts 'Gun a Month' Bill Fades Into Oblivion
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"Massachusetts House Bill 4102 is withering on the legislative vine. The proposal to restrict legal owners to one gun per month and force all private gun sales through an FFL dealer failed to find fertile ground. I blame the 'gun lobby:' the neo-Nazi profiteers who push guns on Americans, despite the trail of death and destruction firearms leave in their wake. Oh wait; that's not me. That's Massachusetts Governor Duvall Patrick. According to bostonherald.com, 'Patrick told reporters Monday that he believes members of the House are 'feeling the pressure from the gun lobby' to oppose a bill that would restrict licensed gun owners to purchasing one firearm a month and strengthen the penalties against illegal possessors of guns . . .'" ...
 

Federal law makes it illegal for law enforcement to work against the Second Amendment
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that might have some merit for those in Iowa who are fighting to restore firearms rights. In the volumes of information that is called the U.S. Code, one particular section has gained a little bit of interest since the McDonald case was decided last month. That section, the 'Law Enforcement Misconduct Statute' (42 USC § 14141) states:"
"§ 14141. Cause of action

(a) Unlawful conduct
It shall be unlawful for any governmental authority, or any agent thereof ... to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers ... that deprives persons of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
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NY: Former Sullivan County deputy sheriff sentenced
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Former Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff Phil Etkin was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to two years probation based on his guilty plea to one count of theft of government funds.

Etkin had been indicted in 2007 in an extortion scheme involving a supposed threat against a Sullivan County resident by organized crime.

The Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Division and FBI investigated the case and determined that the threat was bogus and that Etkin was acting alone.

Etkin could have been sentenced to up to one year in federal prison.
 

OH: Cleveland officer arrested, accused of domestic violence
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A Cleveland police officer was arrested Thursday after being accused of assaulting his wife.

Cleveland police said 43-year-old Eric Roberts is accused of fracturing his wife’s nose during an argument on Wednesday at their home.

He was taken into custody without incident at the Justice Center.

Roberts was hired in May 2001. He has been suspended without pay.
 

UT: Former Davis sheriff's deputy faces drug charges
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"A former Davis County sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of distributing drugs."

"Christopher Kenneth Sorenson, 35, of Centerville, was arrested at a North Salt Lake park after a monthlong investigation, said West Bountiful Police Sgt. Corie Hamilton."

"About a month ago, police received a report that someone was selling 'bad' heroin in the area, Hamilton said. The subsequent investigation led officials to Sorenson. He was arrested after he sold drugs to undercover officers and police observed him buying cocaine and heroin, the sergeant said."

"When he was arrested, Sorenson was apparently trying to use the drugs and had his 3-year-old son with him ..." ...
 

VA: Former deputy sheriff caught with stolen motorcycles
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"On Monday, a former Newport News sheriff’s deputy was arrested in James City County, after police allegedly found two stolen motorcycles in his possession."

"According to Stephanie Williams-Ortery, a James City police spokeswoman, when Rashawn Edmond Cassar, 26, was taken into custody at his residence, he admitted to having the stolen motorcycles but claimed he only purchased them as stolen property, rather than stealing the bikes himself."

"He has been charged with one count of receiving stolen goods." ...
 

MD: Hearing Focuses On Officers' Off-Duty Behavior
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"A Wednesday night hearing at City Hall focused on police officers and their conduct, including when they are off duty."

"The meeting was held in the wake of an incident in which an off-duty officer was charged with fatally shooting a former Marine."

"11 News reporter Kai Reed said the hearing was strictly informational and was considered an opportunity for City Council members to ask questions about department policies."

"Many of the questions, Reed reported, focused on the general discipline of officers involved in off-duty incidents."

"The June shooting of a Marine by Officer Gahiji Tshamba -- who was later charged with murder -- wasn't directly discussed at the meeting.
 

NY: $7 Million Payout in Sean Bell Case
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"The city reached a settlement Tuesday that will pay more than $7 million to the family of Sean Bell, who was shot and killed by police in 2006 in a hail of 50 bullets, and to two men with him who were also shot."

"The settlement ... will pay $3.25 million to the estate of Mr. Bell, who was killed outside a Queens strip club on the eve of his planned wedding. Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, who were with Mr. Bell and suffered serious injuries in the shooting, will receive $3 million and $900,000 respectively, the New York City Law Department said." ...

"Three of the five detectives involved in the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting were tried and acquitted of manslaughter charges in 2008. ..." ...
 

NV: Coroner's inquest into man shot & killed by Metro Police at Costco delayed
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"The Clark County Coroner's Office has confirmed the coroner's inquest into the death of a man shot and killed by Metro Police has been delayed. It comes days after the family of Erik Scott begun a campaign to try and find out what really happened that Saturday afternoon when he was shot and killed by Metro officers."

"'To hear the initial reports of what he was doing that day and what prompted Metro to shoot and kill him, it just doesn't make sense,' said Anthony Bonifazio, a family friend."

"Seven electronic billboards have gone up around Las Vegas asking for witnesses to come forward ..." ...

"Metro is not saying much about the billboards, or the shooting, except for what was said in previous interviews ..." ...
 

IL: Downers Grove police officer charged with misconduct
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"A Downers Grove police officer was arrested Thursday after being accused of using his law enforcement computer to glean license plate information for personal purposes."

"Officer Randall J. Caudill Jr., 34, is charged with four counts of official misconduct. Caudill, an 8.5-year police officer assigned to the patrol division, has been placed on paid administrative leave."

"'We do not tolerate misconduct or inappropriate behavior,' Downers Grove Deputy Police Chief Kurt Bluder said."

"Caudill is accused of repeatedly tapping into a law enforcement computer database to glean driver's license information and other personnel data for nonofficial purposes." ...
 

NC: Guns, computers seized from home of former Nifong investigator
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"Guns and cell phones were among the items seized in a search of a home and several vehicles belonging to the top investigator for former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, according to search warrants released on Monday."

"Linwood Wilson, 61, is accused of violating a June 8 protective order sought by his estranged wife in Kent County, Del. He is charged with stalking and two felony charges of obscenity, in addition to other harassment charges."

"Wilson worked for Nifong from 2005 until Nifong resigned in 2007 over his improper handling of rape allegations against three Duke University lacrosse players that proved to be unsubstantial. ..." ...
 

Australia: Police officer shoots himself while undergoing firearm training
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"AN elite police officer learning to teach colleagues how to handle the force's new semi-automatic pistol shot himself while reholstering it."

"The ... officer fired a shot into his thigh at the Glen Waverley training academy yesterday, and had to be admitted to hospital."

"Victoria Police confirmed the leading senior constable ... was on the third day of a 10-day course in training other members in how to use the semi-automatic Smith & Wesson pistol."

"An insider told the Herald Sun the officer, who is experienced with guns, did not apply the safety catch and kept his finger on the trigger while reholstering."

"But the academy's Inspector Russell Barrett said all safety procedures had been followed." ...
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Submitter's Note: Rule #1: Keep your booger hook off the bang switch until ready to fire!
 

Mexico: Mexico prison guards let inmates out for massacres
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"Mexico likes to blame its gun violence on the US, and gun-control advocates love to repeat the canard that 90% the weapons in Mexico come from the US. (It’s actually less than 20%; more of them come from Mexican Army deserters.) They’ll have a little more trouble with that argument after this weekend. Mexico discovered that the perpetrators of several massacres are now behind bars, and were behind bars before the massacres — before prison guards let them out and armed them for their murderous rampages:" ...
 

New Zealand: Minister to tighten laws on airgun ownership
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"Criminals will be deprived of their 'weapon of choice' by a proposed law change, Police Minister Judith Collins says."

"Collins yesterday announced high-powered airguns would be reclassified so they could only be owned by those with a firearms licence."

"The proposed change could be implemented by November through an amendment to the Arms Order."

"However, Collins said there were no plans to try to register all firearms, something that had been an 'expensive failure' in other countries."

"In 2008, undercover police officer Sergeant Don Wilkinson was killed by a high-powered airgun."

"Police said 44-year-old Aucklander Keith Kahi was also killed by an airgun this month." ...
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Submitter's Note: Jeez, how many different "weapons of choice" do criminals have?
 

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