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AZ: Napolitano signs clean-air bill, vetoes gun legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Among the five bills Napolitano vetoed was one that would have allowed people to take guns into public events and buildings if the operator doesn't provide individually locked storage spaces for weapons.

Napolitano said she vetoed the bill because its amendments to a 2006 law were "premature." She said that law, which requires operators banning weapons to provide storage places for them, has been successfully implemented so far.

Napolitano also vetoed ... a bill that would have made a 2006 self-defense law retroactive, requiring a number of cases to be retried.

"Any bill that would force the retrial of a serious criminal and force the victims of the crime to again relive their experience must be viewed with great skepticism,"...
 

TX: After mistrial, what's next for Benton?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"Anytime you can walk away from the courthouse without a conviction is a victory," defense attorney Kent Schaffer told Channel 2. "Now, it's not the ultimate victory we wanted and we believe we should get. But we live to fight another day, and we will." Troy McKinney, a Houston defense attorney, told the Chronicle that the mistrial is good news for Benton's attorneys no matter what might happen with regard to a retrial. ... "The defense is what the defense was, and still is. I mean, self-defense doesn't change. And the fact that [the prosecution] wasn't able to convince the jury this time, after a long deliberation, doesn't bode well for next time — if there is a next time."
 

Sweden: Man uses badminton racket for self-defense
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A man at a campground in Sweden successfully used a badminton racket to fend off an attacker with a knife.

Police said the attacker wielded a fillet knife and lunged at the man early Sunday, Sweden's The Local reported.
 

GA: Woman discovers and then stabs would-be burglar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A Columbus woman stabbed an intruder early Sunday after she came home and discovered the man in her mobile home, said Columbus Police Lt. Steve Cox.

Terrance Tiller, 20, will be arrested and charged with burglary after he recovers from a stab wound he received after allegedly breaking into Heather Cain's trailer at 4325 Old Cusseta Road, Cox said.

When Cain, 26, arrived home about 7:30 a.m., she allegedly found Tiller in her trailer and told him to leave. The two are acquaintances, Cox said.
 

New Zealand: Carvell Should Be Applauded
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"Carvell & Motley both showed a cool character as they stood their guard against the intruder, exercising their legal right to self-defense under the Crimes Act (1961) while a member of the public called the Police," said Linton. "The intruder is due to appear in the Auckland District Court on Tuesday 3rd July, 2003[sic - 2007], but it remains to be seen if the police will make fools of themselves again by bringing another malicious prosecution against the Carvells for exercising their lawful right to self-defense."
 

MN: Local cops lose on gun data issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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But never underestimate the power of the gun lobby -- and its campaign contributions. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 19-10 against repealing the so-called Tiahrt Amendment, the series of federal provisions, first passed in 2003, that deny police and prosecutors access to information about guns used in local crimes. Named after Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., the provisions also prevent local authorities from sharing information about the origin of crime guns and prohibit the publishing of national data about how illegal guns move from state to state.
 

NC: Disagrees on who should and should not have guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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She argues that only law enforcement officers should be allowed to have guns.

Fair enough, but she opens with a comment on the hundreds of guns lost under the watch of Sheriff Bobby Medford, and ends with “guns in our society are wrong and should be illegal.” Well, it was ultimately “law enforcement officers” who were responsible for the guns that vanished, proving that just because one is a law enforcement officer, that does not automatically make you responsible with guns. And if she really thinks that “guns in our society are wrong,” why on earth would she want officers to keep theirs?
 

IN: Carmel mayor changes his mind on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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After so heavily orchestrating his endorsement of the Bloomberg anti-gun proposal, the mayor apparently has seen the light, given the obvious citizen backlash. Such a timely reversal of his own supposed principles gives rise to questions about his motivations.

With crime continuing to rise, the mayor originally turned his back on a basic Republican position of ensuring, for all citizens, the right to bear arms. What was he thinking as he endorsed the proposal that could strip protective arms from citizens while having little or no impact on criminals?
 

MA: Stopping illegal guns has to become a national priority
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One restriction prevents the ATF from sharing crime gun trace data among neighboring jurisdictions. The amendments also restrict law enforcement agencies from providing state or local regulatory authorities with a problem dealer's trace data. Repealing those amendments will not stop illegal gun trafficking; but law enforcement authorities say it would make it easier to investigate networks that supply illegal guns to criminals.

The fiscal 2008 version of the Tiahrt amendments, which are backed by the National Rifle Association in the interests of protecting gun owners' privacy, will be up for consideration by Congress soon.
 

Proposed OSHA Regulation Threatens Firearm and Ammunition Industry
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the government agency charged with assuring the safety and health of America's workers, is proposing a regulatory rule affecting the manufacturing, transportation and storage of small arms ammunition, primers and smokeless propellants.
As written, the proposed rule would force the closure of nearly all ammunition manufacturers and force the cost of small arms ammunition to skyrocket beyond what the market could bear--essentially collapsing our industry. This is not an exaggeration.
 

MD: Hagerstown woman shoots, stabs, armed burglar
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A woman fatally shot and stabbed an armed man who forced his way into her Hagerstown apartment looking for drugs and money, police said.

Ed.: Gotta love the courage these two ladies demonstrated.
 

MO: Four arrested after Kansas City Operation 100
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Police said they received a call about an assault in progress at 2:15 a.m., and when officers arrived, they saw a man attacking a woman in the yard. When the woman told police that there were four children inside the house, police ordered an Operation 100, a tactical maneuver in which officers surround a building to persuade a suspect to surrender.

Sub.: What usually happens when police arrive and trouble is in progress.

Ed.: Yep, just because the police eventually show up, doesn't mean they will actually *do* anything to save or protect you.
 

Canada: Tighter gun control resisted
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A federally commissioned poll of "stakeholders" selected by the government to comment on potential changes to gun control found more opposition than support for tighter restrictions. In the wake of the Dawson College shooting rampage in Montreal last September that left one dead and 19 wounded, the Conservative government said it would still move to kill the long-gun registry, but promised to toughen screening of gun owners. It has yet to actually pass its bill to eliminate the registry, or bring in other regulations that would achieve the "more streamlined and effective" gun control system it promised.
 

ME: Gun-control bill recalled by state Legislature
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The Legislature's 11th-hour decision to recall a firearms bill before the governor could sign it into law has angered a leading gun-control advocate in Maine. State officials say the bill had to be withdrawn at the last minute because it would have conflicted with existing and proposed federal laws, possibly jeopardizing public-safety funding from the federal government. The bill was supposed to make it harder for people to buy guns if a court has found them to be mentally ill, by feeding more information into the federal system that licensed gun dealers use to run background checks.
 

Editorial: The N.R.A.'s Senate
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Given a choice last week between helping local police combat illegal gun trafficking and helping the National Rifle Association protect rogue gun dealers responsible for arming violent criminals, the Senate Appropriations Committee made the outrageously wrong choice.

Bowing to the politically powerful gun lobby, the committee set back the effort spearheaded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and leading law enforcement groups to repeal the reckless Tiahrt amendment. First passed in 2003, it denies police and local governments access to essential information about guns used to commit crimes.

 

Some Gun Buyers Residency Unchecked
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The ATF no longer routinely checks addresses of some buyers at gun shows after being accused of chilling sales at one show in 2005, the Justice Department reported Monday. But the checks were part of ATF gun show investigations that appear to have been warranted, the 56-page report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine concluded. "We found that ATF's decisions to conduct investigative operations, including those in the Richmond area, were based on significant law enforcement intelligence from a variety of sources indicating that illegal activity was occurring or was about to occur at a specific gun show," the report concluded.
 

Old Whig - Essay IV, "To define what portion of his natural liberty, the subject shall at the time be entitled to retain, is one great end of a bill of rights", October 1787
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"...To define what portion of his natural liberty, the subject shall at the time be entitled to retain, is one great end of a bill of rights. . . . Without such a bill of rights, firmly securing the privileges of the subject, the government is always in danger if degenerating into tyranny; for it is certainly true, that "in establishing the powers of government, the rulers are invested with every right and authority, which is not in explicit terms reserved." Hence it is that we find the patriots, in all ages of the world, so very solicitous to obtain explicit engagements from their rulers, stipulating, expressly, for the preservation of particular rights and privileges..."
 

UK: Pensioner used live artillery shell as a doorstop for 20 years
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For decades the seven-inch-long shell had been a family memento, polished and given pride of place on the mantlepiece.

The First World War relic also served as a toy and finally, for the past 20 years, as a front doorstop at the home of 68-year-old Thelma Bonnett.

At any time during all those years, however, it could have exploded.

The German squat shell was live, packed with its original payload and with its firing mechanism primed, experts have said.

It was only when a neighbour saw the shell outside Mrs Bonnett's door that the danger became clear.

The police were called and they summoned Royal Navy bomb disposal experts to the house in Paignton, Devon.


 

"One of Four Thousand", Independent Gazetteer, "the citizens of Philadelphia appealed to the first of nature’s laws, viz. self-preservation.", Oct. 15, 1787
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"...They annihilated the first principles of government, and threw the commonwealth into a state of nature. Under these circumstances, the citizens of Philadelphia appealed to the first of nature’s laws, viz. self-preservation. They seized two of the sixteen absconders, and compelled them to form a House by their attendance. In this they acted wisely and justly—as much so as the man who seizes a highwayman, who is about to rob him. If they were wrong in this action, then the men who drove Galloway, Skinner, Delancey, and other miscreants, from our states, by force, in the year 1776, were wrong likewise. What justified all the outrages that were committed against the tories in the beginning of the war? ..."
 

TX: Elderly man says man he shot robbed him
Submitted by: Wes Wilson

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An elderly man shot a 31-year-old man who he said had robbed him at gunpoint late Friday night in northeast Dallas.
Amor Kerboua, 79, was driving into the parking lot of his apartment when a man police identified as Charlie Andrew Myers III of Dallas approached him, according to a police report. Mr. Myers put a handgun in Mr. Kerboua's face and demanded money, police said.

Mr. Kerboua opened his back door and handed Mr. Myers a cup containing $242.50. Mr. Myers then pointed the gun at Mr. Kerboua's stomach and told him, "I'm going to shoot you, [expletive]," according to the police report. Mr. Kerboua then drew a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun from his front pocket and shot Mr. Myers in the throat.

 

McCain Shakes Up Campaign
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Republican John McCain reorganized his campaign Monday, cutting staff in every department as he raised just $11.2 million in the last three months and reported an abysmal $2 million cash on hand for his presidential bid.

Once considered the front-runner for the GOP nomination, McCain trails top Republican rivals in money and polls.

More than 50 staffers, and perhaps as many as 80 to 100, were being let go...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
As an individual, I believe, very strongly, that handguns should be banned and that there should be stringent, effective control of other firearms. However, as a judge, I know full well that the question of whether handguns can be sold is a political one, not an issue of products liability law, and that this is a matter for the legislatures, not the courts. The unconventional theories advanced in this case (and others) are totally without merit, a misuse of products liability laws. — Judge Buchmeyer, Patterson v. Gesellschaft, 1206 F.Supp. 1206, 1216 (N.D. Tex. 1985)

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