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Report Finds Gun Crime Dropping As Sales Climb
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun crimes, suicides and firearms-related accidents declined last year at the same time that firearm and ammunition sales climbed, according to data from the US Treasury Department released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)."

"While this revelation tends to debunk long-standing claims by gun control proponents that more guns in circulation leads to more crime, gun rights organizations contend that this bolsters their contention that armed citizens deter criminals." ...
 

The call of the gun lobby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is a ghastly fact of public safety that for the past three years the most basic information about illegal gun trafficking in America has been hermetically classified as a state secret - kept off limits to the public and the news media. The nation used to be told, for example, that 57 percent of crime guns came from just 1 percent of gun dealers, and something should be done about that."

"But - shhh - not any more: not since a malleable Congress and administration buttoned up reams of vital information by putting the privacy of unscrupulous gun dealers over the safety of the public." ...
 

Journal of the Senate Jan. 8, 1790
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"Still further to realize their expectations, and to secure the blessings which a gracious Providence has placed within our reach...

"To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace...

"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end, a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: and their safety and interest require that they should promote...

"...by teaching the people themselves to know and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and...

"...and uniting a speedy but temperate vigilance against encroachments...

"GEORGE WASHINGTON

United States, January 8, 1790.

The President...
 

Concealed Weapon Permits Win Sheriff, Police Support? Watch Video News Blog (8 min)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A growing number of Sheriffs and Police Officials have joined the debate over Concealed Weapon Permits (CCW) as shown in an eight minute Full Disclosure Network™ Video News Blog featuring high ranking law enforcement officials in the Western United States. Available FREE at this URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog31.php 24/7, 24/7, as a public service of the Full Disclosure Network™." ...
 

Gunning For the World
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ad starts with a sober, simulated news report. A news anchor, looking directly into the camera, warns viewers about Brazil's proposed gun ban. 'People are misrepresenting the disarmament issue,' she says. 'It won't disarm criminals.' The anchor fades and a news-on-the-march montage begins, highlighting freedom's red-letter days. Nelson Mandela is released from prison. A single man impedes a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square. The Berlin Wall falls. 'Your rights are at risk,' says the anchor, returning after the inspiring film clips. 'Don't lose your grip on liberty.' ..."

"The ad was the first in a series that aired on Brazilian prime-time television last October ..." ...
 

Human Rights Atrocities: The Consequences Of United Nations Gun Confiscation In East Africa (.pdf)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On June 26, the United Nations convened a major conference on gun control. Before demanding further control, the delegates ought to insist that the United Nations halt the use of torture, arson, and murder in the carrying-out of existing U.N. gun control programs."

"With United Nations support, the governments of Kenya and Uganda are attempting to confiscate all arms from the pastoral tribes of the Kenya-Uganda borderlands. The 'forcible disarmament' campaign has displaced tens and tens of thousands of people, turning them into starving refugees."

"The United Nations and some NGOs relentlessly promote the theme that gun ownership is contrary to human rights. Yet the UN and the NGOs are too often silent about the extreme human rights violations which are currently being perpetrated as a result of the UN gun control campaign." ...
 

Future depends on each of us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men who realized their heads were wanted by the king of England. Many of these 56 men lost everything. Several were fortunate to be able to help draft the Constitution of the United States ..."

"While we celebrate this crowning achievement this week, there is a sinister plot to take place on this soil in the United Nations building. ..."

"The United Nations is not a friend of our U.S. Constitution."

"The agenda is to draft a document that is designed to usurp the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights to our U.S. Constitution. The United Nations sees the defeat or neutralization of our Second Amendment as tantamount to criminalizing civilian gun ownership. ..." ...
 

Gary Mauser; Papers and Presentations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... In the 1990s Canada introduced a program to license firearms owners and register sporting rifles and shotguns. Previous firearms legislation had primarily focused on the criminal misuse of firearms as well as controlling handguns and fully automatic firearms."

"The former government insisted on introducing this costly system despite contrary advice from the New Zealand government and from experienced Canadian civil servants. The new government, which has recently been elected after a campaign where gun control was central, has now decided to abandon the firearm registry."

"It has been demonstrated that the Canadian licensing and registration system is not cost-effective and has not reduced crime. ..." ...
 

Gun law expert commends United States delegate to United Nations conference for upholding rights of American firearm owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun law expert John Snyder today commended Robert G. Joseph, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, for Secretary Joseph's 'straightforward defense of the individual Second Amendment civil rights of law-abiding American gun owners. Joseph's declaration came during his statement last week before a UN conference apparently determined to undermine if not eliminate universally the right to keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

AZ: More handicapping of primary elections
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "State Senate District 26"

"Incumbent Republican Toni Hellon is opposed by retired Master Mariner Al Melvin. ..." ...

"Melvin is a straight forward example of what you see is what you get. A graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy, he spent 30 years as a member of the Naval Reserve and retired as a captain. He's qualified to command anything that sails. He and his wife retired inland, partly looking for a non-ocean view."

"Melvin's candidacy is simply motivated - he's a hard core conservative, Ms. Hellon isn't. One of their biggest disagreements occurs over social issues such as abortion. Melvin is pro-life while Ms. Hellon is pro-choice. Their biggest agreement appears to be over the Second Amendment where both score well with the NRA." ...
 

IL: Blagojevich's Election Year Stunts Won't Fool Law-Abiding Illinois Gun Owners (ISRA)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"On July 6, 2006, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will be in Sparta, Ill., to preside over the grand opening of the World Shooting Complex. The facility, constructed and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, promises to be one of the foremost shooting sports venues in the nation. The ISRA-PVF is advising the state's law-abiding gun owners that Blagojevich's presence at the Sparta ribbon cutting ceremony should not be taken as an indication that the governor supports the shooting sports. To the contrary, Blagojevich is probably the most anti-gun governor Illinois has ever elected." ...
 

Gunning for the White House
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Since the start of his second term, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has seen fit to define himself on one particular issue: gun violence in his city."

"Bloomberg's gun battle just oozes with bipartisan spirit. He has built a coalition of mayors from across the nation, from all ideological stripes ..."

"'The fight against illegal guns isn't waged only on the streets,' said Bloomberg in early June ...'Creating local laws that make enforcement easier and prevention more effective is critical in the fight to keep illegal guns off our streets and out of the hands of criminals.'" Bloomberg has taken such a commanding lead on a nationwide issue, that he's now being considered a potential presidential candidate in 2008." ...
 

NY: Efforts to get Guns off Streets
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The U-S Attorney's office in Buffalo continues efforts to try and get guns off City streets."

"There are two federal programs implemented in Buffalo that are aimed at gun violence. Terrance Flynn, U-S Attorney for the Western District says one of those programs is Project Exile. The Justice Department started Project Exile in 1997. It is designed to reduce gun violence."

"But Flynn says since he began his new post this past spring, Project Exile has been stepped up locally. The program is in Buffalo, Niagara County, Jamestown and Rochester, all covered under the Western district. Flynn says members of local law enforcement and area district attorneys meet weekly to examine gun violations." ...
 

MS: 'Castle doctrine' lesson? Stay out of the wrong castle
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"Detractors of Mississippi's new 'Castle doctrine' law are fretting as Senate Bill 2426 goes into effect this week."

"They say that the law legitimizes the notion of 'shoot first and ask questions later.'"

"They say that the law will make it easier for criminals to claim self-defense when they kill someone." ...

"All three of those criticisms are correct."

"But there's a simple solution to those problem areas in the 'Castle doctrine.'"

"People who stay out of the wrong 'castle' should be fine. It's difficult to be shot as an intruder if one only enters homes or cars or businesses to which one has both a key to gain entrance and a legal right to be on the premises." ...
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Submitter Note: By Jove! Sid Gets It!
 

MS: Jackson Co. ordinance bans shooting near homes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new ordinance in Jackson County will prohibit shooting a firearm or other weapon within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, development recreation site or occupied area."

"Supervisors, concerned about the risk to public health and safety, voted Monday to make the ordinance effective immediately."

"Backers say the ordinance doesn't bar any weapon but promotes the safe use of firearms." ...

"Opponents, like Carroll Clifford ... said gun ownership, like car ownership, requires being responsible, said Clifford."

"'I can understand it in subdivisions where houses are close together, but like in the country, I don't see really the purpose of it. They said the ordinance has to apply for the whole county,' he said." ...
 

NY: Gun crackdown's sad history
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"When Naeisha Pearson was gunned down outside a Bronx playground last Labor Day, her cousin Kiana, 4, a witness to the murder, described the incident like this: 'Na Na has blood and she died. Someone shot her.'" ...

"Senseless murders like Pearson's are behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crackdown on illegal handguns, a hallmark of his second term."

"Among his efforts are lawsuits filed against out-of-state gun dealers ... a toughening of local gun laws ..."

"While, the city's homicide rate has decreased in recent years - falling 5.4 percent between 2004 and 2005 - Pearson's slaying was marked as one of the 540 murders in the five boroughs last year. More than 60 percent of those deaths involved guns." ...
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KABA Note: Despite almost a century of "Sullivan Laws" they still haven't figured out that it is the criminals who are to blame.
 

LA: Police briefs: Firearms camp to be held for local youths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Caddo Parish sheriff's office will hold a Youth Firearms Education Camp this summer for children interested in target shooting and firearms safety."

"Five one-day minicamps will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through July 14 at the Sheriff's Regional Training Academy at 15639 state Highway 1 South. Campers can select which day they would like to attend and join Caddo deputies on the range for supervised firearms safety education and .22 rifle shooting. In addition, campers will learn rural and urban survival skills, water safety, hands-on defensive techniques to protect against stranger abduction, and more."

"The free camp is open to boys and girls ages 10-14. ..."
 

TN: Grayson County Sheriff's Office News Release for 07/05/2006
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Incident # 271916 07/03/2006 Deputy Ryan Miller contacted the complainant who said he is a police officer employed by Garland Police Department. He was at Eisenhower State Park this past weekend staying in a boathouse. The complainant said as he was packing up to leave he realized he was missing one of his bags. It was a brown duffle bag, which had his wallet, two guns, and several other items. In his wallet he had his wallet badge from Garland PD. One of the guns, a Glock 22, was his department issued duty weapon. The other gun, a North American Arms Long Rifle, was used for an off-duty weapon. The complainant said he had credit cards and other items in his wallet also. ..." ...
 

WA: AR-15s give rangers a strong boost in their beat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lisa Schutzberger pulled one on a wanted felon holed up at a campsite in Oregon. She slung another over her shoulder before confronting a mob of unruly paint-ballers in Idaho."

"Now, as one of only two rangers in charge of maintaining law and order on the 4.3 million acres in the Bureau of Land Management's Twin Falls district, Schutzberger said she is glad the BLM issues her a weapon – a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle."

"The agency began outfitting rangers with the semiautomatic rifles a few years ago. Rangers, the agency said, are no different than police officers; they just patrol a much larger beat." ...
 

CO: Marine held after standoff with police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Marine who authorities say was armed with an assault rifle and threatened to kill himself surrendered after a seven-hour standoff outside his home Wednesday, police said."

"Joshua Christianson, 18, was taken into custody around noon after officers fired noise devices and plastic objects at him, Police Sgt. Rae Bontz said."

"Officers were called to the house of Christianson's family in the early morning. Christianson was outside during the standoff, and all seven houses on the cul-de-sac were evacuated."

"Bontz said Christianson never pointed the rifle at police."

"He could face a charge of failure to comply with orders from emergency personnel, Bontz said." ...
 

OK: Squirrel season is a great time to teach beginners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some of the happiest times young hunters experience is the anticipation of going hunting with adults. This is a rite of passage after hours of shooting, safety, and outdoor instruction. Running May 15 through Jan. 31, the squirrel season is the longest continuous hunting season available to Oklahoma hunters."

"Squirrel hunting is a perfect opportunity to introduce a young person to hunting. There is enough walking and action so kids don't get bored and you don't have to get up early to be successful. It is also a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather." ...
 

OR: History revisited
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"Thumbs up to the Veterans of honor guard at the May 29 Memorial Day ceremony held at the Klamath County Courthouse. I watched with fascination as these veterans fired off a salute with a historical military firearm: the Garand M-1 rifle."

"Developed by Canadian-born John C. Garand (1888-1974) at Springfield Armory in Springfield, Mass., the Garand or M-1 rifle was officially adopted by the U.S. War Department in 1936."

"It gradually replaced the older .30 caliber bolt action Model 1903 Springfield and 1917 Enfield rifles, carried by American troops during World War 1 (1914-1918). Quantity issue of the Garand M-1 rifle commenced in 1941 to the U.S. Army during World War II (1939-1945)." ...
 

KS: Shawnee County begins processing for concealed weapons
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The state's new concealed-carry law is already drawing interest in the state capital.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office reports that 28 people picked up applications Monday, the first day since the new look took effect.

Kansas is now the 48th state that allows people to carry concealed weapons.

The permits will be issued after January 1, and they will be good for four years.

The process includes fingerprints and a $150 fee, and applicants must be a Kansas resident and U.S. citizen at least 21 years old. Eight hours of training is also required.

Concealed weapons are banned in many public places, including city halls, schools, churches and state office buildings.
 

India: Gunning for security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Forget fancy mobiles and gizmos. Kanpur's denizens seem to have acquired a new toy. A gun. Oops! did that scare you by any chance? Well it should because these bad boys seem to have become the only security arrangement people are ready to take recourse to. And no, they are not doing it to make a style statement."

"Ask Rahul Mishra, an F&B manager at a prominent five star hotel, and he tells you, 'It's a must. I get off work pretty late at night ... I have been compelled to carry a .32 revolver to ward off danger.'"

"Carrying a pistol is also imperative for Sanjay Gupta, accounts manager, at an export house. 'I need to carry a gun ...' he shrugs while explaining, 'I have to frequently visit banks for financial transactions ... I have to ensure my safety.'"
 

Canada: Police amass firearms during amnesty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Penticton RCMP Staff-Sgt. Steve Berney looks at a crossbow that was turned in as part of the provincial gun amnesty that allows residents to turn in any guns without penalty."

"There are about 40 fewer guns on Penticton streets as a result of the gun amnesty program." ...
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Submitter's Note: Objection! Assumes facts not in evidence. There is every indication that these guns were never 'on the street' but instead were locked up in peoples' attics, basements, etc..
 

UK: Drinker jailed after he shot himself
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man who accidentally shot himself in the leg while on a night out at a Bridgnorth pub was today jailed for five years for possessing the weapon."

"Dane Desmond Grizzle had been with friends at the Cider House on June 1 last year when he stepped outside the pub and accidentally shot himself with his gun, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard."

"Grizzle, 22 ... admitted possessing a 9mm self loading pistol and ammunition."

"The gun was later found on the grass verge in the lane next to the pub, and a magazine of bullets found nearby."

"Police believe the gun was originally made to fire blanks but had been tampered with in order to fire live rounds."

"Mrs Janet Pitt-Lewis, for Grizzle, said he had paid a 'very dear' price for his actions."
 

Ireland: Men jailed for paramilitary links
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two men have been jailed for being members of the loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Volunteer Force."

"Roy Barwise, 47, and John Irwin, 43, admitted membership of a proscribed organisation, the UVF."

"Barwise was sentenced to four years and two months and Irwin to two and a half years at Manchester Crown Court." ...

"A weapons haul was discovered in police raids
Irwin, from Scarsdale Road in Norris Green, was jailed for his UVF membership."

"Both were former Territorial Army soldiers and part of the Liverpool Battalion of the UVF."

"Explosives, a machine gun, pistols, shotguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in the raids on Merseyside." ...
 

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