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Senate Panel Sends Brady Expansion Bill To The Floor (GOA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's truly amazing. You wouldn't think that something as controversial as gun control could fly through the House of Representatives, and then through a Senate committee without facing at least one recorded vote."

"But on Thursday of last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Senate version of the McCarthy bill by an unrecorded voice vote."

"The draft bill -- which is still unnumbered -- is being sponsored by the chairman of the committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The Brady expansion provisions in this bill are identical to the ones in the McCarthy bill and would easily deny thousands (if not millions) of law-abiding citizens their right to own firearms." ...
 

Liberal, Anti-Bush Editor Wonders, 'What if the Second Amendment is for real?'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In light of the sexual assualt and murders of the women of the Petit family at the hands of brutal home invaders who also happened to be repeat offenders, Keith C. Burris says, 'Time to admit the 'gun nuts' are right.':"

"What if the Second Amendment is for real? Is it possible that it should it be revered, just like the First Amendment?..."

"Is it possible that the Second Amendment is not a quaint and antiquated remnant of a world that will never return, but an idea as relevant and sound today as when it was written?"
 

Newsweek: One Nation, Under Gun
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Submitter's Note: This is a photo essay showing American gun owners, their families, pets and firearms, with narration and commentary.
The grammar of the title is puzzling, however. One doesn't know whether they mean One Nation, Under the Gun or One Nation, Under Gunned.
 

NRA 'alternative' formed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"There seems to be no end to the groups that take potshots at the National Rifle Association. It goes with the territory, I guess ..."

"Every once in a while, the shots aren't fired by anti-gun folks, but rather by a fledgling rival of the NRA ..." ...

"The newly formed Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) offers union members an 'alternative' to the NRA. The group claims the NRA is anti-union and that the NRA opposes political candidates that labor unions endorse."

"The movement is serious enough that Chris Cox, head of the NRA's legislative arm, has warned his membership in print that 'the USA is intended to lure the political allegiance of gun-owning union members away from the NRA and its political agenda.'" ...
 

An alphabetical speed-load of state-by-state gun facts
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"AZ Generally, by state law, you’re not allowed to carry a gun into a nuclear plant or hydroelectric dam area, or into a polling place on Election Day, or into any other "public establishment" where the host specifically bans guns, or into any establishment that serves booze. That last prohibition drew the ire of the 2005 Legislature, which passed a bill to allow people to "carry" in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, but Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed it, with the support of the tavern owners. Other than that, Arizona is pretty loose with its gun regulations. If your town wants to pass tougher regs than the state has adopted, generally the state won’t allow it. More than 89,000 Arizonans have permits to carry ..." ...
 

Know airline rules before hunting trip
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"August is under way, and with it, the hunting seasons have started in some places. While we still have a couple of months to go here, things are under way in Alaska and Canada, where caribou season and other hunting have already started."

"Given the changes in place in airline travel, now is a good time to get in touch with air carriers and solve the logistics of how to transport hunting equipment without undue problems. ..."

"Most airlines have specific rules for transporting firearms. For example, Delta Airlines will accept firearms as checked luggage as long as they are in a locked, hard-sided case and the firearm is declared to the ticketing agent. Ammunition also has to be declared ..." ...
 

"I Got a Gun and Loved It"
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"The most memorable Valentine's Day gift I ever received was a black nylon fanny pack designed to hold a gun. For my live-in, gun-nut boyfriend, it was a grand romantic gesture and an encore, of sorts, to his Christmas present, a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol. I had hoped for the new 'lady friendly' hammerless Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, but the fanny pack would have to do." ...
 

Lock up guns, but don't ban them
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Bob and Cal disagree about the effectiveness of gun-control laws, but they do see eye to eye on one thing: The Constitution allows for gun ownership."

"Cal Thomas is a conservative columnist. Bob Beckel is a liberal Democratic strategist. But as longtime friends, they can often find common ground on issues that lawmakers in Washington cannot. " ...
 

NV: Teachers who get police training could get extra pay, carry guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposal that Nevada teachers be allowed to carry concealed weapons garnered a lot of notoriety but little traction among state lawmakers this year. Now comes this idea: Give bonus pay to teachers - from kindergarten to college - who would be trained and armed as reserve school police officers."

"Faculty-turned-campus cops would supplement the thin ranks of campus police and be in position to respond quickly to campus emergencies, the two champions of the idea say."

"Others worry about allowing teachers to be put in that kind of position."

"The idea will be taken up at separate meetings this month by Nevada System of Higher Education regents and the State Board of Education." ...
 

GA: Kennesaw considers throwing out no-guns-in-parks rule
Submitted by: Adam Roberts

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"Attorneys for the city of Kennesaw, where residents are required by law to own and maintain a firearm, said Thursday they are asking local officials to throw out an ordinance that bans people from toting guns in city parks."

"The gun-in-parks ordinance violates state law ... said Stuart Sims, an attorney for the city of Kennesaw."

"He said the recommendation was made to comply with a Georgia law that stipulates only the state has the power to determine where guns may be carried or transported."

"The action by Kennesaw's attorneys came in response to a letter from firearms right organization GeorgiaCarry.org, which pointed out that the revised state law preempted the council's prohibition on guns in parks." ...
 

NY: Gun amnesty program proposed: Councilor cites success of Rochester effort
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Councilor-At-Large Chip Capraro suggested Tuesday night that the city set up a gun amnesty program to help prevent a repeat of the July 29 shooting death of a local teen."

"He asked City Manager Rich Rising to see if a program similar to the one held in Rochester over the weekend could be done here."

"The death of Elvin Cruz ... 10 days ago has prompted 5th Ward residents to tell city officials they're worried about violence in their neighborhood and that an increasing number of Geneva's young people have illegal guns."

"Capraro acknowledged that it may be naive to think an amnesty program could do some good, but said the situation is 'an immediate problem and puts us at risk for intended or unintended violence.'" ...
 

CA: S.F. gun shows in Newsom’s crosshairs
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A city hit hard by gun violence should not have gun sales at its back door, said Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is expected to announce today that The City is seeking state legislation to end gun shows at the Cow Palace."

"While the exhibition hall is technically located in Daly City, it is just blocks away from San Francisco’s Sunnydale Housing Project, one of many neighborhoods in The City plagued by gun violence."

"Although the gun shows are legal, Newsom said numerous illegal gun transactions occur in the parking lot during the show, which will take place Saturday and Sunday. Another gun show is scheduled in November."

"'It needs to be shut down, and we’re going to do our best to do that,' Newsom said." ...
 

IL: Resolution on gun bills sent to Champaign County Board
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Champaign County Board will be debating the wisdom of state gun control legislation, despite the misgivings even of some of those who voted to do so."

"The board's policy committee voted 5-3 Wednesday night to forward a resolution against gun control bills in the Illinois Senate, after a debate in which several members argued that state legislation was generally not county government business."

"Republican caucus leader Greg Knott of Homer introduced the resolution, similar versions of which have been passed in at least 17 counties and one township, most of them in southern Illinois." ...
 

Ambrose E. Burnside to Abraham Lincoln, "until the citizens can be armed", Sept. 23 1863
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...The bridge at this place is burned & I suppose the one over the Holston at Union Station is also burned That is the extreme point that I was ordered by Genl Halleck to hold-- I leave for Knoxville very soon & will try to telegraph you from there early tomorrow morning-- Nearly forty miles of the distance has to be made on horse back owing to the burning of some small bridge between Greenville & Jonesboro which I hope to have repaired very soon-- I shall I leave force enough in this neighborhood to, in all probability, hold this Section until the citizens can be armed..."
 

North Carolina Delegates to Richard Caswell, "We Sincerely wish, that all our Citizens were well armed", July 15, 1779
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...We Sincerely wish, that all our Citizens were well armed; and, to press the Necessity thereof on our fellow Citizens. The Predatory war, which we may apprehend hereafter, if hostilities shall continue, will require, every where vigilence, readiness and vigor. We are convinced, that So far as the first, and last can avail, our Country will be Safe while you preside over her, but, without Arms, our virtue and vigilence can not avail much. We wish it to be thought an object of the highest Consequence to Supply them...."
 

Gun shop: Complaint could have been ruse
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"A new court filing says when inspectors for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives complained about a 'threat' from a gun shop manager, it could have been no more than an excuse to end their unsuccessful efforts to find any paperwork violations." ...

"The filing in response to the harassment complaint noted that the concerns were based solely on the fact that Horsley posted on his blog the fact that the inspection was going on, and a 70-year-old man wearing a Hawaiian shirt came to the shop to take pictures of the inspection process." ...
 

WND article and the Mysterious 2001 inspection (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I just was notified World Net Daily has written another article on our case: ...

"The article mentions the 2001 inspection in which there were no violations found, in fact this is the same audit that Judge Lodge wrote in granting our preliminary injunction:"

"'the ATF speaks of violations found during the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems.'"
"Following this the ATF magically produced violations despite not presenting any violations to us during or after the audit, despite never signing anything (which we have to do) ..." ...
 

DOJ nearly MIA with 3 hits at 10am...but getting alot of hits from Spokane (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well it appears that the US Department of Justice, which the ATF serves under, has nearly fallen off the map with only 3 hits to our website at 10am. This from 91 hits in a day at one point and also having numerous other bloggers report a lot of hits on their web sites, after covering our fight. But instead of cowering away or backing down these bloggers exposed the hits to their readers."

"So I guess the ATF is gone...but interestingly enough the number one city in the United States that has visited my website with 21 hits at 10am is Spokane, Washington which has never been even remotely close to that high. Spokane is a lovely city ... however the only person that I know that lives in Spokane is ATF Supervisor Linda Young." ...
 

ID sheriff: more concealed gun permits would boost public safety
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"The sheriff of a north-central Idaho county where a shooting rampage left four dead and three wounded last May wants more people to obtain concealed weapons permits and carry guns, including on the University of Idaho campus, to improve public safety."

"'In my opinion, if there were more students with (concealed weapons permits), the world would be safer,' Latah County Sheriff Wayne Rausch told the Lewiston Tribune on Tuesday. 'Just because we (law enforcement officers) are charged with protecting the public, doesn't mean the public shouldn't be able to protect itself.'"

"The university bans guns except under supervised circumstances at its firing range. ..." ...
 

CA: FBI reportedly probes gun permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The FBI is looking into concealed-gun permits issued by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, according to documents filed in a lawsuit that alleges former Sheriff Lou Blanas issued permits as political favors."

"Documents filed Friday in the federal civil rights suit say FBI investigators have requested gun permit documents from the department, which include a permit Blanas issued to Sacramento businessman Edwin G. Gerber. Gerber gave $3,500 to Blanas' election campaign, election records show, and bought a vacation home with Blanas in Reno in the fall of 2005 ..."

"The former sheriff signed Gerber's gun permit a day before leaving office last summer ... without following the department's usual procedure ..." ...
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H/t to Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell.
 

OH: Who is to blame when children have accidents with guns? (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's all too familiar a story:

"A 12-year-old boy was critically injured Tuesday night after he was shot in the chest by a gun that was found in the street." ...
"This most recent occurrence in Ohio was on June 6, 2007, but when it happened I immediately thought back to a strikingly similar incident from July 1, 2004 in Dayton." ...

"A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot Wednesday by his 5-year-old neighbor who was playing with a loaded .22 revolver ..." ...
"Several things bother me about this story ... but nothing bothers me as much as the parental ignorance and irresponsibility that led to these tragedies." [emphasis added] ...
 

OH: Drive-by media quotes 'study' on drive-bys; Refuses to print response (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recent story in the Xenia Gazette, entitled 'Ohio fifth on list of states with most drive-by shootings', was a perfect example of how the vehemently anti-self-defense Violence Policy Center dupes unsuspecting media/news reporters, as well as how lazy journalists irresponsibly run press releases to fill space, as opposed to analyzing the content and understanding the missing/misleading info."

"Buckeye Firearms Association's Larry Moore submitted to the editor of the Xenia Gazette in response to this latest example, but the newspaper did not publish it."

"We did." ...
 

NY: Guns the exception in Albany's violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Violent crime in Albany has outpaced the national average since 1999, but most of it doesn't involve the use of guns, an analysis done for the Common Council concludes."

"By 2005, even though the city's crime rate declined from a peak reached in 2001, Albany still was one of 25 similar-size cities with 100 or more violent crimes per 10,000 residents. Robberies and aggravated assaults are the most common violent crimes -- and most are committed without guns." ...
 

IL: Protect gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently the news media has covered the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Father Michael Pfleger leading protests against a suburban Chicago gun shop. This political activity is directed at closing the gun shop and passing anti-Second Amendment legislation in Illinois."

"Who funds this political activity? Are tax deductible donations to the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese and Operation Push being used to crush our constitutional freedoms of the Second Amendment?"

"Donations to pro-Second Amendment organizations such as the National Rifle Association are not tax deductible. Where is the fairness?" ...
 

Canada: Two killed in Vancouver restaurant shooting
Submitted by: jac

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"Two gunman opened fire inside a Vancouver, British Columbia, restaurant early Thursday, killing two people and injuring six in what Canadian police suspect was a targeted attack."

"The six survivors have been hospitalized, and two suspects remain at large ..."

"Police were alerted at 4:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. ET) and found the gunshot victims. The Fortune Happiness Restaurant was disarray, with tables and chairs overturned and broken glass scattered across the floor."

"Police are interviewing six witnesses, whom they described as 'frantic.'"

"It is unclear why the late-night Chinese eatery in Vancouver's east end was targeted. ..." ...
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Submitters note: Its good that they have restrictive gun laws or one of the attackers might have been shot.
 

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