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Price of ammo to shoot up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The baby needs milk. The car needs gas. The gun needs bullets."

"Rising dairy and oil prices grab the attention of shoppers and motorists. But the increasing price of ammunition – a consumer product the government considers when calculating the rate of inflation – has largely gone unnoticed."

"The price increases began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, then were compounded by a double whammy: the war in Iraq, which pushed up overall demand, and growing industrial powers such as China, which bid up the cost of needed raw materials." ...
 

Armed And Ready -And Wondering Why
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before I launch into the substance of this book, I must admit two things. One, I get a little squeamish about the idea of owning a gun ... And two, Philadelphia-based photographer/author Kyle Cassidy is a friend of a friend, and so I had heard tales of the book-to-be long before it officially emerged. However, my choice to write about Armed America has nothing to do with cronyism or any ideological stance; instead it is based on my complete absorption in the book each time I pick it up. I find myself peering into every corner of the richly detailed portraits, laughing at absurd scenes and out-of-control pets, marveling at the diversity of human self-expression and questioning my own perceptions of guns and gun ownership." ...
 

WV: Pistol-packing Ripley pastor defends right to bear arms
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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"This West Virginia minister packs more than a bible. The Rev. Jack Miller packs heat."

"The West Ripley Baptist Church minister’s penchant for guns was revealed July 24 when his .38-caliber revolver and an ankle holster were stolen from his desk during a break-in at the church. About $250 in petty cash was also taken." ...

"The former Louisville, Ky., police officer has a permit for the weapon, which he keeps for protection." ...
 

MA: Fathers create bullet-proof backpacks
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"It's time for parents to make the annual trek to get back to school items, which usually includes jeans, jerseys and a few notebooks."

"NewsCenter 5's Pam Cross reported Thursday that a couple of North Shore men want parents to consider something else -- a bulletproof backpack." ...

"It started with the Columbine shooting in 1999. Curran and Mike Pelonzi said that they watched and worried for their own children. They had the idea to hide bulletproof material inside a backpack. They call it defensive action."

"'If the kid has a backpack next to them, or under the desk, they can pick it up, the straps act as a handle and it becomes a shield,' Curran said." ...
 

CT: Tong-Sponsored Firearm Bill Becomes Law
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"Roughly six months into his term as a state legislator, Rep. William Tong (D-Stamford, New Canaan) has had one part of his campaign platform actualized: gun control."

"Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently signed legislation that requires owners of lost and stolen firearms to report stolen or missing weapons. ... the law imposes stricter penalties for gun owners who fail to do so."

"Tong sponsored the bill ... The Stamford resident also has personal ties to this bill. His mother was robbed and stabbed almost four years ago at the store she and her husband ran in Manchester. The thief claimed to have a gun, but actually had a knife. His mother has since recovered from her injuries." ...
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Submitter's Note: The logic of the antis: Someone claimed to have a gun and actually had a knife, so pass more gun control.
 

VA: One of Lt. Governor's Ideas: Guns on Campuses
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"It's one idea some have said could have played a key role in the Tech tragedy: allowing students and university staff to carry firearms on campus. And it's part of Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling's '100 ideas for the future of Virginia.'"

"Bolling has visited communities across the Commonwealth the ideas come from what he's heard. Currently, most colleges and universities in the state of Virginia do not allow students or staff to carry weapons despite concealed carry permits. If you aren't a student or staff, you can."

"This idea calls for legislation to prevent colleges and universities from making those bans legally." ...
 

CA: Council targets illegal gun use
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Amid concerns of growing gun violence, the Sacramento City Council Thursday night approved new laws aimed at thwarting a firearms black market that police say allows illegal weapons to proliferate."

"'Cities are stepping up to curb gun violence. Tonight, Sacramento stepped up to the plate,' said Councilman Kevin McCarty, who sponsored the pair of ordinances."

"One ordinance would give gun owners 48 hours to report a lost or stolen firearm or be charged with a misdemeanor, while an accompanying ordinance would require firearms dealers to thumb-print and electronically report the names and addresses of those who buy ammunition." ...
 

CA: Why pass an ineffective law on guns?
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"A few Ventura County cities have recently passed, or are considering passing, ordinances requiring gun owners to report the loss or theft of their firearms, typically within 48 hours of when the owner knew or 'should have known' the gun was missing. Gun-control advocacy groups ... disingenuously claim the law will prevent unlawful sales of firearms by purchasers who buy a gun legally, intending to resell it illegally on the black market. These 'straw' purchasers often falsely claim that a crime gun traced back to them was stolen or lost." ...

"Ironically, the ordinance cannot be used against the real bad guys. No law can compel lawbreakers to report themselves. ..." ...
 

NY: Kuhl's comment about 'packin' a gun distorted in blogs
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Faster than a speeding bullet, distortions of Rep. Randy Kuhl's comments to this Editorial Board about 'packin' sped across cyberspace this week."

"What was a casually spoken one-liner at the very end of a substantive more-than-hour-long meeting with Kuhl quickly became liberal blogger fodder — along the lines that Kuhl is thinking of arming himself against anti-war protesters."

"That's a pretty picture for Kuhl's political enemies — a sitting congressman reacting to peace-loving demonstrators with a snarling reference to packin' guns. Trouble is, it's not true." ...
 

CA: Assemblyman: Ban Gun Shows At Cow Palace
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"Spurred on by one community's pleas to end gun violence, San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno today announced a renewed legislative effort to ban gun shows at Daly City's Cow Palace arena."

"'It is unconscionable to allow gun shows at the Cow Palace when our young people are literally gunned down right outside its doors,' Leno said this morning, joined at a news conference by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris."

"Despite legislation banning the possession and sale of firearms on city property in San Francisco and on county property in San Mateo County, the Cow Palace, located just beyond San Francisco's southern border, eludes the ban because it is owned by the state ..." ...
 

Nathan Dane to Caleb Davis, "whose armed connexions seem to form their hopes and importance", June 12, 1787
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"...They appeared to be clearly of opinion, that the laws of this State, take cognizance of the offences of those rebels, who, in armed parties, or in a hostile manner, make incursions into Massachusetts, or bring from that Commonwealth its Inhabitants, or their effects into this State, in the lawless manner mentioned..."

"...Nor does it fail to excite the attention of those Governments to see men collected and armed against them, and attempting to give law in an extensive and Strong Country..."

"...For the efforts of Massachusetts officials to enlist the support of New York against the Shaysite fugitives who had fled the state..."
 

Gun store's attorney: ATF exaggerated intimidation
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"Nothing much happened and the complaints came too late."

"That's how a Boise attorney responded to a federal agency's claim that his client, the manager of a local gun store, harassed and intimidated agents until they left the store."

"The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives exaggerated its July 17 claim that Red's Trading Post Manager Ryan Horsley intimidated its agents, wrote Horsley's attorney, Mark S. Geston, in a response filed Aug. 6 in federal court."

"While ATF is yanking Red's license, citing numerous violations, a federal judge has allowed the store to continue operating until the judge decides if there is sufficient grounds to reverse the ruling." ...
 

Red's vs Feds...Chapter 29
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"An attorney for Red’s Trading Post appeared in court yesterday to answer allegations leveled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives against his client. The BATFE claims agents were harassed while conducting an audit at Red’s Trading Post on July 17th. But attorney Mark Geston told the Federal Court that nothing much happened and that the charges of harassment were exaggerated. It’s part of an ongoing battle between Red’s and the BATF which started several years ago after a series of audits. The BATFE claims the store has not been following the law regarding record keeping of gun sales. That led to the revocation of Red’s license to deal in guns. ..." ...
 

US DOJ is back along with some friends (Red's Trading Post)
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They virtually disappeared for day but they are back with 11 hits and appear to have brought friends from NCTC which is the National Counterterrorism Center with 11 hits as well. Sorry to break the news to you guys but I am not a terrorist, just a guy fighting to keep the government from shutting down his family's business. I appreciate you stopping by though.
 

Nuge Update (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well as I had earlier noted, I was speaking with Ted Nugent's staff in an attempt to speak with him about the current agenda of the ATF of shutting down gun shops and firearms manufacturers."

"He will be in Boise this Monday (Aug. 13th) for a concert. His staff told me to contact them later closer to the concert because of his schedule. I had told them that I only need 10 minutes."

"They responded today that 'At this time, it does not appear that Ted's schedule will permit.'"

"As many of you know I have attempted and will continue to get the word out there of this further erosion of our Second Amendment. With Ted serving on the Board of Directors of the NRA ... I felt that this was something that he should be aware of. ..."
 

Better Trained: Cop killers or the police officers they kill? (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the first part of this series we examined how those who dismiss criminals as being stupid are in fact themselves acting stupid. In another example of how dangerous it can be to underestimate the two-legged predators who walk among us, the FBI has recently finished a five year study of cop killers and the shootouts that took the officer’s life. While I have only seen a summary and not the whole report from the FBI,The Force Science Institute has published a very good synopsis of the report."

"Some of the findings reinforce the deadly misconceptions the public has about criminals. In these attacks, the criminal was found to practice more often than the police officer, shoot more accurately than the police officer ..." ...
 

MO: Pine Lawn Police Officer Charged With Victim Tampering
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"A Pine Lawn police officer remained jailed Friday night at the St. Louis County jail amid allegations of witness tampering."

"The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said Martini Haynes facilitated contact between attorney Eric Tolen and a 16-year-old boy."

"Tolen was charged in June with 18 counts of sodomy. He is accused of sexually assaulting the boy and another teen at his Town and Country home."

"Prosecutors said Haynes took the 16-year-old to meet with Tolen and also drove him to a recent court hearing in Illinois to testify on Tolen's behalf."

"A judge on Friday ordered Haynes to surrender his police badge and any service weapons in his possession ..." ...
 

OH: Officer Charged With Threatening Family
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"A reserve Gahanna police officer is accused of using his badge and gun to stop a vehicle and lead police on a chase early Thursday."

"Cash C. Kimmerle ... faces six charges of aggravated menacing ..." ...

"According to police reports, a man, woman and four children walked out of a White Castle restaurant at about 3 a.m. and saw Kimmerle standing in the middle of High Street ..."

"After throwing a beer bottle at their car, Kemmerle got into his vehicle and started chasing the couple's car ..."

"Court documents said Kimmerle was yelling that he was a police officer, waving a gun, and threatening to kill the people inside the car. ..." ...
 

OH: Sheriff's Deputy Wanted On Assault Charge
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Authorities are seeking a Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy who is considered armed and dangerous.

According to court records, Randy Koon, of Green Township, chased and shot at a woman Thursday in Cheviot.

The bullet entered the driver’s side window of the woman’s car and nearly hit her, police said.

Investigators said Koon might have shot at her a second time, and he was charged with felonious assault.

Authorities said Koon might be suicidal and traveling on Interstate 74.
 

Japan: Wakayama cop arrested for molesting schoolgirls
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"A police sergeant was arrested Friday for sexually molesting female high school students with whom he became acquainted after he questioned them on the street in Wakayama."

"The officer, identified as Kenichi Tanaka, 31, stopped and questioned two high school students riding on a minibike around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. When his shift was over around 10:30 a.m. the same day, he allegedly called one of the girls on her cell phone, saying they might be in trouble for both riding on the one bike. He told the girls they would have to meet him at a hotel where he allegedly molested them."

"The girls reported the incident to their parents who notified police. 'I did a bad thing,' Tanaka was quoted as saying. ..."
 

Thailand: Bad Thai cops to endure Kitty shame
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"Thai police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring 'Hello Kitty,' the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday."

"Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area, or arriving late — among other misdemeanors — will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day, said Police Col. Pongpat Chayaphan. The officers won't wear the armband in public."

"The striking armband features Hello Kitty sitting atop two hearts."

"'Simple warnings no longer work. This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor,' said Pongpat, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok." ...
 

Canada: Border officer charged with sexual assault
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"Surrey Police have charged a Canada Border Services Agency officer with sexual assault following a complaint from an 18-year-old woman who said she was attacked in a bathroom near the customs building."

"Daniel Greenhalgh, 30, is to appear in court Aug. 15, said RCMP Sergeant Jean Hamm. Mr. Greenhalgh was released on bail but instructed to have no contact with the young woman."

"Sgt. Hamm said the complaint to police came from the border services agency in May."

"The alleged attack occurred in a public bathroom near the customs building ..."

"Sgt. Hamm said he didn't know the circumstances surrounding the alleged attack ..."

"However, he added, the case is continuing and police haven't ruled out other victims." ...
 

Canada: Toronto detective charged with drunk driving in police van
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"A veteran Toronto police detective is facing drunk-driving charges after being arrested in the middle of the night along highway 400 driving an unmarked police van."

"The alleged incident occurred on July 25 when an OPP officer on highway patrol south of Barrie began tailing a van heading south on the highway." ...

"The report said the patrol officer noted the smell of alcohol. ..."

"A Toronto police supervisor was called to the scene to take Ross home and pick up the police van ..."

"Toronto police never issued a news release about Ross's arrest and wouldn't answer questions about what the detective was doing in Barrie in the middle of the night with a police vehicle. ..." ...
 

TN: Goose Hunt Cancelled Due to Anti-Hunting Group Lawsuit
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"The Quota Goose Hunts scheduled on the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Duck River Bottoms Unit for Resident Geese has been canceled."

"The scheduled 'non-quota hunt' will continue."

"A news release issued by the Department of the Interior and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, 'The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge has just learned that the new quota hunt for resident Canada geese in the Duck River Bottoms must be canceled due to a pending lawsuit by Fund for Animals. In 2003 Fund for Animals sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service alleging that the Service did not meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act in opening hunt programs at 37 refuges across the nation. That lawsuit is still pending ..." ...
 

ID: City studies impacts of Gun Club plan
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The city of Sun Valley is digesting a traffic study commissioned by Sun Valley Co. and conducted by LSC Transportation Consultants in Tahoe City, Calif."

"The study's intent is to provide the city with information on how the buildout of the proposed Gun Club Land Use Planning Area, as well as other planned developments in the city, will affect transportation and what improvements will be necessary to mitigate such growth. The study was a condition of the city's approval of Sun Valley Co.'s Gun Club project." ...
 

KS: Free gun lock program faces funding challenge
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Federal budget cuts could hinder Douglas County’s efforts to distribute free safety locks to gun owners."

"The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been distributing the locks — which, when properly used, prevent the accidental firing of a firearm — for about two years. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office joined the program in January."

"The locks were paid for by a U.S. Department of Justice program, Project Childsafe, administered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation." ...
 

VA: Fun and firearms
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"The products of the misbegotten alliance between the state legislature and the Wild West wing of gun-rights advocacy are popping up in Hampton Roads. Where will the next sighting be?"

"Chet Szymecki, who in 2005 went out of his way to wear his gun to a York County School Board meeting, did the same at Norfolk's Harborfest in June. That attracted the attention of police — and, undoubtedly, some of the children and adults who flock to such events. Police charged him, because Norfolk had banned guns at the outdoor festival."

"But it can't. The General Assembly made sure of that, with a law that bars localities from putting limits on the carrying of firearms — or on possession, ownership, sale, transportation or storage of guns." ...
 

AZ: A rotten weekend without oversight
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... "You might say that ... the young officer lost out to an uncontrolled gun. All were unnecessary deaths prompted by illegal activity. Yet both somehow got lost in a 200-year-old cowboy mentality of a lack of oversight: flight and gun regulations. Both forms of regulation are allowed for by the Constitution of the United States." ...

"I guarantee you there won’t be a second of oversight in the shooting of the Cortez, if the National Rifle Association has any say in it."

"A murder trial will be enough. According to the NRA, that’ll solve the problem. It’ll stop murders with guns. You bet." ...
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Submitter's Note: You're missing the big picture, Mike. Murder laws are punitive not prophylactic.
 

UK: Pair with pepper spray sentenced
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"A COUPLE found guilty of possessing and using pepper spray have escaped prison."

"Though the offence carries a maximum 10-year sentence under the Firearms Act, its use for self-defence and widespread ignorance of the law saw them avoid jail."

"Chester Magistrates Court was shown CCTV footage of the moment Neil Marchant, 29, used the noxious gas to fend off an attacker outside the Platinum Lounge in Ellesmere Port at 2.25am on April 29. The unknown victim was seen staggering in the road rubbing his eyes."

"Marchant later handed the weapon to girlfriend Sally Arcari, 21, who denied knowing what it was - but even unwitting possession is illegal." ...
 

UK: Shoot first!
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"Crossing the state line into Florida on I-75, one is greeted by a billboard reading, 'Visitor Warning. Florida residents can use deadly force. Please be careful.' Erected by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the sign is a reference to the fact that, for the last year and a half, Floridians have been allowed by law to shoot anyone they want."

"Well, not just anyone. A citizen can use deadly force only if, in the words of the law, he or she 'believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.' So breathe a sigh of relief. As long as you don't give anyone a reason to feel threatened, you're perfectly safe." ...
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Submitter's Note: The statute actually says 'reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent ...'
 

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