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Judge upholds Maine's use of gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Federal prosecutors in Maine can continue to use gun laws to combat domestic violence, the U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled." [emphasis added]

"U.S. Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch, sitting in Boston, ruled that John Frechette of Lewiston can be charged with the federal crime ... even though his 1996 misdemeanor assault conviction came after he pleaded no contest in a 'mass arraignment' in Lewiston District Court."

"In 2005, U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby in Portland had dismissed the indictment against Frechette, saying that his no-contest plea ... did not qualify as a 'knowing and intelligent' waiver of his rights under Maine law. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Observe that, despite the inflammatory opening paragraph, Mr. Frechette is not charged with a 'domestic violence' crime, but merely a mala prohibitum 'possession' charge.
 

Have gun, will travel to teach
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The cardboard target didn't stand a chance."

"One .223-caliber hole after another punched through it as dirt burst up from behind."

"Closing in on a zig-zagging pattern was Dave Harrington. His awestruck students watched in the background."

"Hunched behind his AR-15 assault rifle, Harrington unleashed a steady fusillade of fire at Ruskin's Gun Craft Pistol and Rifle Club."

"When his rifle ran dry, he let it hang from his body and smoothly drew his 1911 pistol. Now big .45-caliber holes ventilated the target. He kept moving and firing, using different angles of approach and retreat."

"Harrington turned to his students and said: 'Your direction of travel is based on your object of focus.'" ...
 

Dual-Purpose Optics From Nikon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It should be no surprise that Nikon Sport Optics is one of the most technologically advanced optics providers in the shooting sports marketplace. After all, what else should you expect from an established world-leader in precision lens manufacture and camera design? In recent years Nikon has moved quickly to translate that expertise into reasonably priced optics product lines specifically designed for U.S. shooters and hunters that feature a level of quality that rivals the best of elite European name brands. I've been particularly impressed with Nikon's current emphasis on products that serve multiple functions, which provide customers with a versatility and cost-effectiveness most other optics makers have not yet matched." ...
 

MS: Man acquitted of 2004 aggravated assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man charged in a 2004 shooting was acquitted Wednesday after an hour-long jury deliberation."

"Robert Evans, 67, was charged with the February 2004 shooting of Neil James Doss, Jr., 35. The defense provided evidence that Evans was acting in self defense on the day of the crime."

"Jackson County Assistant Public Defender Amanda Stringfellow Galle said justice was served in this case where an older gentleman in poor health defended himself." ...

"Evans is glad to be rid of the stigma associated with the crime, and is pleased with the efforts of the public defender's office."

"'I am just glad the whole ordeal is over with and the truth has finally come out,' he said through the public defender office." ...
 

IN: Police: Armed customer stops KFC robbery
Submitted by: Daniel L. Moulder

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"Police say a would-be robber is in jail this morning after a customer foiled the suspect's attempted hold-up ..."

"William McMiller Jr., 40, was arrested on an initial charge of robbery after he demanded money and threatened to shoot a cashier at the Kentucky Fried Chicken ..." ...

"McMiller, police said, ordered a bucket of chicken then told cashier Deanne Slaughter: 'Give me the money before I shoot you.'"

"The suspect held his hand in his back pocket as if reaching for a gun ..."

"Paul Sherlock, a customer sitting in the dining room, approached and pointed a Taurus 9-mm handgun towards the suspect’s back."

"... Sherlock ordered him to lean against a window with his hands up until police arrived." ...
 

TX: Bar Owner Shoots, Kills Would-Be Robber
Submitted by: Protector

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A bar owner fatally wounded a would-be robber who was armed with a BB gun early Friday.

Bexar County sheriff's deputies said that a 21-year-old man walked into the Old Soldiers Club in the 6200 block of Binz-Englemen Road told at 1 a.m. armed with what appeared to look like a .45 caliber handgun. The weapon, though, actually turned out to be a BB gun.

When the man tried to rob the bar, the bar owner fired a single gunshot wound to the man's chest, killing him at the scene, deputies said.

The man has not been identified.

The bar owner is not expected to face charges since his actions were considered to be self-defense.
 

Criminals Never Rest (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"News sources are reporting that a 52-year-old Florida man was robbed at gunpoint while returning to his car from a rest area restroom in Vermilion, Ohio. ... the attacker is still at large at the time of this writing."

"While an Ohio Concealed Handgun License allows law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm in order to protect themselves from violent attack in most places, state legislators have specifically prohibited that innate right in certain locations. A rest area building is one of those locations."

"Ohioans For Concealed Carry has always advocated that criminals may in fact target areas that are known to be free of licensed citizens properly equipped to defend themselves. ..." ...
 

OH: Another tired anti-gun editorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Many papers have recently done stories noting the success of the concealed carry licensing system. The Lorain Morning Journal, on the other hand, has published another editorial crying about their limited access to license holder's personal information." ...

"From the story:"

"This cloud of secrecy is supposed to be for the protection of the permit holders and their families, according to concealed carry supporters. Though why anyone would want to mess with a known armed householder is beyond us. It also leaves us wondering why anyone would want to have a concealed gun permit if it apparently puts them in so much danger that they need their identity shrouded." ...
 

WA: Shooting Victim Hopes Attack Puts Gun Control On Nation's Radar
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"A woman wounded in last month's deadly shooting rampage at Seattle's Jewish Federation offices says she hopes the attack helps the public and lawmakers see a need for tighter gun control laws."

"'How and why the murderer who invaded my workplace a couple of weeks ago was able to legally acquire two semiautomatic weapons in our state is still a very disturbing mystery to me,' Dayna Klein, 37, said Thursday, seated next to her husband at a news conference in a downtown hotel."

"Klein said she met with former President Bill Clinton last week while in New York, discussed both gun control and workplace safety with him and was encouraged by the conversation." ...
 

Anti-gunners don camo as election looms (NRA-ILA via BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tracking the recent history of the Second Amendment debate wouldn’t be complete without a look at the shifting tactics of the opposition. Our tireless efforts and resulting victories at the ballot box have made it clear that openly campaigning against the Second Amendment is a political loser. The anti-gun groups have undertaken a concerted effort to mask their long-term agenda ... It surprised no one when Handgun Control, Inc., decided to change its name to the decidedly vague 'Brady Campaign.' But the effort to paint the anti-gun agenda with the comfortable warmth of 'gun safety' rhetoric moved from tactical to strategic with the formation of Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) in July 2000. ..." ...
 

SC: A camper's tent is his castle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man's home may be his castle in South Carolina but for self-defense purposes, so is his car, his business and the tent he's pitched in the woods."

"With little fanfare, the General Assembly this year greatly expanded the scope of the law under which ordinary citizens can use deadly force against intruders to protect themselves and their property."

"In short, the long-recognized 'Castle Doctrine' theory was codified, written into the state's law books as a legally recognized defense."

"But South Carolina lawmakers also extended the doctrine to apply in places other than someone's home." ...

"A tent, based on the Legislature's definition, is included in the law because it considered a type of dwelling." ...
 

MN: Local Elected and Law Enforcement Leaders Join Activists to Launch Campaign to Combat Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, acting Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan, St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington, Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight, and Minnesota State Senators Wes Skoglund and Jane Ranum are scheduled to join leaders of Protect Minnesota at a kickoff event and fundraiser at the Fine Line Music Café. Protect Minnesota is a coalition formed by the Northland and Twin Cities Million Mom March chapters and Citizens for a Safer Minnesota."

"The coalition is being launched with assistance from the Initiative for Violence-Free Families, a Hennepin County organization. 'We will do everything we can to make progress towards reducing gun violence in Minnesota,' said Joan Peterson, president of the Northland Million Mom March Chapter." ...
 

OH: Republican Lt. Gov Candidate Tom Raga – Unplugged
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with Tom Raga at the Greene County Fair. The initial purpose was a short interview for this profile article. I ended up spending over two hours with Mr. Raga ... I ended up with much more than an interview. I was afforded the opportunity to watch [him] interact with many constituents and discuss a wide range of issues. It was a good look into the role of our state elected officials."

"The interview with Raga focused on outdoor experiences, legislative record, sportsmen issues and the Blackwell-Raga platform for Ohio." ...
 

OH: Ten People Who Are Threatening Your Ohio Gun Rights (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Article 1, Section 4 of the Ohio Constitution states 'The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.' While our right to keep and bear arms is clearly stated in our state constitution, it is constantly under attack. In order to defend our rights, we have to know who is threatening them. The following is a list of ten people who are threatening our Ohio gun rights." ...
 

PA: State license to kill creates no thrill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It seems some Pennsylvania legislators would like a return to the Wild, Wild West style of living."

"The latest rash of state legislation supported by the gun lobby is apparently gaining traction even in Pennsylvania, and if Rep. Steven Capelli has his way, it's coming to a street near you."

"Labeled as a 'stand your ground law,' it would simply empower the possessor of a 'legally' concealed handgun to instantaneously become the judge, jury and executioner of anyone that they feel is threatening or endangering to them. I have a very difficult time believing that is what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they guaranteed us the right to bear arms." ...
 

TX: It should be up to those in danger to evaluate the threat
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"Sometime in the coming weeks, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will recommend changing state law to give Texans wider latitude to use deadly force in their own defense."

"If the Legislature agrees, as is likely, Texas will help fuel a veritable wildfire of 'stand your ground' legislation spreading through the country. ..."

"Committee Chairman Terry Keel, R-Austin, says Texas needs such a law to make clear the legal right of property owners to decide when to use a weapon to protect themselves. ..."

"We believe the law ought to be passed so that Texans are absolutely clear about when they may or may not use deadly force." ...
 

OH: USAMU shooters end season with wins at National Long-Range Rifle Matches
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit of Fort Benning, Ga., finished their shooting season by bringing home trophies from the National Long-Range Rifle Matches Aug. 11-14."

"Shooting the M-16A2 rifle, Sgt. 1st Class Grant L. Singley, a USAMU service rifle shooter, won the Service Rifle National Long Range Rifle Championship. Singley was awarded the Billy C. Atkins Trophy as the highest scoring service rifle shooter in the National Highpower Rifle Long Range Championships. The Atkins Trophy is awarded to the Service Rifle (M-1, M-14 or M-16) shooter with the highest aggregate score over the entire long-range national championships." ...
 

CA: Accidental Gunshots Vex LAPD
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The iconic confrontation in American policing, in which brave officers shoot it out with armed thugs, has occurred time and again in the annals of the Los Angeles Police Department." ...

"As unsettling — and unpredictable — as such incidents are, a Times analysis of two decades of police records highlights another danger to officers, one little appreciated even by officials who oversee the department: Officers over those years shot themselves or one another nearly as often as they were shot by suspects."

"Since 1985, there have been more than 350 accidental discharges by LAPD officers. There also have been more than a dozen so-called friendly fire incidents." ...
 

NC: Landis Police Chief Faces Child Porn Charges
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"The Landis chief of police has been arrested on felony charges of child solicitation and child pornography, authorities said."

"Charles Raymond Childers, 50, was detained in Greensboro on Thursday while state and federal agents raided his China Grove home and the Landis Police Department for evidence."

"Childers has been on the police force in Rowan County for 26 years."

"The arrest resulted from an undercover operation carried out by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in North Carolina and Michigan and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service." ...

"... Childers had sexually graphic conversations online with an undercover SBI agent posing as a teenage girl. They said he also sent child pornography and sexual images of himself." ...
 

IL: Investigation of police commander's son grows
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As the investigation into the conduct of a police commander whose son was arrested continued, Police Supt. Philip Cline said Thursday that the department is also investigating an allegation that excessive force was used against the son."

"Cline on Wednesday removed Cmdr. John Matthews from his post running the Calumet District on the South Side."

"Matthews allegedly interfered with police ... after his son was arrested on a felony gun violation and for assaulting officers, police said." ...

"Included in the allegations ... are that a high-ranking official interfered and that he ordered that the sport-utility vehicle being driven by Miles Matthews be given back to the family instead of impounded ..." ...
 

PA: Penn Township police to get new firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Penn Township's 20 police officers will be getting new pistols."

"On Wednesday, commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 22 firearms from SIGARMS ... at a cost of $4,358."

"Police Chief Mike Mastroianni explained the department had been having difficulties with pistols purchased in 2002."

"'We've had a continuing series of problems with that firearm malfunctioning,' Mastroianni told commissioners."

"The weapons were replaced with others from the same manufacturer, but the problems persisted."

"... Mastroianni said. 'I felt the officers lacked confidence in the weapons we were carrying. We needed to do something about that, i.e., replace them.'" ...
 

NJ: Hanover police offer firearm safety kits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Hanover Township Police Department will provide free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program."

"The safety kits, which include a gunlock, will be distributed until the supply is depleted at the police headquarters ..." ...

"We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,' said Chief Stephen W. Gallagher."

"'Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home.'" ...
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KABA Note: These locks can be cut with tin snips. They might dissuade a 6 year old.
 

NJ: The end of the 2nd Amendment?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ngoc Le heard his wife's screams ... The man brandished the blade, herding the couple into a back room. Once there, he tied the 28-year old businessman to a chair, then proceeded to rape 22-year old Kelly Le ... There was no 2nd Amendment, no right to own a gun, and Antonio Diaz Reyes got away with murder."

"That isn't actually how the events of December 31st, 2004 played out. We do have a 2nd Amendment in this country, after all. So when Antonio Reyes held Kelly Le at knifepoint, Ngoc Le was able to shoot and kill the attacker with his legally owned firearm. DNA tests later determined that Reyes was responsible for a string of rapes ..." ...
 

NV: NDOW Range Day on Sept. 9
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Las Vegas area hunters and shooters should mark Sept. 9 on their calendars for Nevada Department of Wildlife Range Day."

"The department and the Desert Sportsman's Rifle and Pistol Club started Range Day seven years ago to provide a place for hunters to safely and legally sight in their firearms for the upcoming hunting seasons."

"Range officers and department hunter education instructors will be on hand to ensure safety and to provide personalized instruction. Range time and targets are provided free of charge."

"The Desert Sportsman range is located at 12201 W. Charleston Blvd., and has reserved its 300-yard range for the day. Shooting starts at 8 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m. ..." ...
 

CA: Story, reality are far apart (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I must express my disappointment with the editor's selection of articles, in particular the AP 'Vulnerability to Terrorism' article, which was mislabeled as 'News Analysis.'"

"That wasn't analysis. ... Folks, here are the facts of life about security. A free society like we enjoy can never be totally safe. If you want to be protected, move to a country ruled by a totalitarian dictator as a police state. Then you will be safe, if you do exactly as told, and ask for no more than what the dictator allows. ..." ...

"Finally, if our personal protection is so important, why is the Second Amendment continually under attack, and a concealed carry permit near impossible for the common, law-abiding citizen to obtain?" ...
 

UK: Guns seized in raid on home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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TWO sawn-off shotguns and a pistol were recovered by police following a raid on a home in Blackburn.

Officers also seized a quantity of drugs following the swoop on a house in St George's View yesterday.

Three men, aged 19, 22 and 42, have been arrested and were today being questioned by detectives on suspicion of possessing the weapons.
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Officers launched the raid after obtaining a firearms warrant.
 

Canada: Packing it in class
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If your kid is in a Greater Toronto Authority high school class with 25 students, chances are one of them at some time has packed a gun."

"According to a study prepared for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, 4.2 per cent of Toronto area students reported having taken a pistol or revolver to school."

"But knives are still the weapon of choice, with 20 per cent of students admitting they carried a blade to school." ...
 

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