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David Codrea: Breaking News: US Atty Reneges On Dropping Harassment Charges Against Red's!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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In a stunning reversal, US Attorney Deborah Ferguson has gone back on her agreement to withdraw harassment complaints against Red's Trading Post. She is apparently angered over Ryan Horsley's recent public statements defending his actions.

More will be released on this story pending a statement from Mr. Horsely. WarOnGuns will continue to follow developments as they occur.
 

David Codrea: "A Very Sound Policy"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Magazine columns are poor places to discuss breaking news —the lead time between article submission and hitting the stands is generally months, and what’s assumed as fact today can be dismissed tomorrow — or even later today — as unfounded."

"Nevertheless, a column on gun rights would be remiss if the obscene Virginia Tech carnage went unaddressed ..." ...

"What they left unsaid was ... Virginia Tech's Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy specifically prohibits 'the university’s employees, students, and volunteers, or any visitor or other third party … from carrying, maintaining, or storing a firearm or weapon on any university facility, even if the owner has a valid permit.'" ...
 

ATF Shutting down Firearms Industry (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I was shocked at the JPFO Alert yesterday and mainly the statement from Congressman Phil Gingrey regarding the ATF:"

"Since 2002, 85 percent of American firearm manufacturers have been forced to close their doors. Let me repeat that, Mr. Chairman. Since 2002, 85 percent of American firearm manufacturers have been forced to close their doors."

"Compare that with the number of dealers that are being shut down which is nearly 80% from 1994-2005. And according to Shooting Sports Retailer Magazine the number of revocations of licenses is up nearly 6 times from 2001-2006." ...
 

Has the Culture of Sheep killed again? (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have followed the sad news story of what has happened to the family of Dr. William Petit Jr. in Cheshire, Connecticut. Observing the coverage in newsprint and electronic media, I have wondered aloud if the 'Culture of Sheep' has killed again. As the facts emerge it is becoming pretty clear that it has."

"Most frustrating has been watching police officers or former police officers coming on these news programs advising if attacked to submit. Do what the criminals demand, do not make eye contact, show no resistance. They advised that if you do this you will survive. I was stunned. This very behavior is pretty much what got the Petit women killed. ... The Culture of Sheep strikes again." ...
 

Charlotte Observer: Hysterical Anti-Gun Screed Ignores Facts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In another example of hand-wringing, excessive, faux compassion that ignores the real statistics, the Charlotte Observer has given space to one of their writers to vent against the evil gun, once again. I love how these people want to present themselves as more 'caring' than an evil, stupid gun owner, yet their 'compassion' is predicated not on facts, but on mere feelings."

"The Observer's Dannye Romine-Powell (God save us from another hyphenated named liberal) gets all amush over the "unruffled thinking" of her gun hating husband and tries her hand at citing statistics to such poor effect... poor once some perspective and reality is brought to bear on the issue, that is." ...
 

GUNS Magazine August 1957 Issue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The GUNS Magazine is saved as a PDF file so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read them."
 

TX: Armed homeowner thwarts home invaders
Submitted by: Wes Wilson

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"Dallas Police were searching for at least one more person in connection with a home invasion early Wednesday that left one suspect dead and possibly two others shot ..."

"Four men, possibly five, forced their way into a home ... shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday, robbed a man at gunpoint and fled with a 'large sum of money,' ..."

"As the men ran to the getaway car, the resident fired at them with an AK-47 type rifle, killing one and critically wounding another ... An abandoned car with the men inside was found a couple of blocks away. Police are trying to determine whether the armed men fired back at the resident. He was not injured." ...

"The resident ... would most likely not face any charges, but the case would go before a grand jury ..."
 

NH: N.H. Politics: The Machine-Gun Fundraiser
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tired of the usual chicken dinners, the Manchester Republican Committee is planning to arm supporters next month with Uzis, M-16 rifles and other automatic weapons for a day of target practice at a Pelham firing range."

"'The thought just struck me one day: a machine gun shoot. What the heck?' said Jerry Thibodeau, the committee chairman."

"Thibodeau, who is himself a hunter and skeet shooter, pitched the Aug. 5 event as a fun social gathering, as well as a demonstration of the party's support for Second Amendment rights."
"And, as the embrace of Second Amendment rights often does, this event has just sickened Democrats:"

"The concept prompted shudders across the political aisle. Chris Pappas, the city Democratic party chairman, called the event 'not just in poor taste; it is downright offensive.'"
 

IA: Brownback talks about Iraq, gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In the afternoon, Brownback visited a gun range in Ames, where he fired three guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle, the civilian version of the M-16. Three shots hit just outside the bull's-eye. Another gun he borrowed from someone at the range gave a big kickback after it was fired, and elicited a large chuckle from Brownback."

"He said in recent years he hasn't gotten out hunting much, but has hosted a pheasant hunt on occasion in his home state."

"His appearance at the range was to show that's he's an avid supporter of Second Amendment rights. Instead of restrictive gun control laws aimed at weakening constitutional rights, Brownback said the 'laws should be enforced that are on the books.'" ...
 

CA: SF: Mayor Signs Anti-Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed anti-gun legislation today in an effort to reduce the city's illegal gun activity."

"The three pieces of legislation prohibit the possession or sale of firearms on city property, require firearms in residences to be in a locked container or have trigger locks and require firearm dealers to submit an inventory to the chief of police every six months."

"'(This legislation) reinforces that San Francisco is not a friendly place for the distribution or sale of firearms,' Newsom said. 'San Francisco now has the strictest anti-gun laws in the county.'" ...

"However, Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said guns can be used for good as well as evil. " ...
 

ID: Moscow ID mulls possible gun ban on city property
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four people died and three were wounded last May as a shooting rampage unfolded at the Latah County Courthouse here and now the mayor wants to know whether Moscow can ban guns on city property."

"Mayor Nancy Chaney has asked for a legal opinion from the state attorney general's office on whether the city has the authority to ban both concealed and exposed weapons in such public areas."

"The request ... comes after Jason Hamilton ... killed his wife at their home before driving to the courthouse and firing some 200 gunshots into a sheriff's dispatch center. There he killed one law enforcement officer and wounded two others, as well as wounding a good Samaritan who armed himself and ran to help." ...
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Submitter's Note: If only they'd already had a gun ban!
 

An Examination of the Constitution for the United States of America, By “An American Citizen” (Tench Coxe)
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...If a time of public contention shall hereafter arrive, [18] the firm and ardent friends to liberty may know the length to which they can push their noble opposition, on the foundation of the laws. Should their country's cause impel them further, they will be acquainted with the hazard, and using those arms which Providence has put into their hands, will make a solemn appeal to “the power above.” ..."

"...The militia, who are in fact the effective part of the people at large, will render many troops quite unnecessary. They will form a powerful check upon the regular troops, and will generally be sufficient to over-awe them..."
 

Gun-shop owner gets 'breath of fresh air'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Federal authorities have agreed to tell a judge in Idaho that the 'threat' from a gun-shop manager they had complained of probably wasn't anything significant, the manager has told WND."

"According to a statement released by Ryan Horsley, manager of Red's Trading Post of Twin Falls, Idaho, his lawyers and lawyers with the U.S. Attorney's office met and 'agreed to neutralize' the complaint that had been submitted by inspectors for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."

"'Although an apology would be nice, this will suffice,' Horsley said. 'We are pleased with this decision and with the response that we have received from supporters across the nation who have been following this case.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Mr. Horsley just informed me this afternoon that the ATF has reneged on their agreement to drop the harassment and intimidation claim.
 

NRC has trouble tracking own guns
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"The agency tasked with sensitive investigations of the U.S. nuclear industry is having trouble keeping track of its guns, according to a new audit."

"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Investigations was unable during a surprise inspection to produce 15 out of 17 firearms it listed as being stored at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md. A third gun that was found at headquarters was listed as being stored in another office."

"Auditors eventually accounted for all 48 handguns listed in NRC property records, but subsequent inspection determined that serial numbers recorded for 13 of them contained typographical errors." ...
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KABA Note: If this were the BATFE inspecting a FFL, he would have lost his license and probably be facing felony charges . . .
 

NY: Mount Vernon police to launch a guns-for-cash program
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"City police will launch a guns-for-cash program this week aimed at finding illegal firearms."

"'Talk and Get Paid,' as the program is called, will give anyone $500 cash anonymously if they tell police who has an illegal gun and the information leads to an arrest and seizure of the weapon."

"'If you don't have a gun, you can't shoot it,' Mayor Ernest Davis said."

"There were five homicides this year in Mount Vernon and all involved handguns. Since the year 2000, there have been 20 homicides, 15 involving handguns."

"'It takes time to change a culture,' Davis said. 'We must employ everything that we have. We have to send a message that illegal guns cannot be tolerated, and we will use everything to abate this.'" ...
 

NY: Mike's Well-Armed Pal
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"By all rights, battered Joe Bruno should have been waiting in line at the state Crime Victims Assistance Board last Wednesday, seeking the redress that is rightfully his. The governor's men had tried to get him, hadn't they? Set him up, put the state police on his trail, concocted phony reports, leaked them to friendly reporters? It was all right there in a report put together by novice prober Andrew Cuomo, an investigation compiled in record time. It should have been called 'Joe Bruno: Wronged.'" ...
 

UK: Former policeman cleared of assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Merseyside policeman today ... walked free from court after being cleared of assaulting a neighbour."

"Forty-two-year-old Terence Quinn of Melling has however already served a four month sentence ... after being convicted in an earlier trial."

"His conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal ... after hearing that a juror's conduct meant he had not received a fair trial."

"This second jury has now found Mr Quinn ... not guilty ..."

"It had been alleged that while he was a serving police constable, though off long term sick, he head butted the neighbour, breaking his nose, during a dispute over the officer's children."

"Mr Quinn admitted head butting Jason Noble but maintained he had acted in self-defence ..."
 

Disloyal Opposition: Turning garbage into guns
Submitted by: Hammerhead

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"Have you ever fantasized about taking advantage of one of those 'gun buybacks' that trade cash or credit for old scrap guns and using the proceeds to buy yourself a shiny new boomstick? Well, somebody did--in spades." ...
 

NJ: Black bears getting grisly across state
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Scary incidents involving black bears keep happening across North Jersey even as the Corzine Administration continues to say hunting is not a valid way to stop them."

"On July 13, a bear tried to enter a Knowlton woman's kitchen, where some freshly baked muffins were cooling ..."

"Four days later ... a bear ripped off the window screens of a Vernon home and entered the kitchen."

"And on the same day, a bear entered two tents in Worthington State Forest."

"Despite these close calls, the DEP's commissioner, who canceled the 2006 bear hunt, remains steadfast in her position that non-lethal methods of bear control must prove to be failures before a tried-and-true means of wildlife population control -- hunting -- will be allowed. " ...
 

CA: His 'baby' no good for self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to Michelle Malkin ... Though it is quite clear that your first and foremost desire is to trash all Democrats and liberals, your lack of knowledge about guns is showing."

"The AR-15 and other assault rifle-type weapons are extremely poor self-defense weapons, for their primary function is to shoot long distances with great penetrating power."

"A good self-defense weapon doesn't need a long range. If you're shooting at someone 100 yards away, it's probably not really self-defense..."

"Anyone who would hold up an AR-15 and call it his 'baby' has psychosexual problems that should be treated with medical help, not the infusion of more weapons." ...
 

NJ: Happiness is a warm gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm sure most readers have, by now, seen or read about the remarkable pro-gun questioner from Michigan on last week's YouTube/CNN Democratic presidential debate. ..."

"Note how the questioner lovingly handled his semiautomatic assault rifle. Note also how he referred to his gun and those of his pro-gun pals as 'babies.' Hmmm."

"I'm confident that all but a tiny minority of New Jerseyans would agree with US Senator Joseph Biden's response. Namely, Biden wasn't sure the questioner was 'mentally qualified to own that gun.' Ha!"

"It's comforting to know that neither mental nor any other qualifications come into play about ownership of assault guns in the Garden State. They have been outlawed here for nearly two decades." ...
 

PA: Friendly Fire (CAUTION: foul language)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Meet Patrick the vampire-fanged goth entrepreneur; Joshua the humanitarian war-robot designer; Bash the dreadlocked metal guitarist with the scarred-over bullet hole in his left hand; Joel the Mt. Airy surfer dude; Diego the Argentinean 3-D artist; Kenyatta the cigar aficionado; and Chris and Cecilia—ass-kicking, trash-picking, guitar-and-sewing-machine-thrashing West Philly punk rockers."

"All Philadelphia gun owners. Most of them featured in the recently published book Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes by Philadelphia photographer Kyle Cassidy."

"And not a single Bible-thumping, bigoted, duck-f*****g white supremacist militia son of a bitch among them." ...
 

IL: Mayor praises city's gun fencing effort (A Keyboard and a .45)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The numbers are in, and Chicago had a 'successful' gun turn in this past weekend."

"From ABC7:"

"Mayor Daley praised the city's latest gun turn-in event Tuesday, calling it a 'record-breaking' success ..." ...
"Let us see what Mayor Daley accomplished, shall we?" ...

"So we have 6,727 items that look like guns. Approximately 672 are not guns, that leaves 6055 that the city classifies as a firearm ..." ...

"If the firearms 'turned in' in Chicago are true to form, 5100 of them were stolen. The City of Chicago paid goblins $51,000 to go out and steal guns. I would like to know what will happen to the stolen firearms, the private property of American Citizens." ...
 

Pan Am Games: Beyerle claims Pan Am shooting gold
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jamie Beyerle of Lebanon edged out a Cuban shooter to take gold for the United States team in the recent Pan American Games."

"The U.S. team finished the event with 22 medals, including 10 gold."

"Beyerle's gold came in the women's 50-meter three-position rifle event. Her score of 679.8 topped Englis Yaima Cruz Farfan's 679.6."

"Shooters from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit of Fort Benning, Ga., accounted for 10 of the U.S. team's medals."

"The shooting portion of the Pan-American Games was conducted at the Deodoro Sports Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil." ...
 

Canada: Turning Legal Gun Owners Into Social Lepers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citing concern over the 'sinister uses' of guns, University of Toronto officials are closing down their 88-year-old shooting range. No word yet on the fate of the university's chemistry labs."

"More than just one more example of political correctness run amok (which of course it is), I take this gesture as academic ideologues' invitation to government to follow suit and ban gun sport and gun collecting nationally. Alas, I think the initiative might find broad public support. To many liberal Canadians nowadays, tolerating gun use in any capacity is akin to complicity in Bambi's mother's murder, fatalism regarding school massacres and genuflection to American imperialism." ...
 

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