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In Study Of Gun Traffic, Va. Stands Out
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Law enforcement authorities traced more than 10,000 guns recovered in Virginia, Maryland and the District last year -- and nearly half came from Virginia, according to federal data released yesterday."

"Virginia also was among the top sources of guns recovered by authorities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina, the data show. In New York, more recovered guns came from Virginia than from any other outside state -- roughly one of 11 traced." ...
 

Congress Should Look Before It Leaps on Guns, Says Right to Self-Defense Advocate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"'When Congress returns to the Nation's Capital after Labor Day, it should deny federal funding to colleges and universities that prohibit students and professors from carrying firearms on campus if they have state-issued permits to carry concealed firearms,' right to self-defense advocate John M. Snyder of Telum Associates, LL.C. stated here today."

"Snyder noted that after the multiple Virginia Tech murders ... Representatives approved ... legislation that supposedly would update and strengthen the National Instant Check System ..."

"'What the NICS proposal ignores,' said Snyder, 'is that the Virginia Tech murders occurred because ... Virginia Tech prohibits law-abiding professors and students from carrying guns on campus ..."
 

Brady Center Lawyers Assail Appeals Court for Endorsing An "Armed Populace" over "Well Regulated Militia" of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Today, as the deadline approaches for the District of Columbia's brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of its petition to overturn the recent Parker opinion striking down the District's handgun ban, the Legal Action Project of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence posted the third installment in its online critique exposing the flaws in the Parker decision. Parker remains the only Federal Appeals Court decision in American history to strike down a gun law as a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (If the U.S. Supreme Court accepts the District’s upcoming appeal, the case will be renamed District of Columbia v. Heller.)" ...
 

NC: Feel Safer Now, Inc. Joins the War on Crime With Newly Launched Website
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Feel Safer Now group has taken on the task of helping consumers level the playing field with criminals. http://www.FeelSaferNow.com offers the latest in self defense and security products as well as free crime preventions tips, strategies, family safety, travel safety and what to do in a bad situation."

"FeelSaferNow.com was founded by Robert Hogan, security specialist, in the hopes that good innocent people would learn how to protect themselves and their families against criminals. Our motto is 'don't become a victim'. So often, an innocent person is attacked and they have no plan in place for such violence, nor do they have any self defense items on their person or in their car or home." ...
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Submitter's Note: No guns, otherwise they might be called Be Safer Now.
 

Norway: Armed for first day of school
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"Hundreds of thousands of students had their first day of school on Monday. Some of them had to learn to carry guns and be prepared to shoot -- polar bears."

"Students on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard aren't allowed to leave their village without a shotgun and ammunition. That's because hungry polar bears can be behind every swing on the island."
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Submitter's Note: Hmm, methinks they won't have trouble with terrorists as well.
 

A New York State of Mind
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"When I was working in television, I spent quite a bit of time in New York City. There are lots of things about the place I like, but New York gun laws don't fall in that category."

"Anybody who knows me knows I’ve always cared deeply about the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. So I've always felt sort of relieved when I flew back home to where that particular civil liberty gets as much respect as the rest of the Bill of Rights." ...
 

Rudy Giuliani's Big Drawback: He's Not A Federalist, And He Doesn't Respect Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fred Thompson admittedly isn’t the most objective source for this, but I think he makes the case for some problems with Giuliani’s approach to gun laws pretty well:" ...

"I posted about Bloomberg’s attempts to sue out-of-state gun makers for gun crimes committed in New York some time ago. It was ridiculous then, and it was ridiculous when it was happening under Giuliani"

"The Giuliani campaign sent along this response to Thompson’s post from Communications Director Katie Levinson:"

"Those who live in New York in the real world - not on TV - know that Rudy Giuliani’s record of making the city safe for families speaks for itself. No amount of political theater will change that."
 

MO: Hazelwood amending gun-control bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"City officials hope a new proposal to control firearms will assuage critics of an earlier measure that had sought to ban the discharge of all weapons, including bows and arrows."

"Hundreds of people are expected tonight at a Hazelwood civic center, where the City Council will listen to public comments on a measure that has riled gun owners and advocates who say a ban on discharges of weapons would limit constitutional rights. The special meeting was scheduled after hundreds of residents who wanted to discuss the measure showed up for a City Council meeting last week."

"The special meeting in Hazelwood will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Hazelwood East Civic Center, 8969 Dunn Road." ...
 

WV: Concealed Weapon Agreement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"West Virginians who have concealed weapons permits can now legally carry their firearms in eight other states, and residents of those states can do the same in the Mountain State."

"Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that he has entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania."

"The office already had full reciprocity agreements with Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota and Virginia. Seven other states recognize West Virginia permits, but the mountain state does not honor their permits. Those states are Vermont, Montana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan." ...
 

OH: Cleveland Mayor's latest theory on cause of crime wave: Statewide Preemption (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The City of Cleveland is now considered to be one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America. Cleveland’s homicide rate has been on the rise ever since drastic cuts in the police department’s manpower and programs were made." ...

"In an August 15 press release[.pdf], while struggling to get ahead of the public relations debacle he faces while presiding over a 14.1% increase in homicides already this year (and a 26.5% increase in homicide with firearms), the Mayor labeled several things he believes has caused the crime epidemic. Chief among them is HB347, a law which took effect in March, which acted to guarantee uniformity on the state's gun laws." ...
 

Wear a Red's Trading Post hat in support! (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There have been so many people asking how they can support us, some have contributed financially, some have gotten our story our there, many have signed our online petition, contacted Congressional Delegates or even blogged about what is going on with the ATF shutting down dealers.
Here is another way, Wear a Red's Trading Post hat in support. They are $10 shipped, as you can tell we are not trying to make money off of them but just wanting to get the word out. I want to thank everyone again for your support and kindness, I may sound like a broken record but I just want to thank all of you every chance I get." ...
 

How is the ATF spending their time?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As I have stated in the past the U.S. Department of Justice (the ATF serves under the DOJ) is one of the top visitors on my website, refusing to hide their IP address in what appears to be an attempt to harass and intimidate us and anyone who covers our story. One of our supporters shared with me the fact that our government spends alot of their time changing Wikipedia pages. So if you are getting visitors from the US DOJ, take the IP address that is listed and go to this link:
http://wikiscanner.virgil.gr/"

"Here is one that has been editing the NRA's Wikipedia Page. Here are the IP addresses that have been hitting our site and what they have been editing:" ...
 

IN: Former corrections officer charged with trafficking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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""A former Elkhart County corrections officer has been arrested and will face two felony charges, including trafficking with an inmate."

"Mario L. Randle, 35, of Elkhart, is accused of improperly handling items a visitor attempted to pass to an inmate. Police say Randle searched the inmate after visitation, finding a modified screwdriver and at least two forms of illegal drugs. Police sources say the officer failed to report the incident and instead left the jail at the end of his shift with the items."

"Officers arrested Randle on Monday night after a warrant was issued. The charge of trafficking is a Class D felony ... A second charge of official misconduct will be sought, also a Class D felony ..." ...
 

NJ: Dreamed Up Ticket Hell
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Jersey City parking enforcement officer was towed out of the agency's headquarters in handcuffs after cops say he wrote at least 100 fake tickets."

"Luis Bonilla, 30, of Brunswick Street, was charged Wednesday with second-degree charges of official misconduct ..."

"Cops believe he made up at least 100 tickets over a one-month period, at least one of which was for a license plate number that actually existed. Bonilla, who has been a parking enforcement officer for just under two years, wrote the tickets to cover for not writing real tickets during his shift, police said."

"'The allegation is that when he was supposedly writing tickets, he was involved in personal activities,' said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio." ...
 

IN: Metro officer charged with kicking Expo teen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Prosecutors filed battery charges this morning against an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer accused of kicking a 17-year-old boy he arrested during Black Expo."

"A video taken by the department shows Officer Adam Chappell kicking the teen while other officers were holding him down near Illinois and Maryland streets on July 21, said Matthew Symons, spokesman for Prosecutor Carl Brizzi." ...
 

TX: San Antonio officer charged in assault suspended
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A San Antonio police officer has been suspended indefinitely after an internal affairs investigation into allegations he used a racial slur and beat a woman who asked him to put out his cigar at a community pool.

Detective Keith Alfaro has until Friday to set up a meeting with Police Chief William McManus to appeal the "contemplated indefinite suspension," said police Sgt. Gabe Trevino. Trevino said the action is tantamount to a firing.

Tamara Vaughan, 18, said Alfaro, who was off-duty, hit her 25 times, choking her with his forearm, injuring her jaw and bruising her arm during the July 22 incident. Alfaro was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and evading and resisting arrest.
 

NY: Policeman Is Convicted of Beating Companion
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"A police captain who admitted having a forbidden affair with an officer under his command was convicted yesterday of brutally beating her on a Greenwich Village street."

"The jury in State Supreme Court in Manhattan found the captain, Alberto Sanchez, guilty of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, after about three hours of deliberation. It acquitted him of a second misdemeanor charge, that of unlawful imprisonment."

"He faces up to a year in jail at his sentencing on Oct. 18. For now, he is on modified duty and could face departmental disciplinary charges and possible dismissal, according to a police spokesman." ...
 

NH: N.H. goes with Smith & Wesson
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson Corp. yesterday said it received an order for 500 of its Military and Police .45-caliber pistols from the New Hampshire Department of Safety."

"The M&P45 pistols will be issued to officers in the New Hampshire State Police and Highway Patrol divisions and will replace Sig Sauer P220ST .45-caliber pistols made by Sigarms Inc., of Exeter, N.H."

"The New Hampshire agency said the M&P45's enhanced ergonomics, magazine disconnect safety, and ease of maintenance were primary factors in its decision." ...
 

Japan: MSDF officer busted for stealing purse left behind at convenience store
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Maritime Self-Defense Force officer was arrested Tuesday for stealing a purse left behind at a convenience store here while he was participating in relief operations for local residents hit by a major earthquake ..."

"Kenichiro Yoshioka, 43, petty officer 2nd class, admitted to the allegations during questioning ..."

"An MSDF official expressed regret over the incident. 'It's extremely regrettable. We'd like to tighten discipline among personnel in a bid to prevent a recurrence.'"

"Yoshioka stole a purse containing about 10,000 yen left behind at a convenience store in Kashiwazaki at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 1. At the time, he was participating in relief operations for residents of Kashiwazaki ..."
 

PA: Computer Work to Put Gun Sales on Hold
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A four-day freeze on firearms sales early next month, which officials say is needed to upgrade the state police computerized system of background checks, is drawing fire from gun dealers and their legislative allies."

"Leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus say gun dealers did not get enough advance notice about the planned Sept. 2-6 hiatus, which coincides with the first few days of dove and Canada geese hunting season." ...
 

TN: Gun Stolen from Elvis Display Found in Toilet
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"A handgun owned by Elvis Presley that was stolen during last week's commemoration of his death has been recovered after it was found by a man cleaning a portable toilet."

"Surveillance video captured the theft on Aug. 14, showing a man reaching into a display case at the 'Elvis After Dark' exhibit at Graceland and removing the rock 'n' roller's black 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol."

"On Monday, Travis Brookins turned the gun in to police after the theft was reported on the news."

"Brookins said he was cleaning the portable toilets behind the exhibit hall last Thursday when he found the gun in the muck. Unaware the weapon had been stolen, Brookins took it home and cleaned it." ...
 

NC: Cary shooters have gold in their sights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Peter LaBerge was an adolescent in northern Vermont, following in his brothers’ footsteps, when he became interested in rifle shooting."

"Kent Reeve was a bored professional in the Piedmont looking for something constructive to do on his lunch break. A pistol shooting range was a mile from his office, so he joined, though he had an interest in rifle shooting, too."

"LaBerge and Reeve, both of Cary, did not know each other but they had a similar, deep-rooted interest that brought them together 15 years ago and keeps them connected today — long-range rifle shooting." ...

"The two are teammates on the USA PALMA Team, a 16-person roster of long-range shooters who will compete in the 12-nation PALMA Trophy Team Match ..." ...
 

ME: Hunters loaded for bear, good conditions
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"As many of us turn our attention to the American Folk Festival this weekend, a steady stream of camouflage-clad hunters will stream past, heading toward some of the state’s fabled rural outposts."

"In towns like Sebec and Allagash, Bingham and Grand Lake Stream, those hunters will hunker down and get ready for Monday’s opening day of bear season."

"Shooters can hunt over bait from Aug. 27 through Sept. 22."

"And according to one Maine bear expert, they might find better hunting conditions than they have over the past couple of years."

"'They’re eating a little better this year. Their bait interest is a little higher,' said Randy Cross, a wildlife biologist ..." ...
 

Australia: Locals take aim at gun shop
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"The owner of a proposed gun shop in Roseville Chase insists his business will not attract criminals, despite strong controversy surrounding it."

"A sporting goods shop, which will specialise in shooting equipment, was approved by Ku-ring-gai Council last month without public exhibition."

"Since the shop was approved, residents and politicians have opposed locating an ammunitions shop in a suburban area."

"The proposal has also angered parents from a nearby preschool, who fear the shop will attract undesirables."

"Despite the anxious response from residents, store owner Andrew Peter said his business was aimed at target and hunting shooters who lived locally." ...
 

UK: Is assault lawful when protecting someone?
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"Assault is against the law but what if it is committed to protect someone else?"

"Protecting the vulnerable is considered a key tenet of a civilised society, but recent events have shown that intervention in an effort to uphold community values can come at a very high price."

"As well as the recent high-profile cases of men being killed after stepping in to stop troublemakers, there is also the memory of Philip Lawrence, the headmaster who was fatally stabbed in 1995 when trying to save a pupil from a gang."

"The dilemma of intervention is one many of us ... have grappled with in our minds, if not in reality. But what protection does the law afford the person who commits violence when protecting someone else?" ...
 

New Zealand: Self-defence is a right, not a wrong
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"Police are attracting increasing criticism each time they investigate a citizen's armed response to a crime."

"This week a Morrinsville farmer fired two shotgun blasts into the air to subdue two suspected petrol thieves, whom he forced to lie down until police arrived. Police are reported to be considering laying charges against the farmer."

"The court of public opinion cannot be allowed to determine guilt or otherwise. Each case has to be examined objectively to determine whether a defender's response has been appropriate. While summary justice might appeal, vigilantism merely adds one kind of lawlessness to another." ...
 

UK: Rail guard bravely defends commuters from a violent yob - and gets sacked for it
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"A rail guard has been fired for defending commuters from a violent fare dodger."

"Paul Yarwood, 44, came to the rescue after a drunken passenger abused travellers and threatened staff with a broom at Colchester station."

"But bosses at rail company One Railway sacked him for gross misconduct, claiming CCTV showed him headbutting the man."

"His dismissal comes despite an admission by the fare dodger that he was entirely to blame." ...

"Police later questioned and charged Mr Yarwood while the man was fined £80 for smoking."

"Mrs Yarwood said: 'They're basing their case on six seconds of CCTV while there are plenty of witnesses to tell them what did happen.'" ...
 

UK: 'Untouchable' mob bosses back behind bars
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"Two 'untouchable' mob bosses who run one of Britain's most infamous crime gangs were back behind bars today after being arrested by detectives vowing to end a bloody gang war." ...

"The Gooch are blamed for the murder of 15-year old Jessie James - gunned down in a hail of bullets in September last year when he refused to join a gang."

"The area has been the scene of bloody gun wars which over one five year period saw 27 people die and 250 wounded in gangland shootings."

"Earlier this month Tyrone Gilbert, 23, a former member of the Gocch's rival mob the Longsight Crew, was gunned down in a drive-by execution as he attended a wake for another shooting victim." ...
 

UK: Ice rink murder: suspect caged for gun running
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"A TEENAGE suspect in the ice rink murder of James Andre Smartt Ford has been locked up for more than two years for gun running."

"James, 16, was gunned down in front of hundreds of horrified skaters at the Streatham Ice Arena on February 3."

"Craig Dyer, 19, was under surveillance by detectives on April 18 when he was spotted collecting a gun and ammunition from a South London address."

"Armed police were called in and Dyer was stopped in a car in Streatham High Road - near the ice rink where James Andre was killed on February 3 - with three others."

"A converted pistol was found between his legs, wrapped in a pair of tights." ...
 

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