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ATF reneges on agreement with Red's...again (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We were pleased to announce the other day that our attorneys and the US Attorneys office had agreed to neutralize the Third Status Concern in which the ATF alleged that we harassed and intimidated them. It seemed that cooler heads were to prevail and allow Judge Edward Lodge to rule on the ATF's request to terminate our injunction that the Judge earlier granted. Our attorneys and the US Attorneys office had earlier agreed to resolve this but without warning the ATF filed it anyway despite the agreement." ...
 

David Codrea: "Duped Again!"
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..... "I'd say the wrong people's character is being attacked here."

"I hope Ryan Horsley's lawyers make a point of letting the judge know that comments posted on blogs by anonymous sources are sometimes trolling, sometimes spam, and sometimes like 'letters to the editor'--just because one appears does not imply agreement or sanction by the blogger ... I would hope those citing a lone anonymous statement ... are forced to concede under oath that they have no knowledge of who left the comment they are using against Ryan and where their sympathies truly lie. Either that, or they do know, and it was one of theirs. I'd ask them flat out if they could prove that poster was not an agent provocateur." ...
 

Guns are not what makes society violent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I read with some interest Raymond Blanchard's July 22 letter, "No longer a need for people to bear arms." The argument that the Second Amendment is 216 years old and is obsolete because we have states, towns, etc., empowered with law enforcement who can use firearms to protect us is simply naive and ill-conceived. The Second Amendment is no more made obsolete by modern society than is the First Amendment, which is also 216 years old. Now that we have radio, TV, Internet and massive network conglomerates supplying us with professionally crafted free speech, would anyone suggest the First Amendment is obsolete?" ...
 

Smith & Wesson Earns Shooting Industry Awards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ... announced today that it has received top awards in two categories from the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence. Smith & Wesson was named the 'Manufacturer of the Year' for the second year in a row and the company's M&P45 polymer pistol was named 'Handgun of the Year'."

"... The voting group consists of 500 industry executives, gun dealers and outdoor writers. Smith & Wesson was nominated for 'Manufacturer of the Year' for introducing 70 new products ... and for its continued leadership in the industry and protection of the Second Amendment."

"Smith & Wesson also received the Shooting Industry's 'Handgun of the Year' award for its M&P45 pistol. ..." ...
 

The History of Red's Trading Post
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"Red's Trading Post was started in 1936 by my great grandfather Lowell 'Red' Kinney who moved his family to Idaho from the infamous Dodge City, Kansas. He was part of the construction crew that helped build the Sun Valley Lodge, after the completion he bought up all the tools of his fellow coworkers and moved his family to Twin Falls and opened a pawn shop. The building was built in 1912 and was previously a furniture shop called Moon's Paint and Furniture. Lowell passed away in the 1950's leaving son Wayne 'Red' Kinney and son-in-law Dale Spears to run the store. At one time Red's claim was that we had 'the most guns in Idaho'." ...
 

Senate Panel Clears Bill to Strengthen Background Checks in Aftermath of Virginia Tech (BCPGV)
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"A U.S. Senate committee today cleared for full Senate action a bill that would significantly improve the Brady background check system by giving states new financial incentives to report to the system records of individuals who are barred from buying guns."

"Similar legislation (H.R. 2640) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 13." ...
 

GA: No charges for Bishop man who shot intruder
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"Oconee County Sheriff's deputies don't plan to charge a 30-year-old Bishop man who says he shot an armed burglar Sunday afternoon."

"The Railroad Street man told deputies that he was acting in self-defense when he shot an intruder in the left forearm."

"Deputies said the man was awakened shortly before noon by the sound of someone prying open a side door, which had been screwed shut because of a previous break-in."

"The man told deputies the burglar walked into the living room and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at him, but he grabbed a .38-caliber handgun from a nearby coffee table and fired."

"The burglar ... ran from the house ..." ...
 

NV: Bear shot and killed in Incline
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"Officials shot and killed a 600-pound bear in Incline Village after it broke into a home and reportedly threatened a family."

"Washoe County Capt. Steve Kelly said a homeowner called the sheriff’s office at about 5:30 a.m., saying a bear was in the house. Kelly said the family locked itself in a master bedroom until an officer arrived."

"When a sergeant arrived, Kelly said the bear charged at him, forcing the sergeant to shoot in self defense."

"'The sergeant ... only grazed (the bear),' Kelly said."

"Kelly said the bear fled, and after a search, it was found under a deck at in a nearby home."

"Law enforcement called the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the bear was flushed from under the deck and killed." ...
 

IL: Women shouldn't have to choose between safety, mobility
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"Women today flex their power and freedom as never before -- in the workplace, in leadership positions, in the presidential race. So it's jolting when a serial rapist terrorizes a neighborhood."

"Despite hard-fought battles for equality, this basic truth does not budge: The female half of the city's population is far more vulnerable to sexual assault; they are the ones whose freedoms are strangled."

"When a string of attacks occurs ... this personal safety issue clouds the quality of life in an area. ..." ...

"This week, two North Side aldermen organized free self-defense classes and handed out pocket-sized pepper spray and safety tips to 1,500 women. That's empowering." [link added] ...
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Submitter's Note: An 1872 law allows aldermen to carry guns in Chicago.
 

VA: The facts behind gun control need to be cleared
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following the publication of my column titled 'Guns at Virginia Tech would be Disastrous,' individuals in favor of permitting concealed handgun permit holders to pack heat on campus lambasted my piece. Ordinarily, I think that it’s counterproductive to go 'tit for tat' with my fellow columnists and readers, but having been accused of misleading readers and manipulating fact, I feel obligated to defend my opinion and not let our readers be fooled by a fanatic wing of the gun community."

"Nearly 50 percent of all full-time college students binge drink and/or abuse drugs at least once a month (according to the
 

OH: Campus Crime Alert Issued After Attempted Kidnapping
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For the second time in three days, The Ohio State University Police Department has issued a Crime Alert for the campus area.

A woman told police a man tried to kidnap her on Sunday near Neil Avenue and West 10th Avenue, 10TV News reported.

The woman managed to escape unharmed, police said.

The alert was issued days after a man told police a woman with a gun demanded money from him near an apartment on Kinnear Road.

The man refused to give the woman money, and she fled the scene on foot, according to a university release.

Stay with 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for additional information.
 

CA: San Francisco passes new gun law
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A new San Francisco law now requires all guns in homes to have a trigger lock or to be stored in a locked container.

Mayor Gavin Newsom signed the measure into law today. It also prohibits the sale or possession of firearms on city property and requires the city's six licensed gun dealers to submit their inventory to the police chief every six months.

The inventory provision is expected to allow authorities to keep track of guns sold in the city.

The city has 50,000 legally registered guns.

In 2006, a court struck-down a voter-approved ban on handgun possession by city residents.

The National Rifle Association successfully argued the city did not have the authority to pass the ordinance under state law.
 

Observation Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government, Proposed By the Late Convention; and to Several Essential and Necessary Alterations In It. In a Number of Letters From the Federal Farmer (Richard Henry Lee)
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"...The instability of our laws increases my wishes for firm and steady government; but then, I can consent to no government, which, in my opinion, is not calculated equally to preserve the rights of all orders of men in the community..."

"...several orders of men in the community have been prepared, by degrees, for a change of government; and this very abuse of power in the legislatures, which in some cases has been charged upon the democratic part of the community, has furnished aristocratical men with those very weapons, and those very means..."

"...It is true, the yeomanry of the country possess the lands, the weight of property, possess arms, and are too strong a body of men to be openly offended..."
 

PA: Officer charged with exposing himself, wielding knife
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"An off-duty police officer exposed himself and wielded a knife in a bar, police said."

"Frank J. Stahlman, 36, of Edinburg, was charged Tuesday with charged with terroristic threats, indecent exposure, open lewdness, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness."

"... a videotape from the Nite Trax Lounge on July 26 showed Stahlman pulling out a folding knife with a three-inch blade while talking to a patron and exposing himself."

"The patron told police that he had been sitting at the bar when Stahlman entered. Stahlman told him he was in Special Forces, spoke of Iraq and said he was being investigated by the FBI, the man told police."

"Stahlman put the knife away when the bartender told him to, then left, police said." ...
 

NE: Franklin Police Officer Charged with Sexual Abuse of Inmate
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"Attorney General Jon Bruning today filed charges against Franklin Police Officer Matthew Bower, 25, for sexual abuse of an inmate, terroristic threats, bribery, trespassing and official misconduct."

"No one is above the law, especially not those who are supposed to enforce it,' Bruning said. 'Mr. Bower abused his power by taking advantage of a woman who was in a vulnerable situation. Now he’ll answer for his actions in court.'"

"The state’s complaint alleges that Bower removed an inmate from the Franklin County Jail on numerous occasions ... During some of those encounters, he engaged in illicit activities with the inmate. It is also alleged that Bower unlawfully threatened a Franklin County citizen ..." ...
 

OH: Man Kills Woman, Self On Beach As Officer Questions Them
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"Police said a man shot his girlfriend and then killed himself on a Lake Erie beach Friday after an officer tried to question the couple."

"Sandusky police say the officer approached the couple sitting near the shoreline about 10:30 p.m. because they were in Lions Park after it had closed."

"As the officer tried to talk to the couple, Larry Barnett Jr., 25, turned and shot his girlfriend, Rachelle Baskey, 24, in the head, then shot himself, according to Sandusky police." ...
 

ID: Small Victory for Red's Trading Post
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"Red's Trading Post gets one small victory over the ATF and one step closer to getting a court hearing." ...

"The Twin Falls County Sheriff is also upset because the ATF did not ask for his approval of conducting audits and investigations within his jurisdiction."

"The sheriff tried calling the ATF numerous times -- but so far he has not received a response."

"There is still no court date set for this case."
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Submitters note: Shortly after the interview the ATF reneged on the agreement.
 

RI: Police officer accused of raping woman inside a substation
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"A Providence police officer was accused Wednesday of raping a 19-year-old woman at a deserted police substation, then showing up at a nearby home when the woman called 911 to report the alleged attack, prosecutors said."

"A grand jury indicted patrolman Marcus Huffman, 37, on a single count of first-degree sexual assault ..."

"Huffman allegedly met the woman while on-duty March 18 at Platforms Dance Club near the city's harbor. The woman was turned away by the club's owner because she appeared intoxicated, and the officer offered her a ride home, Healey said."

"Instead, Huffman allegedly drove her to a police substation that prosecutors believe was deserted and raped her inside." ...
 

FL: Police Officer Charged With Lewd Conduct
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"A Miami-Dade police officer has been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor, according to police."

"Michael McKinnon, 31, was arrested after an investigation into sexual battery with a minor."

"Police said that the investigation revealed that McKinnon, an advisor for the Police Explorers and a Miami Dade police officer, had fondled and kissed a 15-year-old girl who is a Police Explorer ..."

"The girl told police that ... McKinnon kissed her on the lips and fondled her buttocks."

"... McKinnon laid her on the ground and began fondling her and placed his hand inside the girl's pants ... The girl asked McKinnon to stop and he did. He then lifted the girl's shirt and began fondling and kissing her ..." ...
 

MD: P.G. County officer calls shooting 'clear case of self-defense' (follow-up)
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"A Prince George's County police officer indicted on a second-degree murder charge said Wednesday that he was 'being beaten' at the time he fired his gun and labeled his actions a 'clear case of self-defense.'"

"'Two men were beating me,' Cpl. Keith Washington said Wednesday ..."

"'One is 6-5, 270 pounds at the time. The other one is about 6-2, 250,' Washington said. 'I weigh 155 pounds.'" ...

"According to [Washington's attorney, Michael] Worthy, the shooting occurred after Washington caught one of the deliverymen in an area of the house where he wasn't authorized to be and then ordered both men out of the house. When Washington told them to leave, Worthy said, they attacked him." ...
 

MN: Justice for Duy
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"Know your target."

"That sentence is drilled over and over into every hunter, target shooter, self-defense class participant, and especially every police officer ..." ...

"On February 23, 2003, Officer Duy Ngo of the Minneapolis Police Department was working gang surveillance in plainclothes. ... Remember, the assailant was black. Ngo is of Asian descent." ...

"'When Storlie arrived, Ngo was down on one knee under a streetlight waving his arms. Storlie jumped out of his cruiser and almost immediately began firing his MP5 semiautomatic machine gun, striking Ngo six times.'"

"The story actually gets it slightly wrong. What Storlie opened up on Ngo with was a fully automatic MP5 ..." ...
 

NY: Gun surrender set for Saturday
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"Rochester police have high hopes for another successful gun surrender program Saturday."

"That's because Wegmans Food Markets once again will offer a $50 gift card to anyone who drops off a gun at one of five designated churches, Chief David Moore said."

"'It's something tangible people can take with them after they drop off a gun,' Moore."

"'That really does make a difference.'"

"Through the program, which is part of a community effort to reduce violent crime in the city, anyone can turn in a gun, 'no questions asked.'"

"In June, 34 guns and 356 rounds of ammunition were collected through the program."

"That's more guns than the program collected in all of last year, when no gift certificates were distributed." ...
 

OR: Workshop teaches handgun safety
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Umpqua Community College is sponsoring a two-day Handgun Safety and Self Defense workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 25 at the Workforce Training Center, 2555 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd. Tuition is $53.

Instructor Terry Troutt will teach proper use and care of handguns, self-defense techniques and weapons retention.

Equipment will be provided for the Friday classroom session. The Saturday session includes safety and marksmanship, and students should bring hearing protection, a handgun, and 50 rounds of factory-loaded ammunition, if possible.

Participants will be eligible to apply for a concealed weapons permit.

Registration: 440-7744, course number SI070

Information: 440-7651
 

MO: Hunter education hones outdoor skills
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"In Missouri, anyone born after Jan. 1, 1967, is required to take a hunter's education course to get a hunting permit. There are two upcoming opportunities to take the course locally ..."

"David Wyatt, outdoor skills specialist for the Kansas City region of the Missouri Department of Conservation, said there was more to the course than hunting information."

"'Although the course is called hunter education, the course covers a lot more information,' he said. 'It covers wildlife conservation issues, landowner relationships, difference between conservation and preservation, and it definitely stresses firearm safety in the home and in the field.'" ...
 

WI: Judge slams door on integrity of Legislature
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"A ruling by Dane County Judge David Flanagan that lets lawmakers keep drafts of legislation under wraps is a slap in the face to open government."

"Flanagan ruled in June in a case brought by former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager. She sued two lawmakers in 2005 for failing to make public the draft of their bill to legalize the carrying of concealed weapons after they shared the draft with the National Rifle Association. Flanagan said the state's open records law doesn't apply until after a bill is formally introduced." ...
 

OH: Ohio's Temporary Emergency License (TEL) to Carry (BFA)
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"The Temporary Emergency License (TEL) to carry a concealed handgun has caused considerable confusion. The low numbers of issued licenses indicate that there is little demand, people don’t understand the procedures for obtaining one, or they are too big of a hassle to obtain."

"Even if you already have your CHL, you need to understand the TEL. You are the expert people come to in time of need." ...

"The TEL ... will allow someone to legally carry a gun before completing the 12 hours of state mandated training and waiting on a sheriff to issue a regular license, which can take up to 45 days." ...
 

OH: AEP Ohio provides opportunity for disabled sportsmen (BFA)
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"Outdoor enthusiasts with special disabilities will have the opportunity to hunt deer, participate in various field activities, and create lasting memories and friendships this fall during special deer hunting events for disabled sportsmen according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife."

"Events are scheduled for October 26-28 in Muskingum County, and November 9-10 in Morgan County. The fourth annual Muskingum County Buckmasters mobility impaired special deer hunt will be held October 26-28 the event activities at the Roseville Community Center while the participants will be hunting on the Avondale Wildlife Area near Roseville. ..." ...
 

MA: Pistol ace takes best shot
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"Vlad Babiuc's favorite sport has sometimes forced him to do some explaining."

"One time when he was at the airport, the woman at the ticket counter nearly screamed when Babiuc informed her that he had guns. He was simply being forthright; she thought he was holding her up."

"'The look on her face . . .' he said."

"Then, there was the time Babiuc had to convince his teacher to show the class a video of him and his friends firing guns, relevant to their pro-and-con presentation about the Second Amendment ..."

"'I mostly did all the 'for' points,' said a chuckling Babiuc, 'because I'm for it.'"

"Which makes sense, because Babiuc, 18, is a member of the national pistol-shooting development team." ...
 

UK: East London schools in high rape zones
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"MOST East London schools, including the city’s most prestigious, are in rape hotspots, a new survey shows."

"Schools across the spectrum are at risk – but most threatened are those in the Duncan Village and Fleet Street policing areas."

"The study ... reveals that out of 64 schools in East London, 39 are in areas where there were between 76 and 100 rapes recorded last year. A further 22 are in areas where the figure is just under 100."

"Masimanyane Women's Support Centre director Lesley Ann Foster described the findings as 'absolutely shocking', particularly since rape was vastly under-reported."

"... she was aware of cases that were never reported in which schoolgirls had been forced to have sex with taxi drivers." ...
 

UK: Bailiffs 'hit with sledgehammer'
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A COUNCIL tenant attacked two bailiffs with a sledgehammer when they called to collect rent arrears, a court heard.

Waldron Rowe, 56, beat James Meakin and his colleague Jason Chubb, jurors at the Old Bailey heard. The bailiffs, employed by Alexander's Commercial Services arrived at Rowe's home in Ravensbury Grove, Mitcham, on September 12, 2006 to pick up rent on behalf of Merton council.

The pair only escaped the frenzied attack, which left them both battered and bruised, by putting Rowe into a headlock and forcing their way out of the front door, prosecutors told the court.

Rowe, who claims he acted in self-defence, denies two charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.
 

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