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Pro-Gun Groups Disagree on Bill Improving Background Checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Second Amendment group is warning gun owners that a 'massive gun control bill' is now working its way through Congress -- and is surprisingly close to becoming law."

"Gun Owners of America also admits that it is the only national pro-gun group to oppose the 'NICS Improvement Act of 2005' (H.R. 1415)."

"Introduced by gun control advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, H.R. 1415 is intended to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System ..." ...

"But Gun Owners of America warns that the bill would give the states hundreds of millions of dollars to 'further prop up the unconstitutional Brady Law.' GOA argues that the federal government lacks the authority to conduct background checks on gun buyers ..." ...
 

Customizing Guns For Home Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While it's easy these days to buy a gun that's designed specifically for home defense, it can be just as simple to turn a long gun or handgun that you inherited or bought for another purpose into a terrific home-defense tool. Customizing the gun doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, and in some cases the modifications don't even have to be permanent, allowing you to return the gun quickly to its original condition for its original purpose." ...

"The shotgun may very well be the most common home-defense firearm .... Once it's in the house, though, too many people figure it'll be fine 'as is' to defend their homes, and they forget all about it." ...
 

Sunday hunting not about fees
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fredericksburg's Freelance-Star published a letter to the editor last week from Megan Sewell, the deputy campaign manager for hunting at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Sewell tried to convince the newspaper's readers that Virginia hunters want the law changed so they can hunt on Sundays because their license fees were raised by a modest amount this year."

"Not so. This animal rightist thinks hunting on Sunday is wrong, but remember, she also believes the hunting of wild game is just as wrong Monday through Saturday, so don't pay too much attention to her phony rants." ...

"... Sewell wrote, 'One day a week free from hunting gives landowners and others who enjoy the outdoors ... a reprieve from hunters' stray bullets." ...
 

FL: Eatery workers, suspects trade shots
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"A robbery suspect may have been wounded in a shootout with restaurant workers at an oyster bar late Sunday ..."

"Employees and two suspects traded shots about 11:30 p.m. ..."

"Having been robbed a week earlier while taking out the trash, both kitchen workers told police they armed with themselves with .40-caliber and 9 mm pistols before doing the chore Sunday night, reports show."

"The kitchen workers told police they stepped outside and were confronted by two men armed with a rifle and a pistol who ordered them to drop to their knees. Then one of the suspects fired a shot without striking either man, reports show."

"The employees opened fire, and the suspects fled by jumping a fence." ...
 

OH: AP: 'If freed rapists return, armed victim ready' (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/article3250.html

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"As astute gun owners are already aware, the Associated Press is not typically known for its fair and balanced coverage of self-defense issues. So it will probably come as a surprise that the AP has published a story that shows exactly what all the hard work to pass Ohio's concealed carry law was about..." ...
 

AZ: Assault case spurs look at school safety
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"Scottsdale Unified School District officials promised to consider changing some policies after meeting with Saguaro High School families Tuesday."

"But many parents left frustrated that not enough is being done after a 14-year-old freshman reported that she was sexually assaulted on campus last week." ...

"Mike Hayashi, a Scottsdale trainer, offered to hold self-defense classes on campus and said he would donate the proceeds to provide more security on campus."

"The janitor accused of holding the girl against her will and sexually assaulting her in a campus computer lab is in police custody ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: A sexual predator's dream: so many disarmed victims, so little time.
 

OK: Campus Gunman Tackled As Gun Misfires
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man fired from a university job tried to kill his former boss on the campus, but his handgun failed to fire and he was tackled by school employees, police said."

"Richard Keith Hall was armed with two guns and had a ski mask in his pocket when he arrived on the University of Tulsa campus Tuesday, Tulsa police said."

"He pulled the trigger on a .380-caliber pistol twice but the gun malfunctioned, and university employees and security officers tackled him and held him down until police arrived, said police officer Scott Walton." ...
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Submitter's Note: OK law prohibits permit holders from carrying on campus without written permission, and Tulsa campus policy specifically prohibits them.
 

HI: Teen accused of stealing gun boy brought to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police arrested a 16-year-old Waipahu boy who allegedly stole a handgun that another student had brought to school yesterday."

"Police said a 15-year-old boy took the 9mm handgun from a garment bag in his father’s home and brought it to school. The boy bragged about the gun in school, police said."

"Later ... while off campus, the older teen confronted the younger one, stole the gun and sold it on the street for $60, police said."

"Police arrested the older teen for investigation of first-degree theft. He was released pending investigation."

"Police arrested the 15-year-old's father for investigation of negligent storage of a firearm, a felony. The 38-year-old man did not pursue theft charges against his son." ...
 

NC: School shooting suspect charged with killing father
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"A 19-year-old who was taken into custody following a school shooting Wednesday afternoon was charged with killing his father earlier in the day, according to the Orange County, North Carolina, sheriff's office."

"The teen fired eight shots at Orange High School, injuring two students and sending others running for cover, police and parents told local media outlets."

"Alvaro Rafael Castillo of Hillsborough 'was firing [two] weapons when deputies approached him' after 1 p.m., the sheriff's office said in a news release."

"Deputies ordered him to put down his weapons, Castillo complied and the officers handcuffed him, the statement said." ...
 

KY: David Crockett 10th grader in custody after bringing loaded gun to school
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A David Crockett High School 10th-grader has been arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school.

According to Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal, School Resource Officer Kelly Richardson was notified of the weapon at the school about 9 a.m. Wednesday. Richardson took the student from class and found a cocked and fully loaded Ruger .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his possession.

The Jonesborough youth was arrested for carrying a weapon on school property and is currently held in the Regional Juvenile Detention Center without bond. A court date is scheduled for Sept. 6, at 9 a.m.

Sheriff Graybeal credits the quick response of school officials for bringing the situation to a safe end.
 

FL: Stun-gun suspect faces expulsion
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"A second Orange County high school student caught last week with a weapon on campus faces mandatory expulsion, a school district spokesman said Tuesday."

"Deputies arrested Jesus Rivera, 18, on Friday after an administrator at Colonial High School found a 900,000-volt stun gun in the student's backpack, sheriff's records show."

"Makers of the Streetwise Small Fry Stun Gun advertise that the $100 weapon will incapacitate an adult for up to 10 minutes." ...

"Students caught on campus with firearms and similarly dangerous weapons face automatic expulsion, according to district spokesman Lin Wright." ...
 

Hillary and Guns
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"What kind of President will Hillary Clinton make? I realize this is a disturbing thought, but we must consider it as Senator Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination for President in 2008. The way I figure it, with the Clintons, past is prologue."

"That’s why Judicial Watch’s investigations team has been inspecting the newly released Clinton Presidential Library records. (... it is part of educational and corruption-fighting mission to see the Clintons held accountable.)"

"Recently, our investigations team uncovered documents that provide some interesting, and troubling, details about the Clintons’ plan to destroy the gun industry, a la 'Big Tobacco.' Here’s just a sample of what we discovered." ...
 

OH: Ken Blackwell shines in NW OH Clay Shoot (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/article3250.html

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"On Saturday, August 26, I had the opportunity to attend a Clay Shoot/ Cookout fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell."

The family event was an afternoon filled with the sounds of children laughing and splashing in the backyard pond, friends and neighbors sharing tales of their summer vacation adventures, and the sharp reports from a host of shotguns. About 20 shooters (probably four times that many were present for the cookout) took turns attempting to dust one of the more than 2,000 clay targets that were thrown over a bean field and into a nearby woods." ...
 

NY: Statement from Mayor Bloomberg On Guilty Plea by Michael Spallone of Woodhaven Rifle and Pistol Range
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Strict enforcement of our local gun laws is critical in the fight against illegal guns. After undercover investigations revealed violations in sales practices at Woodhaven Rifle and Pistol Range, Inc., the gun dealer, Michael Spallone, today pled guilty to disorderly conduct and as a result will pay $1,000 in fines and restitution. In addition, his dealer’s license remains revoked by the NYPD. His guilty plea sends a strong message: any violation of the law that allows illegal guns to flow onto our streets will be vigorously pursued. If you break the law, you will pay the price. I thank Queens District Attorney Richard Brown ... for recognizing that rigid enforcement of gun laws can help prevent the tragic consequences of gun violence."
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KABA Note: This is the gun dealer who initially refused to sell to Mayor Mike's sting squad. They came back the next day with proper paperwork, but with a serial number transposed, and badgered him to make the sale, which he did, after checking with the Suffolk County Police who said it was okay. See the story here.
 

FL: Two republicans seek District 50 seat
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"The two republican contenders in the House District 50 race, Ed Hooper and Nancy Riley, have been canvassing the neighborhoods hoping to win over residents in the Largo, Clearwater and Safety Harbor areas just before the Sept. 5 primary."

"Both Hooper, 59, and Riley, 58, say the residents complain about the high cost of owning a home." ...

"Riley is conservative on the Second Amendment and said she would not support any new legislation to regulate guns." ...
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Submitter's Note: How about working to repeal some of the patently unConstitutional laws that are already on the books?
 

CA: Getting down to crunch time in Sacramento
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"August 30, 2006 - The next four days could be the most decisive in California since the Proposition 13 property tax revolt of 1978 - only reducing liberty this time, instead of increasing it. As California legislators returned to the Capitol on Monday, they had four days - until midnight on Thursday - to pass or defeat a batch of laws."

"If we sound alarmed, there's good reason." ...

"AB352 mandates that all new pistols sold in 2009 and after must have a special firing pin that imprints a code on the bullet cartridge, to identify who bought the bullet. Only the law-abiding would follow this. Criminals would use guns that are old, on the black market or brought from other states."
 

CA: Governor signs law setting air gun penalties
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that creates penalties for people who use air-powered pellet guns maliciously."

"The legislation, by Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, closed a loophole in state law, which didn't provide penalty options for persons who cause injuries with air-powered guns, a news release said."

"The governor signed SB 532 into law Monday. Torlakson wrote the bill at the request of Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, who was shot in the neck with a pellet gun in 2003, leaving him with numbness in his face and neck." ...
 

Justice Department targets street crime
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... "Philadelphia police commissioner Sylvester Johnson expressed his frustration that his department couldn't stop the homicides, blaming a Congress that he said was beholden to special interest groups such as the National Rifle Association."

"Crime, he said, was no longer a local issue but a national problem that will play a factor in congressional and presidential elections."

"'Capitol Hill doesn't get it,' Johnson said. 'They need to make a call to a parent whose kid got shot in the face. I know the NRA is strong, but we can be stronger.'"
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Submitter's Note: Of course it is Congress's fault. It has nothing to do with lousy leadership, mis-allocation of scarce resources, and man-hours wasted on 'feel-good' programs which don't affect crime.
 

MO: Officers Get Their Hands on New Rifles
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Police officers also got some hands on training with their new rifles. They had a four hour familiarization course with the new Bushmaster X-M 15. The rifle is a semi-automatic civilian version of a military weapon. Officers shot off one hundred rounds to make sure they can operate the new weapon and hit targets. Officers say the old rifle didn't meet their safety standards. St. Joseph Police Department Armor Darryl Lehman said, "We had nothing but problems with it when we purchased it. It wasn't reliable it had malfunctions on the range jamming up not operating and any malfunctioning in policing is not acceptable." Officers receive weapons training every year.
 

NY: Lawyer raises issue of illicit stun gun
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"A lawyer trying to determine whether Rochester police officers are responsible for the death of a man in custody Friday said he's now looking into whether any of the officers used an unauthorized stun gun."

"Van Henri White said he believes Police Chief's David Moore's assertion that a department-issued Taser was not used in the arrest of Mark L. Lee ..." ...

"One witness said he saw a Taser at the scene of the arrest, and another witness said he heard police officers at the hospital discuss using a Taser. At a news conference with Lee's family Monday, White said police 'maliciously and wantonly' used a Taser on Lee, who had a benign brain tumor." ...
 

IL: Some in Cabrini-Green say they fear cops, not crime
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"Minnie Long raised her now grown children in the Cabrini-Green row houses and continues to live in the area. But in recent years it has become a place that she fears."

"It is not the crime in the near North Side community -- which has fallen in recent years -- but those fighting crime that give her pause."

"'I'm scared of the police,' Long, 66, said after a Chicago Police Department community meeting Tuesday night." ...

"Tuesday night's meeting offered a chance for police to take questions from residents, but most of those who spoke voiced familiar complaints, including allegations of police brutality and rude behavior."

"Many residents and police department brass ... agreed on Tuesday that the majority of officers are respectful." ...
 

Pro-Gun Punditry: Wednesday's Buckeye State Roundabout (BFA)
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"There are more stories pertaining to our gun rights in Ohio then we can possibly draw attention to with individual daily commentary. But they are worthy of mention."

"What follows is our review of headlines from around the state though a pro-gun rights lens."

"From school shootings in Vermont to school shooting sports programs, these articles should be a part of your required reading!" ...
 

OH: Maintain vigil against violence
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"The cost of Sunday's shooting death of Philip Bates on the front porch of his North Avondale home could be enormous for Cincinnati if we allow it to be."

"The crime occurred in one of the city's most diverse and sought-after neighborhoods. Bates ... was shot shortly after midnight as he returned home from a memorial service for another homicide victim. He was the city's 58th homicide victim of the year." ...

"This community cannot tolerate any more loss of life at the end of a 12-cent bullet - whether it's that of a citizen whose name we recognize or not. Every life is sacred, and every loss costs our community." ...
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Submitter's Note: Those nasty bullets. If they wouldn't load themselves in the gun, and shoot themselves into people, we wouldn't be having this problem.
 

OH: Tragic shooting offers many lessons (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/article3250.html

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"There has been a fair amount of media coverage about Allen Davis, who shot a teenager in the head late Wednesday evening. She was in critical condition from the gun shot wound."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the high school girl in hopes that she makes a full recovery."

"This case does not appear to have anything to do with concealed carry or a license holder. The shooter reportedly used a rifle and shot from inside his house at a car in the street. While the anti-gun crowd will use this case to argue against HB541, a 'castle doctrine' or 'stand your ground' bill, it would have no bearing on this case." ...
 

MI: Board to review policy banning weapons on county property
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"A county ordinance banning weapons in Oceana County buildings has come under fire from a local resident who challenged the legality of the ordinance."

"The ban on weapons in the Oceana County Courthouse should remain, the county prosecutor said, but the ban should not extend to other county buildings."

"Hart resident Carl Youngstrom, who is challenging the county's blanket policy banning weapons from all county buildings, said the ordinance is illegal. Youngstrom said the county ban on weapons in county buildings, instituted in 2001, violates state law prohibiting local governments from regulating the 'transportation or possession' of weapons." ...
 

WI: Young bear hunters taught lessons of the hunt
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"In the thick forests of Washburn, Barren, and Polk counties last week, 10 young people who might otherwise never have gotten the chance to step into the wild and harvest a wild Wisconsin black bear were given that opportunity. And thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, those youngsters just may have taken the first step in becoming enthusiastic hunters for life."

"The event was the second annual Youth Bear Hunt which took place in the three counties on August 25, 26, and 27, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, Safari Club International, and A&H Taxidermy of Spooner." ...
 

DE: Steele's Gun Shop has a new home
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"Cowboys of the Old West may have carried a Colt single Action revolver in their holsters and during the 1920s. Gangsters could have been packin' Tommy Guns."

"These relics of the past are still in existence today and they can be found at Steele's Gun Shop, which recently relocated ..."

"'Anything weird and different -- we carry it,' said Charlie Steele, owner of Steele's Gun Shop."

"Steele has owned his shop since 1967 ..." ...

"Steele said his shop specializes in exotic and hard to find weapons -- things you may not find at other gun retailers in Sussex County."

"'Guys that want out of the ordinary, we cater to them,' he said."

"One example of this is a .50-caliber rifle equipped with a scope ..." ...
 

MI: Gun safety awareness
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"I applaud the efforts of Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue and others in promoting a gun buyback program. In 1994, Grand Rapids Mayor John Logie and Police Chief Bill Hegarty spearheaded a gun buyback program that took 1,052 weapons off the street. Logie called upon the community to make a bold statement that we are working together to stem the tide of violence that so often involves children as victims." ...

"I hope the naysayers can put their Second Amendment concerns aside and allow the proponents of Kent County's program to pursue their laudable goal of reducing the chance that unwanted guns will be used in violent crimes." ...
 

AL: Range time plays big part in better shooting
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"The father and son were laughing and plinking and trying to outdo the other, taking aim at the whites of plastic bottle caps lying in the dirt."

"They had .22 rifles and what appeared to be a sleek .45 or 9mm, along with a bigger rifle already tucked away for the day. Although still working on their stances, grips and such, it was time for some fun."

"That's what time at the shooting range should be." ...
 

NY: Hero's pals vow to close range
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"Neighbors of fallen hero Fire Department Lt. Howard Carpluk said yesterday they would honor his memory by continuing his fight to close down a shooting range in his hometown." ...

"McConnell and other neighbors said they would press forward with Carpluk's decade-long quest to have the Suffolk County Trap-and-Skeet Range moved from the otherwise quiet neighborhood."

"After being shuttered for almost five years, the range was reopened July 15 and has since served more than 1,000 sportsmen." ...
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KABA Note: The range has been there since the 1920's, long before the "otherwise quiet neighborhood" was built.
 

UK: Concern as gun numbers soar in Suffolk
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"ANTI-GUN campaigners voiced their concern last night after figures showed the number of legally owned guns in Suffolk had soared by 40% in five years."

"Since December 2001, 2,530 additional firearms have been licensed in the county - making a total of 9,003 at the end of March."

"But the figure is expected to be even greater next year as officers have already authorised a further 1,671 firearms, which are yet to be acquired."

"The large increase has alarmed anti-gun charity International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), which called for tighter checks on those seeking permission to possess large numbers of guns." ...
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KABA Note: 9003 is about 1.3% of the population of Suffolk County.
 

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