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Orange County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs to have FLEA MARKET AT BLACK ROCK OCFSC to have FLEA MARKET AT BLACK ROCK, JULY 22
Stewart Forest has officially grown Stewart Forest has officially grown
More on Orange County's Illegal Pistol Amendment Fees More on Orange County's Illegal Pistol Amendment Fees

NY STATE NEWS

NY CITY COUNCIL PASSES GUN LEGISLATION PACKAGE NY CITY COUNCIL PASSES GUN LEGISLATION PACKAGE Includes possible ban on camouflaged guns.
New York Judges Allowed to Pack Pistols on the Bench New York Judges Allowed to Pack Pistols on the Bench
UPDATE: FBI, BATF and the NY NICS Check UPDATE: FBI, BATF and the NY NICS Check

NATIONAL NEWS

Bystander uses gun to end attacks with knife Bystander uses gun to end attacks with knife
Gun Dealer Fires Suit at NYC Mayor Gun Dealer Fires Suit at NYC Mayor
Senate votes to bar emergency gun confiscation Senate votes to bar emergency gun confiscation
Gun ownership up, crime down. Gun ownership up, crime down.
The Clintons' War on Gun Rights The Clintons' War on Gun Rights
UN gun grab project implodes UN gun grab project implodes
Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention
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Bull’s-Eyes of Texas: Getting a Gun License, NY Times Article, 7/14/06, Clueless reporter takes CCW class in Texas. "In two months, he said, the license should be in the mail from Austin. And then what? I wondered. Would I really go around armed? I thought not.     But it’s good — and a little scary — to know I could." Mixing firearms, fashion, Palm Beach Post 7/16/06      Forced to draw a bead on a bad guy? May as well do it in style.    Pinellas County-based Philip Clements Group LLC is selling a $295 custom-designed purse with a hidden gun compartment for pistol packin' mamas.
   
Ted Nugent on deer hunting .....
Ted Nugent was recently being interviewed by a French journalist. The journalist asked, "What do you think the last thought is in the head of a deer before you shoot it? Is it, `Are you my friend?` or is it . Are you the one who killed my brother?'"

Nugent replied, "They aren't capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is, "What am I going to eat next, who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away." They are very much like the French in that way."

CoBIS or Gun "DNA" Watch

DATE
# OF GUNS
CHANGE
MONEY SPENT
# OF GUNS CONNECTED TO A CRIME
7/1/06
132,745

3279

$21,666,666 +?

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ORANGE COUNTY NEWS

Orange County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs to have FLEA MARKET AT BLACK ROCKOrange County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs to have
FLEA MARKET AT BLACK ROCK
SATURDAY JULY 22, 2006 from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m.
RAIN DATE SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2006
FREE PARKING
FREE ADMISSION
Sale of Refreshments and Food will be available on Site.

     The Orange County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs will have a Flea Market at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club, (off of Rt 32, 4 miles south of Vails Gate.) They will have venders with all kinds of stuff, not all related to just hunting and fishing stuff. The event this year will be larger than last years event.
     Over 40 Vendors have signed up so you should be able to find something to buy. Stop by and look for me. I plan to have a table.

CLICK HERE FOR STUFF FROM LAST YEAR'S FLEA MARKET

Stewart Forest has officially grown Stewart Forest has officially grown
In return for widening Drury Lane, much of the adjacent forest will be forever protected

     The Stewart State Forest to the west of Stewart Airport is now 7,000 acres. The state Office of General Services has signed the order transferring additional land from the state Department of Transportation – landlord for the airport – to the Department of Environmental Conservation, which has jurisdiction over the forest.
     The transfer was part of a deal worked out between the Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition and its two co-plaintiffs, and the state. The SPARC coalition had tied up in court the construction of a new Drury Lane entrance to the airport.
     A significant part of the deal that settled the legal battle and allowed the road project to begin was to place an additional 1,600 acres of land along Drury Lane permanently with the 5,400 acre state forest that was created a number of years ago.
      SPARC President Sandra Kissam said the story of the Stewart lands has been “a saga” that began with then Governor Rockefeller’s “ruthless land grab in 1971.”

Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition
Box 90, Blooming Grove, N.Y. 10914
phone/fax 845 564-3018

Press Release: for immediate release.     July 9, 2006

Historic Land Transfer

            The state of New York has just formally transferred agreed-upon additional lands  to Stewart State Forest; in effect, the promise to SPARC and co-plaintiffs has been fulfilled.  With the Drury Lane Interchange project in full construction, precious open lands are being permanently protected.
     This past June 29, 2006, Commissioner Robert J. Fleury of the NYS Office of General Services (OGS) signed the order transferring jurisdiction of lands from the NYS Dept. of Transportation to the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.
      Quoting from the document, "The parcels of land comprise approximately 1,600 acres, more or less, and are a portion of the lands acquired by the NYS DOT for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for the purposes associated with the development of Stewart International Airport pursuant to Chapter 472 of the Laws of 1971 . . .  . . Transfer of the property is a condition of the December 7, 2005 Consent Decree settling Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition v. Slater, et al., Civil Action No CV-00-1606 (Northern District, N.Y.)."
        The order was accompanied by a map and description of the transferred lands, with the Consent Decree attached, the same Consent Decree that was signed last November 2005 formalizing a settlement that SPARC, the Sierra Club and the O.C. Federation of Sportsmen reached with NYS DOT and the NYS Thruway.
       This action has resulted in the expansion of Stewart State Forest to a total of almost 7,000 acres, the 2nd largest open space area in Orange County after Sterling Forest.  The OGS order caps an incomparable victory by SPARC and co-plaintiffs, the culmination of a 19-year struggle to save these public lands as open space.
   In 1987, Newburgh citizen Ben Kissam heard, while training his English setter Star on the lands, that massive industrial and commercial development was planned for these thousands of acres.  He thought it was a shame to destroy these beautiful lands, including farmlands he had hunted with his own father, Ben Kissam Sr.
      He first spoke against the development plans at a meeting of the Stewart Airport Commission in April of that year, and the rest followed: the building of the first coalition of sportsmen's and environmental groups, unheard of before.  His wife Sandra joined his efforts, and when he died in 1992, she assumed the leadership in the fight for the lands, fostering alliances with groups as diverse as Orange County Audubon Soc., the Balmville Citizens Association and the Orange County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.
      Through all those years, SPARC and supporters attended meetings, held rallies, wrote testimony, lobbied Albany officials, held demonstrations, wrote letters, collected documents, brought legal action---in sum, fought to save the land in every way possible. 
      Regarding the signing of the OGS order on June 29th, Legislative Chair of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club John Stouffer said, "The Stewart Airport Buffer Lands are an incomparable resource for the people of Orange County and all New Yorkers.  The preservation of these lands will make the County a more attractive place to live and work.  Because of the efforts of SPARC, the O.C. Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the Sierra Club and many, many others, we will continue to have a natural retreat within minutes of our homes and workplaces.  It grieves me though, that some of the people like Frank Hartmann, Rudy Vallet, Frank Ruggero and Ben Kissam, who worked so hard to protect the buffer lands, have passed on and did not witness the successful achievement of their efforts."
      Orange County Sportsmen's Federation President Carmen Heitczman said, "With the creation of Stewart State Forest, the sportsmen of Orange County and the State of New York have now preserved a jewel within our urbanized lower Hudson Valley.  This sportsmen's paradise has been created through the efforts of SPARC, the Orange County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, and the Sierra Club.  This final act of signing the lands over to the NYS DEC guarantees its existence for future generations."
      SPARC President Sandra Kissam said, "What a saga the story of these lands has been.  From Governor Rockefeller's ruthless land grab in 1971, with the displacement of about 400 families, to these same residents' struggle to retake their properties, to the unsuccessful campaign to stop the expansion of the airport's east/west runway onto the lands, to the successful effort of neighbors (in 1984) to end the dumping of sludge on the lands, to SPARC and the Coalition's success in saving 7,000 of the  original 8,657 acres seized and transferred to the MTA, now set aside as a recreational and wildlife habitat treasure for all." 
      SPARC is an entirely volunteer grassroots organization. Currently it is fundraising to retire its legal debt and is overseeing the implementation of the provisions of last November's settlement.
   Contact: Sandra Kissam, 845 564-3018 or John Stouffer, 518 426-9144

More on Orange County's Illegal Pistol Amendment Fees More on Orange County's Illegal Pistol Amendment Fees

     Early in 2005, the Pistol License Department started charging $5 per gun per when you put in an amendment. Unfortunately, this change does not comply to NY law that only allows the counties to charge $3 per amendment. Several other counties have also raised their fees so people started looking at it because the NY Penal Law Section 400 section 14 seems quite clear: "... for each amendment thereto, three dollars, ... "
     SCOPE had sent letters to all county clerks asking about the fees that they charged for an amendment and stating that if the county clerk was charging more than $3 it was illegal. Several counties changed their fees back to $3. John Darney sent a letter asking about the changes and I called Orange County on 4/25/06 they said that they had sent the question to the legal department. (I wish that they had done that BEFORE that had raised the fees.)

CLICK HERE FOR THE APRIL/MAY ARTICLE AND MORE INFO

OPINIONS OF THE (NY) ATTORNEY GENERAL: Opn. No. 2005-7
CLICK HERE FOR THE WHOLE OPINION

In part:
     Your question concerns an interpretation of subdivision 14 of section 400.00 of the Penal Law, which governs the fee for amendments to firearm licenses. You have asked whether the County may charge the statutory fee of $3.00 for each proposed change to a firearms license that is contained in one application to amend the license, or whether the County may charge only one $3.00 fee for each amendment, regardless of the number of proposed changes to be made by the amendment. We conclude that Penal Law 400.00(14) authorizes a fee of $3.00 for each amendment to a firearms license, even if the proposed amendment will result in more than one change to the license, such as the addition or cancellation of more than one weapon.

PL § 400.00 Licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms.
14. Fees. ... Elsewhere in the state, the licensing officer shall collect and pay into the county treasury the following fees: ... ; for each amendment thereto, three dollars,

UPDATE 8/3/06

     The Orange County Clerk's Office has decided to roll back the fee from $5 to $3 effective Monday, August 7th, 2006. The $3 fee will get you the old style green slip that you have to carry with you when you have the gun. For $2 more or $5, they will update your plastic pistol permit card if that is the kind that you want and you want to spend the money to update it.
    While it is still not as much as we wanted, it is something and they are going to do more research on the "per gun" fee. I hope that in the next few weeks we will resolve this "per gun" fee issue.


NEW YORK STATE NEWS

NY CITY COUNCIL PASSES GUN LEGISLATION PACKAGE NY CITY COUNCIL PASSES GUN LEGISLATION PACKAGE
July 19, 2006, CLICK HERE FOR THE PRESS RELEASE

GUN LEGISLATION
The gun legislation package, which was introduced by Council Speaker Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg in June, includes:

  • Gun Offender Registration Act, Int 0362-2006, Affirmative 49, Excused 3
       The Gun Offender Registration Act will require individuals convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree to register their current addresses and personally report to the NYPD every six months. Crimes in this category include illegal possession of a loaded handgun, possession of three or more illegal handguns, a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a disguised firearm. Registration requirements will continue four years after conviction or four years after release from prison.
  • One Handgun Every-Three-Month Limit, Int 0364-2006, Affirmative 47, Excused 3, Negative 2
       This legislation will limit handgun purchases in the City to one every three months - making it more difficult for gun traffickers to purchase guns through straw buyers (people who have someone else purchase guns on their behalf). Gun dealers will be barred from selling multiple handguns in the same transaction and will be barred from selling a handgun to someone they knew had purchased a gun within the previous three months.
  • Inventory Bill, Int 0363-2006, Affirmative 47, Excused 3, Negative 2
       The Inventory Bill will require City gun dealers to perform physical inspections of their inventories twice a year, send a sworn affidavit of these inspections to the NYPD and require the reporting of any missing or stolen guns. Currently, local gun dealers are only required to inspect inventories once per year. Often times, without stringent inspection guidelines, corrupt gun dealers may "lose" guns or claim that they have been stolen from their inventories, when they were actually sold illegally.
  • Ban on Gun Coloration Kits, Int 0365-2006, Affirmative 49, Excused 3
       This bill includes a ban on the use and sale of gun coloration kits, which are used to paint guns in "toy-like" colors. Gun coloration kits are currently available for purchase over the Internet and through gun dealers. These kits are designed to color guns in a number of bright fluorescent shades, making them easily mistakable for toy guns - with potentially deadly consequences for police officers and New Yorkers.
    NOTE: The new law contains the following provision: When used in this subdivision, the term “deceptively colored firearm, rifle, shotgun, or assault weapon” shall include any firearm, rifle, shotgun, or assault weapon any substantial portion of whose exterior surface is colored any color other than black, dark grey, dark green, silver, steel, or nickel, except as provided in subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph. For purposes of this subparagraph, the exterior surface of either the receiver or the slide of a firearm shall be deemed to constitute a substantial portion of the exterior surface of the firearm. It would appear that this ban will also ban camouflaged guns.

     “The Council is dedicated to keeping New York the safest big city in America,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “But the grave reality is that the problems of gun violence and illegal weapons, which go hand and hand, continue to pervade our streets. By passing this comprehensive legislation, the Council and the Mayor are taking first steps to prevent illegal firearms from making their way to the streets of New York and into the hands of unlicensed carriers.”
     “We can protect all New Yorkers from gun violence if we take common-sense steps to keep illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals,” stated Public Safety Committee Chair Peter Vallone Jr. “In order for law-abiding citizens to own a gun legally, we need to crack

New York Judges Allowed to Pack Pistols on the Bench New York Judges Allowed to Pack Pistols on the Bench
AP-Sunday, July 16, 2006

NEW YORK — It's one way to assure order in the court.
The New York state Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics has ruled that it is permissible for judges to pack a pistol beneath their robes while on the bench.
      "From an ethical standpoint, there is no prohibition ... barring you from carrying a firearm while performing your duties on the bench," the committee said in a decision published in this week's New York Law Journal.
      Judges would have to comply with existing laws to bring a gun into court.
      The committee was asked by one of the state's 3,400 judges whether it was "ethically permissible" to carry a pistol into the courtroom. And though it ruled in favor of pistol-packing jurists, the committee warned that judges must "be patient, dignified and courteous" to those appearing before the bench and behave in "a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."
      How to achieve that while armed?

     This is in response to your inquiry (06-51) in which you ask whether it is ethically permissible for you to carry a pistol while you are on the bench.
      As an initial matter, possession of a firearm may raise legal and administrative issues that are beyond this Committee’s authority. We cannot opine on such matters. But from an ethical standpoint, there is no prohibition in the Rules Governing Judicial Conduct barring you from carrying a firearm while performing your duties on the bench. A judge, however, must act “in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary”. 22 NYCRR 100.2(A). Judges must also “be patient, dignified and courteous” to those who appear before them. 22 NYCRR 100.3(B)(3). For these reasons, this Committee believes that keeping your firearm concealed and safeguarded on your person while you are on the bench is advisable, should you choose to carry one and assuming that there are no legal or administrative barriers that would preclude such possession.

UPDATE: FBI, BATF and the NY NICS Check UPDATE: FBI, BATF and the NY NICS Check

     On May 2nd, 2006, the FBI ended NY's exemption from requiring that NICS Checks be done with people who had a handgun license less than 5 years old or who had had their NICS Check upgraded. My May 2006 Newsletter article, NY Handgun License Holders no longer exempt from NICS check, explained what we knew at that time. I sent a letter and called the FBI to find out why they ended New York's exemption. I just got the following letter dated June 23rd, 2006 from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

      This is in response to your letter sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). NICS is not the organization that removed New York ' s exemption to NICS for permit holders and neither did they send out the Open Letter, rather both were done by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (A TF). The FBI NICS forwarded your letter to ATF for response.
     New York was one of a number of States that ATF audited and found not to be in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements for their license to qualify as an alternative to the NICS background check, New York was notified of this in a letter dated May 20,2005, and as stated in the Open Letter was given until September 30, 2005, to address a number of concerns. In September 2005, A TF granted New York an extension until April 30, 2006, to come into compliance. When the April 30, 2006, deadline arrived, New York informed us that it had not been able to address our concerns. Accordingly, New York licenses could not longer qualify for the NICS check exception.
     Since the Open Letter was issued, ATF has worked with New York to draft legislation to correct the issues of concern, specifically: (1) New York law did not require that licenses be denied to persons prohibited from possessing firearms under Federal law; (2) and that the "refresher, certificate" issue, which allows a NICS check for licenses more than 5 years old, was not codified. If the draft legislation that we reviewed for New York is enacted into law, New York will re-qualify as a NICS alternative State.
     If you need any additional information regarding New York's efforts, you should contact the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services at (518) 457-6050.
Sincerely,
David H. Chipman
Chief, Firearms Programs Division

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LETTER


NATIONAL

Bystander uses gun to end attacks with knife Bystander uses gun to end attacks with knife
Associated Press article fortwayne.com

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two victims of a knife-wielding grocery store employee remained hospitalized Saturday after the man attacked eight co-workers and was stopped by a witness who pulled a gun, authorities said.
     Elartrice Ingram, 21, was charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, police said. The attack Friday apparently stemmed from a work dispute.
     Ingram was taken to a hospital complaining of chest pains Friday before being released to police. He was in jail Saturday and is expected to appear in court Tuesday, according to a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office database.
     Two women remained hospitalized Saturday, one in serious condition, and the other in fair condition. The other victims were treated and released, according to a nursing supervisor at the Regional Medical Center.
     Seven were stabbed, and another suffered heat-related symptoms while being chased, police said. Another person was threatened, resulting in the nine charges against Ingram, the Commercial Appeal reported.
     Ingram, chasing one victim into the Schnucks store parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said.
     Cope grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim “like something in a serial killer movie.”.
     “When he turned around and saw my pistol, he threw the knife away, put his hands up and got on the ground,” Cope said. “He saw my gun and that was pretty much it.”.
     Police arrived within minutes and took Ingram into custody..
     “He just kept saying, ‘I’m insane. I wish I was never born’ and that kind of stuff,” Cope said..
     “We commend him,” Higgins said. “But we don’t encourage people to take that kind of risk. He could have been hurt.”.
     All of the victims were store employees, and no customers were involved, Higgins said. Police said two large kitchen knives used in the attack were found at the scene..
     Witness Frank Rector said the attacker held a knife high as he chased a victim into the parking lot.

Gun Dealer Fires Suit at NYC Mayor Gun Dealer Fires Suit at NYC Mayor
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      A Smyrna gun dealer named in a federal lawsuit is returning fire. The lawsuit was filed in May by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
      Thursday, the owner of Adventure Outdoor and his attorney announced a lawsuit filed in Cobb County Superior Court against Mayor Bloomberg.
      A rally was held in Marietta Square on Thursday morning in support of Jay Wallace, the owner of Adventure Outdoor. The gun dealer was one of 15 gun dealers in five states that were named in the federal lawsuit filed in May by New York’s Mayor. The suit alleges illegal guns used in the commission of crimes on New York’s streets were purchased illegally at those stores.
      The lawsuit claims 21 guns sold at Adventure Outdoor were used during the commission of a crime in New York City between 1994 and 2001.
      Wallace has been in business for 30 years and says he plans to keep the store in his family for many more. Quoting his father, Wallace said he had a hard time deciding how to respond to the mayor’s lawsuit.
      “He said son, never start a fight. There’s not any reason for that. But, when somebody insists, you better finish it,” Wallace told the cheering crowd.
      Attorney Bob Barr says the lawsuit he has filed seeks $400 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
      The Federal lawsuit refers to the 15 gun dealers as “rogue gun dealers.” Barr says he took issue with those words.
      “These are outrageous statements, they are false, they are defamatory and they are slanderous and that is what we have alleged in our lawsuit today,” Barr said.
      Last month, Mayor Bloomberg and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin announced a coalition of 52 mayors to fight illegal guns in their cities. Mayor Franklin hedged on the possibility of using a lawsuit to fight illegal guns in Atlanta. She says Atlanta has been successful using federal agents and the district attorneys office to prosecute illegal gun cases.
      Attorney Barr says Mayor Bloomberg used “undercover tactics” to investigate Adventure Outdoor. He sent a letter to U. S. Attorney David Nahmias in Atlanta and State Attorney General Thurbert Baker requesting an investigation into Mayor Bloomberg’s tactics.

Senate votes to bar emergency gun confiscation Senate votes to bar emergency gun confiscation
CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE 7/13/06

     The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to prohibit the confiscation of legally owned guns during an emergency like last year's Hurricane Katrina, marking another victory for the gun lobby.
      By a vote of 84-16, the Senate embraced an amendment by Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. He attached his measure to a domestic security spending bill for the fiscal year starting October 1 that the Senate is expected to pass soon.
      The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the spending bill and negotiators will have to decide whether to keep the gun provision. The House is usually sympathetic to gun owners.
      Citing the constitutional right to bear arms, Vitter said that during an emergency people should be allowed to hold onto "legally possessed firearms to defend your life, your property" at a time when telephone lines and cell phones probably are not operating and victims "can't reach out to law enforcement authorities."
      Vitter said 10 states have passed similar laws. Louisiana is one of them.
      Following Hurricane Katrina last August, some emergency workers expressed fears about guns being looted from stores and first-responders being threatened by gun proliferation.
      Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), a Massachusetts Democrat, called the amendment "pay-back time by the National Rifle Association," a powerful lobbying group that opposes gun controls.
      Sen. Richard Durbin (news, bio, voting record), an Illinois Democrat, added, "You send the National Guardsmen in ... and then snipers start shooting at them and the police make it known this is going to be a gun-free zone. We don't want any National Guardsmen killed because of this national emergency, this disaster. Is that an unreasonable thing?"
      Vitter countered that the "declaration or state of emergency in and of itself does not give anyone the right to confiscate guns" and local law enforcement officials should not "trump" the Constitution.
      Last month, gun lobbyists won another victory when the House voted to overturn a recently enacted law requiring safety trigger locks on all hand guns sold in the United States.
      That measure, attached to a law enforcement spending bill, awaits Senate action.

George Rogero Don't worry, Hillary and UpChuck Schumer voted against the bill. Sen. John Kerry actually voted against the bill and then changed his vote to for the bill after he saw how bad the bill was going to loose. This is the first "pro-gun" bill that Sen. Kerry has voted for while in office.

Gun ownership up, crime down. Gun ownership up, crime down.
Michael Cook
From sierratimes.com

     Many times in the past I have told you that when gun ownership goes up and right to carry laws gets passed, then crime goes down. Well, this last year was proof in the pudding, so to speak. Last year Americans purchased 4.7 million new firearms. 40 states have now adopted right to carry laws for their citizens. This year looks like it will even be a better year for purchase of new firearms.
      The greatest increase in firearms purchase last year was handguns which went up 3%. Long guns sales were up 1.8%. Ammunition sales were up 3.5%. I am told by the different wholesale people I now deal with from the firearms store that these numbers will be higher this year. Many of the manufacturers like Taurus are way behind on orders, with some several months behind.
      Those who push gun control tell us that crime goes up and suicide goes up with more firearms ownership. This was not the case last year. Gun crime, suicides and firearms related accidents declined last year. According to the FBI, there were 339,280 firearms crimes reported in 2005, which is down 2.4% from 2004 and 7% from 1998. The Center for Disease Control reported that firearm suicides were down 1.1%, to a reported 16,907, and they have declined 1.8% since 1998. The National Safety Council said, accidental firearms fatalities, which tied the 2004 figure at an all-time low of 700. That is down 19.2% since 1998.
      I inform you of this because I just read a report from the Chief of Police in Washington DC has declared a “crime emergency” in that city. This was in response to a sharp increase in crimes citywide in recent weeks. They had fourteen homicides in the first 12 days of July. A 16% increase in robberies and a 14% rise in serious assaults over the past 30 days.
      This is all taking place in our nation's capitol, which has the strongest anti-gun control laws in the nation. No one can own a handgun in that city. This should tell us all something about what the results of strong gun control laws do to the honest citizen. It makes you a victim of the criminal, leaving us with no way to protect ourselves.
      It also points out that the training and efforts put out by organizations like the National Rifle Association are having a dramatic effect on accidents with firearms, and responsible use of our legally-owned firearms -- something our schools and government have put on the back burner.
      My experience in the firearms store, is more people are asking for training with the purchase of a new, first-time firearm. They want the training and wish to be responsible in the use of the new purchase. This is where government and organizations can come together and do something very important for all of the citizens by providing a facility where this training can take place -- again pointing out the importance of the new gun range planned for the citizens of Coos County.
      I said it before and I say it again, “an armed society is a polite society.” It is also incumbent upon all of us to make sure young and old alike have a safe place to learn and practice with their firearms. Please stop by Bay Area Firearms and sign the informal petition in support of the new range. It may save someone’s life and help stop crime.
      God bless America and God bless our troops still in harm's way.
      Michael E. Cook, Coos County Sheriff, Retired, Manager Bay Area Firearms

The Clintons' War on Gun Rights The Clintons' War on Gun Rights
By Tom Fitton, CNSNews.com Commentary, July 18, 2006

     What kind of President will Hillary Clinton make? Giving her ethical failings, 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. Bill Clinton's unfinished illicit business as president will be Hillary's to take up if elected. That's why Judicial Watch's investigations team has been inspecting the newly released Clinton Presidential Library records.
      (We don't endorse or oppose candidates, but 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:

  • -- A memorandum from former Clinton Advisor Sidney Blumenthal to Bruce Reed, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, dated November 9, 1998, which reads: "I've enclosed an article and a press release about the new effort to file class action suits against gun manufacturers. I think this is a very promising idea. Let's talk about it soon." The press release, from the Office of the Mayor of New Orleans, was in draft form, suggesting the Mayor coordinated the strategy with the Clinton White House.
  • -- The "promising idea" identified by Blumenthal involved filing massive product liability and negligence lawsuits against major handgun makers, "the opening salvo in a campaign against the gun industry by an alliance of anti-tobacco attorneys and local governments," wrote The Los Angeles Times. According to one of the lawyers involved in the lawsuits: "We are going to do to [the gun industry] what we did to tobacco. It's going to be a very large war."
  • -- Our investigators also uncovered a March 6, 2000 letter from New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer with a handwritten note at the top from Bill Clinton to then-White House Deputy Counsel Bruce Lindsey, which reads: "Bruce, See me re: this...has some good ideas for future."

Among the "good ideas" -- denying gun manufacturers the right to sell guns to the military and law enforcement unless they sign an anti-gun "code of conduct" that would cripple the industry.
      Clinton and the anti-gun rights crowd used this extortive litigation strategy to strong-arm gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson into adopting some of their policies. President Bush put an end to the federal abuse of the gun industry in 2000. Will a "President Hillary" revert back to government extortion of the gun industry?

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(Tom Fitton is the President of Judicial Watch , Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.)

UN gun grab project implodes UN gun grab project implodes
From The American Thinker

     Thanks to the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun rights groups around the world, the UN’s five-year effort to essentially establish a global gun control scheme has gone nowhere. The UN Small Arms Conference ended Friday, July 7, with no “formal conclusions or recommendations.” According to the NRA’s report on the conference,

      No recommendations on ammunition, civilian possession or future UN meetings, or for that matter any other subjects, were adopted. The failure of this five-year program to impact the legitimate firearms industry, and the 2nd Amendment rights of U.S. citizens was total.
      But as the report notes, anti-gun NGOs and other liberal groups plan on coming back before the UN General Assembly this fall peddling more of the same dreck.
We must be ever vigilant when it comes to our freedoms.

     NRANEWS.COM provided extensive coverage of the UN Conference on Small Arms Control and has the Internal IANSA Talking Points Memo for UN Conference on Small Arms Control and has several Flash files including including US Under Secretary Robert Joseph's speech to the UN.
     Go to NRANEWS.COM then click on Archived Materal/Browse Archives/UN Small Arms Summit

Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention
Sep 20, 06 thru Mar 04, 07

     The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT is going to have a special exhibit in September thanks to the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts. Hartford, CT is about 2 1/2 hours away from Orange County so it is a good time to shock your family and offer to take them to a Museum.
     Thanks to the generosity of longtime Hartford philanthropists Melinda and Paul Sullivan through the Melinda and Paul Sullivan Foundation for the Decorative Arts, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's exhibition Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention is back on the Museum's 2006 exhibition schedule. Director Willard Holmes made the announcement three weeks after the Museum postponed the exhibition for lack of funding. The exhibition, which was to have opened May 5, will now open Wednesday, September 20, 2006.
       Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention, and its accompanying book from Yale University Press, mark the first initiative to fully document the unique Colt firearms collections held by the Wadsworth Atheneum. Constituting what Director Willard Holmes has called "the American equivalent of the great arms and armor collections in Europe," the majority of these rare firearms-prototypes and examples of his manufactured revolvers, pistols, and rifles-were in Samuel Colt's armory office at his death in 1862. Others represent the models in production at his death and were acquired by his widow, Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt, in 1862-1863.

     Arms designed by Samuel Colt (1814-1862) are immediately identifiable by their artistic design—simplicity of form, elegant line, and eye-catching finishes meant to reflect light and attract customers. This exhibition offers a complete picture of the inventor's manufacturing and marketing triumphs. It draws upon Colt's personal collection of arms that was in his office at his death in 1862, now divided between the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Museum of Connecticut History. Colt amassed not only his own prototypes and models, but also examples of earlier arms, copy infringements, and counterfeits. In counterpoint are examples acquired by his widow of the Colt models in production at his death.

 

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