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City Council v. NRA. New York City Council is upset that NRA will attend
National Review Online
Aug. 30, 2004
With Paul Blackman.
Avoiding Genocide. The right to bear arms could have saved Sudan.
National Review Online
Aug. 18, 2004
With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.
"Firearms Possession by 'Non-State Actors': the Question of Sovereignty,"
Texas Review of Law and Politics 8(2004), pp. 373ff.
With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.
In PDF (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Two Cheers for Violence. Pacifists often claim that violence only begets violence. They are wrong.
Liberty. Sept. 2004.
Coming soon: National Review Online article on "assault weapons" as a wedge for gun prohibition.
America's 1st Freedom article on Ambrose E. Burnside, the first President of the National Rifle Association.
3. Ireland Ends Handgun Prohibition
Dear Tom [Mason]:
For the first time in 32 years we have succeeded in having the first pistol licensed to a target shooter in the Republic of Ireland.
In 1972 the Minister for Justice issued a 30 day temporary custody order, allowed under Irish Firearms Legislation, at the expiry of the order the firearms handed up in good faith should have been returned.
The Government and police decided not to issue firearms certificates for the firearms handed in under the order, the effect has been to prevent lawful owners of the firearms access to them for more than30 years.
Why were the authorities successful in "seizing" the firearms, "registration" each legally owned firearm in Ireland is held on an individual firearms certificate, renewable annually at a cost of £38 per rifle/pistol and £25 for a shotgun £6.00 for additional shotgun, in 1972 if one did not hand in the legal firearms the police came to the individuals home and seized the guns.
Why have we succeeded in getting bask our pistols? We took the police to the High Court on several counts, 1) Individuals were prevented from owning rifles in excess of .270 calibre 2) No one could legally possess a pistol even a BB Gun, we challenged both issues and the State defended their cases right until we came to the Court hearings they then conceded each and every case we brought.
Quote from our first pistol success!!!
"Just to confirm that at 11.30am today, in Wexford Garda Station, I received a Pistol Licence for my .22 Vostok Toz Olympic Freestyle Target Pistol. This is the first Pistol Licence to be issued to a private citizen in the Republic since the one month temporary custody order which was implemented on July 31 1972 confiscating all licensed pistols etc, and follows my High Court action challenging the refusal of the Garda authorities to issue such licences. This brought an end to 32 years of injustice. I now have in my possession my previous licence which expired on July31 1972 + the new licence issued today. I think its reasonable to say that I have righted a 32 year old wrong. A good day for democracy."
FB 30th July 2004
National Rifle and Pistol Association Ireland
The newly formed Southern African Network on Small Arms (Saansa) has called on southern African governments to agree on having an arms trade treaty in time for the next UN arms conference in 2006.
Gun Control: The Brady Campaign, White Lies, And Damn Lies
By Howard Nemerov
July 15, 2004
Nemerov refutes a refutation of the NRA's points regarding Australian gun prohibition by the 'Brady Campaign.'
Guns and deep remorse in the land Down Under
By John Gleeson
The Winnipeg Sun
August 6, 2004
Australians spent at least half a billion dollars to collect and destroy hundreds of thousands of legally owned guns, and the result? No decrease in violent crime, armed robberies up by 166%.
Gun Registry Problems Not Being Fixed: Information Commissioner
Firearms Facts Update
July 21, 2004 (Scroll Down)
Canadian bureaucracy can find no evidence of efforts to repair the defects in Canada's national gun registry despite myriad complaints of errors and vast cost overruns.
Swiss Stick To Their Guns As Defense Minister Moots End Of Militia Army
Aug 08, 2004
The Swiss Defense Minister triggered an outcry on August 2 when he raised the idea of abolishing conscription, which in Switzerland means several weeks service a year with the militia for each adult male until the age of 30. Swiss militiamen keep modern infantry rifles in their homes.
Fishermen Call For Guns
By Richard Charan
July 30th, 2004
Moruga fishermen know who the pirates are and can find them with the help of
the Coast Guard and with the guns for which they are calling.
Swan reviews 'Shooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun
Abigail A. Kohn, which
examines the media myths which obscure the truth about American gun
owners and shooters.
Officials in Arcanum, Ohio changed an ordinance that had banned the carrying of concealed handguns in parks after supporters of the state's new concealed-weapons law challenged it.
A Collective Sigh: Area Sheriff Departments See No Problems With New Concealed-Carry Law
By Stephanie Corbin
The Times Reporter (New Philadelphia, OH)
July 19, 2004
"Ohio's implementation of a concealed-carry weapons law in April caused some concern, but sheriff departments in the area say that they haven't seen any problems."
Concealed Weapons Opponents Find Optimism In Dismissal
Associated Press (OH)
The Newark (OH) Advocate
July 15, 2004
Opponents of Ohio's concealed carry reform vow to keep trying to overturn the law in court.
CCW Permit Listings Hurt The Innocent
Commentary by Phillip Morris, Associate Editor
August 10, 2004
A newspaperman blames the legislature, not the newspaper, for the harms caused by newspapers printing the names of permit holders.
Be Extremely Careful In Ohio: Problems with the Ohio Concealed Carry Law
Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed
A Kentucky Concealed Carry Reform advocacy group warns of the perils involved in accepting Ohio's proffer of reciprocal carry rights for out of state gun owners.
Gun Expo Held In Fairfax After Local Ordinances Overturned
Associated Press Wire
ABC 7 News (WJLA TV)
August 1, 2004
The Virginia General Assembly overturned local gun ordinances, invalidating the Fairfax County requirement for a three day waiting period on firearms purchases at gun shows.
Virginia Tops Nation In New Pro-Gun Laws
By Michael N. Graff
The Winchester (VA) Star
July 16, 2004
Fifteen in a single legislative session!
NRA hit bull's-eye with Va. lawmakers
August 8, 2004
A newspaper editorial board offers a jaundiced assessment of the new reforms.
Guns Worn In Open Legal, But Alarm Va.: 'Exercising Right'
Called 'Unreasonable' by Some
By Tom Jackman
The Washington Post
July 15, 2004
Open carry of sidearms is now legal in Virginia, but recent cases have provoked a worried reaction by police and onlookers.
Gun Rights Advocates Defend Open-Carry Law
By Christina Bellantoni
The Washington Times
July 20, 2004
Supporters of Virginia's 'Open Carry' law point out the deterrent value implicit in the law.
Finally, the illegal perversion of the instant check into a gun registration system has ended.
John Kerry's Votes On Guns
The Sight: M1911A1
A listing of Senator John Kerrey's votes on firearms legislation and an illustrative captioned photo.
The editorial board feels that Senator Kerry's efforts to portray himself as a supporter of the 2nd Amendment are belied by his voting record.
Gun Owners Shot Down Missouri Gov's Reelection Bid
Cybercast News Service.
August 25, 2004
"Missouri Gov. Bob Holden, a Democrat, is one of the few sitting governors ever to lose a primary election. But Holden should have seen it coming because of his anti-gun stand, a Second Amendment group said on Wednesday."
(This article requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) Halbrook examines the constitutional and legal issues involved in lawsuits alleging the liability of manufacturers for the misuse of their products.
Association Between Youth-Focused Firearm Laws And Youth Suicides
By Daniel W. Webster, Jon S. Vernick, April M. Zeoli, and Jennifer A. Manganello
The Journal of the American Medical Association
Vol. 292 No. 5, August 4, 2004
"There is evidence that CAP [Child Access Prevention] laws are associated with a modest reduction in suicide rates among youth aged 14 to 17 years. As currently implemented, minimum age restrictions for the purchase and possession of firearms do not appear to reduce overall rates of suicide among youth."
Weapons in the Lives of Battered Women
By Susan B. Sorenson and Douglas J. Wiebe
American Journal of Public Health, Volume 94; Issue8; p. 1412
Words, hands/fists, and feet were the most common weapons used against and by battered women. About one third of the battered women had a firearm in the home.
Inspections of Firearms Dealers by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General
Report Number I-2004-005
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assessed the effectiveness of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (BATFE) program for inspecting Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to ensure that they are complying with federal firearms laws and regulations. They found wide variations in the ATF inspection program's productivity and implementation among the ATF Field Divisions.