Second Amendment Newsletter. March 21, 2003

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Table of Contents for this issue

1. New by Kopel: Amicus brief in case of student censored for

wearing NRA shooting sports t-shirt. Analysis of Treasury v.

Chicago Supreme Court case. Backgrounder on Colorado's

new preemption law.

2. Law: Irrational college bans on concealed carry.

3. International: Canadian registry fiasco.

4. Terrorism: Citizen safety tips.

5. States: DC lawsuit against city's handgun ban.

6. Research: Philosophy prof explains the right to own a gun.

7.  History and Culture: Why Condaleeza Rice supports the Second Amendment

and much more.

1. New by Kopel

 Amicus brief in Newsom v. Albermarle

Middle school threatens to punish a student for wearing an NRA

shooting sports camp t-shirt.

Motion for a preliminary injunction was denied by federal district

court and is currently on appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of

Appeals. Independence Institute amicus brief argues that

shooting sports are wholesome and promote good character,

and that speech promoting shooting sports cannot rationally be

censored in a public school.

Treasury v. Chicago

The City of Chicago won a case before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

arguing that the Freedom of Information Act gave Chicago the

right to the full BATFE databases of multiple handgun purchasers

and of firearms traces. The Treasury Department appealed to the U.S.

Supreme Court. The case and its legal arguments are outlined in:

"When Must the Government Disclose Gun Owners' Names and Addresses?"

In February, Congress passed an appropriation bill explicitly forbidding

BATFE from spending money on disclosures such as those which Chicago

would compel. The Supreme Court returned the case to the 7th Circuit

to determine the appropriations rider's effect on the case.

On March 18, Colorado Governor Bill Owens signed SB 24,

creating a uniform statewide Shall Issue CCW system. He also

signed SB 25, which preempts some abusive anti-rights local laws.

SB 24 prohibits police lists of law-abiding gun owners, forbids

local gun bans of arms allowed by federal and state law, forbids

local laws against carrying guns in cars for protection or for hunting,

and requires localities to post signs in areas where open carry

is forbidden. An Independence Institute issue backgrounder

details the provisions.

Limited Preemption of Firearms Laws: A Good Step for Civil Rights.

In 2000, the Colorado legislature passed and the Governor signed the

toughest law in the country against frivolous anti-gun lawsuits.

Except in requiring background checks on private sales at gun shows,

efforts to exploit the Columbine murders to infringe the rights of

law-abiding gun owners have failed. Twelve of the 27 Democrats

in the Colorado House voted for SB 24, as did all Republicans.

Coming soon on National Review Online:

How the administration continues to obstruct the armed pilots program, and

why the program needs to be expanded to cover cargo planes.

Coming soon (really) from the National Center for Policy Analysis:

Monograph with Sterling Burnett on the problems with laws

mandating ballistic imaging for non-crime guns.

In progress:

Major article on the numerous falsehoods in Michael Moore's movie

"Bowling for Columbine"

2. Law

Why A Recent Supreme Court Copyright Ruling May

Have Important Implications for Second Amendment

Gun Rights As Well

By Michael C. Dorft

Find Law

February 5, 2003

Guns on Campus:
Irrational Fears Limit Concealed Carry

Brian Schwartz

Colorado Freedom Report

Note: Colorado's new SB 24 abolishes all criminal safe zones

where concealed carry is not allowed, except K-12 public schools,

government buildings with full-time metal detectors, and private


Justice for Gun Victims

New organization promotes anti-gun lawsuits.

3. International

Guns and Economics

By Pierre Lemieux

Tech Central Station


An analysis of the soaring costs of Canada's registry of legal guns and gun owners.

Majority (53%) of Canadians Say Gun

Registry Should be Scrapped

Ipsos-Reid Poll

December 13, 2002

What Police Have Said About The Gun Registry

By Garry Breitkreuz

February 19, 2003

Top Ten Reasons Why The Liberals' Gun Registry Cost Estimates

Are Incomplete And Inaccurate

By Garry Breitkreuz

Government's Newest Incomplete Forecasts Show Gun Registry

Will Cost MoreThan $1.3 Billion Before It Is Fully Implemented

By Garry Breitkreuz

February 28, 2003

Mercosur: Harmonizing Laws For The Prevention Of Illicit Firearms Transfers

by Carolina Iootty de Paiva Dias

Institute of Peace Conflict Studies (Project Ploughshares)

Argues for restrictive anti-gun laws in South America

4. Terrorism

How to be a liberty shield

By Michelle Malkin

Anti-terrorism tips, including:

"If you are trained and licensed to carry a concealed weapon, don't leave home without it. Remember that it was armed private guards, along with a private citizen, who tackled and killed the last "lone wolf" terrorist on American soil, Hesham Hadayet, at Los Angeles International Airport last July 4th."

Gun Laws A Minefield For Military

By Gordon Dillow

The Orange County Register

February 9, 2003

Members of the military in need of particular weapons

find their efforts to procure them prevented by California's

firearms legislation.

A Soldier's Viewpoint On Surviving Nuclear,

Chemical And Biological Attacks

By Red Thomas, SFC, Armor Master Gunner

The Sight M1911-A1

5. States

Residents Challenge District's Gun Ban

By Jon Ward

The Washington Times

February 12, 2003

A group of Washington D.C. citizens are seeking in court to

restore their rights to keep and bear arms.

Cato Legal Scholars File Second Amendment Challenge To Washington, D.C. Gun Ban

Press Release

The Cato Institute

February 10, 2003

District Balks As Taxi Panel Ponders Guns For Cabbies

By David Nakamura

Washington Post

February 5, 2003 

The Washington D.C. city government dislikes the idea of cab drivers

possessing the means of self-defense.

Illinois very restrictive legislation is moving quickly through the Legislature.

Details on the Illinois State Rifle Association website (

Bleeding Maryland: Chief Moose Boosts Gun Law Efforts

The Star Democrat Online

February 07, 2003

The police chief who failed to capture the Washington, D.C. area snipers

has become a pitchman for firearms legislation.

6. Research and Scholarship

Is There a Right to Own a Gun?

By Professor Michael Huemer

University of Colorado Department of Philosophy

Armed Citizen Articles

Archive of NRA magazine "Armed Citizen" entries from the present back to 1958.

Database is searchable by key word and state.

New Database Allows Performance

Reviews of Federal Prosecutors

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse


7. History and Culture

Feb. 27 was the feast day of Saint Gabriel Possenti, the

Patron Saint of Handgunners.

The Rice Update

By Aubrey Turner

February 25, 2003

Condoleeza Rice's family employed firearms in self-defense against racist attacks.

Amy Fisher to Keep Kids Safe from Guns

Feb. 26, 2003

1010 WINS radio, New York

 "Amy Fisher, the pistol-packin' Long Islander who set off a frenzy of tabloid

headlines a decade ago when she shot her lover's wife, celebrated the end of her parole on Wednesday by announcing her intention to work for causes aimed at keeping handguns away from minors."

Disputed History Book to Be Reissued

By Hillel Italie

Washington Post

February 19, 2003 

Michael Bellesisles, the discredited author of 'Arming America,' which

has been pulled by his original publisher, has found a new publisher at:

Al Qaeda delenda est!

Electronic layout of this newsletter was by Dr. Rob S. Rice, no relation to Condoleeza.

Dr. Rice is historian, writer and factotum of matters electronic to David Kopel.

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