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burglars off with caution', police told; UK
Burglars will be allowed to escape without punishment under new
instructions sent to all police forces. Police have been told they
can let them off the threat of a court appearance and instead allow
them to go with a caution. The same
leniency will be shown to criminals responsible for more than 60
other different offences, ranging from arson through vandalism to
sex with underage girls. New rules
sent to police chiefs by the Home Office set out how seriously various
crimes should be regarded, and when offenders who admit to them
should be sent home with a caution.
on "Intent-o-meter" Faster
on the draw In an attempt
to tackle gun crime in the UK, researchers from Loughborough University
are developing an innovative identification system that will use
CCTV cameras to spot individuals carrying concealed firearms. ...
The team will examine CCTV footage of people carrying concealed
firearms to identify characteristics associated with the behaviour
of criminals before they commit a gun-related crime. These will
include body stance, gait, movement and eye contact with cameras.
Once acquired, this information will be used to develop a novel
machine-learning system for behavioural interpretation. Armed with
this data, the CCTV cameras will scan footage automatically and
match behavioural characteristics that indicate if an individual
might be carrying a gun.
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behind the blow-up is that the shooter thought he was reloading
TiteGroup when in fact it should have been Lil'Gun. The max load
on TiteGroup is 5.6 gr. for the 45LC he loaded 18.1 gr.
Photos by Mark Malanowski
ORANGE COUNTY NEWS
I got attacked by a Coyote
I was in Sterling Forest on 5/3/06 early
in the morning with Mike K. He was on one side of the East Mombasha Rd.
and I was on the west side about .2 miles in. We had set up for turkey
but we did not hear anything so after sunrise, 5:57 AM, Mike called me
to say that we should move to another place. I decided to make one more
call using my box call. I made a few yelps and heard something to my right.
When I looked it was a Coyote at full run right on top of me. He grabbed
the box call along with my hand and kept running but let go of my hand.
He kept running at full tilt and I tried to get a shot at him but my safety
was on and he was out of sight in the 1/2 second it took to take it off.
The whole thing was over in between 2 and 3 seconds. The Coyote must have
be going after the decoy and I was between him and the decoy but when
he heard the box call and saw the movement he went for the light brown
box call and my hand was in the way. He stepped on my stomach as he ran
Everything happened too fast for me to think
about it. When I looked to my right I saw the Coyote running full speed
with his mouth open going after my hand. I did not even have time to pull
my hand out of the way. My life did not pass in front of my eyes. I only
thought in one or two word thoughts; Coyote - bit hand -(hand still) works-
(rabies) shots - KILL - safety on - Too late to shoot.
One thing that I did do right that I did
not realize for several week was that when the Coyote bit my hand I did
not pull it back but just let him have it for a foot or two and in that
time he let go or just never bit down. If I had tried to pull my hand
back it might have been much worse.
I am having to have the rabies shots and they
are not a problem at all other than you have to go back several times.
Getting a splinter out of my hand hurts more. If you are ever thinking
about skipping the rabies shots because of what you have to go through,
forget it. It is no big deal. I have had a lot of shots and these shots
are as little as they come. It is hard for you to tell when you are getting
them and your arm is not even sore afterwards.
My right hand
I staged this picture.
I was sitting with my back up against the tree and my feet on the
The Coyote came from my right..
||Two small marks on the top of my hand.
Orange County Clerks Office looking at Pistol License Fees and Amendment
NY law allows counties to
charge from $3 to $10 for your Pistol License Application. Orange County
always collected the $10 fee when you turned in the application but
starting 1/1/05, the Pistol Permit Department started charging the $10
fee when you pick up your application packet. Nothing in the law states
when the county can collect the fee and some counties across the state
charge the fee when you pick it up and some when you turn the application
in. The advantage of the county charging the fee up front is they do
not have to make up, (it does take a lot of time to order all of the
forms and put them together and it does cost money,) three or four application
packets for every application that is turned in. (That adds up to several
thousand application packets for the average of 443 applications turned
in each year over the last 7 years.)
Also starting 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.
John Darney sent a letter asking about
the changes and I called on 4/25/06 and they said that they had turned
the letter over to the legal department, something that they should
have done before they changed the amendment fees to start with.
|PL § 400.00 Licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose
14. Fees. ... Elsewhere in the state, the licensing officer shall
collect and pay into the county treasury the following fees: for
each license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver, not less
than three dollars nor more than ten dollars as may be
determined by the legislative body of the county; for each
amendment thereto, three dollars, ... The fee for a duplicate
license shall be five dollars. The fee for processing a
license transfer between counties shall be five dollars. The fee
for processing a license or renewal thereof for a qualified retired
police officer ... retired sheriff, undersheriff, or deputy sheriff
of the city of New York ... retired bridge and tunnel officer, sergeant
or lieutenant of the triborough bridge and tunnel authority ...retired
uniformed court officer in the unified court system, or a qualified
retired court clerk in the unified court system in the first and
second judicial departments, ... or a retired correction officer
...shall be waived in all counties throughout the state.
Judge Rosenwasser quits, replacement announced
Lori J Currier Woods has taken
over for Rosenwasser as of 5/10/06
I got the following e-mail on April
| Just to let you know,
today I filed amendments to put one of my pistols on my wife's permit,
change my employer and position, and also to get the new plastic card
licenses for the both of us. While I was at it, I thought, we've both
had restricted licenses for over four years now, let's try for an
unrestricted licence for my wife and I. However, my issuing judge
is Stuart Rosenwasser, and apparently since he had decided to retire,
he has stopped doing anything handgun related, even as far as issuing
duplicate licenses, or adding handguns to licenses, not to mention
removing restrictions from previously issued permits. The word I got
from the clerk at the OC Govt center was not to even ask for unrestricted,
as that might take months. The powers that be have not even designated
someone to take care of the routine stuff.
Judge Stuart Rosenwasser quit dealing with
any Pistol stuff on April 14th so if you have something in process he
might have time to finish it but he is not starting anything new. (Don't
get upset at the Pistol Department, they do not have anything to do with
it and they are waiting to be told what is going to happen just like everyone
Normally what happens is that Gov. Mario
Pataki appoints a new Judge and the new Judge starts doing the Pistol
Permits however this may not be what happens this time. Lori J Currier
Woods won the election last November to the new Family Court Judge position
and she has not been given an area to be responsible for so if they wanted
to they could just give her Judge Rosenwasser's area, (Towns of Blooming
Grove, Hamptonburgh, Tuxedo, Warwick, Woodbury,) and the new Judge will
not get anything. They could also split up Orange County from the current
6 areas to 7 areas and give Judge Lori Currier Woods and area and give
the new Judge an area.
Based on what she said when she was running
for office, Judge Lori Currier Woods will not be as good at issuing unrestricted
licenses as Judge Rosenwasser was but she said that she would issue them
but you might have to wait a few years and have other non disclosed requirements.
The Hon. Francis A. Nicolai, Administrative
Judge, Ninth Judicial District, has appointed Judge Robert DiBella, a
Democrat from Wstchester, to cover the open position. Next, Gov. Mario
Pataki will appoint someone to finish the term ending Dec. 31, 2005 and
that person will have to be approved by the NY Senate, something that
will have to happen by July 1st when the Senate goes out of session.
We have no idea who the new Judge that Pataki
will appoint but now is the time to start calling the Orange County Republican
Party to tell them that you want a pro-gun Judge who will issue unrestricted
licenses both as the person who is appointed and the person who runs for
election. Judge Rosenwasser is out the door on May 1st.
NEW YORK STATE NEWS
NYSRPA Annual Meeting and NRA "Mix N' Mingle"
to be held at Wallkill Rod & Gun Club on June 10th
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association
2006 Annual Members Meeting
June 10, at the Wallkill
Rod & Gun Club
2006 annual members meeting will take place June 10, 10:00am to
8:00pm, at the Wallkill
Rod & Gun Club, 316 Bruyn Turnpike, Wallkill concurrent
with their annual outdoor chicken bake. This is the first outdoor
annual meeting of the NYSRPA. The event is open to the public The
cost is $10 per person. Dinner tickets MUST be purchased
- Displays: Gunsmith, taxidermist, collector, NYSDEC.
- Recreational events for young and old.
- Ranges open for rifle and pistol to 100 yards. Shotgun - 5 Stand.
WRGC range fees will apply. 10:00am - 4:00pm.
- Guest speakers include NRA 1st Vice President John Sigler
- NYSRPA annual elections will be held at the conclusion of the
- This event will be a sellout. Call NYSRPA HQ to reserve your
tickets now, 800-469-7772. For more information send e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- NYSRPA annual elections will be held at the conclusion of the
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NYPD confiscates handguns and rifles from Woodhaven dealer
By:stephen Stirling 05/25/2006CLICK
HERE FOR STORY
Michael Spallone, 43, of Woodhaven Rifle
and Pistol Range and Jack Togati, 40, of DF Brothers Sport Center in Brooklyn
were arrested on misdemeanor charges after undercover investigators charged
they bought firearms from each of the dealers without presenting valid
state permits to do so.
In each instance, police videotaped a male
investigator, who failed to produce a pistol permit, handling and paying
for a gun while a female accompanying him produced a Suffolk County pistol
licence, police said.
Both Spallone and Togati's hand-gun and gun dealer's licenses have been
suspended as a result of their arrests, according to the NYPD.
Following their arrest, police confiscated
200 handguns and 34 rifles from Woodhaven Rifle and Pistol Range and 161
rifles and 86 handguns from DF Brothers Sport Center, authorities said.
Again anti-gun Mayor Bloomingidot Bloomberg
shows how much he does not know what is going on. Mayor Bloomberg was
asked on the 5/19/06 at 28:19 of the John Gambling show : “Would
he sign the NRA Pledge stating that the mayor would not confiscate the
guns of lawful citizens in the event of an emergency similar to what happened
in New Orleans?”
The Mayor’s answer in part was, “
Nobody’s going to take away guns if they are legal, you don’t
have the right to do it, nobody does that … “
Mayor Bloomingidiot Bloomberg sues gun dealers
By this time most of you know that Mayor
Bloomberg entered into a conspiracy with other people in his administration,
other legal groups and together they hired a Private Investigation company
called the James
Mintz Group to send employees to illegally buy guns in other
states as a “straw purchase.” They did this to get “evidence”
so that they could fill a lawsuit against 15 gun dealers.
Just like the criminals in NY and NY City,
Mayor Bloomberg and others have entered into a criminal conspiracy and
have again exported NY and NY City crime to other states just like the
The question that I have for Mayor Bloomberg
and his co-conspirators is how come the Private Investigators who made
the “straw purchases” were not doing anything illegal but
if someone else who is not barred from owning a gun does the same thing,
what they are doing is legal?
looking at the tape it is clear that the one dealer should have
done a lot better job in selling the gun and if the person buying
the gun was an ATF agent or other police agent they would have had
a good case but because they used a Private Investigator I can not
see how they have a case and I can not see how the PIs can avoid
It reminds me of the the parent who
is upset that the police do not close down a crack house and the
parents go to the crack house and buy some crack and then go to
the police to show them the crack that they just bought with the
idea that now the police can go and arrest the crack dealers. Instead
the police arrest the parent for having the drugs. I don't see the
difference between the two.
Actions like this can always have
decision to hire private investigators to conduct undercover stings
at Southern gun shops has potentially jeopardized several criminal
cases, law enforcement sources charged. Four cases were compromised
and an additional 14 were put at risk by the six-week sting aimed
at gun stores in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and
Virginia, the sources said. The sources argued that several suspects
being watched by authorities had frequented some of the 15 gun
shops - but are now cleaning up their acts or lying low because
of the publicity. None of the ongoing cases was linked to New
York, the sources said.
"A bunch of private eyes straight
out of 'Barnaby Jones' run their own sting operation and all the
real enforcement agencies find out about it on the day they are
having a press conference? Not good," said a law enforcement
source in Washington. The Justice Department held a meeting last
week to review potential problems, another source said. "The
goal is to lock up gun criminals, not file civil lawsuits with
publicity stunts," the source said. But the city's criminal
justice czar dismissed the complaints. "What we did can only
complement any ongoing investigation," said Criminal Justice
Coordinator John Feinblatt, adding his office had received only
positive feedback, as well as requests to share the evidence gathered.
The NYPD was not involved in the sting. "Agencies will marry
the video evidence we gathered with other evidence to make a far
richer, far stronger and far more airtight case," Feinblatt
City officials said the sting was
not a stunt - but a necessary campaign given how few gun shops
are investigated and shuttered for flouting laws governing firearm
NY Handgun License Holders no longer exempt from NICS check
When the Brady/NICS
check started in Nov. 1998, anyone with a handgun license in NY State
that was less than 5 years old was exempt from the required NICS check
when they bought a long gun or handgun. Also, if your license was over
5 years old, if you added a handgun to your license, most County Pistol
License Department, (the program was voluntary,) would send your Amendment
through the Sheriff's Department where they would do their required check
and you would be issued a NICS Certificate that was good for five years
of exemption for NICS checks on handgun and long guns.
The special NY exemption ended on May 2,
2006 because of the failure of NY DCJS to meet the requirements of the
FBI. This also applies to NICS check that the FBI did for your original
application. For more information see the full FBI
OPEN LETTER TO ALL NEW YORK FIREARMS LICENSEES .
From the FBI letter:
"In 1998, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) sent an Open Letter to all New York FFLs advising them that New
York Licenses to carry and possess handguns would qualify as alternatives
to background check required under the Brady Law. In March 2004, ATF
began a review of all States that had permits that qualified as NICS
check alternatives to determine if they still qualified. In May 2005,
we informed New York’s Division of Criminal Justice that New York
no longer met the qualifications. We gave them until September 30, 2005,
and then an extension until April 30, 2006, to address our concerns.
New York was not able to meet our concerns during this time frame. Accordingly,
New York licenses to carry and possess handguns can no longer qualify
as a NICS check alternative."
When the NICS check requirement was started,
the FBI was worried that their system would not be able to handle the
load and so they were very lenient in giving states the NICS Check Exemption.
Now that the system is up and running the FBI figures that it can be a
little more strict it what requirements it can impose for states to qualify
for the exemption.
One of the FBI's new requirements is that
NY Penal law specifically state that no handgun license can be issued
to anyone who is prohibited from possessing a gun under federal law. That
was the FBI's original concern but now that the FBI has had more time
to think about NY law, the FBI had decided that it is also going to require
that the NICS check that was done after a handgun license was over 5 years
old also be covered in NY Penal law.
Anal-retentive comes to mind when you think
about what the FBI is requesting. Does the FBI really think that there
is a chance that someone banned under Federal law from owning a gun would
ever get a handgun license in NY? It is also impossible for me to think
of any good reason to add to PL 265 or PL 400, the voluntary program that
allowed for your NICS check to be re-certified after 5 years. Proposed
legislation has been written and is in Gov. Mario Pataki's office waiting
to go to the legislature and the legislation is supported by some people
in DCJS and NY State Police. (I just wish that the FBI would do us a favor
and call up Sheldon Silver and ask him to pass the new legislation.) All
of this new stuff is being request by the FBI at the same time the FBI
is telling everyone that they do not have the money or manpower to automatically
do the initial NICS check when they are processing your fingerprints as
part of an original pistol license application. So on one hand the FBI
is saying that they do not have the time or money to process NICS checks
but at the same time they are not going to give NY any exemption so that
all of the thousands of gun purchases that did not need the NICS check
in the past will now have to have the NICS check done by NY's FFLs. Go
As they say when they are drawing playing cards for the
"Gun of the Year" at a Friends of the NRA Dinner.
If your have one of these, throw it away---
(Well, keep it as a souvenir)
Mike Bloomberg host Mayors' Summit on Illegal Guns
What do you get when you call all of the anti-gun
mayors that you know and ask them to get together and talk about how all
of their gun control laws have failed so you need more gun control laws?
I don't know but if you want to see the Press
Release Click Here and while you are there you can check
out the video
56K or video
It is not so much the summit and the fact
that they had all of the anti-gun groups to talk to them or that they
refused to let any pro-gun group to even talk to them like The National
Shooting Sports Foundation, CLICK
HERE TO SEE THE NSSF PRESS RELEASE.
Mike Bloomberg, Defender of the 2nd Amendment
from: Gun Legislation
& Politics in New York
Filed under: General, Politics — Jacob @ 7:42 am
“Believe this or not, I am a defender
of the Second Amendment. I see nothing wrong with people having guns,”
said Bloomberg on his weekly WABC radio show. Bloomberg, who is leading
a national campaign to rid cities of illegal guns, eagerly disclosed that
he fired guns and owned a weapon when growing up outside of Boston. “When
I grew up, I was at Boy Scout camp. We had riflery,” Bloomberg,
64, said. “When I was, I don’t know, 15 or so, I had a .22-caliber
rifle. But I used it only at a range. And, you know, there’s nothing
wrong with that.” “Probably my hearing’s gone because
of it,” he laughed. “But that’s not the same thing as
* Daily News, “Gun-fighter
Bloomy was a teen rifleman.”
* New York Times, “Bloomberg
Reveals a Rifle in His Past.”
* Staten Island Advance, “Bloomberg
recalls Boy Scout target practice.”
here to catch Bloomberg on the WABC radio show. The gun stuff starts
at 17 min.
(On the radio show Bloomberg said that
people should not have guns if they have kids in the house but his parents
let him own a gun when he was 15.)
The Smallest Minority Blog's shows progress of "shall-issue"
| The Smallest Minority Blog has a great
blog on the progress of "shall-Issue" laws across the States
in the last 20 years. It has the best animated gif showing the states
that have changed their laws and when. It also has other information
about the decline in the crime rate and the rise in gun ownership.
HERE for the link
NY is listed as a "shall issue"
state but it can not really be compared to any other states because of
the way our laws are set up. No other state requires that you have a handgun
license just to hold a handgun even if you don't shoot it and no other
state requires that you have a license that list each handgun that you
can hold by make, model and serial number. Most states only require a
license if you want to "Carry Concealed." The way NY laws are
set up under PL 400, NY looks like it could be called a "Shall Issue"
state because the law contains, "A license for a pistol or revolver,
other than a disguised gun, shall be issued to ... "
"(a) have and possess in his dwelling by a householder;"
"(b) have and possess in his place of business by a merchant or storekeeper;"
These provisions only allow you to keep/carry your handgun in your
house or store, not anywhere else.
The section of the law that does allow you
to have a handgun in other places states:
"(f) have and carry concealed, without regard to employment or
place of possession, by any person when proper cause exists
for the issuance thereof; …" So section (f) allows you
to "carry concealed" but you have to show to your Judges requirements
that; "proper cause exists for the issuance thereof"
and that makes many of the counties in NY "May Issue" because
for many Judges, no "proper cause exists for the issuance thereof"
ever exist or they have other "Arbitrary and capricious" requirements
that they are never required to tell you about. Because you don't meet
the requirements, the Judge will only issue you a restricted license.
(In fact, NY City decided in 2002 to just not
to issue any licenses under section (f) of NY State law.)
Orange County has more Judges issuing pistol
license than any other county that I know of so we have 6 Judges, each
with their own different standards and requirements. Many surrounding
counties like Ulster issue all unrestricted licenses and they don't have
any problems. The point of "Shall Issue" laws is that everyone
in the whole state has to meet some standard based not on some unknown
requirement but a standard of your past record.
It is interesting to note that every time
"Shall Issue" laws are proposed for some state the anti-gun
people always say the same thing: "most people can not be trusted,
it will be like the wild west, minor car fender benders will become shootouts
in the street, ..." The only problem is that with all of the states
switching to "shall issue" they have a hard time finding even
one case that they can point to that proves their point, much less the
hundreds of "shootouts" that they always predict. One
point that can not be ignored is that of all the states that have passed
"Shall Issue," not one has ever revoked their law.
Castle doctrine bills next goal in many
Many states are now passing "Castle
doctrine" laws that remove the requirement to retreat if you
are attacked outside of your home. Current NY law PL35 contains,
"the actor may not use deadly physical force if he knows
that he can with complete safety as to himself and others avoid
the necessity of so doing by retreating ..." That does
not count in your home but it does count every where else. Of course
the Brady Bunch when nuts when Florida passed their law and started
handing out warnings to people flying into Florida. As normal, the
"shootouts in the streets" predictions have failed to
happen. CLICK HERE
for the Florida Brady Bunch Story from October of 2005.
The main problem with "retreat"
laws is not only can some anti-gun DA Monday morning quarterback
your actions, the criminal can always take you to court because
you injured them while they were trying to attack/rob/mug/steal/kill
you. What has happened is that many states that are passing the
new law also include provisions that prevents the criminals from
taking you to court if you injure them defending yourself or others.
Some new laws even require the criminal to pay your court cost.
Gun Confiscation In New Orleans
A GOA Report with videos
Gun Owners of America has put together
an excellent report on what happened in New Orleans that includes some
of the news reports about police taking away peoples guns. Go HERE
to find out more.