Second Amendment Project newsletter, Aug. 28, 2006

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August 28, 2006
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Table of Contents

  1. New by Kopel, International: U.N. Gun Grab
  2. New by Kopel, United States: House on Gun Confiscation; Beauprez
  3. New Translation of Kopel: French; Spanish; Polish; Russian
  4. International: Belgium; Canada; India; New Zealand; South Africa; UK
  5. United Nations Gun Ban conference and Follow-up: Canadian and New Zealand efforts
  6. Culture and History: Knife & Tool Association; WISH; Miami Coach's Disarming Players; 2nd Amendment
  7. Politics: Arkansas; Colorado Democrats; Richardson; Wisconsin Governor's Race
  8. States: Indiana; Nebraska; New York; Dallas Toy Gun Ban
  9. Law: N.O. vs. NRA; California Machine Guns; Massachusetts Supreme Court; NYC Suit gets Banned Evidence
  10. Federal: House votes against Gun Locks; ATFE Head resigns
  11. Reference & Research: Guns & Kids Study; Residue Ruling; TRAC; Juvenile Violence Study; Breitkreuz in Canada

New by Kopel, International:

The U.N. Wants Your Gun

Wall Street Journal
En français:
Polski (Polish):
July 8, 2006 

"The U.N. gun control program, of which this week's small arms conference is a part, has already caused massive suffering and the loss of civil liberties in many nations around the world. Americans would be foolish to imagine that they will always be immune."

Human Rights Atrocities: The Consequences of United Nations Gun Confiscation in East Africa

David B. Kopel, Paul Gallant, Joanne D. Eisen
Independence Institute Issue Backgrounder IB-2006-F
June, 2006
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On June 26, the United Nations convened a major conference on gun control. Before demanding further control, the delegates ought to insist that the United Nations halt the use of torture, arson, and murder in the carrying-out of existing U.N. gun control programs. U.N.-supported efforts to disarm the country population of Kenya and Uganda are creating scores of thousands of starving refugees.

Podcast by Kopel: United Nations Gun Confiscation
August, 2006

Kopel discusses the international gun prohibition movement, and his new paper about human rights abuses in the gun confiscation programs in Kenya and Uganda.

United Nations an Accomplice in Hezbollah Kidnapping.

The Volokh Conspiracy
July 21, 2006

Dave describes how the United Nations helped in Hezbollah's October 2000 kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers, and the subsequent cover-up.

Gun Bans & Genocide: The Disarming Facts. How gun control has been used in the Darfur, Sudan genocide. Genocide and United Nations disarmament in other African countries.

America's 1st Freedom
August 2006

The international gun prohibition lobbies and their United Nations allies insist that there is no personal right of self-defense--that people should be forced to rely exclusively on the government protection.

U.N. Conference Ending, Freedom Winning!!

The Volokh Conspiracy
Polski (Polish):
July 7, 2006

"...the word from the United Nations small arms conference is that the conference is concluding with NO final document, and NO plans for any follow-up conference. It was the latter issue that prevented an agreement about a final document."

How Israel and Thailand are preventing Jihadi shootings

The Volokh Conspiracy
July 29, 2006

"At schools and other youth centers, they allow or require the presence of armed adults, such as teachers, as I detailed in a 2004 article for National Review Online."

New by Kopel, United States

U.S. House votes to ban gun confiscation in disasters

The Volokh Conspiracy
July 26, 2006

The House of Representatives voted 322 to 99 to prohibit federal employees, as well as state and local police which receive federal funding (that is, most of them) from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms.

Beauprez's gun policy mangled

The Rocky Mountain News
July 29, 2006,2777,DRMN_23972_4878870,00.html

The Denver Post egregiously misrepresented Bob Beauprez's position on gun policy.

New Translations of Kopel


Les Nations Unies veulent ton pistolet

Wall Street Journal
8 juillet 2006

Les actualités au droit de porter les armes

La conférence ONU
14 juillet, 2006

There is a concurrent English translation

Les actualités aux armes

La conférence ONU
5 juillet 2006

There is a concurrent English translation


Explicando Eisentrager. La Segunda Enmienda se aplica a los individuos dueños de armas

David Kopel, Paul Gallant, y Joanne Eisen
National Review Online
20 de Abril, 2004

Un mundo sin armas de fuego. Aviso: No es un cuadro lindo.

National Review Online
5 diciembre 2001

Polski (Polish):

ONZ Chce Twoja Bron

Wall Street Journal
8 Lipca, 2006

Zakonczyla sie konferencja ONZ, wolnosc zwyciezyla!

The Volokh Conspiracy
7 Lipca 2006

Opór Zbrojny Przeciwko Holokaustór-Zbrojny-Przeciwko-Holokaustowihtm

Piecdziesiat Dziewiec Oszustw w Filmie Farenheit 9/11



These are Cyrillic transcriptions of Dave's appearances on the Russian language version of Radio Free Europe.



Belgian gun owners in legal battle against tighter law

Xinhua News Agency
July 24, 2006

The Belgian Union of Gun Owners (UNACT) is taking legal action in the Arbitration Tribunal against the federal government's recently imposed tighter gun control law.


After the Gun Registry

Gary Mauser
The Fraser Forum
May, 2006
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Professor Mauser suggests creating a registry of people forbidden firearms ownership in Canada, as opposed to registering firearms themselves.

Handloading Regulations

The Canadian Government: Natural Resources Canada
July 28, 2006

"Currently, the government will not be proceeding with any new handloading regulations. Handloading, when properly practised, has been shown to be a safe activity and it has a good safety record. Any potential amendments that are made to the regulations will only be done after a need has been established and extensive consultations have been conducted."


City women gunning for arms

The Times of India
July 7, 2006

"Figures available with the UT administration indicate that in the last three years, gun licenses issued to women have doubled. Though the numbers are still small, the graph is unmistakable in its upward twirl."

New Zealand:

Ordinary Kiwis Defenceless Against Armed Criminals

Press Release
Libertarianz Party
July 30, 2006

"In a classic case of poorly thought-out, ideologically-driven legislation, New Zealand's gun control laws prevent ordinary people from defending themselves, but criminals are perfectly able to obtain and use illegal firearms..."


Plan to limit ownership of guns criticized

Aris R. Ilagan
Manila Bulletin
July 14, 2006

"Officials of the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers (AFAD) yesterday criticized the reported plan of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to limit the ownership by civilians of firearms to just 10."

South Africa:

Gun dealers 'driven out of business'

Wyndham Hartley
Business Day
17 August 2006

""Ninety percent of SA's gun dealers have been driven out of business and lost their livelihoods after the implementation of the Firearms Control Act, Parliament's safety and security committee heard yesterday."

United Kingdom:

Countryside Alliance will appeal to the Lords to overturn Hunting Act

Steve Dube
The Western Mail
July 4, 2006

"The Countryside Alliance is refusing to give up the fight to overturn the controversial ban on [fox] hunting."

Britain's holiday camp with guns

Finlo Rohrer
BBC News Online
July 24, 2006

At the Imperial Meeting at Bisley, the ancient tradition of British shooting tournaments still manages to endure. Reader reactions to the story are also interesting.

Animal activists threatened family with pro-hunt car sticker

Rosie Murray-West
The Daily Telegraph
July 4, 2006

"A 75-year-old grandmother and her family were threatened by animal rights activists for displaying a Countryside Alliance sticker [see above] in their car, a court heard yesterday."

Figures show 'widespread use of guns'

Newsquest Media Group Newspapers
July 20, 2006

"Barnet has seen a 68 per cent rise in muggings by gunpoint in the past year, according to new figures released by the Metropolitan Police."

Shooting: Young guns take aim at the Government

Alan Hubbard
The Independent
August 13, 2006

"Time, it seems, for the Government to stop shooting themselves, and a massive if misunderstood sport, in the foot." Britain shall host the shooting sports in the upcoming Olympics.

United Nations gun ban conference and follow-up

UN guns meeting ends in disarray: Canada proposes new initiative: United States opposes further review

Olivia Ward
The Toronto Star
July 8, 2006

"As a major UN conference to tighten rules for combating the illicit gun trade ended yesterday in disarray, Canada tried to build momentum for a new gathering that would speed up international control of the weapons."

Seven nations launch bid for UN curb on arms trade

Agence France Presse
July 24, 2006

"Seven nations, spanning five continents, on Monday formally launched an initiative aimed at stifling the supply of weapons that fuel conflicts and terrorism." The publication that chose to quote this article, and its companion articles on this page, are illuminating.

Control Arms: UN world conference on small arms collapses without agreement

Press Release
Amnesty International - Ireland
July 2006

"The Control Arms Campaign is now taking its call for tougher global arms controls to the UN General Assembly in October. There, decisions are frequently put to a vote meaning that a small minority of governments cannot block progress. Several governments have already indicated that they want a resolution to be put to the UN General Assembly first committee calling for negotiations to begin on a legally-binding global Arms Trade Treaty."

Barr Statement on Conclusion of UN Small Arms Conference

Press Release
Office of Bob Barr
July 8, 2006

"This latest UN conference on firearms which, like its previous meetings, in failing to reach a consensus on moving forward to continue its efforts to limit firearms possession, reflects a victory for freedom and sovereignty."

"A Mandate from Brazil"

Jairo Paes
Brazilian Pro-Legitimate Defense Coalition
June 30, 2006

This is a formal statement resented by Jairo Paes on behalf of his organization to the United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. Brazillians recently voted down a national ban on civilian firearms.

Statement to meeting

Hermann Suter
PROTELL (Switzerland)
30 June, 2006
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Here is the statement by a representative of a Swiss firearms owners' organization presented to the U.N. Conference.

Statement to meeting

Professor Gary Mauser
National Firearms Association (NFA)
30 June, 2006
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Professor Mauser offers his own views to the U.N. conference on the necessity for civilian firearms ownership.

Speech before the Wellington Branch of the UN Association on Disarmament

Phil Goff, Disarmament Minister
New Zealand Government
3 August 2006

"...Where to now? Further UN action on SALW will be possible at the UN General Assembly First Committee, where New Zealand usually cosponsors a Japanese resolution. An important issue needing GA approval is follow-up to the Review Conference. A new Group of Governmental Experts on brokering is due to start work at the UN in November. An open-ended working group has been proposed by Canada at the Review Conference, funded by voluntary contributions led by it and Switzerland. If approved by the GA, this is likely to meet next May and would pick up the discussion on transfer controls specifically. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a separate and broader issue. The UK still plans to try for a First Committee resolution this year, providing for the establishment of a Governmental Group of Experts to work on a mandate for drafting an ATT. NZ has clearly registered its interest in an ATT and we will be continuing to promote support for it."

Culture and History

Web Page

United States Knife & Tool Association

"Protecting your right to own and carry knives and tools"

Web Page

International Coalition for Women in Shooting and Hunting (WISH)

"Find out how you can help with our campaigns, or join our mailing list."

Coker tells Miami players no guns allowed on Hurricanes

Kelly Whiteside
July 25, 2006

"In the wake of a shooting incident last week near the Miami (Fla.) campus, Hurricanes coach Larry Coker said he plans to discourage players from owning handguns." This story has been quoted in the August 14, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated, p. 24.


Attorney General Hopefuls Spar On Gun Locks

Betsy Turner
Associated Press (AR)
August 18, 2006

"Republican attorney general candidate Gunner DeLay on Thursday accused Democratic rival Dustin McDaniel of not being truthful about his views on requiring the installation of trigger locks on guns"

Ed Perlmutter's Victory in Colorado Democratic Primary

Brady Campaign
Press Release
August 9, 2006

"Ed Perlmutter's victory in the Colorado Seventh Congressional district primary sends a message that other candidates should heed - the voters want straight talk about the gun violence threatening our communities, and sensible solutions to prevent criminals and children from getting guns." Perlmutter claimed that his opponent in the Democratic primary in Colorado favored guns in schools.

Land issues help Dems hook rod and gun crowd

Chris Frates
Denver Post (CO)
July 23, 2006

"Sportsmen, traditionally leery of Democrats because of their pro gun-control stance, are coming to the table to talk about how to protect the land.

Gun advocates not lining up with Gallagher

Joe Follick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL)
August 1, 2006

Florida gun owners are opposing Attorney General Candidate Tom Gallagher in the Republican primary due to his past support of anti-gun legislation.

Richardson talks about gun rights

Steve Terrell
The New Mexican
July 26, 2006

"Gov. Bill Richardson's latest television commercial is an apparent appeal to conservative voters, talking about gun rights, punishing crime and 'teaching right from wrong.'"

Wisconsin Governor: Doyle 43%, Green 42%

Angus Reid Consultants
Angus Reid Global Scan
July 22, 2006

Republican challenger Mark Green is closing the gap on incumbent Acting Governor Jim Doyle. Doyle vetoed concealed carry legislation in the Wisconsin legislature.



Hoosiers can get gun permits for life

Tim Evans
Indianapolis Star
July 6, 2006

"Indiana is the first state in the nation to offer residents lifetime [concealed carry] handgun permits under a new law that went into effect this month -- a move hailed by Second Amendment supporters and blasted by gun-control advocates."


City Council overrides veto on concealed guns

Associated Press (NE)
August 2, 2006

"The Omaha City Council voted 5 to 2 Tuesday to override Mayor Mike Fahey's veto of a new ordinance. The new measure reverses the city's longtime ban on concealed weapons."

Council rejects gun ban

Matt Olberding
Lincoln Journal Star
July 24, 2006

"The Lincoln City Council on Monday shot down Mayor Coleen Seng's proposal to ban concealed weapons in the city once a new state law takes effect next year."

Lincoln further restricts those who can carry concealed weapons

Associated Press (NE)
August 22, 2006

Lincoln's city council has added a number of additional restrictions on who can carry a concealed and where.

New York

Pataki vetoes pair of gun-related bills

Dave Henderson
Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY)
August 8, 2006

"One was vetoed because it would have unintentionally interfered with private sales through classified advertising and the other bill contained reference to revoking a "firearms license" when it may have meant hunting license. Licenses, actually permits, are required only for handguns."


Dallas may drop the hammer on toy guns

Dave Levinthal
The Dallas Morning News
August 8, 2006

"Toy guns that don't fit the city's paint/reflection criteria would be illegal even if kept inside a private home or vehicle, council members said."


Judge refuses New Orleans' request to dismiss NRA lawsuit

Mary Foster
Associated Press (LA)
August 16, 2006

"The NRA's suit against the city for confiscating citizens' firearms during the Katrina crisis advances."

Appeals court reverses early gun ruling

Chris Metinko
Contra Costa Times(Walnut Creek, CA)
June 30, 2006

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal conviction of Robert Stewart of Mesa, Ariz., for illegal possession of five homemade machine guns. Previously, the Court had voided his conviction because he had made the machine guns himself, rather than obtaining them via interstate commerce. For the case itself, see

Massachusetts High Court Rules That Homeowners Must Lock Up Their Guns

Press Release
The Brady Campaign
June 30, 2006

"The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today in Jupin v. Kask that homeowners must ensure that firearms in their homes are secured from theft, or they may be held liable for shootings with stolen guns." For the opinion of this celebrated court, see

City recoups $438k from gun maker

AP (Boston)
July 23, 2006

"The city of Boston received $438,500 in a settlement between a pellet gun maker and the family of a college student killed after a Boston policeman fired pepper spray pellets into an unruly crowd celebrating a Red Sox win."

Gun Suit Redux: Federal Court Allows Evidentiary Use of Firearms Database On Finding That What Congress Says Now Does Not Affect What Plaintiffs Obtained Then

Lisa Caccavo and David L. Wallace
Mondaq Business Briefing
August 7, 2006

This site requires free registration. Judge Weinstein has ruled in the ongoing City of New York v. Beretta U.S.A. Corp., 2006 WL 1109758 (E.D.N.Y., April 27, 2006) that since New York City had already obtained information for its suit against Beretta firearms corporation from the Federal Firearms Database before Congress specifically made such use illegal, the evidence would be allowed in the case. This is consistent with Judge Weinstein's earlier rulings preserving the case in the face of Congressional action to forbid such lawsuits.

Supreme Court says muzzleloaders are legally firearms

Associated Press (WY)
June 28, 2006
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"The ruling comes in an appeal by a convicted felon who says he thought he was allowed to own a black powder rifle. Such rifles are excluded from the federal definition of firearms." For the decision itself, see


U.S. House votes to overturn mandatory gun locks

Reuters News
June 28, 2006

"The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to overturn a recently enacted law requiring safety trigger locks on all hand guns sold in the United States."

ATF Director Resigns Amid Financial Probe

Dan Eggen
The Washington Post
August 5, 2006

"The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced his resignation yesterday, six months after the launch of an internal investigation into questionable spending on a new headquarters and other items during his tenure."

Reference and Research

Gun Owners Become Less Vigilant As Kids Grow: Study

Rick Weiss
The Washington Post
August 11, 2006

The new study, led by Renee Johnson of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, suggests that more attention ought to be paid to keeping those weapons away from teenagers. The Johnson report is in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Web Page

"Looking for a local place to shoot? A nearby hunter safety course? Info on how to get started in shooting sports? An outfitter for a hunting trip across the country? r all these topics, plus many more to come, there's now only one Web address to remember."

MN Judge Throws Out Gunshot Residue Evidence

Dave Orrick
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 13, 2006

"Gunshot residue - long-purported by police and prosecutors to link suspects with shootings - lacks scientific backing and has no place in a courtroom, Hall wrote."

Trac Reports

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. TRAC features timely criminal enforcement data from the Justice Department on subjects such as Immigration, White Collar Crime, Drugs, and Weapons Violations.

NIJ Report Describes Program To Reduce Juvenile Gun Violence

The National Institute of Justice
June 06
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he Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released "Reducing Gun Violence: Community Problem Solving in Atlanta." One in a series of NIJ research reports on reducing gun violence, the report features a program implemented in Atlanta, GA, during the late 1990s to reduce juvenile gun violence. It describes in detail the problem targeted, the program designed to address it, and the problems confronted in designing, implementing, and evaluating the program. Print copies may be ordered online at

Spousal Homicides involving Registered Guns & Licenced Gun Owners, 1997-2004

Library of Parliament
Government of Canada
July 7, 2006

Garry Breitkreuz is a member of the Canadian Parliament. Here is the Library of Parliament's response to his requiest for figures on firearms used in homicides since 1997.

Spousal Homicides by Weapon, 1995-2004

Library of Parliament
Government of Canada
June 19, 2006

Here is the Library of Parliament's response to Mr. Breitkreuz's request for statistics on spousal homicides by type of weapon since 1995.

Domestic Violence: Women's Shelters or the Gun Registry?

Garry Breitkreuz
Press Release
June 21, 2006

Garry Breitkreuz using those figures and others points out the other uses to which the funds spent on Canada's gun registry program could have been put.

This newsletter is compiled with help from Dr. Rob S. Rice. For more on this enigmatic, if well-motivated individual, see Dr. Rice is also a poet, novelist, and factotum of matters electronic to Dave Kopel.

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