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Killer Toys
Submitted by: Bruce

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"I was watching CNN this morning, and I saw a story about a young man in Miami who’d lost his life in a confrontation with police. The troubled young man had ... pointed a BB gun at an officer, at which point the officer was forced to respond with deadly force."

"While my heart goes out to the young man who lost his life, I also have to question his motives for carrying any type of gun around, especially one that looks like a real firearm. My heart goes out to Miami PD as well, and to the officer who was forced to shoot a teenager, only to find out that the gun in his hands wasn’t a real one. They were on CNN this morning, showing the BB gun in question, and a real gun which the BB gun bore a striking resemblance to." ...
 

UN: Nations Urged to Create Gun-Free Zones
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"The widespread proliferation of small arms and light weapons can be curbed more effectively by reducing demand than by merely cutting off supplies, according to a new report on arms control released here."

"'Unless the motivations and means for gun acquisition are understood, arms reduction interventions will fail,' warns the 68-page study titled 'Demanding Attention: Addressing the Dynamics of Small Arms Demand'."

"'Demand reduction must be taken more seriously than has hitherto been the case,' the report says, pointing out that arms control programmes designed to reduce violence should adopt a demand perspective." ...
 

OK: Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed in North Tulsa
Submitted by: Kirby L. Wallace

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It happened just before three this afternoon at Kathy's Treasure Trove in the 2400 block of East Virgin Street. Police say two black males assaulted the clerk inside the store. They implied they had a weapon and demanded cash. The clerk then produced a handgun, and fired five shots at the suspects, hitting one of them twice. The suspects then ran out of the store, and jumped into a four-door vehicle. The suspects then showed up at the Towne Square Apartments. Police found the suspects, after the mother of the suspect who was shot, called police. That suspect was taken to St. John's Hospital. He died from his injuries. Two females and the other male from the store are in police custody at this time.
 

AL: Grand Jury Clears Gas Station Clerk In Convenience Store Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce

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"A grand jury has cleared a Tuscaloosa convenience store manager who shot and killed a would-be robber."

"The panel found that the manager, who was working as a clerk at the time, acted in self-defense when he shot 19-year-old Eric Dewayne Baggett on December 29 at the Raceway station on McFarland Boulevard."

"The report also notes that the clerk did not kill alleged accomplice Jaime Marcus Witherspoon of Moundville, but rather held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The 22-year-old Witherspoon was arrested at the scene. He is charged with first-degree robbery and remains at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $20,000 bail Monday." ...
 

CA: Homeowner shoots mountain lion in Orange County back yard
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"A homeowner shot a mountain lion in the back yard of a Trabuco Canyon home Tuesday and authorities then tracked down the wounded cougar and killed it." ...

"Bill Hill, a former Stanton police officer and now a private investigator, told TV reporters he shot twice with his 9 mm pistol."

"'I grabbed my gun and as I looked back, I'm looking about 20 feet, 15 feet from this cat and it sees me, crouches down, bares its teeth,' he said. 'I don't hear any growling or anything and at that time it started to move and I just instinctively cranked off two rounds at it. The first one I know I hit it because ... the way it jumped.'" ...
 

KS: Clay County man apparently kills wife, takes own life
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"Deputies responding to a report that a man was threatening his estranged wife with a gun Monday night found the couple dead at the scene of apparent gunshot wounds, the Clay County Sheriff's Office said." ...

"[Sheriff Chuck] Dunn said it appeared that Bruce Peterson shot his wife, then killed himself. He said autopsies would be performed in Topeka later today and the investigation was continuing."

"The sheriff said Bruce Peterson was having health problems that prevented him from working and that a protective order for him to stay away from his wife was served on Jan. 5. Dunn said Peterson had moved out of the house about the first of the year but came there early Monday evening ..." [emphasis added] ...
 

ND: Student not returning to school where toy gun incident happened
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A student who brought a toy gun to school will do community service and finish the school year in an "alternative placement," the superintendent says.

Superintendent David Flowers said the student will not return to the school where the incident happened before the winter break. He declined to name the school involved or the alternative placement planned for the student.

The student brought an Airsoft replica pistol, which shoots a soft projectile, to school, Flowers said. An investigation indicated the student did not intend to use the toy as a weapon, he said.

"We took it very seriously, although it wasn't used as a weapon," Flowers said. "Those things don't belong in school."
 

KS: Heavy handed or prudent?
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"Seven-year-old Clayton Jenkins brought a paint gun to Adams Elementary School last Thursday to show his classmates during 'show and tell.' It never occurred to him that he would get in trouble with school officials who would view the toy as a weapon."

"At first, his teacher and the school principal told Clayton he wouldn't get in trouble, even though it was inappropriate to bring anything to school that looked like a weapon, according to Clayton's father."

"But that changed a day later, after another Adams first-grader brought a plastic water pistol with him to the school ..."

"Later, both boys were suspended for five days, Jenkins said. They must serve the suspensions out of school and may not make up classroom work, he added." ...
 

FL: Tragedy at Milwee (follow-up)
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"Preliminary information indicates that a deputy who killed a Seminole County middle school student last week acted appropriately. But the investigation still has questions to resolve." ...

"What was the sequence of events leading to the shooting? The boy's father said before the shooting that police were told that the gun wasn't real. Officials dispute that. Who's right?"

"Should police respond the same way to a child with a gun as they would an adult with one?"

"What happened to Chris Penley can never be erased. The goal now is to learn from this incident and prevent such a tragedy from being repeated. "
 

WI: Concealed carry will keep us safer
Submitted by: Bruce

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"Most of us wouldn't drive our cars without a spare tire or venture out in a Wisconsin snowstorm without a set of jumper cables and a few bags of cat litter in our vehicles."

"Responsible drivers don't drive one mile without car insurance. And most of us carry all sorts of life, casualty, health and other insurance."

"Yet the state of Wisconsin for more than 100 years has told respectable, law-abiding citizens that they just can't carry a concealed handgun."

"Gov. Jim Doyle has previously vetoed the concealed carry measure, predicting all sorts of trouble for police, schools and anyone else. Of course, most of us don't enjoy the 24-7 armed protection Gov. Doyle enjoys. It's good to know that he knows what's best for us ..." ...
 

WI: Hidden weapons offer false sense of security (letter)
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"Ross Bielema makes a few errors in judgment in his Jan. 15 community column about the supposed benefits of concealed weapons."

"First, he equates common items like spare tires and jumper cables with guns. The former are examples of reasonable precaution; the latter are simply overkill."

"Unless you're a bodyguard, courier, private investigator or living in the most crime-ridden area of the country, you have no real need to carry a concealed weapon."

"If simple precaution justifies guns, then perhaps we should all be investing in things like defibrillators, anti-venom kits, parachutes and armored vehicles. Fear is a bottomless pit. There is never enough security for some." ...
 

WI: John See: Gun lobby, politicians twist science, tell lies to advance concealed carry
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"There is a striking similarity between the way the Bush administration used lies and deception to drag us into Iraq and the way the gun lobby is using lies and deception to drag us into the dangerous world of concealed weapons."

"Both used fraudulent science and fear-mongering to frighten and deceive the public." ...

"... I predict a similar scenario in Wisconsin if the National Rifle Association gets its way with the proposed concealed carry legislation. We will awaken to the realization that we were conned, and we will feel contempt for our politicians, and possibly ourselves, but we will still be stuck with the mess." ...
 

MS: Senate passes bill to expand use of deadly force
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"The state Senate passed a bill today that would expand self-defense laws in the state."

"Senate Bill 2426 expands a person's right to use deadly force to protect a business after hours and cars. Current law only allowed for deadly force in protecting a person's dwelling. The House passed a similar, but more expansive, bill last week."

"Senate Judiciary A Committee Chairman Charlie Ross, R-Brandon, authored the bill, basing it on a similar law that recently passed in Florida."

"'It's important people be allowed to protect their homes and businesses,' Ross said. 'As good a job as law enforcement does, they can't be everywhere.'"

"The bill will also remove a person's 'duty to retreat' when being threatened." ...
 

OH: Senate candidate not shy about his opinions in local weekend appearance
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"Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hackett displayed some of the straight talking that is giving him a maverick reputation Saturday afternoon at the Athens Community Center."

"Party leaders view the Marine Corps reservist, Iraq War veteran and attorney from Cincinnati as a uniquely electable Democrat because of his military service and straightforward style. Hackett lacks political experience, but minces no words on what he sees as a failed policy in Iraq, and in his support for Second Amendment gun rights for U.S. citizens." ...
 

IL: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Brady makes local stop
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"Sen. Bill Brady, lifelong resident of Bloomington, is hoping his Central Illinois roots will help lure downstate voters as he makes his bid as Republican candidate for governor."

"Brady visited D & W Restaurant on Saturday night to speak with supporters and those interested in learning more about his background and his legislative record." ...

"Other issues mentioned in Brady’s mentioned include:" ...

"Supporting the Second Amendment, including support of conceal/carry laws. If Illinois had the same gun rights as more than 40 other states, then citizens and business owners would have better protection from criminals, he said." ...
 

NE: Around the Rotunda: Gun slingers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Nebraska’s rural culture, the popularity of adorning pickups with gun racks and myriad other factors point to a state full of firearms."

"So could some unsettling statistics that didn’t appear to emerge during the recent fight (observers may be surprised any gun-related statistics were left uncovered) over whether Nebraskans should be allowed to carry concealed handguns." ...
 

OH: Ohioans for Concealed Carry Endorses HB347; Proposes Further Reforms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Ohio's largest grassroots organization representing the law abiding gun owner has endorsed HB347, legislation aimed to reform problems in Ohio's successful two year-old concealed handgun law."

"Ohioans for Concealed Carry (OFCC) President Jeff Garvas, Vice President Bryan Torok and more than 35 supporters of the organization attended and/or spoke before the Criminal Justice Committee a week ago today. Today, additional supporters of the organization are expected to attend the proponent hearing for HB347." ...
 

IL: Governor Blagojevich, Mayor Daley renew call for state assault weapons ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Continuing the effort to protect Illinoisans from gun violence, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley today renewed their call to members of the Illinois General Assembly to pass a state assault weapons ban. On the day before his annual State of the State address, the Governor rallied support with Mayor Daley, legislators and advocates against gun violence, for a bill that would ban the manufacture, possession, and delivery of semiautomatic assault weapons, assault weapon attachments, large capacity ammunition feeding devices and the .50 caliber rifle. More than a year ago, leaders in Washington D.C. allowed the federal assault weapons ban to expire." ...
 

NY: Effect of gun bills marginal
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Assembly caused quite a furor among paranoid gun owners last week when it passed nine bills concerning firearms."

"When the text of the bills is read, most would have marginal effect on the majority of hunters or target shooters who legally own their firearms. Our local Assembly persons, Donna Lupardo and Cliff Crouch, voted together on all but one while Gary Finch was excused that day." ...
 

NJ: Two arrested in drive-by BB shooting
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"A teenage boy was struck in the arm Monday afternoon by a pellet fired from a passing car, and two Lake Parsippany men later were charged in connection with the attack, police said."

"... a projectile from an Airsoft pellet gun struck one in the right bicep, police said."

"The projectile left a small red welt ..." ...

"Thirty minutes after the shooting, Sgt. Eugene J. Natoli and Officer Rick Murphy pulled over a vehicle matching eyewitness descriptions of the shooter's vehicle, police said." ...

"Mark J. Aromin, 25, the alleged shooter, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and unlawful discharge of a firearm, police said." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: I guess this is one way to pump up your 'firearms arrests' without actually, you know, facing real firearms.
 

CA: Burbank gets $1.4 million grant for seismic retrofits
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"The city has received a $1.4 million federal grant for seismic retrofits of aging municipal buildings and infrastructure."

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will go toward strengthening five Burbank government buildings - the Field Services Administration building, the Police Pistol Range, the Water Reclamation Plant, the Starlight Amphitheater and the Public Works Refuse Locker Room. As part of the grant, the city will contribute about $480,000 to the projects." ...
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Submitter's Note: So does this mean that under USC 10 Section 4309 the Police Pistol Range must be opened to the public?
 

India: Sumbal youth narrates torture terror in Rashtriya Rifles' custody
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"In the dark and freezing pre-dawn hours of Saturday, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat of Inderkote was picked up by troops of 22 Rashtriya Rifles and taken to the house of Abdul Majid Parray, half a kilometer away from his residence." ...

"Severe beating has left Fayaz’s hearing impaired. Every question has to be asked aloud. 'A rod smeared with chilies was inserted into my rectum; my penis was given electric shocks; my limbs were beaten to pulp with a prickly stick,' Fayaz said while one of his attendants showed bruises on his swollen legs and feet."

"Moaning with aches and hardly able to move, Fayaz said, 'I was whisked away to a nearby army camp and asked to confess that I was a militant. ...' Fayaz, a carpet weaver, said." ...
 

UK: Navy's missing rifle sparks probe
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An investigation has begun into how an automatic rifle disappeared from a Navy warship's arsenal.

The SA80 rifle disappeared from aboard the destroyer HMS York, based in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

The Navy's Special Investigation Branch (SIB) is carrying out the inquiry. Hampshire Constabulary has also been informed, a Navy spokesman said.

He added the weapon was found to be missing following a "stock check" but all the ammunition was accounted for.

"Most ships have a small arms store and often they do a check like a stock check," said the Navy spokesman.

"That is how it came to light that there is one rifle, an SA80, unaccounted for.

"They have searched the ship and Navy divers have searched around the area where HMS York is alongside."
 

IL: Raise the firearms card fee
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Motorists in Illinois pay $78 a year to renew their license plates, up from $48 as recently as 1999. The daily cost of camping permits at most Illinois state parks has jumped in recent years to $15 from $5. Driver's licenses, which used to cost $5, now cost $10."

"The cash-strapped state has been raising just about every fee imaginable in recent years to help make ends meet. One glaring exception has been the firearm owner's identification card. The $5 FOID price hasn't changed a penny since 1968, when the state first began requiring gun permits in an attempt to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. ..." ...
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KABA Note: And we see how well that has worked!
 

CT: U.S. Repeating Arms Announces Plans To Close Winchester Plant
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"U.S. Repeating Arms said Tuesday it will close its Winchester firearm factory, threatening the future of a rifle that pioneers toted into the Wild West and John Wayne hoisted onto the big screen."

"'It's part of who we are as a nation just like it's part of who we are as a city. It's the gun that won the West,' Mayor John DeStefano said. 'What are we going to have, Winchester rifles manufactured in China? Is this what we're coming to?'"

"The announcement touched off a lobbying effort by city officials and union leaders who hoped to find someone to buy the plant before it closes March 31. If no buyer comes forward, it could spell the end for nearly all commercially produced Winchesters ..." ...
 

NV: Stillwater Firearms Association elects 2006 directors
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"At Stillwater Firearms Association's Jan. 11 meeting, annual elections were held and the following were elected to the 2006 Board of Trustees." ...

"'2005 was a banner year for SFA,' said President J. L. Rhodes, 'Membership increased to over 200 members and we implemented several highly successful projects. I'm confident 2006 will be even better. There is a large number of shooters and firearms enthusiasts in Churchill County, and SFA is here to assist and promote firearms safety and the shooting sports.'" ...
 

NE: Rifle extends win streak with win over Army
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The Nebraska rifle team took one big step in its march toward the NCAA Championships on Saturday, topping defending National Champion Army, 4,676-4,657, in West Point, N.Y.

Nebraska won both the smallbore (2,323) and air rifle (2,353) as a team while also placing individuals at the top of both events. Senior Misty Chanek won the smallbore by scoring 587, then tied junior teammate Kristina Fehlings in air rifle.

The Cornhuskers’ overall score and Chanek’s mark in the air rifle were season-high performances, as the Huskers improved to 3-3 all-time against the Black Knights.

The win improved Nebraska’s mark to 7-0 this season and upped the Huskers’ regular-season winning streak to 13, dating back to Nov. 13, 2004, when Nebraska last lost to Army.
 

UK: Why Britain's shooters should stop whinging about pistol ban
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"Britain's pistol shooters are up in arms over the law that prevents them from practising their sport in their home country. There are about a hundred of them, and their weapons are kept under lock and key at a shooting gallery in Zurich, which is where they have to go when they want to keep their eye in. They claim that by obstructing what they consider to be their right to fire at targets closer to home, and thereby restricting their scope to improve and maintain their skills, the government is damaging Britain's chances of medals at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games." ...
 

Olympics: Biathlon Poirees aim for husband and wife gold
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"Last time round in Salt Lake City the Poirees just missed out on the rare feat of a husband and wife winning gold medals at the same Olympic Games."

"Instead Norway’s Liv-Grete Poiree and France’s Raphael Poiree managed to win three silver medals and one bronze between them in biathlon. Two years later the couple cleaned up at the annual world championships, winning seven out of a possible 10 gold medals. Next month’s Turin Olympics, the third Games for the couple who are now both 31, could be their last chance of bringing home an elusive Olympic gold." ...
 

Canada: Canada's Liberals feel election heat over gun violence
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"The day after Christmas, 15-year-old Jane Creba was shopping on Toronto's high-fashion Yonge Street when a hail of bullets shattered the happy holiday mood. Creba was killed and six others wounded, all caught in a shootout between rival gangs."

"The death of the star student and athlete was Toronto's 52nd gun- related homicide of 2005, a record for Canada's largest city. It and other high-profile shootings have made violent crime - especially gun-related crime - a major issue as Canadians prepare to vote Jan. 23 in an election that could see the Liberal Party ousted from power for the first time since 1993." ...
 

Canada: Current gun laws must be enforced
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The headline was another clear indication that when it comes to guns, politics rules over reality. This time, the politics came from Canada. The headline in a CNN news item read: 'Canada Blames U.S. for Gun Violence.'" ...
 

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