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VA: Activist Says Taking Mystery Out of Guns Key to Children’s Safety
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"When snipers were killing people during October 2002 in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, Nicki Fellenzer’s coworkers sometimes asked her to accompany them on errands outside their office building in Vienna."

"'They know that I carry a gun,' said Fellenzer, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon with her at all times."

"Fellenzer, 34, keeps a holstered .40-caliber, Glock 23 pistol in her purse." ...

"Last week, Fellenzer got those belonging to her and spread them out on the kitchen table, while her 8-year-old son, Daniel, stood beside her."

"Fellenzer said she doesn’t worry about having guns in the house because she and her husband have taught Daniel and their daughters, Sarah, 10, and Anna, 16, about gun safety." ...
 

UT: A loaded debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When law enforcement officers think about what might happen if Utah allows anyone 18 or older to carry a loaded weapon in a car, they cringe."

"They imagine drive-by shootings, road rage ending with shots fired and police officers or children being put in harm's way."

"But Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Lehi, doesn't anticipate such mayhem if his bill, which eliminates the need for a concealed weapons permit to carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle, passes the Legislature."

"In Utah, law enforcement and the rights of individuals to bear arms are both generally held in high regard. Madsen's bill has the potential to affect every community in the state, along with countless tourists and commercial drivers who travel the state's roads." ...
 

CA: Fairfield man kills would-be robber
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"Police say a father shot and killed an armed intruder in self-defense Tuesday night during a botched home invasion robbery." ...

"At about 10:30 p.m., Mahdee and three other men approached a home ... where the father and a friend were standing in the front yard, police said."

"The four forced the father and his friend into the home at gunpoint ..."

"Once inside, Mahdee took the father into a bedroom at gunpoint and demanded money, while his companions held the friend and daughter at bay, police said."

"Fearing for his life, the father reportedly grabbed a registered .38 snub-nose revolver from his nightstand. After a struggle over the weapon, the father fired his gun several times, hitting Mahdee twice in the torso, police said." ...
 

AZ: Aggressive behavior permitted at trial [Fish/Kuenzli defensive shooting]
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"The jury will not hear evidence of the victim's specific acts of bizarre behavior or aggression he made in the past, ruled the judge."

"But the jury can hear evidence of Grant Kuenzli's reputation for aggression so that Harold Fish, accused of his murder, can attempt to prove he acted in self-defense." ...

"Fish, 58, is accused of second-degree murder in connection with the May 11, 2004, shooting death of Kuenzli. He has pleaded innocent and maintains that the shooting was in self-defense ..." ...

"Fish told investigators immediately after the shooting that he fired a warning shot at the dogs to make them disperse. He then said Kuenzli rushed at him, wildly, threatening death or harm and refused repeated warnings to stop." ...
 

KS: Concealed weapons pose too large a danger
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In 2004, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill that would have allowed Kansans to carry concealed guns. If she would have signed it, we would have joined 46 other states that threaten criminals from robbing random people. The funny thing is, I haven't felt less safe one single time since she did this."

"Actually, I've felt safer than if it had passed. I would hate having to constantly wonder what was in the pocket of the person I just met. As long as it is illegal in Kansas, even if they are concealing a weapon, as long as we're in a public place, I know that they will at least be hesitant to pull it out. Well, either that or I will really have to piss someone off." ...
 

UK: Free, raid victim who fired a gun
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"A DECORATED former soldier walked free from court after firing a starting pistol when two men threatened him on his doorstep."

"But ex-special forces soldier Colin Tattersdale is now in hiding after one of the men told the court: 'I want him out on the street so I can do him myself.'"

"Mr Tattersdale was cleared of all charges after a jury at Knutsford Crown Court heard he had acted to protect his home from two brothers - Lee and Rick Mason - who had been drinking all day. ..." ...

"After the hearing Mr Tattersdale, a divorced father-of two, said he had gone into hiding for fear of reprisals."
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Submitter's Note: Sad when a decorated combat vet is denied the tools he needs to protect himself from thugs . . . by the government he served loyally.
 

FL: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Florida Guns at Work Bill 'Needs Work?' No, It Needs to Die
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Last week, a psychologically disturbed woman returned to the Southern California U.S. postal facility where she had worked and killed six former co-workers."

"Yesterday, members of the Florida House Judiciary Committee tabled a bill that would mandate the businesses allow employees to have loaded firearms in their cars on company property, saying it 'needed more work,' according to the Associated Press."

"'Needs more work?' said Dana Quist, President of the Florida Million Mom March chapter. 'What this bill needs is a stake in its heart.'" ...
 

FL: Gun measure bogs down in House committee
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A proposal that would allow workers to leave guns in their cars at the workplace stalled Wednesday in a House committee."

"The House Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on the bill (HB 129) because members said it needed more work."

"The National Rifle Association backs the proposal, noting that gun owners lose their Second Amendment rights when they are prohibited from leaving a legal gun in a locked vehicle at work. The group estimates more than 6 million gun owners live in Florida."

"Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, introduced the House version in an attempt to ensure employees can carry guns to protect themselves on the way to and from work." ...
 

NY: Assemblyman Lavine Introduces Legislation to End Illegal Weapon Dealing in New York; Bill Will Aid Law Enforcement and Protect New Yorkers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove, 13th District) has introduced and is seeking support to pass vital legislation aimed that will arm law enforcement with the tools it needs to track and stop the flow of illegal weapons into New York State."

"The legislation (Bill #A8585) imposes a consecutive five years to the sentence of an offender who possesses or uses a weapon or explosive device in the commission of a violent or drug related crime. Under Assemblyman Lavine's bill, the only way for the criminal to escape from serving the five years is by truthfully providing authorities with all information concerning the source of the weapon." ...
 

KS: House panel hears testimony on bill clarifying self-defense
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"The House Federal and State Affairs Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill clarifying state laws that permit people to defend themselves when attacked."

"The measure says people are justified in using deadly force if someone illegally breaks into their home or vehicle, or to prevent death or 'great bodily harm' to themselves or another person."

"Supporters described it as a 'stand and defend' measure, something that would help Kansans remain safe. Critics said no one has shown any need to rewrite existing Kansas laws on self-defense." ...

"'Despite all the hyperbole, I'm not convinced it does all that much,' said Edmonds, R-Great Bend. 'If it doesn't do that much, why mess with it?'" ...
 

WY: Bill seeks to allow Wyoming hunters to carry automatic weapons
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"Wyoming hunters could carry automatic weapons and guns equipped with silencers in the field under proposed legislation that would also allow archery hunters to carry firearms."

"Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, is the primary sponsor of the bill. He says he's heard from many archery hunters who want to carry firearms for defense against grizzly bears."

"Case's bill, Senate File 79, wouldn't allow anyone to hunt with automatic or silenced weapons. But it would remove the current prohibition against possessing such weapons in the state's game fields and forests."

"Case said Wyoming's game laws shouldn't penalize hunters for possessing automatic weapons or silenced guns when they're otherwise legal. ..." ...
 

MO: Ruestman bill expands deadly force
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"Legislation proposed by a local lawmaker would expand the circumstances when a person could use deadly force, but isn't meant to sanction a return to the 'Wild West,' says the bill's sponsor."

"Representing roughly half of Newton and McDonald counties, State Rep. Marilyn Ruestman said that she decided to introduce HB 1461 after being approached by several concerned female constituents asking about a rather ambiguous state self-defense statute."

"According to Missouri law, a person is authorized to kill in self-defense only after taking 'all reasonable measures to terminate the restraint as soon as it is reasonable to do so.'" ...
 

NH: New Hampshire Law Enforcement Resists 'Stand Your Ground' Motion
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"A bill that would loosen the state's restrictions on the use of deadly force ran into opposition from the Attorney General's Office and law enforcement yesterday." ...

"The bill would repeal a state law that requires a person to retreat from attack when possible and would bar civil suits against someone who legally used deadly force."

"Associate Attorney General Ann Rice urged the Criminal Justice Committee to reject the bill, saying it 'dramatically alters the law on self-defense.' The bill sets out a broad presumption that the use of deadly force is justified in almost any case, she said, and would tie the hands of police. Restrictions the bill is meant to repeal don't exist in the first place, she said." ...
 

KS: Bill allows force to be met with force
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"Kansas is one of 14 states considering a 'stand your ground' bill, which would allow people to kill an intruder without fear of being arrested or sued." ...

"Supporters say the bill is a way to protect those who protect themselves. It would allow people to 'meet force with force' not only in their homes, but in their cars and on the street."

"Opponents say the bill is not needed because the law already recognizes the right to self-defense. And they fear the bill could lead to more innocent people being shot." ...

"The 'stand your ground' bill automatically assumes that people fear for their lives when someone breaks into their homes. It would shield people from prosecution and civil lawsuits when they kill or harm an aggressor." ...
 

IL: Proposed gun control bill targets owners
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"Gun owners could be held responsible for minors getting a hold of their guns under legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday."

"The measure would make it illegal to have a gun around any minor who doesn't have a Firearm Owners Identification Card unless the gun has a trigger lock or is disassembled."

"'It doesn't take away your right to own your weapon, use your weapon legally etc., etc.,' said state Rep. William Delgado, D-Chicago. 'But it does protect the safety of children.'" ...
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KABA Note: This is a solution in search of a problem. Between 1999 and 2003 there were 9 children (13 and under) who died accidentally from firearms. In contrast, during that same period 143 died of burns, 125 drowned and 29 died in falls.
 

MD: In the Belly of the Beast with Martin O’Malley and Neil Quinter (Blog)
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"So today Greg from MSI and I were roaming the halls of the House of Delegates collecting co-sponsor signatures for a bill that would force MD to offer reciprocal agreements to the CCW permits of other states (essentially meaning that your VA or PA or other state’s permit would be honored here), when I stumbled upon a Baltimore Police uppity-up in his dress blues; upon closer examination I realized it was Commissioner Hamm! I asked the detectives assigned to his security detail what the story was, and it just so happened that a press conference on another Assault Weapons Ban was in the works. Since it was open to the public, I figured I’d call it a day for lobbying and sit in." ...
 

MD: Brady Campaign: Maryland Sen. John Giannetti Says He Supports Tough Gun Laws, But Record Says Otherwise
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Sen. John Giannetti, the Democrat who killed Maryland's assault weapons ban two years ago, called the Brady Campaign after a Jan. 19 press release to say his actions on the assault weapons legislation had been distorted out of context, and that he was a strong supporter of the Brady Campaign’s agenda."

"The truth is that Giannetti has embraced the NRA's agenda with an enthusiasm that even his colleagues find embarrassing. ..." ...
 

OR: Second Amendment crusader Chuck Butcher files to run for Congress
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"Second Amendment crusader Chuck Butcher has filed as a Democratic candidate for the state's Second Congressional District."

"Butcher, 52, who represents Baker County as a delegate to the Democratic Party of Oregon's Central Committee, will oppose Bend environmentalist Scott Silver in the May 16 Democratic primary."

"Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Hood River, has not yet filed with the state Elections Division. If he does, he will oppose Corvallis challenger Paul A. Daghlian in the spring primary." ...
 

IL: Machine gun charge in Illinois is challenged
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"The attorney for a decorated Illinois State Police sergeant charged with illegally possessing a machine gun said Wednesday that he is mystified by the charge against his client."

"Tom Keefe, the attorney for Sgt. James Vest ... said the M4 submachine gun in question was registered to the state police and used by Vest to train other officers."

"In addition, the regulations state that for an off-duty officer, 'any authorized firearms will be stored in the trunk or the glove compartment of the assigned department vehicle or in the officer's residence,' according to Keefe." ...

"Keefe's statements, however, appear to be at odds with court documents indicating that Vest said he bought his M-4/M-16 in 1998 in California." ...
 

AR: Keiser Police Chief Arrested
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"Keiser Police Chief Jimmy Bohannon, Jr. was arrested in Osceola by the Osceola Police Department last night around 6:30."

"Following a brief investigation by Osceola officers, as well as those with the Arkansas State Police and Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, 37-year-old Bohannon is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance believed to be prescription narcotics and one count of burglary & theft."

"He is being held in the Osceola jail on a $150,000 bond. For a small town like Keiser it's a tough situation to deal with." ...
 

UK: Police to escape discipline over table leg killing
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"Two police officers who killed a man after mistaking a table leg he was carrying for a sawn-off shotgun will not face disciplinary action, an official report will recommend today."

"The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) ruling on the shooting of Harry Stanley, 46, was condemned as 'bitterly disappointing' by his family's solicitor."

"Inspector Neil Sharman and PC Kevin Fagan shot Mr Stanley, a painter and decorator, outside an east London pub in September 1999 after an anonymous 999 caller claimed to have spotted an Irishman wielding a sawn-off shotgun." ...
 

IL: Local rifle club to host NRA courses
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"At their first meeting of the year, the Carmi Rifle Club board members voted to sponsor several events at the club."

"Among the planned activities are an NRA Basic Pistol course, NRA Basic Rifle course and NRA Personal Protection in the Home course. All three courses will be conducted by NRA-certified instructors and are open to the public."

"The classes serve to further the club's goal of providing quality firearm education and safety instruction to the citizens of the surrounding areas." ...
 

NY: Biathlon's shooting, skiing for the steady hand
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"Rachel Tretter lay down, shouldered the rifle, steadied her aim and fired. The black dot disappeared in the white target 50 meters away, indicating a hit."

"'Was that the one you were aiming for?' her father teased."

"'Actually, it might have been,' she said. Then the 15-year-old from Westchester fired four more times, emptying the clip, hitting the last four targets. Later she skied the short penalty loop alongside the firing range and emptied another five-shot cartridge with less success." ...
 

MT: New Ammo Regs Help Combat Lead Poisoning In Waterfowl
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"No one knows exactly how many waterfowl, wading birds and other kinds of avians have died accidentally from lead poisoning linked to hunters' ammunition loads, but over the years the toll has been substantial, experts say. Doomed birds have perished from lead exposure but not as a result of being struck by gunshot. Rather, they succumb from ingesting beebees that gather on the bottoms of ponds, lakes, marshes and in the fields where sportsmen and women hunt."

"Now the Fish and Wildlife Service is breaking new ground in the campaign against lead poisoning by working with ammo manufacturers to make the stuff in shotgun and bullet shells easier on avians that accidentally swallow the errant shot. ..." ...
 

Australia: Doubts on rights to defend property
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"HOUSEHOLDERS defending themselves and their property should be 'cut some slack', Attorney-General Michael Atkinson said yesterday."

"'We don't want householders charged,' he said in response to a decision by police to charge a 50-year-old Manningham man with assault after he challenged and attacked a man who broke into his home."

"Police Commissioner Mal Hyde and Director of Public Prosecutions Stephen Pallaras, QC, refused to comment on the decision yesterday but Mr Atkinson declared 'this case will test the law'."

"He said the Government believed householders should be able to do what they 'genuinely believe necessary in the circumstances to protect' their family ..." ...
 

Canada: Two stolen handguns off the street
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"Two down — and 38 to go."

"Police say two of 40 handguns stolen from an Oshawa man last week have been recovered after police arrested two men in a 'high-risk takedown' in downtown Toronto yesterday."

"The arrests came after a large multi-force unit scoured the province for the weapons, which were taken from the home of 67-year-old Ken Foster, as well as those stolen from other licensed gun collectors in the last few months."

"Mayor David Miller said the gun seizure proves there is a 'direct link' between break-ins at the homes of collectors across Ontario and guns on Toronto streets. Miller said the best way to cut off the supply is to ban handguns or put strict rules on how they are stored." ...
 

UK: Shot fired at petrol station
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"A shot was fired during an attempted armed robbery at a Shell garage in Neasden."

"Police said at about 2.30pm yesterday, Wednesday, a man approached a guard outside the petrol station, on the North Circular Road at the junction with Village Way, and demanded money."

"When the victim refused to hand over the cashbox the suspect pistol-whipped him and fired one shot into the air."

"The suspect left in a blue Vauxhall vehicle. No money was taken."

"He is described as aged 25 to 35, 6ft tall of athletic build. He was wearing a blue top and blue 'beanie' hat."

"The victim was treated at the scene for cuts and bruising to his face." ...
 

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