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John Lott: Don't blame hunters
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"WITH all the fall-out over Dick Cheney accidentally peppering his friend with birdshot, few will probably ever hear that hunting with guns is not a particularly dangerous sport. Nor will they hear any mention that hunting can help save people's lives by helping control animal populations."

"A Nexis search of news stories found that in all the avalanche of news coverage none of the national television news broadcasts on Sunday and Monday mentioned gun-hunters' safety record. Only three of the 76 newspaper and wire stories through Monday had mentioned anything about these accidents being rare."
 

Gun Ownership Higher Among Republicans Than Democrats
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"Guns and hunting are back in the news this week, with the recent incident in which Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunting companion on a Texas ranch."

"A review of Gallup Poll data shows that 4 in 10 Americans report having a gun in their home or on their property, including 30% who say they personally own a gun and 12% who say some other member of their household owns one. Nearly equal majorities of gun owners say they use their gun to protect themselves against crime, for hunting, and for target shooting. Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to report owning a gun, and are also more likely to say they use their gun for hunting."
 

In NY, VP might wear stripes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"If his shooting accident had occurred in New York state instead of Texas, and his wounded hunting buddy died, Vice President Dick Cheney could potentially be facing up to 15 years in prison." ...

"A 'number of charges' hypothetically could be lodged against Cheney under New York law, a law enforcement source said, including -- should the victim die -- a top charge of second-degree manslaughter, a Class C felony that carries up to 15 years in prison."

"Cheney also could face the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide in a hypothetical New York state case. The Class E felony carries a penalty of up to four years in prison."

"Some lesser charges, including reckless endangerment and second-degree assault, likely would be piggy-backed onto either count."
 

"I don't care what the laws or the Supreme Court say. WE are NOT going to have people running around, wearing guns..." (Blog)
Submitted by: News Director

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"I tried, in vain, to explain to him there is nothing in the entire book which prohibits anyone from openly carrying a weapon in Louisiana."

"His response: 'Tell it to the judge.' "

"Another 'officer,' Billiot, transported me across the Mississippi river to the jail in Donaldsonville. On the ride over, I tried to explain to HIM what the law states and the rights of any citizen."

"He said, and I quote, 'I don't care what the laws or the Supreme Court say. WE are NOT going to have people running around, wearing guns, with women and children everywhere.' "
 

Self-Defense Bill of Rights Part I
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"With all the hype surrounding introduction of 'Stand Your Ground' legislation in numerous different states (also referred to as 'Castle Doctrine,' 'No Retreat' or 'Self-Defense Bill of Rights,') you probably are wondering what all the fuss is about. In fact, if you listen to the Brady Bunch version, you might believe other states are handing out a 'License to Kill' (or 'License to Shoot First,' depending upon which spin master you are talking to.)"

"The first part of this series will examine the changes this bill makes with regard to self-defense in your own home. The second part, to be published later, will deal with changes in self-defense outside the home."
 

A man with a gun
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"I’ve been hunting for almost 25 years. From what I’ve read in reports of Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting accident, the hunting party did a number of things wrong. But, ultimately the shooter is to blame in an accident. No exceptions. Ever."

"The first of the 10 basic rules of gun safety is: Always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction. The fourth rule is: Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it. The vice president obviously did not follow either rule. ..."

"Whirling around to fire at birds behind you, as reports say the vice president did, is terribly unsafe."
 

TX: Customs agent shoots self in foot
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"A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was listed in stable condition after he shot himself in the foot during a Wednesday afternoon training accident at a facility next to Brownsville’s Gateway International Bridge."

"The accident occurred at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday when the U.S. Customs & Border Protection agent 'accidentally discharged' his weapon, grazing his right foot following a training exercise, according to reports." ...

"Agency spokesman Rick Pauza said no other injuries were reported during the incident, adding the self-inflicted shooting occurred when the officer was 'attempting to make his gun safe' following an undisclosed training exercise."
 

VA: Scrutiny of city gun show criticized in Congressional inquiry
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"A crackdown on illegal firearm sales at Richmond-area gun shows led to a congressional inquiry yesterday into whether federal agents trampled the rights of gun buyers."

"The organizer of an August gun show at Richmond Raceway Complex told a House panel that a large team of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and city, state and county police patrolled the two-day show, harassing law-abiding gun buyers while looking for illicit gun sales."
 

VA: Did federal agents go too far at Richmond gun show?
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"A crackdown on illegal firearm sales at Richmond gun shows led to a congressional inquiry Wednesday into whether federal agents trampled the rights of gun buyers."

"The organizer of an August gun show at Richmond International Raceway told a House panel that a large team of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and city, state and county police patrolled the two-day show, harassing law-abiding gun buyers while looking for illicit gun sales."

"Annette Gelles, the organizer, told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime that agents’ aggressive tactics unnerved some attendees, and the visible presence drove away other customers."
 

AK: Gun law goes too far
Submitted by: News Director

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"You have to wonder why House Bill 400 is necessary in Alaska."

"The one-page bill would amend Alaska's disaster law by making it a Class A felony for anyone during a state-declared emergency to confiscate or attempt to confiscate any lawfully owned or carried firearm. ..."

"Scenes of looting and stories of worse after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans underscore the need for self-reliance when disaster sweeps away normal law enforcement protection, along with life, property, utilities and commerce. But Alaskans' right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and, more specifically, the Alaska Constitution. ..."
 

FL: Readers: Let workers leave their guns in the car
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"Respondents to this week's Business Journal poll don't think a worker's Second Amendment rights stop at the company parking lot."

"In an online poll that drew 226 responses, 55 percent of those surveyed said employees should be allowed to leave their guns in their cars while at work. Forty-five percent disagreed."

"The issue drew some strong responses on both sides from those voting."

" 'We have the right to protect ourselves wherever that may be,' wrote one voter."

"Another wrote: 'Seriously, if this country wasn't so gun-happy, significant crime problems would be solved.' "
 

HI: Women Tell Lawmakers They Want the Right to Protect Themselves with a Concealed Firearm
Submitted by: News Director

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"The bill and two others that would further the Second Amendment rights of Hawaii citizens, including retired police officers and law abiding citizens in the aftermath of a disaster, were opposed by the Honolulu police, the Honolulu City Prosecutor and the state attorney general."

"Spokespeople for these government agencies said they did not trust the people to aim correctly under a stressful situation where they might use a firearm to protect themselves, potentially endangering others nearby. Lori Nishimura of the City Prosecutors office, said she had a 'feeling' and she 'believed' that allowing citizens to protect themselves with firearms would not be good for the rest of Hawaii’s citizens, though she could not cite any studies or evidence under questioning to support her statements."
 

KY: Bill would restrict access to names of concealed weapon permits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The public would lose access to the names of people with concealed weapons permits as part of a bill passed by the Kentucky House on Wednesday."

"The measure, supported by the politically powerful National Rifle Association, would clarify that police cannot seize lawful gun owners' firearms during emergencies and disasters."

"The bill cleared the House on an 89-7 vote and heads to the Senate."
 

MI: An Eight Year Old Boy is Dead and Michigan Lawmakers Set Plans to Move Dangerous 'Shoot First' Bill Says Brady Campaign
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In a city growing ever more weary of gun violence that has repeatedly taken the lives of children, another child died yesterday. Tyshawn Stinson was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire when someone chose to meet force with force and fire bullets into the child's house."

"The morning after, in an amazingly vulgar display of bad timing, the House Judiciary Committee of the Michigan Legislature announced plans to hold hearings on a dreadful gun industry bill that would encourage people to use deadly force in public if they feel threatened."

" 'It makes me sick to my stomach that Michigan, a reasonable state full of reasonable people, would even hold a hearing on this horrible piece of legislation,' said Sarah Brady of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 'And to take it up right after the death of a child is absolutely appalling.' "

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No, what is appalling is using a child's death to make sure that anyone who is accosted by an armed thug crawls away in submission like a wounded roach instead of defending their life.
 

MI: Guns a concern for area schools
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"Although it's rare, a growing fear among educators became reality this week when school officials learned a student brought a gun to Jackson Catholic Middle School."

"The eighth-grader, who brought his father's unloaded .38-caliber revolver to school to show friends sometime in January, is suspended indefinitely and could be expelled."
 

UT: Child safety, rights issues hold up gun bill
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"When the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee meets Friday, Sen. Mark Madsen hopes to have a new gun-rights bill that will have a better chance of passing."

"On Wednesday, the bill that would let motorists carry a loaded, concealed weapon anywhere in their vehicle appeared doomed as personal property rights and child-safety issues swayed most of the committee to oppose it."

"Along with an amendment, which will deal with the child-safety issues, Madsen said he will attempt to persuade the committee that arguments on property rights are overblown."
 

NY: New York turns up heat on gun dealers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"New York and other major cities are preparing to take on Congress and the gun lobby."

"The reason: They're tired of their streets being flooded with guns bought somewhere else. In New York City, for instance, 85 percent of the guns used in crimes are bought legally in other states with far less stringent gun-control laws, most of them in the South."
 

OR: Gun club takes ranges below to quiet concerns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Oregon's largest shooting range is getting a face-lift that could significantly improve the club's soundproofing -- and community relations."

"The Tri-County Gun Club in Sherwood is adding new underground shooting ranges that will descend the equivalent of eight stories and occupy 36 acres. The new ranges will be built into a rock quarry that is being excavated."
 

NY: New legislation has gun owners in its crosshairs
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun owners had a sense of foreboding long before the 2006 session of the state legislature got underway. Now that the session has started, it is apparent their apprehension was not unwarranted."

"Assembly leadership opened the 2006 session by passing what Speaker Sheldon Silver called a comprehensive package of bills aimed at stopping gun violence. Silver then pointed an accusatory finger at the Senate, saying that they should put aside their 'unwavering allegiance to the NRA.' "
 

OH: HB347 & HB508: House hearing scheduled February 21
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Rep. Jim Aslanides' House Bill 347 will have another hearing next week. The bill has been added to the House Committee on Criminal Justice's agenda for February 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Statehouse Hearing Room 121."

"The purpose for Tuesday's hearing is so that the committee may accept a substitute bill that will reflect changes sponsors felt were necessary after consideration of testimony. Details of the changes will not be publicly available until the bill is accepted by the committee. Buckeye Firearms Association will be on hand, but will not testify."
 

NY: Defense fires shot over gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The lawyer for one of the suspects accused of beating Bronx cop Eric Hernandez before he was mistakenly shot by a fellow officer called on lawmakers yesterday to make it illegal to carry a licensed gun while drunk."

"Mark Heller, an attorney representing Edwin Rivera, the alleged ringleader of the thugs who attacked Hernandez, said the off-duty cop's drinking led to the tragic case of friendly fire."
 

Canada: Gun amnesty was on target
Submitted by: News Director

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"We won't kid ourselves that gun crime in the city of Ottawa has been wiped out by a weapon amnesty program that wrapped up yesterday."

"In fact the sheer success of the program that saw more than 500 guns turned in during the three-week program serves as a reminder of the prevalence of these deadly weapons in today's society."

"Some of the stories that emerged from the amnesty were enough to send chills down the spines of police who were conducting the program."
 

Australia: Post comes under fire for ban on gun parts
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"AUSTRALIA Post is under fire for toughening prohibitions on imports of legal firearm components through international mail services."

"The move, which will see Australia Post refuse to carry items as harmless as firearm barrels or trigger mechanisms, has angered firearm lobby groups and prompted Lyons Labor MHR Dick Adams to write to the postal carrier for an explanation."

"Mr Adams said he was concerned that Australia Post had taken it upon itself to stop carrying firearm parts that could be legally owned within Australia."
 

MA: Gun Court established
Submitted by: News Director

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"Chief District Court Justice Lynda Connolly has issued a standing order establishing the Lynn District Court Gun Court, which sits in Peabody District Court on Wednesdays and Fridays. The court will focus exclusively on firearms cases in order to swiftly and effectively prosecute those offenses."
 

Canada: Gun registry bureaucrat promoted
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"Prime Minister Stephen Harper's promotion of a senior gun registry bureaucrat has put one of his MPs in a tough spot -- Gary Breitkreuz once blamed the civil servant for huge cost overruns."
 

UK: Notts is gun capital of UK
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"THE city where rookie cop Rachael Bown was shot has been dubbed the Gun Capital of the UK."

"Gangs battling to run the drugs trade have been blamed for Nottingham’s lawless reputation and high levels of gun crime."

"There are an estimated six to seven shootings a month — and Chief Constable Steve Green admits police are struggling to cope."
 

CO: Boy, 7, May Be Expelled For Bringing Gun To School
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"The principal of Tollgate Elementary in Aurora will recommend expulsion for a 7-year old boy who brought a gun to school on Monday."

"At least four other boys handled the loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. School officials eventually found the gun buried in the sand on the playground."

"All five boys involved were suspended."
 

MN: Gun found in Minneapolis student's backpack
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"A handgun has been found in a Minneapolis public school for the first time this school year."

"A schools spokesman says staff members at Sheridan Global Arts and Communications School found the handgun in an eighth-grade boy's backpack yesterday."

"The spokesman says there were no notes, and no students were threatened. There also were no indications that the gun was ever pulled out of the bag."
 

Canada: True cost of gun registry will be upsetting, warns public security minister
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"Canadians will be shocked by the true cost of the federal government's ill-fated gun registry, says new Public Security Minister Stockwell Day."

"Day told The Canadian Press that figures bureaucrats have shown him during briefings for his new portfolio are much higher than previously thought. He would not divulge what the tab is, but said it's upsetting."
 

KS: Families can participate in rifle safety class Saturday
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Heartland Outdoor will host a National Rifle Association Home Firearms Safety class for families at 9 a.m. Saturday."

"The free four-hour class will feature a lecture and video presentations combined with hands-on demonstrations and instructions. The class is for both adults and children."
 

Biathletes experience the storm before the calm
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The busted arm Erin Graham experienced in the seventh grade playing basketball looks now like a lucky break. Her cross-country running coach, who also happened to be the Nordic ski coach at Honeoye Falls-Lima, suggested she try skiing. She raced through high school and college."

"But that wasn't the finish line for Graham, who, at the age of 26, is one of the top guns among U.S. women in the biathlon."
 

CO: School Employee Charged With Using Taser Gun On Student
Submitted by: Robert Tims

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"A man accused of using a Taser gun to hurt a Denver middle school student in an after-school program has been formally charged, the district attorney's office said Wednesday."

"Shaun Ellis, 24, has been charged with second-degree assault."

"The charge alleges that Ellis, who was working at the school in connection with an after-school program, took a 13-year-old student out of class for disciplinary reasons and then assaulted him with a Taser gun on Jan. 11."
 

Canada: Tories set sights on gun registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Conservative government has created a committee of two cabinet ministers and a backbencher to figure out how best to kill the long-gun registry as soon as possible."

"Registry critic Garry Breitkreuz ... said he has been given wide leeway to deal swiftly with the registry." ...

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised voters during the election campaign that the long-gun registry would be scrapped and money redirected to public safety."

"When the Liberals added the registry to the federal gun control program in 1995, they said it would cost taxpayers no more than $2 million. But the most recent estimates put the figure in the hundreds of millions of dollars, bringing the total cost of the gun program to more than $1 billion." ...
 

Canada: Gun owner unfairly criticized
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"I was somewhat taken aback by the tone and implications of your cover story, and amazed that poor old Mr. Foster should even have to rationalize his legal and valid right to responsibly store his firearms in his home."

"While it is clear Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant believes 'that the average citizen can't safely store handguns in their homes,' that is only true because Mr. Bryant cannot keep Ontario citizens safe from the drug-fuelled gangs who incite their drug dependant customers to commit burglaries to feed their odious little habits."
 

WI: 'Realistic-Looking' Pellet Gun Found In Memorial High Locker
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Madison police said that they found a realistic-looking gun in a Memorial High School locker on Tuesday morning.

The officers determined the weapon is a so-called Airsoft gun that shoots pellets, but officers said that it looked like the real thing, WISC-TV reported.

The gun had the words "Smith" and "Wesson" printed on it.

The weapon also had a magazine clip attached when police found it, WISC-TV reported.

Officers said that they haven't determined who the gun belongs to.
 

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