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Poll: Only 27% of Americans Concerned with Cheney Hunting Accident
Submitted by: News Director

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"While the mainstream news media appear obsessed with the Cheney hunting accident, only 27% of Americans believe that the recent hunting accident involving Dick Cheney raises serious questions about his ability to serve as Vice President. ..." ...

"Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Vice President while 41% have an unfavorable view."

"Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the United States needs stricter gun control laws. Fifty-two percent (52%) disagree."
 

Shooting for gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The answer to VP Cheney's accidental shooting of his friend last weekend?

Why, more gun control, obviously!

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"APPARENTLY quail hunters pose as much a threat to national security as terrorists. Last weekend, Vice President Cheney and his friend Henry Whittington, a 78-year-old attorney, were hunting quail in Texas, and the vice president sprayed his companion with birdshot. The irony of this event is transparent. If Dick Cheney, the vice president of the United States, and an avid sportsman, can accidentally shoot a hunting buddy, why should we expect better firearm responsibility from toddlers? Gun control should be a lot tougher to prevent other innocent Americans from falling victim to gun accidents."
 

MIM President Says if VP at Fault for Birdshot Gone Awry, So Too Are Media for Relentless Glamorization of Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Morality in Media (MIM) President Robert Peters had the following comment in response to news media reports that, according to hunting and legal experts, Vice President Dick Cheney was 'at fault' in the accidental shooting of Harry Whittington:

"Yes even a Vice President can make a near-tragic mistake, and perhaps the experts ('Hunters: Safety ignored,' & 'Lawyers: VP can be held liable for shot,' Newsday, 2/16/06) are correct when they said:

" 'It's always incumbent on the shooter to make sure that he's shooting into a safe area.' "

" 'If you've got the gun, you have a very high standard of care because it's lethal.' "
 

Historian's read regarding firearms is off target (Letter)
Submitted by: News Director

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"Ms. Felder is very careful and Clintonesque in her wording. Does she claim that 'the people' in the rest of the Constitution are only 'male, property-owning members of the population'?"

"Only in the Second Amendment? Amazing. She writes, 'The Second Amendment did not dictate who should own the weapon that he carried.' No, the Second Amendment explicitly says that 'the people' have the right to own and bear arms and that this right shall not be infringed."

"At least she does not attempt to claim that the Constitution gives the states rights. ..."
 

Patriots had to take up their own arms against tyranny (Letter)
Submitted by: News Director

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"If you'll remember your history, the Redcoats were marching to seize the privately held arsenal/ammunition depot outside Lexington and Concord, Mass. Thus, it can be concluded that the first shot (or 'trigger effect') to kick off the American Revolution was fired by 'the people' (i.e., 'militia') against the very sort of government gun control Ms. Felder claims they would consider acceptable today."

"Since the definition of 'infringed' is the same today as it was in the 18th century when the Bill of Rights was ratified, exactly what part of 'shall not be infringed' does she fail to grasp?"
 

H.R. 4547, Part II: What Do CPR and CCW Have In Common?
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"Here’s an idea I’ve had in my head since 1970. From this former EMS Professional’s point of view – a Liberty Enthusiast’s viewpoint – CPR and Concealed Carry are identical. It shakes out like this: each citizen intervention is necessary because the situation is grave and because first responders are not immediately available. Each saves lives."
 

CA: USF To Discontinue Men's and Women's Intercollegiate Rifle Programs
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The University of San Francisco has decided to discontinue its intercollegiate men's and women's rifle programs effective May 31st, 2006, Director of Athletics Bill Hogan announced today (Feb. 16)."

" 'We have had a fine tradition at USF in intercollegiate rifle,' Hogan stated, 'but the lack of NCAA competition available nearby, the lack of an on campus range and the numbers of student-athletes we attracted were all factors in making this difficult decision.' "

"No other West Coast Conference or Pac-10 schools sponsor rifle, and there are only six opponents available to shoot west of the Mississippi River. There are just 33 member institutions sponsoring rifle nationally. Last year, Xavier, the only other Jesuit institution that sponsored rifle, dropped the sport."
 

CO: Student brings gun to school
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Authorities are investigating what prompted a 15-year-old to bring a 22 semi-automatic weapon to the Hilltop Resource Center on Colorado Avenue Thursday morning. School administrator's contacted authorities after they received a tip from an anonymous source, the 15-year-old was bringing a gun to school. School officials conducted an administrative search on the student and found the unloaded weapon with bullets. There has been no evidence to support the student had intentions of harming other students, staff or himself. The student is being charged with carrying a concealed weapon, along with two similar charges.
 

IN: Police: Fifth-grader had gun in backpack
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"A fifth-grader took a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun to school in his backpack, police and school officials said."

"Police arrested the 12-year-old boy at Ivanhoe Elementary School on Thursday after finding the weapon during a locker search. He was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Justice Center in Crown Point on a juvenile charge of carrying a handgun without a permit."
 

TX: Police chief wants surveillance cameras in Houston apartments
Submitted by: The Wearable Gospel!
Website: http://wwwTheWearableGospel.com

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"Houston's police chief is suggesting putting surveillance cameras in apartment complexes, downtown streets and even private homes."

"Chief Harold Hurtt today said it's another way of combating crime amid a shortage of officers."

"Houston is dealing with too many police retirements, too few recruits and a population increase of about 150-thousand hurricane refugees."
 

AR: Deputy Shoots Self In Leg
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"A Benton County sheriff's deputy is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Saturday and undergoing surgery at a local hospital."

"Ted Arhangelsky was participating in a certification course when he shot himself with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun while at the Sheriff's Office's shooting range south of Hiwasse, according to Deputy Doug Gay, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office."

"There were several firearm instructors and two paramedics at the range when the accident happened, Gay said."
 

IL: Former police officer charged in Illinois bank robberies
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"A former Indiana police officer linked by the FBI to a string of bank robberies in five states has been indicted in three Illinois holdups that netted more than $28,000, authorities said."

"Clifton Bruce Davidson Jr., 41, of Holland, Mich., had been on the FBI's list of most wanted fugitives for seven months before he was taken into custody without incident Jan. 31 in Phoenix and turned over to federal authorities."
 

Philippines: Cop shuns gun rule, kills cop
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"A policeman who was adjusting his firearm accidentally pulled the trigger and killed his colleague who was inside the administration office of the Cebu City Police Office yesterday afternoonPO3 Rogelio Castañeda, 42, said it was an accident when his .45 pistol went off and killed SPO4 Grace Retuya."

"Retuya, 48, was an administration officer assigned at the Theft and Robbery Section and is a mother to two girls."
 

AZ: Bill forbids taking of weapons during emergencies
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"State lawmakers want to make sure that state officials do not take your guns the next time a hurricane strikes Arizona."

"Or an earthquake, flood, invasion or pandemic."

"The Senate Government Committee approved legislation Thursday that would specifically make it illegal for the governor or any official to confiscate legally kept firearms during a state of emergency. The 5-2 vote sends the measure to the full Senate."
 

HI: Hawaii Law Enforcement's Opposition to Concealed Carry is Elitist, Unrealistic and Unsupported by Evidence
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"Like Hawaii’s government officials, Mayor Daley is an elitist when it comes to the Second Amendment. Like Hawaii’s Attorney General, and like Honolulu’s Police Chief and prosecutors, Daley doesn’t trust his own citizens. They all have 'feelings' that they know what is best for the public. Despite the overwhelming evidence from the 38 states that currently have 'shall-issue' concealed carry laws, they harbor the unproven images of 'wild west' shootouts, and road rage killings. What they don’t seem to realize is that the people they are worried about are already carrying concealed weapons, and will never apply for a permit. They are called 'criminals'."
 

NY: Close, but Valley Stream District again a big shot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Coordinator Charlie Tacke could recall one other Nassau riflery competition where the top two teams had been decided similarly - the 1991 small bore (.22-caliber) championships. But he could not recall a Nassau air rifle championship such as yesterday's at the Roslyn Rifle and Revolver Club in Westbury where a few points separated all four teams."
 

UK: 'Cowardly gun attack' lands two in hospital
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"A MASKED gunman left two people in hospital after firing shots into their car as they sat in a Carshalton street."

"Police believe the two victims, who escaped with minor injuries, were lucky to have survived the drive-by shooting." ...

"A 17-year-old boy and a 35-year-old woman were sitting in a silver Peugeot 206 when a car pulled up next to them."

"The gunman then fired four shots into their car, shooting the boy through the hand and leaving the woman with cuts to her face from shattered glass."
 

UK: Club worker carried stun gun at his hip
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"A TEENAGER who claimed he carried a stun gun for protection was yesterday locked up for a year."

"Christopher Martin Jones was seen leaving the Liquid Nightclub, Wrexham, where he worked, by police officers who found the stun gun in the waist band of his trousers."

"The 19-year-old of Heol Cadfan in Coedpoeth, who had a previous conviction for possessing an extendable baton, received 12 months' youth detention."
 

Canada: Gun amnesty produces eight illegal weapons More still out there
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"Posing with an armful of firearms, Henry Eekhout of the Brockville police service is happy to have them off the street."

"Trouble is, he knows there's more guns out there."

"As the Crime Stoppers gun amnesty program wraps up today, Brockville police on Tuesday showed off the eight firearms they've had turned in by the public over the past couple of weeks."

" 'I expected a lot more,' said Eekhout, support services supervisor and firearms officer with the city force."
 

UK: Jail for man who fired gun at 'tailgaters'
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"AN East Herts man who fired a gun at men he claimed 'tailgated' him on the A10 at Ware has been jailed."

"Simon Edwards, 21, of High Cross, claimed he used the bolt action shotgun because the men followed him, threw stones at his van and mouthed obscenities after he overtook them."

"St Albans Crown Court heard that Edwards had taken his father's gun without permission to go rabbit shooting last July."

"On his way home, Edwards headed from Baldock Street in Ware to the A10. He stopped in Colliers End after overtaking a vehicle and pointed his shotgun out of the driver's window and fired it into the air."
 

FL: Allow guns in workplace (Letter)
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"I disagree vehemently with the editorial Wednesday criticizing the National Rifle Association's attempt to re-assert the Second Amendment's individual right to keep and bear -- that means to carry, folks -- arms. ..."

"First, all gun laws -- local, state or federal -- violate both the Second and the more general Ninth Amendments, while state and local laws violate, by way of the 10th Amendment, the 14th Amendment's 'privileges and immunities' clause."

"Second, although businesses themselves are private property -- sort of, because they generally are open to the public (customers) in many cases -- the employees' automobiles are also private property."
 

Canada: Polar bear no match for fearsome mother in Ivujivik
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"Meanwhile, a child ran to alert Siqualuk Ainalik, 33, to tell him that a bear was in town. He ran to his brother’s house and grabbed a .303-calibre rifle from a qamutik."

" 'Then, I ran to the place where the bear was,' he told police. 'I shot three warning shots in the air.' "

"Ainalik could see that the bear was struggling with a person. But the three warning shots had no effect; then, the bear looked at him in the eye."

" 'It moved towards me. I shot the bear four times,' Ainalik said."
 

New Remington shotgun in the spotlight at trade show
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Remington somehow managed to keep it secret, but over the weekend finally introduced its newest autoloading shotgun, the 105Cti, at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades (S.H.O.T.) Show in Las Vegas."

"I got an advance peak last Wednesday as part of a small press gathering that shot the new (four years in the making) design at the Nellis Air Force Base skeet range."
 

S&W gets new Afghan gun contract
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Smith & Wesson yesterday announced one of its largest-ever government contracts, a $15 million order for pistols going to the Afghanistan National Police."

"It is the Springfield-based gunmaker's fourth contract in 10 months for the Afghanistan armed forces and police, purchased through a U.S. Army program."

"Shares surged more than 9 percent on the news yesterday, closing at $5.03, up 43 cents."
 

PA: Four share WPIAL rifle crown
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Perfection is difficult to attain in any sport, but at the WPIAL individual rifle championships Thursday, four shooters were flawless."

"Zac Szabo, Joel Nuzum, Dan Sumney and Liz Leckie all shot a perfect 200-20x to share the individual championship at Dormont/Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen's Club."

"The interesting and improbable outcome put the WPIAL tiebreaker system to the test. Since all four first-place finishers didn't miss, their tie could not be broken."
 

OH: 6th Circuit Ruling: Yet another reason to reform Ohio's cumbersome CCW law
Submitted by: Peoples Rights Organization
Website: http://www.peoplesrights.org

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"A ruling Wednesday from the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit proves again why Ohio's cumbersome concealed carry law needs to be improved."

"The court found that Franklin County should not be held liable in a wrongful death claim stemming from the murder of a woman who called 911 three times during a domestic disturbance but was ultimately failed by the Franklin County police and 911 dispatch system. Although the circuit court did find the Franklin County authorities' inability to protect Kirk 'deeply troubling,' their actions were not severe enough to constitute 'state-created-danger,' it ruled, and affirmed the lower court's decision granting summary judgment to Franklin County."
 

Canada: Mayor angry about plans to close gun registry
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"The mayor of Miramichi is angry about the federal government's efforts to kill the gun registry. John McKay said if program is shut down, it will mean the loss of nearly 200 good jobs in the city."

"The Conservative government formed a committee this week to figure out the best way to end the registry, a program that costs Canadians $90-million a year. But McKay wants to know what the Tories will bring to Miramichi to replace those jobs."

"He said the community will not sit back and watch Ottawa close the registry just as it closed CFB Chatham a decade ago."
 

NC: Gun found at Gastonia high school
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Gaston County Police and officials at Hunter Huss High School found an unloaded pistol in a student's bookbag today, police said.

School officials received a report of a handgun this morning, setting off a search of the school, police said. A school resource officer and the school's principal recovered the small-caliber, semi-automatic pistol from a bookbag in a locker, police said.

There was no ammunition for the gun in the bag, police said. Charges are expected against several people, police said.
 

VA: Congress Told of ATF Seizures, Threats to Gun Buyers (alternate report)
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"Agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), allegedly acting without warrants or legislative authority to do so, seized firearms from at least 50 gun show patrons in Virginia according to congressional testimony and an agency document made public Wednesday. Witnesses also testified that African-American and female gun buyers in Richmond, Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa., were profiled based on their race or sex and some in Pittsburgh were threatened with arrest by ATF agents for alleged actions that are not violations of law."
 

OH: Lake County 4th in concealed-gun permits
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"A new report says Lake County is a statewide leader in handing out concealed-weapon permits, but it's not local residents who get many of the permits."

"Rather, it's people from adjoining counties who go to Lake County for permits because the parking is free and the access is easy at the Sheriff's Office, which issues the gun licenses."

"Lake County ranked fourth in the state in 2005 permits, with 1,001 gun owners registering to carry concealed weapons, according to Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro."
 

MI: Child's Shooting Death Used Against Self-Defense Bill
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"A gun control group is blasting the Michigan Legislature for its 'amazingly vulgar display of bad timing.' "

"Michigan's Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing next Tuesday, Feb. 21, on a bill that would allow people to use deadly force in public if they feel threatened."

"The announcement of the hearing date came on Thursday, the day after an eight-year-old Detroit child died when someone fired bullets into his house during a gunfight outside."
 

Jamaica: New Firearm Licensing Authority to hold first meeting
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"The newly constituted Board of the Independent Central Firearm Licensing Authority is to hold its first meeting Friday."

"The Authority has been set up by the Government to take charge of the granting of firearm licences -- a task which was previously carried out by the police."

"The Firearm Licensing Authority is headed by former Jamaica Defence Force Chief of Staff Major-General John Simmonds."
 

GA: Rifle team wins; Corona qualifies for state
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Colquitt County High rifle team shot its third straight score of 1,152 and defeated Wilcox County by 54 points on Thursday in Rochelle."

"Colquitt County is now 5-0 and on Thurs-day the fourth member of the team shot a state-qualifying score. Jessica Corona turned in a 290."

"Corona joins Victoria Dampier, Yohann Brinson and Shontae Robinson in scoring a 290 or better out of a possible 300 to qualify individually for state."

"Brinson turned a 286 on Thursday despite shooting with a broken finger on his trigger hand."
 

Canada: Glad gun registry to be dismantled (Letter)
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I am pleased to hear that the Conservative government has created a committee to figure out how to best dismantle the long gun registry. As we all know, the long gun registry has cost Canadian taxpayers more than $1 billion so far and has an annual operating cost of $90 million.

Cracking down on law-abiding hunters and sport shooters will not make the streets of Toronto any safer or more dangerous. The long gun registry misses the mark. The funds that support the registry must be used to hire police officers, border guards and the required infrastructure to target and punish the criminal and illegal use of firearms.
 

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