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"Stand Your Ground" getting more looks
Submitted by: News Director

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"At least 21 states are considering 'Stand Your Ground' legislation similar to Florida`s law that allows citizens fearing an attack to use deadly force."

"Supporters of such measures tell the Christian Science Monitor that the laws give citizens protection from criminals and take the debate from gun control to crime control. Those opposed warn garden-variety disputes would be more likely to turn deadly, the Monitor said."

"The law is at odds with the long-standing 'duty to retreat' theory many state supreme courts upheld, the Monitor said, pointing out, however, that a 1921 U.S. Supreme Court ruling did not support 'duty to retreat.' "
 

OR: Detective loses gun, badge to prowler (Follow up)
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"A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detective whose handgun, law enforcement identification and badge were stolen from her car earlier this week lost similar items to a car prowler two years ago."

"In 2004, the detective was loading her belongings -- including her purse, which contained her gun, badge and ID -- into her car in front of a Clackamas dance studio when she accidentally locked her keys inside, said Detective Wendi Babst, a sheriff's spokeswoman. Babst declined to identify the detective."

"When the detective left to seek help, someone broke a window and stole her purse and its contents. With the help of an informant, her gun, badge and ID were recovered after a few days, and the thief eventually was convicted.
 

OR: Police identify Roseburg High School shooting suspect (Follow up)
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"Police have identified the 14-year-old boy accused of shooting a 16-year-old Roseburg High School classmate."

"Roseburg Police Sergeant Aaron Dunbar says the suspect's name is Vincent Wayne Leodoro." ...

"Based on a police affidavit, Leodoro would be arraigned on felony charges of attempted murder, assault, illegal use of a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm."
 

Spare youngsters from hunting
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Taking youngsters hunting is tantamount to child abuse on so many levels: the actual physical risk, and the hardening of feelings towards wild animals that could easily slosh over to people as well."

"In this case, the depraved indifference to human suffering is far beyond what we are used to hearing about. Those of us who care about wild animals know that atrocities are committed against wild animals that we don't hear about in the paper. There are no witnesses who can describe what happens, and there's no law against it. We hear our worst nightmares confirmed only rarely."

Anne Muller of New Paltz is a member of the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting.
 

KY: House panel backs bill allowing deadly force against intruders
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Whether they're breaking into a home or carjacking a vehicle, intruders would be fair game for armed Kentuckians under a bill that passed a legislative committee yesterday."

"Rep. J.R. Gray, D-Benton, sponsored House Bill 236 on behalf of the National Rifle Association, saying people shouldn't be expected to avoid a confrontation by running away."
 

KY: KY May Get Right To Shoot Intruders
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Legislation that would provide legal protections to Kentuckians who shoot intruders who force their way into homes passed a legislative committee Wednesday."

"State Representative J.R. Gray of Benton is sponsoring the legislation, on behalf of the National Rifle Association."

"The Democrat said, if someone is trying to break into your home in the middle of the night, and you fear for your life, you have a duty under present law."

"He said the duty is...to retreat and go to the farthest corner of the room. Gray added that he hopes the intruder doesn't try to shoot you while you're retreating."
 

MI: 'Deadly force' legislation under heavy fire from gun control groups
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"The debate over Michigan's gun laws has intensified as a legislative committee heard testimony this week on a bill supporters say would give law-abiding people more self-defense rights in certain situations."

"Gun control groups say the bills are reckless and could create a public safety hazard by fostering a shoot-first, ask-questions-later mentality."

"The bills would establish a presumption of reasonable fear of death or injury when a law-abiding person uses force in certain circumstances. A threatened person would have no duty to retreat and would be able to meet force with force in situations such as a home invasion or, in certain situations, a carjacking."
 

MO: NRA pushes Missouri bill on uses of deadly force
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The National Rifle Association wants Missouri to join 25 states that have made it easier for people to use deadly force to defend themselves."

"The association calls its proposal the 'castle doctrine,' after a concept in English common law. The idea is that people who are threatened in their homes have no duty to retreat before using deadly force."

" 'Put the law back on the side of the victim, where it belongs,' John C. Sigler, the NRA's first vice president, urged Thursday at a gun-rights rally in the Capitol Rotunda."
 

WY: Wyoming Churches back "Run for Your Life"
Submitted by: riotboy

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"Before the Legislature was a bill entitled, 'Duty to Retreat' (HB 46). The intention of this bill was to provide immunity for anyone using 'physical or deadly force' when defending 'person, premises, or property' in the 'commission of a crime.' Should it become law, this bill would send a message that violence is an accepted way of life in Wyoming. The Wyoming Association of Churches is on record as opposing this piece of legislation because it is immoral as well as unnecessary."
 

NC: Two N.C. State Students Arrested After Crime Spree
Submitted by: james cramp

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"Raleigh police say two North Carolina State University students went on a rampage of robbery and shootings early Thursday morning." ...

"Police said both men, who had clean records, for unknown reasons, allegedly decided to go on a crime spree, with four separate incidents near the campus."

"Most of the victims, other N.C. State students, reported the crimes early Thursday morning, but a fourth victim came forward later Thursday. Details about the fourth incident were not immediately known."

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Submitter's Note: The miscreants lived on campus and were armed. They targeted students leaving the victim disarmanent zone.
 

KS: Preparations under way for annual NRA Banquet
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Five States Friends of the National Rifle Association's annual banquet is just around the corner."

"The banquet, which is in its 13th year, will not only have food but prizes as well. Those who go to the banquet can purchase tickets to win items in drawings, play eight different games, participate in a live auction of about 20 items and win door prizes."

"Some of the things available this year include 25 firearms, sculptures, jewelry, knives, camouflage equipment and paintings."
 

NY: Beyond the Gun Bust
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"New York's finest, led by Commissioner Kelly, have made the city's streets safer by taking a major alleged gun trafficking ring out of commission, but New Yorkers will still need to be vigilant lest politicians try to turn lemonade into lemons. The lesson from Sunday's raid, in which an 11-month investigation netted six arrests and the seizure of 116 guns, is that the people who engage in criminal gun smuggling are, well, criminals and that we have laws and lawmen to deal with them."
 

Iraq: Journalists 'must resist call to carry arms'
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"Journalists in Iraq are being asked not to arm themselves in the wake of the murder of al-Arabiya news journalist Atwar Bahjat and two colleagues."

"The International News Safety Institute has pleaded with journalists to resist suggestions that they should carry guns in Iraq, following the killing of al-Arabiya's Iraq correspondent Bahjat, cameraman Khalid Mahmoud and technician Adnan Khairullah yesterday."

"At a news conference after the killings, a reporter asked Iraqi president Jalal Talabani to allow journalists to carry weapons in self-defence. The war in Iraq has now claimed the lives of 104 journalists and support staff in 23 months - the bloodiest conflict for the news media in modern times."
 

UK: Man jailed for pistol attack on homeless
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"THREE homeless people sleeping rough in Chester city centre were pistol-whipped by a drinker wielding an imitation gun."

"Mark Battison, 21, of Linenhall Mews, was jailed for two years after he admitted committing the attacks."
 

MA: City Councilor Proposes Gunshot Detector
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"City Councilor Robert Consalvo of Hyde Park is proposing that Boston install gunshot detectors on city streets."

"According to the Boston Globe, these acoustic sensors, which would be placed around the city, would be able to inform officers and bring them to the scene of the gunshot in less than ten seconds."

"Consalvo believes this gunshot sensor device would help find and arrest suspects involved in city violence. Just last year, Boston hit a ten-year high in homicides. Seventy-five people were killed and more than half were committed with guns, according to the Boston Globe."
 

FL: Gun Proposal Misses Mark
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"Big business declared victory over the gun lobby Wednesday in an escalating fight over whether employees should be allowed to take guns to work."

"For the second time, the National Rifle Association failed to advance a proposal that would penalize businesses that prevent employees from keeping guns in their cars at work. Lawmakers in a House committee sidestepped a final vote after an hour and a half of debate that mostly focused on the troubles the law could create."

"But gun advocates aren't admitting defeat."
 

FL: Jailed Keys teen says he brought a gun to school to fend off his drug dealer
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"A 15-year-old student at Coral Shores High School in the Florida Keys was charged on Friday with bringing a gun to school, a spokeswoman for the Monroe Sheriff's Office said."

"The boy told Deputy Beverly Brazil he had the gun on him for protection from his drug dealer, MSO spokeswoman Becky Herrin said."
 

The New Bushnell Yardage Pro: A laser rangefinding riflescope for the masses?
Submitted by: Nate Matthew/Field & Stream
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From Field & Stream's David E. Petzal:

"About 10 years ago, Swarovski Optik brought forth upon this continent a new riflescope, equipped with a laser rangefinder, weighing almost as much as a rifle, and costing as much as a trip to Africa. But so appealing was the idea that the scopes actually sold. And those of us who were paying attention knew that it would be only a matter of time until someone developed a rangefinding scope that was light, simple to use, and affordable."

 

NY: Mike sticks to his guns
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"Taking aim against illegal guns, Mayor Bloomberg met yesterday with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales behind closed doors at City Hall."

"Talking privately for about 45 minutes, the mayor asked Gonzales for his help in trying to sue gun manufacturers if their guns are used to commit a crime."
 

WA: Teen arrested for allegedly pointing gun at classmates
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A Spokane teenager has been arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at students at Rogers High School.

Police arrested the 17-year-old after he allegedly aimed what appeared to be a nine-millimeter pistol at two classmates. Those students told the school's resource officer who immediately tracked the suspect down in class. Police searched the student's car and found the BB gun inside.

Thursday in court, juvenile officials agreed to return the teen to the custody of his father who works for a local high school.

The 17-year-old faces criminal prosecution on a gross misdemeanor. He's also been expelled.
 

VA: Norcom Teens Arrested For Assaulting Students With Pellet Gun
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" 'They're nice guys, type of kids who like to play around,' said Norcom Sophomore, Dante' Warren. But an afternoon of fun and games has resulted in the arrest of two I.C. Norcom High School seniors. And with the school's zero tolerance policy they could find themselves expelled."

"School officials say it happened Thursday afternoon three o'clock. A report released Friday by Portsmouth police names 18 year old Sharrod Sutton and 18 year old Robert Howard as the students responsible for firing plastic b.b's at several students who were waiting for rides home."
 

VA: Newport News Teen Brings Gun To School
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"A fifteen-year-old said that he brought a handgun to school today for protection. Newport News police responded to Menchville High School this afternoon and took the teen into custody."

"Police say another student informed a teacher that tenth grader had brought a handgun to school. The teen was taken to the school office where they found a loaded handgun in his jacket."
 

IN: Alleged burglar arrested after being shot by resident
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"A resident shot and injured one of two alleged burglars who tried to break into his Selkirk Drive home Thursday morning, police said."

"Jason D. Davis, 18, of the 1800 block of Embassy Drive, and another alleged would-be burglar tried to enter 7123 Selkirk Drive at 12:13 a.m. Thursday. The resident fired a gun and Davis suffered a minor injury to his face, a police report said."

"It was unclear what type of gun the resident used."

"Davis was treated at a hospital and then taken to the Allen County Lockup on a charge of attempted burglary, the report said."
 

MD: Prince George's Schools Investigates Report Of BB Gun On Bus
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Authorities are investigating the report of a BB gun on a school bus in Prince George's County on Thursday.

The bus was on its way to John Eager Howard Elementary School in Capitol Heights. A Prince George's schools representative said several students approached school officials and said another student on board their bus had a weapon.

School officials tracked down that student, searched him and found a BB gun. The BB gun was not discharged.

The representative said the investigation is ongoing and the student is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If it's learned that the student did bring that BB gun onto the bus, then disciplinary action will be taken.
 

MS: McComb elementary student caught with gun won't face charges
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"McComb school officials said Friday that a gun brought to Otken Elementary School earlier this week and the 7-year-old found with it has been suspended."

"McComb School Superintendent Pat Cooper said earlier reports that the gun was loaded were in error."

" 'The gun didn't have a magazine in it. The child did have the magazine in the book bag. When they pulled the gun out of the book bag, it had no bullets in it,' Cooper said."

"Cooper said another student on Tuesday reported to a teacher that he had overheard the male student saying he had a gun."
 

WI: Madison Memorial Student Shot Multiple Times With Pellet Gun
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"A 14-year-old student at Madison Memorial High School was shot at least 20 times with a pellet gun by another student on Wednesday afternoon, police said."

"The incident began at around 4 p.m. when Cassandra Graffee, 17, allegedly tried to start a fight with the 14-year-old victim, police said. Graffee is accused of then shooting her about 20 times in the chest, stomach, head, and neck with an Airsoft pellet gun."

"After the weapon ran out of pellets, a 12-year-old boy who was with Graffee allegedly pulled out another pellet gun and shot the victim four more times."

"Graffee is now charged with disorderly conduct while armed and having a dangerous weapon on school premises, WISC-TV reported."
 

IN: Access to guns should be limited
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"Aras Kariatis, a sophomore at La Lumiere, offered an insight. 'We teach kids not to play with guns, and then our vice president goes and shoots someone. Isn't that a double standard?' "

"Now that the whole world knows accidents happen, do we want accidents happening that could be more serious? Even worse, do we want weapons in the hands of individuals who are dangerous or not properly trained to handle firearms?"

"Coming from an area where hunting is common, and being a firm believer in the right to bear arms, it is a difficult subject to approach."
 

Canada: Pickering to consider banning toy guns
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"Pickering councillors aren't sold on the idea of banning children from having guns in public, but will consider it."

"Durham Constable Todd Petzold brought his bag of toy guns to Monday's council meeting to illustrate how realistic they can look and how that can put children in danger."

"He listed incident after incident where imitation guns or replicas have been used in criminal offences or where officers have been called to respond to incidences where children have been playing with toy guns that look, and sometimes sound, like the real thing."
 

Australia: 20,000 more guns 'a worry'
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"THE number of guns registered in SA has surged by 20,000 in the past five years, despite measures to slash firearms ownership after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre."

"The rise has sparked concern the odds of a similar tragedy happening here are growing."

"Figures released to The Advertiser by the state's Firearms Registry show 348,127 guns are now registered in SA."

"About two-thirds - or 221,681 guns - are .22 calibre rim-fire rifles and single or double-barrel shotguns."

"In 1996, there were 364,354 guns registered in the state but in the two years following Port Arthur, the number decreased by 40,000 to 323,115, the lowest number in 10 years."
 

MN: Student shot with BB gun in school
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"A Highland Park Junior High student brought a BB gun to the St. Paul school Thursday and accidentally shot another student during class, police said."

"The injured 13-year-old was struck near an eye about 10 a.m. but not seriously hurt, said officer Pete Crum, police spokesman."

"The boy reported that his eye stung, and it appeared to be a little red and watery, Crum said. After seeing the school nurse, the boy declined further medical attention."
 

UK: Family escape harm in gun attack
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"A mother and her two-year-old daughter have escaped injury in a gun attack at their home in Londonderry."

"The 22-year-old woman said she believed paramilitaries had 'mistaken her partner for someone else'."

"A masked gunman fired two shots shattering a window in the house at Bradley Park in the Shantallow area at about 2330 GMT on Thursday."

"Two accomplices then kicked the front and back doors of the house, but failed to gain entry."
 

Israel: American Smuggles Arms into Israel
Submitted by: Lior@glocktalk

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"A 32-year-old new immigrant from the U.S. was arrested on Wednesday for bringing arms into the country."

"On Thursday the Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended his remand by four days."

"The man, who immigrated to Israel in 2005 and eventually settled in Beit Shemesh, brought with him a large container with, among other things, an M-16 rifle, a sniper rifle, pistol, magazine clips, army equipment, commando knives, helmets, night vision apparatus and rappelling gear."

 

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