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Senate Considers Rules Changes That Would Expedite Semiauto Ban Renewal, 50 Caliber Ban (GOA)
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"The bottom line? It is fair to say that time and again, a generation of senators has filibustered gun control legislation -- or, more importantly, prevented gun control from being considered by threatening to filibuster it. Without the threat of a filibuster, we would almost certainly have national gun registration... at the very least."

"Now, in order to force confirmation of seven judges, the Senate is considering abolishing the filibuster outright."
 

Gun makers seek relief from liability lawsuits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun makers told Congress on Tuesday that their industry could be financially crippled by lawsuits that seek to hold firearms sellers and manufacturers liable for gun violence." ...

"The lawsuits are 'threatening to our very existence,' said Rodd Walton, secretary and general counsel of SIGARMS, based in Exeter, N.H. 'We have been fighting for our very survival against these lawsuits, diverting time, money and other of our limited resources to defend ourselves.'"
 

Senate might re-examine gun makers' liability
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"Republicans, their ranks expanded in the Senate with the help of the National Rifle Association, may be close to gaining legislation to shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits claiming they put weapons into criminal hands."

"The Republican-controlled House passed the legislation during the previous Congress, and GOP senators would have if Democrats hadn't attached to it a reauthorization of an assault weapons ban."

"With seven new Republicans in the chamber, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, thinks he has the votes to get the legislation through without any detrimental Democratic amendments. Gun control groups already are fighting to head off the effort."
 

Mike Straw: You Have the Right!
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"Lindsay was emotionally raped several times after her physical rape: she was emotionally raped by the defense attorney, she was emotionally raped by the piece-of-garbage who physically raped her, she was emotionally raped by the judge, and she was emotionally raped by the entire 'justice' system. ..."

"...The moral of this sordid tale? Your choice at this moment is to acknowledge your responsibility as a human being deficient in fangs and claws to justly deter such unwarranted assault by any disparity of force, and recognizing the universal principle that action always beats reaction, understand that no mercenary force of proxy-guardians can ever be there in time to save your precious life, your sacred honor, or your human dignity."

"It comes down to this: either you apply for a permit to constantly carry the means of your own protection, or listen instead to your 'friends' like Vindictive Sarah, who urge you to 'never resist! Just give them what they want!' ..."
 

Nick Coleman: Million Mom March comes up a bit short
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"On Tuesday, the remnants of the million moms mustered around the country to jog our conscience about the daily mayhem, the 82 Americans who are shot to death each day, including eight kids under 18 years old."

KABA Note: This is an outright lie. According to the CDC, less than THREE people under the age of 18 died by gun fire each day in 2002. 977 in total. 279 of those shootings were suicides, and ergo, these kids weren't shot to death. They killed themselves.

"One thing Heller and the other moms wanted me to help them make clear is that they are not 'anti-gun.' Instead, they stressed, they are 'anti-gun violence.' "

"OK. Point noted. But the victory goes to the gunslingers: If not even the mothers can come right out and say they hate the bloody guns, then it is clear: The bloody guns have won."

KABA Note: And here we thought the victory goes to those thousands of people who stop dangerous thugs each year by using their guns, and preventing yet more tragedy.

Email Nick Coleman at: ncoleman@startribune.com
 

FL: Gunfire Erupts Inside Orlando Jewelry Store
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"One employee was injured during a wild shootout Wednesday inside an Orlando jewelry store." ...

"Police said four people stormed into Singh's Jewelry, and at least two of them had guns. Gunfire erupted and one worker was hit in the leg."

"The store owner also had a gun, officials said. Weapons were fired inside and outside of the store, and all four suspects fled. At least one of the bandits suffered an arm injury while smashing glass to access the jewelry cases."
 

NC: Home invasion suspect shot by resident faces charges
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"A man police said was shot in the torso by a resident after he and others forced their way into a home in February was arrested Tuesday after he was released from the hospital." ...

"According to police, Richmond and three others stormed a home at 1109 Rosenwald St. during the early morning hours of Feb. 7."

"They were trying to rob the residents at gunpoint, police said. But one of the residents, apparently acting in self-defense, fired at the suspects with a handgun, striking Richmond, police said."
 

IL: Daley rips concealed-carry proposal
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"Mayor Daley rallied survivors of gun violence and victims' families Tuesday in opposition to an offensive by the National Rifle Association that, he warned, would make Chicago a more dangerous place by allowing 'everyone in Illinois, including Chicago' to carry concealed weapons." ...

"Until this year, the NRA has been satisfied to shoot down Daley's gun-control legislation with relative ease. Not anymore. The group's new strategy is to launch a legislative counter-offensive that seeks to undermine gun laws already on the books, forcing Daley and gun-control advocates to defend their turf."
 

IL: Two gun-control measures sent to Illinois House floor
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A House committee has approved two gun-control measures, sending the bills to the Illinois House floor.

The House Executive Committee today voted 7-to-4 to approve a bill that will allow crime victims to sue gun shop owners who are irresponsible in selling weapons used in crimes.

The committee also voted 9-to-2 in favor of an assault weapon ban that targets semi-automatic weapons.

Both bills were opposed by the National Rifle Association.
 

MA: Barrios for bar on 'killer' weapons
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"Sen. Jarrett Barrios (D-Boston) will file a bill banning the sale of two types of guns in Massachusetts: a 'cop killer' handgun and a rifle capable of disabling aircrafts."

"Barrios, who chairs the Joint Committee on Public Safety, said the .50 caliber rifle - a weapon capable of firing a five and a half inch round into a target outside the George Sherman Union from Danielsen Hall - opens the door to potential terrorist attacks on 'easy targets' around Massachusetts, such as Logan International Airport and the Liquid Natural Gas Tankers in the Mystic River. Barrios and others said the danger of the 'cop-killer' Five-seveN handgun is its ability to be easily concealed and used by criminals to pierce bulletproof vests."
 

PA: Mayor considering gun permits in wake of Philadelphia violence
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"Philadelphia Mayor John Street says he is considering putting a moratorium on gun permits in the city, in the wake of a recent string of shooting deaths." ...

"Street also wrote a letter to Governor Ed Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor, asking for help finding a solution to regulate the sale of guns."

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KABA Note: Great idea. Because gun control has done such a good job reducing crime in Washington DC! Mayor John Street is such a paragon of virtue as the leader of Philadelphia.
 

IL: Daley blasts gun control 'sideshow'
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"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on Tuesday said Gov. Rod Blagojevich was creating a diversion and 'a sideshow' by blaming the city's lobbyists for the recent failure of gun-control legislation."

"Blagojevich, who has been criticized for not taking a strong stand in support of gun-control measures, had said Daley wasn't well-served by his lobbyists because they didn't ask the governor's office for help or keep it informed when the bills came up for a vote."
 

PA: Proposed study on limiting rifle use voted out of committee
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"House committee on Monday approved a study to determine whether some parts of the state should have a ban on using rifles for hunting - a study prompted by the accidental shooting of a pregnant 18-year-old." ...

"The independent study - done in conjunction with the Game Commission - would analyze population densities and recommend parts of the state where the use of rifles should be limited. Hunting with rifles is already prohibited in six counties - Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia."
 

AZ: Gun locks available free at police department
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"Project ChildSafe, a gun safety-instruction program organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and funded by the United States Department of Justice, has dropped off 300 more gun locks to be given out by the Coolidge Police Department, bringing stocks to about 500." ...

"Shepherd said any teacher or civic group that requested locks would receive them. Other than that, the locks will be available on an as-needed basis."
 

TX: Books, Bullets and Guns
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"Students say that basic safety, even at a campus in a violent area of the city, often gets ignored. It isn't addressed in standard orientation. The university doesn't alert students to serious crimes. And the school's approach to disciplining student offenders is criticized as being lax at best.

"...Rivalries between student groups take on some aspects of urban gang warfare, with little apparent response by the administration." ...

"Brittini Robinson says the absence of security forced her to drop out of TSU soon after Sloan's killing. In a letter to the administration, she told of her roommate being raped and of the shock of regularly seeing students with guns tucked in their belts and backpacks."
 

PA: Self-defense Expert to Present a 2-Day Combat Handgun Seminar for Law Enforcement & Security Professionals and Concerned Citizens
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"Self-defense expert Jeffrey M. Miller, founder and director of Warrior Concepts International, will be conducting a defensive combat handgun seminar on Saturday and Sunday, March 19th & 20th, at his company's training facility in Sunbury, Pa. The primary purpose of the seminar is to teach participants the skills necessary for safely and effectively using and defending against a handgun in a life-threatening situation. Through the use of time-tested and proven tactics, strategies and techniques, participants will come to understand the effect and illusions accepted as reality from TV and movies; and, they will learn the difference between target shooting and realities of a self-defense situation involving a firearm."
 

IL: Winter Pistol League continues
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"Bob Watson scored a 477 in the Master Class and Roy Hardesty an equally impressive 474 in the Open Sites category last Thursday during the regular meeting of the Winter Pistol League at the Carmi Rifle Club."

"In the Open Sights category, shooters do not use the aid of scopes or electronic optics, only the mechanical sights on the pistol. Hardesty's 474 was followed closely by a 470 turned in by Watson, who edged Ryan Greifzu by four points to finish first in the Master Class. Donna Sell was third at 469."

"In the Unclassified category, Mike Sell took first with a 473, followed by Jim Simmons with a 439."
 

VA: Danville Student, 13, Charged With Having Gun At School
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"A school resource officer said information was received that a male student pulled out a gun and pointed it at a female student Wednesday at Bonner Middle School. The incident occurred just before noon, police said in a statement."

"The officer and school administrators confronted the 13-year-old student in a hallway and located the gun sticking out of his waistband, authorities said."
 

KY: Cops: Youth brought gun to his school
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"A Mason County High School student has been accused of bringing a handgun to school." ...

"A .32-caliber revolver was recovered, the sheriff's department said."

"The youth, who was not identified, was charged with being a juvenile in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property."
 

NY: Ferrer now says Bronx police shooting of unarmed Diallo not a crime
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"Fernando Ferrer, the leading Democratic candidate for mayor, was on the defensive Wednesday after telling a police union that the fatal shooting of unarmed Amadou Diallo by four officers was not a crime - a position that appears to contradict his earlier stance."

"Diallo, an immigrant from the African nation of Guinea, was shot at his Bronx apartment building on Feb. 4, 1999, by a team of police officers who said they mistook his wallet for a gun. The New York Police Department officers who fired 41 shots, hitting the street vendor 19 times and making him an international symbol for police brutality were acquitted of criminal charges."
 

PA: Philadelphia murders no reason to clamp down on honest citizens
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"A wave of homicides in Philadelphia should not be used as an excuse for Mayor John Street to advocate clamping down on the self-defense rights of thousands of law-abiding citizens, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said today." ...

"Gottlieb concurred with State Rep. Dwight Evans, a Philadelphia Democrat, who told a newspaper that, 'It's not like you're going to pass a bill and this is going to go away.' "

"If Mayor Street thinks he's going to suddenly make street violence disappear by denying law-abiding citizens their right to self-defense, he's sadly mistaken. ..."
 

OR: Wenatchee student arrested after gun found in backpack
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"A 16-year-old high school student in Wenatchee was arrested after school officials found an unloaded gun and marijuana in his backpack."

"The .38 caliber revolver and a small amount of marijuana were found in the boy's backpack during a search by the assistant principal at Wenatchee High School on Tuesday, Wenatchee Police Sgt. John Kruse said."
 

OH: Gun control fails again; it's time to focus on education
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"Despite a host of state and federal laws prohibiting children from possessing firearms, and from bringing them into a school safety zone, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that 117 kids were either suspended or expelled last year for bringing guns into 'gun-free' Columbus City school zones."

"The news came to light in the wake of news that a second-grader had shot himself in the hand with a .45 caliber handgun he found somewhere other than his home and brought to school in his backpack."

"OFCC President Jeff Garvas says enough is enough – it’s time to stop relying on failed gun control restrictions, and start focusing on education."
 

OH: Editorials: No problems (AND NO FIXES!) for Ohio CCW
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"After a quick concession from the Hamilton Journal-News, which admits 'we believe Ohio’s concealed-weapons law has worked well in its first nine months — especially here in Butler County,' the newspaper immediately turns its editorial focus on what (but not why) not to improve in Ohio’s CCW law."
 

TX: Student arrested with gun, knives at Pershing Middle School
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"A Pershing Middle School student was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought a loaded 9mm pistol and six knives to school." ...

"Police say students alerted school officials to the fact that the teen possessed the weapons."
 

NY: Corrections Officers Charged With Misconduct
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"47-year-old Steven Mills of Ogdensburg and 38-year-old Daniel Miller of Lisbon were both employed at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. An investigation by the New York State Department of Corrections Inspector Generals Office Narcotics Unit, in coordination with the Ogdensburg police and St. Lawrence County district attorney found instances of official misconduct and bribery."

"Mills is charged with 3rd degree felony receiving a bribe, 2nd degree receiving a reward for official misconduct, 2nd degree promoting prison contraband, and official misconduct. Miller is charged with official misconduct and 4th degree criminal facilitation. Both men have resigned from their positions at the facility."
 

NC: Former Trooper's Girlfriend Pleads Guilty In 2003 Shooting
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"The mistress of a former state trooper pleaded guilty Wednesday to a solicitation charge in connection with the shooting of the trooper’s wife two years ago."

"Linda Lee Strickland was sentenced to six months of supervised probation and was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped a criminal conspiracy charge against her."

"Bobby Regan was convicted in December of attempted murder in the June 2003 shooting of his estranged wife, Danielle Regan. He is serving 13 to 16 years in the Hoke Correctional Institution."
 

OH: Change: Plain Dealer doesn't waste paper space on CHL list
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"Have editors at the Cleveland Plain Dealer finally realized its readers are not interested in seeing the names of Concealed Handgun License (CHL)-holders from Northeast Ohio printed in their newspaper? Have they finally realized that there is nothing to fear from fellow citizens who have broken no laws, violated no other persons' rights, and who simply wish to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense? Or perhaps more likely, have they just realized that publishing CHL-holders' names is a revenue-loser?"

"Whatever the case, Editor Doug Clifton's newspaper recently changed its practice of publishing the names of CHL-holders in the pages of its newspapers, and announced instead that it would only be abusing the Media Access Loophole by posting the names on its website."
 

NM: Heaton bill would change concealed carry laws
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"A bill backed by local concealed carry advocates cleared a final state House committee over the weekend and is expected to be heard by the full House early this week."

"The measure, which makes changes to the current gun law, should get a green light from the House, said sponsor Rep. John Heaton, D-Carlsbad. He said the bill had a number of co-sponsors and there is a lot of support in the House on both sides of the aisle."

"After the bill cleared the House Government and Urban Affairs Committee Feb. 22, proponents were optimistic it would have no problem making it through its second committee in time."
 

IL: Wilmette Village Board OKs further restrictions on air rifles
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"Wilmette has stopped short of banning air rifles, but display or possession of them in public is now prohibited."

"The Wilmette Village Board voted for the new restrictions last month. The fine for displaying an air rifle starts at $50 for the first offense and can run as high as $500. A second offense starts at $100."

"Discharging air guns was already illegal in Wilmette, and court fines can run up to $750, said Tim Frenzer, village attorney."
 

CA: Gun sales increase statewide in 2004, but still relatively low
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"More firearms were sold last year in California than the year before, but the number of sales still remains less than half of what it was a decade ago, according to Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

The sales of firearms during 2004 increased to 315,065 from 290,376 in 2003. Sales of handguns and long guns in 2004 were slightly higher than 2003's all-time low and remained less than half the high-water mark of 642,197 established in 1993, according to a news release from Lockyer's office."

"Mendocino County District Attorney Norm Vroman said he doesn't know whether gun sales are up locally, but that he has reason to believe the numbers aren't going down."
 

IN: Teens Face Expulsion After Gun Found In School
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"Two Martinsville High School freshmen were arrested this week after one of them was found to have an unloaded handgun at the school, police said."

"The boys, aged 15 and 16, could face an expulsion of one year and criminal charges. ..."
 

UK: Girl wounded in horror shooting
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"A SCHOOLGIRL was shot as she walked to meet her pals just yards from the playground."

"Terrified Toni Hannah had just left class for break-time when her attacker repeatedly fired a gun at her."

"The 17-year-old’s friends watched in horror as the teen gunman fired a second shot at her after narrowly missing her head seconds before." ...

“You hear about horror stories like this on the news but you never expect it to happen to your family. Something really has to be done about these guns. How are these people getting hold of them? It’s completely out of control.”
 

OH: Fourth grader injured after toting gun to school
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"Police are investigating the background of a gun that a second-grader brought to school, after it fired in his book bag and shot him in the hand." ...

"Authorities did not know why the .45-caliber pistol went off at Leawood Elementary School. A shell casing was found in the book bag." ...

"Dindy will have a disciplinary hearing this week if his health permits it, and he could be expelled. Officials didn't know of any serious past problems with the boy, who was not in school yesterday, Marcelain said. State law requires a one-year suspension for students who bring guns to school, he said."
 

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