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NRA And New Orleans Reach Agreement On Return Of Firearms Confiscated During Katrina
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NRA has negotiated an agreement with New Orleans regarding the firearms seized from lawful firearm owners during and after Hurricane Katrina. The issue is pending before the federal court in the case NRA v. Mayor Ray Nagin. On March 15, 2006, lawyers for both sides informed the court that positive settlement negotiations were occurring. New Orleans has now confirmed that it holds a number of firearms and that owners of firearms which may have been confiscated may contact the Property and Evidence division of the New Orleans Police Department in any of the following ways:" ...
 

Magnum Force -- David E. Petzal on the three best big game cartridges in North America
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"These days it is fashionable to speak about niches in the marketplace. There are automotive niches, and housing niches, and clothing niches, and (for all I know) quiche niches. There are niches in rifle cartridges as well, and one of the most interesting is the trio of very powerful cartridges that are meant for the biggest North American game and much of what you hunt in Africa. Far more potent than any 7mm or .30-caliber magnum, they are also much longer-ranged and milder kicking than really big rounds like the .416 and the .458. All essentially .338 caliber, they offer a unique combination of truly significant wallop, long-range capability, and manageable (by many people but not everybody) recoil." ...
 

LA: New Orleans Now Admits It Seized Firearms From Citizens
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"A Second Amendment group calls it a 'stunning reversal.' After denying it for months, the City of New Orleans on Wednesday admitted that it does have a stockpile of firearms seized from private citizens in the days following Hurricane Katrina."

"The city even took lawyers to the place where some 1,000 firearms are being stored."

"'This is a very significant event,' said attorney Dan Holliday, who represents National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation in an on-going lawsuit seeking to stop the city from seizing privately-owned firearms."

"The city's disclosure came as attorneys for both sides prepared for a court hearing on a motion to hold the city in contempt. ..." ...
 

TX: Homeowner shot as he shoots, kills an intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A southwest Houston man shot and killed one of four men who broke into his house Saturday evening and suffered a serious wound himself, police said. Officers are looking for three other men who terrorized the man, his wife and five children." ...

"The victim, who was not identified, struggled with one of the four men who forced their way into the brick home. The man took the gun away from the intruder and shot him, Wyers said." ...
 

MI: Man holds nurse hostage at Munising Memorial Hospital
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"A 47-year-old man armed with a rifle and pistol was arrested early Saturday after authorities said he held a female nurse hostage for nearly four hours at Munising Memorial Hospital."

"City police were called to the hospital shortly after midnight following a report of a hostage situation."

"The Munising man, whose name wasn't immediately released, negotiated with officers until 4:10 a.m., when the nurse was able to escape, police said in a statement. Police immediately apprehended the man."

"Police said they didn't know why the hostage situation started." ...
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Submitter's Note: But according to the Michigan State Police website, guns are banned in hospitals!
 

OH: OSRA Kicks Off with a Bang: Speakers Discuss Gun Control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"With the array of political action groups on campus, it’s easy for small or new organizations to get lost in the shuffle. The Oberlin Students Rifle Association was only chartered in December and is determined to be as visible as possible. Depending on ad-hoc funding, senior and OSRA Co-Chair Santiago Stocker said the club plans to provide rifle training to the general student body."

"The first official OSRA event took place on Wednesday night and dealt with the controversial issue of Ohio’s concealed weapons law. Two representatives of Ohioans for Concealed Carry discussed their ongoing campaign to expand gun rights in Ohio and upend common misconceptions about firearms ownership." ...
 

TN: County School System Considering Changes In Wake Of Incidents At North Greene High
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"Discipline problems at North Greene High School have led to some immediate changes in county high schools and prompted discussion of possible long-term revisions to the Greene County School System's discipline policies."

"The following incidents in the last few weeks have involved NGHS students:" ...

"Two NGHS juniors were initially expelled from school for a year after a pair of hunting rifles were found last month in a truck they had driven to school." ...

"Hunting and the repairing and trading of guns were the two boys’ hobbies, and they inadvertently brought the rifles to school ..."

"A NGHS student was expelled after a Feb. 16 incident in which an unloaded 9-mm pistol was found locked in his truck. ..." ...
 

CA: Report of teen with gun leads to school lockdown
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"A report of a teenager with a gun outside an East County middle school prompted officials to lock down the campus Friday while police searched in vain for the suspect."

"A staffer at Parkway Middle School in La Mesa made an emergency call about 9 a.m. to report a parent's account of seeing a youth with a pistol in his waistband crossing the street in front of the campus minutes earlier, LMPD Sgt. Mike McIntyre said."

"Authorities directed all pupils and teachers to remain inside their classrooms and offices while law enforcement personnel searched the neighborhood around the Park Plaza campus by ground and air." ...
 

SC: Police: Teen brings gun to high school
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A Beaufort High School student was attacked Wednesday morning while waiting for school to start, and a 15-year-old who's not a student at the school was arrested after he was found with a .22-caliber rifle, police said.

The 15-year-old was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia on charges of weapons on school grounds, assault and battery, trespassing and disturbing schools, police said. No injuries were reported.
 

PA: Swann hears the roar of crowd again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "ACTION members, and other social conservatives in Lancaster County, have been talking up Swann ever since he first began thinking about running."

"Pitts, the 10-term congressman, got on board early, and that helped to sway the county's influential conservatives. For many of them, the critical question that unknown-quantity Swann had to answer was: Pro-life or pro-choice? Once the Hall of Fame wide receiver and broadcaster made it known that he's pro-life and pro-Second Amendment, the conservatives were in."

"Friday, the audience included not only ACTION members and friends but most of the county GOP leadership, including Senate Majority Leader David 'Chip' Brightbill." ...
 

IL: Daley, Blagojevich lead Englewood rally
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"Mayor Richard Daley and Gov. Rod Blagojevich led an anti-violence march Saturday in Englewood, calling on legislators to ban assault-style weapons in Illinois."

"One of two children killed this month in the South Side neighborhood was struck in the head by bullet from an AK-47-style rifle converted to fully automatic use." ...

"Blagojevich said he would again speak to lawmakers who voted against a bill that would ban ownership of assault-style weapons in Illinois." ...
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Submitter's Note: Full auto AKs are already banned in Illinois. And murder, assault and discharging a firearm within city limits are also illegal. Do Daley and Blago really they think that adding another layer of illegality would have prevented this tragedy? Or are they just dancing in the blood innocents. Again.
 

CO: GOP gubernatorial contenders face off
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"Republican gubernatorial candidates Bob Beauprez and Marc Holtzman squared off in their first debate Friday, with Holtzman immediately criticizing his opponent for being too soft on illegal immigration."

"The debate at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center-Denver traversed a number of issues, including water, economic development and transportation."

"Beauprez, a second-term congressman, portrayed himself as a 'principled conservative' and pointed to the 1,800 votes he has cast that have earned him high marks from such groups as the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Christian Coalition." ...
 

OH: Cafaro gets NRA backing
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Capri Cafaro, the shopping mall heiress running for the 13th Congressional seat as a Democrat, received a major endorsement yesterday from the National Rifle Association."

"'I think she's an outstanding candidate, energetic and forceful,' said Jeff Freeman, senior lobbyist with the organization. 'She by far had the best record on sportsman issues.'" ...
 

IN: Our gun laws feed Chicago crime
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Relaxed gun laws are making Indiana a go-to location for out-of-state criminals looking to buy handguns and other weapons." ...

"Indiana gun laws rank as some of the most relaxed in the country. According to Americans for Gun Safety, gun shops like Don's and Bradis are among the nation's top gun dealers selling weapons that later turn up in crimes."

"About 50 percent of crime guns used in Illinois come from out of state, many of them from Indiana, said Kessler, who has studied ATF gun-tracing documents. By contrast, he said, 10 percent of crime guns used in Indiana come from out of state." ...
 

WI: Concealed-carry backers insist on secrecy terms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"If a concealed-weapons bill makes its way into law in Wisconsin, people likely won't be able to find out if their neighbors, co-workers or ex-spouses are packing guns."

"The two most recent versions of the bill that have made it through the Legislature had secrecy provisions. Both those bills cleared the Republican-led Legislature, but were vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Lawmakers have pledged to push a new version forward after the November elections - with the secrecy measure intact."

"'When you're talking about something that has the potential to kill another human being, that absolutely should be public,' said Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee), an opponent of the bill." ...
 

MS: Bill on work shootings in gov.'s corner
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"Companies and government buildings where workplace shootings occur would be immune from civil lawsuits under a bill waiting for Gov. Haley Barbour's approval."

"House Bill 1141 allows employees to keep a firearm in their vehicle, as long as the parking area is not gated or watched by a security guard. If Barbour agrees, the law would take effect July 1 and apply to private and public workplaces."

"'I think that was a colossal mistake,' said Rep. Billy Broomfield, D-Moss Point. He works at Northrop Grumman, a shipyard where one man was killed and another injured in a February 2005 workplace shooting. 'We're going to have to come back here and undo that.'"

"The bill was released to the governor's office Friday." ...
 

AL: Unintended consequences
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"A proposed expansion of Alabama's 'deadly force' law seems to be barreling toward passage in the state Legislature. After all, who wants to see law-abiding citizens go to jail or get sued when they kill thugs who threaten them in their homes, businesses and cars?"

"Unfortunately, the legislation fixes something that prosecutors say is not broken. Worse, in their efforts to address an imaginary problem, legislators may create a host of very real problems."

"Jefferson County District Attorney David Barber and other prosecutors have argued the new 'deadly force' bill is not just a license to kill for law-abiding citizens, but for criminals. Barber has gone so far as to say the law could double the murder rate." ...
 

KY: Ky., Ind. ready to expand right to kill intruders
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"Kentucky is poised to join Indiana and several other states that have expanded people's right to shoot anyone they believe is threatening them."

"Backed by the National Rifle Association, the measure became law in Florida last year and in South Dakota last month. Last week, it was approved by lawmakers in Mississippi and Indiana."

"The Kentucky House and Senate have each passed a bill to enact the measure and are working to settle on a single version." ...

"Dubbed the 'castle doctrine' by the NRA, the measure specifies that people have no 'duty to retreat' -- or attempt to flee -- if they believe they are being threatened on their property or in their vehicle." ...
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Submitter's Note: Reasonably believe that they are being threatened. All these bills specify that it must be a "reasonable belief of death or great bodily harm".
 

MS: Voting for something you're against is a tradition in Miss.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "[The 'Castle Doctrine' bill] is a gun law in search of a purpose. It basically expands the reasons someone can use deadly force if they feel threatened. Supporters gave the reasoning that people might be prosecuted for not obeying the fine points of the law in shooting an intruder or using a gun in some other situation fending off a criminal attack."

"Come on. Think about it. What grand jury in Mississippi is going to indict someone for shooting some thug attacking a law-abiding citizen or breaking into his home? The guy more likely will get a medal than any legal harassment."

"I am a gun owner and support Second Amendment rights, but this is a dumb bill." ...
 

AK: Army tightens weapons policy
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"A new U.S. Army Alaska policy penned this week forbids soldiers from carrying privately owned concealed weapons in public, despite being stationed in a state with one of the most liberal concealed weapons laws in the country."

"The move, officials said, is in response to several incidents involving soldiers and their personal concealed weapons."

"'In the last six to eight months, there has been a number of incidents involving soldiers and privately-owned concealed weapons that indicated a need to look at this policy,' said Maj. Kirk Gohlke, U.S. Army Alaska public affairs officer." ...

"The policy is meant to create a safer environment for soldiers and communities, not to infringe on personal rights." ...
 

TX: Customs officer takes her life after transfer denied
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"People who knew Dalila Muoz Migliore might always question why the young Customs agent turned a gun on herself in a Laredo hotel room on Jan. 16."

"Desperate to join her husband in Laredo, where he was stationed with the Border Patrol, Migliore sought a transfer from Customs and Border Protection, where she worked as an agent."

"Repeatedly denied a transfer to the Laredo office, Migliore took her life."

"She shot herself in the chest with her government-issued pistol."

"Migliore turned 28 just the month before."

"Family members declined to comment for this article, except to say that they are trying to move past her death, which remains under investigation. Migliore's husband could not be reached for comment." ...
 

WV: Conservation officers get surplus rifles
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"Guns once used to protect America's borders are now being used to protect West Virginia's wildlife."

"Division of Natural Resources officials recently issued 262 Ruger Mini-14 rifles to the state's field conservation officers."

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service donated the surplus firearms to the DNR in early February."

"'Before we got these, we never had an agency-issued patrol rifle, and we needed one,' said Lt. Larry Case, a spokesman for the DNR's Law Enforcement Section."

"The U.S. Border Patrol originally owned the rifles, which fire the same .223-caliber round as the M-16 and AR-15 rifles used by the U.S. armed forces and many civilian police agencies." ...
 

NC: State asks gun-maker to replace faulty guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Faced with problems ranging from misfires to barrels breaking off, the state has asked gun maker Smith and Wesson to replace hundreds of sidearms carried by probation and corrections officers."

"None of the revolvers have failed in the line of duty, and for now, the department is keeping the guns in service. But in testing, about one in four revolvers didn't fire when the trigger was pulled. In some cases, the barrel of some models broke off when the gun was fired."

"'In one sense it's funny,' said Chief Deputy Correction Secretary Dan Stieneke. 'In another, it's alarming.'" ...
 

MT: Rifle range gets the boot from Mont. park
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"Erosion by wind and water is a big part of the story at Makoshika State Park, a place of badlands and dinosaur fossils, bobcats and bluebirds. Now some people who enjoy firing guns at a range there fear erosion of what they have come to view as an entitlement."

"The state parks agency plans to eliminate a decades-old rifle range at Makoshika, a rolling expanse of peculiar sandstone formations in eastern Montana. The 11,500-acre park gets about 54,000 visits a year, and is especially popular among gun enthusiasts in Glendive, about a quarter-mile from the rifle range and its plywood targets." ...

"The state agency's new 10-year management plan for Makoshika calls for moving the shooting range, but no new site has been selected." ...
 

OH: Letter: Facts ease fears about gun law (OFCC)
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"Marc Myers of Fairview Park, Ohio and Jim Szych, from the Toledo area, wrote a letter to the editors of the Toledo Blade, and they were published today."

"Both letters can be found on this page, one after the other: Toledo Blade Opinions."

"Congratulations to both letter writers on being published in response to an anti-gun opinion piece by Blade columnist Marilou Johanek."

"Both letters have been archived (below) in the event that they disappear from the Toledo Blade's online edition" ...
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Submitter's Note: Ms. Johanek's column can be seen here.
 

OH: New indoor range 'safe place' to shoot
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"Doug Hague and his friends have always enjoyed shooting guns. And quite often, those friends would ask to shoot on his Miami County farm."

"'We would let people shoot, but we realized you can get into liability problems if someone would make a mistake,' Hague said. 'So we decided what this area needed was a safe place for people to shoot.'"

"That's when Hague, a general contractor, came up with the idea of an indoor shooting range. So the Vandalia Range & Armory was created. The 11,000-square-foot building at 100 Corporate Center Drive opened last month." ...
 

VA: Women Getting Trigger Happy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"More women, from soccer moms to professionals like the ones at the Blue Ridge Arsenal gun range in Chantilly, Va., are packing heat for sport, self empowerment and protection."

"'I am a short chubby housewife,' said Jaque Blundell of Arlington, Va. 'I'm not as scared of the bad guys, because the guns are my great equalizer.'"

"The gun industry is catering to women with everything from more girly guns and apparel to all-female hunting trips and free ladies nights at the range. It's clear the feminine touch is adding up to big business."

"'A quarter to a third of all our customers here are women shooters,' said Keith Weaver, who works at the Blue Ridge Arsenal." ...
 

OH: Pistol Team Finishes Third at the National Collegiate Championships
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Ohio State finished third in the National Collegiate Championship Saturday at Ft. Benning, Ga. The Buckeyes finished the three open events with a 6,282 score. Army won the championship with a 6,358 and Navy was second at 6,299. The Buckeyes tied Army for third in standard pistol Friday at 2,096, but lost the tiebreaker to take fourth. Anthony Douglass (Sr., Marietta, Ohio) finished eighth in standard pistol with Teresa Meyer (So., Dearborn, Mich.) ninth at 533. OSU finished third in open air pistol Saturday with a 2,177 mark. Army won the event with a 2,195 with Navy second at 2,190.

Also shot Friday was the women's sport pistol where OSU finished third at 1,067. Meyer finished sixth, scoring 629.8 with Krystin Schmid (Jr., Granville, Ohio) taking seventh at 620.6.
 

NE: Torn on concealed carry
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"I generally lean toward liberal positions, especially as regards social issues. But in the ongoing debate over Nebraska's proposed concealed carry law, I find myself torn, perhaps because I'm dealing with it from a painful perspective that forces me to reconsider my own liberal outlook."

"My 24-year-old daughter, Rachel, was murdered on May 28 of last year. The man who climbed in through a bedroom window and killed her and two other young people (and seriously wounded a fourth) ..."

"If any of the victims had been carrying a weapon, the outcome of that tragic confrontation would almost certainly have been better; it could hardly have been any worse. ..." ...
 

MT: Dealers display valuables at gun, collectibles show
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"Mike Balko examines his antique 1851 Colt Navy .36 caliber pistol. The Civil War was fought with the business end of this type of gun and others like it."

"He turns the weapon over, with a grin, revealing the four carved notches in its fine wooden stock."

"This gun did not sit silently. Each notch likely represents a person killed."

"The Western Collectibles and Antique Gun Show which continues today at the Montana ExpoPark features an array of such weapons, as well as fine china, movie posters, leather goods and almost all things Old West." ...

"Around 65 antique dealers from six or seven states have booths in the arena to show their wares."

"'There's a history lesson on every table,' said Balko, the show's promoter." ...
 

Malaysia: Reaction & escape
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"If avoidance is impractical or impossible, we need to react quickly and efficiently."

"Try to react in a way that allows you an opportunity to escape. For instance, if a perpetrator asks you for your wallet, take it out ... show it to him and then throw it away from your person. This will give you an opportunity to escape. Be creative."

"You may also consider a first strike option if it is justified (must we wait for an attack we know is coming?). It must be understood that this is a last resort. A majority of robbery cases end without major harm if we give up our valuables."

"To be able to physically overcome an attacker, you need to have good self-defence, or better yet, close-quarter combat, skills, including weapons training." ...
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Submitter's Note: Better still, have a gun, the safest self-defense tool available.
 

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