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Fewer gun dealers on the books in the U.S.
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In a little-noticed victory for gun-control advocates across the United States, the number of gun dealers in the nation has fallen 78 percent in the past 10 years as tens of thousands of home-based dealers surrendered their federal licenses." ...

"'The gun-control agenda has evolved from the halls of Congress and the courts,' said Andrew Arulanandam, the director of public affairs for the National Rifle Association (NRA). 'Now we're seeing it evolve to the micro level in local municipalities.'"

"What appears to be welcome news to gun opponents might just have driven gun sales off the books, as fewer personal gun sales are logged, vetted and tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)." ...
 

Senator Feinstein seeks probe into sniper rifles
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"Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is raising concerns that high-powered rifles could be used against Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico divide."

"In a letter to Deborah Spero, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Feinstein asked the department to look into whether .50-caliber rifles pose a threat to officers."

"The gun, which has been banned for sale in numerous U.S. cities, is a high-powered rifle that can fire accurately at targets up to a mile away and penetrate steel armor."

"'The threat posed the easy availability of the .50-caliber sniper rifle could endanger our Border Patrol agents and hinder our ability to control our borders,' Feinstein wrote." ...
 

The National Guard and the 2nd Amendment
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"'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.' That’s the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States acknowledging the right of American citizens to keep and bear arms for the purpose of defending their lives, family, homes and liberty."

"Many believe that 'ordinary' citizens shouldn’t be 'permitted' to have guns, that they don’t have legitimate need for guns and can't be responsible with them. They believe our armed 'servants' should prevent us (with their guns) from having them. They argue that ... 'the people' actually don’t have any right to keep and bear arms. ..." ...
 

WA: Washington CeaseFire Mourns Victims of Early Morning Gun Violence: Capitol Hill, Puyallup Shootings Expose Lax Gun Safety Laws
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"Washington CeaseFire, the State's largest gun safety advocacy organization, today reacted to the tragic incidents of gun violence that have shaken the Puget Sound region. Early reports indicate six individuals were gunned down and several others were injured by a heavily armed man on Capitol Hill. In Puyallup, a police officer was recovering after being shot in the face after responding to suspicious activity."

"'These tragedies highlight that is it all too easy for the wrong people in our State to gain access to guns and do harm,' said Natalie Reber, executive director of Washington CeaseFire. 'Washington elected leaders must do more to strengthen our guns laws so we can keep guns out of the wrong hands and keep our communities safe.'" ...
 

CA: No Charges in Cougar's Shooting
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"A Rancho Santa Margarita man who shot a mountain lion in his backyard will not be charged because he acted in self-defense, prosecutors said Friday."

"Bill Hill, 52, a former Stanton police officer, was taking out the trash early Jan. 17 when his wife saw the animal and screamed. Hill went to his car to retrieve a 9-millimeter pistol and went into the backyard. He saw the 90-pound cougar crouching on a slope 30 feet away. Fearing the animal would attack, Hill fired two shots." ...

"It is illegal to shoot mountain lions, which are a protected species. Exceptions are granted if a cougar attacks pets or livestock, or in cases of self-defense."

"State Department of Fish and Game officials had recommended a misdemeanor charge be filed against Hill, a private investigator." ...
 

TX: Houston man kills suspected home invader
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"A southeast Houston man struggled with one of five masked men in a 'terrifying' home invasion late Friday, by taking away the intruder's gun and shooting him to death."

"The resident of the home at 12311 Flushing Meadow may have wounded one of the other intruders, who forced their way into the house as an older couple was unloading laundry, said Houston Homicide Sgt. Mike Peters ."

"The other four masked men, who had claimed to be FBI agents, fled the scene in a grey Impala, Peters said." ...
 

TX: Intruder Sent to Hospital After Home Owners Open Fire
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"The quiet community of Ransom Canyon is shocked after a home invasion sends the victim and the attacker to the hospital."

"Ransom Canyon Police are investigating the overnight home invasion that sent two to the hospital Saturday morning. The intruder broke into the home and stabbed a 70-year-old man, but the home owners fought back." ...

"Just after 1am Saturday an intruder broke into the home and stabbed the sleeping male home owner. He and his wife then reached for their pistols stored beside their bed and opened fire on the man. The intruder ran from the bedroom but was chased by the wife and shot in the chest just outside of the room." ...
 

OH: Woman cleared in fatal shooting
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"Before she fired the fatal shot, Shanon Barnhouse repeatedly warned the stranger on her Franklinton porch that she had a gun and, if he didn’t back off, she'd use it."

"John Chandler, 19, kept coming, a county prosecutor said. And when he was a few feet from Barnhouse, she fired."

"A grand jury decided yesterday not to indict Barnhouse, 29, on any charges. Franklin County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Casey Lee said it’s clear that Barnhouse acted in self-defense when she shot Chandler on March 17. She said the original murder charge will be dismissed." ...

"Saying that Barnhouse acted only to protect herself and her son, relatives had hoped all week that authorities would see it the same way they did." ...
 

FL: Man Shoots Teen Who Was Allegedly Breaking Into Car
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"An Orange County man shot one teen and tackled another after, he said, they tried to break into his car. Deputies were questioning the man to see if he used the weapon in self-defense."

"Deputies said they received a 9-1-1 call Sunday morning ... A woman reported her car was being broken into. Then, she said, her boyfriend was going outside with a gun. When deputies arrived, he had shot one suspect and tackled another." ...

"Deputies were still investigating. But if the homeowner's story is true, he had every right to shoot the teen."

"'If he felt threatened, yes, there's someone in his car, or on his property, he may be okay,' said Comm. Denise Demps-Rollins, Orange County Sheriff's Office." ...
 

OH: Armed Robbery At Oakley UDF Store
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Cincinnati police are looking for three armed suspects that robbed an Oakley convenience store late Friday night.

Police say the three men entered the UDF on Madison Road around 11:30 p.m. and held three clerks and four customers inside at gunpoint.

Police say one of them had a pump shot gun and the other two had a semi-automatic pistol.

The suspects took money out of two cash drawers and left.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest.
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Submitter's Note: According to my sources in OH, UDF stores are all criminal friendly zones.
 

OH: 'No guns allowed' sign invites criminals (letter)
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"Some banks and merchants don't realize that the minute they post a 'no weapons allowed' decal on their door, they have declared themselves a Criminal Protection Zone."

"They tell criminals who may be considering robbing their establishment: 'Our employees are unarmed; we do not allow law-abiding citizens with permits and carrying a concealed weapon to enter our establishment; so you may proceed with your robbery without fear of interference.'"

"Put yourself in a criminal's shoes. Wouldn't you feel safer robbing a bank or retail store displaying a 'no weapons allowed' sign than one without it, and thus be assured no one with a gun will stop you -- or worse, shoot you?" ...
 

MA: Student, 14, accused of brandishing gun
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A 14-year-old male student was arrested at a Charlestown school yesterday, and police said he threatened another student with a loaded gun. The teenager, a student of Clarence Edwards Middle School, on Walker Street, was involved in a fight outside the school around 11:30 a.m. when he pointed a loaded pistol at a 13-year-old fellow student, police said. The older teenager ran from the scene, but was arrested when he returned to school, police said. Police said they recovered the gun on Franklin Street after the teenager tried to dispose of it.
 

CA: Toy Air Pistols Lead To Discipline
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Two students at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale were disciplined after they brought toy air pistols to school on Friday. One student is believed to have shot an air pistol, which fires plastic pellets, at another student while they were waiting for the school bus before school, said Fred Rich, deputy superintendent of Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The principal was informed of the incident after the students arrived on campus, he said, and the Oakdale Police Department was called because a "dangerous object" was believed to have been fired. The students were "appropriately" disciplined and no one was injured in the incident, Rich said.
 

KS: Override may not wound Sebelius
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"They say that as governor, you never want to see a veto overridden by the Legislature." ...

"But after Gov. Kathleen Sebelius saw her veto of a concealed carry bill thrown out ... no one -- not even Republicans -- said the slight would hurt her re-election chances very much." ...

"Sure, some will talk about it, and they already have."

"Republican candidate Robin Jennison issued a prompt statement after the veto was announced."

"'With this veto, the governor has done nothing to keep hidden weapons off the streets. She has, however, taken away the opportunity of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves,' said the former House speaker." ...
 

FL: Harris tries to revive Senate campaign in central Florida
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"The roughly 100 people packed into a fairgrounds building for a concealed carry handgun class looked up blankly Saturday as U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris entered."

"Hands blackened by fingerprinting ink, they listened, many with seeming half-interest, as Harris talked about her political record, gun rights ..."

"They erupted into applause when weapons instructor and Pasco County Republican Chairman Bill Bunting told them of Harris' A+ rating with the National Rifle Association."

"'I'd vote for her in a heartbeat. I didn't think that before seeing what she's about,' said Jim Myers, a 57-year-old disabled military veteran." ...
 

WI: Concealed weapons OK in Kansas
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"Wisconsin is now one of three states that prohibit carrying concealed weapons, after the Kansas House on Thursday overrode Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a concealed carry bill."

"The veto override, the first in Kansas in 12 years, leaves Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska as the only states that don't have a provision allowing qualified citizens to carry hidden weapons."

"That fact is certain to be hit hard the next time lawmakers seek to overturn Wisconsin's 153-year-old ban on carrying concealed weapons, likely next year. But advocates and opponents of the legislation agreed Friday little is likely to change in Wisconsin if the state's political landscape remains unchanged." ...
 

GA: Deadly force bill gets final legislative approval (another story)
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"Georgians would be free to shoot muggers, carjackers and other attackers without fear of being prosecuted or sued under a National Rifle Association-backed bill that won final legislative approval Friday."

"Called the 'stand your ground' bill by supporters and the 'shoot first' measure by opponents, Senate Bill 396 is patterned on a law enacted last year in Florida and is similar to measures sweeping through legislatures in at least 15 other states."

"The Georgia House approved the bill 115-42 on Friday, after the Senate approved it last month. It now goes to Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is expected to sign it into law." ...
 

IL: Governor Blagojevich urges Treasurer Topinka to support assault weapons ban
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"Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today sent a letter to State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka urging her to change her position and support a statewide assault weapons ban. The Governor believes Topinka, as the only republican statewide officer holder, can help convince republican lawmakers to vote for the ban. The Governor’s letter follows a lobbying effort at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday when he joined families of victims of assault weapons, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and other gun safety advocates today to call on the Illinois General Assembly to pass a statewide assault weapons ban." ...
 

DE: Clear up misunderstandings on proposed weapons bill (3rd, 4th and 5th letters)
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"The Delaware Legislature is currently debating the merits of HB 359. This bill would make it possible for a law-abiding citizen ... to obtain a permit to carry a firearm for self defense. ... " ...

"All of the spin over the easing of requirements for a concealed gun permit equals the ridiculous requirements of banning certain breeds of dogs. The responsible owners are not the real problem, but they get lumped into the same category as the irresponsible owners and needless regulations are piled on in the issue of so called public safety. ..." ...

"Are Delawareans going to support our local police force or cave in to the most powerful lobby in the country -- the National Rifle Association?" ...
 

GA: Georgia House Passes 'Shoot First' Bill
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"Georgia's 'Shoot First' legislation says people trying to defend themselves, their property or others need not attempt to flee before using deadly force. Georgia law already allows people to use deadly force in their homes and vehicles if threatened. But the so-called 'castle doctrine' proposal would allow residents to use deadly force in public areas, such as parking lots and jogging trails."

"If a firearm is used, the residents must legally possess the weapon. The proposal passed the House by a 115-to-42 vote. State Representative Bobby Franklin, the bill's House sponsor, said the proposal sets in stone existing case law that allows residents to fight back to protect themselves." ...
 

WI: Backers of concealed carry attack open government
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"In politics, the implausible often trumps the plausible. Take concealed weapons. Backers of concealed carry bills, two of which have been vetoed recently by Gov. Jim Doyle, insist that concealed-carry permits be kept secret."

"State Sen. Dave Zien (R-Eau Claire) said that keeping the list of permit holders shrouded would keep the bad guys guessing."

"'If I’m a criminal, I’m looking for an easy pushover to rob your wallet or plunder your home,' Zien said." ...
 

MS: Gun bill would make prosecutors 'work'
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"Two articles revealed opposition from the Mississippi Prosecutors Association for shifting the burden of proof in a self-defense homicide cases to the prosecution ('Bill expands self-defense rights,' and 'Gun 'defense' law will hurt prosecutions,' March 17)."

"Many people may not realize that, until now, a claim of self-defense shifts the burden of proof from the prosecution to the defense. In other words, one is presumed guilty until proven innocent, rather than innocent until proven guilty, as is the presumption in practically all other criminal cases."

"The bill makes prosecutors work, rather than giving them the equivalent of a free guilty plea." ...
 

AK: Coghill Legislation to Prevent Firearm Confiscation Passes the House
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House Bill 400, sponsored by Representative John Coghill (R-North Pole) passed the House of Representatives earlier today by a unanimous vote.

The legislation would prevent the confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens during a disaster. Representative Coghill drafted HB 400 in response to the situation that arose following Hurricane Katrina when various government agencies entered homes in New Orleans to confiscate firearms.

Representative Coghill said of the legislation, "We learned a lesson from others' mistakes. I don't expect it would happen in Alaska, and now we have a policy that states what would happen to those that attempt to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of Alaska citizens."

HB 400 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 

PA: The police probe: They played this beautifully
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"The law enforcement establishment takes care of its own."

"That, in any event, was the impression many people got when state Attorney General Tom Corbett brought his dog and pony show to Allentown."

"After a year of secrecy we'd never see in any other kind of case, Corbett released a report on a grand jury probe into the accidental fatal shooting of Easton police officer Jesse Sollman by a fellow officer."

"Corbett and his report delivered two main messages."

"First, the actions of the shooter, Matthew Renninger, were negligent, but not negligent enough to warrant criminal charges. Second, Sollman's death was the result of ghastly ineptitude by city officials." ...
 

VA: Victim's Family Asks FBI to Investigate Shooting
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"The family of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a Fairfax County police officer is asking the FBI to investigate the shooting."

"The request from Salvatore Culosi's family came a day after Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Horan announced he won't bring charges against officer Deval Bullock, who told investigators his pistol accidentally fired. ..."

"Culosi was killed by a SWAT officer who was moving in to arrest him during a gambling investigation. Police say the gun went off accidentally while the officer's finger was on the trigger."

"Horan say he's not going to prosecute the officer because he believes there's not enough evidence for a jury to convict him." ...
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WI: Making the wrong call
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"Higher-ups in Washington, D.C., scotched plans by U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic to prosecute the Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed motorist Justin Fields three years ago. That decision ill serves Milwaukee." ...

"Officer Craig Nawotka shot the unarmed Fields, 21, of Brown Deer, as the victim was driving a car ... Nawotka said he shot in self-defense. The bullet trajectories suggest the car was moving away from the officer at the time he fired about three shots. The incident started in the 1100 block of N. Water St., when Nawotka approached Fields' car, which was blocking traffic. Nawotka drew his gun and broke the car window. Fields then sped away, and Nawotka and another officer gave chase." ...
 

IL: Evidence missing from East St. Louis police storage not isolated case
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... "But as Jackson's murder trial neared a year ago, [Prosecutor] Haida got a stunner: The pistol had vanished from the ... evidence lockup. So Haida ... went to give the place a look, hoping the weapon would turn up."

"Even now, Haida says, 'words really don't describe what I saw.'"

"By his account, the storage area ... was a rat's nest. Evidence bags were strewn about opened and emptied. Seized items of any street value - cash, guns, drugs - were gone. ..."

"... Haida had a talk with police brass here and was assured that such a debacle wouldn't happen again."

"To the disgust of Haida and many East St. Louis residents, it has."

"While his office was prepping for another trial, Haida last month learned that the same evidence vault had been ransacked again - the third time since December 2000. ..." ...
 

MA: Ex-police officer convicted of rape, assault (fourth story on page)
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A former Woburn police officer was convicted yesterday of raping and assaulting a Woburn woman. Paul Meaney, 44, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated rape, indecent assault and battery, and breaking and entering to commit a felony, according to a statement by the Middlesex district attorney's office. Prosecutors say that Meaney broke into the apartment of his victim, then 23, around 2 a.m. on June 26, 2003, assaulted her, held her down, and repeatedly raped her. The defendant and the victim knew each other prior to the assault, and the victim reported the incident the next day. Meaney's sentencing is scheduled for April 7. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
 

IA: Subject of 22-hour 'standoff' says police handled it wrong
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"Walter 'Mike' Thurber, the man whose home Sioux City police surrounded during a 22-hour standoff on Feb. 21-22, says the whole incident was 'overkill' and much more expensive than it needed to be."

"Thurber, who admitted to being 'awfully depressed' at the time, said he was just exercising his right to privacy and his right not to answer his door." ...

"'I'm a single person in the house,' Thurber said Friday. 'No hostages, no threats against anybody and they bring out everything short of the National Guard. They know me. There have been welfare checks at the home before. It's never taken a SWAT team, tactical robot and two command centers to get me out of the house.'"

"'It's almost like a war game,' he said. 'These guys have full (tactical) uniforms, Kevlar helmets and machine guns. What kind of firepower is that for a guy who says, no, I'm scared. I'm not coming out of my house?'" ...
 

NY: Look who's packin'
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"Billionaires are going ballistic."

"Ronald Lauder has joined trigger-happy tycoons Donald Trump and Seagrams scion Edgar Bronfman Sr. as the richest men in the city packing heat, according to the NYPD's gun-permit list."

"Lauder, the cosmetics heir, and multimillionaire Marvel Comics CEO Isaac Perlmutter are the newest gun-club members licensed to carry a weapon - topping a list that already included 'Mean Streets' actors Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro, 'Scarface' producer Martin Bregman and shock jocks Don Imus and Howard Stern." ...

"Other gun-toting notables ... include anti-gun activist Fernando Mateo and Giuliani Partners execs Richard Sheirer and Anthony Carbonetti ..." ...
 

UK: Army's 'lost' guns end up on streets
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"DOZENS of lethal weapons have disappeared from Britain's high-security military bases and found their way on to the streets, it has emerged.

"Defence chiefs admitted they have managed to lose almost a hundred weapons, including high-powered rifles, pistols and even a light machine-gun in recent years."

"Many of the guns have ended up in the hands of some of the country's most brutal criminals, including a Yardie gang in London - sparking fears that weapons have been stolen to order from bases." ...

"New figures obtained by Scotland on Sunday show that, despite massive security at bases and strict rules on issue of firearms, thieves have managed to steal 63 weapons from the army, air force and navy over the past five years ..." ...
 

TN: Keep TBI background check
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"People on both sides of the gun debate traditionally have found common ground on one issue: A criminal background check should be required prior to allowing an individual to purchase a firearm."

"State lawmakers should be very leery about any proposal that would weaken background checks in Tennessee or lessen the public's faith in them."


"Gun dealers are now required to send the thumbprint of a potential gun buyer to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for a background check. State Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey of Blountville is sponsoring a bill that would allow background checks prior to gun purchases to be conducted by the FBI instead of the TBI. ..." ...
 

NC: Alleged UNC campus crasher said he wanted to use a gun
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"A man charged with trying to kill students by hitting them with a car said he would have preferred using a gun but screening laws were too stringent, according to a letter read at a hearing in his case."

"Mohammed Taheri-Azar drove a Jeep Cherokee into a crowd of students March 3 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and hit nine people ..."

"A police officer read the typed letter in court Friday."

"'I would instead use a handgun to murder the citizens and residents of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but the process of receiving a permit for a handgun in this city is highly restricted and out of my reach at present, most likely due to my foreign nationality,' the letter said." ...
 

NY: NRA friends banquet April 6 in Endicott
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"When people support fundraising banquets they are entitled to know where their money is going. With the annual Southern Tier Friends of NRA fundraiser, that question can be answered by visiting local organizations and sportsmen's clubs."

"Funds from the banquet are distributed back to the community in the form of grants to be used for outdoors education, training, equipment and range improvement. For the last 12 years, $80,000 of the funds the chapter raised has gone to projects in the Southern Tier. For the last five years, those funds benefited the Baden-Powell Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Binghamton Gun Club, the Binghamton Rifle Club, the Broome County Sportsmen's Association, the Tioga County Sportsmen's Association ..."
 

MO: Gun shows caught amid heated crossfire
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"AK-47s. SKS sniper rifles. Armor-piercing bullets. Machine gun displays."

"It’s just another weekend at a Kansas City gun show, where there is so much firepower at your fingertips that even some gun enthusiasts shake their heads in wonder."

"But the shows — which gained popularity in the 1990s and now number in the thousands nationwide — are coming under increasing fire as critics claim they are contributing to the incidence of violent crime."

"'Gun shows are one of our main problems,' said Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks. 'These are the guns that end up on the streets of America.'" ...
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OH: Shooting range is just grand for area sportsmen
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"With the spring turkey hunting season just around the corner, it is time for sportsmen to pattern their shotguns for the popular season. Turkey targets are best for making sure the shotgun shell and shotgun choke combination will successfully tag a turkey this spring season, which is April 24 through May 21. The two-day youth turkey hunting season is April 22-23." ...
 

MI: Gun range suit may misfire
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"Some residents fear the Michigan Court of Appeals could dismiss a lawsuit against the state Department of Natural Resources that claims a gun range at Island Lake Recreation Area violated Green Oak Township's noise ordinance."

"Neighbors as far as three miles away have complained about the gunfire since trap and skeet shooting opened at the range about three years ago."

"A judge has forbidden sound experts to testify on the residents' behalf. Green Oak failed to identify them as witnesses in earlier proceedings. ..." ...

"Neighbors, many of whom have lived there before the $3.3 million gun range was built, said they just want the noise level below the township's 65-decibel ordinance." ...
 

CT: Winchester plant has 1 final shot
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"Duke looks worried. He should be."

"The fretful expression on the 8-foot statue of John Wayne matches the somber mood these days at the U.S. Repeating Arms Co., where Wayne's larger-than-life figure stands watch in the lobby, his left hand clutching the company's most famous firearm--a Winchester rifle, the 'gun that won the West.'"

"Unless frantic, 11th-hour efforts to find a buyer for the factory bear fruit, the plant will shut down Friday. With that, an American legend with a history that stretches back more than 140 years will come to an end." ...
 

NM: NRA competition coming to Albuquerque
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The National Rifle Association is bringing the National Police Shooting Championship to Albuquerque.

The NRA will hold the 45th annual pistol and shotgun competition during five days in October at the city’s 4,000-acre Shooting Range Park.

Range manager Rick Vernon says the NRA is committed to holding the match at the shooting range on Albuquerque’s far west side for the next five years.

The state Legislature approved $1.4 million for improvements at the shooting range.

Vernon says they include expansion of protective earthen safety berms and installation of 100 turning targets required for the match.

He says as many as 500 police officers nationwide compete in the match.
 

UK: Drive-by shooting sparks drug war fears
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"A DRIVE-BY shooting at a city flat today sparked fears of a renewed drug war in the north of Edinburgh."

"A single gunshot fired from a passing car blasted the window of a ground-floor home in Royston Mains Gardens on Thursday night."

"No-one was injured in the attack, which is believed to be linked to a violent battle for control of the local drug trade among gang members." ...

"With both ringleaders in jail, it is thought that gangs are now engaged in a bitter fight for control of the lucrative drug trade in their absence." ...
 

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