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VA: Virginia Supreme Court rules shooting victim can sue motel
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"A guest who was shot eight times in the parking lot of a Roanoke Holiday Inn Express should be allowed to sue the motel for not protecting its customers in a high-crime area, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled." [emphasis added]

"Ryan Taboada had filed a $3 million lawsuit against the owners of the Holiday Inn Express after being shot and carjacked in the motel's parking lot on Gainsboro Road Northwest in March 2003."

"The case was dismissed last year by Roanoke Circuit Court Judge Clifford Weckstein."

"The case broke new legal ground on the question of what steps a motel owner must take to protect guests from crimes committed on its property." ...
 

OH: Gun-owners list used for intimidation (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A few weeks ago the Columbus Dispatch's Glenn Sheller wrote a column Conceal-carry OK, permit secrecy isn't that played both sides of the fence. The author didn't find anything wrong with concealed carry, but he isn't going to get a license. The author is, obviously, opposed to the rights of law-abiding gun owners who want nothing more than to exercise their right to carry a firearm for self-defense without being scrutinized like sexual predators."

"In an effort to set the record straight I wrote a letter to the Columbus Dispatch and despite its length and aggressive approach, it was printed this past Saturday. You can read it here: Gun-owners list used for intimidation" ...
 

CA: Santana Shooter's Father To Get His Guns Back
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An appellate court ruled that a father whose teenage son went on a shooting rampage at Santana High School can get back the weapons seized from his home after the 2001 violence.

Two students were killed and 13 were wounded by then-15-year-old Andy Williams, who took a revolver out of his father's locked gun cabinet.

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled the weapons owned by Charles Jeffrey Williams were not a nuisance, as a trial judge had ruled, because they were not used in the school shooting. Weapons seized at the home included a .22-caliber rifle, a .20-gauge shotgun and an M-16 military bayonet.

Under state law, a court can order a weapon destroyed if it is used in the commission of a crime for which the defendant is convicted.
 

MO: Homeowner In Custody In Fatal Shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police are investigating after a homeowner said that he shot two men trying to break into his house Sunday afternoon." ...

"The dead men were identified as Terrion J. Carter, 17, and Darren C. Norton, 22."

"'The detective said it was a home invasion drug deal gone bad -- that's what the detective said (Sunday) night,' said Catherin Curns, Norton's mother."

"Curns said she wished the events hadn't led to a shooting."

"'They invaded his house, but they left his house. And they were trying to drive away from his house,' Curns told KMBC's Donna Pitman." ...

"The homeowner is in custody, although no charges have been filed."
 

CO: Police: Home Invasion Shootout Leaves Intruder Dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 60-year-old Moffat County man was identified Monday as the victim of a home invasion shootout in Craig." ...

"An investigation revealed the homeowner saw Vigil trying to break into the front door with the butt end of a rifle. The homeowner grabbed a .410 shotgun and shot the intruder in the chest as he entered the home, but the shot did not stop him, police said."

"The homeowner and his son ran into a back bedroom where the homeowner grabbed a 30-06 rifle and started loading it. Police said the intruder fired two rounds from a 30.30 rifle through the closed bedroom door. He then began to break down the door and was shot in the hip by the homeowner." ...
 

IL: Blagojevich starts spinning
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Rod Blagojevich's strategy for getting re-elected is pretty simple: Support emotional, feel-good programs and laws, then dare Republican challenger Judy Baar Topinka to oppose them." ...

"Next Blagojevich renewed his call for a ban on assault rifles, and said Topinka's opposition was a 'shocking and shameful capitulation' to the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association. Never mind that his proposal doesn't stand a chance of passage -- nor is there any evidence it would decrease the crime rate if approved. The federal assault weapon ban expired in 2004, and that hasn't resulted in any increase in crime." ...
 

AZ: ACTION ALERT - SB 1145, (Self-Defense; home protection)
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"One of the most important bills in the last decade, SB 1145, which restores 'innocent until proven guilty' in self-defense situations, is in jeopardy of being gutted in the House Rules committee."

"Information on SB 1145 can be found here:"

http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=SB1145 ...
 

AL: Supporters try again to pass deadly force bill in House
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"One of the most vigorously debated issues in the Alabama Legislature this session will be back on the agenda Tuesday as the House attempts to give final passage to a bill to expand the instances where a person can kill someone to protect a home or vehicle."

"The Alabama House and Senate have previously passed different versions of the legislation that removes language from current law that says a resident should not use deadly force during a break-in if he or she can 'avoid using force with complete safety.'"

"The legislation ... gives a person who uses deadly force while protecting his home immunity from lawsuits, but it does say a person must feel threatened before using deadly force." ...
 

IN: Deadly Force Law
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"Indiana is now one of only three states with a deadly force law, the other two including Florida and South Dakota. The National Rifle Association says 15 other states are considering similar legislation."

"Governor Daniels signed a law endorsing Indiana resident's right to use deadly force against intruders. The new law says hoosiers do not have to retreat before using deadly force to prevent serious bodily injury to themselves or someone else."

"'It's common sense,' says Governor Daniels. 'It clarified what we already believe the law to be in Indiana now, but there were those who wanted to make certain no just would ever misinterpret that and so as I saw it ...'" ...
 

AK: 'Stand Your Ground' bill passes Alaska Senate
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Alaska is a step closer to allowing citizens to use deadly force against muggers, carjackers, sexual assailants and others.

The state Senate today voted 17-to-2 in favor of Senate Bill 200.

The measure expands the state's "castle law" which currently allows a person to use whatever force is necessary to protect their home. The bill allows the use of deadly force outside the home under certain circumstances.

Sponsor and North Pole Republican Gene Therriault says a person must be able to prove they reasonably believed such action was necessary for self defense.

Similar laws have been passed in Florida, Indiana and South Dakota. More than a dozen other states have legislation pending. The bill now goes to the House.
 

FL: Legislature considers guns at work
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"The fast-moving Florida Legislature takes up one of the most heavily lobbied issues of its 2006 session this week in a showdown between the influential gun lobby and powerful business interests."

"At issue: a bill allowing people to keep weapons locked in their cars at work."

"Associated Industries of Florida and other major retail and corporate lobbying groups staunchly oppose the bill ... Employers historically resist any state mandates, but this one is particularly hot because companies are afraid that an office argument ... might escalate with lethal results, if guns are too handy."

"But Unified Sportsmen of Florida ... has cast the issue as a matter of Second Amendment freedoms. ..." ...
 

DE: Concealed weapons legislation stirs debate in the General Assembly
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"With a Smith and Wesson held to his head during a random robbery Rick Shindledecker had a clear thought. 'I did not wish I had a gun, I just wished he didn’t,' said Shindeldecker, proprietor of Sharkey’s Grill in Dewey Beach, who was held at gunpoint for cash a decade ago. Better known as 'Sharky,' he joins legions of people opposing a current bill to loosen restrictions on carrying concealed deadly weapons."

"Despite passionate debate from the opposition heard in House committee March 2, the bill has overwhelming support in both chambers and appears likely to pass." ...
 

NH: House made right call on many crucial votes
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"The New Hampshire House dealt with a flood of bills in the wild sessions leading up to 'crossover day,' when legislation must pass from one chamber to another. This year, it did an unusually good job of moderating the extremes. The Senate, which now has the bills, should not undo the House's thoughtful work." ...

"The House killed a bill that would allow people to use deadly force against anyone who threatens them without first making an attempt to retreat. Under existing law, shooting someone in self-defense instead of retreating if possible is justified only when one is in one's home or its immediate environs." ...
 

WI: More Women Learn to Lock and Load
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"It's a sign times have changed as today's wives and mothers learn how to lock and load. The National Rifle Association says more women are buying and using guns than ever before -- and we're seeing evidence of that right here in Wisconsin."

"'Back when I was growing up, my mother would never have thought of going hunting,' Janice Keller said, 'and now my husband's constantly telling me I should go hunting with him.'"

"Both hunting and target practice are things Keller and Sherill Kleinhans say they wanted to do. So they, like an increasing number of women, took a civilian training firearms course at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay." ...
 

KS: Firearms program for women slated
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"On April 8, the National Rifle Association’s Women On Target program will conduct an event at the Fancy Creek Range in the Tuttle Creek State Park, near Randolph."

"The program is open to women 16 and older."

"Participants will be given instruction in rifle, handgun and shotgun shooting. No experience is necessary, but shooters of all levels are welcome."

"Firearms and ammunition will be provided. Certified instructors and range-safety officers will be on duty."

"Moms with school-age children need not worry. Volunteers will supervise a program for the youngsters in the park adjoining the range."

"The fee is $15, but two friends may register together for $20. For information, call (785) 532-7409 or e-mail frodo@kansas.net." ...
 

NY: Women Having A BLAST
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"Across the country and in the Rochester-area more shooting clubs are growing in popularity as hangouts--for women."

"At one area gun club, women are having a blast in their gun club. In fact, that’s the name of their club--the Brooks Ladies All-American Shooting Team. They use shotguns to hit clay targets."

"Co-founder Karen Dolan has been in the sport for about 20 years."

"'You don't have to jump high or run fast or have big muscles to shoot. All you have to have is eye-hand coordination,' she said."

"The founders of BLAST had two ideas in mind: to establish a network of women shooters and to introduce new shooters to a safe, fun, and non-intimidating environment." ...
 

OK: Local Ladies Learn The Carry Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Its not your typical ladies day out. But this group of church friends thought it was important."

"Darcy Fulkerson : 'Recently we heard about the homeland incident where the gentleman with the concealed carry license was able to help out there so I think some of those things prompted us to want to get involved a little more and be more comfortable with our guns.'"

"So they signed up for this women's only class to get a concealed carry permit."

"Ryan Myers, Instructor: 'its a good opportunity to get all of the ladies out together there's not a lot of stress, they don't have to worry about impressing anyone, they can go at their own pace, its less threatening.'" ...
 

IL: A spray of fire
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"Starkesia Reed and Siretha White were cut down by stray bullets in sprays of gunfire. Their murders, in recent incidents just days and blocks apart in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, were stunning."

"Police say an AK-47 assault rifle converted to automatic use was used in the killing of 14-year-old Starkesia. It is not yet clear what weapon is to blame in the death of 10-year-old Siretha; investigators believe it may have been a pistol equipped with a large ammunition magazine."

"These killings underscore the need to restrict assault weapons--and why such efforts are immensely frustrating. If Illinois were to impose a ban on the sale of such weapons, it wouldn't be hard to get around it. ..." ...
 

TX: Tom Deserves To Get His Gun Back, At Least Till Trial
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"Regardless of what you think of the case, Tom DeLay is presumed innocent of conspiring to violate Texas election laws as alleged in Travis County."

"DeLay and everybody else in this country is guaranteed the right to due process under the law, in both the Fifth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. And under the Second Amendment, citizens have the right to bear arms."

"Unfortunately, the 1999 Texas Legislature overlooked the Constitution when it added restrictions to state government code saying that a citizen’s permit to carry a concealed weapon can be suspended if the citizen, among other things, is indicted under a felony charge." ...
 

IL: Second pistol class may be added
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"The response to the NRA First Steps Pistol class (being hosted by the Carmi Rifle Club) has been tremendous and the class is full at this time."

"Because of the demand for the handgun instructional class, a waiting list has been established for an additional session of the half-day course. The second session will be held in the near future if enrollment warrants."

"The class is an excellent opportunity for gun owners wanting to fulfill qualifications for out-of-state conceal carry permits. The course fills the requirements for the Florida nonresident conceal carry permit and the prerequisite for the personal protection course being offered April 22-23." ...
 

CO: Trashed Public Shooting Range Could Close
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"It's an eyesore. Targets, fast food wrappers, beer bottles, aluminum cans, even appliances litter the Rampart Range, a free public shooting range in the Pike National Forest. People bring all their unwanted materials, use them as targets, and leave them at the range for others to fire at or deal with later." ...

"For the last fifteen years, the park service has tried to keep up the shooting range with the help of volunteers. ..."

"Forest officials are now considering closing the range because they can no longer afford to maintain it. They are offering any private operator the chance to take the range off their hands. Unfortunately, a private owner would be able to charge the public a fee to shoot at the site."
 

UK: Shock rise in gun crime
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"Gun crime has soared on the streets of South Wales in the last 12 months."

"The shocking figures were released today at the launch of a new campaign to crack down on it."

"The Crimestoppers Wales/Cymru initiative was launched today after Home Office figures revealed that the number of firearms offences in South Wales have more than doubled in just two years."

"There have been more firearms offences recorded in South Wales than any of the other three Welsh force areas - Dyfed Powys, Gwent and North Wales - which have also seen an increase."

"Firearms offences in South Wales, not including air weapons, have soared from 47 in 2003/04 to 104 in 2004/05, while Gwent has seen an increase from 74 to 84." ...
 

Ireland: 'Miracle' no-one killed as gang open fire in motorway chase
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"GUN-firing gangsters brought chaos to the country's busiest motorway yesterday in a dramatic high-speed car chase."

"Gardai closed a large section of the M50 as they combed the area for forensic clues such as spent bullet casings."

"Reacting to the latest gangland outrage, one politician said it was an 'absolute miracle' no-one was killed."

"The incident marks another milestone in lawlessness and recklessness and shows the gangsters are prepared to raise the stakes even higher in their murderous feuds."

"The bizarre chase took place early in the morning when the masked attackers in their car sped after a Lexus with five men and women inside, firing repeatedly from at least one automatic weapon." ...
 

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