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Number of Gun Dealers in U.S. Drops Almost 80 Percent - From 245,628 to 54,902 - Since 1994, New Violence Policy Center (VPC) Report Reveals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The number of gun dealers in America has dropped by 190,726 since 1994 according to a new study released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The study (see http://www.vpc.org/studies/dealers.pdf) found that the number of Type 1 Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs) plummeted 78 percent: from 245,628 in 1994 to 54,902 in 2005. ... The 1992 VPC publication More Gun Dealers Than Gas Stations first focused national attention on abuses by FFL holders and revealed that at the time of its release the number of Americans who possessed the Type 1 FFL outnumbered gas stations 245,000 to 210,000. The bulk of the licenses were held by illegitimate 'kitchen-table' dealers ..." ...
 

David Codrea at The War on Guns has done it again (blog)
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"Mr. Codrea, from The War on Guns, just cannot seem to keep himself out of trouble. ... However David, being the ever vigilant Pro-Rights guy that he is. Unearthed the beast yet again. This time, the beast has attacked a fellow compatriot and slandered him. They employed libelous methods to kick Our Fellow Patriot while he was down, so to speak. The Patriot, of which I write, is Mr. Angel Shamaya. Angel, in case you don't know, is the Founder of Keep and Bear Arms. And had his Rights violated last week. (Previously written about here and on many other sites across the web). Updated info., concerning Angel's case can be found here." ...
 

Some people are beyond repugnant (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We, of course, knew that the arrest of Angel Shamaya would bring all kinds of insects out of the woodwork, who would actively take advantage of the situation to promote their anti-freedom agenda."

"Mike Magnum of the 'Gun Guys' is just such vermin. If you remember, this was the same guy who saw it fit to use Charlton Heston's announcement about having Alzheimer's Disease to not only impugn his character and ruthlessly attack him, but promote his own political agenda. So we shouldn't be surprised at the libelous statement issued by this maggot on his site regarding Angel's arrest." ...

"To those of you appalled by his behavior, I urge you to take the high road on this. Do not fill his email box with hate mail. He lives for feedback ..." ...
 

What are they teaching in law school these days? (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mr. Russell C. Fericks, an attorney with the Salt Lake City law firm of Richards Brandt Miller & Nelson has decided to show the world his preference for absurd tort legal theory in an opinion piece on the Salt Lake Tribune web site. While the title he chose is laudable, 'Stemming the tide of handgun violence in America', a goal I think we can all agree on, it’s unfortunate the title is just about the only thing worth while in the whole piece."

"He starts be recounting a 'poignant' sob story, as if there is any other kind, about someone getting shot. It follows with Mr. Fericks, as the hero, suing the big bad gun company who made the firearm involved in the crime. ..." ...
 

CA: Shooting victim arrested for assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fresno Police released new information about an overnight shooting that left a man in critical condition."

"An investigation revealed the suspect, 36-year-old Elijah Haqq, was shot in self defense after he allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill a woman and her two teenage kids. Haqq, a validated Muhammad gang member, was arrested and released for brandishing a weapon around midnight."

"Shortly after his release, Haqq went to a home ... in Southwest Fresno where witnesses say he threatened the lives of three people."

"That’s when he was reportedly shot five times in the chest."

"Haqq is in critical condition at University Medical Center and he’ll be charged with burglary, terrorist threats, and assault with a deadly weapon."
 

KY: Jury finds wife innocent in shooting of husband
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An Oldham County jury has found a 38-year-old woman not guilty of murder in the shooting death of her ex-husband.

The verdict was returned late last night in the case of Donna Fryman, who killed interior designer Dan Fryman on January 12th, 2004.

The jury got the case at 2:30 yesterday afternoon and reported its verdict at eleven p-m.

Donna Fryman said she shot her ex-husband in self-defense at the home they shared in the Prospect area of eastern Louisville. They had continued to live together despite the divorce.
 

TX: Police: Intruder Fatally Shot Breaking Into Home
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A man trying to break into a southeast Houston home was fatally shot Tuesday morning, police told KPRC Local 2."

"The shooting happened shortly before 5 a.m. on Almeda Pines Drive and Easthaven Boulevard near Hobby Airport."

"Investigators with the Houston Police Department said the homeowner shot and killed the intruder, who died from gunshot wounds to his head and back."

"The man told police that he fired his gun to protect himself from the intruder. His wife and two kids were not at home when the shooting occurred."

"Police took the homeowner into custody but have not said if he would face any charges. They told KPRC Local 2 that the homeowner did the right thing by shooting the suspect." ...
 

OH: Intruders enter home; grandma greets them with loaded gun
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A local great-grandmother faced danger head on as intruders entered her home."

"But as they quickly discovered - she could hold her own."

"Eleanor Lynn, 75, said she keeps her .380 handgun loaded and nearby at all times."

"'I already had the gun out,' she said. 'Somebody was breaking into my house so I took the gun out and went to the door. They flew.'"

"That's why she was ready when the suspects entered her west Akron home Monday morning."

"She'd been robbed before and wasn't about to let it happen again." ...

"Lynn's neighbor quickly called police who arrested the suspects, ages 15 and 17, in nearby yards."
 

TX: Southwest Side man fights off intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A man walking home from a neighborhood nightclub had to defend himself from an intruder that followed him to his Southwest Side apartment.

Police said the man was walking to the apartment in the 400 block of Cropsey Avenue, near General Hudnell Drive, at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, when he noticed someone behind him.

The man ran to his apartment, went inside and slammed the door. The suspect kicked in the door and knocked the victim to the floor.

The victim got a gun, fired a shot and missed. The intruder ran away. Police are searching for him.
 

Sex Offender Registry Bill Scheduled to be Considered by House Today Will Allow Misdemeanor Sex Offenders Continued Access to Guns - Despite Ban Passed by House on Voice Vote on Similar Bill Last Year
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Today, Wednesday, March 8, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a sex offender registration bill (H.R. 4472) that does not contain a provision that would prohibit gun possession by individuals convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses against minors. This is despite the fact that such a ban was included in the 'The Children's Safety Act of 2005' (H.R. 3132), a similar bill that was passed by the House in September 2005. The gun prohibition was added to H.R. 3132 as an amendment by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and passed on a voice vote. An anti-hate crime provision that was added as an amendment to H.R. 3132 is also not included in the new bill." ...
 

PA: Gun Control May Return To Municipalities
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A proposed state law would give municipalities authority to enact their own local gun laws, a state legislator accompanied by Philadelphia officials told a news conference."

"'We need to do all we can to reduce the violence in Philadelphia,' state Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, said Monday. 'We have a public epidemic on our hands.'" ...

"The legislature took away municipalities’ power to enact local gun laws in 1995 as Philadelphia moved toward stricter gun control. The proposed bill would allow the city to enact stricter waiting periods and background checks than the state requires and limit gun purchases to one a month."
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KABA Note: This despite the fact that a CDC study showed no measurable effect from laws like these.
 

OH: Media access to permit holders' names only link to public
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Sponsors of changes intended for Ohio's concealed weapons law have dropped - for now - their demand that journalists lose access to lists of permit holders."

"But backers of the changes vowed to keep up their push to seal the lists, and should they succeed, the real losers would be the public, a lobbyist who represents newspapers says."

"Proponents of the changes wanted to require journalists to present names to a county sheriff to find out whether those people have permits, rather than simply ask for a list of permit holders. Now the bill's backers say they will try to end access to the lists through another bill."

"Media access to lists is the only way anyone can know who has a permit, said Frank Deaner, lobbyist for the Ohio Newspaper Association." ...
 

GA: Thanks, but we’ve had enough
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To the Georgia General Assembly: Please stop and go home. We’ll drop your checks in the mail. Don’t do anything else. Wait till next year. Maybe you’ll have better ideas and smarter help by then." ...

"Meantime, you can do us citizens a favor by doing nothing on several fronts. For instance, puleeeze:" ...

"Do not pass legislation encouraging more Georgians to shoot each other. Celebrating bills that would allow residents who feel threatened to whip out guns and blast would-be bad guys was a big mistake. Did we hear you say the cash-flush National Rifle Association wants you to pass a pair of gun-packing, quick-shooting laws?" ...
 

IL: Rantoul board backs proposed air gun ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A proposed ordinance being considered by the Rantoul Village Board would make little Ralphie Parker from 'A Christmas Story' a criminal."

"On Tuesday night the village board recommended passing an ordinance prohibiting persons under the age of 21 from possessing or discharging air guns, BB guns, paintball guns and pellet guns in public places."

"The ordinance would also ban young people from possessing or discharging these items on private property without the consent of the property owner." ...

"Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber said the proposed ordinance is needed because of a recent increase of incidents in which young people have been displaying air or pellet guns as if they were real firearms." ...
 

IN: Koch supports gun bill even in diluted form
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said he would consent to changes in his gun bill that stripped provisions allowing people to store firearms in their car during work, despite employer policies."

"House Bill 1028, if passed, would still specify that a person is justified in using deadly force, and is not obligated to retreat, if they are being attacked."

"The original version would have prohibited company policies that restrict Hoosiers from storing loaded handguns, or unloaded rifles and shotguns, inside locked vehicles while they were at work."

"The bill passed the House 82-18, but the workplace provision died in the Senate." ...
 

OH: Ohio House Approves Historic Firearms Measure In 76-18 Vote (PRO)
Submitted by: Peoples Rights Organization
Website: http://www.peoplesrights.org

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"House Bill 347, which would fix a few of the problems in Ohio's conceal carry law and pre-empt the ability of municipalities to pass firearms regulations, was approved by the full Ohio House of Representatives today by a vote of 76-18 (with 4 individuals absent or not voting). The vote occurred only one day after the legislation was passed out of the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday morning."

"Details of the final bill are below."

"Amazingly, NONE of Ohio's major metro papers today (Wednesday) are reporting ANYTHING about the pre-emption portion of the bill. And on the House floor prior to today's vote, there was no debate. Only two comments came from democrats about the bill." ...
 

GA: NRA pushing Georgia bill that strengthens deadly force laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Georgia proposal to allow citizens to defend themselves with deadly force wherever they feel threatened is part of a campaign by the National Rifle Association in more than a dozen gun-friendly states in the West and South."

"After winning a brawl with gun-control proponents in Florida last year, the NRA is pushing 'castle doctrine' laws in 16 states, NRA spokeswoman Autumn Fogg said."

"In states such as Georgia, where the state code already allows citizens to use deadly force to protect their homes and cars, the definition of 'castle' is expanded to the entire public sphere."

"... Fogg said. 'We want to make sure that the law is very clearly stated that citizens no longer have a duty to retreat.'" ...
 

CA: Sheriff's deputy charged in the shooting of airman
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"A charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter was leveled Tuesday against a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who shot an unarmed Air Force airman in January, but the wounded man's family and attorney criticized prosecutors for not going far enough."

"The case, bolstered by a video recording that drew national attention, marks the first prosecution of a police officer in San Bernardino County for a shooting in the line of duty." ...

"... Carrion, 21, was a passenger in a Corvette that Webb pursued during a short, high-speed chase through Chino, which ended when the Corvette smashed into a wall. After drawing his gun and ordering Carrion to the ground, Webb apparently instructed him to stand back up, and then shot him three times." ...
 

Brazil: Rio slum dwellers upset by army raids in arms hunt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pensioner Wanda Souza, 65, nearly fainted when she had to pass a military checkpoint in the Rio de Janeiro slum where she has lived all her life."

"'Yesterday I was going to go out but with all those soldiers in the street my blood pressure rose and I felt sick,' Souza said, declaring that the army occupation of Mangueira was the last straw, coming on top of the slum's usual violence. She would soon move to the countryside, she said."

"Around 1,500 soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters have occupied nine slums, including Mangueira, in the crime-ridden city as they hunt for weapons stolen from a military base on Friday. It is the first army deployment in three years in the city, which has one of the world's highest murder rates." [emphasis added] ...
 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Reports Record Quarterly Sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (Amex: SWB), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 154-year old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, today announced net product sales of $38.6 million for the third quarter ended January 31, 2006, a 24% increase over the comparable quarter of the prior year, and the highest quarterly revenue in the company's history." ...
 

WI: NRA meeting in Milwaukee expected to appeal to state's hunters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is expecting to draw between 40,000 and 50,000 people to its annual meeting in Milwaukee in May, organizers said."

"But those estimates might be low given the popularity of hunting in the state, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said."

"'I think we're in really good territory, with a lot of hunters, a lot of sportsmen and a lot of NRA members,' Arulanandam said Tuesday."

"Only four states - Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York - ranked higher than Wisconsin in the number of hunters in 2001, according to the most recent survey for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service." ...
 

MN: PTC annual gun show continues long-time successful program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You might have attended to find an antique shotgun. You might have attended to find a one hundred dollar .22."

"You may have been looking for that one special piece to fill that hole in your firearms collection."

"Regardless of the reason, Pine Technical College’s Gun Show was the place to find what you were looking for on Feb. 25-26. Hosted for the 23rd year by the PTC Gunsmithing Department, it is an annual soiree."

"The annual Gun Show is organized by the student Shooter’s Association."

"The association is made up of gunsmithing students and was established to promote competitive and social shooting sports." ...
 

KY: 4-H Clover Corner: Youth hunter education challenge now available
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For every youth interested in hunting and the skills required to become an expert outdoorsman or woman, the Boyle/Mercer 4-H Shooting Sports Club now offers the Youth Hunter Education Challenge."

"If you're interested, the YHEC organizational meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Monday in the basement of the Boyle County Extension Office. The first practice session ... will be at the Mercer County Fish and Game Club on Saturday, March 18."

"All 4-H Shooting Sports programs teach young people how to safely and responsibly own and use firearms. All disciplines, including .22 rifle, air pistol, archery, muzzleloaders, and 12- and 20-gauge shotguns, focus on safety and accuracy when firing at a stationary target." ...
 

IL: JJC student wins national meet, targets law-enforcement career
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"Practice makes perfect, and for Jeff Butler of Manhattan time spent on the firing range earned him first place at a national Explorer competition in Arizona."

"Butler, 18, took top honor at the Live-Fire Competition at the National Explorer event in Chandler, Ariz., in January."

"'The team did the best that we've ever done with a schedule that was more intense,' Butler said. 'This is the first time we've brought home three awards.'" ...

"Butler's event involved firing a pistol at moving metal and paper targets. The competition simulates a scenario faced by law-enforcement offices. It's also a chance for members to explore aspects of a law-enforcement career." ...
 

OH: Summit deputies fear kids may find missing gun
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"A loaded gun might be lying in the woods and the Summit County Sheriff's Office can't find it."

"'We are concerned because kids play in those woods all the time,' Capt. Larry Momchilov said Tuesday. 'If kids find it and pull the trigger, someone will get injured.'"

"The gun was tucked in Robert Peterson's belt when he ran from deputies Jan. 30, after he was spotted casing the Unizan Bank. Peterson ran into the woods ... fell several times and zigzagged for more than a quarter-mile before he was captured, Momchilov said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course if they taught kids gun safety with a program like Eddie Eagle, instead of relying on a 'lock up your safety' mentality, it would not be so worrisome.
 

CA: Our View: 'Toy' guns can cause a serious threat
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"Ridgecrest Police officers were recently faced with what could have been a nightmare scenario - a teenager armed with a handgun in a city park."

"Those who read our coverage earlier in the week know that the weapon turned out to be a replica firearm. Calling these weapons "toy guns" may be an oversimplification, these guns are designed to closely resemble an actual firearm, right down to the weight, feel and texture."

"Fortunately for all, the incident was resolved without injury to anyone, but his was not the first incident similar to this. Last year Ridgecrest Police officers took custody of a replica AR-15. The AR-15 rifle is a civilian version of the military's M-16, which is used by many police departments." ...
 

MI: Shamaya Threatened His Girlfriend, Had Illegal Cache, is Released on Bond (Gun Guys blog)
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"The media has jumped on the case of Angel Shamaya, but not too many of them have figured out yet exactly who he is. He runs a website called KeepandBearArms.com, has been extremely vocal in the past about those who want to keep the public safe from illegal guns, and just last Saturday got caught by police with what we now find out was a huge cache of illegal weapons." ...
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Submitter's Note: Angel should consider suing these guys for libel. Also note that these "Gun Guys" are solidly anti-gun.
 

NY: They shoot, they score!
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Clarence rifle coach Bob Neubauer promised his team a steak dinner if they scored a 1,380 out of 1,500 in any match this season."

"The Red Devils did better than that. They averaged 1,354 in a season that culminated in winning the school's first state championship in the sport since 1976, last Saturday at West Point. In fact, the top five Clarence shooters scored 1,389 in the state meet, although only the top four counted in the official team total of 1,111." ...
 

MS: Ole Miss Rifle Heads To NCAA Championships
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"The Ole Miss rifle team heads to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the program's first ever appearance at the NCAA Championships."

"'I can't explain what this means for our players and our program,' said Ole Miss head coach Valerie Boothe, who is the only head coach in Ole Miss rifle history. 'The girls worked so hard all year, and I am proud of them for reaching their goals.'"

"Ole Miss will join Alaska-Fairbanks, Kentucky, Murray State, Navy, Nebraska and defending national champion Army, at the United States Olympic Training Center beginning March 10, for the two-day event." ...
 

Belgium: EU Commission Proposes Tougher Rules on Firearms
Submitted by: Haddock
Website: http://www.servicerifle.com.au/qmrcabout.htm

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"The European Commission on Friday proposed stricter rules to control the sale of firearms including a requirement that records be kept for 10 years on all arms sold."

"The proposal concerns civilian arms, essentially for hunting or sports."

"The European Union adopted legislation in 1991 on the control of the purchase and possession of weapons, but amendments are necessary to keep the EU in line with a United Nations protocol, the EU executive said in a statement."

"'The tracing of firearms is vital in the fight against organised crime,' said EU Enterprise and Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen." ...
 

Australia: Glock and bullet story
Submitted by: Haddock
Website: http://www.servicerifle.com.au/qmrcabout.htm

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"How come the bad guys can have guns and we law-abiding types can't? Go ahead, John, make our day!"

"... 1996’s massacre at Port Arthur, and Howard’s subsequent introduction of new gun laws. '... I knew out of that there was an opportunity to grab the moment and to bring about a fundamental change in gun laws in this country.'"

"And why might Howard have wanted to do this? 'I did not want Australia to go down the American path. There are some things about America I admire, there are some things I don’t, and one of the things I don’t admire about America is an almost drooling, slavish love of guns. I think they’re evil.'"

"Two things. Firstly, Howard again here demonstrates his uncanny ability to reflect mainstream Australian opinion ... Secondly, Howard is entirely wrong." ...
 

State Legislatures Are Failing to Protect Kids From the Dangers of Illegal Guns, According to Annual Brady Campaign Report Cards
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Criminals, youth and other prohibited persons are gaining access to guns with remarkable ease and continue to wreak havoc on communities around the country. And elected officials are doing little to stop them. That's the lesson of the 2005 Annual Report Cards of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence." ...

"With the leaders of America's cities crying out for help from either the Federal government or state Capitols; with front page stories providing daily examples of the pain inflicted on communities by the misuse of guns and with major exposes in the news media about how illegal guns are wreaking havoc in our nation's cities, state legislative leaders who could do something about it continue the recent trend of winking at the gun lobby, doing nothing, and letting the gun lobby and the gun industry it protects get away with murder." ...
 

California Gets An "A-" for Efforts to Protect Kids from the Dangers of Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"California is taking positive steps to keep criminals, youth and other prohibited persons from gaining easy access to guns. California elected officials should be commended for their efforts, but there is still more to do to keep illegal guns from wreaking havoc on our communities."

California earned an 'A-'. Overall, 32 states received a grade of 'D' or 'F' for the 2005 report card, and only 10 states received a grade of 'A' or 'B.'

"'California got an 'A-,' said Griffin Dix, president of the California Million Mom March Chapters. 'California has passed a series of gun laws that are a model for the rest of the nation. These laws have helped California reduce rates of gun homicide, gun suicide and total gun deaths in California much faster than in the rest of the nation. ...'" ...
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KABA Note: Except that, according to the CDC, from 1998 thru 2003 the 'gun death' rate in CA went from 9.12 to 9.77 per 100,000. Compare Maine (D-) and CA (A-) :

Year - ME --- CA
1999 - 8.92 - 9.12
2000 - 8.78 - 9.18
2001 - 7.63 - 9.27
2002 - 6.80 - 9.74
2003 - 6.28 - 9.77
 

Colorado Gets A "D" for Efforts to Protect Kids from the Dangers of Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Criminals, youth and other prohibited persons are gaining access to guns with remarkable ease and continue to wreak havoc on communities around the state. And elected officials are doing little to stop them. That's the lesson of the 2005 Annual Report Cards of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Colorado earned a 'D'. Overall, 32 states received a grade of 'D' or 'F' for the 2005 report card"

"Colorado got a 'D', said Tom Mauser of Colorado Ceasefire, because 'we aren't doing enough to reduce gun violence in Colorado. We were able this year to hold the line on some important pieces of gun legislation, but the gun lobby will continue to try to erode Colorado's already weak gun laws. In their perfect world, every state would get an F,' Mauser said." ...
 

Illinois Raised to an "A-" for Efforts to Protect Families from Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Illinois is taking positive steps to keep criminals, youth and other prohibited persons from gaining easy access to guns. Illinois elected officials should be commended for their efforts, but there is still more to do to keep illegal guns from wreaking havoc on our communities. Illinois is far ahead of most other states in its efforts to keep kids and families safe."

"Illinois earned an 'A-', the only state in the nation to receive a higher grade from last year. Last year Illinois had a B-plus. ...'" ...

"Illinois got an 'A-' because it has passed sensible gun laws last year to protect our children and families by enacting laws to require background checks on all gun purchases at gun shows, and to require child safety locks with each handgun sold." ...
 

Maine Gets A "D-" for Efforts to Protect Kids from the Dangers of Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Easy access to guns continues to plague the state as domestic violence incidents continue and youth suicide rates outstrip national averages. And elected officials are doing little in response. That's the lesson of the 2005 Annual Report Cards of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Maine earned a 'D-.' Overall, 32 states received a grade of 'D' or 'F' for the 2005 report card."

"'It is embarrassing that Maine just barely escaped an F this year,' said Cathie Whittenburg, executive director of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence. 'Our legislators have a lot of work to do such as protecting victims of domestic violence, improving handgun purchase background checks, and focusing on efforts to stop youth suicide.'" ...
 

Pennsylvania Gets A "D-Plus" for Efforts to Protect Kids from the Dangers of Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Criminals, youth and other prohibited persons are gaining access to guns with remarkable ease and continue to wreak havoc on communities around the state. And elected officials are doing little to stop them. That's the lesson of the 2005 Annual Report Cards of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Pennsylvania earned a 'D-plus.' Overall, 32 states received a grade of 'D' or 'F' for the 2005 report card."

"'Pennsylvania's record on guns is deplorable,' said Barbara Montgomery, president of the Pennsylvania Million Mom March chapters. 'Considering the devastating toll that gun violence has taken on our communities and our children, in particular, lawmakers in Pennsylvania should be ashamed of themselves.'" ...
 

Washington State Gets A "D-Plus" for Efforts to Protect Kids from the Dangers of Illegal Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Criminals, youth and other prohibited persons are gaining access to guns with remarkable ease and continue to wreak havoc on communities around the state. And elected officials are doing little to stop them. That's the lesson of the 2005 Annual Report Cards of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Washington earned a 'D-plus.' Overall, 32 states received a grade of 'D' or 'F' for the 2005 report card."

"Washington got a 'D-plus,' said Natalie Reber of Washington Ceasefire, because it hasn't passed sensible gun laws to protect our children and families, such as mandatory background checks on all gun purchases. 'Our elected officials had the opportunity this session to pass common-sense gun legislation ..." ...
 

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