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Gun advocates ignore lessons of Columbine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Seven years ago, this Thursday (April 20), two teenage gunmen massacred 12 students and one teacher at my school, Columbine High in Colorado." ...

"So what exactly has changed as a result of all that despair, discussion and debate?"

"Virtually nothing."

"Colorado and Oregon immediately passed initiatives requiring background checks at gun shows. Today 32 states still do not require background checks on gun purchases at gun shows including Washington."

KABA Note: Which would have changed nothing, since the straw buyer was not a prohibited person.

"The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 1994 and was not renewed, putting guns like Tech-9s [sic] back on the streets."

KABA Note: Which would have changed nothing, since the ban was in effect at the time.

"In 2005 Congress passed and the president signed into law a measure that, astonishingly, provides immunity from prosecution for gun manufacturers and sellers." ...
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KABA Note: Ummm, no, it doesn't. It provides immunity from civil lawsuits for law-abiding gun manufacturers and sellers.
 

Off-Duty Deployment of a Full-Sized Firearm
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"In last month's Firearms Tactics article, the 12 rules for off-duty conduct were explored. This month's article will focus on deploying the full-sized firearm."

"When choosing the off-duty firearm, the tenet 'carry the most effective weapon the wardrobe will allow' should not be taken lightly. Most experts agree the term 'effective weapon' usually refers to guns that fire cartridges generally used in the law enforcement field. Firearms that accurately deliver large, fast, heavy bullets should be considered first." ...
 

The Federal Firearms Act
Submitted by: Victor Koger

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"Where does the federal government get its Constitutional authority to enact laws such as the National Firearms Act, which has been codified to Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code? Upon whom are such laws operative, and where? Since a careful reading of the Constitution reveals that the federal government has no specifically delegated authority to regulate firearms, from where does the federal government's authority to regulate firearms come?" ...
 

Man seeks answers to mystery gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shrapnel rained down on James Aguilar as he furiously shoveled a foxhole in the woods of northern France." ...

"Clunk. His shovel hit something hard. Aguilar unearthed a strange package, quickly tossing it aside. It spilled open to reveal the dull gleam of a muzzle."

"Forgetting the bomb blasts for just a second, Aguilar pocketed a gun unlike any he'd seen before."

"Sixty-two years later, Aguilar sits in the living room of his east Stockton home and holds the diminutive weapon in the palm of his hand. And it's as if the bombs are exploding all over again."

"... the 81-year-old cabinet maker [now] finds himself seeking answers to its mysteries. Who owned it? Why did they leave it in the ground for a teenage soldier to unearth?" ...
 

Russia: At 86, he's still top gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"He's a household name and his famous creation has sold 100 million copies, but at 86, Mikhail Kalashnikov, father of the assault rifle that bears his name, is still a busy man."

"He travels, he sells, and in the face of criticism, he sings the praises of the weapon he created."

"Blue eyes, grey hair, sprightly, he lives in the Urals town of Izhevsk and arrived yesterday in Moscow to hit back at criticism in the US of the sale of 100,000 Kalashnikovs to Venezuela."

"'It isn't the first time they have tried to sneer at Russian weapons,' he said."

"In any case, he said, the rifle named after him 'is extremely simply made for a poorly educated soldier.'" ...
 

SC: Pickens County Woman Shoots Home Invader
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"A house in Liberty is the epitome of peace, especially with the sound of chimes. Hard to believe, something violent happened inside. Pickens County Investigators say Brian Teague forced his way into Susan Hendricks' home Thursday evening and refused to leave."

"'She felt threatened,' says Lt. Lane Byers, Pickens County Sheriff's Office. 'She felt she could not leave the home to get away from him. And she felt she had to defend herself. She used a firearm to do so.'"

"Hendricks reportedly shot Teague several times. She was trying to take food to her disabled father next door, when everything escalated. He told me this wasn't the first time Teague tried to hurt his daughter. And investigators knew this." ...
 

OH: Jury Acquits Man In Pregnant Woman's Death
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A Hamilton County jury has reportedly acquitted a man charged with the shooting death of a pregnant Fairmount woman.

The Enquirer reports Eric Jackson was acquitted of two murder charges, one for Tawnia Kirksey and one for her fetus.

Jackson allegedly fired in self-defense when he was involved in an argument with another man at the Fay Apartments.

The shot missed his target and hit Kirksey instead.
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Submitter's Note: As it should be. The blame lies with the person who initiated the violence.
 

OH: Arm The Ones That You Love (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"There was a strange reaction from my family and friends when I became engaged to a beautiful and amazing woman on September 16th, 2005. They were happy for me, but they were also amazed that a woman was willing to put up with my idiosyncrasies for the rest of her life. However, what really shocked them was what I got her for our one year anniversary of dating - a handgun." ...
 

Ireland: Cops took gun from Donaldson in 2002
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"THE PSNI has now confirmed that it took a legally-held firearm off murdered Sinn Fein official Denis Donaldson in 2002." ...

"Donaldson is believed to have been among the 200 plus members of Sinn Fein and the IRA ... who were granted firearms certificates after the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 in a 'side deal' negotiated with the British Government."

"Donaldson, who was murdered in Donegal two weeks ago, had a terrorist conviction ..."

"That conviction would normally debar someone from obtaining a certificate to keep a weapon."

"But Sunday Life has learned that the gun that could have saved his life in the attack at his hideaway in Glenties, Donegal had been taken from him over three years ago." ...
 

WI: Student's rifle much ado about nothing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dylan Klebold used a TEC-DC9 assault pistol ... the Denver Post long ago reported."

"Eric Harris strolled into Columbine High School in a trench coat with a semi-automatic, short-barreled rifle." ...

"Seventeen-year-old Joshua Rasmussen, a student at West Bend West High School who was arrested Thursday ... had a turkey call in his pocket."

"There was apparently some real fear he might gobble-gobble somebody to death."

"He also, it is true, had a cased and unloaded .22-caliber hunting rifle out in the parking lot in his dad's truck. Like most kids that age, he is occasionally a bit of a 'scatterbrain,' to use one of his dad's words, and had left it there after going 'plinking,' shooting cans and whatnot, with some friends." ...
 

IL: Four youths climb through windows, soak class with water pistols
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"Police in Jerseyville say they arrested five Alton High School students after four of them climbed through a first-floor window at Jersey Community High School and used squirt guns to spray a classroom full of students who were taking a history."

"The incident occurred Thursday afternoon."

"Rachael Jones, a 17-year-old junior, said she was in her U-S history class along with about 20 other students when she heard a noise outside. She said she saw four boys dressed all in black and wearing bandanas over their faces crawl through the windows and into the classroom, where they used the squirt guns to soak the students and their classes."

"Besides the four intruders, another person served as a getaway driver ..."
 

WA: Safety is top priority
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Students simply must understand that it is never permissible to take a weapon to school. A Chinook Middle School student was arrested and charged recently for taking an unloaded handgun to school. Two other students were expelled after officials found weapons in their backpacks. One boy had an Airsoft pistol, a knife and makeshift brass knuckles."

"The other had a small folding Buck knife. Officials found no evidence that the boys planned to use the weapons. The student caught with the gun told police he brought it from home to show others at school. The gun belonged to his father. ..." ...
 

MI: Suspect Turns Himself in for Playground Shooting
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
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"Police say the man wanted in a playground shooting on Lansing's north side turned himself in overnight. That suspect- 25-year-old Trensio Mario Hood. Prosecutors issued a four-count warrant against Hood Saturday, including charges for attempted murder and possession of a weapon in a school zone. The charges come after an incident Thursday afternoon at Grand River Elementary on Lansing's north side."

"Police say Hood shot 17-year-old Devin Donte Lewis, who is still in critical condition. LPD says they worked 'round the clock to identify the suspect and they took this crime very seriously, especially because it took place on the playground." ...
 

NC: Joe Boylan: Hoping For a Walk to Victory
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... "Boylan is taking his message directly to voters. He has been up through the northern part of the county already. It’s been a tremendous workout, he says. He has already lost 14 pounds."

"Boylan proudly proclaims his conservative values." ...

"He is a member of the National Rifle Association and is a firm believer in the rights set out by the Second Amendment. He also pledges to keep taxes low and says he would work to create more higher-paying jobs." ...
 

VA: Democrat runs for Senate seat, boots and all
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"James Webb is running to be the Democrats' nominee to oppose Sen. George Allen's re-election in November, and on Saturday there were the inevitable questions from party members ..."...

"He defies easy characterization, and he spurns labels except to call himself a 'populist.' And contradictions abound."

"'The power of the government ends at my front door unless there's a compelling reason to come inside,' he said. 'I'm pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-Second Amendment.'"

"He said he has owned a gun since he was 8 years old, that he gave his son a gun when he was 8 and that he had a license to carry a weapon."

"'I believe a man has the right to protect himself and his family,' Webb said." ...
 

MI: Senate bill creates self-defense debate
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"Proponents of controversial legislation dubbed the 'castle doctrine' say someone who breaks into a house shouldn't be able to sue if injured by the homeowner."

"'If you use your pistol to shoot (a perpetrator), and he dies, you are not going to stand there and do the dance of joy,' said Joe Oberlee ... who teaches a Concealed Pistol License course ... "

"Opponents of the bill say ... allowing them to 'shoot first and ask questions later' isn't good public policy."

"'This law is a terrible signal to send to people, that if you had second thoughts before, rest assured the government is on your side, so go ahead and kill somebody,' said Peter Ham of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ..." ...
 

U.S. arming of Iraqi police skates close to legal line
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. officials are doling out millions of dollars of arms and ammunition to Iraqi police units without safeguards required to ensure they are complying with American laws that ban taxpayer-financed assistance for foreign security forces engaged in human-rights violations, according to an internal State Department review." ...

"But the internal memo suggests that U.S. officials believe it is not possible to comply with the laws in Iraq, noting the 'burden of following the usual State Department procedures as they are practiced at other posts would vastly overwhelm (the Baghdad embassy's) available resources.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So it is okay (for the government) to ignore the law if it is too hard to follow it?
 

AR: Low Point Hit For Arkansas State Police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Police Trooper Larry Norman took an aimed shot that killed a man who was lying in plain sight."

"This was negligence, we're told."

"The Benton County grand jury recommended a negligent homicide charge Thursday for Norman. Norman killed Eric Hamley on March 7. The unarmed, handicapped Hamley was surrounded by another trooper and four Washington County Sheriff's deputies when Norman arrived that day." ...

"The trooper who arrived at the Hamley scene first, who had the authority in this situation, told Norman to go block westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic was already stopped by a sheriff's deputy."

"Norman disobeyed, according to the grand jury report. He then left cover and approached the suspect." ...
 

WA: Tacoma police veteran convicted in shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After nearly 28 years on the Tacoma police force, Walter W. Copland could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted Friday of manslaughter in the death of a fishing buddy." ...

"Anthis, a 64-year-old retired Pasco resident, was killed Sept. 15 as he, Copland and John C. Stevens Jr. drank alcohol and swapped fishing tales on the back porch of Stevens' Kennewick home. Copland, a retired Tacoma police captain, had moved to Kennewick from Lacey about six months earlier." ...

"At one point in the evening, Copland told Anthis he could 'shoot you or kill you' – then got off his stool, walked around the table and shot Anthis in the right temple with a .22-caliber pistol he carried, Stevens testified." ...
 

CO: Judge apologizes for gaffes but backs officers
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"A Garfield County Court judge apologized to a Silt man for a pair of improper warrants that twice led to his arrest on charges that were dropped, but he found no intentional wrongdoing on the part of the Rifle police officers who arrested him."

"Trevor Gray had accused Rifle police and the district attorney's office of intentionally misleading two judges into issuing the arrest warrants without probable cause." ...

"'I appreciate the apology,' Gray said, 'but it's kind of disappointing ... I was always wondering, how come they're not really held accountable for all these mistakes but it's costing me thousands of dollars (in bail money and attorney's fees) for me to pay for them.'" ...
 

TX: Was lawman justified in fatal shooting?
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"The chase ended in a hilly, tree-lined field near twilight, the only exit blocked by a police car."

"For an instant, Jonathan King looked through his windshield and locked eyes with the officer who stood in front of him. Mr. King kept driving, and Officer Bryan Naismith fired several times. One round tore through Mr. King's head and killed him."

"The officers who investigated Mr. King's death determined the shooting was justified ... Mr. King was a felon on probation, was drunk, and had fled ..." ...

"Details that emerged in the past two months – above all, a prosecutor's revelation that Mr. King was shot from behind – have raised more questions about whether the shooting was justified. The FBI is now investigating." [emphasis added] ...
 

Trinidad: Cop threatens to shoot man
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"A POLICE constable is under investigation for allegedly threatening to use his service pistol to shoot a 22-year-old man at Grand Bazaar early yesterday."

"The victim, Nico Mc Clean, reported to officers at the Tunapuna and Besson Street Police Stations that he was at Grand Bazaar at about 3am yesterday, when he saw a female relative."

"While speaking to the relative, a man told him, 'move away from here, allyuh only looking for girls.'"

"Mc Clean reportedly told the man that the woman was his relative but he instead pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot Mc Clean."

"The traumatised man said he walked away and informed relatives of the incident."

"The man was later identified as a police officer." ...
 

Guyana: Military equipment should be checked on a regular basis, there should be a Commission of Inquiry into the missing weapons
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"More than eight weeks have passed since the weapons from the GDF's bond at Camp Ayanganna have been discovered missing. Up to this point in time, all this nation is hearing from the Guyana Defence Force are bundles of rhetoric, excuses and statements that are marred with inconsistencies ..."

"When the weapons were discovered missing, we were told that they were stolen over the Mashramani weekend ... When the Chief of Staff talked with members of the media on April 6, 2006 he ... indicated to the Press that the weapons may have been missing since 2001 and there was no reason to check these weapons on a regular basis to ensure they were accounted for." [emphasis added] ...
 

Israel: IDF Soldier and Civilian Arrested in M16 Rifle Theft
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IDF military police have charged an IDF soldier and Israeli citizen with stealing two M16 rifles last week.

The soldier is serving at the Amiad base in the north of Israel. He and his civilian partner were arrested after a helicopter spotted two suspicious individuals at the base.

The soldier confessed to the crime and returned the weapons. A military court has extended his detention for the next three days.
 

CA: Gun Dealer May Bite the Dust
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"The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE) wants to shut down San Leandro’s Trader Sports. The business, owned by Tony Cucchiara, is one of the largest gun dealerships in Northern California."

"The decision to revoke the dealer’s license to sell weapons as of June 1 comes after an ATFE audit that found Cucchiara unable to document the whereabouts of almost 2,000 guns." ...

"Cucchiara’s lawyer, Sacramento-based Malcolm Segal, has countered that missing guns can me attributed to clerical error and the ATFE has been hyper-technical in its audit of his client — going so far as to audit records that date as far in the past as 1967." ...
 

IA: Shotgun range continues to draw fire
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"After three hours, two guns, 15 shots and even a veiled accusation of corruption, it's time to reload."

"The Henry County Board of Adjustment tabled a decision on a new shotgun range east of town again Thursday, this time over concerns about lead from the shells." ...

"Although ranges are permitted in the county no matter how a particular piece of land is zoned, they require a conditional–use permit only the Board of Adjustment can provide."

"The board members made their trip to Garrels' place Thursday, traveling to houses around the perimeter of the property with a decibel meter as Garrels fired off rounds from a 12–gauge."

"What did they find? The noise was so light ... the meters didn't flinch." ...
 

CA: Is a flare gun a weapon?
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"Flare 'guns' are made of metal or plastic and commonly fire aerial signals propelled by shortened 12-gauge shotgun shells, which can travel as far as 500 feet and burn for as long as seven seconds."

"Although flare guns don’t have the same purchase restrictions as handguns, they are not available to minors, according to Ben Williams, a gun department manager at Eureka's Pro Sports Center."

"Williams said 'just about anyone' can purchase one because they are required by the U.S. Coast Guard for boats more than 16 feet in length, along with other safety equipment such as life vests." ...
 

TX: In the black and on target
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"Before the smoke had cleared, Bill Yager heard the tell-tale 'plink' from 547 yards away as a steel plate shaped like a ram was knocked down by his shot."

"The ram silhouette had been upright, one of a string of ram silhouettes too far for most people even to think about shooting at off a bench, but Yager was standing and shooting off-hand when he scored this hit."

"Yager, a Graham resident and range manager for the Graham Rifle and Pistol Club, was competing in a black-powder rifle match at the club's 40-acre facility ..." ...

"Competitors shoot only black-powder rifles -- not muzzleloaders but black powder center-fire cartridges with bullets large enough to knock down the heavy steel silhouette targets at long distances." ...
 

AK: Beyerle makes U.S. rifle team
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"University of Alaska Fairbanks senior Jamie Beyerle has made her mark at the USA Shooting Spring Selection Match that is currently taking place at Fort Benning, Ga."

"By winning the three-position smallbore event and the women's prone competition, Beyerle earned a spot on the U.S. team that will travel to Zagreb, Croatia to compete at the 49th International Shooting Sport Federation World Shooting Championships slated from July 21 to Aug. 8."

"More than 2,000 athletes from around the world will participate in the World Championships, which are held every four years." ...
 

MA: Police: BB guns look too realistic for user's safety
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"Last weekend, Lawrence police Detective Dave Levesque was driving down Broadway when he saw what appeared to be two men pointing guns at each other from across the street."

"He radioed for backup, then jumped out of his unmarked cruiser and drew his gun, pointing the pistol at the men while ordering them to drop their weapons."

"It wasn't until the two were caught that police found they were really two 14-year-old boys shooting BB guns at each other — BB guns made to look like the real thing, police said."

"The two boys were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and being minors in possession of a BB gun in public." ...
 

LA: Rootin' tootin' show
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"'The Second Amendment Ain't About Duck Hunting,' reads Wendy Chisholm's enormous poster of a svelte, topless woman toting a pistol-grip sawed-off shotgun. The poster is one of the most powerful images in 'Women With Guns,' the all-female group exhibit at Delgado Community College art gallery."

"But what exactly does it mean? Is Chisholm expressing militant feminist bravado or anti-gun irony? Sexual come-on or mortal threat? Truth or dare?"

"Like all memorable art, the poster's power is in its potential for multiple meanings."

"'Women With Guns' co-curator Carol Leake says that the potential for multiple meaning is at the heart of the whole shootin' match." ...
 

ID: 200 to lose jobs at Meridian plant for gun accessories
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"More than 200 workers in Meridian will lose their jobs later this year when the manufacturing facility for a weapons accessories company shuts down."

"Employees of the Michaels of Oregon manufacturing plant, located in the Silverstone business park near the intersection of Overland and Eagle roads in Meridian, will be phased out of their jobs between July and December, said Phil Gyori, vice president of marketing at Bushnell Outdoor Products, a Kansas City-based company that acquired Michaels of Oregon last summer." ...
 

CA: Ride a garlic clove, take a train
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... "Now on to my 'Weird Stuff' file. This is another leftover from 2004, but I checked and they are still in business. There's a pricey, luxury Colorado resort just outside Telluride that offers, among other things, firearms training. Elk Mountain Resort elkmountainresort.com comes with the standard recreations but tosses in extras ..."

"The resort also gives you the opportunity to, as they say in the ad, be 007 for a day. They offer instructions in self-defense and anti-terrorsim tactics and then let you fire away at make-believe thugs, muggers and airplane hijackers in a three-floor shooting complex. Naturally, you're going to be wired by day's end, so the resort boasts a gourmet restaurant with fine wines and a cigar lounge." ...
 

MA: City plans a retooled buyback of guns
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"The City of Boston and community groups plan to launch a gun buyback program as early as next month that may offer gift cards instead of cash to people who turn in weapons, community leaders and a police spokeswoman said yesterday." ...

"... criminologists who studied the [earlier] program found that many of the guns were older and not the guns typically used in crimes. ..."

"This time, said community leaders involved in the planning, they will try to recruit more grass-roots groups that work with young people involved in crime. Police want the new campaign to use gift cards instead of cash; criminologists found that some people used the buyback money to buy newer guns." ...
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NE: Concealed carry helps (last letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to the opening sentence of 'Gun law is crazy talk' (letter, April 7), 'I wonder if I’m the only one who’s confused': The answer is, unfortunately, no, the writer is not alone; he seems to have an abundance of company."

"Comparing concealed carry to smoking in a restaurant only works if those carrying always spray the room with gunfire."

"By the way, your 'crazy neighbor' already has a gun, and you don’t have to sign up to carry a gun. You already have the constitutional right under the Second Amendment." ...

"Those that would prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying concealed must believe that only criminals should carry concealed, because believe me, they already do. They are not bothered by laws." ...
 

Canada: Gun amnesty finds historical musket
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"Hamilton Police collected 1,254 unwanted guns and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition during last month's gun amnesty program."

"Subsequent media coverage alerted Hamilton Police that some of the firearms collected during the month-long program may have significant historical value."

"On the matter of 'Brown Bess,' Hamilton Police were able to contact the owner who surrendered the firearm for destruction."

"On review, the owner requested it be donated anonymously to Battlefield House Museum ..."

"'We're in the business of public safety and our goal with gun amnesty was to reduce the risk of having the firearms stolen from residences and used for criminal purposes,' said Deputy Chief Ken Leendertse. ..." ...
 

Germany: An irresponsible abomination
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"In this article I wanna describe a problem of our modern community."

"I'm sure you’d already heard about this. Perhaps you even saw it. The thing I am talking about is a danger for each of us. It’s a kind of weapon – a kind of gun."

"Well – the thing I worry about is called Soft Air. But the meaning of this word isn’t something like 'Weiche Luft'. But it’s a paraphrase for a strong-shooting pistol you can get without having a gun license or experience. Even children are able to wear a Soft Air without being afraid of getting arrested. That's a big danger, because the bullet - a little ball made of plastic or sometimes of metal – may hit unprotected eyes, injure someone or damage windows, cars e.g.." ...
 

Canada: Pressure on Conservative MPs to scrap gun registry
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"It's not exactly a groundswell yet, but Conservative MPs are feeling the first ripples of discontent among farmers, hunters and target shooters impatient for action on a campaign promise to abolish the federal long-gun registry."

"Backbenchers and cabinet members alike -- mainly from Western Canada -- say they're hearing from rifle and shotgun owners who can't understand why the law they thought was on the way out is still being enforced." ...

"The Tories have long opposed the registry established by Jean Chretien's Liberals in 1995. It was conceived as a crime-fighting measure, but critics say it's a nuisance to law-abiding gun owners." ...
 

Australia: South Australia too hot for Angels
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"INCESSANT police pressure has resulted in four senior Hells Angels bikies leaving the state."

"And a fifth club member has fled overseas as a result of joint investigations by South Australian police and the Australian Crime Commission." ...

"Detective Superintendent Deane Paynter, the officer in charge of the Drug and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, said the Operation Avatar motorcycle gang section was 'having a significant impact'." ...

"Almost 250 firearms, including machine guns and pistols, have been seized."

"Supt Paynter said gang members' access to firearms remained 'a constant concern'. He said they often were able to easily replace guns seized by police." ...
 

Ireland: 'Lethal' missile and modern weaponry found in woodland search
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"AN improvised rocket launcher and missile were part of a lethal arms cache discovered by gardai in an isolated woodland area yesterday. It is believed the find has links to organised crime in the Limerick-Clare area."

"During a routine search for stolen goods in Cratloe Woods in south-east Clare gardai discovered arms and ammunition embedded in old stone walls."

"A Garda spokesman said: 'The Army who helped in the operation said the missile found was the first of its kind seen by them and had potential to cause massive loss of life.'" ...

"The routine search also produced four revolvers, three rifles, two shotguns, a small quantity of explosives and ammunition." ...
 

UK: They'll come galloping to see rare rifle at dragoons museum
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"IT was the most advanced rifle of the 18th century and the first breech-loading rifle to be officially adopted by the British Army."

"If it had not been for the death of its inventor, thousands more Ferguson rifles could have been made for armed combat. Now a rare replica of the unique weapon is to take pride of place among exhibits in a new £1.5 million museum at Edinburgh Castle."

"Military paraphernalia from wars in the 17th century to the modern day - as well as interactive touchscreens documenting military history - will be showcased in the new Royal Scots Dragoon Guards museum. But the acquisition of a Ferguson rifle, invented by the Royal Scots Greys' Major Patrick Ferguson, is a real coup for museum chiefs." ...
 

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Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon — so long as there is no answer to it — gives claws to the weak. — George Orwell

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