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Gun Opponents Criticize Firearm Tort Reform
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"On the sixth anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado that left 15 people dead, gun control activists Wednesday criticized a U.S. House bill that would protect licensed gun dealers who sell the weapons that end up being used in the commission of crimes."
 

Brady: On Anniversary of Columbine, House Panel Set to Approve Bill That Protects Reckless Gun Dealers
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" 'I don't think that approving legislation that takes away the rights of gun violence victims is the best way to mark the anniversary of what we went through six years ago,' said Tom Mauser, the father of Daniel Mauser, who perished at Columbine."

" 'It's bad public policy, and the timing is exceptionally bad taste,' said Michael Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

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Apparently, it's not exceptionally bad taste to use a horrifying tragedy as a political tool to kill legislation of which you disapprove.
 

Protect gun makers from abusive suits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Holding manufacturers accountable for crime is an effort to undercut gun ownership rights." ...

"America still clings to a version of democracy with a Constitution and a Bill of Rights; and we have elections every couple of years. So there's little likelihood that Congress and state legislatures are going to turn gun control into an outright ban on guns."

"Anti-gun zealots know this. So they're investing a lot of their hopes in the courts, rather than in Congress. The idea is to file civil lawsuits against gun makers and ask judges and juries to hold them accountable for crimes committed with firearms. They hope a few big wins in court will create ruinous liability for firearm manufacturers, putting them out of business."
 

Jim Spencer: Innocents take hits in gun culture
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"It would be interesting to hear violence-mongering simpletons like Ted Nugent explain to Anna Maria Moreno how guns keep you safe." KABA Note: It would also be interesting to hear a pseudo-journalistic hack like Spencer explain to Tony Romano's handicapped son how the gun his father used to kill a home invader who threatened his life that a gun did nothing to keep him safe.

"Like Ted Nugent, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold believed in the liberating power of firearms. They got one of the guns used in their killing spree via a legal loophole that made straw purchases of weapons easier. The NRA didn't want that loophole closed after Harris and Klebold gunned down 12 students and one teacher at Columbine." KABA Note: Could Mr. Nugent sue Mr. Spencer for his slanderous comparison to the sociopaths who perpetrated the Columbine massacre?

Further, the purchase of the weapons used in Columbine was perfectly legal. The person who bought these guns would not have been prevented from buying a firearm via a background check. That small fact escapes Mr. Spencer, who, in his apparent haste to vilify law-abiding gun owners, forgot to check his facts.

You can drop Mr. Spencer a love note at: jspencer@denverpost.com
 

NY: Clerk averts holdup by grabbing gun
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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A clerk at the Sunoco station at 1266 E. Delavan Ave. averted a robbery attempt Sunday morning when he grabbed a gun that the robber was pointing in his face, police said.

Northeast District police said a gunman entered the store sometime between 1:10 and 2:20 a.m. and demanded cash.

Officers said the robber ran out of the store empty-handed when the employee took his gun.
 

OR: Car theft victim solves crime himself
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"A man whose 1990 Toyota Camry was stolen Monday in Roseburg was at the post office Tuesday when he saw another man drive up in his car."

"The victim and a co-worker accosted the suspected car thief, 38-year-old William Jordan, a local transient, and held him at gunpoint until police arrived around 3:30 p.m., according to a Roseburg Police Department spokesman."
 

Tattling policy no replacement for ethics
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"Students are being taught to sell one another out. This isn't teaching them to do the right thing, but to do the right thing so long as money is involved. If students will tell a school official about a gun being brought to school only when a reward is present, there is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed."

"Instead of teaching their students to tattle on their friends for money, schools should be focusing on the more important issues at hand. For example, students aren't being taught what it means to be a good citizen. If children and young adults are lacking in this area, there will be no hope for future society."
 

ME: Judge Overturns Student Suspension Over Gun Possession
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"A Superior Court justice has overturned a Mount Blue High School senior's suspension, saying the student didn't break school rules when he unknowingly brought a gun to school in a borrowed pickup truck." ...

"Allen, 18, served a 10-day suspension but appealed the school board decision to suspend him for another 20 days."

"Jabar said he understood the concerns about guns on school property, but said it was unfair to suspend Allen when he had no idea the gun was in the truck."
 

TX: 4 Sterling High students suspended over flier
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"Four Sterling High School students were suspended from school for three days and will serve in-school suspension for the rest of the school year because of a flier that disturbed some students."

"The fliers, found around the southeast Houston school on Friday, bore photographs of eight Sterling students with the heading "Playgirls," the girls' names, and a photo of a gun, said Houston Independent School District spokeswoman Adriana Villarreal."
 

FL: U.S. marshal's badge, gun stolen in Central Fla.
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"A badge, weapon and some ammunition were stolen from a U.S. Marshal's sport utility vehicle in Central Florida, according to FLORIDA TODAY news partner WKMG Local 6 News."

"Katrina Crouse noticed Monday that her equipment was missing, a Seminole County Sheriff's report showed. " ...

"Investigators are concerned that the woman's belongings may fall into dangerous hands."
 

KS: Driving while diabetic
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This story deals with the way police handled a woman who had been driving erratically. Police didn’t know the woman was having a diabetic reaction.

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"Christina Deleon, 30 has a broken arm, her head is swollen and her eyes are blackened. The question now is, how did she get these injuries? From a traffic accident or from what police did after it." ...

"When Christina hit a tree, police moved in. The only problem was that she was not responding. Police feared Christina could take off at any moment and decided that she must be removed from the car."

"An officer then broke the window and what happened next is the source of controversy."

"The officer dragged Christina out of the car and pulled her along the pavement. Christina’s family claims the officer continued to use force evidenced, they say, by his lunging arm."
 

MI: Lieutenant receives prison time for crash
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"A Detroit Police lieutenant who killed a man in a drunken-driving collision apologized to weeping family members before being sentenced Tuesday to 9 years to 15 years in prison." ...

"Nehemiah Thompson, a 20-year-old college student, had just dropped off his girlfriend in a Ford Taurus and was two blocks from his Detroit home when Agee's SUV slammed into his car as he turned left from Warren onto Burns at 3:15 a.m. June 19."

"Thompson died shortly after the crash."
 

PA: Ex-Coaldale police chief gets 5 months in gun case
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"A federal judge in Scranton Wednesday sentenced former Coaldale Police Chief Shawn P. Nihen, 32, of Lansford, to five months in prison and two years of probation -- with five months of that being under house arrest -- for pleading guilty to illegally buying a machine gun from former Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Stawiarski."
 

FL: Middle school students expelled for B-B gun possession
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"Two Jacksonville students have been kicked out of school for carrying a B-B gun that looked like a real firearm."

"Parents of children at Highlands Middle School have already voiced concerns over the incident, which took place when a teacher at the school discovered a very real looking semi-automatic pellet gun in the possession of two students."
 

AZ: Please Contact Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano! (NRA Alert)
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"SB 1363, legislation allowing law-abiding citizens to carry self-defense firearms into restaurants and other establishments that sell alcohol, has passed the Senate by a vote of 17-12. The legislation prohibits a citizen who is carrying a firearm in these establishments from consuming alcohol. In recognition of private property rights, it also allows property owners to post a notice prohibiting firearms in their establishments."

"The bill is now headed to Governor Janet Napolitano for her consideration. It is absolutely essential that the Governor hear from law-abiding gun owners like you. ..."
 

Taking a shot at different winter sport
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"I have been familiar with biathlon dating back to the 1970s when I followed the competitive career of Glenn Jobe, the founder of both the Kirkwood and Tahoe Donner Cross Country areas who represented the United States in the biathlon at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. (Jobe was inducted into the University of Nevada's Wolf Pack Hall of Fame in 2003)."

"I always watch the sport when the Winter Olympics are aired on television and I always marvel at the strength, skill and aerobic capacity of world class athletes who are able to race 10- to 20-kilometers with a rifle on their back, while making periodic stops to shoot at targets."

"This is an event that combines two sports that are polar opposites. I mean, these athletes have an ability to stop in the middle of their race, relax enough to bring their pulse rates down to what most of us would consider "resting," and then calmly shoot five straight bullseyes."
 

UK: Police Shootings Gun Linked to Murder
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"Detectives investigating a murder and the subsequent shooting of two police officers confirmed today that the same gun had been used in both attacks."

"Alexander Lawton, 28, shot and injured two unarmed police officers as they attempted to arrest him at The Fleece pub in Ripponden, West Yorkshire, in connection with a murder."

"A 44-year-old woman detective constable was shot in the thigh and her 39-year-old male colleague in the stomach – but both were released from hospital after suffering only minor injuries."
 

SC: 13-year old brings gun to Gaffney middle school
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"Three teens were arrested Wednesday after a 13-year-old boy brought a handgun to Gaffney Middle School, police said."

"The student showed the gun to other students, who told school officials around lunchtime, police Capt. Chris Skinner said. The .25-caliber automatic handgun was recovered without incident, he said."
 

VA: Orion argues case for hunting rights
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"The word 'Orion' evokes different emotions in different people in Nelson County. But almost everyone here, and many around Virginia, knows of the company and its right-to-hunt case against the Board of Supervisors."

"For some, Orion Estate represents the rights and interests of hunters. For a group of landowners in the sleepy community of Wingina, on the other hand, the company is a noisy nuisance indifferent to its neighbors."

"Either way, the question of whether Orion will be allowed to set up its expansive shotgun sports facility will be settled at trial today through Friday. That is, unless Nelson County prevails, in which case Orion plans an appeal."
 

Australia: Boy in dad's gun sights
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"A FATHER shot dead by police is believed to have threatened one of his children with a gun."

"It is alleged Lee Andrew Kennedy, of Shepparton, produced the gun when police entered his house to investigate a call about a disturbance.
The Herald Sun has been told Mr Kennedy pointed his gun at the head of one of his children in front of the officers."
 

KS: Sebelius, guns and the NRA
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"The next step for the NRA should not be concealed carry but rather a serious effort to update statewide gun regulations."

"This is the best way to make sure Kansas can 'keep guns out of the hands of criminals.' "

"Concealed carry is a dubious step toward greater public safety. It endangers law enforcement officers."
 

PA: Standing Up to Violence in Scranton
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"An effort to make Pennsylvania communities safer brought people from Philadelphia to Scranton Wednesday morning. They met at the Bethel A.M.E. Church on North Washington Avenue."

"Community members from Scranton showed up to hear what members of community groups in Philadelphia had to say about preventing violence, particularly gun violence."
 

India: Bus passengers robbed at gun point
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"Passengers of a Kolkata bound government bus from Kakdwip were robbed at gun point today at Mohunpur, near here."

"The police said that at least five to six dacoits boarded the bus at Kakdwip masquerading as regular passengers and forced the bus riders to part with valuables brandishing guns."
 

OH: Gun Melt Down
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"Youngstown Police unloaded about 2600 guns today -- from their trucks into the bowels of a local blast furnace. The weapons were taken off the street by Youngstown's uniform police, between 1994 and 2000."

"In the five years since, all cases in which the weapons played a part were either dropped or wrapped up. Officers transported the weapons to V&M TUBES in Youngstown to be melted down. They say it is the best way to get them off the street for good."
 

MI: Range talk triggers concerns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Sheriff Bob Bezotte's plan to use Livingston County Road Commission property on Sargent Road in Handy Township for firearms training has some residents concerned about property value, safety and noise."

"Dora Smith, whose property runs 1,300 feet along the border of the proposed gun range site, said she will do 'everything in my power' to stop the sheriff's plan from coming to fruition."
 

AR: Gun safety program to distribute free gun locks
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"More than 195,000 free gun locks will be distributed in Arkansas as part of a national program sponsored by the Connecticut-based National Shooting Sports Foundation."

"Originally organized in 1999, the effort is intended to promote child safety and prevent firearm accidents. Since its beginning, Project ChildSafe has handed out 23 million gun locks nationwide."

"Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller said at a news conference Wednesday that Arkansans should embrace the initiative because it allows them to protect their gun rights while ensuring that those who do not know how to use firearms will not be placed in danger."
 

WI: Community Leaders Outraged by the Gun Lobby's Attempt to Use Recent Shootings as an Excuse to Permit Concealed Handguns on the Streets
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"On the 6th Anniversary of the Columbine massacre, Mayor Tom Barrett and District Attorney E. Michael McCann joined community leaders at a downtown church to decry the gun lobby's attempt to use the recent shootings as an excuse for the legalization of carrying concealed handguns on the streets. Recent shooting tragedies such as the Brookfield church massacre have been used by the gun lobby to push for arming more individuals with deadly weapons. But community leaders say that guns don't belong in places of worship and that more guns on the streets are not the answer to gun violence."
 

VA: Suicides alter gun purchases
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"The suicides of two College of William and Mary students with shotguns purchased recently at Wal-Mart has prompted a York Wal-Mart, where one of the guns was bought, to alter the way it sells guns to young adults."

"Marty Marche, sporting goods manager at the Wal-Mart on Rochambeau Drive, said the fact that a college student bought a shotgun there before shooting himself has caused employees to begin asking more questions of young adults looking to buy guns."
 

UK: Gun threat to policeman
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"Operation Trident officers are investigating an incident when a policeman was threatened with a gun."

"The officer was on foot patrol with a police community safety officer in Bridge Road, Harlesden. They apprehended a silver Vauxhall Corsa containing three people ..."

"As they spoke to the men, the front seat passenger got out of the car and fled, with the PC in pursuit. During the chase, the gunman turned and pointed a silver firearm at the officer then made off towards Gresham Road. ..."
 

NJ: Science Takes A Hit In Jersey (NRA)
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"In a shocking and controversial judgment, the New Jersey State Supreme Court unanimously ruled in December to annul the state's black bear hunt."

"Two weeks prior, a lower court had ordered the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue permits for the hunt. According to the Appellate Court, Bradley M. Cambell, the present commissioner for the DEP, overstepped his bounds when he ordered the Division of Fish and Wildlife to not issue permits and to close all wildlife management land to bear hunting. ..." ...

"If there is any damage or injury caused by black bears in the state, Mr. Campbell is the sole person who should shoulder the responsibility, because he is the reason bears will be around. ..."
 

CA: Guns on College Campuses
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"Currently, six fulltime sworn peace officers patrol the Marysville and Woodland campuses. Like any municipal police force, they are trained to handle everything from auto theft to armed assault."

"But there is a visible difference. They do not carry guns."

"Only the Yuba College Police Chief, Chris Wilkinson, is permitted to carry a firearm on the Yuba Community College District's campuses."

"Wilkinson's proposal recommends that all qualified college peace officers be provided with firearms for use on duty. This would only take effect with the written approval of the Chief of Police."
 

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