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Firearm Industry Requests Seat at Mayors' Gun Summit
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"In a letter faxed today to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office, the trade association representing the firearm industry officially requested a seat at the table at tomorrow's national summit on illegal guns organized by Bloomberg and Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston."

"Lawrence G. Keane, who signed the letter on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), said the industry shares the mayors' concerns about further reducing crime by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals."

"'Our industry has developed programs that are working to reduce criminal misuse of firearms, as well as reduce firearms accidents. We would welcome the opportunity to educate mayors about these programs ...'" ...
 

Gun control: holding the gun with both hands.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine this: a family is asleep in their beds at 3:30 in the morning and an armed robber breaks into their home. Because their governments have banned personal firearm ownership they are completely defenseless. You out law guns and then only the out laws have guns; it’s not a pretty situation. There are many myths surrounding gun control and the facts about places that have tried it, in this speech I intend to debunk as many of them as possible."

"It is a common misconception that if guns are made illegal that we won’t have as much crime and people will be in less danger of getting shot in a gun related crime. Guns prevent 2.5 million crimes every year, or over 6000 daily. ..." ...
 

NH: Londonderry man shoots neighbor's dog to protect chickens
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"A man shot and killed a neighbor's dog with a pistol after it allegedly wandered into his yard and began eating his chickens ..."

"According to reports, Harold Morrissette ... called police ... but did not tell the family. Morrissette later said he did not know who owned the dog."

"'He never told anyone,' said 16-year-old D.J. Mack, whose family owned the 8-month-old Siberian husky ... He said nobody was around at the time of the shooting and later learned shots had been fired after talking with a neighbor." ...

"[Londonderry police Capt.] Hart also said that residents can legally kill a dog if livestock is in danger."

"When reached at his home Friday night, Morrissette said the dog killed four of his chickens and injured one of his roosters." ...
 

Canada: Emaciated cougar attacks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man and his dog are safe after a brush with a malnourished cougar on April 19."

"The man ... heard his 13-year-old German shepherd whining out on the porch."

"He opened the door and went to pick up his dog when he discovered a cougar standing there with the dog in its mouth. In an attempt to dislodge his canine, the man punched the cougar in the head, but to no avail. It was only after he picked up a flower pot filled with rocks and smashed it over the head of the wild animal, that it released the dog and took off."

"The man quickly grabbed his rifle and managed to fire off a shot, but missed the cougar."

"However, the animal returned twice more to the same yard before the man called wildlife officers." ...
 

OR: High school student arrested for bringing rifle, ammo to school
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Clackamas County police arrested a La Salle High School student today for bringing a rifle and ammo to school in his car.

Christopher Ryan Skelte, 18, told police he had been target shooting in Estacada and did not get a chance to take the weapon home before going to school.

Skelke was taken to jail and is being held on $15,000 bail.

He has no prior criminal record.
 

WA: Rogers High student held in alleged mass-killing plot
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"A 16-year-old Rogers High School student, armed with his stepfather's guns, planned to shoot students and then kill himself Wednesday at the school, according to Pierce County court documents released today."

"Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested the boy Sunday at his home ..."

"Sheriff’s investigators learned of the boy's alleged plan Saturday from school officials who'd been told he outlined his plans in an instant message conversation with a friend, court documents state. According to documents, the boy wrote that he wanted 'to finally go out in a blaze of hatred and fury … to wrongly hurt others for my own sick pleasure before ending it for myself.' ..." ...
 

AL: Governor Riley Receives Major Endorsement
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Governor Bob Riley received a major endorsement today.

The National Rifle Association says it's in Riley's corner this year because of his support for people's right to bare [sic] arms whether for hunting or self defense.

Riley the Republican and Democrat former Governor Siegelman, both members of the NRA, hope to face one another in the general election.

The NRA made the announcement at a skeet-shoot fundraiser for Riley this afternoon and it's a big switch from four years ago when they picked Siegelman because he was the incumbent.
 

AL: Both GOP candidates for governor fire away on rights to bear arms
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"The race for the Republican nomination for governor features two candidates who support the constitutional right to bear arms and who say they will fight attempts to take that right away."

"They've been firing on the issue with both barrels lately."

"Governor Riley was literally firing today as he hosted a sporting clays shooting tournament as a fund raising event ... At a rally after the tournament, Riley was endorsed by the National Rifle Association's 'Political Victory Fund.'"

"The executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, Chris Cox, said Riley has consistently supported the rights of gun owners. Cox made the comments to a crowd of about 100 people ..." ...
 

WI: Lawmaker Who Owns Gun Store Does Not Have a Conflict, Board Says
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"A state lawmaker says critics have nothing on him when they question how he can sponsor bills relating to hunting and guns when he owns a store that sells guns."

"Rep. Scott Gunderson of Waterford owns Gundy's Sport in Wind Lake, which sells hunting and fishing items."

"At the same time, he is sponsoring bills to lower the hunting age to eight and to allow people to carry concealed handguns."

"The state Ethics Board agrees that Gunderson doesn't have enough of a financial interest in the proposals to have a conflict. He says his store would not directly benefit from the legislation." ...

"Gunderson says he's no different from other lawmakers who are farmers, lawyer or doctors who vote on issues affecting their professions."
 

NY: Cop-talk silencer a crime - Bloomy
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"Mayors across the United States have good reason to ask state governments for help in tightening gun laws - Congress doesn't want cops to have a general idea of where crackheads and other criminals get their firepower."

"Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents are prevented by a 2003 federal law from discussing which states provide New York criminals with the most illegal guns - and the rules may soon be tightened even further."

"Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has proposed a bill that would permanently ban the creation of a centralized database of gun dealers' sales records. The National Rifle Association says such a database would be 'a threat to gun owners' privacy.'" ...
 

OK: 'Stand Your Ground' law needs some fine tuning
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"When the Oklahoma version of a 'Stand Your Ground' bill that grants gun owners immunity from prosecution when shooting someone in self defense was introduced this year, some lawmakers expressed concern that the bill was an invitation for trouble. Now, law enforcement groups and prosecutors are raising the same flags."

"The proposed Oklahoma law ... expands the state's existing definition of self defense to cover attacks in other places such as at another person's home, in a vehicle or even on a street corner ..."

"Prosecutors worry the law could be used by gangs or savvy drug dealers who might use the law to claim they killed a rival gang member or another drug dealer in self defense. ..." ...
 

LA: Notes and quotes from the Louisiana Legislature (second item)
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... "A bill that would expand the legal justification for using deadly force against intruders was approved unanimously by the House."

"The measure (House Bill 89), backed by the National Rifle Association, would presume that the use of force is necessary if a person in 'a dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle' wants to stop an intruder. The intruder would have to be 'in the process' of unlawfully and forcibly entering or have already unlawfully entered."

"The bill by Rep. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte, goes next to the Senate." ...
 

NV: Immigration sparks debate among Nevada Democrats
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The immigration reform debate, largely seen as a divisive issue for Republicans, split Nevada Democrats Sunday, as delegates to the state convention wrestled with the party's stance on protecting immigrants' rights." ...

"The party platform approved Sunday also supports universal health care, 'the right of each state to develop gun ownership laws in support of the Second Amendment,' and 'a concrete exit strategy in Iraq.'" [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: To 'support the Second' they would have to repeal every existing 'reasonable' gun law, and pass 'no retreat' and 'make my day' laws everywhere.
 

AZ: Napolitano signs bill on self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Governor Napolitano today signed into law a bill to strengthen Arizonans' rights to claim self-defense and to use force against intruders."

"The bill was supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by prosecutors."

"It imposes a new burden of proof on prosecutors to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant's self-defense claim was unfounded."

"It also implants the so-called 'castle doctrine' in Arizona law to give a person the right to use force in a home or vehicle ..."

"The self-defense portion of the bill stirred the most controversy."

"Supporters argued that current law unfairly requires a person to effectively admit to a crime and then prove they had justification." ...
 

CA: 5-year-old shoots himself with Sheriff deputy's gun
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"A 5-year-old boy was recovering Sunday after accidentally shooting himself with a gun he that belonged to his uncle, who is also a San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy, police said." ...

"Rialto Police said the uncle had stored a semi-automatic pistol inside his truck, which the boy and his 9-year-old cousin had gained entry to after taking the keys, Rialto Police Sgt. Randy De Anda said."

"The boys intended to take some items out of the vehicle when the younger boy found the gun and pulled the trigger."

"'He thought it was a toy,' De Anda said."

"The youngster was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center where his thigh was treated." ...
 

NJ: Police cruiser shot - with cops inside
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"Someone brazenly opened fire on a Jersey City police car with a BB gun and put a hole through its windshield while officers sat inside and another officer stood at the curb, officials said."

"The marked police car was on Bostwick Avenue off Martin Luther King Drive just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they heard a BB strike the car parked in front of the cruiser, officials said. Almost at the same time, the police car was hit, officials said."

"The officers searched the area but came up empty, officials said. When more cops arrived and canvassed the neighborhood they spoke to two residents who said BB gun fire had also damaged the windows of their homes, reports said." ...
 

Mexico: In Mexico, families want justice for slain students
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When federal police mistakenly gunned down three Mexican university students in this violence-plagued border city, they resorted to a familiar tactic: They painted the victims as drug-traffickers."

"But the ruse didn't last long. Within days of the May 21 killings, in which federal agents fired more than 100 bullets at apparently unarmed students, local newspapers were full of reports of a police cover-up. ..." ...

"The officers also detained and later killed an architecture student ... who drove by the scene minutes after the first attack, according to witness reports. ..."

"The police said they acted in self-defense after the students opened fire, reports later discounted by forensic investigations." ...
 

OR: Shooting camp slated for May
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Talk about a lot of bang for the buck."

"For the $110 entry fee, kids can learn shooting from former Olympians and other world-class pros during the 21st annual NRA Oregon Shooting Sports Camp."

"The event is May 27-29 at Four Corners Rod and Gun Club east of Salem."

"As it has for the past two decades, the camp is geared to anyone age 8 to 18 who wants to take a shot at competitive shooting, from kids who never have held a firearm to longtime competitors looking to gain an edge."

"'We're still looking for beginner shooters, all the way up to advanced shooters,' said Chris Culp of Lebanon, the first-year camp director." ...
 

VA: Register that computer, you subversive!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Letter-writer Jerry Schneider thinks the Second Amendment doesn't apply to modern firearms since the Founding Fathers knew only muzzle-loaders ["You may bear arms--but only rod-and-ball variety," April 14].

Using the same illogical process, Mr. Schneider's use of his dangerous assault computer to attack the Bill of Rights isn't protected under the First Amendment, since the Founding Fathers' concept of written communication was limited to the use of crude printing presses and quill pens.

He can't have it both ways.

Dennis J. O'Connor

Prince George
 

NY: NYPD task force targets weapons
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"The NYPD has begun interviewing cops to join an elite task force that will play a key role in the war against illegal guns."

"The team will question every suspect in a gun arrest in the city, a job that's now the responsibility of precinct cops who make the arrest."

"In addition, a central database for gun-arrest information is in the works. The goal is to have a clearer idea of how illegal guns are reaching the city and where they're coming from." ...
 

NY: Local women try sport shooting
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"More than a dozen area women got a taste of sport shooting on Saturday when they participated in The Waterloo Rifle and Pistol Club’s Women on Target Clinic."

"The class was offered as a way to increase women’s interest in sport shooting events, such as the NYS Sporterifle competition sponsored by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association."

"The clinic focused on the history of rifles, shooting procedures, gun maintenance and safety."

"Most participants were beginners, but women with all levels of experience attended to improve their knowledge of the sport."

"Ashia Chilson, 25, of Waterloo, became involved in sport shooting six months ago to spend more time with her grandfather, Andy Fegley." ...
 

WI: Museum gun exhibit loaded with history
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"Once they were tools of conflict. Now they're objects of art."

"The physical beauty of the rare guns owned by the Milwaukee Public Museum gets spotlighted in a new exhibit, 'The Nunnemacher Arms Collection' opening May 1 and running until Aug. 31, 2007."

"Curators have chosen 43 guns from the museum's collection of more than 3,400 historic firearms for the show."

"The exhibit will trace the development of rifles and handguns from the 17th century into the 1980s."

"The show will be a rare treat both for gun fanciers and historians alike, as few items from this collection ever go on display, according to Al Muchka, curator of the collection." ...
 

KY: Group's gun buyback brings in 18 weapons
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The Justice Resource Center bought 18 more guns Saturday in its effort to decrease violence and crime, the Rev. Louis Coleman said yesterday.

The center, which Coleman heads, pays $20 to $25 for handguns, rifles and shotguns.

It will continue the project next Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 39th Street and River Park Drive. It chose that location because that's where 12-year-old Stacia Young was wounded April 11 by gunfire from an unknown shooter.

In the past two weeks, the center has bought 35 guns. For more information about the purchases, call 562-6737.
 

PA: Gun raffle raises funds, fosters community
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"More than 200 people found their way into Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Company's community building for the department's latest gun raffle in hopes of winning one of 14 guns or a host of other prizes. The other prizes ranged from a folding hunting seat to a Motorola SX700 two-way radio. Life member Greg Schoen operates Schoen's Archery and supplies the guns."

"But it was obvious that many folks were there for more than just the chance to win something. The camaraderie and the rewards that come from supporting a vital community activity were just as important." ...
 

MI: Boy Scouts Get Approval To Shoot BB Guns
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"Boy Scouts were granted permission to shoot BB guns and blunt-tip arrows at a local park."

"With the supervision of adult leaders and a National Rifle Association Instructor, Boy Scouts of America ... can shoot at various paper targets as part of a day camp in June ..."

"... The council approved temporarily lifting an ordinance banning BB guns and archery equipment in local parks for the camp."

"City and police officials attended a Boy Scouts demonstration of the equipment and agreed there were enough safeguards to follow through with the event ..."

"Boy Scout Director Rick Williams said the reason for the scouts to shoot the guns and arrows is to build self-esteem and respect for weapons."
 

MO: UMKC Rifle Signs Travis DuBois To National Letter of Intent
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"UMKC Rifle coach Mike Hornbeck announced today that Travis DuBois, of Humble, Texas has signed a National Letter of Intent to shoot for the Kangaroos for the 2006-07 season."

"'We're glad to have Travis in the in the program,' said Hornbeck. 'He's another young man from Texas that seems to be a good shooter and a good student. He seems to be a very nice young man that should be a boost to our program and the school.'"

"A resident of Humble, Texas, DuBois led his Lake Travis 4-H Outdoor Explorers squad to a first-place finish in the 2005 Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Indoor Smallbore Rifle Match, firing a six-position total of 554 (192, 179, 183) to pace the team and earn third-place individual honors. ..." ...
 

OK: Was Their Right to Bear Arms Violated?
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"A group of 8 employees at an Oklahoma paper mill were fired when contraband-sniffing dogs discovered firearms in their vehicles. The vehicles were in the plant's parking lot ... a state constitutional amendment prohibiting employers from barring weapons on their premises was pending. So the former employees sued."

"The Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, which is based on the state constitution's right-to-bear-arms provision, allowed owners to ban weapons on their own property. A 2004 amendment would have permitted firearms to be stored in locked vehicles ... Meanwhile, of the eight employees who brought this suit, only one was on the payroll of Weyerhaeuser Co. ... ­six of the others worked for one contractor and one for another contractor."
 

UK: Gypsy camp shooting: thug facing long jail term
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"A 29-year-old thug is facing a lengthy jail sentence after admitting shooting two men at a gypsy camp last summer."

"Gerry Connors was remanded in custody amid tight security at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday."

"Connors was originally charged with attempting to murder Paul Saunders and John Saunders at the camp at Upchurch, near Gillingham, on May 2."

"But his guilty pleas to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the two men and three of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence were accepted by the prosecution." ...
 

UK: UK Competitive Shooters Can't Train at Home
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"Lawmakers here want to change gun-control laws - some of the strictest in Europe - that force Britain's competitive shooters, including those hoping to compete in the 2008 Olympics, to train abroad."

"Nearly all private ownership of handguns is outlawed, and shooters say they must travel to other countries when they want to practice, a time-consuming and expensive exercise."

"Labor Party lawmaker Kate Hoey, who has been campaigning for a relaxation of the law, said she expected to hear within weeks whether the government would consider lifting the ban for sport shooters." ...

"Hoey said the ban was understandable given the circumstances but argued that it had done little since then to curb the trade in black market firearms." ...
 

Mexico: Border no barrier to weaponry
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"It was another deadly day in this lively border town, a day of drugs, delinquents and guns."

"Before the day was out, four male denizens of the community had been murdered, execution-style, three of them by gunshots to the head. ... During the same day, a fifth man was killed in what was later described as a shoot-out with local police. ..." ...

"The carnage was news, certainly, but it wasn't exactly new, not in light of the explosive growth in recent years of the illicit drug trade along the Mexico-U.S. border."

"Narcotics traffickers have an insatiable appetite for weapons."

"Last year, federal police in the Mexican state of Baja California, which contains Tijuana, captured more than 1,100 illicit weapons ..." ...
 

UK: Wake shooting man given 18 months
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"A mourner who fired a gun during a row at a crowded wake in Edinburgh has been jailed for 18 months."

"William Campbell, 28, admitted recklessly discharging a firearm or imitation firearm while he was out on licence after early release from jail."

"At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Carloway ordered Campbell serve 274 days remaining from the previous sentence before his new jail term." ...

"The city's Telford Arms was packed with mourners who had attended a funeral."

"Advocate depute Robert Weir, prosecuting, said bar staff became aware of a disturbance and saw that Campbell had 'a medium-sized handgun' which he was pointing downwards at an angle of about 45 degrees." ...
 

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