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Connecticut Gun Maker Sees Charges Dismissed
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Officials with Connecticut gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger and Company said that a judge has dismissed all claims in a Washington municipal lawsuit against the company and other members of the firearms industry.

The Fairfield-based firearms company said that the court let stand claims based upon Washington's "strict liability" act against certain manufacturers of machine guns, used in crimes against city residents.

According to the company, none of the pleadings in the Washington case identify a Sturm Ruger firearm as having been used in any of the criminal shootings.
 

Protecting Crime Victims -- A Constitutional Amendment Is the Way to Go
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"Last week in this space I offered the idea that if we want to get serious about protecting the rights of crime victims in this country, we need to pass a Crime Victims Constitutional Amendment." ...

"...Interesting that so many liberal Democrats say they are offended at the notion of a constitutional amendment to protect the rights of the five million Americans who are annually victimized by criminals, many of whom are armed criminals, but at the same time they do not hesitate to try to take firearms out of the hands of law-abiding Americans. They are willing to distort the Constitution so Americans will be unable to protect themselves, and they oppose amending the Constitution to give the unarmed victims of violent criminals the right to be heard in court."
 

An Open Letter from Ronnie Barrett, Owner of Barrett Firearms
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Fourth story on the page

"In the never-ending battle to destroy our constitution, more "big lie" propaganda is being dumped on our elected officials. The rhetoric given forth by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) so easily deceived the legislators of California, resulting in the banning of fifty caliber rifles because they are powerful and their bullets punch holes when they strike. Even single shot .50 cal rifles were banned. It's hard to believe we live in such a dark time that someone has actually banned a single shot rifle. But as you will see, this is the cleverest of all gun bans, and the end goal is civilian disarmament, the confiscation of your tools of liberty, your rifles."
 

If You Call for a Pizza, a Cop, and an Ambulance, Who will Arrive First?
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"A responsible, trained and armed citizen is an asset to society – so says the founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association." ...

"The U.S.C.C.A. promotes concealed carry as a socially responsible lifestyle."

"Members of the organization receive a membership card, as well as 'Concealed Carry Magazine' eight times a year. The publication is printed in color, containing professional articles with in-depth reader profiles, training, gun and gear reviews, and lots of plain old common sense."
 

Experts Call Spy Agency Practice an Eye-Opener
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"The National Security Agency, which eavesdrops on electronic communications around the world, receives thousands of requests each year from U.S. government officials seeking the names of Americans who show up in intercepted calls or e-mails — and complies in the vast majority of cases without challenging the basis for the requests, current and former intelligence officials said."
 

Implanting Citizens With Verichips – The Taking of Free Will
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"It is time for all American citizens to stop with the naivety. It is time to recognize a government that is deviously linked to and in bed with corporations who intend to rule over all human beings. And please remember that social security cards were never meant to be mandatory. Nor were driver’s licenses or bankcards, but try getting by one day without them. ..." ...

"And gun owners – heads up! On April 13, 2004, Applied Digital Solutions announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, VeriChip Corporation, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FN Manufacturing, a leading gun manufacturer, to develop a first in the world of firearms. Their objective is an integrated 'User Authorization System' for firearms using VeriChip RFID technology. You shall be chipped in order to keep and bear. You had to know that was coming considering the 30-year, non-stop efforts to deny you of your 2nd Amendment rights. ..."
 

AZ: Napolitano vetoes 'guns in bars' bill, school property tax cap
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"Gov. Janet Napolitano Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed customers to bring guns into restaurants and bars."

"The Democratic governor cited concerns about liability and safety for restaurants and bar owners in her nixing of the Republican-approved measure."
 

FL: Police arm themselves with high-powered rifle
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"Perhaps most significant, officers must purchase the rifles and equipment themselves. AR-15s cost $1,100; the hard case runs about $100; and ammunition goes for $250 a box, though rounds used on duty are provided by the department."

" 'Our cities are not combat zones, but when you arm the police with assault rifles, you run the risk of turning them into combat zones,' said Tom Diaz, senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. 'I doubt there very many communities outside Iraq where you need that kind of firepower.' "
 

MD: "...he stumbled over something, and his gun fired..."
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" A 32-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday in the death of a 14-year-old boy."

"Ronald Johnson Sr. fired one gunshot on Aug. 20, 2004, from a second-story bedroom, striking D'Koy Dancy in the back." ...

"In August, WBAL-TV 11 News reported that Johnson told police the shooting was an accident because he stumbled over something and his gun fired."
 

NJ: Woman, 87, Faces Charges After Trying to Enter Courthouse With a Gun
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"She's 87, and 'a nice lady.' She's also facing a weapons charge after trying to enter the Essex County Courthouse with a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson."

"Rebecca Solomon was running late for a hearing at landlord-tenant court, and said she forgot to take the gun which was still in its original box out of her handbag last Wednesday."

"A metal detector at the courthouse flagged the weapon." ...

"Solomon said she bought the gun and a box of bullets for protection. Within the past year, her home has been broken into three times, she said."
 

South Africa: Judge 'stops' man's 74th gun
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"The High Court on Monday turned down an application by a Lynnwood businessman for a licence for his 74th gun."

"Acting Judge Mahomed Ismail said he had to look at 'other competing interests' when he refused to overrule a decision by the Firearms Appeal Board (FAB) not to grant Peter Lazarides a licence for his .50 Browning Musgrave rifle."
 

FL: Program strives to put locks in gun owners' hands
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"Guns and children are a dangerous combination, and something as simple as a gunlock can help prevent tragedy, says South Daytona Police Chief Bill Hall."

"Free locks will be available in good supply in both Volusia and Flagler counties this week, and interested firearms owners can also sign up for a free gun safety class Saturday."
 

UK: Two shot in city attacks
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"TWO men have been shot in separate attacks in Liverpool."

"A 21-year-old man was shot in the thigh in the car park of the Park Way pub, in Woolton Road, at 3.10am on Saturday after a night out in Manchester."

"Merseyside police say the victim, who is stable after an operation in hospital, does not remember having an argument with anyone before he was shot." ...

"In Everton, a late-night argument turned violent and left a 20-year-old man with gunshot wounds."
 

KS: Students march against violence
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"Sameia Kendall, 10, hopes the annual Quindaro Elementary March will keep some kids away from drugs and violence." ...

"This is the eighth year students have marched from the school, down 27th Street to Wilson's Pizza on Quindaro Boulevard, to raise awareness about drugs and violence. The students carried banners saying, 'Legislators save our schools' and 'Say no to drugs and tobacco' and 'No more guns.' "
 

OH: Alleged rape spreads anxiety
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"The most common of all rapes are carried out by friends or acquaintances, according to Jill Goldberg, community affairs officer for UTPD and instructor of a women's defense course." ...

"She doesn't recommend carrying a firearm or other forms of personal protection, however."

" 'It can be taken away from you and used against you,' she said."

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Right. It's so much better not to have a weapon at all and ensure your place on the rolls of victimhood than take the chance, so that it may save your dignity and your life.
 

ND: Local shooters excel at National Championship
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"Four area youth recently returned from Colorado where they represented North Dakota in the 2005 Junior Olympic National Shooting Matches. Levi Geurts, Buffalo; Matthew Pueppke, Amenia; Soren Butler, Casselton; and Kyle Faught, Amenia; competed at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs. Geurts, Pueppke, and Butler are members of the Buffalo Sharpshooters Rifle Club coached by Dan Geurts."
 

OR: Defending the firearms bill
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"The Oregonian's position on upcoming federal legislation to grant legal immunity to the firearms industry is inaccurate to the point I say, 'Shame on you, Mr. Editor' ('Don't bulletproof the gun industry,' April 13). The blatant, lightning-rod terminology will surely get all those Blue Meanies in Multnomah County riled up."

"You say that 'tens of thousands of people die annually from gunshot wounds.' But knee-jerk reactions to that fact are an example of simplistic thinking. They may prove politically expedient, resulting in more laws in the short term, but they will cause greater carnage later. Fact: In Great Britain and Australia, violent crime has risen dramatically since their gun bans went into effect, especially crimes against the elderly -- crimes like home invasion, aggravated assault and murder."
 

WA: Port Angeles High School air rifle team qualifies for nationals
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"It's a little familial competition, that's all."

"Josh and Stephanie Jackson, a senior and a sophomore at Port Angeles High School, are part of a four-student team of air-rifle marksmen and women on their way to the Junior Olympics National Shooting competition in Kentucky this summer." ...

"Recently the Jacksons' team, the A-Team -- as opposed to Port Angeles' Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps' other squad, the B-Team -- took first place in the state, giving it the privilege of representing Washington at the nationals."
 

South Africa: Gun Law And People's Justice Rule in the Hills of Kwazulu-Natal
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"A FEW metres from our offices last week, two young men walked up to a barber's gazebo on the pavement of a busy road and blasted the brains of a customer. They got into a vehicle and drove off while passers-by gaped in astonishment." ...

"According to the police, not only was the rifle unlicensed, it had been reported stolen."

"People are armed in KwaZuluNatal. Authorities tell the rest of us to support the disarmament campaign but they and their families are under the protection of virtual armies."
 

Australia: Man fined for airport gun joke
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"A 24-year-old Queensland man has been fined $750 for making a gun joke at an airport."

"Duncan Shephard, from Caboolture north of Brisbane, was the third person in a week to be charged in the ACT for similar offences."

"He was detained at Canberra airport yesterday morning after telling a customer service agent he had guns in his luggage."
 

TX: Boy Given Three Days Suspension for Bringing Toy Gun to School
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A boy who brought a toy gun to school last week was sent home for three says as a punishment. Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson, Jolene Ortego, told Hometown News on Monday the boy was found with a non-working plastic toy gun in his backpack last Thursday at French Elementary School.

The Beaumont Police Department was asked to dispatch an officer to the school after administrators learned of the discovery—at the time, police didn’t know the gun was a toy.

Ortego tells us even though the gun was a toy, the district cannot take any chances on the boy’s punishment.

The boy will return to school Tuesday.
 

Remarks by Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, at the 2005 Annual Meeting of Members in Houston, TX-- 4/16/05
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"About twelve years ago, there was a guy from Arkansas...who set out to blame our NRA for what ailed this country."

Well...I'd had my fill of what Bill Clinton's Administration was doing to the Second Amendment."

"I took it personally. So when the chance came in 1995 to join the NRA on the front lines – on Capitol Hill, I thought about it for a second — more like half a second — and I took it."
 

Remarks by Wayne R. LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President, at the NRA 2005 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas -- 4/16/05
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"We lost some battles."

"But you know, sometimes defeat is a necessary prelude to victory. The key is to never give up."

"And you never gave up!"

"And look at the results."

"It took 25 years, but you have restored the Second Amendment."

"It’s because you restored the Second Amendment that the time-honored tradition of good-old gun shows is still with us and always will be if we have anything to say about it!"

"It’s because you restored the Second Amendment that the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program has reached more than eighteen million kids, and saved who knows how many lives!"
 

OH: (No-guns) News station reports (no-guns) grocery store robbery
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WYTV in Youngstown is reporting that another crime as occurred at a Sparkle Supermarket on the cities West side on Friday April 22. A known "no-guns zone", the West Side Sparkle prominently displays a no concealed weapons sign. This did not stop the criminal from entering the business and committing a strong armed robbery at gun point.

Some may remember the other "gun free" Sparkle, also in Youngstown (Cornersburg), where the worker was assaulted while making a night deposit.

It is also worth noting that WYTV is also a criminal protection zone as well and did not report in either story that those businesses did not allow shoppers or workers their civil rights to protect themselves.
 

FL: Reader defends
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"I am writing in response to the Rev. Speer's letter about SB436. I assume from his response to this bill that he is another gun-control advocate who believes everyone's guns should be taken away 'to protect society.' I hate to say it, Rev. Speer, but regardless of what you say, law enforcement officers cannot be present everywhere at all times to protect us from an ever-growing amount of violent criminals who roam the streets. Guess what? They all have guns!"

"I think a bill to allow people to defend others (or themselves) with weapons is an excellent idea. ..."
 

FL: Whether for safety, skill or sport, pistol packin' mamas are everywhere
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"You see them every day, shopping or dining with children, stopped at traffic lights next to you or walking alone at night through store parking lots."

"Chances are, a woman you saw today was carrying a gun."

"In fact, nearly 50,000 women in Florida are licensed to carry a weapon concealed on their person or in their vehicle."
 

Readers say idea to settle the fight over guns might be worth a shot
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"I recently suggested that the National Rifle Association might consider supporting free speech in exchange for anti-gun people like me laying off their hallowed right to bear arms."

"On that subject Matthew Hunter wrote: 'The NRA has led the fight against the unconstitutional Campaign Finance Reform Act, including court challenges. Now it's your turn. Where were you when the assault weapons ban passed and during the fight to block its renewal? Did you oppose the .50-caliber rifle ban in California? (Note: He's talking about a sniper cannon here). Have you written in opposition to the proposed handgun ban in San Francisco? What about supporting the right of firearms manufacturers to sell a legal product according to the law? Why haven't you written an expose about the absurd process of buying a hunting rifle in Washington, D.C.?'"
 

MN: Gun shop may face its final battle
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"Mark Koscielski, the owner of the only remaining gun shop in Minneapolis, is entering the final stages of a fight with the city that could shutter his business, at least at its current location."

"Koscielski awaits a hearing next month before the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Earlier this month, the city sent Koscielski an order telling him to cease operating the gun shop on the 2900 block of Chicago Av. S. by April 18 because it is out of compliance with zoning laws."
 

UK: Six Months for Brandishing Toy Gun
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A father who waved his child’s toy gun at two youths has been jailed for six months, it emerged today.

Richard Bottley claimed he brandished his six-year-old son’s toy at the boys, aged 14 and 15, because they had been harassing him.

The 37-year-old of Buttercup Square, Oxford, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The defendant was jailed for six months at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

 

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