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SC: Stand Your Ground Day 2: Officials have differing views on self-defense law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two days after Christmas, Spartanburg Public Safety officers responded to a shooting at a vacant home on Connecticut Avenue in Converse Heights.

Chesnee residents Chuck and Maria Thompson, the owners of the home, which is for sale, came to the house after learning from a real estate agent that a homeless man was possibly squatting inside.
 

AZ: 2 men killed in Yuma, Ariz., shooting; police say shooter acted in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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KYMA-TV reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/JEGBuf ) that Yuma police have confirmed the deaths of 27-year-old Jason Snelling and 26-year-old Glenn Curry following the Friday night shooting.

Police have identified the shooter as 23-year-old Daniel Dillman. Officers say it appears Dillman shot the two men in self-defense, and he has been released from police custody.
 

OK: Gun advocates claim victory in Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Advocates for expanded gun rights in Oklahoma are claiming success in the 2012 legislative session after the passage of several pro-gun measures, including one that allows permit holders to openly carry firearms.

The open-carry bill, given final approval by the Legislature last week and awaiting the governor’s signature, has been a top priority for gun rights advocates in recent years. Gov. Mary Fallin already has signed a bill allowing gun owners from other states to carry concealed weapons in Oklahoma, and another bill approved by the Legislature and sent to Fallin would prohibit the governor or any other state or local official from confiscating or banning firearms during a state of emergency.
 

VA: Husband Sues Culpeper Police Officer In Shooting Death Of Patricia Cook
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The lawsuit says, "When Defendant Harmon-Wright attempted to bully and coerce Mrs. Cook into complying with his commands by raising his voice and threatening to shoot her, she was lawfully entitled to refuse to comply with his commands and was was lawfully entitled to depart unharmed and unhindered."

... But an eyewitness told WUSA 9 News that he clearly saw the officer's left hand on the door handle and his right on on his gun. The witness said that the officer's arm was not caught as he yelled at the woman to stop. The witness said he was stunned when he saw the officer shoot and continue shooting as Cook drove away.
 

CA: El Dorado judge candidates invited to shooting contest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Candidates for El Dorado Superior Court judge could be facing off with guns at high noon Saturday.

The three candidates – Joseph Hoffman, Warren Stracener and Stephen Valentine – won't be shooting at one another, but they've been invited to compete, firing weapons at targets.

If it sounds like the Old West and shades of Judge Roy Bean, so be it.
 

OR: Gun expert to talk at Pachyderm lunch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun expert Jim Jacobe of Salem will talk about firearms and Oregon laws at the next luncheon of the Valley Pachyderm Club.
 

IL: Gun rights advocate to address NAACP
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chicagoan Otis McDonald, the lead plaintiff in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case on gun rights, will speak on concealed carry laws at 7 p.m. May 17 at the local NAACP office, 101 S. MacArthur Hwy.
 

LA: Gun bill sparks questions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Louisiana is close to possessing the strongest pro-gun legislation in the nation.

Columbia Sen. Neil Riser's Senate Bill 303 is a constitutional amendment to existing Louisiana gun laws, stating that any denial, infringement or restrictions on one's right to acquire or carry and use arms for defense be subject to strict scrutiny.

The ambiguity of the bill, and the fact that it's an amendment and not entirely new legislation, has many trying to interpret its specific ramifications.
 

FL: Donations flood in for families of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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News of Zimmerman's tally shocked Trayvon supporters, who believe Zimmerman should lose his bond for misleading the court.

"The guy is living paycheck to paycheck, he kills a teenager and all of a sudden, he's got $200,000?" said Sanford, Fla., minister H.D. Rucker. "What does that say about our society? There are racists out there."

Attorney Crump said he's puzzled.

"I look at those donations, and I scratch my head," Crump said. "I ask myself: 'What cause is it exactly that they are contributing to?' "
 

FL: Tampa political pandering trumps debate over guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But before anyone could accuse Scott of waffling, Buckhorn issued a wavering statement of his own.

"My job as mayor first and foremost is to protect the people of my city, and the law enforcement (officers) who serve on the front lines," the mayor said. "I believe that there is no reason to have a concealed firearm in downtown Tampa that week. And, to be clear, I am far less concerned with those who have concealed weapons permits than the ones who may somehow acquire a weapon and use it to create mayhem."
 

NY: Guns in parks discussed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Their push would not necessarily be noteworthy, except that the gun rights group leading the charge now claims that after years of quiet lobbying a deal it had with the Republican majority to bring the matter to the chamber floor for a vote in June has been scuttled.

“They wanted us there to advocate the position and then they would bring it to a vote,” said Ken Mathison, of Shooters Committee on Political Education, or SCOPE. “We’ve been patient for over six years and we’ve been loyal to the Republican Party and we feel that we deserve a little payback, just like any other political group.”
 

Holder Could Be Prosecuted if He Stonewalls Gun Probe Any Further
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For years reputable gun stores such as Red’s Trading Post in Idaho have been telling AFP about being probed by the federal government for clerical errors on federal forms, some of which merely lacked the name of the county of the gun buyer. Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been accused of stymieing a congressional investigation into a federal gunrunning program that funneled high-powered firearms to violent Mexican drug cartels, is still going about his daily business unfettered.
 

TN: Gov. Bill Haslam enjoyed success with second-year agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Haslam tried to stem the tide of ill-advised bills proposed by lawmakers with mixed results, even though he blamed the media for focusing too much attention on some of the measures. He used his veto power for the first time to jettison a bill that in effect would have rescinded Vanderbilt University's nondiscrimination policy for student religious groups. Other bills Haslam helped doom included the infamous "don't say gay" bill, which would have restricted teachers' discussions of homosexuality, and the contentious "guns in parking lots" bill, which pitted Second Amendment activists against business interests.
 

NJ: Trenton’s ‘Food for Guns’ yields 204 pieces
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So I spent an hour in the guts of the TFD and then in the back parking lot watching mostly old people walk up with mostly decrepit firearms. Oh, sure, there was the really cool SKS — better known as an AK-47 that you might see in Real Baghdad or South-Central Kabul, or right here in Trenton! — and other strong pieces, but most of the guns people brought back for $100 ShopRite gift cards were junk. Missing parts. So rusted that cops couldn’t check the barrels for ammunition. One man returned a rotted rifle that he said he found in the basement of an Island-section home after a big flood years ago. It was so rotted that it looked like a prop gun kids might use in a school play. But he got a $100 food card for it.
 

CA: 600 Weapons Turned In During 1st Hour of L.A.'s Gun Buyback Program
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"Any time you can remove guns that are the potential tool to destroy human lives, it's a positive thing," LAPD spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman told The Daily News. "So rather than these guns fall into the hands of someone who would do evil with it, they're surrendered and destroyed, and these folks get a gift card to do something nice."
 

Canada: McGuinty sticks to his guns on firearms ledgers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On CTV Question Period Sunday, the premier said it is up to the federal government to change legislation to make it clear chief firearms officers (CFOs) can't tell gun shops to keep point-of-sale ledgers.

Ontario's CFO "is basically saying to this point in time that he doesn't recognize the authority of the federal government or any of their officers to dismantle a system that he believes he has the discretion to put in place and keep in place," McGuinty told host Kevin Newman.

His comments come after a week of back-and-forth between the Ontario government, the federal government and the RCMP over the ledgers.
 

FL: Gun sales strong in Polk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun sales historically increase when there is a possibility that a Democrat will be elected — or re-elected — president, according to local gun shop spokesmen, and the trend continues this election season.

Several Polk County gun shops report that sales continue to be strong.

Hartman's Guns and Ammo in Winter Haven experienced increases beginning in late 2011, but business has been robust for the past five years, said Jeff Riggeal, manager of the gun department.
 

SC: Waffle House shooter speaks out
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Justin Harrison usually left his gun in his pickup truck after getting off his night-shift job as a welder.

“I normally keep it in my glove compartment,” said the slight, soft-spoken 23-year-old.

But on Jan. 21, Harrison, a concealed weapons permit holder from Boiling Springs, holstered his .45-caliber Glock on his left side and went into the Chesnee Highway Waffle House for an early morning meal.
 

NJ: New Jersey judge rules blind man who lost his guns after shooting himself will get them back
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It's a bullseye for Second Amendment Rights.

A blind man who had his guns confiscated by police after shooting himself in the leg four years ago will get the weapons back, a judge ruled.

Steven Hopler, 49, a veteran gun collector and crack shot, had been battling to get six of his guns returned to him since 2008, when cops took them from his Rockaway home after he accidentally shot himself in the shin while cleaning one, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported.
 

WA: What's the correct time and place for target shooting?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With some sensible sideboards (actually part of universal rules for safe, responsible firearms use), target-shooting may take place in many locales on state lands including Western Washington forests and eastside sagelands.

But on at least one of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's holdings, the Wenas Wildlife Area, situated between Ellensburg and Yakima in Central Washington, irresponsible and reckless manifestations of firearms use have come to a head.
 

UT: Woman shot during gun-cleaning gone wrong in Ogden
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"A 22-year-old woman was recovering Sunday, a day after her brother-in-law accidentally shot her in the stomach at an Ogden residence.

Police said the woman at about 10 p.m. Saturday asked her brother-in-law to show her how to clean a Glock handgun.

Police said the two removed the gun from a gun box, and the man removed the clip magazine {reporter's mistake fixed} from the gun as he prepared to disassemble it.

But when he went to slide the bullet out of the chamber, police said the slide slipped out his hand and the gun fired, shooting his sister-in-law in the stomach."

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Submitter's note: {five minute facepalm between this gun cleaning attempt, and reading what the reporter wrote}
 

NJ: Two NJ State Troopers Reassigned in Missing Gun Incident
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The State Police have temporarily reassigned two troopers in charge of the Somerville barracks while the division investigates the disappearance of a state-issued handgun from another trooper's locker last month.

The weapon, which belongs to Sgt. Roger Malone, was reported missing after he returned from vacation in April and found it was no longer among his belongings at the station, a secure State Police building on Route 22, according to three sources familiar with the details of the incident.

Submitter's note: As a NJ resident if I lost my gun I'd probably be reassigned to the nearest jail
 

PA: Oakland robbery suspect, victim exchange gunshots on Forbes Avenue
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A suspected robber and his target exchanged gunfire on an Oakland street early Friday morning, Pittsburgh police said.

The victim was walking out of the McDonald's restaurant on Forbes Avenue with friends at about 2:40 a.m. when he was confronted by Jason Woodall, who wanted to steal a bracelet that the man was wearing, police said.

Woodall went to a nearby parked car and got a handgun -- which was stolen -- then came back and tried to rob the man at gunpoint, police said.

Submitter's note: Victim with carry permit draws second, shoots first. Wounded attacker fires back with better aim (with stolen gun) . The anti's will be all over this.
 

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