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Restraining orders scrutinized in wake of Supreme Court ruling
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"A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling won't change how local officers enforce restraining orders, but it concerns at least one judge."

"Based on a Colorado case, the June 27 ruling says that police can't be sued for failing to enforce a restraining order. In the Colorado case, a woman made repeated phone calls and paid a visit to police within a few hours, asking them to find her estranged husband against whom she had a restraining order. She thought he had taken their three daughters. The man eventually turned up at the police department with a shotgun he had just purchased. Police shot and killed him, and the bodies of his murdered daughters were found inside his truck."
 

Small arms inflict 100,000 direct war deaths in 2003, survey says
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"An estimated 100,000 people were killed in conflicts in 2003 by small arms, which have inflicted more deaths than conventional weapons, a survey said Monday."

"Small and light arms accounted for 60 to 90 per cent of all direct war deaths in all phases of contemporary conflict by causing injury and death during fighting, said the independent Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva."

"The study said post-conflict regions have also experienced violence at levels higher than during armed conflict because of continued existence of firearms."
 

OH: Columbus City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Assault Weapons
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"With a unanimous city council vote of six to zero, Columbus joins other Ohio communities in banning assault weapons. Following a series of public hearings, Council members determined the risks to Columbus families increased unacceptably when the U.S. Congress failed to renew the federal law which expired on September 13th, 2004."
 

Alan Korwin: Federal Gun Ranges Hit With Requests for Access
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"Activists around the country are beginning to probe federal shooting ranges, seeking public access, if my inbound emails are any measure. This follows release of news from Bloomfield Press that federal law specifically allows such use (linked at end). So far, authorities have reportedly been resisting the public's interest in following the law, and that's putting it nicely."

"No one appears to be surprised by the stonewalling. Some of these target shooters have actually been motivated by the resistance they have encountered, saying it is a good arena for "shoe-leather activism.' The reward of having a lot of new places to go shooting has also encouraged people to act."
 

OH: Columbus City Council Passes Sweeping Gun Ban (PRO)
Submitted by: Peoples Rights Organization
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"Council members performed verbal gymnastics to rationalize their vote in favor of a ban. Council Member Patsy Thomas reminded everyone that she is a former county prosecutor and went on several drug raids, and has seen the power of the guns criminals have. She left out the fact that in earlier Council hearings on this matter, she has nodded in affirmation as fellow council members discuss their opinion that drug offenders don't belong in jail. Her comments are seemingly contradictory."
 

Australia: Rocket launcher is not a weapon, law says
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"AN explosives expert has won a three-year battle to stop police destroying an ex-military rocket launcher that is not considered a firearm under Tasmanian laws."

"In the Devonport Magistrates Court yesterday, Magistrate Don Jones denied applications from Tasmania Police to destroy a rocket launcher and two inert rockets seized from Erriba resident Peter Mielke in August 2002."

"In handing down his decision, Mr Jones said other states' firearm legislation contained provisions which could be applied to rocket launchers, mortars, and even rocket-propelled grenades, but Tasmania's did not, and he was not satisfied that Mr Mielke's rocket launcher was a firearm under Tasmanian legislation."
 

Canada: Canadian gun control foes take fight to UN conference
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"A United Nations gun control conference opening today will see Canadian gun owners seek international backing against new federal regulations, which they say will make hunting unnecessarily costly."

"The latest measures require most imported guns, from next April, to be marked on a part of the firearm the owners say will add up to $200 to the sales price."

"The owners believe support from other countries will make it easier to pressure Ottawa to cancel or revise the regulations, which specify the gun's receiver must identify Canada as the country of importation, and also show the year of arrival."
 

OH: How are children in your area being protected?
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"But do you know the Ohio legislature has already earmarked $40,000 to help prevent firearm accidents among our children? These monies could be used to enhance the safety of Ohio's approximately 560,000 Pre-K to 3rd grade children."

"Late in 2003 Ohio HB95 made this money available to all school districts in 2004 and 2005 to cover the costs of materials related to the 'Eddie Eagle GunSafe' program. Just imagine 560,000 children and their friends and families receiving education on what to do if they see a firearm from the program ranked '... the best of 80 gun accident prevention programs' ..."

"So you are probably wondering how many of Ohio's youth have benefited from the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program?"
 

South Africa: Armed motorist saves metro cop
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"It's a nice change to be helped by a member of the public rather than sworn at."

"This is according to Abram Makgaka, 37, a Johannesburg metro police officer, who was helped by a man from Alberton on Sunday morning when two would-be robbers surprised him while he was on duty." ...

"One man stopped and from his car repeatedly told the robber to drop the weapon. He refused, after which the motorist fired two shots at him."

"The man, a 35-year-old businessman from Meyersdal in Alberton, hit the robber just above his right buttock."
 

KY: Middletown gunners finish 8th
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Kids and rifles aren't usually a combination that stirs up good thoughts. But Nick Bertucci and Jenna Hansen are part of a group of locals who recently had a pretty positive experience with them in hand."

"Shooting with air rifles, which use pellets, the kids were part of a Middletown Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps team that placed eighth at a national event June 29-30 in Louisville, Ky."
 

IL: Lincoln Log Cabin hosts historic firearms presentation
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Hunting 160 years ago in Illinois was more than a one-shot sport."

"Many hunters had to be sure shots because they carried long rifles that required 15 to 30 seconds to reload — measure out a small powder charge in a small cup, pour it down the barrel, place the bullet in a piece of cloth on top of the barrel and ram it down with the ramrod, replace the ramrod, charge the lock with powder, pull back the hammer and prepare to fire — more than enough time for a deer or other game to disappear into the woods or prairie grass."

"But there were some firearms that offered a second shot to hunters with swivel-barrels and over-and-under hammers. Some combined shotgun barrels with rifle barrels. With a twist and a pull back on the hammer, these guns were ready for another shot. But there was a drawback."
 

UK: Loyalists blamed for city murder
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"Loyalist paramilitaries have been linked to two gun attacks in north Belfast in which a 19-year-old man was killed and another critically injured."

"The dead man was shot after three men burst into a house in Dhu Varren Crescent in the Woodvale area at about 0400 BST. He died later in hospital."
 

UK: Gun teacher loses sacking appeal
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"A teacher who was jailed for firing a pellet gun near a group of youths has lost her appeal to get her job back."

"Linda Walker, 48, was suspended from her job at New Park High School in Salford after being convicted of affray and possessing a firearm in March."

"She was jailed for six months but freed on appeal on 4 May. She was sacked by Salford Council which found her guilty of gross misconduct."
 

UK: Gun raiders attack DIY store workers
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"MASKED robbers armed with a handgun and a wooden club pounced on staff as they arrived for work at a Coventry superstore."

"The three men attacked a manager at Homebase in Ansty Road, Walsgrave, Coventry, as he pulled up at the store at 8.30am yesterday."

"The thieves forced the manager and several other employees into the store and made him open the safe."
 

IN: Haunted by fatal encounter
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Since his encounter with a 40-year-old intruder in February, Robert Birtwhistle says everything is satisfactory with him except for one thing: Despite still owning a shotgun, he wants his .32-caliber revolver returned to him."

"'I don't believe in them guns,' 84-year-old Birtwhistle said of using guns. 'So when I retired about 20-something years ago and my friends kept insisting that I have a firearm for my protection, I bought the gun from a dealer, brought it home, and took it to the police department and had it registered. I used it for exactly what I had it for. This was a justified homicide.'"
 

FL: Ready, aim, fire
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The name of game is Pistol IPSC. The goal - to shoot your targets in your current stage as fast as possible without making any errors."

"IPSC stands for International Practical Shooters Confederation. This is the first time the Prairie Rose State Games is having the shooting sport of IPSC."
 

NJ: Educators take aim
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Repeatedly pulling the trigger on a loaded gun seems like an unusual way for a teacher to spend a weekend, but that is what many area educators did Sunday during the Franklin Rifle and Revolver Association's first ever firearm training geared toward those in the field of education."
 

MA: Rifle club suit hinges on zoning
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"In an upcoming trial involving abutters of the Leyden Rifle Club and the local Zoning Board of Appeals, debate over zoning laws may overshadow conflicting views on property rights and national security."

"The state Housing Court has scheduled a trial. The case is rooted in a 2002 decision by the 60-year-old rifle club to allow security forces from the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to train at the remote shooting range. That decision came shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Nuclear plants have been cited by national security officials as among the highest risk targets in the country."

"The trial is set for Sept. 30 in the Greenfield session of the court, the club's lawyer, Francis McDonald said yesterday. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26."
 

FL: Understanding the 'Stand Your Ground' law
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"The new law allows private citizens to use deadly defensive force anywhere outside their 'home castle' without fear of criminal or civil liability if they 'hold a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm.' Instead of requiring an actual attack, the citizen-victim's perceived threat is the guideline, and it grants them a legal presumption that they in fact acted due to being in 'reasonable fear.' The act also allows recovery of reasonable legal fees, court costs and business losses due to having to defend civil lawsuits filed by intruders or other assailants."

"Involved parties have 'no duty to retreat and [have] the right to stand [their] ground and meet force with force [including deadly force] if the person is in a place where he or she has a right to be.' This broadly includes one's car, workplace and public places like shopping malls, parking lots, bars and restaurants. Formerly, the law would not allow use of lethal force outside the home until victims had first attempted to escape under the 'retreat doctrine.'"
 

MS: Man claims self-defense in shooting
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"A Jackson man who fatally shot an acquaintance Saturday afternoon said he acted in self-defense."

"Nathan Rouser, 69, of 226 Vandergriff St. was questioned and released by police after shooting Brice Taylor, 39, at the west Jackson intersection of Morson Road and Summer Place at about 4:30 p.m., Jackson police spokesman Robert Graham said."

"The case will be presented to a grand jury, Graham said."
 

WV: Warner targets gun crimes
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"Criminals from other states who want to buy guns have learned that West Virginia is open for business. And drugs are the desired tender."

"The gun-and-drugs link keeps law enforcement officers, prosecutors and the courts busy. But U.S. Attorney Kasey Warner said he is trying to send a strong message to criminals."
 

OH: More than 500 gun locks are given away
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"Less than a week after a Marietta High School student was accidentally shot and killed by a friend, more than 500 area residents picked up free gun locks at a giveaway downtown Saturday."

"The event was planned long before the death of Michael Cale, 15, on July 3, but some parents said they stopped by the booth because last week’s shooting reminded them that accidents involving firearms can happen to anyone."
 

South Africa: Hunters Take Aim At Firearm Authorities
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"FIREARM licensing authorities are denying professional hunters a right to earn a living by dismissing applications for rifle and ammunition licences without giving sufficient reasons, say hunting lobbyists."

"Southern African Hunters and Game Preservation Association secretary Theo Venter said at the weekend that the refusal to pass applications by the Firearms Control Registry inhibited the hunting industry from contributing to economic growth."

"With up to 54 species of animals in SA that can be hunted, professionals need a variety of guns to shoot them, hunting advocates say. 'Each rifle has a specific task,' Venter said."
 

PA: Competitive pistol shooter goes international
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The buzzer sounds. Brad Balsley reaches for the pistol strapped to his right hip, flicks the safety off and fires. Getting the first shot off in 1.17 seconds, he hits his target and scrambles to get in position to shoot again. Moving to his right, he runs while firing."

"Nineteen targets are placed throughout the course at the East Huntingdon Sportsmen Club. Some targets are hidden behind walls, while others hang from bars and sway back and forth. Balsley must hit each one twice before he can advance to the next."

"He finishes the course in 15.18 seconds. ..."
 

Care for Some Tea?
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"The Second Amendment says that the right of 'the people' to keep and bear arms 'shall not be infringed.' That's a right that's been steadily eroded since the 1930's, and even in the supposedly pro-gun Bush administration, isn't really gaining ground. Gun sales records which are supposed to be destroyed when the applicant passes a background check are being held; various databases sought and promoted by government officials will prove to be gun registration whether they're called that or not. Whatever the mandate, the fact is that purchase records apparently aren't being destroyed ..."
 

FL: Gun ownership includes a solemn responsibility
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"Owning guns is not the problem. But in the wrong hands, toting them around and using them can be big ones."

"Carrying a concealed weapon is a pretty simple process. These days there are about 347,000 folks legally packing heat in Florida." ...

"You certainly don't need a gun to commit a crime. And you don't need a permit to carry and use one. But it's easier to respond to violence with violence if you're armed. Owning and bearing arms is a cherished right, though using them can be another matter."
 

MA: Hub safer by degrees as firearms confiscated
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"A focal point of the Boston police crackdown on violence this summer - getting guns off the streets - netted results this weekend as seven firearms were confiscated."

"The firearms, ranging from a Mac 11 'machine-gun type' weapon and a shotgun to several semiautomatic handguns, were taken in Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, Charlestown and Jamaica Plain, police said."

"In recently kicking off Operation Neighborhood Shield II, a joint task force effort aimed at stemming the tide of violence that typically occurs during summer, Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole identified illegal guns as a primary focus."
 

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