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U.S. Senate's Leading Voices on Gun Debate Join in Bi-Partisan Legislation to Promote Responsible Gun Ownership
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"As the nation's loss from gun violence escalates to more than $100 billion per year, according to some studies, leading U.S. Senators on both sides of the gun debate have joined to introduce the Child Protection and Home Safety Act of 2005. Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, R-UT, Charles E. Schumer, D-NY and Larry Craig, R-ID, a National Rifle Association (NRA) trustee, introduced the bill Friday. ..." ...

"In the United States, approximately 50-percent of all households contain a firearm. Statistics have shown that an improperly stored firearm kills one child every three hours in the United States, making it the second leading cause of deaths among children. ..." ...
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KABA Note: One death every three hours is 2920 per year. The only way you can get anywhere near this number is by including every firearm related death, including homicide and suicide, and count as 'children' anyone 19 years old and younger.
 

Firearms and Lawsuits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"With a bipartisan vote of 65-31, the U.S. Senate passed an important piece of tort reform legislation before departing for its August recess. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S397) will protect responsible firearm manufacturers from 'junk' lawsuits that blame them for the criminal misuse of lawfully sold products. Since 1998, members of the firearms industry have faced dozens of such frivolous lawsuits filed by cities, anti-gun advocacy groups and crime victims." ...
 

NJ: One Eye on the Sunday Paper, and One on the Neighborhood Bears
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"IT was 6:22 Wednesday evening and Chris and Agatha Wyman were discoursing on bears snacking on skunk cabbage when Hobbes, a 7-year-old boxer mix, let out a high whining howl ..."

"... Sure enough, as he looked into the woods, a big black furry behind could be seen waddling off into the surrounding forest, like a commuter trudging home from the train station." ...

"To Mr. Wyman, a National Rifle Association member but not a hunter, it's all proof that New Jersey needs regular bear hunts to keep the population down. You don't have to read it that way. Which is more meaningful: that he's seen so many bears or that ... the bears have been as advertised - shy and retiring, as likely to run from people ..." ...
 

FL: Walsh found not guilty at murder trial -- Jury upholds self-defense claim in shooting that left girl, 5, dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Walsh was charged with third-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and shooting into a vehicle. He was acquitted on all charges."

"The road-rage incident began when the victim's father, Tyrone Lovett, pursued [Walsh's vehicle] after they cut him off in traffic."

"The chase lasted about 20 miles and ended on a dark desolate road, where Joshua claims he shot at Lovett's car as his brother-in-law was being run down. Marishka was shot in the head; her grandmother Sandra Vickson had her middle finger shot off." ...

"Walsh claimed the shooting was in self-defense. State prosecutors argued that Walsh shot the gun as Lovett fled down County Road 466A to get away from the confrontation." ...
 

IL: Protection orders work, but not if person's suicidal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two south suburban women recently went to court to try to legally dissolve relationships they said were abusive. Both obtained court orders designed to protect them. Both ended up shot by the men they were trying to escape."

"Velton Lacefield-Cole died immediately in her Richton Park home. Deborah Widelski, of Orland Park, clung to life and still is recovering from a bullet to the head. The shooters then turned their guns on themselves." ...

"So why weren't these court-protected women actually protected?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Ummm, because they lived in a gun unfriendly jurisdiction that forced them to rely on police for protection while their attackers were free to disregard the law?
 

CA: Shooting down violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Theo Milonopoulos gives a simple reason why he and his twin brother, Niko, have spent the past seven years lobbying for laws aimed at preventing gun violence."

"'We were afraid of being shot,' he said."

"They watched helicopters circle overhead, sirens flash and police tape cordon off streets as they passed the site of Ennis Cosby's murder on their way to elementary school in January 1997. ..."

"Less than two months later, the North Hollywood shootout that injured 18 police officers and civilians and left two robbery suspects dead occurred at the same bank the Milonopoulos family frequented. The twins huddled with fear in the back of their mother's car the next time they visited the building." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, at least they admit that they are completely irrational on the subject.
 

Guns In The Parking Lot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fresh from its victory last week, when a timorous Senate voted to protect the gun industry from damage suits, the National Rifle Association is now urging a boycott of a major energy company, ConocoPhillips, that dares to protect its employees from gunplay in the workplace. With a sense of civics worthy of the OK Corral, the NRA announced a national campaign, replete with billboards, to urge gun lovers to bypass Conoco and Phillips 66 gasoline stations until the company drops its ban on employees' keeping firearms in company parking lots."

"ConocoPhillips ran afoul of the NRA when it joined in a challenge to a law passed by the Oklahoma Legislature that would strip businesses of their gun-control rights on company property. ..." ...
 

IA: Sergeant not charged in pistol case (third story on page)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Linn County sheriff's office sergeant who removed handgrips from pistols he wanted to buy in hopes of getting a better deal will not be charged."

"Michael Cline, a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's office, resigned Monday."

"'The actions taken by Sgt. Cline do not amount to a theft under Iowa law,' Assistant Attorney General James Kivi wrote in a letter to local prosecutors." ...

"Cline removed handgrips from two handguns that had been stolen ... police said. He showed interest in buying the handguns and was told he needed to have them appraised."

"Cline admitted to Capt. Rik Haendler 'that he had prepared an appraisal form and had removed the handgrips in an attempt to get a lower appraisal,' Kivi wrote in the letter." ...
 

KY: Police in trouble know they can play the disability card
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For more than a decade, Lexington police officers who get in trouble have eluded termination or discipline by exploiting a loophole known by some officers as their 'ace card.'"

"Some officers who ran afoul of the law or police policy have applied for and received disability pensions and left the department before internal investigations could be completed or discipline meted out ... Instead of being fired, demoted or suspended, the officers started receiving tax-free disability pension checks for life." ...

"'If a person chooses to put in for a pension before that (disciplinary) process is finished, there is nothing that I can do,' Police Chief Anthany Beatty said. 'Is it fair? It's what we have.'"
 

CA: Taser policy sought after Santa Cruz victim acquitted of charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kristian Vega, a Santa Cruz resident, walked away a free man this week from charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication."

"But his acquittal Wednesday in a Watsonville courtroom wonít erase the burns on his rear end and elbow, the result of being stunned with 50,000 volts of electricity by Santa Cruz police officers."

"Now Vega, 24, is claiming his heartbeat is irregular due to the electrical currents forced on him outside the Asti, a bar in Santa Cruz, in late March. He and his father say they are thinking about suing the city for using excessive force." ...
 

Philippines: Cop removed for working 'too hard'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Philippine National Police officials relieved last week the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group provincial chief of Abra apparently for 'working hard' to keep peace in the violence-torn province."

"Two weeks ago, Chief Insp. Rolando Osias together with Abra policemen raided three separate houses in Lagayan, including one of Mayor Cecille Seares-Luna and seized several high-powered guns." [emphasis added] ...

"The same provincial official further said, 'Should this continue, the proliferation of illegal firearms and private armies will continue in Abra. It is sending the wrong signal to other officers and the public when you follow the rule of law and you get the ire of those with 'proper connections.'" ...
 

Australia: Cop on magpie kill charge
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"A POLICEMAN has been charged with shooting dead a magpie."

"The constable, stationed at Diamond Creek, has been summonsed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on four charges."

"An autopsy has been conducted on the dead bird as part of the investigation."

"Sen-Constable David Fitzgerald said the officer had been charged with discharging a firearm in a populous area and in a dangerous manner. He was also charged with hunting and destroying a protected species."

"The gun allegedly used is not the officer's service revolver." ...

"The ethical standards division launched an inquiry in January after a complaint was made about the bird's death." ...
 

India: Ex-PSI booked for misappropriation of police arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A case has been registered against a former police sub-inspector, Mr Felix DíLima for misappropriation of arms and ammunition from the armoury at the police headquarters."

"According to information provided by the police, a committee headed by the deputy superintendent of police, Ms Anita Rodrigues was constituted after it was detected that arms and ammunition went missing between October 2, 2001 and November 28, 2003 while Mr DíLima was in charge of armoury."

"The committee in its report has stated that one SBBL gun, one DBBL gun, one magazine of Savage pistol and 400 cartridges of .22 were misappropriated while Mr DíLima, who has since retired from service, was heading the armoury." ...
 

UK: Irish report hits 'racist' UK army
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A SECRET Irish government report sent to Britain has bitterly criticised the executions of 26 Irish-born soldiers during the first world war and demanded they be pardoned."

"The military courts that ordered their deaths were anti-Irish, class-biased and often dispensed death sentences against innocent men simply to set an example and to shore up discipline in the trenches, according to the report."

"Drawn up by officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs, and submitted to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) nine months ago, the report condemns the 26 executions by firing squad as 'shocking', 'inconsistent', 'capricious' and 'unpredictable'. The MoDís defence of military justice is described as 'fundamentally flawed'." ...
 

New Zealand: Police get semi-automatic rifles, test stun gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Frontline police are being trained in the use of military-style semi-automatic rifles and are to trial a 50,000-volt stun gun."

"During the next few months frontline staff nationwide will do a three-day course in how to use a Bushmaster XM15 M4A3 weapon."

"And police will test the Taser stun gun, which has been linked to 70 deaths in the United States and was used in Britain in the arrest of one of the London bombing suspects."

"The gun fires a 50,000-volt charge causing the subject's muscles to contract uncontrollably."

"The 880 new semi-automatic weapons will replace the old Remington rifles, which they have used since 1993. In Auckland, the first group of officers have already completed training." ...
 

IL: Raising' a RUCKUS
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ruckus began promptly at 8 a.m."

"That's when 300 shooters donned cowboy hats, joined up with a posse and headed to one of 12 shooting bays to spend the day defending mining claims, fending off robbers and rounding up scalawags."

"The event was the Randolph County Ruckus, the state championship for cowboy action shooting held last weekend. The Prairie State Cowboy Action Shooting Association organized the championship, which was sanctioned by the Single Action Shooting Society. The event also had the distinction of being the first held at the 1,700-acre World Shooting and Recreational Complex under construction near Sparta." ...
 

IL: Cowboy Action shooters kids at heart
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"My cousin Lloyd and I got Fanner 50ís for Christmas the same year."

"Those man-sized Mattel six guns, with fake bullets, a flip-down loading gate, the gen-u-ine cowhide belt and fast draw holster, were as close to the real deal as a couple of 10-year-olds could hope to get. ..."

"In 1981, after watching old TV Westerns one rainy day, Harper Creigh thought it might be fun to get some people together, dress up like cowboys, and do some target shooting with authentic Old West pistols, rifles and shotguns. That was the beginning of the Single Action Shooting Society and Cowboy Action Shooting." ...
 

TX: Youngsters get grip on weapons safety
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"If Joann Early ever gets lost in the woods and attacked by a bear, she's pretty sure she could defend herself if she had a gun."

"'I'll know how to shoot it,' she said. 'There's two holes, and you have to line them up. And then there's a line in one of the holes, and you put it right on the target. And if you don't move, then you should hit it.'"

"She learned to do so Saturday at the Potter County Sheriff's Department's National Rifle Association Safety and Firearms Education Camp." ...

"Early admits it's unlikely that she'll ever find herself lost in the woods and confronted by a bear, but it might also come in handy if she's at home alone and someone breaks in." ...
 

IN: Gun owners pleased with recent developments in Congress
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun owners and shooters should rejoice that for once, common sense has prevailed in the U.S. Senate. On Friday, July 29, by a vote of 65-31, the Senate passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Indiana's two Senators split: Bayh voted against while Lugar voted in favor."

"This important piece of legislation has been endorsed by the Bush Administration in response to the growing trend of silly and frivolous lawsuits filed by local government bodies to tag firearms manufacturers for the costs of 'gun violence.'" ...
 

MN: It's never too early to prepare
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"Today, the length of daylight is roughly three minutes shorter than it was yesterday."

"That fact is lost on some people, state legislators among them. But to those passionate for the outdoors, it signifies crisp mornings and radiant yellows and reds of the fall season are not that far off. And now is the time to plan and prepare for upcoming autumn adventures." ...

"When the next summer cold front passes and the fish aren't biting, take advantage of the cool north breeze to do a little practicing with your weapon of choice. Shoot a round of sporting clays, trap or skeet. Take your rifle to the range and be sure it is properly sighted in. ..." ...
 

AZ: New law fulfills dreams of hunting
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"Ryan Hayden, 14, dreams of trekking through Arizona's wild forests, his rifle at the ready, on the hunt for a bull elk."

"An 18-month battle with leukemia has kept that dream from coming true for the northern California ninth-grader. But a change in Arizona law that takes effect on Friday will allow hunters to donate their big-game tags to youngsters like Hayden who are battling life-threatening illnesses."

"Now, Hayden will be among the first three boys, all from out of state, to benefit from the new compassionate transfer of hunting licenses law approved by the Legislature in the spring." ...
 

MO: Club finds itself caught in middle over gun range
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"St. Clair County is seeking to use its eminent domain powers to take land southwest of Scott Air Force Base where the Caseyville Rifle and Pistol Club is building a shooting range."

"According to a complaint that the county filed last month in circuit court in Belleville, the problem is that the 30-acre parcel straddles two 'accident potential zones' near the base where the county tries to limit development for safety reasons."

"In seeking to condemn the land, St. Clair County has found itself at odds with the city of Mascoutah, which approved a development plan for the shooting range in February. ..." ...
 

NE: Schuetzenfest celebrates German heritage
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"Brian Lange is 'sehr gut' when it comes to being a 'schuetze.' He's even more respected in this community for providing at least 'ein Bier' on Saturday."

"If your German's a bit rusty, you might not grasp the concept of Schuetzenfest, a celebration of German heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages. Literally translated, Schuetzenfest is a festival for shooters. Although a familiar event in Germany, it is not common in the United States -- except in Bow Valley, a village teaming with the ancestors of German immigrants."

"Although many activities are offered during the daylong event, the pivotal one is the shooting of a wooden chicken off a 20-foot pole. The successful marksman is crowned king of Schuetzenfest ..." ...
 

NY: Better take your best shot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The clay target was flying away from Karen Dolan's shotgun faster than you can say, 'Pull the trigger!'"

"She missed on the first shot and, as the target started to drop below the treetops, she hit it with her second blast." ...

"Dolan is an eight-year veteran of FITASC, which stands for Federation Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse. She has dubbed her favorite shooting game 'sporting clays on steroids.'" ...
 

MN: Right on target
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"Danny Belluzzo was taking it easy this summer."

The Chisholm native, who likes to compete in shooting competitions, hadnít picked up a gun since he finished school at Murray State in Kentucky."

"So when Belluzzo competed in the NRA National Small Bore matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, he wasnít expecting too much."

"What he got was a first-place finish." ...
 

UT: Utah women unwind, socialize through shooting
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"Cindy Shepherd of Spanish Fork does it for stress relief."

"Carissa Coffin, 16, of West Jordan, does it because no boys are allowed."

"Karen Cory of Payson does it for the camaraderie."

"These were just three of 19 women from around Utah who gathered at the Spanish Fork Gun Club on Saturday morning for the first all-women trap shooting competition there."

"The event was sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation's Women In The Outdoors program." ...
 

Australia: It's a firearm frenzy
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"TASMANIA is still gun crazy, says gun control lobbyist Roland Browne."

"'Tasmania has the highest percentage of gun licence holders as part of the adult population in the nation and that's by a country mile,' Mr Browne says."

"About 12 per cent of the state's adults have gun licences, compared with a national average of 5 per cent."

"The National Coalition for Gun Control spokesman says this cannot be explained by Tasmania's rural lifestyle."

"Queensland and the Northern Territory have enough outback to contain scores of Tasmanias but their gun licence rates are far lower." ...
 

Australia: Guns Jump
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"THERE are now more firearms in Tasmania than before the Port Arthur massacre."

"The number of registered firearms has increased every year since tighter gun laws were introduced in 1996."

"And the past two years have seen an unprecedented explosion in registered weapons."

"Tasmania now has one of the highest rates of firearms per licence holder in the country -- an average of about four weapons per licensed shooter."

"Tasmania Police says there are 145,028 firearms now registered in the state." ...
 

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