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Confiscation Of Weapons In Louisiana (blog)
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... "No wonder the rescue efforts were delayed. No wonder the thugs were let out. The situation was allowed to deteriorate so officials would be able to cite unexpected changed conditions as an excuse to break their word and confiscate weapons as a dress rehearsal for other communities. This is not good. Where the hell were the conservatives in looking out for the individual?"

"To protect the community and our way of life, armed citizens are the most effective modality. Police can be overwhelmed and the people have an interest in defending their homes and their community as a whole. When facing a thug, the people have a very good idea of who is law-abiding and who isn’t ..." ...
 

Kids and Guns
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"I have just finished reading an overview of a report, 'PAX/Real Solutions to Gun Violence,' claiming that the vast majority of parents don't have a clue about gun safety."

"According to the report, 72 percent of parents with loaded guns in the home believed that their children didn't know the location of the 'family gun' while 80 percent of the children actually knew exactly where the gun was hidden."

"The report even urges parents to ask other parents if they have guns in their homes before letting their children go visit their friends to play. If my parents had barred me from playing at friends' homes in which guns were present, I'd have been stuck at home throughout my youth." ...
 

Marlin Model 717M2 .17 Mach2
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"You never know how a gun review is going to turn out until it's finished. Sometimes projects run smoothly from start to finish. Other times they start out slick but get sticky somewhere along the way. Well, my review of Marlin's brand-new .17 Mach2 Model 717M2 semiautomatic rifle started out rough but ended up really smooth."

"This project was green-lighted when Wayne Holt and Steve Johnson of Hornady contacted Shooting Times to see if we wanted to get our hands on one of the very first Marlin autoloaders chambered for the .17 Mach2 rimfire cartridge. ST readers want to read the most up-to-date information on the newest guns, so we jumped at the chance to get the exclusive report on this new rifle. ..." ...
 

e-safes.com Explains the Benefits of Gun Safes
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"According to e-safes.com, storing your guns in a gun safe is an easy way to prevent a tragic accident in your home. Safes also keep your guns away from thieves, and the cost of buying a safe is cheaper than the lawyer bills if your guns end up in the wrong hands."

"Gun safes made of steel are the best, but there are different types of steel available. More steel and higher quality steel equals stronger protection. However, attaching a thick-steeled safe to the floor is more difficult because it is hard to drill holes through the thick steel." ...
 

TN: Robber's killer to serve 1 year for using gun
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"Jacob Evans, who gained near-celebrity status last month after killing a would-be robber, will spend the next year in prison for using a gun while on parole."

"The decision, recommended two weeks ago by a hearing officer, was made official Tuesday after it was upheld by two members of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole." ...

"'I'm terribly disappointed,' said Nashville attorney David Raybin, who wrote the board on Evans's behalf. 'I think Mr. Evans did what he had to do to save his own life. To me it just sends a bad message when somebody can't even defend himself when they're kidnapped. I don't know what other choice Mr. Evans would have had, given that situation.'" ...
 

OH: Ohio's urban residents should take a lesson from New Orleans (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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... "The social lessons that will be learned from the fallout of Hurricane Katrina are going to be vast in scope. Although this tragedy has only begun to be understood, it is now clear to every American that even in our great land there exists the potential for a time in which law-abiding human beings may only have themselves to count on for protection." ...

"Just as they have in New Orleans, when plagued with rising violent crime rates, Ohio's city governments continue to misplace their focus on limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens. As such, whether it be tornadoes, blizzard or blackouts, the potential for New Orleans-style chaos is being made more possible in the Buckeye State, and citizens who ignore that potential are just as irresponsible as were those citizens in the Big Easy who chose not to respond to the evacuation order."
 

KS: Not-guilty verdict in Sutton murder case
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"Joe Sutton is not guilty of murder."

"A jury acquitted Sutton in the Dec. 5 shooting of Tyrone 'Anthony' Lewis this afternoon."

Sutton had argued that he shot Lewis in self-defense. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated about eight hours, beginning Tuesday morning, to reach their verdict." ...

"Sutton had testified that he went to Lewis' apartment ... that Sunday afternoon. Lewis had beaten his girlfriend, Sutton's cousin, and the woman had left behind her baby son. Sutton went to retrieve the 6-month-old."

"When Sutton arrived, he testified, Lewis entered the apartment with a gun. Sutton said he had taken his own gun because of Lewis' gang affiliations. Lewis died of two gunshot wounds to the back." ...
 

IN: Shooting at store deemed defense
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"The owner of a discount tobacco store on South Lafayette Street was justified when he shot a man police said was trying to rob the business, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has determined."

"Prosecutor Karen Richards said store owner Mike Venable acted in self-defense when he shot Lee J. Church after Church pulled a gun and demanded cash. Richards said she watched a videotape of the incident, and was convinced Venable had reason to believe he would be harmed if he did not comply with Church’s demands."

"Richards said Church carried a gun that used a carbon dioxide cartridge to fire projectiles. The weapon resembled a semi-automatic pistol, the prosecutor said, but did not fire actual bullets." ...
 

CA: Law Review: When dogs attack, does the self-defense argument work?
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"Pamela Lee is a retired deputy sheriff. She was walking along a well populated street in West Covina with her lumbering and lethargic 100-pound Rottweiler on a leash."

"Two, 25- to 50-pound mixed-breed dogs came toward her. She kept yelling profanities, and finally pulled her hand gun, waiving in the direction of the dogs. As if they would understand."

"Feeling threatened, she fired the black semi-automatic in the direction of the dogs. She must have been a bad shot. The bullet entered the hood of a parked car. She took off down the sidewalk with her Rottweiler and the two stray dogs ran away. ..." ...

"The court [of appeals] in Pamela's case concluded that self-defense laws apply when the threat is an animal - like a dog." ...
 

LA: Maine man arms self with pistol, bicycles to safety
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mike Stanford armed himself with a .45-caliber handgun and rode his bicycle through the filthy flooded streets of New Orleans last week before finding safety 175 miles away and flying to Maine."

"By last Wednesday, as the nation got its first good look at the devastation across the region and the sewers backed up into the city streets of the city, Stanford decided to pack up and get out."

"He strapped on a backpack, took his handgun and he and a friend pedaled their bikes through sewage-soiled water, two feet deep in places. ..." ...
 

WV: Victims Help Solve Case
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"The sign on the door of the State Line Store makes Donna Costello’s feelings about a December 2004 robbery absolutely clear."

"'2 robbers down and one more to go,' it reads. ..."

"Costello and her husband Larry own the modern-day general store ... and she was behind the counter when two masked men — one carrying a shotgun and the other a knife — entered the store on Dec. 17, 2004, and demanded money."

"Nine months later, the effects of the robbery still reverberate." ...

"'After the robbery, I started packing a gun,' she said. She’s received National Rifle Association training to use it, and she wants people to know she has it. 'I wear it right out,' she said, and displayed how she hooks it to a holster at her hip." ...
 

Malta: Man shot 'in self defence'
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A man from San Gwann was fined Lm200, after a court ruled out he acted in self-defence when he fired a gun.

A court was told that Jamie Caruana, 27 had meant to frighten a gang of men but not hurt them when fired the gun 'up the road' rather than at the gang.

On July 10, 2002, five men went to Caruana's house for an explanation for the sudden death of dog which was under his custody. The accused explained that the dog was given to him on the condition that it should be returned if Caruana was not able to take care of it. The dog died of natural causes. He said he was frightened and fired the gun to scare the men.

The court ruled out that Caruana acted in self-defence
 

WI: It's baaack. Make it go away
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"Last time around, the state Senate showed appalling disregard for public safety and the Assembly only slightly less so. This time, with Milwaukee's homicide rate approaching a record pace, we're hoping some modicum of propriety, leadership and common sense takes hold."

"The issue is a renewed effort to enact a law allowing Wisconsinites to carry concealed weapons. This is a bill that should simply go away."

"More than 80% of Milwaukee's killings this year were the result of gunfire. So, more guns - what a concealed-carry law would surely bring about - is the answer? Wrong." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, if you are going to be simplistic, check your figures. According to this chart homicides and handgun homicides are completely independent of the gun supply.
 

South Africa: 7yrs for disemboweling his ex
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"A protection order failed to protect a woman who was eventually gutted in a street by her ex-boyfriend."

"Grace Agnes Mbatha, 26, was left lying in the street with her bowels hanging out after being slashed on September 10 last year."

"Her ex-boyfriend, Alfred Mdluli, 30, of Mahushu near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, was jailed for 10 years by Nelspruit regional court on Tuesday." ...
 

South Africa: McClusky's daughter cries after conviction
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"The Cape High Court has convicted a 42-year-old man of incitement to murder by trying to hire hitmen, and of the murder of his wife in November, 2003."

"As Cecil John McClusky was convicted, his teenaged daughter rushed from the courtroom in tears."

"Later she returned to hug him as police escorted him to the court's holding cells, begging him not to leave her."

"Evidence before the court was that Lynne McClusky had separated from her husband and obtained a court protection order against him in the months before she disappeared." ...
 

LA: New Orleans police kill 'contractors'
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"Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge, killing five or six, a deputy chief said."

"A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said the victims were contractors on their way to repair a canal."

"The contractors were walking across a bridge on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to fix the 17th Street Canal, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Corps." ...
 

Iraq: British troops 'murdered civilian'
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"SEVEN British paratroopers murdered an unarmed Iraqi civilian in a "brutal and unprovoked" attack 11 days after the war was declared over, a court martial has heard."

"The soldiers, members of the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, used their fists, boots, helmets and rifle butts to attack civilians who included two women, one of whom was pregnant, the court was told."

"Martin Heslop QC, for the prosecution, said: 'This was, I am afraid to say, nothing more than gratuitous violence meted out on a number of innocent and unarmed civilians.'" ...

"Mr Heslop said: 'This is not a case of soldiers responding under attack nor being required to defend themselves in an operational engagement.'" ...
 

AL: Retailers give boost to hunter education program
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"Alabama's Hunter Education Program is receiving a boost from sporting goods retailers across the state. Several retailers have agreed to host hunter education field days, where students who have completed a CD-ROM or Internet course of study attend a required hands-on session." ...

"The partnership with retailers is the brainchild of Mark Whitlock, owner of Mark's Outdoor Sports in Birmingham. Whitlock became aware that additional venues for obtaining hunter education certification were needed in the Birmingham area, so he offered the use of his store. Whitlock says that his first class maxed out at 100 people, with many parents planning to attend with their children. ..." ...
 

OR: Teachers opt to close hunter safety course
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"As hunting season approaches, many families are trying to get their kids hunter safety certified. However, one alternative in Silverton for getting kids ages 12-17 licensed is being lost, leaving some hunting families wondering how to go about getting certified."

"A hunter safety course is required for all hunters ages 12 to 17 ... Nori and Steve Kaser have filled this void for Silverton families for nearly 20 years teaching the class behind their home in Silverton."

"But on Thursday, they gave their last test to a group of 12 children and teenagers. This leaves few options for families who hunt together." ...

"'It’s more political now,' Nori said. 'You’ve got to teach things that have nothing to do with safety.'" ...
 

WY: Wyo tops in gun ownership
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"More than 5 percent of Wyoming children live in homes with loaded, unlocked guns, according to a study released Tuesday."

"But that's not as many as might be expected in the state with the highest percentage of households containing firearms." ...
 

AZ: Gun Club hosts Sightin' In Days
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On Sept. 10-11, the Globe-Miami Gun Club will host its annual Sightin' In Days at their range on Bixby Road.

The range will be open to the public for free all day (both days) starting at 8 a.m. All persons interested in sighting in their firearms in time for the upcoming hunting season are welcome to bring them to the range.

Volunteer club members will be available to help people sight in their firearms in a safe environment at a quality gun range.

All firearms are welcome. Gunsmiths will be on hand to help with any minor repairs or adjustment needed. Targets will be provided by the club. Everyone should bring their own ammunition.

For more information, call Chuck Willis at (928) 425-2083.
 

OR: Learning to fire
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"A real estate agent who travels to remote areas of the county might carry one in her purse."

"Lawyers, doctors, politicians and women worried about being home alone could all have a license allowing them to conceal one on their persons or in their cars."

"People of all professions and backgrounds regularly seek instruction on using a firearm in order to obtain a concealed weapons license, said retired Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Troutt, a National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor who has taught some 3,400 people in 30 years."

"'Many already have weapons. Some people just want to get a concealed weapon permit,' he said. 'A lot of people come because they want general knowledge of a firearm ...'" ...
 

NY: Golden's Smith & Wesson Targets $26M Placement
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"The guns of Golden. In good times or bad, it is said, certain industries always flourish. Of course, this chestnut generally referred to the guilty-pleasure products from firms like, say, Guinness and Cuervo owner ..."

"But in an era of war, economic uncertainty and disasters like Hurricane Katrina, Smith & Wesson Holdings ... --for whatever reasons--seems to do better and better. ..."

"With this progress in mind, the weaponry manufacturer led by President and Chief Executive Michael Golden picked an auspicious time to agree to sell 6 million shares to a cadre of institutional investors. The private placement will go for $26 million." ...
 

MT: New hunting tags spawn confusion
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"This year's new style of deer and elk tag has led to some to confusion among local hunters."

"To make it harder for people to cheat on their big game tags, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks came up with a new design this year, said education program manager Vivica Crowser."

"With the old-style tags, the paper was protected by a plastic pouch, she said. The new tags are printed on waterproof paper."

"And like the old tags, successful hunters have to cut out the month and day they killed their animal, but with the new tags, hunters have to cut out two numbers for the day, said Jeff Darrah, FWP warden captain in Missoula." ...
 

NY: New legislation allows rifle hunting
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"Although many deer hunters needn't go any farther than the lower Hudson Valley to find excellent deer hunting by using a bow, or in Rockland and Putnam, archery tackle, shotgun, handgun or muzzleloader, many locals travel to other parts of the state for their hunting." ...

"Recent legislation, introduced by State Sen. Dale M. Volker and sponsored by Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, has been enacted, allowing the use of rifles beginning this year to hunt deer and bear in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chenango, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga counties, as well as in some rural towns in Broome County east of the Susquehanna River." ...
 

UK: Old Bailey jury hears dad, 21, killed by crossbow was involved in lengthy row over his girlfriend
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"A dad-of-one killed with a crossbow in New Addington was embroiled in a long-running feud over a woman, a court has heard." ...

"On the night he died, Mr Hewett 'rammed and battered' cars with two friends outside the defendant's home in King Henry's Drive before Collard shot him in self-defence, it is claimed." ...

"... Collard claims the shooting was self-defence but Bruce Houlder QC, prosecuting, said: 'When the deceased came round with two of his associates that night to cause trouble the defendant took the law into his own hands, aimed the crossbow from the window and shot him.'" [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: Self-defense is seems to be outlawed in the P.R.U.K.
 

UK: 'Andrew's law' set to bring UK airgun curb
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"SWEEPING new regulations on the sale of air-guns are expected to be introduced throughout the UK after intense lobbying by the Scottish Executive, The Scotsman has learned."

"Jack McConnell, the First Minister, held talks with Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, earlier this week on the timing of an announcement that would mean tough new licensing restrictions being imposed on all air-gun retailers." ...
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UK: Is this how the US Civil really happened?
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"A NEW law – designed to stop criminals threatening people with imitation firearms – could take the bang out of historical battle re-enactments, the Government has been warned."

"Enthusiasts who put on spectacular displays such as the American Civil War demonstration seen at this year's Peterborough Festival could be banned from using replica rifles in their displays."

"The National Association of Re-enactment Societies (NARS) is urging the Government to exempt its members from the Violent Crime Reduction Bill, which is aimed at criminals using imitation guns to threaten people." ...
 

South Africa: SA to develop gun for Germany
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"A South African company is developing a new carbine, a type of assault rifle, for an undisclosed German state police special forces unit."

"Truvelo Manufacturing, better known for its highly accurate sniper rifles and traffic law enforcement cameras, has been asked to produce a replacement for the Heckler & Koch MP5 machine pistol."

"The new weapon, which has yet to be named, is currently being prototyped in 5.56mm calibre with a nine inch barrel." ...
 

Philippines: Lawyer shot in front of wife
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"A lawyer was shot and wounded by two unidentified men in front of his wife, who is a Quezon City judge, inside their house in Sampaloc, Manila on Tuesday night."

"Wounded was Lawyer Victor Padilla, of 455 San Jose St., Sampaloc, Manila. He was taken to the UERM Hospital for treatment due to a bullet wound in the head. Padilla is the husband of Quezon City judge Maria Luisa Quijano-Padilla."

"The two gunmen fled on foot." ...
 

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