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Gun ‘buy back’ minister charged with kidnapping, assault
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"'As community leaders we must promote safety. The possession of guns increases the risk of tragedy,' Neal said."
 

NJ: Homeless man stabs three in Sayreville Burger King
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An apparently homeless man armed with a six-inch steak knife randomly stabbed three customers at a Burger King in Sayreville on Saturday, police said.
William Pittel, 58, was arrested for allegedly stabbing William Scully, 70, of Sayreville, who was sitting with his wife and two women from South Amboy, Cecelia Wilson, 86, and Josephine Skarzynski, 87, who were at another table around 6:20 p.m., Sayreville Police Detective Mathew Bandurski said.

Submitter's note: Life in the CCW-free paradise known as the Democratic People's Republic of New Jersey. And they wonder why everyone who can is moving out.
 

NRA issues statement on Grassley ATF inquiry
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"NRA is now the fourth and (by far) largest of the national organizations to inform its membership and the public of developments in the ongoing investigation of allegations dubbed 'Project Gunwalker'..."
 

Switzerland: Switzerland rejects tighter gun controls
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Swiss voters have rejected proposed tighter controls on gun ownership, near-complete results show.
It means that the voters decided during the referendum to retain the current system, which allows army-issued weapons to be kept at home.
Supporters of the tighter curbs wanted to have weapons kept in armouries and demanded stricter checks on gun owners.
Opponents said the move would undermine trust in the army. The final result of the vote is expected soon. ...
The result is a blow to gun-control groups in Switzerland, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva reports.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Any guesses on how much coverage this will receive in our mainstream media?
 

NY: Maksim Gelman, accused of killing 4 in stabbing, carjacking spree caught after daylong manhunt
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The crazed man who killed four people during a daylong rampage was nabbed early Saturday in a Manhattan subway station - but not before he brutally attacked another innocent victim.
Maksim Gelman, 23, repeatedly stabbed a man on a No. 2 train on the upper West Side just after 9 a.m. but could not escape the army of cops who closed in moments later.
The fugitive was taken into custody at the Times Square subway station, police said. It was unclear if he was injured.

Submitter's note: Four dead; no gun involved. Weapons used: knives and cars. Once again, don't blame the inanimate object.
(In this case, it might have turned out differently if any of the victims had had a gun.)
 

NY: Subway slash victim's harrowing tale: 'I can't die on this train'
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Joseph Lozito, blood pouring from a gaping slash on his head, had a harsh warning for Brooklyn butcher Maksim Gelman after taking him down aboard a packed No. 3 train .
"You better hope I f---ing die, because I'm going to kill you if I don't," he screamed as two hero cops subdued the 23-year-old accused killer, who allegedly stabbed three people to death and fatally ran another down during a blood-soaked 28-hour crime spree Friday and Saturday.
Lozito, speaking today from his hospital bed at Bellevue, gave The Post a harrowing account of his brush with death as he came face to face with the drug-addled psycho.


 

AK: Self-defense bill passes committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday tried to take the unusual step of attaching a fiscal note from the committee to House Bill 80 in an attempt to dispute the Department of Law’s own note that states the proposed legislation would cost the department $450,000 a year.

House Bill 80, which later passed out of the committee, would eliminate a person’s duty to retreat from a situation where that person uses deadly force in self-defense, as long as the defender was in a place where he or she had “a right to be.”
 

CA: Fairfield father fires gun at son in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A family argument turned violent Saturday evening, after a father fired a gun at his knife-wielding son, Fairfield police say.

Officers responded at 6:45 p.m., police say, just moments after the shot was fired. They found the son, father, and mother all uninjured.
 

WI: Wis. judge affirms robbery victim's gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Milwaukee County judge has ruled the state's concealed carry statute unconstitutional as applied to a man who had an unloaded, encased gun under a car seat after he had been robbed.

Circuit Judge J.D. Watts says 28-year-old Jeremy Pinnow of Cascade, had few other options for exercising his right to bear arms for security and self-defense.
 

FL: Debate over Stand Your Ground law begins anew
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Late on Jan. 18, Marqualle Woolbright, 17, sat in the back seat of a parked Jeep, holding a .22-caliber handgun he wasn't legally allowed to possess because of his age. He reached across two people and shot Antonio "TJ" Lamar Gordon once in the chest.

Gordon, according to eyewitnesses, had been standing outside the vehicle when he opened the right rear door and began beating a 13-year-old passenger, knocking out one of his front teeth. Next thing, a shot rang out and Gordon, 19, lay prone on the ground, stricken with a bullet above his heart.
 

TN: Homicides in Knoxville were down last year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Not every case amounted to murder charges. Private citizens fired and killed four times in self-defense last year - three of those cases in South Knox County and one in South Knoxville, when Jamie Franklin, 21, shot a robber struggling with her husband, Jonathan, during a break-in Nov. 22 at their home on Colonial Drive.

Police also filed no charges when Dennis Audley Spivey, 49, died after a fight June 14 at his nephew's home on Caldwell Avenue in North Knoxville.
 

NJ: Be careful of numbers in gun-rights debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Safety Council regularly publishes annual statistics from all causes, and breaks them down into more defined categories. Year after year, fully 60 percent of deaths from firearms incidents are "intentional self-harm by firearm" (suicides), and equals the total of "deaths due to assault" (homicides) by all causes. Mr. Malwitz's suggestion that tough New Jersey laws keep us safer might be a misinterpretation of the statistics from the CDC since he did not segregate the suicide rates from assaults.
 

AZ: Gun laws unrelated to drop in crime rate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I have to think the idea of increased gun ownership leading to a reduced crime rate is a myth perpetuated by the NRA to boost membership and thereby maintain their political relevance and lobbying ability Make no mistake -- I support a person's right to have a gun for hunting, collecting and self-defense. However, I do think that right comes with a responsibility of common sense. Laws allowing guns on college campuses, in bars and restaurants, government buildings and no background checks at gun shows are beyond reason.
 

IA: Fresh from success last session, firearms lobby presses for more
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pro-firearm lobbyists and legislators who scored big on the “shall issue” legislation last year are pushing their agenda with renewed vigor this session.

More than a dozen bills related to firearms have been filed, covering issues as varied as the types of firearms security guards and private investigators can carry to allowing agencies that seize weapons the ability to sell them and excess ammunition to the public.

Some measures — such as the one that lets police agencies sell seized ammunition — aren’t expected to even make it to a full committee hearing this session.
 

TX: Lubbock teen dropped from NRA lawsuit, others take his place
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Lubbock teenager who sued both the state & federal governments over gun rights will not continue the fight, but instead hand off his lawsuit to two other people who will replace him as plaintiffs. James D'Cruz says in court records that he has moved to Florida with his parents.

"Because he is no longer living in Texas, Mr. D'Cruz no longer wishes to be a named Plaintiff in this Texas-based lawsuit," court records say
 

NY: Staten Island tops city in gun possession rate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When it comes to legal gun possession, Staten Island is the most well-armed of the city's five boroughs per capita, according to state data.

The numbers show roughly 6,400 Staten Island residents with gun permits, indicating that Staten Islanders are more than four times as likely to have a handgun permit as residents in the rest of the city.

And per capita, South Shore residents are far more likely to legally pack heat than their North Shore counterparts. The data show neighborhoods such as Tottenville, Richmond Valley, Pleasant Plains, Huguenot and Prince's Bay, have roughly 23 permits per 1,000 residents, respectively.
 

NH: Guns as art
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I don't need a gun, but after meeting David Price of Contoocook I find myself wanting one really, really bad.

I learned about Price from his granddaughter Lily, a flute student of mine. She told me about his work building antique rifles and shooting in competitions with his guns. When she showed me a photo book of his custom-made flintlock rifles, I was stunned by his work. I pored over the pages, marveling at the decorative guns he has built with gold inlay, fiddle back maple and hand-carved stocks.
 

CO: Lawmakers differ over need for, definition of 'Make My Day' law for businesses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This year’s version — Senate Bill 77, which failed to make it out of committee last week — would have expanded a 1985 law that grants residents immunity from prosecution and lawsuits if they use deadly force against intruders.

Under the bill, property crimes would have justified deadly force if a merchant believed an intruder might use force “no matter how slight.”
 

CO: An Armed and Divided Nation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Growing up in Kenya I was deeply afraid of the Masai warriors who it was rumored killed young boys like me. They always carried sharp spears even when they boarded the train.

Since then, I have harbored great mistrust of people who carry weapons - concealed or out in the open. It's an attitude I brought with me to America.
 

PA: DA says fatal stabbing was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll said a fatal stabbing last year was self-defense and no charges will be filed.

Joshua Fitch, 30, no address provided, was protecting himself when he stabbed Keith McNeil, said Musto Carroll on Friday.

McNeil, 22, of Wilkes-Barre was pronounced dead at the scene the morning of Nov. 19 on Academy Street.

“Mr. Fitch was in danger of death or serious bodily injury when he was attacked and stabbed by Keith McNeil in the course of a robbery,” said Musto Carroll in a prepared statement.
 

AZ: School officials confiscate student's plastic-pellet gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The boy told the officer he brought the [air soft] pellet gun with him that day to defend himself from bullies at the skate park. The officer told the boy it was not a good idea to use the pellet gun for self defense, and it would be better to tell police if others threatened him.
 

MA: Teach Westford children about gun safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most parents have learned—often through harsh experience—that making a subject taboo is no way to protect a child from its dangers. And since nearly half the homes in America have guns, a child is likely to run into them sooner or later, and not always under ideal circumstances. Parents and other responsible adults must be willing to talk with children about guns and gun safety. And the first thing every child should learn about guns is: if you find a gun, stop, don’t touch it, leave the area, and tell an adult. Simple. And yet gun safety education is anathema to many school administrators here in the Northeast.
 

OK: Open carry and other gun bills debated in state Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oklahoma legislators are advocating more guns in more places with several bills pending this session. At least 10 bills would create more areas where someone can carry a gun.
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Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, authored House Bill 1400, a measure that would allow any adult to openly carry a firearm.

He said some exceptions or an increase on the age limit could be added to the bill, but that he thinks it will help to deter criminals and protect rights.

“We want to buttress the Second Amendment,” Wesselhoft said.
 

OK: Oklahoma legislators propose open carry laws for firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Citing a 2006 FBI study that shows most criminals conceal their firearms, State Representative Paul Wesselhoft, a Republican from Moore, has authored a bill that would allow any adult in Oklahoma to openly carry a firearm. He believes the proposal will help prevent crime and that it would buttress the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
 

UT: House should oppose concealed carry permit amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Monday, the state senate passed SB36, the Concealed Firearms Act Amendments. The bill would require a nonUtah resident who desired to obtain a Utah CFP to first obtain a permit or license from their state of residence.

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Residents of highly restrictive states such as Maryland, California, Wisconsin, etc. would lose the ability to obtain a Utah permit because their states do not issue concealed carry permits except in the most extreme circumstances.
 

NC: Gaston senator aims to define when you can shoot an intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some may have heard it called the Castle Doctrine; still others infamously dub it the “Make My Day” law, paying homage to actor Clint Eastwood’s line in the 1983 film “Sudden Impact.”

Nicknames aside, three North Carolina state senators have introduced legislation that, if passed, will clarify when and if you can shoot an intruder on your property and not face criminal charges.

Republican Sen. Kathy Harrington, who represents Gaston County, is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 34, which says a person is justified in using defensive force in circumstances when someone takes unlawful and forcible entry into the person’s dwelling.
 

KS: Kansas law change may allow even blind to carry concealed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the state of Kansas, to carry a concealed firearm you need a gun — preferably something that fits nice under your jacket, in your pocket or perhaps in your purse.

You also need a license, the state’s seal of approval that you can hide a firearm on your person.

What’s less clear is whether you need eyesight. It certainly is suggested, unquestionably helpful. But following a change in state law, it is no longer clear whether it is required.
 

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