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Allin rifles played role in US history
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At the end of the American Civil War, US arsenals were full of 58 caliber muzzle loading muskets and the cartridge era had arrived. The US Army Brass knew they should convert to the new cartridge arms, but they had this huge inventory of muzzle loading muskets so they commissioned the head armorer of Springfield Armory to find a way to convert the muskets to cartridge arms. Mr. Erskin S. Allin set about to make the conversion from muzzle loader to breech loader. The first Allin Conversions were 58 caliber rimfire and consisted of sawing off the back portion of the barrel and replacing it with a trap door that hinged at the front and rotated upward. This conversion worked better than any of the Civil War breech loading carbines except the Sharps ..." ...
 

FL: Clearwater student charged with weapons possession, disturbing discovery made at home
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"Authorities say 15-year-old Christopher Rodriguez is a bright student, prolific in several languages. But last month, a teacher at Clearwater High School became concerned." ...

"The school discovered brass knuckles in the student’s bag and alerted Clearwater Police. Officers searched Rodriguez’s home."

"Sterling Ivy, Pinellas County School Spokesperson: 'They uncovered what appear to be some weapons and other hate related material.'"

"According to the St. Petersburg Times, Rodriguez, whose nickname is Nazi, had two rifles. His computer had numerous photos and files from white supremacist web sites." ...
 

MI: Bill could trigger a 'just shoot' attitude
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"The state Senate is to begin hearings Tuesday on how to commit to law the kind of public behavior the gun lobby views as an expression of freedom: Shoot first and ask questions later."

"Or so it would seem under a proposed bill to give broad legal protection to those who use deadly force -- we're talking guns -- against real or perceived threats." ...

"Cropsey chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is to hear testimony on his bill Tuesday in Lansing. Senate Bill 1046 would allow citizens to use deadly force to "prevent the commission of a forcible felony" without facing criminal or civil action. The defender/shooter must have a reasonable fear of great harm. That goes for burglars." ...
 

OK: Foes of 'Stand Your Ground' bill fear safety will be forgotten
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the Old West, it wasn’t uncommon for cowboys and rovers to check their guns at the local sheriff’s office to cut down on gunplay that sent many men to their graves."

"Gun violence prevention advocates say they fear that lesson is being forgotten in a measure before the Oklahoma Legislature that would expand where firearms can be taken and when they can be used with deadly force." ...

"Hamm said Oklahomans and residents of other states already have the right to defend themselves from attack. He said no one in Oklahoma or anywhere else has been imprisoned for using force in a legitimate case of self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: A disingenuous argument since, if the person was convicted, Hammy would say it wasn't "legitimate self-defense".
 

KY: Bill would ban Internet hunting in Kentucky
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A bill in Kentucky's General Assembly would ban computer-aided hunting before it ever gets started in the bluegrass state.

New technology allows hunters to sit at a computer, click a mouse and fire a remote-controlled rifle to shoot an animal.

Opponents of the practice say it's not a sport and should be banned.

Kentucky is part of a pack of states to consider legislation to bar hunters from using the Internet to shoot animals. The flurry stems from a Texas Web site that was aimed at letting users fire at animals with the click of a mouse.

At the urging of sportsmen's groups, Texas lawmakers responded by passing legislation last year that banned such operations.
 

NJ: Family of soldier relieved at his surrender
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"The family of a Marine who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for accidentally shooting a colleague is relieved that he has surrendered eight months after fleeing from Camp Lejeune."

"Pvt. Frederico Pimienta, 23, disappeared from the North Carolina base on June 6, the day before the start of his court-martial. He was convicted in absentia of accidentally firing the gun that killed Lance Cpl. Russell White, 19, of Dagsboro, Del." ...
 

MO: Protesters back deputy charged in shooting deaths
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"About 200 protesters marched in support of an indicted former police officer Sunday afternoon outside the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department."

"They braved the cold for an hour ... Nicholas Forler, a former sheriff's deputy, is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He allegedly acted recklessly when he fired shots through a pickup's rear window and killed two men after a brief pursuit last fall.

"The organizer of the demonstration, family friend Sherri Hickey, said the purpose of the march went beyond this incident."

"'This has serious implications for police officers across the state,' she said. 'If they defend themselves or protect someone else, will they now be charged as the criminal?'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Yeah, Sherri, isn't just awful when laws apply to police officers?
 

Spain: Retired Guardia Civil shoots daughter, wife, then himself
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"A 71 year old retired Guardia Civil shot his 68 year old wife, his 35 year old daughter, then turned the gun on himself. The incident occurred shortly before 5pm at the couple's home on Antilla beach in Lepe (Huelva). Although neither of the women died in the attack, both were seriously injured." ...

"The retired officer ... moved to Lepe after his retirement, and his daughter and her husband, who is a serving Guardia Civil officer, owned an apartment in the same building ... which they used for weekends and holidays.

"During a search of the flat, investigators found not only the gun used in the attack, which was the retired officer's service weapon, but also a second pistol."
 

UK: British troops executed unarmed Iraqi
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"AN UNARMED Iraqi shot dead in one of the most controversial incidents of the Iraq war is suspected to have been the victim of an execution by British soldiers angry at the death of their sergeant."

"An army investigation into the case ... has allegedly repeatedly been stalled by senior officers, including one of the army’s most respected generals.

"But a Metropolitan police investigation is understood to have confirmed the initial suspicions of army investigators that, despite being disabled by machinegun fire, the Iraqi was shot at point-blank range." ...

"The Crown Prosecution Service is still considering whether to take the case to court, with two soldiers facing possible murder charges and one a charge of manslaughter." ...
 

Philippines: City police chief locks up jail guard
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"A police jail guard was himself locked up for allowing an inmate to go out to buy medicine for a fellow inmate."

"City police chief Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac personally disarmed jail officer PO3 Marco Samañiego of his service pistol and icom radio."

"According to Sindac, Samañiego asked Pablito Valenzuela, who is facing drug charges, to get out from his cell at 9 p.m. Saturday to buy Diatabs for diarrhea-stricken Leodegario Ramos, who is facing frustrated homicide charges."

"Jail records showed that Valenzuela came back at 9:40 p.m. Samañiego was ordered released yesterday but he was still under restriction on orders of Sindac." ...
 

Malaysia: Two Navy men face charges
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"Four men, including two Royal Malaysian Navy personnel, are expected to be charged with smuggling and possession of firearms, grenades and live ammunition."

"Sources told The Malay Mail that the two Navy personnel are attached to the Lumut naval base’s ammunition and explosive depot, where the theft was reported."

"The first three suspects are expected to be charged at the Alor Star magistrate’s court this morning for smuggling Steyr assault rifles, hand grenades and live ammunition."

"One of the suspects is a Navy personnel in his mid-20s while the other two are civilians in their 30s." ...
 

UK: Soldier 'talked of killing himself'
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A 17-year-old Deepcut soldier was found dead just hours after telling colleagues he was thinking of killing himself, an inquest heard.

Private James Collinson said he was considering "harming" or "killing" himself, then added: "I am going to do it tonight," the inquest jury was told.

He later borrowed a rifle from a fellow recruit as he walked off for a cigarette, the hearing at Epsom Magistrates' Court heard.
 

OH: Ohio Division of Wildlife Open Houses March 5th
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Most hunters who carry concealed firearms know that carrying a concealed firearm while hunting deer is prohibited by Division of Wildlife hunting regulations. The DOW website states: Hunters cannot carry more than one firearm while hunting deer."

"Further, even if you're only carrying a single pistol for hunting, it can't be concealed. If you're archery hunting you're forced to leave your concealed handgun in your vehicle." ...

"Therefore, if you're a hunter who feels you should not be forced to leave your pistol unattended in your vehicle for many hours while you are afield, or left defenseless while archery hunting, we encourage you to attend one of the five hearings closest to you on March 5th." ...
 

NY: Road rage leads to gun charge
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"State police aren't sure what the argument was about Friday night. But, according to a witness driving behind them ... a Volkswagen and a Hyundai were side-by-side on the highway. The drivers were yelling expletives."

"Something was thrown from the Volkswagen at the Hyundai. Then the guy in the Hyundai pointed what looked like a gun at the Volkswagen ..."

"'Obviously frightened, the Volkswagen accelerates away from the Hyundai,' a state police release said."

"After state police caught up to the Hyundai, it turned out the gun was an air pistol. Still, the driver ... was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing, misdemeanors." ...

"State police are still looking for the driver of the Volkswagen."
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Submitter's Note: So when someone assaults you on the highway you can't defend yourself?
 

NE: Safety locks promoted at gun show
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"Keeping children safe is always a priority for local law enforcement, and this weekend provided a chance for officers with Fremont Police Department and Dodge County Sheriff’s Office to get the word out on one program, said Fremont deputy chief Steve Tellatin."

"At this weekend’s Elkhorn Valley Rifle Club gun show, officers from both departments gave out almost 450 gun locks as part of the national Project ChildSafe, Tellatin said."

"The gun locks, which look similar to bicycle locks, keep a hand gun, rifle or shotgun from firing when they are in place properly, he said."

"The intent of the gun locks is to cut down on firearm accidents, especially accidents involving children, he said." ...
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Submitter's Note: The only problem with these locks is you can cut the cable with tin-snips. Of course if you lose the key, this is less of a drawback . . .
 

CT: Club schedules NRA class for March 1
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"The Ramapoo Pistol Club will sponsor an NRA Pistol Permit course open to all Connecticut residents on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the Indoor Shooting Sports Facility, 60 South Street."

"It will be conducted by certified NRA instructors and is accepted by the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Safety."

"Anyone who wants a Permit to Carry or to purchase a handgun in the state is required to take this one-evening class."

"The $50 fee includes a pre-course test, home workbook, ammunition and targets. Handguns for the shooting portion of the class will be provided by each student's personal instructor." ...
 

FL: Gun rights (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Re the Feb. 10 letter No gun rights: Though I believe that gun-control laws are constitutional, I take issue with the letter writer's suggestion that the Second Amendment is written 'unambiguously.'

The amendment can be read any number of ways. To insist that it be read narrowly while other amendments are consistently read broadly stifles debate and fuels suspicions harbored by members of the gun lobby.

SID KASKEY, South Miami
 

AK: Maki makes his mark in a sport that's right on target
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"The bullet hole on Paul Maki's shooting target wasn't where it was supposed to be."

"In fact, it was way off. Down in the bottom right corner, completely outside the dinner-plate-sized scoring ring. This kind of thing isn't supposed to happen to one of Fairbanks' best shooters."

"'I don't know what I was thinking,' a smiling Maki said after recovering to put his next four shots in the center of the target."

"Then he shrugged his shoulders and said, 'That happens sometimes.'"

"Not very often, in Maki's case."

"As one of the top competitive pistol shooters in Fairbanks, Maki usually puts all 90 of his shots within the scoring ring and the majority of those are in the middle of it. ..." ...
 

PA: For hunters, it's safety first -- Cheney's accident 'not the norm'
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"Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident is something area bird hunters guard against by following safety precautions, according participants in a local gun club's tower clay shoot Saturday."

"'Shooting accidents don't even make the top 50 list when you talk about the leading cause of accidents,' said Jent Mitchell, a hunter who came to Chambersburg over the weekend to participate in the Frontier Gun Club's first tower clay shoot."

"Ray Cachara, president of Franklin County Quail Unlimited and one of the event's organizers, agrees.
'Hunting is probably one of the safest sports to participate in,' the former hunter education instructor said." ...
 

Canada: The joke is on us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In any case, we have more than enough gun problems to worry about up here, where some of our leaders' attitudes to firearms really are a joke." ...

"... Ontario's Liberal Attorney General Michael Bryant is pushing PM Harper to let him implement the same goofy handgun 'ban' promised by Paul Martin during the election campaign. Earth to Bryant: Your side lost. Give it up."

"Not to be outdone, some politicians are even calling about banning the sale of toy guns -- not just replicas, which are already restricted, but toys like cap guns and water pistols. One south Ontario town, Scugog, has already cracked down on toy shooters." ...
 

Canada: Toy gun ban goes too far
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"I was out in my garden one day last fall when I saw something I haven't seen in years: Two little boys playing a classic game of guns."

"They crept quietly through the tall grass at the top of our hill and flopped down on their stomachs, squinting along the barrels of their toy shotguns at a passing squirrel and muttering, 'Bang! Bang! Bang-bang!'"

"The squirrel, unaware it had just been blasted to kingdom come, continued on its way. Then the boys took aim at my next-door neighbour, who was fixing his motorcycle in his driveway."

"It occurred to me that there are lots of people these days who would have been horrified at this scene and would have wasted no time calling the police. ..." ...
 

Australia: Cross-dressing bandit robs bank
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"A BIZARRE-looking gunman wearing a dress, roller-blades and brandishing a gun has stolen cash from a Bayswater Victoria bank."

"Dubbed the Mrs Doubtfire Bandit, the 'lady' rolled into the bank on Mountain Highway at 11.30am (AEDT)yesterday armed with a pistol."

"He demanded cash and, after it was handed over, rolled out of the National Australia Bank branch and into the street at high speed."

"Witnesses said the bandit spurned the more traditional balaclava and overalls, instead opting for a striking white dress with a floral pattern and a pair of leggings."

"The look was completed by a black wig with a blue stripe."

"But witnesses told police his voice and facial features were clearly those of a man." ...
 

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