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Brady Center Hosts 'Stand Up For America' Dinner May 22
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence will honor strong advocates of sensible gun laws at a fundraiser on Monday, May 22 from 6 PM -8:30 PM at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C."

"Victoria Reggie Kennedy will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the dinner, which will be attended by Sarah Brady and recently named Brady Center President-Elect Paul Helmke, the former three- term mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Awards will be presented to District of Columbia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, attorney and longtime Brady board member David Birenbaum and Lewis Black, the comedian and regular contributor to Comedy Central's The Daily Show." ...
 

Feds should initiate undercover gun purchases
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Investigators in New York City made illegal gun purchases in five states as part of an undercover investigation; 15 gun dealers made illegal sales during the two-month long sting. The operation is part of New York’s calculated – and unique – campaign to cut down the number of illegal guns that make it into the city. Officials say this is the first time such an operation has been carried out on such a large scale. Federal officials should take note and follow suit, by leading the way on similar investigations around the country." ...
 

FL: Store Clerk Shoots, Chases Down Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Clerks at a local convenience store shot at and chased down a man they said tried to rob them at gunpoint Thursday evening."

"Police said Matthew Felder, 20, tried to rob the New Way Supermarket at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday."

"The store manager, who wanted to be identified only as Pasem, said he shot Felder in self-defense ..."

"'I was absolutely sure that he was going to shoot me,' Pasem said. 'He looked at me straight, pointing the gun at me. But I was lucky I had my gun too.'"

"Pasem shot three rounds ... the third went through the middle of the divider and struck Felder in the chest, Vergara reported."

"Felder, having taken a hollow-point bullet from a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun, left the store and ran a city block ..." ...
 

CA: Sheriff says killing justifiable
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The homeowner involved in the fatal shooting on Lesher Lane in the Bowman area Wednesday will not be arrested, said Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker Thursday."

"'This is a clear case of self-defense, justifiable homicide,' Parker said."

"Christopher Glenn Scarabello, 22, was shot and killed just after noon at the home of Tracy Allen Norton, the TCSD said Wednesday."

"'This is the same location of a home invasion robbery on April 25,' said sheriff's Capt. Danny Rabalais."

"Scarabello was one of the suspects in the home invasion robbery in April, Rabalais said. Detectives were actively seeking Scarabello and held a warrant for his arrest." ...
 

NY: Shooting victim fires his gun at assailant
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Buffalo man was shot in the right thigh and then fired his own gun at his assailant Wednesday night at West Delavan Avenue and Grant Street."

"Marlin Kemp, no age listed, of Harp Place, was approached at about 9:30 p.m. as he left a corner store."

"Police said a man wearing a black hooded shirt and black baseball cap approached Kemp and said, 'Yo, what's good? What's good?' and then pointed a revolver at him."

"Kemp grabbed the assailant's gun, was shot in his thigh and ran south on Grant Street. The gunman fired two more shots at the fleeing Kemp and Kemp, who also was armed, returned fire but did not hit the other man, according to witnesses." ...
 

AZ: Appeals court to decide if new self-defense law affects trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state's new self-defense law may be applied to the case of a retired Phoenix schoolteacher now on trial for killing a hiker near Flagstaff in 2004."

"An appeals court says the jury can't start deliberating until it rules if the new law applies ..."

"Fish shot a man to death who he encountered on a trail while out hiking."

"Fish says the man's dogs charged him and he fired warning shots. Then he says Grant Kuenzli came after him and he had to shoot in self defense."

"Prosecutors charged him with second-degree murder."

"The legislature passed a law designed to apply to similar cases last month. It makes prosecutors disprove a self-defense claim, instead of forcing a defendant to prove the action was justified." ...
 

CO: Mother Arrested After Son Took Gun To School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mother of an Aurora grade school student who brought a loaded 9 mm pistol to school was arrested in connection with the incident."

"Shantele Monique Anderson, 29, faces felony charges of unlawfully providing or permitting a juvenile to possess a handgun and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. She was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse in connection with the incident that allegedly occurred last February." ...

"Police were called to Tollgate Elementary School on Feb. 13 on a report that a 7-year-old student had brought a gun to school."

"Police said the student came to school with a semiautomatic pistol and showed it to other students. Police believe other students also handled the weapon." ...
 

DE: Student, 11, Arrested for Bringing BB Gun to School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The police have charged an 11-year-old Richard A. Shields Elementary School student with bringing a plastic BB gun to school earlier this week."

"The Delaware State Police say that on Monday, May 15, the student brought the pistol to school, the student allegedly showed it to several classmates. After seeing the pistol, one of the classmates reported the incident to the principal. The principal then located the student in the cafeteria and escorted him to her office. The police say the student initially denied having the pistol, but eventually produced the pistol from the front waistband of his pants. The principal then contacted the school resource officer, who seized the pistol and began an investigation into the incident." ...
 

MN: 5-year-old brings loaded handgun to St. Paul school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 5-year-old boy who brought a loaded handgun into a St. Paul elementary school last week was referred to a child protection program in Ramsey County, authorities said Wednesday."

"A teacher at the Swede Hollow Head Start School noticed the boy walking with a limp, and after inquiring into it, found that the boy had a gun on his waistband, officials said."

"'He basically brought it to school because he thought it was a neat item,' said St. Paul police spokesman Pete Crum. He said the boy did not intend to harm anyone."

"School administrators locked the gun in a drawer and called police."

"Crum said the boy apparently hadn't shown the gun to anyone before it was discovered last Thursday afternoon." ...
 

FL: Police: Teen brought gun to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Southeast High School junior told authorities he wanted to show classmates his .22-caliber pistol, so he brought the loaded firearm to school Thursday."

"When word got around that the student, Sammy Nguyen, 17, was carrying a loaded gun, a sheriff's deputy confronted and arrested the teenager at about 1 p.m. outside a classroom."

"Nguyen had tucked the Ruger pistol in his waistband. He was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a firearm on school property."

"State prosecutors will determine in the coming weeks whether to prosecute Nguyen as an adult."

"Authorities said the teenager had no intention to commit an act of violence at the school. Nguyen was a 'good kid,' according to sheriff's officials." ...
 

MI: Fatal Error
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state Senate Judiciary Committee ignored the voice of prosecutors, and reason, and approved a package of bills that would essentially sanction fatal shootings of intruders into homes or occupied vehicles."

"These bills are not only dangerous but unnecessary. Courts have already given broad latitude to people defending themselves in their homes or vehicles. Citizens legally possessing a gun have the right to self-defense, including the use of deadly force, if they have an honest and reasonable belief that they're in danger of death, serious injury or sexual assault. That right is maintained even if the belief turns out to be wrong." ...
 

WI: Fifer pushing for stronger laws during NRA event
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Milwaukeean Debra Fifer spent Mother's Day thinking about her son, who was shot nearly three years ago, and talking about ways to push for stricter gun control laws this weekend when the nationwide National Rifle Association convention comes to Milwaukee."

"Fifer plans to hold a 'Freedom From Gun Violence' rally at noon Saturday ... about a mile away from where the Midwest Airlines Center, where an anticipated 50,000 NRA members will be meeting. Fifer's son, Kirk Bickham, Jr., was shot with two other companions on Sept. 24, 2003 outside Elvin's Ice House on Port Washington Road."

"She said several organizations were working with her on '14 Days to End Gun Violence,' which she hopes NRA members take to heart." ...
 

OH: New Legislation Would Allow Statewide Gun Laws Only
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A potential change to Ohio's concealed-carry law is raising concerns for the mayor of Columbus."

"When it became possible for Ohioans to carry a concealed weapon with a permit, Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman made a move to keep the weapons out of city parks. Some new changes being considered at the statehouse would call for statewide gun laws only, and no city gun laws."

"'I think the citizens have a lot to be worried about,' Coleman said."

"Coleman said he believes that city leaders should be able to make decisions about how firearms can be used within their city boundaries." ...
 

CT: Acquitted in gunplay -- Jury finds ex-cop who shot up housing project only guilty of misdemeanor
Submitted by: Michael Corona

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"John Biehn's lawyer told a Superior Court jury not to reward the former city cop for going on a drunken rampage, firing a gun in a South End housing project."

"But the jury of four men and two women came close to doing that Thursday, finding Biehn not guilty on all charges except for a single misdemeanor. Separately Thursday night, the police department commended Biehn for his service before his arrest." ...

"The jury apparently disregarded the testimony of four Marina Village residents who claimed last Aug. 23, Biehn pointed a handgun at them and tried to shoot them. They only found that Biehn broke the law by leaving a loaded handgun under the turnpike overpass, where it could have been found by children." ...
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Submitter's Note: Can anyone believe this?
 

MN: Police officer accused of being peeping Tom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A veteran North St. Paul police officer is accused of peering at a young woman and a child as they showered at the Maplewood Community Center."

"Officer Paul Brudzinski has been on the force for nearly 22 years, and is described as being an excellent officer."

"Surveillance footage captured Brudzinski leaving the family locker room, where the young woman and her sister say he peered over a shower stall at them while they were changing and showering off after using the pool."

"'To say that we are not disappointed with the allegations and charges, of course we are and surprised,' says North St. Paul Police Chief Tom Lauth."

"Brudzinski was not on duty at the time, but has now been placed on administrative leave." ...
 

FL: Former Florida police officer gets 26 years for manslaughter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former police sergeant convicted of manslaughter in the 2002 shooting death of an unarmed man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison."

"Ronald Robbins ... was sentenced Thursday for the fatal shooting of Jason Starkey, 22, after a fistfight in September 2002. A jury found Robbins guilty last month."

"It was the second time a jury convicted Robbins. His original sentence of life in prison for second-degree murder was overturned when an appeals court ruled he did not get a fair trial."

"Robbins said he shot his .22-caliber handgun out of self-defense because he thought he saw Jason Starkey holding a knife. ..."

"Witnesses testified that Starkey was walking away when Robbins fired his gun." ...
 

WA: Cops Jumping the Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When a Seattle police officer held his gun an inch from a man's temple one night last summer in a Seattle park and said something about blowing the man's brains out, who was the cop arresting — a murderer, rapist, child molester?"

"Try dope smoker. ..." ...

"That was one of four notable cases of sustained complaints against Seattle Police Department officers involving potentially deadly gun-related violations last year ... In the other cases, an off-duty cop apparently instigated a tussle with a panhandler and then fired her weapon at him as he ran away; another officer used his gun just after Kent police stopped the driver of his girlfriend's stolen car ... and a uniformed officer fired three shots at an unarmed thief who had stolen the officer's police car." ...
 

MD: Police Report Refutes Lost Couple's Story (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The police incident report taken from an arrest of a Virginia couple in south Baltimore shows conflicting versions of what may have happened." ...

"The 11 News I-Team obtained Preston's police report, which offers a much different version of the incident."

"'The driver, Mr. Kelley, became argumentative and began attempting to tear the citation out of the book ... and I had to take it out of his hands.'
 

Jamaica: Police credibility seriously questioned in gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A local part-time journalist was freed of gun-related charges on Friday in the Gun Court after a judge ruled that she could not believe the police."

"Twenty-five year old Jakiki Lewis, a journalist with a local radio station was found not guilty of illegal possession of a firearm and shooting at the police."

"The presiding judge released Mr. Lewis after questions were raised about the testimony of the police at the trial." ...

"Mr. Lewis got lucky when he submitted evidence to show that he was battered by the police while in their custody."

"The policemen called at the trial denied that Mr. Lewis was beaten in custody."

"But Mr. Lewis was able to submit photographs of injuries to his face and body." ...
 

NV: CCHS student selected to attend NRA Youth Education Summit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Shane Groover, a sophomore at Churchill County High School, has been selected to attend the National Rifle Association's 2006 Youth Education Summit (YES)."

"In its tenth year, YES is a weeklong event in the Washington, DC area, designed to encourage American youth to become active and knowledgeable U. S. citizens. During this essential American experience, attendees meet NRA leadership, participate in Constitutional-topic debates, receive firearm instruction, tour Washington, D.C, and experience basic combat training on a USMC base. In addition, YES participants are eligible for up to $30,000 in scholarships given during and after the program." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania Hunters Set New Safety Record in 2005
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced that 2005 was the safest hunting year in the more than 90 years that records have been kept. Last year, there were 47 hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs), including three fatalities. In addition, the incident rate of 4.92 per 100,000 participants was the lowest on record."

"In 2004, the year the previous records were set, there were 56 hunting- related shooting incidents, including four fatalities, and the incident rate was 5.56 per 100,000." ...
 

WI: NRA convention opens, draws some young people
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Andrew Pauley got the day off school to learn more about firearms with his father at the opening day of the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday."

"'When I was little I got a BB gun for Christmas one year, and I've had a fascination with firearms every since,' the 12-year-old from Aurora, Ill., said at the 135th annual event. 'I can't wait.'"

"His father, Bill Pauley, also brought his three nephews - Michael Wagner, 18, Patrick Wagner, 16, and Peter Wagner, 14, also of Aurora."

"'This is the Detroit auto show for firearms manufacturers,' said Pauley, 43. 'If I didn't think that the Second Amendment (guaranteeing the right to bear arms) wasn't important, I wouldn't be here.'" ...
 

NJ: Fighting the gun-runners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"If New Jersey were an island, the tough gun-control laws it has enacted to protect its citizens would be far more effective. But New Jersey is one of 50 states among which traffic freely flows, and its immediate neighbor on the west is Pennsylvania, where gun laws are far less restrictive. Therein lies a large part of the problem."

KABA Note: Like England?

"Many of the guns used to shoot or threaten people in New Jersey are bought in Pennsylvania, in some cases by 'straw purchasers' ... For instance, in Camden County, 36 percent of the 252 traceable guns recovered in 2003 and 2004 came from Pennsylvania. Others originate in the South and other regions with lax gun laws." ...
 

OR: Paper should report on Second Amendment (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

I just wanted to ask why our paper rarely, if ever, runs anything about the subject of the Second Amendment. Even if someone chooses not to keep and bear arms, it is still one of the pillars of our republic. Just as you cannot take away a free press, so it is with any and all of our rights.

I only read this paper because I like to keep up on the spin going on in this conservative town.

And that brings me to another subject -- the illegals who are so glorified by this paper. That's one for another time.

-- Ryan Berner, Salem
 

Canada: MPs hunt gun-registry coverup culprit
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"The House of Commons public accounts committee is launching an investigation to determine who is responsible for the decision to hide the true cost of the firearms registry from Parliament."

"Liberal MP Shawn Murphy, who chairs the committee, said the inquiry will investigate the accounting dispute at the centre of Auditor General Sheila Fraser's report released this week, including whether senior bureaucrats faced political pressure from their Liberal bosses to conceal the overspending of the Canada Firearms Centre." ...
 

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