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McCarthy Introduces Legislation to Stop Foreign Felons from Buying Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"On April 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled current law does not prohibit those with felony convictions in foreign countries from purchasing firearms in the U.S."

"Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) today introduced legislation to prevent individuals convicted of felonies in foreign countries from purchasing firearms in the U.S."
 

Minutemen do the dirty work that 'government won't do'
Submitted by: News Admin

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"What we're doing right here is First and Second Amendment, plain and simple... There's not any insurrection or vigilantism except to the extent that President Bush said to be vigilant after Sept. 11, 2001."

"We're trying to close this sieve that's called a border. If you don't want it to be against the law, then get rid of the law. But if you're going to have a law, then enforce it." ...

"...There are no reported incidents during the monthlong watch. One volunteer is sent home because, after he offered a distressed migrant a bowl of cereal and $20, he shook the man's hand, thereby breaking the no-contact policy."
 

Vigilante Man
Submitted by: News Admin

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"The most publicized of today's vigilantes, of course, are the so-called Minutemen who began their armed patrol of the Arizona-Mexico border -- appropriately enough -- on April Fool's Day. The Tombstone, Arizona-based group is the latest incarnation of the anti-immigrant patrols that have plagued the borderlands for more than a decade. Vowing to defend national sovereignty against the Brown Peril, a series of shadowy paramilitary groups, ordinarily led by racist ranchers and self-declared 'Aryan warriors' -- and egged on by rightwing radio jocks -- have harassed, illegally detained, beaten, and possibly murdered immigrants crossing through the desert cauldrons of Arizona and California."

"The Minuteman Project -- picturesquely headquartered at Tombstone's Miracle Valley Bible College -- is both theater of the absurd and a canny attempt to move vigilantism into the mainstream of conservative politics. Its principal organizers -- a retired accountant and a former kindergarten teacher, both from Southern California – mesmerized the press with their promise of a thousand heavily-armed super-patriots confronting the Mexican hordes, eyeball-to-eyeball, along the international border in Cochise County."

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Never mind that the Minutemen did little more than report those who attempted to violate US immigration laws to the proper authorities and did not confront any of them or threaten them. Don't let facts stand in the way of your hatred-filled diatribe, Mr. Davis.
 

Nickelodeon tells kids: Alamo fought for slavery
Submitted by: saltforkgunman

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"Most Americans believe the 189 Texans who died at the Alamo in 1836 were fighting for independence and liberty, but Nickelodeon, the award winning television network for children, is telling kids that Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and all the rest were actually fighting to defend slavery."

 

Too much firepower
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mark Serbu is the kind of entrepreneur that politicians love to tout as the backbone of the American economy. And maybe he is, though his product hardly evokes local pride. Serbu's Tampa company makes .50-caliber sniper rifles that are powerful enough to pierce armor plating from 10 football fields away." (Wax hysterical much?) ...

"In the wrong hands that's not a good thing, which is why even the Terminator - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger - banned the .50-caliber rifle in his state. That only helped Serbu's sales, as California residents swamped his company with orders to beat the deadline - a testament to the ineffectiveness of piecemeal gun control." ...

"Yes, even tools can be used as weapons. But a gun as powerful as the .50-caliber rifle, which could possibly bring down an airplane or ignite a chemical storage tank from afar, is a threat this nation cannot ignore."

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KABA Note: Let's ignore the fact that this weapon has never been used in a crime in the United States and continue calling it a "threat" despite glaring facts to the contrary!
 

CA: Sheriff: Dead man was shot during burglary
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"A man who died of a gunshot wound after being dumped at a medical clinic Thursday had been shot while burglarizing a Victorville home, sheriff's officials said Friday."

"An unidentified homeowner shot Baldomero Joseph Garcia, 21, after Garcia broke into a home in the in the 1700 block of Seneca Road, according to authorities."
 

IN: Jury deliberating on gun charge
Submitted by: bill Arevalo

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There had reportedly been an ongoing dispute over a property line.

Rhame said Nolan began yelling at Ransley's house and Ransley responded by calling 911 for help. When police failed to show after 18 minutes, Ransley walked out to Nolan.

Nolan claims he saw a weapon on Ransley, who was talking on a telephone, but Rhame said his client never grabbed the gun." ...

"Nolan retrieved an axe handle, which sent Ransley back into his house out of fear, Rhame said."

"Douglas said Ransley pointed the gun after seeing the axe handle."
 

MA: Druggist blasts away at pistol-packin’ thief
Submitted by: Tom Walsh

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"A gun-toting pharmacist - beloved by paying customers for his friendly banter - opened fire on an armed OxyContin robber as the two swapped lead instead of cheery hellos yesterday afternoon."

"No one, including two workers and a customer who were in the store at the time, was injured."

"Lawrence Maida Sr.'s pharmacy is just one of dozens hit in recent years by armed robbers looking for so-called 'hillbilly heroin.' Cops say Maida's store has been robbed several times before, and this is not the first time the second-generation druggist has used a gun to run off bandits."
 

UK: Gun-case teacher in job fight
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"FREED gun-case teacher Linda Walker has been backed by a leading councillor in her bid to keep her job."

"Mrs Walker was freed on appeal this week after spending 36 days in prison for firing an air pistol near youths she claimed were harassing her family."

"She faces a disciplinary hearing before she can return to work as a special needs teacher in Salford and experts say she will almost certainly lose her job."

"But Tim Perkins, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said it would send out the wrong message to thugs if she was dismissed."
 

OK: Officials rule shooting was act of self defense
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"No charges will be filed against an Adair County man for the February shooting death of his neighbor, prosecutors say."

"Ryan Wingert, 34, died Feb. 21 after being shot in the chest with a rifle at the residence of Christopher Gist, 34." ...

"Gist allegedly shot Wingert after Wingert approached him with a club. The men lived about 200 yards from each other eight miles south of Stilwell in Adair County."
 

Ireland: Robbery 'hero' may be charged with assault
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"A MAN who was hailed as a hero when he foiled a post office robbery by a man armed with a knife and a replica gun may be charged with assault."

"Alibanga Musifer, who is 6ft 7in tall, challenged the suspected thief in the post office in Glasnevin, Dublin, on Friday. The struggle took both men through the front window of the shop."

"When gardai arrived the man told them to charge Musifer for assaulting him, witnesses said."
 

AZ: Governor vetoes bill that would have limited use of Mexican ID cards
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"Gov. Janet Napolitano on Friday vetoed a bill that would have banned state government and local governments in Arizona from accepting ID cards issued by Mexican consulates as valid identification." ...

"Critics claim the cards pose a danger to national security because the information and identities on them may be false, but Mexican Consulate officials insist high-tech security features make the cards verifiable and secured."

"Napolitano said she vetoed the bill because it was 'poorly drafted, overly broad and would lead to unintended consequences.'"
 

AZ: Restrained man in squad car shoots self
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"Yuma police are trying to figure out how a suspect riding in the back of a police cruiser got hold of a gun and shot himself in the car."

"Police said the 40-year-old burglary suspect was handcuffed."

"He apparently shot himself Friday on the way to the station for questioning." ...

"It was unclear where the weapon had come from or if the suspect had it when he got into the cruiser."
 

NC: A permit to pack
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"On one side of the debate stood gun rights advocates, those who said police couldn't be relied upon to always protect citizens. Firearms could."

"Then there were the anti-gun forces, opponents who predicted violent street justice and vigilantism run amok."

"North Carolina's concealed-handgun law, which passed the General Assembly a decade ago this summer, ended the state's longtime ban on carrying hidden firearms. But contentious debate over its effects remains unsettled."
 

VA: One complains of legally-carried gun at county meeting, makes front page
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"As I observed his behavior from the podium, almost within arm's reach [of] the most important elected officials and senior management of our county, it caused me to tremble." [wrote the ironically-named millionaire real estate developer Bob Atack]...

"'It is not uncommon for an armed citizen to be in the Henrico County Board of Supervisors' meeting,' [Supervisor] Hazelett replied in an April 25 letter to Atack. 'Please be assured that we do everything we possibly can to provide protection to all persons in such meeting rooms.'"

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Gun present, nothing happens, one person complains, and it makes the front page. Eesh. No media bias there, no sir.
 

WA: Neighbors 'appalled' man may be able to sell guns from his home
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Neighbors are furious that a Bellevue resident has received city permission to sell guns from his home in what they call a 'Leave-it-to-Beaver' neighborhood, but city officials say their hands are tied."

"'Can you imagine a quiet neighborhood with 10 houses having a gun shop?' asked 94-year-old William Mercer, who lives two doors away from Albert Kwan."

"'We were horrified to think they'd put a gun dealer in a residential area,' his wife, Miriam, added."

"City officials decided last week not to appeal a hearing examiner's ruling that would permit the gun-shop business in Kwan's home in the 13000 block of Northeast 10th Street."
 

Australia: State to Ban "Killing Machine" Dogs
Submitted by: 1Spectre4U

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"Pit bull terriers, Japanese tosas and other 'killing machine' dogs will be banned in Australia's most populous state after a spate of brutal attacks, state officials said." ...

"New laws will prohibit the sale, acquisition, breeding or giving away of pit bull terriers, American pit bulls, Japanese tosas, Argentinian fighting dogs and Brazilian fighting dogs. The ban is expected to take effect from June or July."

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Looks like they're going after "assault dogs" now too...


 

OK: Purse Snatching Suspects Arrested
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Good Samaritans helped Tulsa Police arrest two men stealing a woman's purse at gunpoint. One of the suspects works at the Tulsa County jail."

"Police say 19-year-old Charles Wilson ran up to the victim's car at Woodland Hills Mall, pointed a gun at her, and reached across her to grab her purse out of the passenger's seat. Corrections Corporation of America, the company that runs the jail, tells the News on 6, Wilson is a corrections officer."
 

CA: Two students face expulsion for bringing toy guns to school
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"Two Branciforte Middle School students could face expulsion for shooting at each other with a pellet gun on school grounds Friday, district officials said."

"Santa Cruz police responded to a call from someone who saw one of the two students pull a gun out of a backpack about noon Friday outside the school, 315 Poplar Ave."

"Classes were about to end for the day as police surrounded the area, locating the two students on Melrose Avenue, a side entrance to the school, and holding them at gunpoint."
 

UK: Highland teacher gets revoked gun license back
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A Highland teacher who had his shotgun license revoked by police has won the right to carry a fire-arm again. Northern Constabulary took action against Stewart Nicoll because of his far-right political views, but a court has ruled that he is safe to handle a weapon."

"Fears about Stewart Nicoll were first raised while he worked as modern studies teacher at Grantown Grammar School. Pupils said he gave right-wing opinions on slavery, guns and positive discrimination towards the disabled and ethnic minorities."
 

UK: Sixteen- year-old girl murdered in park
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"Police have arrested three men in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old girl after a body was found in Prospect Park, Reading, in the early hours of Saturday morning."

"A second girl, 18, is in hospital following the knife and firearm attack, described by the police as 'horrendous'. Her condition is serious, but not life-threatening."

"A post mortem has not yet been carried out but officers hope that it will help uncover the mystery surrounding the attacks. ..."
 

NE: Lawmakers take up concealed weapons debate
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Detective Arturo Flores is helping to put a lock on accidental shootings."

"There has not been an accidental firearm shooting here in at least five years, and Flores said he attributes the statistic to the city’s participation in a federal firearm lock safety program."

"The San Benito Police Department has distributed more than 1,000 firearm locks since Project ChildSafe’s inception here in 2000."

"'There used to be a rash of (accidental shootings),' Flores said. 'We haven’t had one in a long time — knock on wood.'"
 

MI: Gun permit wait is whittled
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Wayne County has dug itself out from thousands of concealed weapons permit applications, the result of a crunch between manpower and a 2001 state law that made it easier for more people to carry guns."

"As recently as March, Wayne County was buried in more than 3,000 applications, and applicants were waiting as long as nine months."

"But a full-court press by the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, and better technology in conducting applicant background checks, are shortening the wait to as few as 45 days."
 

MD: Nature lovers must unite (Letter)
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"This is happening because we have too many passive people and too few active people willing to make a stand. The average citizens in this state, when grouped as a whole, pay far more in taxes than the hunters within this state. The latter, though, have a much larger say on Capitol Hill simply because they're better organized and realize the value of speaking up. To the nonsportsmen and nature lovers reading this, you need to start speaking up and making your voices heard. If not, all that you enjoy will someday be gone, taken by a group much smaller yet much louder."
 

UK: Three men arrested after girl found dead
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"THREE men were yesterday arrested after a 16-year-old girl was found dead in a public park and her 18-year-old friend was discovered injured nearby."

"A murder inquiry was launched after the dead teenager was found in Prospect Park in Reading, Berkshire, by officers at around 5.30am."

"The injured 18-year-old girl was found by a member of the public on nearby Tilehurst Road. The two friends, who have not yet been named, had suffered a gun and knife attack."
 

Japan: T-shirt for tough guys
Submitted by: News Admin

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"This T-shirt is called a 'Be Tough T-shirt,' but you wear it at your own risk. Actually, it's just a T-shirt with a gun print, but who knows what reaction you'll get if you wear it in a seedy area like Kabukicho."
 

UK: Air gun outrage misses target
Submitted by: News Admin

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"New laws to curb these weapons will not save lives, says Tim Luckhurst. Instead, why not teach young people how to use them properly and learn respect?"
 

OH: What will a pro-gun Democrat do to the Ohio governor's race?
Submitted by: News Admin

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"The 2006 GOP primary promises, for once, to offer gun owners a choice on the matter - a choice between a staunch anti-concealed carry candidate in Betty Montgomery, and two pro-concealed carry candidates in Jim Petro and Ken Blackwell."

"A recent announcement makes it increasingly likely that should Betty Montgomery somehow come out victorious in the GOP primary, gun owners will still have a choice come November."

"The Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch is reporting that U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland (D) is planning to announce his candidacy for the Ohio governorship. Thus far, anti-gun Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is the only Democratic candidate for governor."
 

NC: Project safety: Project Safe Neighborhood targets gun crimes
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"...The Pitt County Sheriff's Office and the Greenville Police Department teamed up on Saturday to canvass west Greenville and the Sherwood Greens community off Eastern Pines Road."

"The canvass is a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which targets gun crime and violent offenders through a zero tolerance approach, educating people on alternatives to violence."

"About 20 law enforcement officers and 10 volunteers went door-to-door to more than 300 homes in west Greenville and about 150 in Sherwood Greens. They choose those areas because of the number of calls to authorities from the area and community concern."
 

VA: Groups aim to end homicides in Richmond in three years
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"Richmond is a city that is sick with homicides. We need to begin the healing process... We need to ask the question, 'Why are we doing what we do to each other?'"

"No more, says Shumake, the president of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council and founder of the faith-based Richmond Improvement Association. Next month, he expects the community to develop a three-year strategic plan to reduce the city's homicide rate to zero."

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Richmond is also the home of Project Exile, on which Project Safe Neighborhoods is based. See any problems with this?
 

VA: Firearms bans on public campuses violate Virginia law
Submitted by: News Admin

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"We're talking public colleges and universities. This isn't an issue on private college campuses, as their property rights trump even our concealed handgun permits, and nobody is concerned with private colleges."

"...I personally don't have a problem with permit holders carrying weapons around me. They've had the necessary training and have sufficient backgrounds to demonstrate to circuit court judges that they're worthy of responsibility."

"The bigger question for you and for a minority of the public, who are dreadfully afraid of firearms almost anywhere and at any time, is: Why should government expect the citizenry to obey government's laws if government can't even comply with its own laws?"
 

MN: Hugo's shooting-range debate focuses on local vs. state rules
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"Of all the Hugo residents up in arms over the shooting range operated by the Bald Eagle Sportsman's Association, probably no one has more right to object than Cliff Axelson. He was there first."

"The frequent gunfire in the acreage bordering his farm, he says, has made living in the house he was born in almost 79 years ago nearly intolerable." ...

"But Axelson and neighbors who live near the Bald Eagle gun club in northern Washington County say they don't see the fix they're hoping for in a bill that would regulate shooting ranges in Minnesota."
 

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