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  • Shoot First — No Questions Asked (mega barf alert!)

    08/14/2006 3:24:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 1,476+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | August 14, 2006 | Meathead Editorial
    If ever a law was designed as a get-out-of-jail-free card for the trigger-happy gun owner, it’s one that comes to us via the gun lobby and the State of Florida. The law, passed in the last year in 15 states and being considered in eight others, allows the extraordinary use of deadly force when a person simply doesn’t want to back away from a confrontation. There are legitimate kill-or-be-killed situations, but those are defensible in court already. There seems little reason to legally enshrine the right to maim or kill in response to a perceived threat. These laws do just...
  • 10 Years for Harold Fish

    08/04/2006 8:32:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies · 7,548+ views
    The Payson Roundup ^ | 4 August, 2006 | Max Foster
    10 years for Harold Fish Fish calls sentence 'terrible miscarriage of justice' By Max Foster, Roundup staff reporter Friday, August 4, 2006 Harold Fish will spend the next 10 years of his life in prison unless the Arizona Supreme Court decides a new state law more sympathetic to self-defense applies to his case. File photo Harold Fish was convicted of second-degree murder in June. Fish, a 59-year-old retired schoolteacher and father of seven, received the mitigated minimum sentence for second-degree murder yesterday in Coconino County Superior Court in Flagstaff. For Fish to receive a new trial, the Supreme Court must...
  • Best Firearm for RV?

    08/03/2006 6:45:43 PM PDT · by SantaLuz · 31 replies · 2,480+ views
    I posted a little while back that my family and I are in the final planning stages of taking a sabbattical year and travelling the US in an RV: Although I currently don't have a firearm at home I'm thinking about purchasing one to take on the RV. But I have some questions/concerns: - Is is legal to carry a gun in an RV? What kind of permit would I need to cross state lines? - What would the best weapon be to use in an RV park where a missed shot could easily travel through other RVs in...
  • State trooper pleads guilty to possessing machine gun

    07/26/2006 4:47:07 PM PDT · by bad company · 344 replies · 3,526+ views
    Belleville News-Democrat ^ | Jul. 26, 2006 | ASHLEY TUSAN JOYNER
    Illinois State Police trooper Gregory Mugge pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing an unregistered machine gun in federal court on Tuesday, according to an announcement from the U.S. attorney's office. Mugge, 52, of Jerseyville, was indicted in January, along with Illinois State Police Sgt. James Vest, 39, of O'Fallon, and John Yard, 36, an Illinois State Police special agent assigned to the Collinsville office, each face separate charges of illegal gun possession. Mugge faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and a maximum three years of supervised release. He is scheduled to reappear...
  • U.S. Senate Bids to Ban Emergency Gun Confiscation

    07/25/2006 10:00:01 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 44 replies · 1,161+ views
    U.S. Senate Bids to Ban Emergency Gun Confiscation But one prominent Democrat, among others, is opposed Updated: July 24th, 2006 05:07 PM PDT Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) charges a Republican-backed amendment that prohibits the confiscation of guns during an emergency puts police officers and first responders in danger. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), was added to the Homeland Security appropriations bill during a July 13 Senate vote. During the rescue and response after Hurricane Katrina police officers and first responders had to pull back from rescuing victims because they were being shot at by snipers. The amendment...
  • Pinkett Smith horrified by U.S. Values

    07/22/2006 6:57:30 PM PDT · by World_Events · 141 replies · 5,886+ views
    Ireland On Line ^ | 7/22/06 | Ireland On Line
    Actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith is horrified by increasing gun crime in the United States, declaring the country must look to third world countries to rediscover its values. The Wicked Wisdom frontwoman and her actor/rapper husband Will Smith have travelled to Africa on several occasions for charity work and have been humbled by citizens' appreciation of the basic things in life - like education. The Smiths will fund and appear at Charles 'Charlie Mack' Alston's annual Party 4 Peace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend, which aims to raise awareness of street crime. Pinkett Smith says: "It's pretty bad everywhere. I think...
  • Teaching the Second Amendment

    07/13/2006 12:51:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 350 replies · 4,676+ views ^ | July 13, 2006 | Jennifer Freeman
    The public education system has tremendous influence in shaping the views of millions of young Americans. In many cases, the public school system is the only exposure that many children have to the Bill of the Rights. It is imperative, therefore, to ensure that our nation's teachers are enlightening our young people and teaching them correctly about our rights and the meaning behind them. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of educators in the United States appear to promote an anti-gun agenda or, at the very least, prefer not to teach the Second Amendment in its true light. We base this opinion,...
  • Why? (UK gun laws shown to be irrelevant again)

    07/10/2006 4:54:47 PM PDT · by Daniel Bliss · 22 replies · 1,939+ views
    Newcastle Evening Chronicle ^ | July 10th, 2006 | Brenda Hickman
    War veteran David Bradley is thought to have executed four members of his family after storing an arsenal of weapons in his bedroom. It is believed the 40-year-old ex-soldier used a handgun with a silencer to shoot his aunt and uncle Josephine and Peter Purcell and their sons Keith and Glen at point blank range without neighbours hearing. Josephine and Peter were shot in the living room of the family home at Benwell Grove in Newcastle's West End after Bradley lost his temper. Keith and Glen were shot in the kitchen. Bradley is thought to have stayed with the bodies...
  • Murder wave hits US ‘exburbs’

    06/24/2006 7:03:13 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 65 replies · 2,197+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 6/25/2006 | Tony Allen-Mills
    The Sunday Times June 25, 2006 Murder wave hits US ‘exburbs’ Tony Allen-Mills, New York THERE were five teenagers in the car rolling quietly through the muggy night an hour before dawn in central New Orleans. By the time the police caught up with them last weekend, they were all dead — riddled with bullets in the worst outbreak of gun violence since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city last year. An apparent ambush by unknown gunmen in an area still recovering from Katrina’s flooding has delivered a sharp jolt to what many criminologists are describing as complacency about violent crime....
  • Defending Our Greatest Human Right: President Bush vs. the UN's Global Gun Grab

    05/19/2006 7:39:18 AM PDT · by rdmartinjd · 8 replies · 780+ views
    TheVanguard.Org ^ | 19 May 2006 | Rod D. Martin
    "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." -- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution "[W]e conclude that the Second Amendment secures an individual right to bear arms."-- Memorandum opinion, Bush Justice Department, 2003 What's the most fundamental of all human rights? The right to life, of course. Without it, all other rights are meaningless -- after all, if you're dead, you clearly can't exercise any of them. Now, if it means anything at all, the right to life must confer the right...
  • Newspaper carrier shoots, wounds youth trying to rob him

    05/11/2006 11:59:24 AM PDT · by csvset · 25 replies · 2,265+ views
    Pilot online ^ | May 11 2006 | MATTHEW ROY
    NORFOLK — A Virginian-Pilot carrier who was delivering newspapers early today shot and wounded one of two youths who tried to rob him, police said. Police planned to charge the youths, who were in custody. Their ages and identities were not released. The injured youth was hospitalized under guard, according to Cpl. Ollan Burruss, police spokesman. His wounds were not considered life-threatening. Police said the shooting happened around 2:52 a.m. in the vicinity of the 3500 block of Chesapeake Blvd. The carrier, who is an independent contractor and not an employee of the newspaper, had just started his route when...
  • Downtown sniper alert

    03/24/2006 12:04:47 PM PST · by Supernatural · 89 replies · 2,308+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Thursday, March 23, 2006 | Mike Wereschagin
    A worker at a Downtown steam plant who brought a pellet rifle to work to shoot pigeons was mistaken for a sniper Wednesday afternoon, prompting police to shut down part of the city for about two hours. Richard Wills, of Dawson, Fayette County, a maintenance worker in the Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal building, brought the weapon to work to chase pigeons away from broken windows on the building's roof, said PACT President Robert Fazio. Someone apparently spotted him - and his rifle - when he stepped out onto the roof for a few seconds, Fazio said. At least three witnesses...
  • Finally, light at the end of the tunnel for...7.62 NATO chambered Mil-Surp rifles

    03/17/2006 2:19:20 PM PST · by holymoly · 4 replies · 937+ views ^ | Does it matter? | Mark Trope
    Finally, light at the end of the tunnel for the non-reloading shooter of 7.62 NATO chambered Mil-Surp rifles< Federal 308 Winchester Low Recoil Power Shock round on leftSouth African 7.62 NATO Mil-Surp on right The following paragraph is a quote from a previous article published at Surplusrifle: “Here at, we recommend in the strongest possible terms that you do not fire .308 Winchester ammunition in any Mil-Surp rifle chambered for the 7.62 NATO round.”    It recently came to the attention of that there may be ONE exception to the above statement.  Federal Cartridge Corporation has introduced a “low...
  • Couple throw knives, bombs at each other

    03/13/2006 7:23:59 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 40 replies · 980+ views ^ | 3/14/2006 | Staff
    A MEXICAN couple were recovering separately after a marital spat got out of control and saw them firing guns, throwing knives and hurling homemade bombs, Mexican daily Milenio said yesterday. In scenes taken straight out of hit romantic comedy Mr and Mrs. Smith starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Juan Espinosa and Irma Contreras fought until their house blew up in a homemade gasoline bomb explosion, the paper said. Police called to the home in the indigenous Mayan Indian town of Oxkutzcab in the southeastern state of Yucatan arrested Mr Espinosa. Ms Contreras was taken to hospital with third-degree burns....
  • Stray Bullet Kills Girl At Her Birthday Party

    03/12/2006 8:54:11 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 143 replies · 2,542+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 03-12-2006 | CBS2CHICAGO
    Second Girl Shot In 9 Days In Englewood (CBS) For the second time in little more than a week, another young girl is shot to death in the same Chicago neighborhood. It's a crime that has people in the Englewood neighborhood outraged. Ten-year-old Siretha White was celebrating at her own surprise birthday party Saturday night when bullets pierced the window of a home in the South Side neighborhood killing her. Just eight days earlier and just blocks away, 14-year old Starkesia Reed was also killed by a stray bullet in her home. As CBS 2's Rafael Romo reports, the...
  • Troubling stint in jail sets Utahn on crusade

    03/10/2006 5:57:14 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 77 replies · 2,373+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 3/10/2006 | Glen Warchol
    BOUNTIFUL - When Gregg Revell packed his bags for a trip to Pennsylvania last April, he had no idea how far he'd be traveling. Before the week was out, the 57-year-old suburban real estate agent and grandfather would be arrested, thrown into one of the country's most notorious jails, strip searched and inoculated against his will. The soft-spoken Utah native would be on his way to becoming a poster child for the National Rifle Association in a $3 million lawsuit. During a nearly five-day stay in a Newark, N.J., jail, he would meet a terrifying side of America that most...
  • Denver court of appeals upholds gun ruling

    02/20/2006 11:38:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies · 1,472+ views
    Enid News & Eagle ^ | February 15, 2006 | Staff and wire reports
    A federal appeals court in Denver ruled it was legal for an Oklahoma company to fire workers who violated company policy by having guns in their vehicle on the plant parking lot. Eight former Weyerhaeuser workers sued the company after they were fired in 2002 from the company’s paper mill in Valliant in southeastern Oklahoma. Their firings prompted legislators in 2004 to enact a law that would make it much harder for property owners and employers to ban guns from their property. State law in effect at the time of the firings permitted property owners and employers to control the...
  • Mountain Lion Killed (CA, South Orange County) Video

    01/17/2006 11:42:57 AM PST · by TheDon · 23 replies · 1,781+ views
    KCAL9 News ^ | Jan 17, 2006
    From video, citizen wounded a mountain lion in his backyard. Authorities followed blood trail and killed the mountain lion.
  • (VANITY) What is the best gun for a beginner?

    11/14/2005 12:10:39 PM PST · by Minus_The_Bear · 200 replies · 16,860+ views
    I've grown up in Oklahoma and went through Boy Scouts (am an Eagle Scout) learning to shoot various types of firearms but haven't even touched one in 5+ years. Now that I'm about to leave college I'm thinking of getting a firearm of some kinda but don't know where to start. What should I be looking at and why?
  • Don't blame American guns

    10/28/2005 1:45:14 PM PDT · by holymoly · 17 replies · 1,928+ views
    National Post ^ | October 28, 2005 | John R. Lott
    With Canada's murder rate rising 12% last year and this year's high-profile rash of gang murders (six shootings just this week in Toronto), politicians are looking for someone to blame. The bogeyman, as usual, is America: On Monday night, during his dinner with Condoleezza Rice, Prime Minister Paul Martin claimed Canada's gun crime problem was being caused by weapons smuggled in from the United States. But Paul Martin doesn't have the facts to back up the claim. Despite the $2-billion committed to the Liberals' gun registry, the government does not even know the number of guns seized from criminals, let...
  • US Must Help Control Flow of Illegal Guns (Heaving, Mega Anti-gun, Pants peeing BARF Alert!!)

    10/24/2005 2:03:44 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 32 replies · 1,369+ views
    Globe and Mail (Canadia) ^ | Oct 24, 2005 | Terry Weber
    The United States has an obligation to help work toward stemming the flow of illegal guns into this country, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Monday. Speaking with reporters in Ottawa, Mr. Martin said the gun issue will be among those on the agenda — alongside softwood lumber and passport requirements — when he meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Rice is in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday for meetings with Canadian officials. It is her first official visit to this country. A visit in April was cancelled, reportedly because of Canada's decision not to participate in the...
  • Everyone should own a firearm

    10/21/2005 3:21:50 PM PDT · by Ain Soph Aur · 142 replies · 2,375+ views
    OU Daily ^ | October 20, 2005 | Matt Hamilton
    Everyone should own a firearm Staff column by Matt Hamilton October 20, 2005 “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This is the text of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, these 27 words spark an enormous debate in America today. Some believe this applies strictly to the rights of the states to maintain a militia, and that no private ownership of weapons is inherently guaranteed. Though I must ask them what happened to “state” militias. Others believe...
  • Suspected robber fatally shot (by store owner) in Mesa (AZ)

    10/20/2005 7:14:08 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 33 replies · 1,171+ views
    Ease Valley Tribune ^ | October 20, 2005
    A male robber was fatally shot Thursday and his female counterpart seriously injured after the pair tried to rob America's Cash Source, a payday loan store in Mesa, police said. Police responded after someone at the store at 1940 W. Baseline Road pushed the panic alarm about noon. When officers arrived, they found one man shot to death and a woman seriously injured. Police believe both subjects were attempting to rob the store. The woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Police are interviewing the store's owner and other witnesses. They are also looking for clues in a...
  • Principals to decide if Eddie Eagle books will be allowed in Unified schools

    10/07/2005 7:17:30 AM PDT · by holymoly · 32 replies · 994+ views
    Journal Times Online ^ | Oct. 7, 2005 | Robert Gutsche Jr
    RACINE - Racine Unified School District principals will decide if the National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" coloring books will be used in their elementary schools, the district said Thursday. But to get the controversial coloring books - which were approved for Racine Police Department officers to use in gun-safety training classes by the City Council this week - an elementary principal would have to ask the Police Department to bring the books to their school. If that's done, the material would go before the district's curriculum committee, which would determine whether the books meet curriculum standards. "The district then could...
  • Proposed Florida law: Companies can't keep employees from bringing guns to work

    10/02/2005 10:34:04 PM PDT · by jim-x · 15 replies · 677+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 2 2005 | Jason Garcia
    TALLAHASSEE -- Florida businesses could soon face criminal charges if they try to stop employees from bringing guns to work in their cars, thrusting the state into a growing national debate pitting individual freedom against job safety. Backed by the National Rifle Association, two state lawmakers have filed bills that would allow workers to have guns at work, as long as the weapons remain locked in their vehicles.
  • NY: Please Attend New York Event with Wayne LaPierre and John Sigler!

    08/28/2005 11:07:43 AM PDT · by nyrkba · 2 replies · 314+ views
    The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association will host the first annual RPA-PAC fundraising dinner featuring NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, and NRA 1st Vice President John Sigler. Please plan to attend the dinner, which will start at 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 17, and will be held at the Holiday Inn, Fishkill, located at I-84, exit 13 at Route 9. Advance tickets are available for $50 or you can purchase tickets at the door for $60. To purchase tickets, please visit or call (518) 272-2654 or (800) 469-7772.
  • ATF busts Tucson man for buying weapons and smuggling them into Mexico

    08/06/2005 12:38:23 PM PDT · by holymoly · 18 replies · 769+ views
    KVOA ^ | Aug 6, 2005 | Lupita Murillo
    Who's to blame for increased violence along the U.S./Mexico border? If you ask Mexican President Vicente Fox, the finger is pointed at the U.S. For a steady flow of high-powered weapons.. Smuggled south of the border. That theory hits close to home today. A man on social security trying to make ends meet... Is busted by federal authorities and charged with selling guns to Mexico. The feds believe he was selling the weapons to organized crime in Mexico. In a three period....Paul Stine allegedly bought over 200 weapons....139 of them were AK-47's. This is a lower receiver and this is...
  • On Target – Did Brady Center Lie on S.397?

    07/23/2005 12:50:45 PM PDT · by holymoly · 16 replies · 1,024+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | July 23, 2005 | John J. Cahill
    I like to remind my Republican friends that the roots of the Brady Campaign are Republican to the core. I do it just to get them backpedaling after some dig about Democrats hating guns. I may also remind them that the original 1993 Assault Weapon Ban amendment could not have passed without Republican votes because eight Democrats voted NO and two of the eight were Nevada Senators Reid and Bryan. I generally think the best of everybody, so I had counted organizations like the Brady Campaign as sincere but illogical and misguided. Gun control folks are well intentioned but wrong....
  • More People Pulling Out Guns: Guns Don’t Solve Disputes, Detective Says (might help keep you alive?)

    07/22/2005 9:02:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 77 replies · 1,365+ views
    Using a gun to resolve an argument is a good way to kill, be killed, or end up in prison. Though no shots were fired and no one was hurt, the Dunn man who threatened a restaurant manager with a gun could face a quarter century or more in prison if he is prosecuted by the federal government as anticipated, said Dunn Police Det. Anthony Poppler. Major Alexander Newkirk III, 19, of 51 Saturn Drive, Dunn, is in the Harnett County Jail after being arrested Monday on charges of communicating threats, assault by pointing a gun and possession of a...
  • Firearm Manufacturers Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case

    07/20/2005 1:30:44 PM PDT · by holymoly · 14 replies · 822+ views
    ArriveNet ^ | July 20, 2005
    NEWTOWN, CT -- (Market Wire - Jul 20, 2005) -- Firearm manufacturers today filed papers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruling permitting lawsuits against firearms manufacturers under the District of Columbia's "Assault Weapon Manufacturing Strict Liability Act." Firearm manufacturers maintain the District's act is unconstitutional because it is intended to and does regulate out-of-state commerce. The statute imposes liability, for example, when an out-of-state manufacturer (it has long been unlawful to manufacture and sell firearms in the District) sells a gun to a federally licensed retailer who then sells the firearm...
  • Gun, drug offenses bring prison term

    07/16/2005 8:44:25 AM PDT · by holymoly · 5 replies · 903+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | July 16, 2005 | MATTHEW S. GALBRAITH
    SOUTH BEND -- A federal judge summed up Alfred Del Toro's problems in the first line of the court's recent sentencing memorandum. "On September 24, 2004, police found (Del Toro) in a house full of sleeping children, loaded firearms and recently cooked crack cocaine," U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. wrote. One of the weapons -- a semi-automatic assault rifle with two banana clips holding 63 rounds taped together for rapid reloading -- was found under the cushion of a living room couch where one of the children was sleeping, a police affidavit added. On Tuesday, Miller sentenced Del...
  • Officials seeking missing M-60

    07/07/2005 3:44:36 PM PDT · by holymoly · 112 replies · 5,860+ views
    Waynesville Daily Guide ^ | July 7, 2005 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    "Missing: One M-60 assault rifle." That's not a message Chief Deputy Hondo Wooten wants to give area residents, but due to the large number of active duty and retired military personnel in the area, Wooten said he has little choice. When stolen from a Joplin-area gun show on Sunday, June 21, the gun was broken and whoever stole it will be trying to obtain spare parts -- possibly trying to buy the parts from current or former military personnel rather than authorized dealers. Wooten said the M-60 assault rifle would be very dangerous if it gets into the wrong hands....
  • 3 teens in custody after assault rifle found near school

    06/11/2005 7:25:20 AM PDT · by holymoly · 33 replies · 928+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jun. 11, 2005 | Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Ira Porter
    Acting on a tip yesterday morning from students at the Thomas Creighton Elementary School in Crescentville, police found a semiautomatic Uzi in a field three blocks from the school. Three students from the school later were taken into custody by police in connection with the find, which included a 15-round-capacity magazine loaded with five 9mm rounds, and a pocket knife, police said at a news conference yesterday. The Uzi is a military-type assault rifle made in Israel. Because of its short barrel, it can be easily concealed. The school, at 5401 Tabor Rd., was locked down and a search was...
  • OK Governor Signs Backed Bill Prohibiting Employers from Banning Locked Firearms in Parking Lots

    06/09/2005 7:10:04 PM PDT · by Mulder · 31 replies · 806+ views
    National Rifle Association ^ | June 9, 2005 | NRA
    Fairfax, VA—Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (D) signed into law today a National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed bill to prohibit employers from banning locked firearms in company parking lots. The law comes as an improvement of a similar bill passed last year, and is originally the result of last year’s firings of Weyerhauser employees for storing personal firearms in their cars on company property. The new law provides employer liability protection against third party criminal acts, while allowing individual employees to sue their employer for non-compliance. In the event that an employee sues and wins the right to store a locked firearm...
  • EMERGENCY 2nd Amendment action needed in NY!

    05/31/2005 7:44:54 AM PDT · by t_skoz · 90 replies · 1,782+ views
    <p>Within hours of the Assault Weapon Ban bill A2466 passing the Assembly, Senator Frank Padavan (R-Queens) introduced the bill in the Senate S5504. This bill repeals the existing Assault Weapon definition and replaces it with new definition language. The bill has been referred to Senator Bruno's Rules committee bypassing usual the usual channel of Senator Volker's Codes committee.</p>
  • Bill to ban assault guns gains in Albany

    05/25/2005 8:31:12 AM PDT · by holymoly · 138 replies · 1,834+ views ^ | May 25, 2005 | ROBERT GAVIN
    ALBANY -- A wider range of semi-automatic rifles and pistols would become legally off-limits to gun buyers under legislation that passed the Democratic-controlled state Assembly yesterday. Assemblyman John Lavelle (D-North Shore) sponsored the bill, arguing that "military-style guns" -- the kind used in several killings, including the executions of two undercover cops in Tompkinsville two years ago -- should not be sold legally. "The two police officers gave their lives trying to get assault weapons off the streets," Lavelle told the Advance, citing the March 2003 killings of NYPD Detectives James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews, who were investigating gun trafficking....
  • llinois House rejects assault weapon ban

    05/25/2005 7:38:50 AM PDT · by holymoly · 40 replies · 1,280+ views
    Chicago Defender ^ | May 25, 2005 | Christopher Wills
    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposed ban on assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles Tuesday amid intense lobbying by both sides in the debate. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has repeatedly called for stronger gun control measures. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a fellow Chicago Democrat, got personally involved by calling lawmakers and distributing videos demonstrating the firepower of assault weapons. The National Rifle Association argued that the proposed ban was too broad and would ban weapons used by hunters, target-shooters and collectors as well. Rep. Edward Acevedo, a Chicago police officer, denied his legislation would have a broad impact. He said...
  • Taking aim at sniper rifles

    05/24/2005 7:59:07 AM PDT · by holymoly · 106 replies · 1,905+ views
    N.Y. Daily News ^ | E.W. BLANKENBAKER
    Pols seek a state ban on .50-caliber terror The manufacturer of a .50-caliber sniper rifle boasts that it can bring down an airplane with a single shot, and that's just one of the things about it that worries local lawmakers. "There is no reason to have this [sniper rifle] in a civil society - in our society," said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who compared the rifle to a Humvee, saying that it is "the best of the best" in terms of sniper rifles. She and other Democratic lawmakers are hoping to outlaw the rifle with a proposed state law called...
  • Panel urged to back limit on handgun sales (Pennsylvania)

    05/11/2005 3:49:12 PM PDT · by holymoly · 33 replies · 911+ views
    NEPA News ^ | May 11, 2005 | PETER JACKSON
    Gun-control advocates on Wednesday urged a gubernatorial advisory commission to endorse a proposal to limit handgun purchases in Pennsylvania to one per month when the panel makes recommendations next week. "We must rid the community of so many guns, make them harder to purchase and teach people other ways to settle their disputes," Diane Edbril of CeaseFirePA told a Capitol news conference. State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, who also participated in the news conference, said the unlimited sale of handguns in Pennsylvania feeds a voracious underground market for illegal weapons used to commit crimes. "This is about whether or not...
  • Ban On Assault Weapons Killed By Committee (Maine)

    05/06/2005 10:05:03 AM PDT · by holymoly · 26 replies · 708+ views ^ | 6:29 am EDT May 6, 2005 | WMTW
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- A gun control bill that drew a crowd of activists to a hearing earlier this week has been killed by a legislative committee. The bill seeking to impose a ban on assault weapons was killed for this year's session Thursday by a unanimous vote of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee after the sponsor, Democratic Sen. Ethan Strimling of Portland, acknowledged flaws with the proposal. Strimling's bill was intended to fill a gap left by the expiration last September of a federal assault weapons ban, which had been in effect for a decade. But gun-owners' rights...
  • When 23,000 Gun Laws Are Not Enough - (newest gun ban; Illinois HB 2414; firearm confiscation!)

    05/01/2005 10:09:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 50 replies · 1,368+ views
    Liberals and criminals alike are anxiously awaiting the verdict on Illinois’ newest gun ban, HB 2414. Honestly, it’s hard to tell who’s more excited. I guess liberals figure if they can’t keep Americans from buying guns, they’ll try putting people in prison for owning them. Meanwhile, thousands of law-abiding citizens in Illinois are forced to imagine being incarcerated for legally purchasing and owning a gun. That’s the idea behind The People’s Republic of Illinois House Bill 2414, in which gun owners would have 90 days to surrender their legally purchased semi-automatic firearms to the police, or face felony prosecution and...
  • NRA taking Florida law on the road (stand your ground)

    04/27/2005 7:26:18 AM PDT · by holymoly · 18 replies · 918+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | Apr. 27, 2005 | MANUEL ROIG-FRANZIA
    Residents no longer have duty to flee before defending themselves MIAMI - It is either a Wild West revival, a return to the days of "shoot first and ask questions later," or a triumph for the "Castle Doctrine" - the notion that enemies invade personal space at their peril. Such dueling rhetoric marked the debate over a measure that passed the Florida legislature so emphatically that National Rifle Association backers plan to take it to statehouses across the nation, including Virginia's, over the next year. The law will let Floridians "meet force with force," erasing the "duty to retreat" when...
  • Arms key to free society, DeLay tells convention

    04/17/2005 9:39:42 AM PDT · by holymoly · 25 replies · 804+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 17, 2005 | RACHEL GRAVES
    Majority leader urges diplomacy toward advocates of gun control House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, under attack in Washington in recent weeks, spoke to friends Saturday night at the National Rifle Association annual convention. "Thank you very much for the warm welcome. I hope the national media saw that," said DeLay, who has been accused of ethics violations and criticized for threatening the federal judges who refused to intervene in the case of a brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed. Speaking to a crowd of about 3,000 NRA members, DeLay said guns are imperative for a free society but...
  • Major antigun bills backed by Daley fail in Senate

    04/15/2005 7:40:05 AM PDT · by holymoly · 5 replies · 637+ views
    ABC 7 ^ | April 15, 2005 | AP
    April 15, 2005 — Gun-control advocates will have to use minor legislative victories as salve for the wounds of major defeat. Following the Illinois Supreme Court's lead, the Senate last night rejected Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's proposals to allow lawsuits against the gun industry. Another key measure to Daley's efforts to reduce violence on his city's streets -- limiting handgun purchases to one a month -- also failed 20-to-34. Both the House and Senate did approve proposals that would require criminal background checks of purchasers at shows as well as in gun shops. Daley -- who went to Springfield this...
  • Woman warned grandson about robbery before he died while robbing

    04/08/2005 7:44:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies · 2,071+ views
    AP state wire ^ | 4 April, 2005
    Woman warned grandson about robbery before he died while robbing State Wire April 5, 2005 0405BC-WI--FATALROBB RACINE, Wis. (AP) - The grandmother of a 20-year-old man who was shot and killed by a man he was trying to rob said she's not mad at the man who shot him. ....... Schwartz said the group approached a 64-year-old man from Yorktown, Ark., at about 6 a.m. Sunday. One of them had a gun and they demanded the man turn over his van and money. The man refused, Schwartz said, and Moss and his cousins began punching him. The boys then took...
  • Prosecutor says man won't be charged in fatal shooting

    04/08/2005 6:38:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1,009+ views
    AP | 7 April, 2005 | AP
    Associated Press MILWAUKEE - A 64-year-old man will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a man who allegedly tried to rob him at a service station, the prosecutor who reviewed the case says. Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said Wednesday that, based on the evidence, she would not be able to disprove a claim that the man from Arkansas was acting in self-defense. Police spokeswoman Anne Schwartz has said that Kendall L. Moss, 20, was among a group of cousins who demanded that the man turn over his van and money. The man refused, Schwartz said,...
  • AmSouth refuses Handgun Carry Permit as ID

    03/21/2005 4:32:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies · 1,355+ views
    Discussion on FreeRepublic | 18 March | Emmett McCarthy
    The following is a report from Emmett McCarthy about a bank, AmSouth, refusing to accept the Handgun Carry Permit as a form of identification, even though they accept other forms of government ID. I was on my way to renew my drivers' license and had a $100 check in my wallet from a customer. It was not written on my bank, but on another bank (AmSouth) which has a branch inside my local grocery store. I decided to just cash it there instead of going to my own bank. I stood in line, presented the check, thumbprinted it and gave...
  • Gun rights champion's hall of fame nomination ignites furor

    03/12/2005 12:24:26 PM PST · by holymoly · 47 replies · 1,075+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Dara Kam
    TALLAHASSEE — The pistol-packing grandma about to be inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame is the most controversial appointment since its inception 22 years ago. Why? Because Marion Hammer, a squat senior citizen with a soft Southern twang, was the first — and only — female president of the National Rifle Association. Gun control advocates and women's rights groups are outraged at the selection of Hammer, one of three women Gov. Jeb Bush tapped this year to join writer Zora Neale Hurston, tennis star Chris Evert, former state Education Commissioner Betty Castor and Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings among...
  • Lifetime Concealed Carry for Arizona needs help

    03/08/2005 9:27:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 536+ views
    AZRKBA Arizona activist list | 7 March, 2005 | Fred Dahnke
    HB2325, the Lifetime CCW bill by Rep. Chuck Gray is scheduled for Third Read by the House this Wednesday, March 9, 2005. Right now, the votes are too close to ensure passage. We need to make sure it passes the House and goes to the Senate! We also need to show the House that gun owners in Arizona aren't irrelevant and they can no longer string us along with a promising bill and change their mind at the last minute. They need to hear from us NOW! HB2325 is more than just a bill that creates lifetime CCW permits. It...
  • Second Amendment threatened, Barr warns in law school speech

    01/28/2005 9:31:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,338+ views
    The Emory Wheel ^ | January 28, 2005 | Chris Megerian
    Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr defended the constitutional right to bear arms against what he called an “anti-freedom philosophy” in a speech about the importance of the Second Amendment at the Emory School of Law on Monday. Barr, a Republican, told the audience of about 30 people that Americans must do everything in their power to ward off intrusion from the U.S. government and “preserve what privacy and other civil liberties are left to us.” He warned that many people in America and the United Nations “engage in actions to diminish one’s God-given, constitutionally- guaranteed rights.” As evidence of mounting...