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MT: Utility lobbies to stop referendum recognizing gun rights

March 24, 2015
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"Lobbying lawmakers for a rate hike is one thing, but now Montana’s biggest electric and gas utility is battling to block a referendum on expanding gun rights. Publicly regulated NorthWestern Energy contends the measure would make it harder to keep their workplaces weapons-free. But the Montana Shooting Sports Association accuses the utility of sticking its nose into a political debate where it doesn’t belong. 'NorthWestern is opposing a bill that has nothing to do with their corporate mission delivering electricity to its customers,' the group’s Gary Marbut told FoxNews.com Monday." (03/23/15)

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NJ: State drops gun charge against retired teacher with flintlock

March 19, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A New Jersey prosecutor Wednesday dropped the felony gun charge against a retired schoolteacher who was arrested last year when authorities discovered an unloaded, 300-year-old flintlock pistol wrapped in his car's glove compartment. 'I'm very appreciative that they exercised their discretion here and did the right thing,' Evan Nappen, the attorney representing Gordon Van Gilder, told The Daily Journal. The Cumberland County prosecutor said the state will exercise 'prosecutorial discretion' in the case, but warned others about the laws pertaining to firearm possession, even if the gun is an antique. Van Gilder had faced 10 years in prison and the loss of his state pension if convicted." (03/18/15)

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NC: Homeowner faces weapon charge after shooting two home intruders

March 17, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"A homeowner who shot two intruders who broke into his home has been charged with gun possession. Harold Williams, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina shot the two men, Roy Lee Hawk, 27, and Martize Douglas, 23, who said they were armed, as they forced their way into his home on Friday evening. ...Police said the homeowner is a convicted felon and is not supposed to be in possession of a gun -- he has since been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hawk and Douglas have been charged with breaking and entering, common law robbery and felonious conspiracy." (03/16/15)

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CT: Sandy Hook victims’ families file frivolous lawsuit against other victim’s estate

March 15, 2015
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KDVR Fox 31    

"Families of children killed at the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have filed lawsuits against the estate of the shooter’s mother, saying Nancy Lanza was careless and negligent in leaving a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle unsecured in her home. Adam Lanza, 20, used the assault rifle to kill 20 first-grade students and six adults in Newtown on December 14, 2012. The younger Lanza was mentally unstable and used his mother’s Bushmaster to kill her before he went on the rampage at the school, and then killed himself. ... Nancy Lanza is believed to have had insurance on [her] home worth more than $1 million." [editor's note: The law firm behind this suit, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, is also behind the frivolous suit against the makers of the gun Lanza used. In other words, they are ghouls dancing atop the kids graves for money - TLK] (03/14/15)

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VA: Mom shoots intruder who broke into home while baby was asleep: “It’s either him or me”

March 13, 2015
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WTRK News    

"A man is in the hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries after police say he was shot while breaking into a Newport News home. 'It was either him or me,' said Allie. 'I have my daughter to protect.' Allie wasn't going to let anyone hurt her daughter. ... 'Someone started banging on the door and messing with the door knob,' said Allie. 'He was screaming like, 'Let me in baby, we are okay let me in, they are out to kill me,' I looked through the peephole and I didn't recognize who it was, so I latched the top lock, ran to the back, called 911 and got my gun.' ... Allie says while she was grabbing the gun, she heard a crash and saw the man had forced his way in, breaking through a window in her daughter's playroom. ... She shot the intruder twice. One bullet went through his hand and into his stomach, the other hit his groin. Police say the 25-year-old man is in the hospital recovering but when he's out, he could face a burglary charge." (03/12/15)

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ATF abandons plan to ban popular rifle ammo

March 10, 2015
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Chattanooga Times Free Press    

"Amid an onslaught of criticism, the Obama administration has dropped plans to ban a popular type of rifle ammunition that can pierce a police officer's protective vest if fired from a handgun, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday. More than 80,000 people have commented on the proposal to ban certain types of 5.56 mm, or .223 caliber, ammunition since the agency announced its proposal last month. An ATF spokeswoman, Ginger Colbrun, said the vast majority of comments were critical of the proposal. Objections also came from 291 members of Congress -- majorities of both the House and Senate." (03/10/15)

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TX: Man uses gun to protect pregnant wife, son from home invasion suspects

March 5, 2015
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KTRE 9 News    

"A Wells family is recovering after a harrowing home invasion incident early Monday morning in which a man fought to protect his pregnant wife and young son from two suspects. ... 'The first thing I wanted to do was get my son out of his room and get him with my wife and get them locked up in a bedroom while they're were on the phone with 911,' [Kevin] Budro said. When Budro saw the intruder, he got his gun and started to shoot. 'My son's room was right there 10 feet from where the intruder was standing,' Budro said. 'I had no mercy at all. I did not care. If I had gotten my hands on him, I don't know what would have happened.' At that point, the suspect ran out the back door and into the woods behind the home. After Budro followed him, he realized that there was a second suspect who wanted to do him harm. ... Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies determined that the second suspect tried to slit Budro's throat open, but the home owner defended himself with his arms." (03/04/15)

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LA: Intruder dead after early-morning home invasion

March 3, 2015
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WAFB News    

"One man is dead after police say he was shot and killed as he and another man broke into someone's home. It happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Kimbrough Street. This is off of Shreveport-Barksdale Highway. Shreveport police say one of the masked intruders was armed with an AK-47, and as one of the men turned a corner in the home, the homeowner shot him. Police say illegal drugs were found inside the home, which they believe was a motivating factor in the robbery." [editor's note: And "child services" is in on it because of the drugs; would anyone put up with this kind of victim blaming if it was a rape case? - TLK] (03/03/15)

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FedEx refuses to ship Defense Distributed’s “Ghost Runner” CNC mill

February 25, 2015
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Wired    

"The new generation of 'maker' tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home. But first, those tools have to get to customers' homes. That's going to be difficult for at least one new machine with the potential to make homemade firearms, because FedEx is refusing to deliver it. Last week FedEx told firearm-access nonprofit Defense Distributed that the company refuses to ship the group's new tool, a computer controlled (CNC) mill known as the Ghost Gunner." [editor's note: FedEx alludes to apparently non-existent "legal issues," and almost certainly ships CNC mills every day ... this one just happens to be marketed to gun enthusiasts - TLK] (02/24/15)

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/fedex-mill-untraceable-firearms/  

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NC: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder

February 24, 2015
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WCNC News    

"Catawba County deputies said two burglars broke into the home on the 7400 block of Riverbend Road in Claremont around 9 a.m. The suspects broke a window around the back of the house and came in through the basement. Meantime Bruce Fox heard the men entering his home and got a 12 gauge shot gun. Fox called police but the men came after him. 'Subject kicks in the door leading into the hallway, he comes down the hallway toward the homeowner and the homeowner fires one shot with the shotgun striking the subject in the chest,' said Sheriff Coy Reid, Catawba Co. Sheriff Reid said Fox will likely not be charged, but the case will turned over to the district attorney. ... As of Monday evening deputies were still searching for the other burglar who ran away from the scene." (02/23/15)

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OH: Woman shoots, kills intruder

February 19, 2015
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Columbus Dispatch    

"A woman shot and killed an intruder who had just smashed through the front window in her Franklinton home about 5 this morning, Columbus police said. The intruder had already been chased out of a house across the street, where he had broken in through an unsecured back door, said Sgt. David Sicilian, supervisor of the third-shift homicide squad. At the first house, he was confronted by a resident and dove out a second-floor window, Sicilian said. That resident watched him crawl across the street to the woman's house at 107 N. Guilford Ave. After he entered through the window, he encountered the woman, who had been sleeping on the couch with a loaded gun, Sicilian said. She fired. The man died at Mount Carmel West hospital." (02/19/15)

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TX: Suspected home intruder shot in head by apartment resident

February 19, 2015
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ABC 13 Eyewitness News    

"A man is in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head after an attempted home invasion. It happened at an apartment complex on Hollister in northwest Houston. The resident of one of the apartment units told police a man broke the bedroom window and began crawling inside. The resident then grabbed his gun and shot the intruder in the head." (02/19/15)

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MI: Would-be burglar shot after being caught by homeowner

February 16, 2015
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Fox 17 News    

"[A] homeowner in the 800 block of West VW Avenue [in Schoolcraft Township, Michigan] was shaken to attention when he heard 'loud knocking and the front door handle being rattled.' ... the homeowner heard the sound of glass breaking. It was then he saw one of the men standing inside his home. The homeowner shot the subject at this point -- sending the other would-be burglar running away from the residence. The fleeing suspect was caught and arrested. The suspect with the gunshot wound was taken to a local hospital to be treated." (02/15/15)

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VT: Hundreds pack statehouse to oppose victim disarmament bill

February 11, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Hundreds of Vermonters have packed the Statehouse to debate legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers and impose other new firearms restrictions. The Senate Judiciary and Health and Welfare Committee are hearing testimony alternatively from supporters and opponents of the legislation, though opponents in the hall appear to outnumber supporters." (02/10/15)

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WA: Armed gun rights advocates rally at state capitol

February 8, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A gun-rights rally drew about 50 people, mostly armed, to the steps of the Capitol on Saturday morning for a demonstration they hoped would end with their arrest. To raise money for bail, some protesters hawked caps with 'Fight Tyranny -- Shoot Back' printed on them and sold out. The plan was to walk into the Capitol after a few speeches and carry guns into the Legislature's viewing gallery, in defiance of rule changes made in January that banned the open carry of firearms there. However, the Washington State Patrol kept the gallery doors locked after the building opened to the public at 11 a.m. The crowd, including two state legislators, walked through the marble hallways, with some lining up to knock on the doors to the House gallery and Gov. Jay Inslee's office. No one was arrested, and the State Patrol reported no disturbances. The protesters went instead to the closed gate of the governor's mansion and prayed." (02/07/15)

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KS: City governments, fake gun rights advocates support “flexibility” bill

February 5, 2015
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Wichita Eagle    

"Both guns-rights advocates [sic] and municipal governments are supportive of a bill that would allow local governments to permit concealed guns in public buildings but restrict them in certain areas. Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, tweaks the state law that requires public buildings, such as courthouses, to provide security measures such as guards and metal detectors at entrances if they want to prohibit guns on the premises. ... Courthouses could allow guns in the building and restrict them in certain areas, such as courtrooms. He argued this would give local governments more flexibility." [editor's note: There's nothing "flexible" about "shall not be infringed" - TLK] (02/05/15)

http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article9342752.html  

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SC: Homeowner tells officers that he fatally shot an intruder

January 25, 2015
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WYFF 4 News    

"On Saturday, at about 11:54 p.m., officers with the Simpsonville Police Department responded to 911 calls from 106 Stonegate Road in reference to a possible gunshot wound victim. ... Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler has identified the deceased man as 51-year-old John Michael Ferrell, also of Simpsonville. The homeowner told police that he shot the subject after he attacked him and broke into his residence." (01/25/15)

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DOJ accused of blocking legal gun shops, other businesses from banking

January 16, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Mike Schuetz operates a small gun shop in northern Wisconsin called Hawkins Guns. In November, just before one of his peak selling times, his local credit union notified him his account needed to be closed. 'The bank manager said they made a mistake, and they were not supposed to open accounts for those people involved in high-risk industries, which the gun industry and ammunition industry is one of those,' Schuetz said. It turned out there was a list created by a Justice Department program called Operation Choke Point. The list equates legal gun sellers like Schuetz with escort services, Ponzi schemes, people who sell cable TV de-scramblers -- and at least 30 other industries." (01/15/15)

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PA: Novel law prompts towns to rescind gun measures

January 11, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Barely a week after taking effect, a novel state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures in court is already sparking change: Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation. Joshua Prince, an attorney for four pro-gun groups and several residents, cited the new law in putting nearly 100 Pennsylvania municipalities on notice that they would face legal action unless they rescinded their firearms laws. At least 22 of those municipalities have already repealed them, or indicated they planned to do so, according to Prince, who specializes in firearms law and is based in southeastern Pennsylvania." (01/11/15)

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NH: House votes to allow concealed weapons in chamber

January 7, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"State representatives may now carry concealed weapons on the floor of the House. The New Hampshire House voted 228 to 149 on Wednesday to allow the carrying of concealed guns in the House chamber. This is a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011 to 2012. Democrats repealed the policy in 2013." (01/07/15)

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OH: Off-duty police officer negligently shoots himself

January 5, 2015
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USA Today    

"An off-duty police officer accidentally [sic] shot himself Saturday on his way back from dinner with his wife in Cincinnati. Cincinnati police said in a news release that Officer Darryl Jouett of the Erlanger (Ky.) Police Department was in an elevator when he tried to adjust the weapon in his holster and shot himself in the stomach. ... Jouett was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening." [editor's note: There are two kinds of firearms discharges -- intentional and negligent. "It was an accident" is a bullshit claim, at least with respect to adults - TLK] (01/04/14)

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PA: Alleged intruder fatally shot by homeowner

December 28, 2014
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CBS News CBS Philly    

"Authorities in western Pennsylvania say they’re investigating an apparent home invasion that ended with the death of the alleged intruder. The Washington County coroner says a homeowner fatally shot 37-year-old Emanuel Ladson after he broke into the house through a window early Saturday. Coroner Tim Warco says the California Borough homeowner confronted Ladson in the kitchen and fired once, hitting him in the chest." (12/27/14)

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Former Delta airline worker arrested for helping sell constitutionally protected merchandise

December 23, 2014
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"An Atlanta airline baggage handler suspected of helping smuggle firearms onto passenger jets to New York City has been arrested by federal agents, authorities said Monday. A FBI affidavit said there was enough evidence to charge Delta ramp agent Eugene Harvey, 31, with trafficking firearms, violating airport security and aiding others in the scheme." (12/23/14)

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CA: Drunken man wanders into wrong home; shot by homeowner

December 19, 2014
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KTVU News    

"There are million dollar views from parts of Benicia that attract people to this quiet bedroom community. 'My parents have lived here for 18 years,' said Mike Zaretsky. But at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Zaretsky's parents had a serious scare. 'They started pounding on the sliding glass door,' explained Zaretsky. 'My mom heard, immediately called 911.' Within a matter of seconds, someone they didn't know used a planter rack from the backyard to break through the sliding glass door. 'The guy got in. Again my dad yelled, 'You don't belong here! Get out! I have a weapon!' The guy came in, went into the family room, and that's when my dad fired a shot,' said Zaretsky. The intruder was later identified as 24-year old True Hatch." (12/18/14)

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MT: Man convicted of killing German exchange student

December 18, 2014
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state 'castle doctrine' law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family. ... Kaarma shot Dede in the early hours of April 27 after being alerted to an intruder by motion sensors. Witnesses testified Kaarma fired four shotgun blasts at Dede, who was unarmed." (12/17/14)

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