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CT: Newtown families say they’re not associated with gun-grabbers’ concert

April 22, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"The families of 11 of the people killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are making it known that they have no association with a [victim disarmament] group behind a Tim McGraw concert in Hartford this summer. The July 17 concert is benefiting Sandy Hook Promise, an advocacy group that involves several victims' families and is at times wrongly assumed to speak for all 26 victims' families. The group's stated objective is to prevent gun violence [sic] and focus on mental health issues. In the statement issued Wednesday to The Associated Press, the 11 families said they wanted to clarify the issue for donors to the group who may believe they are directly supporting the victims' families." (04/22/15)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/300920871.html  

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TN: Haslam amends guns in parking lots law “to protect workers”

April 22, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"There's an arms race playing out in Nashville, where lawmakers have been fighting for and against the rights [sic] of workers to take guns to work. The Second Amendment spat began in 2013, when Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law the controversial 'Guns in Parking Lots' bill. But the original law, which stated citizens with permits to carry guns can keep them in their cars on company property even if the employer bars them, only protected citizens against prosecution, not firing. The Tennessee Firearms Association dubbed the law the 'Lose Your Job if You Commute Act.' Now, pro-gun politicians say they have fixed the law." [editor's note: No, you don't have a "right" to keep your stuff on someone else's property if they don't want you to. Not even if some politician says you do - TLK] (04/21/15)

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MN: Fairly quietly, House OKs silencers for guns

April 17, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed four gun rights bills Thursday, including a measure that would allow [sic] residents to own firearm silencers, also known as 'suppression devices.' ... Another bill would end the requirement that holders of a permit to carry a firearm notify authorities before bringing their gun to the Capitol. ... A third would clarify that Minnesotans can buy and sell long guns in other states. ... A final bill would prohibit authorities from seizing firearms in the case of a declared emergency such as a tornado. It's uncertain whether gun-related legislation will gain traction in the Senate; DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he has no interest in changing the state’s existing gun laws." [editor's note: It's an abomination that the politicians ever got to a point of thinking that any of this stuff is, or should be, subject to their whims at all - TLK] (04/16/15)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/300221301.html  

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CA: Army reservists accused of selling guns to undercover agent

April 16, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Two U.S. Army reservists in San Diego County were arrested Wednesday and charged with illegally [sic] selling guns, ammunition and body armor to an undercover federal agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel. According to a criminal complaint, Jaime Casillas, 22, and Andrew Reyes, 34, sold 10 guns, including four AK-47 assault rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the undercover agent. The complaint says some of the arms were military issue and others were bought in Texas and resold in California." (04/16/15)

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Norquist steps down from NRA board amid probe of Islamist ties

April 16, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is reportedly stepping away from NRA board of directors activities amid allegations of ties to radical Muslims. Breitbart.com and TheBlaze both reported Tuesday that Norquist, a powerful GOP figure, is distancing himself from the 25-member board a month after radio host Glenn Beck told his audience that Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, had initiated an investigation into Norquist for alleged ties to Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood." (04/15/15)

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CO: Republicans take aim at state gun laws

April 14, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Republicans have one more shot Monday to change Colorado’s firearm laws, including two bills that would eliminate gun-control measures passed by Democrats in 2013. The GOP-controlled Senate has already passed legislation to repeal a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. They also passed and new background-check requirements for private gun sales conducted online and in person. Those laws from two years ago infuriated gun rights advocates and led to the recalls of two Democratic state senators, and the resignation of a third who was facing a recall effort." (04/13/15)

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FL: Ocala police officer killed in firearms training exercise

April 7, 2015
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News 13 Orlando    

"Flags are flying at half-staff in Ocala after an officer was killed in an accidental [sic] shooting during a firearms training session Monday. It happened around 3 p.m. during the Ocala Police Department's firearms training at Lowell Correctional Institution's firing range, 11120 NW Gainesville Road." [editor's note: As always, NO SUCH THING as an accidental shooting. Someone was negligent. Maybe it wasn't the shooter. Maybe it was the range safety officer. Maybe it was the range designer. But neither weapons functions nor basic physics are unknown - TLK] (04/07/15)

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PA: Man negligently shoots himself at Easter service

April 6, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Police and the district attorney are reviewing whether charges will be filed against a man whose gun accidentally [sic] fired during an Easter vigil Mass in central Pennsylvania. Altoona police aren't identifying the man who was grazed by the bullet about 11 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Officer Christy Heck says the gun's safety apparently was not on when the man stood up from kneeling, causing the gun to snag on his pants and fire." [editor's note: There is NO SUCH THING as an accidental discharge. When a gun fires, it's either intentional or negligent - TLK] (04/06/15)

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Sarah Brady, 1942-2015

April 5, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Sarah Brady, who with her husband, James Brady, pushed for stricter [victim disarmament] laws, including the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention [sic] Act, died Friday, her family said. Brady, 73, died of pneumonia, the family said." (04/05/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/03/politics/sarah-brady-death/  

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TN: Senate bill allows [sic] guns in parks … and at statehouse?

April 1, 2015
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The Tennessean    

"When Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey called House Clerk Joe McCord Wednesday morning and told him the state Senate approved an amendment to allow [sic] guns at the state capitol, McCord didn't believe him. 'No, I thought it was an April Fools' joke,' McCord said, smiling. McCord was not alone in his surprise: in addition to Tennessee senators approving a bill to quash local bans on guns in parks, they passed an unexpected amendment that allows [sic] people with gun permits to take guns into the state capitol and capitol complex. The Senate voted 26-7 on the amended bill; although a vote of approval sends the measure a step closer to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk, an amendment like the one added Wednesday could cripple the bill." (04/01/15)

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AZ: Pols nix bill repealing victim disarmament in government buildings

March 31, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"The Arizona Senate rejected a bill Monday that would have allowed [sic] gun owners with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons into public buildings. Republican lawmakers have been pushing a suite of proposals intended to expand [sic] the rights of Arizona gun owners. House Bill 2320 by Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, was designed to require public establishments to allow permit-holders to carry their firearms inside or mandate that security guards and metal detectors be added at entrances."

http://tinyurl.com/qa6yyaw  

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MT: Utility lobbies to stop referendum recognizing gun rights

March 24, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"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)

http://tinyurl.com/n3lpopt  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/k6dp6lr  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/pz2a9uo  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/qft3shw  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/oaz7eyc  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/l2p3dsq  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/mzl3gsa  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/lulflfr  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/mm8wc5h  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/o5uqwfz  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/nj6f6gy  

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