Saturday, March 12, 2005

Michigan: Vigilante dies in shoot-out: "A 41-year-old Detroit man was killed in a shoot-out Sunday while playing vigilante in northwest Detroit, police said.The man kicked in the door of a house in the 15000 block of Indiana Street about 12:30 p.m. to accuse the homeowner, a 40-year-old man, of raping a mutual acquaintance, police said. Both men were armed with guns. The 41-year-old shot the homeowner in the knee. The homeowner shot the intruder in the abdomen, killing him."

Why target firearm owners? "Is the possession of firearms a burning problem in Oregon that needs to be outlawed even if the Constitution allows it? The answer, of course, is no. Oregon has plenty of issues, the widespread misuse of illegal meth among them. But the ownership of firearms by law-abiding people is no problem at all.So why did the Oregon Senate's Judiciary Committee introduce a bill that would make owning any of a long list of specific firearms a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine?"

UK: Shooters defend right to keep airguns: "Gun associations have pleaded for an end to 'knee-jerk' calls for a ban on airguns following the death of two-year old Andrew Morton. Sporting organisations have told the Sunday Herald that they fear their hobby may end if a ban on the weapons is introduced. There are an estimated five or six million air pistols and air rifles in the UK. ... Colin Shedden, Scottish director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said that a crackdown on ownership of airguns would not be practical. 'A licensing scheme or outright ban would be unworkable -- there are millions of airguns in the UK,' he said. 'It would present a massive problem for those who need airguns for pest control or take part in shooting as a sport.'"

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