Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ted Nugent to fellow NRAers: Get hardcore: "With an assault weapon in each hand, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent urged National Rifle Association members to be 'hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense.' Speaking at the NRA's annual convention Saturday, Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members. 'Let's next year sit here and say, 'Holy smokes, the NRA has 40 million members now,'' he said."

Arizona: Guns in bars bill reaches governor: "Carrying your loaded gun into a nightclub, bar or restaurant that serves alcohol could soon be legal as long as you don't drink under a bill that emerged from the Legislature on Monday. But don't load those holsters and head for the dance floor just yet. Gov. Janet Napolitano still has to sign the bill. And her cryptic statements so far indicate she is leaning on the side of Arizona's tourism and hospitality industry, neighborhood groups and major public-safety organizations who have all strongly opposed the measure. The Senate gave final passage to Senate Bill 1363 by a vote of 17-12. The National Rifle Association, the main force behind the bill, says its membership has practical reasons for wanting the law changed. Law-abiding gun owners don't want to have to leave their weapons at home or in the car, where they are useless for protection, when they dine in restaurants that serve alcohol."

Australia: New call for victim disarmament: "A gun-control group has called for a total ban on semi-automatic handguns to prevent them falling into criminal hands with deadly consequences. Speaking at the launch of a new national anti-handgun advertising campaign, National Coalition for Gun Control chair Sam Lee said the future looked bleak in relation to guns. 'What we are going to see in the future is more high-powered handguns on the streets because gun manufacturers are developing what are called quick-draws, which means they can be quickly grabbed and aimed at someone,' Ms Lee said.The campaign launch comes just days after the fatal drive-by shootings of two men at The Rocks in Sydney. 'It is our belief that a handgun was used in this shooting and these lives could have been saved,' Ms Lee said."

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