Sunday, May 07, 2006

NY: Students may form campus militia: "A group of students, including Senators Brian Gold and Dan Curtis, Executive Secretary of the Senate Michael Peters, Senate Chair Justin Holmes and Student Association President R.J. Partington III, is in the process of forming a potential student militia. ... The main purpose of the militia is 'to provide a defense organization for the student body of SUNY New Paltz,' according to 'Composed of students, it will exist to protect the rights and interests of students against all enemies, internal and external.' According to the Web site, the militia will also be established as a protection of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, ensuring the necessity of the right to bear arms."

IL: Self-defense law would trump gun bans: "Last December, Morio Billings, a 31-year-old career criminal from Chicago, broke into Wilmette resident's Hale DeMar's home and stole some house keys and a car. Less than 24 hours later, Billings was inside DeMar's house again, trying to see what else he could find. What he found was DeMar holding a handgun. DeMar, who shot Billings in the shoulder and calf, has not been charged for the shooting (Cook County prosecutors have determined it was justified), but he has been charged with violating the village of Wilmette's ban on handguns, as well as for failing to renew his Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification card. He could serve up to a year in jail. Now, a Downstate Democrat, 117th District State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), who called DeMar a 'law-abiding citizen,' has introduced HB 4075, which would override local handgun bans when the handguns are used in self-defense."

Gun-grabbing mayors don't want facts: "The trade association representing the firearms industry yesterday asked to be included in the 'gun summit' being held today at Gracie Mansion for more than a dozen mayors from around the nation. 'Our industry has developed programs that are working to reduce criminal misuse of firearms,' Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, wrote the mayor. 'We would welcome the opportunity to educate mayors about these programs.' He didn't get very far. 'Are they mayors?' asked Stu Loeser, Bloomberg's press secretary, dismissing the request out of hand."

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