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    by Published on 04-18-2014 09:03 AM
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    By Deborah McDermott

    PORTSMOUTH — The state chapter of a national organization to combat gun violence is benefiting from a new partnership announced Wednesday led by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    The state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, co-founded by Portsmouth resident Janet Groat, launched its own education effort yesterday to coincide with the announcement.

    Bloomberg announced Wednesday the formation of Everytown for Gun Safety, which he said will "house" Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He also pledged $50 million this year toward the new organization's efforts.
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    by Published on 04-17-2014 06:58 AM
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    Some of New York’s most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law. Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple? Not really. This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India’s strict firearm regulations.

    On March 10th, NYPD Officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested when officials at the airport in New Delhi discovered three rounds of ammunition in his baggage. New York City’s NBC affiliate reports that Encarnacion had been to the shooting range before his trip and put three rounds into a jacket pocket. Encarnacion later packed that jacket, forgetting that it contained the ammunition. Since his arrest, he has not been allowed to leave India and faces charges that could land him seven years in prison.


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    by Published on 04-16-2014 06:51 AM
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    Little Falls, Minn. • After a central Minnesota man repeatedly shot a teen who entered his home, he dragged the boy’s bloodied body into a basement workshop, authorities say, sat down — and waited.

    When another teen began descending the stairway minutes later, Byron Smith fired again. The girl tumbled down the stairs and he shot her some more, including what he allegedly called "a good, clean finishing shot" into her head as she gasped for air, according to a criminal complaint.

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    by Published on 04-15-2014 05:37 AM
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    This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

    I put “assault weapon” and “high-capacity” in quotes because their definitions vary by state—they’re political terms. In New York State, the SAFE Act passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January 2013, uses an expansive and elaborate definition of “assault weapon” that includes a lot more than AR-15s. Now even a semiautomatic Remington Model 1100 shotgun—a popular shotgun first made in 1963 that is used by millions of hunters and skeet shooters—is an “assault weapon” in New York State if the shotgun has a pistol grip. Many other commonly owned pistols, shotguns and rifles are also now labeled “assault weapons” in New York State.

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    by Published on 04-14-2014 05:49 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Assembly Bill 2305 passed out of committee in California last week and "directly conflicts with the constitutional protections for carrying a firearm for self-defense as recently confirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals," according to the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action.
    According to a warning by NRA-ILA, AB 2305 "would significantly expand California law by imposing criminal liability if an individual unknowingly carries a firearm on or about his or her person."

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