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posted December 27, 2010
Funeral services were held on Tuesday for the 12-year-old boy who was allegedly shot and killed by his friend while they were playing with a gun at a Wilton home. While Nicholas Naumkin was laid in his final resting place, family and friends were left wondering how this tragic shooting could have been prevented. Albany ATF Agent Bill Mayo says it's perfectly legal to have an unlocked gun at home even if it's loaded, and even if there are children around. He went on to... [Fox 23 TV News (Oklahoma), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 27, 2010
MILWAUKEE — From 2007 to 2009, six police officers from this industrial city were shot with guns that share a troubling history: All were purchased at a single gun shop just across the city line. Police have long known that Badger Guns, Badger Outdoors and related businesses at the same location in West Milwaukee have ranked in the top 10 nationally among shops that sell guns that wind up being used in a crime. Now four of the six officers wounded in shootings are... [Wall Street Journal, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 27, 2010
ATLANTA - Two officers in a remote Alaska town were ambushed as they chatted on a street. A California officer and deputy were killed by an arson suspect with a high-powered rifle as they tried to serve a warrant. Two other officers doing anti-drug work were gunned down by men along a busy Arkansas highway. These so-called cluster killings of more than one officer helped make 2010 a particularly deadly year for law enforcement. Deaths in the line of duty jumped 37... [Associated Press, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 27, 2010
NEOSHO, Missouri - A southwest Missouri girl is dead after being shot in the head during a slumber party. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says 14-year-old Megan Reppond of Joplin was taken off life support Tuesday morning. KOAM-TV reports Megan was attending a slumber party with friends at a home near Neosho on Monday night. The sheriff says another teen picked up a .38-caliber handgun that had been left on a piano and pulled the trigger. The gun turned out to be... [Associated Press, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 27, 2010
PHOENIX - A man accused of opening fire in a Phoenix strip club, killing two people and injuring three others, told police that he had planned the crime and chose the victims at random, according to a court document released Tuesday. Gavin Macfarlane, 28, of Scottsdale, is accused of shooting four people with a .38-caliber revolver and physically attacking a fifth person at the Great Alaskan Bush Company shortly before midnight Sunday. Patrons tackled and beat him... [Associated Press, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles police and county sheriff's deputies warned the public Monday to resist ringing in the New Year with celebratory gunfire, which can have dangerous consequences. Shooting into the air can be deadly, and officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said those caught face possible felony charges. "ATF wants you to know that you can enjoy the festivities without placing the public in danger," said John A. Torres, special... [Daily Breeze (Los Angeles), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 26, 2010
Gun City USA remains open for business, but the self-described largest and oldest gun shop in Nashville can no longer sell guns. On Dec. 1, Gun City's federal firearms license was revoked after years of regulatory violations, barring the store from buying, selling or repairing guns. The store had challenged the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' revocation, but a federal judge in October denied its appeal. "Their license expired, or was revoked,... [Tennessean (Nashville), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 26, 2010
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Weekend mornings, John Famolari's two young children love to play baseball and soccer in their spacious backyard - at least until their neighbor across the creek breaks out his machine guns. In a wooded lot about 500 feet away, Dr. Michael Land regularly uses a Thompson submachine gun and other automatic weapons for target practice. The racket often makes it hard for Famolari and his wife to talk - and even harder for them to entertain guests at their... [Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 26, 2010
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Weekend mornings, John Famolari's two young children love to play baseball and soccer in their spacious backyard - at least until their neighbor across the creek breaks out his machine guns. In a wooded lot about 500 feet away, Dr. Michael Land regularly uses a Thompson submachine gun and other automatic weapons for target practice. The racket often makes it hard for Famolari and his wife to talk - and even harder for them to entertain guests at their... [Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles police and county sheriff's deputies warned the public Monday to resist ringing in the New Year with celebratory gunfire, which can have dangerous consequences. Shooting into the air can be deadly, and officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said those caught face possible felony charges. "ATF wants you to know that you can enjoy the festivities without placing the public in danger," said John A. Torres, special... [Daily Breeze (Los Angeles), via GunPolicy.org]