May 2006

Downrange: 05/06

NRA SUES MAYOR RAY NAGIN

The National Rifle Association has filed a motion for contempt against the City of New Orleans, the mayor and the acting chief of police for failure to comply with a temporary restraining order, handed down September 12, 2005, ordering an end to all illegal gun confiscations.

Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, said, “…Ray Nagin thinks he’s above the law, and that’s just wrong.”

Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist said, “During a federally declared emergency, [Nagin] abused his power and abandoned the very people he was sworn to protect. He took away the victims’ freedom and their basic means of self-defense during an ill-fated and perilous time.” The motion also includes an order that all seized firearms must be returned to their rightful owners.

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CASTLE DOCTRINE WINS IN INDIANA

On March 21, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed HB 1028, making Indiana the third state in the nation to pass “Castle Doctrine” legislation. The bill, effective July 1, 2006, clarifies Hoosier State residents’ right to self-defense by removing the “duty to retreat” in the face of a criminal attack, and the bill provides civil immunity in such situations. The language reads, in part:

“A person is justified in using reasonable force against another person to protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person (1) is justified in using deadly force; only and (2) does not have a duty to retreat; if the person reasonably believes that that force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony. No person in this state shall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting the person or a third person by reasonable means necessary.

“(b) A person: (1) is justified in using reasonable force, including deadly force, against another person; and (2) does not have a duty to retreat; if the person reasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent or terminate the other person’s unlawful entry of or attack on the person’s dwelling, curtilage [an area of land attached to a house], or occupied motor vehicle.”

Sounds pretty dang good to me.

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S&W PASSES ON WINCHESTER PLANT

Smith & Wesson, the nation’s oldest and once its largest handgun maker, investigated taking over the Winchester firearms factory in New Haven, Connecticut, but S&W ultimately decided against the move.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said the city was asking USRAC’s parent company, Belgium-based Herstal Group, to cede control of the plant to the city or another gun maker. In exchange, the city offered to forgive $17 million in tax abatements, lease obligations and workers’ pay the city says Herstal owes.

The USRAC plant was set to go dark March 31, putting 186 factory workers out of their jobs.


-Todd Woodard