Monday, May 6, 2013
A Kentucky boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a gun he got for his birthday.
Two-year-old Caroline Sparks loved playing outside, singing, and her 5-year-old brother, who accidentally shot her to death last week with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday. CNN reports the children's mother had stepped outside for just a few minutes when the accident occurred. It was the third time in about a month that someone was shot to death by a child under 6. The boy's gun was a Crickett rifle marketed specifically for young children as "my first rifle," the CNN story said. The gun stocks come in colors such as pink and blue. Officials in Kentucky noted that gun ownership among young children is common in the area. “It’s a normal way of life, and it’s not just rural Kentucky, it’s rural America – hunting and shooting and…
Friday, February 22, 2013
Woodall urged to "stand up against gun violence and know that the extreme NRA doesn't speak for many gun owners."
A group of concerned citizens stood with signs outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Thursday to call for support of reasonable gun safety laws. The rally took place a little more than two months after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-six people, mostly young children, lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the school. MoveOn.org sponsored the event urging U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) -- whose office is housed in GJAC -- to take action on gun safety. “We ask Representative Woodall to listen to his constituents and stand up for common sense reforms that will reduce gun violence,” said Kathleen Allen in a release. Allen is a mother in Norcross, …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Facility to be located near the intersection of Braselton Highway and Old Peachtree Road.
In just a few months, area residents will have a new place to hone their firearm skills. Verne Fowler said he expects his Georgia Gun Club to open in mid- to late July. Gwinnett County recently issued the development permit for the club, which will be located at 1951 Braselton Highway. The 4.06-acre recreational facility near the intersection of Braselton Highway and Old Peachtree Road will include a 37,300-square-foot, two-story building featuring 28 indoor lanes -- eight tactical, 12 small arms and eight 100-yard rifle lanes. Fowler said the Georgia Gun Club will also include an 8,000-square-foot retail store with firearms, sporting goods, self-defense items, shooting accessories and more. The club will be open to the general public, but…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Sheriff vows to fight laws that would infringe upon citizens' 2nd amendment rights.
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Tuesday, January 29
Gun control has been a much discussed topic in the media lately, with Gwinnett County's sheriff going as far as saying he encourages law-abiding citizens to acquire firearms. Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said he will fully exercise his power to protect and defend the Constitutional rights of the citizens of Barrow County. Read Sheriff Smith's full statement on Barrow Patch.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Large crowd reported on Saturday as fears about future accessibility of guns and ammunition drive purchases.
Sunday, January 27
The gun control debate that heated up earlier this month when President Obama proposed a series of gun-control measures led to a large turnout Jan. 26 at a gun show in Lawrenceville. According to myfoxatlanta.com, the line at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds wrapped around the complex just to get inside. "People are starting to understand that they need to look out for their own safety," gun show vendor Bruce Greenfield said in a video with the Fox5 article. "There's a sense of fear ..." vendor Fred Augat also said in the video. In Gwinnett last week, Sheriff Butch Conway joined the conversation by issuing a statement urging "all law abiding citizens" to acquire the necessary skills to use a firearm safely. The Fox5 article and video noted …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Conway posts a statement in response to "many" emails.
Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway has released a statement in support of citizens' right to legally use firearms. "I encourage all law abiding citizens to acquire and maintain the skills to safely carry a firearm in order to protect themselves and others," the statement reads. Conway issued the statement under the heading "The 2nd Amendment." The U.S Constitution's Second Amendment says, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Also, it was in response to "the many emails received," the website states. The statement comes just over a month after the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Almost 700 people are expected to attend a seminar which normally attracts only 100 participants.
Thursday, January 24
A metro area gun safety seminar is expected to draw a record crowd. The Marietta Police Department seminar on Thursday, Jan. 24, has had an overwhelming amount of public interest. As of Wednesday, almost 700 people had registered to attend the event at the Marietta Middle School Auditorium, 121 Winn St., at 6:30 p.m. The department usually hosts two or three firearms safety seminars each year. On average there are 100 people in attendance. “This program has been developed to educate the citizens on current firearm laws and weapon safety. We want to equip citizens with the knowledge and skills so they feel confident owning and handling a firearm or weapon if they choose to do so," Sergeant Jake King of the Marietta Police Training Unit …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Coalition urges Americans to show support for the Second Amendment by going to firing ranges, gun stores and shows.
Americans nationwide are being urged to show their support for gun ownership by visiting gun stores, ranges and shows on Saturday, Jan. 19 -- a day designated as "Gun Appreciation Day" by a coalition of gun rights and conservative groups. Organizers hope the event, scheduled two days before President Barack Obama's second inauguration, will rival "Chick-fil-A Day" as "a public statement of protest against government policies." Members of the coalition include the Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Special Operations Speaks, Revolution PAC, Citizens and Country, Social Security Institute, Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano, Conservative Action Alerts, Women Warriors PAC, Conservative…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Thieves smashed front door glass to gain access to the store.
DACULA, GA -- Just hours after a large shipment of weapons arrived at a local gun store, burglars struck the shop and stole numerous handguns, tactical rifles and shotguns. According to business owner David Duncan, Big Gun Armory received two large deliveries on Friday afternoon. Duncan said the 65 guns were immediately placed on display since store inventory had been heavily depleted due to increased sales related to the election, the Connecticut shootings and holiday shopping. Then, at 1:47 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, Duncan got a call from his alarm company -- the burglar alarm had been activated. Gwinnett County Police were also notified and arrived four minutes after getting the call, but it was too late. “They cleaned my place out,” …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
This plan will encourage the recreational and protective use of most rifles and shotguns while making it illegal for most Americans to own a handgun or unnecessarily lethal long gun.