Proposed gun legislation hits target

Gun owners have been shafted for years, and a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday stands to change things for the better. Hunters, recreational shooters and other gun owners pay an 11 percent excise tax, established under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, on ammunition and other hunting and shooting […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 a.m. April 17 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Ash Street for a report of a vehicle with a bullet hole in it. A man said the prior morning he went to the area of […]

BB gun play doesn’t warrant felony charge

Freedom New Mexico For those who didn’t get the memo about society going stark-raving mad, the plight of a 10-year-old in Lafayette, Colo., should bring them up to speed. The boy, whose name we will not reveal, played on and near the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School playground late in March. He and some friends pretended […]

Weekly update —

Boy arrested after reported shooting A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after school administrators reported he shot another student in the eye with an air-gun at Marshall Middle School. Police were called to Marshall at 9 a.m. on a report a student had shot another student with an Airsoft pistol. School officials told an officer […]

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Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. Feb. 2 an officer responded to Plains Regional Medical Center for a report of a man with a gunshot wound. The man told the officer he was cleaning his .22 caliber handgun and the safety malfunctioned and the gun […]

Father says shooting victim loved life

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Courtesy photo Angel Vale, 22, was found shot to death outside her Portales residence Thursday evening. Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old […]

Right to gun ownership essential

The New York Times editorialized in panic, predictably, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Chicago’s ban on handgun ownership. Lamenting the Court’s highly abstract debate about the constitutional clause that needed to be considered, The Times alleged that Monday’s ruling will “undermin(e) Chicago’s (sensible) law” and lead to “results (that) […]

Ticket feature: Lion’s Club, Patriot Outdoors holding annual gun show

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File photo A gun show at the Clovis Civic Center Saturday and Sunday is expected to draw up to 2,000 people. It’s a weekend of guns and knives. For the sixth year, the Clovis Lions Club, in partnership with Patriot Outdoors, is hosting a gun and knife show. Traditionally held at the armory, this will […]

Police blotter — May 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 p.m. May 4 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 200 block of Seventh Street for a report of theft. A clerk told the officers a group of five young children ordered $46 in food. She said when she […]

Gun policies should remain business choice

Freedom New Mexico The day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution overrides local gun control laws, national coffee chain Starbucks defended its policy not to prohibit firearms at its outlets. Starbucks officials issued a statement Wednesday that essentially deferred gun prohibition decisions to government officials. If […]