Gun rights bill should help end frivolous lawsuits

Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, the strategy of gun-control advocates was obvious: File frivolous liability lawsuits against gun makers and distributors, knowing that, whatever the ultimate merits of the cases, the manufacturers would be hard-pressed to keep fighting. Many would go out of business, profits would decline for others, and the high costs imposed […]

Vote defines line between frivolity, responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Senate has taken a step that no body of elected officials should ever have to take. Senators voted 65 to 31 earlier this month to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits that attempt to hold them responsible for the unlawful actions of criminals who use guns to commit crimes. The move was […]

More than just guns at Clovis gun show

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Rifles line a table at Sunday’s Clovis Lions Club Spring Gun Show at the National Guard Armory in Clovis. The two day event featured more than just guns, including coins, belt buckles, artwork, jewelry, knives and books. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Oh yeah, there were guns alright. It […]

Official report slays some myths of gun control

Freedom Newspapers One of the timeless debates in this country is over gun-control laws and their efficacy. Gun-control advocates often cite the ease with which a person can purchase a firearm from retail outlets and worry that such outlets are arming criminals in huge numbers. Lawsuits have been filed against many wholesalers and retailers alleging […]

Revenge didn’t used to include guns

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Some people are going to think I’m insensitive. I refer to the news out of the suburbs of Tacoma, Wash., that three teenagers were arrested last week for allegedly plotting a Columbine-style massacre at their high school. It is unknown how serious the alleged plan was. Authorities say the students — […]

Courts refreshing in gun law decisions

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Judges are often accused of “activism” — a desire to extend their reach from interpreting the law and resolving cases to making policy on matters that are none of their darn business. So they deserve credit when they resist invitations to override democracy. That’s what the Illinois Supreme Court did […]

Police Blotter 2/27

Children Youth and Families Division staff called police about 2:45 p.m. Feb. 17 regarding two possible incidents of criminal sexual penetration. A social worker reported that a 13-year-old Clovis girl came to the public health office regarding a vaginal infection. During the course of treatment, the girl said she had an ongoing sexual relationship with […]

Man takes own life with store-bought gun

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales man killed himself in a Clovis pawn shop Friday afternoon after he bought a shotgun and ammunition in the store, police said. William H. Windley Jr., 32, went into Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City, where he purchased a shotgun and ammunition of unknown gauge, put the weapon to his head, […]