Police seek robbery suspects

CNJ staff Clovis police are hoping the public can help locate two male suspects in a Wednesday home invasion and burglary. Police were called to 300 Tucker Ave. for a robbery report around 9:45 p.m. A male resident said his wife woke him and said she thought someone was in the house. He said he […]

Gun control should not be state mandated

Freedom New Mexico A year after its landmark ruling that the Second Amendment secures an individual, not collective, right to possess firearms, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it will accompany it with another historic decision — whether that right applies to states and localities. In June 2008, the court ruled 5-4 in D.C. v. Heller […]

Commander’s Action Line

When I PCS to Cannon, will I have to store my firearms at the Base Armory or will I be allowed to store them in my personal Gun Safe? Also, I have my Concealed Weapons permit so how will that work if I’m required to keep my pistol in the armory? Will I need to […]

Report tracing guns to U.S. misleading

Freedom New Mexico About a month ago, we questioned the accuracy of a statistic that has been brought up in discussions and speeches about the drug war violence in Mexico: that anywhere from 80 percent to 95 percent (apparently one can feel free to choose any number) of the firearms recovered from Mexican crime scenes […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Letters to the editor

Increasing need for firearms On Jan. 30, two males kicked in the door of our home and were approximately 4 1/2 feet from my daughter. (“Clovis woman fires on intruders,” Feb. 6 CNJ) I am extremely grateful the police arrived within three to four minutes. Unfortunately crime is escalating and we cannot expect them to […]

Officials stress gun responsibility

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe A rifle and handgun lay next to their magazines at the base shooting range. Proper awareness of weapons’ capabilities and safety issues keeps firearms owners knowledgable and responsible. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Firearms and gunpowder have played a role in society for […]

Firearm laws should be same across board

By Freedom New Mexico Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest […]

Expert can’t link guns, bullets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state firearms expert testified Monday during the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men she could not say for certain if guns displayed in the courtroom were used in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Alison Quereau, a Department of Public Safety firearms expert with the state […]

Cops get to chopping on guns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department makes a second cut through a rifle Friday afternoon at the police department. The guns are destroyed to keep them off the streets, Whitney said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A sawed-off shotgun, a pearl-handled pistol, a rifle complete with leather […]

Criminal control, not gun control, will ease violence

Few details were known about Monday’s senseless killings on the Virginia Tech campus before many analysts jumped to the same conclusion they always reach: The way to stop gun violence is to impose further controls on the legal ownership of guns. In an editorial Tuesday, for instance, The New York Times opined: “What is needed, […]

National park safety needs growing issue

By Freedom Newspapers We only wish he’d done this two years ago. Virginia Sen. George Allen, a Republican who narrowly lost to Democrat James Webb on Nov. 7, in one of the races that overturned control of Congress, seems intent on going out with a bang rather than a whimper. Allen recently unveiled S. 4057, […]

Lack of education often results in firearm mishaps

Master Sgt. Edward Story, Jr. In the last year, two Airmen from Cannon received gun shot wounds while cleaning their firearms. Both incidents resulted from negligence and lack of familiarity with their weapon. Fortunately for the individuals, no life threatening or long-term injuries were sustained. These mishaps are instant reminders of the importance of knowing, […]

Clovis man shot and killed

Staff Report Clovis police are investigating the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man, according to a department press release. Police responding to a report of shots fired found Hugo Ochoa about 7:30 p.m. at 410 Rencher St. with a single gunshot wound in the back, the release said. He was pronounced dead […]

11/4 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted on firearms charges A 23-year-old Clovis man was convicted and sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for possessing stolen firearms and retaliating against a state’s witness, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Vianey Marin, 23, was found innocent by the jury of conspiring to […]

Firearms matter of personal responsibility

Freedom Newspapers It seems hardly a week goes by that one group or another tries to pit one of our rights against another. It’s usually the result of someone claiming an absolute right or misreading the Constitution. The latest example is one we’ve seen before. It wasn’t long ago that legislators in Oklahoma passed a […]

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 […]

New laws can’t prevent school killings

By Steve Chapman Rain in Seattle is not news; the news is when rain fails to fall, as it has been doing lately. Likewise, what is conspicuous about the aftermath of the school shootings in Red Lake, Minn., last week was what didn’t occur — a torrent of calls for new gun-control legislation. The attack […]

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 […]

Extension of Clinton-era gun ban unlikely

Freedom Newspapers This campaign season, the Democrats seem to be throwing everything they can think of at George W. Bush to see what sticks. It doesn’t seem to matter if the charges are true or even if the president has any connection to the subject in question. One charge is that Bush endangers Americans if […]