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September 26, 1990 | By John D. Shabe, Special to The Inquirer
In front of an American flag that covered one wall of a wood-paneled room at a Mullica Hill firehouse, about two dozen men gathered last week to celebrate what they consider to be their constitutional right to bear arms. That right, they say, was infringed upon when the state banned automatic and semiautomatic guns in May. "Guns are a part of the heritage in this part of the state, and that heritage is in jeopardy," State Sen. Raymond J. Zane told members of the Mullica Hill Rifle and Pistol Club on Wednesday.
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February 21, 2012
LEESPORT, Pa. - A Reading man who was shot at a Berks County gun club died Monday, authorities said. Northern Berks Regional Police were called to the Leesport Gun Club in Ontelaunee Township just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Three or four people had been firing rifles, pistols, and a shotgun for more than an hour when a .22-caliber pistol being handled by one man discharged, striking him in the head, Police Chief Scott W. Eaken said. The man was taken to Reading Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Monday morning, Eaken said.
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September 23, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bensalem gun club that conducts live pigeon shoots along the Delaware River has agreed to apply for an environmental permit to settle a federal lawsuit. "There's nothing that requires the club to stop shooting," Philadelphia Gun Club lawyer Sean Corr said Friday. "This was a nuisance settlement to eliminate attorney's fees going forward. " The club also agreed to pay $15,000 to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which filed suit in March. The environmental group contended that the club was violating the federal Clean Water Act by discharging shot, casings, dead and dying pigeons, and other material into the river without a permit.
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April 12, 1990 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
The Flourtown Sandy Run Sportsmen's Association is under the gun again from Warrington residents. Residents near the skeet and trap shooting club on County Line Road say the club has reneged on its June 1987 agreement not to shoot on Sundays. In 1987, after trading bitter barbs and bringing the noise dispute to township supervisors, club members and neighboring residents reached a compromise in which the sportsmen's association agreed not to shoot after dark or on Sundays.
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June 20, 2012
A 26-year-old man was in critical condition Tuesday after he tried to commit suicide at the Philadelphia Archery and Gun Club in South Philadelphia, police said. Police and medics responded to the club on Ellsworth Street near Eighth Street about 1:45 p.m. Monday. The unidentified man shot himself in the head and was taken by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, police said. - Phillip Lucas
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July 10, 1998 | By Candace Heckman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In response to residents' concerns over safety at the local gun club, the Township Council will appoint a special committee to examine the operation of the range and determine its future. A petition asking that the club be closed, which was submitted to the Township Council on Wednesday, was signed by 58 residents who live near the Mullica Hill Rifle and Pistol Club on Woodstown Road off Route 45. Mayor Russell Marino said he did not want council members to debate the issue until a committee of seven people, from the gun club and the petitioning residents, discussed their differences and at least tried to negotiate a solution.
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September 15, 1987 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
Armed with numerous reports of stray gunshots, Plymouth Township officials have filed suit in Montgomery County Court seeking the closing of a local gun club. The suit, which was filed last week, seeks to have Art's Rifle Range, at Ridge Pike near Belvoire Road, declared a "public and private nuisance" and asks that it be permanently shut down. If that request is not granted, the suit asks that the court temporarily close the club until "adequate safety and security measures" are instituted.
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November 16, 2007 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City Council moved yesterday to block the eviction of a 77-year-old gun club on the Delaware River and called for hearings to explore alternative sites for the corrections training center that would replace it. Council's Committee on Public Property recommended passage of a bill that would transfer land that hosts the Holmesburg Fish and Game Protective Association from the city to the Fairmount Park Commission. And the full Council called for hearings to explore other venues where the Department of Corrections, which wants to train officers at the site, could go. The last of the city's civilian outdoor shooting ranges had been notified that it must vacate the site at 5100 Pennypack Rd., between the police and fire academies, by Dec. 31. "We're hoping that the [Fairmount Park]
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September 6, 1998 | By Stephanie L. Arnold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The owner says it will be just a harmless social club, but neighbors are taking aim at a proposal to build a new outdoor firing range near their homes. John and Toni Aducat, owners of the South Jersey Shooting Club, and the club's attorney Stuart Platt appeared before the Planning Board on Aug. 20 to obtain final approval to open a gun range at Mongan's Corner, the intersection of Williamstown-New Freedom Road and Erial-New Brooklyn Road. But John Aducat requested a postponement of the board's decision to further address residents' concerns, even though he received preliminary approval and is almost guaranteed final approval, according to board officials.
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November 7, 1993 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After years of exchanging volleys in a war for peace and quiet, the folks hereabouts are a few steps closer to finally muzzling the gun club that they say has repeatedly destroyed their quiet Sunday afternoons. Tired of dealing with the incessant blasts from the Southern Chester County Sportsmen's and Farmers' Association's shooting range, residents won a referendum last week that urges the township to pass an ordinance limiting the hours when gun club members may take target practice.
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November 10, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
In minutes, the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin. And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero. Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-high wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia Gun Club looked fortresslike in the distance. For decades, the club in Bensalem has been staging pigeon shoots that animal activists call cruel, savage, and an outrage. On the New Jersey side of the river, in Beverly, five of those activists stood watching Saturday as the clocks on their laptops ticked toward 9 a.m. Armed not with shotguns but an inflatable boat and a drone-mounted video camera, they could barely contain their contempt for the men and women who fire at caged birds flung skyward by handlers.
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April 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
MAYBE IT was the phony penises. After years of escalating tensions between the Philadelphia Gun Club and the animal-rights activists who object to the club's semiannual pigeon shoots, club members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the activists of stalking, harassment, trespass, intimidation, defamation, libel and privacy invasion. In a 21-page complaint filed last Friday, eight club members claim that activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) harassed and blocked them as they drove in and out of the club's Bensalem grounds, spied on them both at the club and elsewhere, posted their pictures and other personal information online and even glued rubber penises along the club's fence.
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October 20, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
MAYS LANDING, N.J. Barry Zeldin left his home one day last week, as he often does, to head to the local gun club and bait his deer stand near Chatsworth, Burlington County. When Zeldin, 74, didn't return to his Mays Landing home that night, his wife was not alarmed. "It's not unusual for my dad to be out a couple of days hunting," his daughter, April Zeldin-Belcher, 41, said Friday. More than a week later, though, he is still missing, and his family, normally scattered across the country, is frantically searching for him in the Pine Barrens.
NEWS
April 25, 2013
CRAIG HETHERINGTON, a 44-year-old Bedford County trucker, held a sign reading, "Pat Toomey, You Are Fired. " Kay Hartman, a Mifflin County "tea-party patriot old enough to be wise," carried a large white flag featuring a black AK-47 over the words "Come and Take It. " Another woman held a sign: "Gun Control is False Hope; Jesus Christ is the True Hope. " And a bearded man wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" red vest held a sign: "We Come Unarmed (this time). " Welcome to the Pennsylvania gun club.
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January 18, 2013 | By Tom Infield and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
They were 23 miles apart in driving distance, but light-years apart in their views of President Obama's speech Wednesday - a gun-control advocate in Philadelphia and a foursome of shooting enthusiasts in the suburbs. At midday, as Obama went on the air, Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, paused from planning an anti- gun-violence rally and opened her laptop to watch the live stream. She was glad to hear Obama, together with Vice President Biden, pledge to try to stop the manufacture of military-style assault rifles, ban large ammunition clips, and require universal background checks for gun purchasers.
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January 17, 2013 | By Tom Infield and Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
They were 23 miles apart in driving distance, but light-years apart in their views of President Obama's speech Wednesday - a gun-control advocate in Philadelphia and a foursome of shooting enthusiasts in the suburbs. At midday, as Obama went on the air, Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, paused from planning an anti-gun-violence rally and opened her laptop to watch the live stream. She was glad to hear Obama, together with Vice President Biden, pledge to try to stop the manufacture of military-style assault rifles, ban large ammunition clips, and require universal background checks for gun purchasers.
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December 19, 2012 | BY A.J. THOMSON
AMIDST THE outpouring of grief and expressions of sorrow from most of America after the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut, the smile on the face of a few was faintly seen in the background. Despite a tragedy that brought a nation to a standstill, a president to tears and parents nationwide to the brink of worry about their own children, even though their innocent youngsters were in schools thousands of miles away, the few smile on. They may have even had a chuckle at our expense, knowing in their hearts that no matter the billions of tears, no matter the depths of sadness, their rights will stay the same.
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September 25, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer
ANIMAL-RIGHTS activists and hunters have long disagreed about whether live pigeon shoots are barbaric torture or recreational fun. Last week, a federal judge in Philadelphia declared them messy, ordering a local organizer of pigeon shoots to apply to state environmental authorities for a "national pollutant discharge elimination system" permit. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network claimed the ruling as a victory. Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum, who keeps an environmental eye on 330 miles of the Delaware River and its 13,539 square miles of watershed, sued the Philadelphia Gun Club in March, arguing that the club violates the Clean Water Act by grossly polluting the river with large quantities of birdshot, casings and dead and dying pigeons during its shoots.
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September 23, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bensalem gun club that conducts live pigeon shoots along the Delaware River has agreed to apply for an environmental permit to settle a federal lawsuit. "There's nothing that requires the club to stop shooting," Philadelphia Gun Club lawyer Sean Corr said Friday. "This was a nuisance settlement to eliminate attorney's fees going forward. " The club also agreed to pay $15,000 to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which filed suit in March. The environmental group contended that the club was violating the federal Clean Water Act by discharging shot, casings, dead and dying pigeons, and other material into the river without a permit.
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June 21, 2012 | By Phillip Lucas and Daily News Staff Writer
A 26-YEAR-OLD man remains in critical condition after attempting suicide at the Philadelphia Archery and Gun Club in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon, police said.   Police and medics responded to the club on Ellsworth Street near 9th about 1:45 p.m. The unidentified man shot himself in his head, and was taken by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, said Officer Tanya Little, a Police Department spokeswoman. Employees at the shop Tuesday night spoke over the sound of guns being fired in the background, and said they were unaware of anyone being injured there on Monday afternoon.
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