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WI: Changes in law, addressing noise concerns help gun clubs expand
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Renewed interest in competitive shooting sports and the state's easing of noise restrictions on gun clubs has allowed many of the nine public and private shooting ranges in Waukesha County to expand memberships and increase activity."
 

MS: Gun crimes plummet in Clarksdale
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"Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program geared at curbing violent gun crimes, is working in Clarksdale, according to statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Justice." ...

"Assistant U.S. Attorney John Marshall Alexander said the statistics alone do not show the significant impact Project Safe Neighborhoods has had on the crime rate in Clarksdale." ...
 

TX: Officer gets probation in wife's shooting death
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"Houston police officer Reynolds Blain was sentenced Friday to two years' probation for the criminally negligent homicide of his wife."

"The Brazoria County jury earlier convicted Blain, 44, of causing the death of his wife, Mi Young Blain, 41, at their Pearland-area home April 11, 2001. He could have received 10 years in prison."
 

OH: Clyde policeman charged with seven felonies
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"A Clyde police officer has been formally charged on seven felony counts in connection with break-ins at three Clyde businesses."

"Indictment papers accuse Gary W. Enderle, 42, of 8215 N. Ohio 101, Clyde, of using his position as an officer to commit the offenses, and claim that he had a firearm in his possession during the incidents."
 

UK: We can beat guns together
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"The West Midlands Chief Constable yesterday pledged gun crime in the region would be stamped out - if the public was 'brave' enough to play its part by backing the police."

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Notice the personification of guns as the culprits responsible for crime, as opposed to the criminals pulling the trigger.
 

MD: New city chief would do well to keep Ark. ruling in mind
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In other words, the law is clear. Wilson vs. Arkansas says police must knock and announce when serving warrants. They didn't in the Cauthorne case. Hence, in Jessamy's view, the raid and all evidence seized in it are by definition probably not admissible in court." ...

"So Commissioner Clark - who ran the narcotics unit in New York and thus should have more than a passing interest in this Cauthorne affair - would do well to remember the name Sharlene Wilson when he becomes the top cop here."
 

America - Overthrown - Or At Least in the Process
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Damn, Folks, but I thought sure this is America where one has the right to confront witnesses against him and/or those who make claims that one has damaged their person or property. If the witness or witnesses don't show up, then the case against the defendant must be dismissed. But, I guess that must be another America I am thinking of."
 

TX: Police shooting kills man
Submitted by: Brad Johnson

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"Lubbock police shot and killed a 19-year-old man Friday after he aimed a replica handgun at officers who had ordered him to disarm, police said." ...

"Jones said investigators later discovered the gun was 'a full-size, realistic, nonfunctioning replica of a medium-caliber, semiautomatic handgun.' "
 

VA: Man who killed policewoman was in U.S. illegally
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"A convicted drug dealer, Keen was in the United States illegally. According to the U.S Immigration and Nationalization Service, he had been deported to his native Jamaica in September 1997 because of his conviction. The next month, he was caught attempting to re-enter the United States with an altered British passport and was turned back."

"How and when he returned to this country is unknown." ...

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So much for securing the borders.
 

UK: Police air-rifle contest defended
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A senior officer with the force has defended the contest despite the UK government recently announcing plans for tough new laws on the use of guns, including air rifles."

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What an amazing amount of hypocrisy and double standard! It's OK, because we're police and it added an "Austrian flavour" to the evening. But for anyone else, the government will make it a no-no.
 

WI: 'Paper terrorist' gets five years in prison
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A Town of Fredonia man whom authorities have termed a "paper terrorist" was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for blitzing about three dozen Ozaukee County officials with thousands of bogus legal documents."

"The case produced the first prison sentence to result from a special anti-terrorism Domestic Security Unit created by then-Attorney General Jim Doyle after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001." ...

"The charges were filed May 17 after Magritz bombarded officials by filing fake legal documents, which authorities believe was in apparent retaliation for Ozaukee County foreclosing on his 62-acre property along the Milwaukee River in the Town of Fredonia."

"The county took the property in 2001 because Magritz didn't pay about $30,000 in property taxes."
 

CO: Laramie County Considers Guns-In-Workplace Policy
Submitted by: SASister

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" 'I don't want to be in a building with a bunch of cowboys," retired Fort Collins high-school teacher Fred Schmidt said this week. 'Let's take this to its logical conclusion. What if they get into a gunfight? They could cause more damage than good because they're not trained like police officers.' "

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The article is full of other anti-gun, anti-common sense rhetoric. Suspicious that only anti-gun opinions and the Brady Bunch are amply quoted throughout.
 

TN: Murfreesboro residents describe wrongful arrests, wonder why
Submitted by: Harvey Burnett

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"It was the beginning of an ordeal that left Martin, Tigg and five other acquaintances shaken and confused. Those involved said they were left wondering why a police officer drove to their neighborhood, pointed a gun at a bystander, struck Martin in the head with his baton and called in backup to arrest four of them Tuesday."

"Randolph, a 16-year veteran of the force, was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday morning after a disturbance at police headquarters in which other officers had to be summoned to the building. He has declined to comment."
 

CO: County workers can't bring guns into work
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Larimer County's 1,400 employees won't be taking guns to work.

"Despite consideration of a policy outlining uniform weapons rules for all county departments, officials will prohibit employees from arming themselves while on the job."

"Larimer County Manager Frank Lancaster said late Friday he decided to go back to the more-restrictive policy after consulting with the county commissioners, the county attorney and other officials."
 

CO: Concealed-gun bill divides GOP
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The clash between moderates and conservatives over concealed-weapons legislation exploded at the Capitol on Thursday in the wake of an effort to block a measure supported by Colorado's sheriffs."

"Rep. Al White, a moderate Republican from Winter Park, said he is prepared to introduce in the House the same bill that stalled late Wednesday in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee."

"The panel instead passed a permissive measure sponsored by chairman Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, that could force sheriffs to issue concealed-handgun permits within 15 days after an individual has applied for a permit, regardless of whether a criminal background check has been completed."
 

CO: Concealed-carry bill clears Senate hurdle
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Sen. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, sponsored Senate Bill 63, which doesn't require training and allows guns in schools as long as the carrier has no criminal intent. It was approved 5-1 and now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee."
 

FBI Taps Campus Police in Anti-Terror Operations
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Federal authorities have begun enlisting campus police officers in the domestic war on terror, renewing fears among some faculty and student groups of overzealous FBI spying at colleges and universities that led to scandals in decades past."
 

Bill of Rights' Implausible Defenders
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"An incredible deception is underway. Ultra-leftist groups with long histories of supporting totalitarianism are posing as the chief defenders of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights against the current onslaught of police-state legislation. The Establishment media, of course, are assisting these pro-Communist poseurs, led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)."
 

NY: Police Worried About Recent Increase in Bank Robberies
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Since Jan. 1 there have been 36 unarmed robberies of banks. Last year at this date there had been 13."

"The rate of armed bank robberies, which remained flat at 55 a year over the past two years, has also increased, slightly, this year, Mr. Kelly said."
 

Pilots Object to New License Policy
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The government said Friday that pilots deemed a security threat can have their licenses taken away without a hearing, prompting an angry reaction from a pilots' union."

"The 66,000-member Air Line Pilots Association said under the rule, a pilot's career could be ended by an unsubstantiated accusation."
 

CA: Police probe going to grand jury 50 witnesses summoned, most of them S.F. cops
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"Fifty witnesses, mostly San Francisco police officers, have been summoned to appear before a grand jury starting Tuesday to consider the case against the son of the SFPD's assistant chief and two other officers involved in an off-duty street fight, authorities said Friday."
 

TX: Officers brace to be fired in Kmart raid case
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"Two police officers involved in the Kmart raid in which nearly 300 people were arrested are likely to be fired Tuesday, their lawyer and a union representative say."

"The lawyer for Capt. Mark A. Aguirre, who ordered the raid, and for Sgt. Ken Wenzel said the Houston Police Department should wait to decide whether to fire them until after the two go to trial this summer on charges of official oppression."
 

CA: In moment of terror, two heroes emerge
Submitted by: Chuck

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"Unlike the nightmare that unfolded at Columbine High School, however, this horrific scene Friday morning ultimately ended without anyone being hurt, thanks in large part to the quick thinking shown by Clay and Jonathan Griswold, 16."

"They were able to pin the boy against a table and keep him there until Floyd Weber, a school administrator, rushed in and yanked the gun from the teen's grasp."
 

UK: Two men held after armed robbery
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"Gardai have failed to recover the stolen money and are still searching for the fire arm used in the robbery."

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Are visions of Keystone Kops dancing in anyone's head?
 

How guns save lives
Submitted by: Ray Haring

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"Which brings up the following question: In a city like Baltimore, where hundreds of homicides occur each year, (many of which go unsolved) why is Mrs. Jessamy squandering taxpayer dollars by persecuting small-business owners like Messrs. Kifer and Der, who were merely defending their lives and their property?"
 

France: Protests against "tough new crime-busting measures"
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"Protesters lambasted Sarkozy for the proposed law, which would make damaging France's tricolor flag or mocking the national anthem a crime punishable by a 7,500 euro ($8,100) fine and six months in prison."
 

CO: Colo. woman, jailed for posing with guns, is still bewildered
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Three years ago, Katica Crippen posed nude with the idea of selling her image online."

"Well, almost nude. An electronic monitoring bracelet was locked to her ankle. And she sported a gun in each hand."

"Big mistake, Katica."

"Crippen, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was wearing the monitor because she was on parole for selling an undercover agent $40 of methamphetamine in 1997. That meant she was a felon and barred her from having guns."

"It also made her a prime target for Operation Safe Neighborhoods, the antigun initiative."
 

CA: Officer videotaped allegedly kicking suspect is suspended
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"An Oakland police officer, caught on videotape allegedly kicking a suspect during his arrest, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending internal affairs and criminal investigations into his behavior."

"Oakland Police Chief Richard Word said Saturday that the officer, whose name has not been released, was stripped of his policing power shortly after the Friday morning incident."
 

CA: Oakland's Police 'Riders' on Trial
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"At the high point of their careers, the so-called "Riders" were considered the best and the brightest, veterans whom rookie police officers tried to emulate. Their specialty: bringing in reputed drug dealers in record numbers from the crime-plagued streets of West Oakland."

"Now, three of the four rogue officers are on trial here for using dishonest and sometimes brutal tactics in making those arrests."
 

Deal for Book on Sniper Case May Put Moose in Ethics Bind
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A New York literary agent who has been pitching the chief's story to publishers said yesterday that Moose plans to announce Tuesday that a deal has been struck for a book and possibly a movie. The agent, David Vigliano, would not identify the buyer or disclose the price."

"Yet there could be a glitch: Local officials have warned Moose that the deal, if he profits from it, could land him on the wrong side of Montgomery's strict government ethics provisions."
 

Cheating Security---Airport screeners say they were given answers beforehand
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Several government security screeners at LaGuardia Airport said that moments before they took a certification test to operate machines that detect bombs in luggage, instructors told them answers to all or most of the questions."

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Remember, folks - these are the same people who reserve the right to pat you down, feel up your pregnant wife and confiscate your nose-hair tweezers in the name of "security."
 

WI: Analysis shows CEASEFIRE hits African-Americans harder than whites
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"...a Journal Sentinel analysis of CEASEFIRE records from the start of the program through the end of 2002 indicates that a disproportionate number of blacks are prosecuted. The race gap is even wider among those sent to federal court."
 

UK: Man tortured and killed in own home
Submitted by: Art Schreiber

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"The body of a man has been found bound and gagged in his south-west London home only months after he evicted people who had apparently invaded his house."

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Another disarmed victim at the hands of criminals in "Great" Britain.
 

NY: One woman's story about domestic abuse and justice
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"Linda White turns her wrist over and touches the half a dozen or so thin scars on her forearm."

" 'You can still see them,' she says, sounding almost surprised. 'That was from one of the times he tied me up. He also cut me.' "

" 'He' is her former boyfriend. A man named John Strouble. In 1989, after a year of severe psychological and physical abuse, Ms. White fatally shot him."
 

PA: Ashcroft to talk about Philadelphia gun sentencing program
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"U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft comes to Philadelphia on Thursday to promote a city program that has netted hundreds of defendants targeted by federal prosecutors as gun criminals."

"Ashcroft speaks at the first national convention of Operation Safe Neighborhoods, a program under which ex-cons are given long federal prison terms if caught carrying a firearm. Last year, Ashcroft ordered all federal prosecutors to copy the Philadelphia program and expand it to suburban counties."
 

UK: Man arrested after city incident
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Police marksmen had been stationed outside a building on Holyrood Road from about 1600 GMT on Sunday following reports that a gun had been seen."

"However, after searching the property Lothian and Borders Police said no firearm had been discovered."

"The road has since been reopened to traffic."
 

UK: Gun pair raid post office
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A Nottinghamshire post office has been targeted by two armed thieves."

"Two men with handguns went into the post office on Prospect Close in Worksop at 1720 GMT on Friday."

"They forced two female staff to lie on the floor while they took an undisclosed amount of cash."
 

California reports question success of firearm 'fingerprinting'
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Two related California studies to be released this week conclude it is currently impractical to catalog the ballistic 'fingerprints' of every firearm in California, findings gun control opponents are using to fight calls for a national database inspired by last fall's East Coast sniper shootings."
 

Japan: Wife forced to aid robbers in Setagaya
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham
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"The gang who suffocated the president of a plastics manufacturing firm during a Tuesday morning robbery in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward forced the man's wife to lead them to the valuables in the home, police said Wednesday."
 

UK: Tinted car windows in link to gun crime
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"In the war against gun-toting gangsters, West Midlands police have unveiled their new weapon the tintometer."

"The device, measuring levels of visibility in tinted windows, is being used by police to impound cars they cannot see into. They are convinced gangsters install illegal blacked-out windows to hide gun running and drug dealing."
 

AZ: Phoenix police attacked more, opening fire more
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"From 1996 to 2000, Phoenix police killed an average of 3.33 people per 1,000 officers, making them more than 2 1/2 times as likely to use deadly force than officers in bigger cities like Los Angeles and New York, according an Arizona Republic analysis."

"Police officials place much of the blame on suspects... They also point to the Valley's transitory population, the state's lax gun laws, Arizona's proximity to the border and the problems that brings..."
 

NY: New York officer seeks reinstatement in controversial shooting
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"A New York police officer who was put on desk duty after a fatal police shooting wants his job back."

"Kenneth Boss was one of four officers who fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo in 1999. The officers said they mistook Diallo's wallet for a gun."

"Boss says he'll file a lawsuit to get reinstated to active duty. He says the police commissioner didn't respond to a written request for full reinstatement."
 

IN: Father of Columbine victim to speak at IU
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"In speeches and interviews, the 53-year-old Scott has shared his conviction that his daughter's death had a purpose: to ignite a spiritual revolution among youth."

"A former minister, he argues that prayer and Bible reading belong in the schools." ...

"Scott has been outspoken in rejecting the idea that the Columbine killings point to a need for tougher gun-control laws."
 

NY: Net Hoax Teen Says 'Sorry'
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"...Lagucik called the Columbine killers 'heroes,' sent Hess their pictures, and claimed he had made bombs and purchased guns and was going to attack a school and then kill himself."

"There were no weapons or bomb-making materials found in his home, authorities said, and a check of five gun shops with the name 'Jack' in the title - the name the suspect mentioned in his conversations with Hess - turned up no evidence he had bought weapons there."
 

PA: Gun law tough, but is aim true?
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"...critics include defense lawyers, some gun-rights advocates, and conservative academic and legal scholars. They say the program tends to target the wrong people."

"They acknowledge that Safe Neighborhoods has nailed some truly dangerous gun criminals. But they say it often imposes harsh and unfair sentences on defendants with stale and unthreatening records."
 

Canada: Store owner tees off armed robbers
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"Det. Dave Vickers of 42 Division said the owner fought back with a golf club, but ended up being hit with it. 'We never recommend fighting with people during a robbery,' Vickers said. 'It's usually only money they want so there's no point in putting your life at risk.' "

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It's only your livelihood they want to steal for themselves. Why bother fighting back? Just be a passive victim, and maybe they'll let you live.
 

What any father would do
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Some may argue that times have changed and that the need for individuals to own guns has been made obsolete by the creation of modern police forces. However, that argument would remain hollow for a father in the middle of the night watching a criminal enter his child's bedroom."
 

MO: School hires private firm to search premises
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"A high school in western Kansas has hired a private company to search the school's premises periodically for weapons, drugs and alcohol."

... "A specially trained dog led an officer to search nine student vehicles."

"Officers found two handguns in one vehicle, a shotgun and a pellet gun inside another and marijuana inside a third vehicle. Five vehicles contained shotgun shells and fireworks were found inside another."
 

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