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UT: 'Expert' Killed in Gun-Lab Accident
Submitted by: Saint Louis Bondmen

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"A renowned forensic investigator died late Thursday after a rifle he was examining discharged, shooting him in the chest." -- All by itself? Highly unlikely.

"Scott R. Spjut, director of the police department's Forensic Services Unit, was looking for fingerprints on the semiautomatic weapon around 4 p.m. when it fired, said West Valley City Assistant Police Chief Craig Gibson. Police were still investigating how the gun went off." -- Chances are someone pulled the trigger.
 

UK: Gun crime crackdown 'planned'
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Home Secretary David Blunkett is reportedly ready to add new minimum jail terms for possession of firearms to the Criminal Justice Bill."

"Mr. Blunkett told MPs last year he was considering amending the bill to include the measure, saying there was 'good reason' for the measure." ...

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Would that "good reason" be to place UK citizens further at the mercy of armed gangs?
 

Guns: A Loaded Argument
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Some of the Founders themselves made it clear that the Fifth Circuit’s position isn’t exactly a radical one. 'Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man,' said Thomas Jefferson in his 'Commonplace Book.' Alexander Hamilton wrote in 'The Federalist Papers' that no federal army could threaten our liberties as long as 'a large body of citizens,' proficient in 'the use of arms,' stands ready to defend them." ...
 

OH: Moments from area's hall of shame
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"BARNEY FIFE AWARD: One fine morning in March, in the little town of Perrysville, near Ashland, the chief of police walks into the police garage and accidentally fires a shot through the windshield of his cruiser. But that's the least of it. To cover his = [100.0] mess, he drives out to a country road and fakes a traffic stop. While reporting the stop over the radio, he fires a shot into the ground to make the dispatcher think somebody is shooting at him. Then he accidentally hits the magazine button on his gun and his ammo drops out. As he tries to reload, he accidentally shoots himself in the leg. Mayberry lives."
 

Canada: Halt gun registry: Ontario
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"The Ontario government is calling on Ottawa to shut down its contentious gun registry until an internal audit can get to the bottom of massive cost overruns." ...
 

CA: Judge Allegedly Pulled Gun On Roommate
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Judge Diana Hall was arrested on December 21st after a disturbance at her Santa Ynez home."

"Sheriff's deputies said that recent test results show that the judge's blood-alcohol level was .18. That's more than twice the state legal limit of .08."

"Deputies say Hall allegedly got into an argument with her roommate, then pulled a loaded .38-caliber pistol on the woman when she called 911. The judge then drove away from their Santa Ynez home."
 

Gun bans don't equal freedom
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"A couple of the West's democracies are behaving less and less like the bastions of freedom they claim to be and more like authoritarian regimes rife with little Napoleons who want absolute control over their respective masses." ...
 

Whole Lotta Shakin'
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Was Henry right? The 10th amendment of the Bill of Rights was supposed to guarantee the states some authority and autonomy over many matters so long as they did not violate the Federal constitution. The interpretation of this amendment has had a somewhat dubious track record from the perspective of both the states and the federal government."
 

Canada: No gun crackdown
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Mounties will not seek out and drop the hammer on gun registry scofflaws, say RCMP."

" 'We're mandated to enforce this part of the legislation as we are all Canadian statutes,' Manitoba RCMP spokesman Sgt. Steve Saunders said yesterday."

" 'Having said that, we will not be developing or implementing any special enforcement measures pertaining to the firearms registration.' " ...
 

Ooops, UPS Can't Find A Russian Sniper Rifle
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A package containing a Russian sniper rifle didn't make it to its destination on time and now the United Parcel Service is frantically trying to find this highly dangerous package." ...

"It's called a Dragunov sniper rifle. The weapon was the first Russian rifle exclusively designed from scratch as a sniper rifle."

"It's designed to destroy a single target and the optical sight is intended for precise aiming. The rifle shipped from Colorado..." ...
 

TN: 'Felony stop' leaves family traumatized
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"It was the most traumatic experience the Smoak family of North Carolina has ever had, and it happened yesterday afternoon as they traveled through Cookeville on their way home from a vacation in Nashville."

"Before their ordeal was over, three members of the family had been yanked out of their car and handcuffed on the side of Interstate 40 in downtown Cookeville, and their beloved dog, Patton, had been shot to death by a police officer as they watched."
 

Showdown over guns drags on in courts
Submitted by: Jeff Clymer
Website: http://www.michiganshooter.com

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"In 1999, Detroit became the fourth of what would grow to 33 jurisdictions around the nation suing gun makers, distributors and retailers, accusing them of pumping increasingly lethal handguns into urban areas and ignoring the resulting mayhem."

"But five years after the first lawsuit was filed, not a single case has yet come to trial, nine cases have been dismissed and the only seeming victory -- a much-heralded deal between Smith & Wesson and the Clinton administration -- has died a quiet death..." ...
 

SD: Lawyer wants Janklow to pardon Mexican immigrant
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Vincente Chavez, 42, is serving a 30-year prison sentence for the shooting during a SWAT raid on his home. He was convicted of six counts of aggravated assault on police and two counts of commission of a felony using a firearm."

"He was shot several times by submachine gun fire during the "no-knock" search."

"The South Dakota Supreme Court later ruled that four of the aggravated assault convictions against Chavez should be dropped. However, his 30-year sentence did not change." ...
 

CA: Electronic Eyes In School
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"It's like something out of a spy movie or maybe a shopping center. From the moment someone drives up to West Hills High School in Santee, Calf., they're being watched. Wherever they walk, whoever they're with, whatever they do — the eye in the sky takes it all in. And the man behind the curtain is watching." ...
 

Canada: Anthrax hoax forces temporary quarantine of workers at Edmonton postal outlet
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Carlson said it was a deliberate act: "It is obvious somebody put powder in these envelopes."

"The gun registry has sparked heated demonstrations and acts of defiance in recent days."

"Some protesters have publicly provoked police to charge them for not registering their firearm while police in some jurisdictions say they won't go out of their way to hunt for unregistered weapons." ...

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Is there any reason to insinuate that a protester may have engaged in this anthrax hoax?
 

FL: Men Face Hate Crime Charges In Transvestite Shooting
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Two men face hate crime charges and an attempted murder charge in Miami after one of them shot a transvestite after finding out he was a man, according to police."

"Police say on Wednesday, Adrian Miller of Long Beach and Billy Ledan of Miami, both 19, propositioned the person. Police say when the victim said to the men, 'I think you know what you're getting into. I'm a man,' Miller shouted an anti-gay slur and shot the unidentified transvestite in the shoulder."

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Would the crime have been any less heinous if a transvestite had not been involved? "Hate crime" is an illogical and contrived term.
 

UK: Slaughter of young innocents
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"We have a duty to protect our safety. The police have a right to expect as much co-operation as we can give them. The law must guarantee that these gunmen receive the harshest penalties on the statute books." ...

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You've got to love the hand-wringing "something must be done" attitude, which skirts the real issue of government disarmed victims at the mercy of these butchers and focuses on everything from the availability of guns to the race of the perpetrators. How progressive!
 

NJ: Officials rail against ‘smart gun’ law
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The bill ...sparked opposition because it would not cover weapons used by law enforcement..." ...

“ 'We are offended by the dual standard and the implication that somehow our lives are less precious than those of our fine law enforcement officers,' the New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense said in a statement. 'When this technology is good enough for the police, then and only then, will we consider it worthy for our use as well.' " ...
 

Australia: Police accused of planting gun in 1988 shooting
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"An unloaded sawn-off .22 rifle was later found at the feet of Jensen inside his car after he was shot dead. A coronial inquest found that Jensen had possession of the gun when he was shot." ...

"But a policeman facing serious drug charges, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Rosenes, now claims the gun was planted by police." ...
 

UK: Woman Defies 'Armed' Raider
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A brave Exeter shop worker was today hailed a hero after she refused to hand over cash to a robber who threatened her with a gun."

"The woman was working at Foxhayes post office early yesterday evening when the man walked in and demanded the money." ...

"After she refused, the raider ran out of the Exwick Road shop empty-handed - and without showing any weapon." ...
 

UK: How to react if carjackers strike
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"If someone tries to force your window open, hit their hand or fingers with anything you can find and completely close the window."

"Move on as soon as possible and report what has happened to the police."

"Take control if someone tries to make you stop your car: use your horn and hazard lights to get help if a car pulls in front of you and forces you to stop."

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In other words - make sure you don't use a gun, and be a disarmed victim. A loud and flailing disarmed victim, dependent on others to save you, but a victim nonetheless.
 

Sniper tips to aid hunt for firearms (redux)
Submitted by: Lee Matthews

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" 'We are still getting a lot of tips as a result,' Mr. Bouchard said, and those tips are being examined for possible violations of Maryland and D.C. gun laws."

"Though the task force will focus on handgun owners convicted of violent felonies, Mr. Bouchard acknowledged that some tips already have led to persons who had no idea they owned guns illegally."

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How will this blatant abuse of citizens' honest desire to help affect their willingness to tip off police next time the government needs help in solving a case?
 

Canada: Editorial: Gun registry needed
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Turnbull and gun-lovers like him are missing the point: Canada needs a federal gun registry. True, Ottawa has made a mess so far of the registry, which has cost $1 billion to set up and it's still not working right."

"But the reason why the registry was started at all is still valid: improving public safety. A national registry, properly run, can prevent violent individuals from buying guns and ammunition easily. It can act as a deterrent for people who want to keep a gun for no good reason."

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And why is it that the Canadian government and this feeble excuse for a reporter feel that law-abiding Canadians have to justify their actions to the state?
 

UK: Setback for police campaign
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"...while the number of shootings has fallen, the number of people killed has now tripled as gangsters resort to using "proper" firearms including automatic pistols capable of firing ten bullets a second." ...

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More problems in "gun free" UK. Note how in the absence of "real" guns, the gangs converted other firearms to shoot ball bearings.
 

Canada: 'New' gun fee will provoke rebellion: MP
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The federal government is inviting a 'full-scale rebellion' among gun owners by increasing the fee for registering firearms to $25 for each rifle or shotgun as of this week, says Canadian Alliance MP Garry Breitkreuz." ...
 

OK: Charges not filed in shooting
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Prosecutors will not file charges against a rural Kay County man who shot and killed another man last month."

"State law allows the occupant of a home to use deadly force against a person who has made unlawful entry into that home..."

"Miller had threatened Nance and his family and had gone to Nance's home for that purpose, [District Attorney Mark] Gibson said .... Nance shot Miller after repeatedly asking him to leave and being injured himself."
 

IN: Proposed Indiana Legislation Bans Ammo, among other things
Submitted by: proguncali

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House bill 1011:

DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL

"Ban on assault weapons. Provides that the manufacture, importation, sale, or possession of ammunition for a machine gun, an automatic weapon, or a semiautomatic weapon is a Class C felony. Creates enhanced criminal penalties for a person who commits certain drug offenses while in possession of an automatic or a semiautomatic weapon."
 

IN: Proposed legislation places more controls on handgun sales
Submitted by: proguncali

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House bill 1017:

DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL

"Handguns. Requires the completion of a handgun safety course before a person may receive a handgun license. Amends the definition of dealer as it relates to the sale of handguns. Requires a handgun dealer to wait seven business days after obtaining background information from a prospective handgun purchaser before selling, renting, trading, or transferring a handgun to the purchaser. Prohibits a person from purchasing or otherwise obtaining more than two handguns during a calendar month."
 

UK: Gunfire alert in Ipswich centre
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Youths firing a BB gun into the air caused police armed response units and a police helicopter to descend on Ipswich town centre.

Worried callers to Suffolk police reported sightings of four youths walking through the town centre and one of them firing a gun into the air at around 7.30pm tonight.

Two armed response units went to the scene to search the area and came across a group of youths in Tavern Street and after a search a BB gun was found.
 

U.S. Citizens Stand Up for Their Rights
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"From Berkeley, Calif., to Cambridge, Mass., localities have taken legal steps, however limited, to fight the growing number of intrusions into their private lives that have come with the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, Homeland Security Act and numerous presidential directives." ...
 

UK: Concern over 'quick-fix' gun law
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Opposition parties today warned against moves to impose a minimum five-year jail term for anyone caught illegally carrying a gun."

"The Home Office confirmed today that provisions to toughen the gun laws could be added to the criminal justice and sentencing bill currently before parliament." ...
 

CA: We Don't Need No Stinking Gun Classes
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"As The Golden State residents begin 2003 with yet another hurdle in the struggle to defend themselves, they can feel safer knowing that anyone wanting to purchase a handgun must first take a test about firearm safety. After reading this article, you may understand why this new law makes sense - for members of law enforcement."

"King City, a cute little town in Monterey County, is where an off duty deputy shot an engraver in his stomach - in the engraver's store." ...
 

UK: Siege negotiations continue
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The siege at a London bedsit is coming towards the end of its ninth day as police continue to negotiate with an armed man who is holding another hostage."

"Some reports have said the gunman has doused the flat in petrol but this has not been confirmed." ...
 

TX: Killings Terrify Business Owners
Submitted by: William Rodgers

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"Bob Fleischer said he doesn't unlock his doors unless he knows the people who knock. He also carries his car keys in his hand when he leaves his office."

"The business owner who asked not to be identified said she now locks her doors and requires customers to make appointments to see her at the shop." ...

"Devendra Nath Srivastva said he plans to move from the business park where the man was wounded. He has operated his business in the office park for about 11 years."

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Why are none of these terrified business owners arming themselves with firearms - the most effective tools of self-defense on the market?
 

MD: Maryland's handgun follies
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"While Republican Gov.-elect Robert Ehrlich has not retreated from his plan to review state gun laws, any reform effort is certain to face considerable opposition from Democrats in the General Assembly, including such fervent advocates of the Glendening-Townsend approach as Sen. Brian Frosh of Montgomery County, chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, and Delegate Joseph Vallario of Prince George's County, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Mr. Ehrlich will need to go over the heads of the liberal leadership in the General Assembly and take his case for an overhaul of the state's flawed gun laws directly to the people of Maryland."
 

CO: Spy-files policy in dispute
Submitted by: Alan Glenski

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"Contrary to pronouncements by mayoral candidate Ari Zavaras, the Denver Police Department never maintained a spy-file policy while Zavaras was chief, a city official says."

" 'It didn't have the status of being an official policy,' Assistant City Attorney Stan Sharoff said of documents Zavaras released last month." ...

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Just because it was never "official" policy doesn't mean it never happened. Sounds like excuse-making and cover-up.
 

TX: Officers not concerned county in top 5 for concealed weapon permits
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Since 1996, there have been few problems with license holders, records show."

"And only 2,023 permits have been revoked statewide because the holders engaged in specific crimes, such as felony drunken driving, the analysis shows."

"Smith said only a handful of permits have been pulled among Smith County permit holders, noting most holders are law-abiding citizens." ...
 

Jamaica: Jamaica murder rate down but still high
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Jamaica has one of the world's highest murder rates and much of the violence is attributed to inner-city gangs linked to drug- and gun-trafficking."

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But doesn't Jamaica have gun control?
 

UK: From Glasgow to London to Belfast, a week of gun violence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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A summary of gun violence in gun controlled UK during the past few days paints a grim picture of what happens when law abiding citizens are disarmed and left at the mercy of armed gangs.
 

NC: New program aims to curb gun violence
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"Durham wants to silence gun violence by getting more information on crime and keeping a closer eye on violent offenders." ...

"The city will use the Department of Justice program called 'Project Safe Neighborhoods.' " ...

"Durham has already ear marked more than $150,000 of federal money to the program and last month the city took the first step towards collecting gun crimes in a computer database." ...
 

IA: Night spots trade bouncers for trained officers
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"While patrons imbibe alcohol, a man dressed in black with handcuffs and a gun resting on his hips keeps a sharp eye on keeping the peace."

"It may sound like a scene out of a Wild West saloon, but it is becoming the current scene at watering holes in Sioux City." ...
 

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