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NC: ATF agents dent gun trade
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"Gun traffickers choose poor single women or others strapped for cash and pay them to get gun permits in their name or an alias. Those who qualify can get five gun permits at a time at the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, the agents said."

"Guns are bought in bulk and usually cost $130 to $150. They sell on the streets for $500 to $700, Samples said. Gun runners tell straw purchasers which guns to buy and sometimes even go with them to the shop and pick them out."

"Straw purchasers buy several hundred guns a year in Fayetteville, Lenczyk said."

"A number of guns stay in the city, he said. Some go to local drug dealers. People selling guns out of town often return with drugs."

"Gun dealers are required to notify authorities when they suspect someone is buying guns illegally, but often don't, he said."
 

FL: 93 year old woman beaten to death with a hammer
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A 93-year-old woman refused to give up her car keys to a robber and was beaten to death with a hammer, police said Friday."

"Her alleged assailant was arrested later after wrecking her car on an expressway."

"Rosina Seigel was confronted by a man as she returned home Friday afternoon, said Joe Durkin, a spokesman for the Tampa police. The man demanded her car keys and beat her in the head with a hammer when she refused to hand them over, Durkin said."

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Looks like determined criminals don't need firearms to commit violent crimes. Will Sarah Brady demand background checks for purchases of tools and hardware too?
 

British Cancel Another Flight as Allies Query U.S.
Submitted by: Mark Anderson

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"In another indication of the turmoil resulting from the increased security measures, an American official said that the cancellation of the British Airways flights was not in response to United States safety concerns, but rather was prompted by the refusal of British pilots to fly with armed marshals on board. The United States put other nations on notice earlier this week that it would not allow certain suspicious flights into its airspace without armed marshals on board."

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Interestingly, the British are canceling flights into the US, not because of a security threat, but because pilots won't fly with armed air marshals! The poor dears! Perhaps they would feel more comfortable flying with American fighter aircraft ready to put an AMRAAM air-to-air missile up their tailpipe? Although the Bush administration has disgraced itself by dragging their feet allowing pilots to fly armed, there is some small satisfaction in the fact that they are forcing armed good guys to fly on some flights. It's an admission that a gun in the right hands is the best defense against a terrorist. One small step...
 

India: Diamond merchants arrested with self-defense weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"IN a major action, the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) has arrested six miscreants on charges of possessing illegal firearms. The DCB has seized five pistols, five revolvers, a country revolver and 50 live cartridges."

"On the arrests, DCB police inspector J K Jhala said: 'The weapons were supplied to the Saurashtrians by the two Sikligars who were engaged in the sale of arms. The Sikligars were arrested based on the information received by the DCB on late Thursday night.' "

"Following the arrests, the Sikligars revealed to the police about the supply of weapons to the four Saurashtrians. . . . Jhala added that the Saurashtrians were running diamond factories."

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Police can't protect you, but won't let you protect yourself. And the media calls you a "miscreant" when you do.
 

NY: Record year for murders in "gun-free" Rochester
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In 1999, Police Chief Robert Duffy’s first full year as head of the Rochester PD ended with enthusiasm and optimism. Homicides had fallen to 29 — one of just three years in two decades that the city recorded fewer than 30 slayings."

"Officials had hoped it was the beginning of a trend, a promising start of a declining crime rate in Rochester. Four years later, Duffy’s brio is tempered with frustration."

"Each year since 1999 has been marked by no fewer than 40 killings. And now 2003 has ended as the most violent year of Duffy’s administration. With 57 confirmed homicides last year, nearly twice as many as 1999, Rochester appears to have returned to the crime standard that marked the early 1990s, when the city averaged 58 killings a year."
 

KS: Legislators to tackle law and order issues: Push for concealed weapons law expected this session
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Missouri lawmakers last year passed a concealed-carry law despite a governor's veto, and several Kansas lawmakers said they expected a similar battle this year in Topeka. If such a bill were to pass, it faces a likely veto from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who supports concealed-carry permits only for retired law-enforcement officers."

"People on both sides of the issue cite studies about concealed-carry laws' impact on crime. Phil Journey, a gun advocate recently appointed to fill a vacant Senate seat in Wichita, said he didn't want to get hung up on statistics."

"When it really gets down to the real issue, it's whether Nancy the nurse or Mary the mom can get home at night... "If they' re being stalked by an estranged, crazed husband, the peace of mind they get from having that means of self-defense is far more effective than a piece of paper called a protection-from-abuse-act restraining order."
 

TX: A&E Documentary Reviews Local Story of a Woman's Self-Defense and a Sheriff's Alleged Rape
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"More than 13 years after the Archer County Sheriff was accused of raping a woman on the very night she shot her husband, the incident's being re-lived once again, only nation- wide."

"The A&E program, 'City Confidential' is running a documentary on the whole incident that began with Ellen Bennett shooting her husband in July, 1990. She claimed it happened was in self-defense when he was about to shoot her, and a grand jury agreed."

"Well, after Bennett's no-bill, she came forward with allegations that on the same night of the shooting, Archer County Sheriff, P.L. Pippin raped her."
 

NY: Man pulls pistol to end dogfight; He's facing trial
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mamo says the word fight doesn't characterize the attack that the pit bull was unleashing on Lundgren's spaniel. As the pit bull was biting the spaniel's rear right leg and the spaniel was biting at the pit bull's head, Margini says, she jumped on her dog, putting her in a headlock and grabbing her jaw, forcing her to let go of the spaniel. Jake, the spaniel, scampered off and Lundgren went inside his house, everyone agrees."

"In her effort to pull the two dogs apart, the pit bull's collar slipped off, Margini says. She was trying to put it back on so she could hook on a leash and take Lindsay home, she said, when Lundgren returned with a 9 mm pistol."

"Lundgren shot the pit bull because he was defending his dog and his property, Mamo said. The stick-wielding neighbor, Michael Loblanco, agrees. Fifteen whacks with the stick wouldn't send the pit bull away, Loblanco said. 'I was fearing for my life,' he said."

"Margini says it was her life that was most in danger as Lundgren pointed the gun at her and her pit bull before shooting the dog after it broke from her grip. And the Cornwall police department agreed. Officers arrested Lundgren and the Orange County district attorney's office charged him with one count each of reckless endangerment, a felony, and menacing, a misdemeanor, because, they say, Lundgren pointed his gun 'in the direction of the owner's head.' "

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Which was more dangerous in that backyard - the vicious pit bull or the 9 mm gun?
 

Unruly Students Facing Arrest, Not Detention
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"The 14-year-old girl arrived at school here on Oct. 17 wearing a low-cut midriff top under an unbuttoned sweater. It was a clear violation of the dress code, and school officials gave her a bowling shirt to put on. She refused. Her mother came to the school with an oversize T-shirt. She refused to wear that, too." ...

"It was a standoff. So the city police officer assigned to the school handcuffed the girl, put her in a police car and took her to the detention center at the Lucas County juvenile courthouse. She was booked on a misdemeanor charge and placed in a holding cell for several hours, until her mother, a 34-year-old vending machine technician, got off work and picked her up." ...

"In cities and suburbs around the country, schools are increasingly sending students into the juvenile justice system for the sort of adolescent misbehavior that used to be handled by school administrators. In Toledo and many other places, the juvenile detention center has become an extension of the principal's office."
 

NY: Suspect in burglary shot in face
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"Deputies said a resident of 1294 King Road called 911 to report a burglary in progress after hearing glass break and seeing someone outside the home with a flashlight at 2:19 a.m."

"While the caller waited for deputies to arrive, the suspect attempted to lift a rear window to gain entry into the home."

"A man inside the house got a .22-caliber rifle from his bedroom and fired three rounds through the window, deputies said. The suspect, who was struck in the face by one round and numerous glass shards, was found on Route 96, they said."
 

NRA's list of enemies includes Britney
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"The Fairfax-based NRA has compiled a 15-page list of supporters of the Brady law - which requires federally licensed gun dealers to do background checks on gun buyers - and other gun-control measures."

"NRA spokesman Ted Novin said the list was solely for "informational purposes and that it's nothing new." ...

"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently drew attention to the NRA list after linking to it on its Web site to encourage people to lend their names to support gun-control measures."

" 'We were trying to bring attention to the paranoia, for lack of a better word,' said Peter Hamm, a Brady Campaign spokesman."

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Much like the "Million" Moron Mommies putting Eddie the Eagle in their "time out chair."
 

Journalists in war zones: Should they carry arms?
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"More journalists have been killed in Iraq than in any conflict in the past decade. As postwar instability continues, a debate has arisen about how far journalists should go to protect themselves." ...

"Carrying a gun is rare among journalists, who rely on their status as non-combatants in war zones. The traditional wisdom had been that a journalist must take care not to appear to be the enemy - or worse, a spy - and thereby tarnish the reputation of other journalists. Modern warfare is forcing news organizations to reexamine their policies."

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Those intent on killing will not care that you're a famous reporter, that your mug is on TV or that your status is that of a "non-combatant."
 

OR: Going easy on guns
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"For all of its law-and-order bluster, this administration has done a poor job of enforcing laws prohibiting gun trafficking, selling guns to minors and lying on criminal background check forms to buy guns. It has also encouraged the National Rifle Association to push bills in Congress to weaken the Brady law, grant the gun industry immunity from lawsuits and block efforts to reauthorize the ban on assault weapons."

"The Bush administration even has failed to do its part to deliver justice to the victims in the Washington, D.C., sniper case. Yes, John Allen Muhammad is awaiting the death penalty and his young sidekick, Lee Boyd Malvo, will spend life in prison for the murderous spree that claimed 10 lives."

"Yet federal prosecutors so far have brought no charges against the Tacoma, Wash., gun dealer who 'lost' the Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle used in the sniper killings. Federal investigators allege that the gun dealer willfully disregarded federal gun laws by failing to keep required records on hundreds of weapons, including the Bushmaster."

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Filing charges against the gun dealer for falling victim to theft is like charging a rape victim for facilitating the rape by wearing a skirt that's too short.

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Happy New Year? Maybe
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"The most important right as I see it is the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. This one allows for the security of all the other rights. Don't get me wrong they are all important, however without arms we have no defense against a tyrannical government or criminals who would take our life and property."

"This year in September one national law is due to sunset. That means it will go away unless the congress votes to reenact it and the president signs it again. It has been called the Brady Bill or the Assault Weapons Ban. This law ban's several weapons from being imported and sold in the United States and also ban's any magazines that hold more than ten rounds for any weapon in America." ...
 

LIARS! THE WHOLE LOT- politicians, taxpayers and just people
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" 'We the people' is a very impressive phrase until it becomes evident by the actions of the leadership that we people have very little to say (or do) about what actions leaders take, and embedded leaders in league with a political machine seldom have and real contact with the people until an election year. Rather than looking to our leaders for vision, we view them with alarm and dread because of the very thing George Washington mentioned, the power of force."

"We the people are the very ones who begin by crying 'there oughtta be a law' and then come to realize that laws are being made of which we know nothing until they affect us." ...
 

PA: Man shot in robbery attempt, police say
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A Hill District man was shot and wounded by a clerk while trying to rob a Webster Avenue grocery store, police reported.

A clerk at Ann's Market shot Joshua McKenzie, 18, after he pulled a silver handgun Friday night while he and another man were trying to rob the store, police said. Police said McKenzie is expected to survive his injuries. He was to be arraigned yesterday at UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Oakland, on robbery and firearms violation charges.

Hospital officials declined to comment on McKenzie's condition.

Police declined to identify the clerk who shot McKenzie, but said he faces no charges.

The second man involved in the robbery fled the scene and has not been found.
 

Girls With Guns
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"Now comes R. L. Wilson's beautifully illustrated volume, 'Silk and Steel: Women at Arms,' to say that, in fact, women have been shooting for generations."

"Queen Victoria, Madonna and Liz Taylor are all 'recreational shooters.' And Eleanor Roosevelt carried a concealed weapon after being threatened by the Ku Klux Klan for her appearances defending civil rights."

"Dedicated to the 'millions of women who have mastered the captivating world of firearms and know the great pleasure of marksmanship and wilderness adventure,' this book is for all the women, everywhere, who support the shooting sports and are working to preserve them for generations to come."
 

Philippines: WPD sacks drunk cop who assaulted carolers
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"A member of the Manila police’s Special Weapons and Tactics squad is in hot water for allegedly terrorizing 12 carolers on New Year’s Eve."

"Police Officer 1 Alfredo Lacanlale was grounded as a result of the complaints filed by parents of the victims before the General Assignment Section."

"Lacanlale denied the charges even if some of his neighbors confirmed that he maltreated the young carolers in front of his house in Bangkusay, Tondo, two hours before New Year’s Day."

"The parents claimed that Lacanlale, who was drinking inside his house, shouted at the carolers and hit one of the minors in the head with his fist for disturbing him."
 

NC: Domestic violence-related deaths down
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"In December, two laws targeting abusers went into effect. One prohibits a person restrained under a domestic violence protective order from purchasing a firearm. Another makes it a crime to assault an adult in the presence of a child."

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The first essentially adjudicates a person guilty before even trying him and prevents him from exercising his rights. And assault is already a crime, so why the redundancy?
 

Kenya: For security's sake, relax gun control
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"The first case of illicit firearms possession was reported in Turkana District in 1928. Demand was driven by the need by communities in this district to defend themselves against Sudanese raiders targeting their animals."

"Since then, pastoralists have always armed themselves with unlicensed firearms, which are used as defensive as well as offensive weapons."

"Despite sustained and expensive Government efforts to eradicate illegal ownership of these lethal machines, little success has been achieved 70 years later. Why? Because successive governments have failed to protect these pastoralists and their property."
 

TX: Police fatally shoot woman wielding box cutter
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"Diann Kemp, 48, of Dallas was shot multiple times after she cut one officer and the manager of the Royal Inn where she was living, police and her family said. The manager had called police after the woman and another tenant argued over parking spaces."

"A police sergeant who tried to subdue the woman with pepper spray was shot in the foot by another officer during the incident in the 6900 block of Marvin D. Love Freeway. He was treated and released Saturday from Methodist Medical Center, police said."

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Apparently in this case the box cutter was no match for a pistol. Imagine if just one pilot or passenger had been armed on 9-11.
 

UK: Pensioners injured in gun attack
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"Two pensioners have been assaulted during an aggravated burglary at their County Tyrone home."

"The brothers, aged 73 and 75, were attacked at their home on the Shore Road, in Ballyronan, near Cookstown, shortly after 1800 GMT on Saturday."

"One of the pensioners was working in the yard when he was approached by three masked men armed with handguns and a bolt cutter."
 

Australia: Police continue hunt for Melbourne gunman
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Police are continuing the search for a man believed to be carrying a sawn off shot gun in central Melbourne.

The man is believed to be part of a group which was ejected from a city dance club around 5:30am AEDT.

Witnesses say the man became angry after he was ejected from the club and possibly fired shots once outside.

Police have arrested one of his companions, a man carrying a samurai sword.

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Boy those stringent gun control are doing wonders, aren't they?
 

FL: Deputies will get new Buckingham gun range
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"The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will train its deputies in a new, real scenario gun range at a facility made possible by an intergovernmental arrangement."

"Plans call for a 52,000-square-foot training facility and gun range designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture."

"The building will be at a site adjacent to Buckingham Air Field in Lee County. The facility is a partnership between Lee County, as the owner; Lee County Sheriff’s Office, as facility operator and joint-user; and Lee County Mosquito Control District as the site provider."
 

Transporting guns safely vital for hunters
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"Means of transporting unloaded shotguns and rifles range from open trucks to custom trunks. The devices that most of us employ fall somewhere in between."

"Transporting guns is a common denominator of all hunting -- nay, all recreational shooting. You must carry the sporting arm safely and efficiently from here to there and back again."

"The bed of an open truck is a poor choice for an uncased gun, but this rough-and-tumble repository occasionally is used on leases and in rural areas. It is a throwback to another time, when a workaday gun simply was regarded as another tool."
 

DC: 2 Die in NE Crash; Man Found Dead in NW Shooting
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"One man was found dead yesterday and a second was found fatally injured after their car crashed into a tree in the District, and witnesses told police that shots had been fired into the vehicle before and after the crash."

"D.C. police said they believed that the men died of injuries caused by the 1 a.m. crash on South Dakota Avenue NE, but that they were investigating whether the deaths were linked to the reported gunfire."

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What happened to that crime-free utopia Sarah Brady has promised if just a few "common sense" gun control laws were implemented?
 

WI: From MREs to bullets: Gun show offers variety
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"Besides the MRE, vendors at the show also sold a variety of guns, knives, scopes, bullets, books and patches."

"Show organizer Bob Pucci said the benefit of attending a gun show is that 75 to 100 gun shops from across Wisconsin are in one location."

"Those attending tend to get the best prices and selection, he said."

" 'People can trade or buy guns and get the best prices. A gun show is basically a buyer's market, because there is so much competition,' Pucci said."

"Bartering is half the fun of attending a show, Pucci said."
 

UK: Armed robber hits beer store for small cash
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London police were searching last night for an armed robber after a masked man with a long gun made off with cash from a beer store. The man entered the Wellington Road South Beer Store wearing a balaclava just before the 10 p.m. closing, demanded cash from a clerk and fled on foot with a small sum, police said.

Police were combing the surrounding area last night.

 

IL: Off-duty officer kills boy who had gun, police say
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"Police spokesman Pat Camden said the off-duty officer was driving his personal car through the Portage Park neighborhood Friday night when he heard five gunshots coming from an alley near Lavergne and Patterson Avenues."

"After stopping his car to investigate, the officer saw a young man running toward him holding a pistol, Camden said."

"The officer identified himself and ordered the teenager to drop the gun, Camden said. When Cuevas continued to run toward him, the officer fired three times, striking the boy, Camden said."

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You can be absolutely sure that Handgun Control Inc. and the VPC will count this as another needless, tragic death of a "child" by gunfire.
 

Are current gun control laws tough enough?
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"The availability in America of heavy weaponry for criminal uses remains a serious homeland security issue of its own, yet the men and women on Capitol Hill who should be doing something about it have been ducking for the past four years."

"Too many lawmakers who know full well the need for tighter gun safety laws have been spooked by 'gun rights' groups into believing that talking about more controls is political suicide."

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There are already laws prohibiting kooks, criminals and druggies from possessing weapons. There are already background checks, waiting periods and mandatory training, fingerprinting and mugshots in some states if you want to keep and bear arms. What else do these gun banners want?
 

UT: Federal gun law does not mix terms
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"Officers throughout Utah are funneling gun-law violations through the federal court system at unprecedented rates under Project Safe Neighborhoods."

"The project, now in its fourth year, hit an all-time high in 2003 with 400 Utah indictments. In 2002, the project netted 300 indictments."

"On average, one person a day was sentenced to federal prison for gun crimes in Utah, with some of the most violent offenders facing 50 or more years without the possibility of parole. The average sentence is 3 1/2 years."
 

OH: The gun bill waiting game
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"The next two weeks will be key to determining whether a deal is reached between Gov. Bob Taft and House leaders over a bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed handguns, a Taft spokesman said Friday."

"When lawmakers return from their Christmas vacations this week, the gun bill they passed in mid-December still will be waiting for them."

"Although the House and Senate passed the bill, the final formalities are not finished. The bill is sitting on the desk of House Speaker Larry Householder. He and Senate President Doug White have to sign the measure before it officially goes to Taft."
 

Philippines: Cop in hot water for indiscriminate firing
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"A MEMBER of the Cadiz City Police Office faces possible discharge from the service after he allegedly indiscriminately fired his service firearm during the New Year's Eve celebration."

"PO 3 Leonardo Leonero alias 'Bukay' was reportedly drunk when he fired his .45 caliber pistol six times outside his residence in Purok Pagkakaisa, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City."

"The responding policemen of the Bacolod City Police Office Station 4, who arrived at the area at 1:35 a.m. recovered live ammunition, six shells and two deformed slugs of a .45 caliber pistol from the scene of the shooting. Leonero, however, eluded arrest."
 

UK: Man arrested after replica gun scare
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Armed police spent an hour in Garboldisham, near Diss, after reports that a man was brandishing a gun.

The armed response unit was called to the village at 8.55pm yesterday and the gun was found to be a replica. A man was arrested on Saturday night and released today on police bail, pending further enquiries.
 

Canada: Lawyer for Alta. Mountie accused of murder trying to get 3rd trial dropped
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"The lawyer for an Alberta RCMP officer facing a third trial for second-degree murder is going to court this week in a bid to have the charge against his client thrown out."

"Enough is enough, says Earl Wilson. He'll argue that a third trial for Const. Mike Ferguson for the shooting death of a prisoner during a jailhouse scuffle would be an abuse of process." ...

"Canadian law does not stipulate a maximum number of times a person can be prosecuted for the same offence."

"Ferguson has been on leave with pay, pending the outcome of the case."
 

Australia: Police ask government for gun buy-back extension
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ACT police have sought the Government's permission to extend the gun buy-back scheme for five more days.

The scheme has netted 660 firearms in six months and paid out more than $1 million in compensation to gun-owners.

Laws introduced last June prohibited high-powered and easily hidden handguns and aim to tighten firearm controls across Australia.

Police Detective Sergeant Mick Sinclair says the scheme expired two days ago, but could be extended next week because firearm registries were closed over Christmas.

"Just to give those people who weren't able to physically hand the guns over the counter an opportunity but again, it is subject to approval from the ACT Government and the Commonwealth Government," he said.
 

UT: Our gun-totin' friends (Letter)
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"Like all loyal Americans, I was shocked to learn that the National Rifle Association is $100 million in debt (Tribune, Dec. 21, 'NRA finds itself $100M in the red'). Well, folks, there it is. It costs money to buy politicians."

"According to the article, NRA contributions dropped off after charismatic president Charlton Heston retired. Executive Director Wayne La Pierre just doesn't have the pizzazz needed to keep raking in the bucks. No doubt our gun-totin' friends' membership dues are about to go up, up, up. That's a dang shame."

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Or maybe Sarah Brady's tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees help the Brady Center buy politicians more cost-effectively?
 

UK: Shot Youth's Mother in Appeal over Gun Murder
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"The mother of a teenager shot in a crowded pub today appealed for help to catch the gunman who murdered her son’s best friend."

"John-Paul Cummins, 19, from Liverpool, suffered serious injuries in the gun attack on New Year’s Day which killed his friend Danny McDonald, 20."

"Mr Cummins’ mother Helen said her son did not know that his friend had died in the incident at The Royal Oak pub in the West Derby district of Liverpool."
 

Australia: Gun group takes aim at handgun licence fees
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Pistol clubs say some handgun licence fees which came into effect yesterday have gone up by 300 per cent.

The Combined Firearms Council of Victoria says the new fees reflect an expensive regulatory process rather than providing a public benefit.

Council president Sebastian Ziccone says people wanting to take up handgun shooting sports as a probationary licence holder will pay $75 for a police check.

"If he's only allowed to use a gun at a club, then why does it cost so much when to get a police check on any other individual applying for employment in sensitive areas, the cost is only $12?" he said.
 

Canada: Gun registry costs targeted
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"Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan has launched a cabinet-level review of Canada's controversial gun registry to try to make the much criticized program more effective and cost-efficient."

"McLellan, whose responsibilities include the Canada Firearms Centre, said in a year-end interview the goal is to protect Canadians from violence without unnecessary spending."

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No registration scheme anywhere in the world has kept any population from violence. The only thing it has done is set the stage for confiscation.
 

CA: Wichita lab tests, OKs new gun safety device
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Wichita-based U.S. Testing Laboratory, a certified firearms safety device lab, recently tested a new gun-locking system now being distributed in California.

The device, called the Life Save-R Gunlock, was created in Nevada and just received approval from the California Department of Justice Firearms Safety Division.

Save-R Gunlock allows a tubular steel shaft to be inserted into the barrel of a gun. Only someone with the four-digit code can unlock it.

The U.S. Testing Laboratory is located at 7447 W. 33rd North in Wichita.

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They must have really kind criminals in California. Would they really wait while their victim keyed in the combination, giving their prey a chance to defend themselves?
 

NJ: AUN: Sponsor of gun bill won't pull trigger yet
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"A proposed new law that could have banned the sale or purchase of many muzzleloading rifles and the possession of many shotguns is being pulled from the state Legislature calendar and will not be introduced, said its sponsor."

"Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) said concerns expressed by hunters is prompting her to yank bill A-3942 less than a month after its introduction. As of Wednesday, the state Legislature Web site listed the bill as remaining active, but Weinberg said she 'pulled the bill off the agenda.' " ...

"In essence, the bill would have classified weapons of 50 caliber or greater as being illegal 'destructive devices.' Currently, the definition of those devices involves weapons of 60 caliber or greater."
 

UK: MP actually grows enough backbone to say he will back law "allowing" homeowners to defend themselves!
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"Tory leader Michael Howard pledged yesterday to give more rights to householders to use force against burglars in what will be seen as the first resurgence of his hardline credentials."

"He said the law should be reviewed in the wake of the case of Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer jailed for killing a 16-year-old intruder." ...

"Two years ago, the then Shadow Home Secretary Oliver Letwin scrapped the party's commitment to allow householders greater rights to self-defence - introduced in the wake of the Martin case - arguing that 'one doesn't want to create a society in which people are liable to be mown down if they enter a property'."

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No, he would much rather create a society where the disarmed populace is preyed upon by armed thugs. That's his idea of justice? How sick!
 

Parents of young killers call for a kinder, gentler justice
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"It's a group no parent wants to join."

"For Jeff Williams, membership began in March 2001. For Polly Powell, it was moments before the end of the school year in May 2000. And for Cindy Carter, it was when she held her dying brother in her arms last summer."

"They are parents of children who have killed." ...

"Spurred by a horrific bond, they draw support from each other and a shared mission to join others in changing how justice is delivered to juveniles."
 

CA: Unarmed Customer Attempts To Stop Robber
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A man robbed a Denny's restaurant in North Park Sunday after pistol-whipping a customer who tried to stop him, San Diego police said.

The gunman tried to shoot the patron but the gun misfired. [good argument for Saturday Night Specials]

The customer was taken to a hospital, but a condition report was not immediately available, 10News reported.

Police said the robber, who wore a dark coat with hood and scarf pulled over his head, walked into the restaurant on El Cajon Boulevard about 9:20 a.m.

He pulled a gun and demanded cash, police said.

The robber later fled in a newer-model Nissan Sentra.

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California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States, forcing disarmed prey to face armed thugs.
 

IA: Police Give Away Gun Locks
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Lie #1: "More than 10 children every day in our country are killed by a firearm, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services." ...

Fact: After adults aged 17-24, crime, suicide and gang activity is removed from that statistic, the number drops to about one child a day.

Lie #2: "Hiawatha police say this isn't a form of gun control, just gun safety."

Fact: When you indoctrinate the populace into the mentality that the way to keep their children safe is to render useless their most effective tool of defense, and use taxpayer dollars to do it, it is a form of gun control.

Here is the contact info for "reporter": Craig.Brown@kcrg.com.
 

India: Mystery killings in Vavuniya
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"Two youth were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in two separate incidents in Vavuniya Sunday."

"One of them, identified as Mr. Balasubramaniam Ajanthan, 25, by his wife, was shot dead around 11.15 a.m. The victim was from Alavetty in Jaffna, according to his wife. Three spent 9 mm pistol cartridges were found near his body, Police said."

"The second was shot dead while he was driving an auto rickshaw around 7.30 p.m. Sunday. Police said the victim had no personal identification papers on him."

" 'He was wearing a pair of military camouflage shorts under his clothes', Sri Lankan Police said."

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More disarmed victims in a country where only "miscreants" (read: criminals and anyone who dares possess firearms) have guns.
 

NY: Low Pay, High Stress Add Up to High Turnover for School Officers
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"School safety agents are quitting in droves, with as many as 40 of the officers ditching the high-stress, low-paying jobs each month, union officials said Sunday."

"Local 237 of the Teamsters, which represents 4,000 agents, called for raises, more radios and bulletproof vests a day before the Bloomberg administration was due to release its list of the most violent schools." ...

"The union said safety agents need the vests to help protect themselves against guns, razor blades and knives. As many as eight agents are injured in assaults or accidents each day, with a handful of the officers seriously injured a year, Floyd said."

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Boy, those gun-free schools laws and zero tolerance policies are working wonders, aren't they?
 

TX: Intruder banging door killed by homeowner
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"The 52-year-old homeowner heard loud knocking on his front door in the 8900 block of Lomax around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, saw the unidentified man
outside and told him to stop."

"But the intruder ignored those warnings and kept banging on the door with enough force to nearly open it. The homeowner grabbed a pistol."
 

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