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Industry's lock giveaway promotes safe guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A national campaign by the gun industry has provided millions of free gun locks to everyone from young mothers to hunters in an effort to keep firearms from falling into the hands of children."

"The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and shooting sports industry, targeted five states in August with Project ChildSafe. The stops in New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska concluded the second phase of the program, which has visited all 50 states and given away roughly 28 million locks since September 2003. The National Rifle Association is not a member of the foundation." ...
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Submitter's Note: Not only are locked guns 'safe', they are also useless.
 

Hunting Holster: Oregon-made product provides safe, hands-free method of carrying a rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hunters seldom have occasion to do handstands or cartwheels with a rifle slung over their shoulder."

"But the mere fact that such acrobatic maneuvers can be made while armed says wonders about the Gunslinger Corral Compact Rifle/Shotgun Holster produced by a Springfield company."

"Used in conjunction with a sling, the wallet-sized rifle holster is designed to provide safe, stable, hands-free transport of a rifle or shotgun."

"And you need not be a gymnast to appreciate being free to run, jump, climb and use both hands to drag a deer or push aside thick underbrush - all without fear that your weapon will slip off your shoulder." ...
 

OH: Carrying a Gun is Necessary in Today’s Society
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"Imagine a kindly old woman who is a retired History teacher. Many of us had such a person as a teacher when we were in school. Imagine this woman realizing that the world is not a bed of roses and wanting to protect herself from younger, stronger thugs. Now, imagine her going to prison for acting on that desire." ...

"Judy Dutko was one of three women interviewed for their thoughts on women carrying guns for personal protection by the Arizona Daily Courier."

"The article by the Daily Courier touches on all of the major reasons why women especially benefit from having a firearm available for personal defense." ...
 

MD: Former UMES Student Cleared of Murder Charge In Shooting
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A former University of Maryland Eastern Shore student has been cleared of murder charges in a shooting a year ago this month at his apartment in Princess Anne.

A Somerset County judge ruled Wednesday that 20-year-old New Jersey native Al-Sawab Sawab fired his gun in self-defense, killing Crisfield resident Steven Elmore in a drug deal gone bad.

Sawab, however, was convicted Wednesday of drug distribution and handgun charges and will be sentenced later.

Prosecutors say Elmore and an associate, Jason Phillips of Crisfield, went to Sawab's apartment with plans to rob him.

Phillips is awaiting sentencing for a robbery conspiracy conviction.
 

PA: Gun Allegedly Found in Student's Backpack
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"A loaded gun at school has landed a Montgomery County student in trouble with the law. The incident happened at North Penn High School. Eighteen-year-old Antwon Emfinger was arrested after police allegedly found a gun in his backpack Wednesday." ...

"Senior Antwaun Emfinger is charged with bringing a Raven Arms .25 caliber pistol to school. One live round was chambered in the gun. It was supposedly found in Emfinger's backpack. A clip with 4 additional rounds was allegedly in his pocket. Police say they have found no evidence of a plan to use it or an ongoing feud." ...

"North Penn officials say this was the first time anyone has been charged with possessing a firearm at the big suburban school."
 

TN: Fake rifle causes local high school to go into lockdown
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A color guard rifle caused a stir at a local high school Thursday morning.

Heritage High School went on lockdown for 20 to 30 minutes after someone reported a student carrying a rifle inside.

But when Blount County Sheriff's Department officers rushed to investigate, they found the rifle was really a "dummy" - a gun stripped down so that it's not able to be fired.

The fake gun is used by the ROTC in drills and ceremonies.
 

OH: State Issues 2 through 5 – Trouble for gun owners (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"There are several State Issues on the November 8 ballot. State Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5 are of special concern to me as a gun owner. These issues never mention the Second Amendment, firearms, hunting or concealed carry. However, if passed, they are certain to have a negative impact on our future. These issues will make participation in PACs, such as the Buckeye Firearms Association, more difficult and limit our free speech in the political process."

"Almost 94% of the money raised in support of these Issues has come from out of state. Even more concerning to gun owners should be the fact that just over 48% has come from organizations that are funded by George Soros. ..." ...
 

VA: NRA fires off endorsement for Kilgore
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The National Rifle Association announced today that the group will back Republican nominee Jerry Kilgore for the Virginia governor’s seat.

“Their trust means a lot in this campaign for Governor,” Kilgore said in a press conference with NRA executive director Wayne LaPierre at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

Kilgore said he hopes the endorsement would win over voters in rural parts of the state, where NRA support is strong.

Tim Kaine, Kilgore’s Democratic opponent, has said he strongly supports Second Amendment rights, and plans to crack down on criminals who use guns to commit crimes while protecting lawful gun ownership.
 

WI: Wisconsin Latest Concealed Carry
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"The Wisconsin Legislature is debating a new bill that would allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. Citizens who wish to carry concealed weapons would have to obtain a permit by passing a background check, completing a training course and paying a $75 fee, according to local reports and nra.org. If the Personal Protection Act of 2005 passes, citizens would be allowed to carry concealed weapons into most public places."

"Opponents to the bill say that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons would not deter violence, but perhaps contribute to it. They also said that passing the bill might have an adverse effect on businesses that decide not to allow people with concealed weapons inside. ..." ...
 

IL: Jim Brady Praises Background Checks For Gun Sales
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Former White House press secretary Jim Brady Thursday thanked state officials at City Hall for passing a law requiring background checks for weapons bought at gun shows.

Brady was paralyzed during the 1981 assassination attempt on former President Reagan.

The Illinois native says the gun lobby is going to amp up its efforts to overturn the law in the coming weeks:

"I would like to encourage you all to continue fighting the good fight and keep standing up for the safety of our communities," Brady said.

Brady also called for legislation requiring people selling guns from private collections to conduct background checks on potential buyers.
 

FL: Florida residents allowed to use deadly force in self-defense
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"Gun owners in Florida have lawmakers on their side, but some interest groups still stand in opposition to a new self-defense law."

"The Self-Protection Act, which was passed last year, went into effect Saturday. It permits Florida residents to use deadly force to prevent a violent attack."

"In the past, Floridians only could use deadly force after attempting to retreat; now, they can take the initiative against potential dangers or threats with legal protection."

"'The law should be on your side, not the criminal’s,' said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Marion, one of the law’s major supporters."

"He said the law simply removes the duty to retreat and allows citizens to meet force with force." ...
 

FL: Bowing to the NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Florida Legislature's fealty to the National Rifle Association routinely makes national news. But a pair of bills filed last month might trump all, and finally awaken the state's business and tourism leaders to the dangers of going gun crazy." ...

"In a deeply cynical provision, the legislation does protect property owners from liability for shootings that occur on their property. That would be cold comfort, however, for the family, friends and co-workers of someone killed with a gun that was too easy to reach." ...
 

IL: Chicago cop allegedly shot by Ont. man has inconsistent accounts: defence
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"The extradition of a man who allegedly shot a Chicago police officer, leaving him partially paralyzed, after a street shootout more than 35 years ago should be dismissed because of the cop's 'significantly divergent accounts' of what happened, defence lawyers argued Thursday." ...

"Knox, a 21-year-old patrolman, stopped Pannell, then 19, outside a Chicago high school suspecting he may be skipping class."

"In the extradition application, Knox said Pannell pulled a semi-automatic pistol from his pants and shot at him seven times after he got out of his police car. ..."

"But in a victim impact statement filed shortly after the shootout, Knox said Pannell fired at him 'about 13 times' while he sat in his cruiser." ...
 

IA: Waterloo Gets Anti-Gun Funding
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The Waterloo Police Department is set to receive more than $65,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to help Project Safe Neighborhoods.

The project is a national initiative to reduce firearm violence by tracking repeat and violent juvenile and adult offenders who use guns.

Waterloo police have installed video surveillance equipment to help monitor existing Project Safe Neighborhoods in the community, using about $12,000.
 

FL: Beary may have run afoul of 'gifts law'
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"Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary may have violated state ethics laws when he accepted expensive gifts from companies doing business with his agency."

"The law clearly prohibits elected officials from taking gifts worth more than $100 from lobbyists. And the director of the state Commission on Ethics told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that the definition of lobbyist includes anyone doing business with a public agency." ...

"Vendors' gifts to Beary include an $800 stun gun, an $800 assault rifle, two $1,000 pistols and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket, according to state gift-disclosure forms." ...
 

CT: SWAT Teams Square Off In Statewide Competition
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"Police lose radio contact with the officer who has been shot inside a brick building."

"A SWAT team storms up two flights of stairs to the attic, shoots the two gunmen and strains to lift the unconscious officer and carry him downstairs to safety."

"That adrenaline-pumping scenario Wednesday wasn't real. But it was lifelike enough to test officers participating in the first SWAT competition ever held in the state."

"The first day of the 2005 Connecticut SWAT Challenge drew more than 100 officers representing nine special weapons and tactics teams from Greenwich to Suffield. The teams represented departments in 26 towns and cities, plus the Connecticut State Police. ..." ...
 

CA: ACLU: Police Need Tighter Restrictions On Taser Guns
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"Civil libertarians mounted a two-state campaign Thursday to restrict law enforcement's use of Taser guns, citing deaths they blamed on the devices."

"'While the Taser stun gun has the potential to save lives ... it poses a serious health risk as long as it remains largely unregulated,' the ACLU of Northern California said in a report released in San Francisco."

"In Las Vegas, the ACLU of Nevada filed a federal wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit seeking more than $10 million from Las Vegas police and the company that manufactures the stun gun."

"Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taser International Inc. did not respond to allegations in the lawsuit." ...
 

Japan: Police to upgrade arms in defense against rising street crimes
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"The streets of Japan still aren't all that mean. Police often patrol neighborhoods on bicycles, spend much of their time talking to kids or giving directions, and were involved in just 11 shootouts last year. That's all year, nationwide."

"But times are changing."

"Amid an increase in street crime and violence directed at officers themselves, Japan's National Police Agency is seeking to upgrade its defensive arsenal, introducing sturdier clubs as standard equipment for each of the nation's 240,000 uniformed officers and replacing the heavy wooden staffs they have used since feudal times with lightweight, extendable aluminum sticks." ...
 

Canada: Money for guns campaign
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"Money and advertisements are being rolled out as the latest weapons in the battle to get illegal guns off Toronto streets."

"Toronto Crime Stoppers says it will pay tipsters up to $500 if they provide a tip that leads to the seizure of an illegal handgun."

"Attorney General Michael Bryant says one tip that leads to the seizure of a handgun and the identification of a culprit can make a huge difference to a community."

"He adds that if a call to Crime Stoppers turns up a handgun, the tipster will probably have saved a life." ...

"Toronto has been plagued by gun murders this year - especially this summer - with 41 of the 61 homicides so far carried out with guns."
 

Australia: Gun stolen at security guard conference
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THIEVES have stolen a pistol that was on display at a security guard conference on the Gold Coast.

It was taken from a locked display cabinet sometime yesterday at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, police said.

The theft was reported to police at 5pm when other weapons on display were signed back into the armoury.
 

Armenia: Embarrassed Markarian Promises 'Stricter' Gun Control
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"Prime Minister Andranik Markarian pledged late Wednesday to be more careful in presenting government officials and friends with firearms and effectively admitted that one of those 'gifts' was used in a recent high-profile murder."

"He said he asked the Armenian police to screen prospective recipients of such presents 'more strictly.'"

"Markarian has faced embarrassing questions about his weapons-giving practices since an extraordinary crime committed in a small town near Yerevan on September 27. The mayor of Nor Hajn, Armen Keshishian, reportedly shot dead a local businessman in broad light after a bitter argument over what police describe as 'illegal construction' financed by the latter." ...
 

Canada: Alberta judge faults police in case of man who murdered wife, son, self
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"Police knew it. Social workers knew it. Friends knew it. Even three-year-old Alex Fekete knew his father planned to kill his mom - because his dad told him so. Josif Fekete, enraged over the prospect of losing access to his son, had been making murder threats for a year."

"On Dec. 28, 2003, at an apartment building in his central Alberta home town of Red Deer, Fekete made good on those threats. He killed his estranged wife, Blagica, and their young son before turning his gun on himself." ...

"On several occasions, Blagica Fekete told police her husband had three unregistered guns in his home. But even as the threats intensified, officers didn't get a search warrant for the guns or apply for a firearms prohibition order." ...
 

MA: Firearm safety course
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The North Reading Rifle Club, 242 Central St., will host a firearm safety course, Wednesdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. Participants must attend both dates. Certified instructors will explain firearm operation, safe handling, storage, transportation and laws. Each participant will shoot a rifle, revolver and semi-automatic hand gun. A certificate required by Massachusetts law, when applying for a Class A or B license to carry, or firearms identification card will be issued to everyone completing the course. A license is required to purchase, possess or carry a firearm.

To register or for further information, call Robert Rose, 978-664-2703.
 

UT: Golden Spike Event Center hosts gun collectors show (last story)
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"Don't be gun-shy -- head out to the Utah Gun Collectors Association show this weekend at the Golden Spike Event Center."

"Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the show features historical exhibits and displays of war memorabilia. There will also be an exhibit of antique music boxes and boxes used to hold trinkets, stamps, and jewelry."

"Of course, vendors will be selling antique and modern guns, ammunition, , and knives. There will also be western art, military items, coins, books and other collectibles for sale. The public is welcome to bring related items to sell or trade."

"Members of the National Rifle Association will be on hand with gun law booklets and other information." ...
 

New England's 2005 Deer Outlook Part 1: Where To Get Your Deer
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"New England boasts some diverse deer-hunting opportunities, from suburban bowhunting in southern Connecticut to roaming the big woods during rifle season in northern Maine. While 2004 harvest information showed mixed results across the region, excellent opportunities await hunters who know where to go in 2005."

"Overall, New England's deer herd appears to be in very good shape. Harvests in northern New England states declined between 2002 and 2003, but there were signs of a small rebound in 2004." ...
 

AR: Shooting range hits the mark
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"Pope County could open a shooting range for the training of law enforcement officers near Atkins as soon as Friday."

"After a passionate debate, the Quorum Court’s Budget Committee narrowly ap-proved the shooting range ... The shooting range will be put up to the full court for approval at tonight’s regular 7 o’clock meeting at the courhouse in Russellville."

"'It’s a hot issue, but we did the right thing,' said Justice Edwin Shinn, who voted for the range."

"The range is meant for law enforcement only, Sheriff Jay Winters said. The facility will help train Dover, Atkins, Russellville police officers and possibly Hector, as well as constables and Arkansas State Police troopers, he said." ...
 

CO: 10-year-old sets sights on distant targets
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"Caylyn Creek has her eyes focused on something many girls her age have no idea of and little interest about: a target - sitting 1,000 yards away."

"Through the scope of a $5,000, high-precision rifle, Caylyn, 10, who wears glasses to read in her Goodnight Elementary fourth-grade class, recently became the youngest shooter to participate in a National Bench Rest Shooters Association-sanctioned event."

"The honor was handed to her on Aug. 21, after competing in a NBRSA tournament at a long-distance shooting range in Byers." ...
 

UK: Gun lovers decommission for Sotheby's sale
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Decommissioning of a different kind is taking place in Dublin today as gun enthusiasts hand over their arms to Sotheby’s for a major sale in London in December."

"Sotheby’s expert Gavin Gardiner, who is also offering free valuations and advice, believes that vintage sporting rifles worth up to €30,000 could be hanging in dusty gun cupboards in farmhouses around the country." ...
 

Cayman Islands: New Firearms Law could mean two decades behind bars for offenders
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"With the Government’s continuing focus on crime part of a new bill to strengthen the judiciary and sentencing could see some offenders incarcerated for considerably longer periods than in the past."

"At a recent Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Wharf Restaurant, the Leader of Government Business Hon Kurt Tibbetts announced a number of new measures to address crime including changes to laws to help in the process of capturing and convicting criminals."

"Bullet Proof vests are soon to be outlawed in the Cayman Islands and firearms offences will land perpetrators behind bars for a minimum of 10, and up to 20 years." ...
 

UK: Armed siege at coffee shop ends
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A man was arrested when a three-hour stand-off at a coffee shop between armed police and a man inside, who it is thought had a gun, ended.

Police arrived at Starbucks in Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate, on Thursday evening after calls from members of the public.

The stand-off ended peacefully, police said. A man in his 20s is being held on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Two staff members who locked themselves in a room were freed unharmed.
 

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