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Bush's Justice Department asks Supreme Court to overrule Stewart opinion, solidify ban on homemade machineguns
Submitted by: Angel Shamaya

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The above link is a .pdf file of USDOJ's Petition for Writ of Certiorari in U.S. v. Stewart. The 9th Circuit ruled that the federal government exceeds its authority by enforcing bans against homemade machineguns. Bush's "Justice" department disagrees and wants the Supreme Court to overrule the 9th's decision. Their arguments are on the link above. From that Petition:
QUESTION PRESENTED

Whether 18 U.S.C. 922(o), which prohibits the private transfer or possession of a machinegun, is unconstitutional as applied to respondent’s possession of five “homemade” machineguns that he assembled from parts that had previously been shipped in interstate commerce.
 

PA: City man suffers 3 stab wounds [before firghtening attackers off with a gun]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 29-year-old city man was stabbed in the back outside a city nightclub Sunday morning, but he was able to escape his attackers and scare them off by firing a gun, police said."

Arturo Robles Jr. ... told police he was jumped by at least three men ... The men followed him to a friend's car and then stabbed him three times near his left shoulder blade, police said." ...

"The men started punching and kicking Robles, who was able to get away. Cruz and Robles got to Cruz's car ...."

"One of the men who followed them yelled, 'Stab him,' and one of other men did, police said."

"Robles had two handguns under the passenger seat of Cruz's car; he was able to get one and fired three shots in the air, police said." ...
 

Under the Hood, with Big Brother -- Forget Orwell’s 1984—20 Years Later It’s Our Cars That Are Giving Us Up
Submitted by: Angel Shamaya

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... "For our road test team this summer, it was just a matter of running a routine slalom in a Chevy Malibu Maxx—without so much as hitting a rubber cone—when OnStar called to check up on our driver’s health."

"If you’re anything like us, it won’t be until after you’ve explained to the distant helper that you didn’t have an accident, the airbags did not deploy, and you don’t need assistance, that you’ll begin to experience an uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach."

"How’d they know that you were driving like that? What else do they know? And who else knows?"

"Welcome to paranoia-ville—the driving equivalent of George Orwell’s 1984, brought to life here in the post-9/11 world of Homeland Security." ...
 

Gun Lobby Losing Clout In Key States
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Last week's elections may have led to victory for more conservatives, but on gun issues, an analysis of the results shows a trend towards greater support for sensible gun laws in some key battleground states that have not shown that support in the past."

"The results show that despite the extremist gun lobby's efforts to make a claim of victory, it actually suffered erosion of support in states where it once commanded clout. The National Rifle Association, post 2004, should be viewed as becoming more firmly dependent on high-performing Republican states as the source of the overwhelming majority of its strength." ...
 

Tuccille: Who Loves Big Government Now?
Submitted by: Angel Shamaya

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... "The battle is now over and advocates of activist government won. Far from reducing the role of government – or even slowing the growth of federal spending – the Bush administration enthusiastically enacts programs that expand the scope and reach of the federal government. From faith-based initiatives in social programs through a budget-busting Medicare drug benefit to the No Child Left Behind Act's nationalization of education, President George W. Bush and his allies in Congress embrace activist government – with a matching price tag. A March 2004 Cato Institute report found, 'Real discretionary spending increases in fiscal years 2002, 2003, and 2004 are three of the five biggest annual increases in the last 40 years.' " ...
 

VT: Fatal Vernon shooting may have been in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A shooting that left one man dead following a neighborhood dispute may have been done in self-defense, according to the Vermont State Police."

"James Kellom ... was threatening two men with a baseball bat before he was shot and killed ..."

"The shooting occurred in the driveway of 49 Homestead Way in Vernon, three houses down from Kellom's home. It was preceded by an argument and a brief fight between the three men, police said Monday."

"The shooter, Timothy Grover, told police that Kellom had hit James Cleveland, the owner of 49 Homestead Way, with a baseball bat and that he feared for their safety ..."

"Grover retrieved a .45-caliber pistol from his truck ... and shot Kellom in the chest once, according to LaPorte.
 

AZ: Mesa officer kills suspected beer thief
Submitted by: N T Merkel

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"A police officer fearing for another officer's safety shot two suspected beer thieves Monday, wounding one and killing the other."

"It was the second fatal officer-involved shooting in Mesa, and the third in the East Valley, in a week." ...

"'The subject was given verbal commands to stop and didn't comply,' [spokesman Detective Tim] Gaffney said. 'Officer Ray feared for Officer Dankanich's safety because of the motion of the vehicle, the driver's movements and the sound of the revving engine from the vehicle.'"

"Ray fired at the driver, 18-year-old Oscar Bobby Grey, a Salt River Reservation resident, hitting him in the arm. A second shot struck the front-seat passenger, Kevin Olivas, 21, also a Salt River resident, in the head, killing him." ...
 

NC: Threatened women deserve more help
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When a woman goes to North Carolina's courts for protection, she deserves more protection than she's likely to get."

"The recent spate of murders in New Hanover County has revealed some of the shortcomings in the system – shortcomings that judges and prosecutors seem reluctant to face."

"In the first place, women – and it's usually women – can get protective orders only during normal weekday working hours. That's ridiculous, and one way or another, it has to change."

"The mother of Christen Naujoks, who was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, also says she and her daughter weren't given enough guidance through the complexities of the system when they sought legal protection." ...
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Submitter's Note: I have a 3 24 hour Wal-Mart stores within a half-hour drive. All of them sell shotguns and shells, 24/7, with no legal "complexities" to navigate.
 

TX: Fake police terrorize Dallas neighborhood
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Dallas police were searching for six heavily armed men masquerading as SWAT team officers who terrorized two homes Tuesday morning."

"Police said the men entered a house in the 9400 block of Bermuda Road in Southeast Dallas, apparently looking for drugs, just before 11 a.m."

"The men, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the word POLICE and carrying AK-47 automatic weapons, pistol-whipped a young woman."

"The bandits then moved to another house down the block, where they encountered a group of electricians doing repairs. The workers were ordered into a back room and forced to kneel." ...
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Submitter's Note: Now how could anyone mistake assault weapon-armed thugs kicking in the door with police officers?
 

CO: Gun lawsuit ruling a win for local control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A judge has ruled that state legislation can't supersede Denver's gun laws because the state constitution gives home rule cities supremacy in issues of local concern."

"A new court ruling upholding most of Denver's gun ordinances is invaluable on two counts: It underscores the importance of home rule and it highlights the obvious - Denver is not the same as a small town, and when it comes to guns it shouldn't be treated like one." ...
 

FL: Investigator says Eglin officer admitted shipping war trophies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Air Force major admitted to investigators that he had shipped war souvenirs found in crates at this Florida Panhandle base, including parts for AK-47 assault rifles and dozens of Iraqi uniforms and bayonets, a special agent testified Tuesday."

"Maj. Gregory McMillion claimed he did not ship gun barrels for the AK-47s, and the remaining rifle parts were legal since they could not be used to make complete weapons, Kristian Gripp said at a military court hearing."

"'The problem is the barrels were there,' said Gripp, an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations." ...
 

IL: Technology park puts shooting range on notice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Time is running out for operation of a DuPage County sheriff's office pistol and rifle range in West Chicago."

"By March or April, the 6-acre outdoor range that is used by 35 law enforcement agencies will to be too close to the construction of a winding access road for the budding DuPage Technology Park."

"Jack Tenison, park executive director, said he wrote DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba a letter in mid-October explaining the situation."

"The park is being erected on DuPage Airport Authority-owned land between Route 38 and Fabyan Parkway in West Chicago."

"Officials have been working for months to find a new site as roads are paved and utility lines installed at the tech park site." ...
 

Greece: Cop jailed for killing robber
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"An Athens court yesterday sentenced a policeman to 12-and-a-half years in prison for the murder of a man he shot after an attempted robbery almost two years ago."

"The court found 40-year-old Theodoros Katsas guilty of premeditated murder after using force beyond that necessary for self-defense. However, the court did not consider Katsas a flight risk and set him free, pending an appeal."

"The incident in question took place on October 24, 2002 in the suburb of Glyfada. Katsas, who was off duty at the time, said he saw three youths on two motorbikes attempt to steal a handbag from a woman driving the car in front of him." ...
 

Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club honors members
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Conversation centered on wildlife, hunting and shooting when approximately 50 members of the Towanda Rifle and Pistol Club dined at the American Legion recently in Towanda.
 

CT: Good Reasons To Be Fired Up Over Gun Club [letter]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I'm pleased for Stephen Rocketto that his proposal to create a Montville High rifle team has re-emerged. ..."

"I understand parents' and school board members' concerns completely. As a gun-control advocate, I was reluctant when my son asked to join the Gun Club. I thought it was a bad influence. The exact reverse was true."

"My son was trained in weapons respect, safety and sportsmanship. Mr. Rocketto seasons practice meetings with his omnipresent pearls of wisdom on the interplay of science and physics with the rifle, its mechanics and function, space, time and targeting. The culmination for my son was experiencing a supervised interstate meet from which he came home very much alive and enthused. It was a great after-school activity that actually kept him out of trouble." ...
 

NY: Busting some caps in lower Manhattan
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Facing another four years of Bush, I realized it was high time to see what the Second Amendment crowd is so frothed up about. I decided to go shooting."

"Last Saturday, I went to the West Side Rifle and Pistol Range, the oldest and only remaining shooting range in Manhattan. Located in a labyrinthine basement beneath a Chelsea office building, the range offers gun enthusiasts an opportunity to practice or shoot at targets."

"Later that afternoon, I noticed I had gun-dirt under my fingernails, a definite first. There's something to be said about legally firing a gun in a basement in Manhattan. It was fun, exciting and powerfully adventurous - and I'll take that."

"And as the bazooka-toting California governor once said, I'll be back."
 

MN: Students suspended for bringing fake derringer to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Two teen-age boys have been suspended from Hastings High School for playing with a laser pointer that looked like a derringer pistol.

The boys are 14 and 17 years old. They were suspended last Monday.

Police said the replica derringer had been part of the 14-year-old boy's Halloween costume. The boy apparently brought the fake gun to school to show friends.

A teacher saw a red dot in the hallway and suspected a laser pointer. The teacher later saw that the pointer looked like a derringer -- a small pistol -- and brought the boys to the principal's office.

The school has a zero-tolerance policy that extends to replica weapons. It's possible the boys could face a year-long expulsion.
 

MD: It's time for the city to register handguns [6th letter on page]
Submitted by: Brian Abbott

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REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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The need for mandatory handgun registration in Baltimore becomes more acute with every passing year ("City man, 22, is fatally shot while waiting for bus," Nov. 5).

This was the case of a law-abiding citizen, with no criminal record, waiting for a bus in a relatively safe section of Northwest Baltimore. He was shot in the head by an unidentified person who then fled. The victim thus became the 246th homicide of the year.

Isn't it time for the citizens of Baltimore to demand that every handgun owner be required to register annually?
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Submitter's Note: I guess he thinks the crook would actually register his gun.
 

AZ: Gun store locks up, unloads last of stock
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"Today is the final day of the public auction at Mandall Shooting Supplies, the store that closed in September after more than 20 years in downtown Scottsdale."

"Merchandise being auctioned includes ammunition, machine guns, pistols, rifles, shotguns, cabinets, and even a few engraving machines."

"'The only things we're not selling are the ceiling lights,' said Joyce Mandall, whose husband, Martin, opened the business in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1950s." ...
 

IN: Handgun Stops Man From Driving Drunk
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Taking to heart the credo that friends should never let friends drive drunk, a man shot out two tires on his pal's car to keep him from driving under the influence."

"Alas, the move backfired when the incensed driver got out of his car, pulled a knife and attacked his friend, according to a report by Bloomington police."

"Police arrested the driver, David Woodward, 39, of Indianapolis, on a preliminary charge of battery after the fight early Sunday. Woodward could not be reached for comment Monday."

"Authorities said they expected to file charges within a few days against the other man, whose identity was not released, after officers found two handguns and an assault-style rifle in his home." ...
 

TASER(R) International, Inc. Announces U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Approval of TASER Devices for Use on Aircraft
Submitted by: Vladimir Kushnir
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"TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq: TASR), a market leader in advanced non-lethal devices announced today that the Transportation Security Administration of the United States Department of Homeland Security has approved a major international airline's application for the onboard use of TASER brand conducted energy weapons by specially trained personnel on flights to/from the United States." ...
 

FL: Modern gun range caters to shooting enthusiasts
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"What began years ago as a simple area where Hendry County deputies went to qualify with their service weapons, has grown into a facility that draws other law enforcement agencies and civilian shooting enthusiasts. ..."

"It's a far cry from the dilapidated old trailer many folks will recall. Two electrical fires destroyed that old trailer and officers began to pool their ideas on how best to revamp and revitalize the gun range."

"The result is a total makeover. The facility now boasts five ranges, including: a 25-yard normal target pistol range; 55-yard open bay shoot steel, tactical; 228-yard rifle range; 450-yard sniper, long rifle - wild terrain - in progress; and a civilian trap and skeet range are all part of the complex." ...
 

CA: Stun Gun Solution
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"Since September 11, 2001, sales of electric stun weapons have increased 1700%. Last week, the Transportation Administration approved the use of taser gun on Korean Airline flights to and from the United States; officials say the move will protect passengers from potential harm. ... Sales are on the rise in both the private and public sectors, as citizens are able to purchase stun guns and tasers on the Internet with little or no hassle, and stun guns are available at gun shops."

"'There's no requirement,' says Range Masters owner Yvonne Fisher. 'They can just come and buy them over the counter.'"

"Fisher says the majority of her stun gun customers are women who don't feel pepper spray or mace provide enough protection." ...
 

Brazil: Attacks on Footballers Highlight Brazil Crime Woes
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"The murder of a soccer player and kidnapping of the mother of another have shown that not even Brazil's pride and joy — soccer — is immune from the violent crime that sweeps over cities."

"'Kidnappers, you bastards, you'll pay for that,' wrote one angry soccer fan on the Internet in reaction to the kidnapping of the mother of Santos club star Robinho — a rising star who has been compared to Pele — by two armed men from a beach house on Saturday."

"Widespread poverty and extravagant wealth, flourishing drugs and illegal arms trade and corrupt police all help to fuel crime in Latin America's largest country, especially in cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro with their notorious slums, or 'favelas.'" ...
 

UK: Armed raid on village grocery store
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A Shropshire shopkeeper was threatened by a robber armed with a gun and forced to hand over £200 in cash.

The raid happened last night in Albrighton, when Giyan Powar was alone.

The man walked into The Pink Shop grocers and off-licence just before 6pm and demanded that 39-year-old Mrs Powar handed over the money.

After snatching the cash the robber, wearing plastic gloves, a hooded top and coat, ran off.

It is believed he had a get away car outside.

Detective Constable Tony Brown said today that the raider had produced a pistol from his pocket and there were quite a number of people in the vicinity of the main street shop at the time.
 

India: Don't hesitate in killing the rapist says lawyer
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"Senior advocate of Supreme Court Arvind Jain, on Monday, called upon girl students not only to learn the art of self-defence, but never to hesitate in killing the man who tries to outrage their modesty, because in India fighting a case against rapist was far more difficult than fighting a case of murder in self-defence." ...

"'Law allows a person to kill in self-defence and a woman to protect her modesty. In a decision, Supreme Court has held that a father who killed a rapist while defending her daughter was an act in 'self-defence'. Believe me, if 10-20 Nagpur like incidents happen in this country, rape cases would come down drastically,' he said." ...
 

UK: Gunned down in the street
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"A MAN was gunned down with an automatic pistol after a dispute with a group of people in the street."

"Colin Scarlett, 24, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the neck and chest after an argument in Maskell Road, Tooting, at around 4.45pm on Saturday."

"He was rushed to St George's Hospital, Tooting, but died of his wounds."

"Detective Chief Inspector Peter Valentine, leading the investigation, said: 'There were a number of shots fired and not all of them hit their intended target. We know that the victim had been talking to a group of people in Maskell Road and there had been a dispute.'" ...
 

South Africa: Botched robbery ends with gun battle
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"Pandemonium broke out in the centre of Durban on Tuesday when members of the public fled in all directions as robbers and security guards were involved in a bloody shootout outside the city's main post office."

"A robber and two bystanders were seriously injured in the shootout. An 18-year-old girl was shot in the arm and another female bystander suffered a leg injury caused by shrapnel."

"Business came to a standstill when police cordoned off part of West Street after three armed robbers managed to get into the main branch of the post office just after 8.30am."

"Long queues of people were waiting for social grant payouts when the robbers struck." ...
 

South Africa: Car chase and shootout in Sandton
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"A car chase and a shootout between police and a trio of suspected robbers ended when they crashed their car into a wall in Sandton on Tuesday morning." ...

"When police followed the vehicle, one of the three men in the Tazz opened fire. Police shot back, hitting the driver in the lower back. The car came to a standstill after it crashed into a wall on the corner of Minerva Road and William Nicol Drive."

"The injured driver was taken to a local hospital. The other two occupants of the car were uninjured and were arrested."

"An unlicensed 9mm pistol, which the men threw out of the car before the crash, was seized."

"Police learned that the Tazz had been stolen in the Honeydew area."
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Submitter's Note: An unlicensed gun?!? But that's illegal!
 

Canada: Gun club may soon fire last shot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Yellowknife gun club will go on – for now. The club's 20-year lease expired Nov. 1. Last week, the city granted the club an interim one-year lease. But city councillor Kevin O'Reilly says the club may have to move in a year." ...
 

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