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Seegars v Ashcroft: Amici from the States
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"Several states combined their efforts and filed a joint amici brief (in layman's terms, a 'friend of the court' brief filed by someone not a party to the case). The States in this brief include Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming. Not a bad list." ...
 

NRA has gun lawsuits in cross hairs
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"Emboldened by the results of the month's elections, the nation's largest gun lobby will push again for a federal law shielding gunmakers and sellers from lawsuits."

"When the new Congress convenes in January, the National Rifle Association says, it will have four more pro-gun senators. The trade group hopes that will help make the difference in passing a bill that died in the Senate in March." ...
 

Stop Arlen Specter from Blocking Conservative Pro-gun Judges
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"You would have thought John Kerry had won an astounding Electoral College victory, rather than George W. Bush."

"But, within 24 hours after the presidential results were in, there was the Senate Judiciary Committee heir-apparent, Pennsylvania liberal Republican Arlen Specter, warning Bush not to make conservative nominations to the U.S. Supreme court." ...

"Yes, this is the same Specter who GOA opposed in the Pennsylvania Senate primary earlier this year..." ...
 

NY: Lawsuit claims NYC protesters denied rights
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"Saying the city had created its 'own little Guantanamo on the Hudson' during the Republican National Convention, a lawyer Monday filed a lawsuit on behalf of nearly 2,000 people arrested at demonstrations."

"The federal lawsuit claims protesters and bystanders alike were rounded up in mass arrests without cause; were kept without access to their lawyers or families at an old bus depot used as a temporary detention center ..." ...

"'All that was missing were the orange jumpsuits,' lawyer Jonathan C. Moore said. 'Under the guise of terrorism and the fear of terrorism, we are all losing our rights.'" ...

"Moore said the treatment of those arrested violated 'a bedrock principle of our democracy that the police cannot simply sweep the streets because they find protest inconvenient or embarrassing.'" ...
 

Wisconsin Hunter Murders Show Need For Effective Assault Weapons Ban—Armed Hunters No Match For SKS Assault Rifle
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"SKS assault rifles like the one reported to have been used to murder five hunters and wound three others in Wisconsin over the weekend are a primary threat to police, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) reported today. So far in 2004, at least six law enforcement officers have been slain by SKSs. In the wake of the shooting, the VPC called on President George W. Bush today to use the Administration's executive authority over firearm imports to fully ban the import of all foreign-made assault rifles. Such an action would not require Congressional approval. The Bush Administration has specifically authorized the importation of SKS assault rifles from both Yugoslavia and Albania."

"'Armed hunters were no match for one person firing an SKS assault rifle,' said Kristen Rand, VPC legislative director. 'This sad incident illustrates why the SKS is also a leading cop-killing rifle in America today.'" ...
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America With Assault Weapons: Bank Robberies, Palm Beach Murders, and Now Five Hunters Dead in Wisconsin
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"Since President Bush and Congress did nothing to renew the assault weapons ban, America's neighborhoods are seeing the inevitable results."

"A band of Texas thugs has battled police and been captured on video that became 'must-see TV.'"

"An Arizona man's plot to slaughter workers with an assault weapon at an Intel plant was thwarted."

"In West Palm Beach, Florida, police are investigating a series of eight murders, most committed with an apparent assault weapon."

"And this past weekend in Wisconsin, a Minnesota man armed with an assault weapon was arrested after five people were shot and killed after arguing over a good hunting spot. ..." ...
 

WI: Get this weapon out of the woods
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"You've probably heard this before: Guns don't kill people. People kill people."

"We're in lockstep with that premise. Nevertheless, we can't deny that a military weapon with rapid-fire capability sure makes it easy for people to kill lots of other people quickly, whether those victims are on the battlefield, urban streets, outside the White House or in the Wisconsin woods." ...

"People kill people, but some guns make murder too easy. The killings in northern Wisconsin suggest that the federal ban on some semiautomatics should be reinstated - and broadened - to protect both the public and police."
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IN: Mars Hill home robbed during slumber party
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"Retaliation may have been the motive behind a home invasion early Sunday during a teenage girl's slumber party, authorities said Monday."

"Three Indianapolis men are accused of breaking into a home ... and robbing the residents. The teens were not injured. The robbery suspects were arrested; one had been shot several times by a bystander."

"The incident started about 5 a.m. Witnesses said the three men entered the residence as the teens and adults slept. They struck some of the adults or pushed them to the floor and robbed them, then fled." ...

"Reports say Michael D. Thompkins, 23, told detectives he was walking up to the house as three men fled. He said one chased him and struck him, so he drew his 9 mm pistol and fired several times, striking the man." ...
 

PA: Sex criminal 'excised' for up to 196 years
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"The first victim of Daniel Wesley's two-week sexual assault rampage told an Allegheny County judge Monday that the Homewood man sentenced her 'to a life of fear.'" ...

"Common Pleas Judge Gerard M. Bigley then did just that, sentencing Wesley to 85 to 196 years in prison for sexually assaulting three women and girls and attempting to assault five others during street attacks in Pittsburgh's East End." ...

"Wesley's rampage ended Oct. 10, 2002, when University of Pittsburgh security guard Charmaine Dunbar, now 44, shot him twice in the stomach with a .38-caliber pistol as he attempted to attack her in Homewood." ...
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UT: Homeowner with gun holds 2 burglars at bay
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Police say two men who attempted to burglarize a Midvale home Friday were met by the homeowner — and his shotgun.

According to Midvale police, the men broke into the home, located near 200 East and 6900 South, just before 11:30 p.m. Friday. They were then confronted by the home's owner, who held them at bay with a shotgun until police arrived, said Sgt. Ken Jarvis. No shots were fired.

Jarvis said the men began resisting orders while standing on the home's front porch, prompting police to unleash their police dog. One man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail, while the other was taken to a local hospital for treatment of dog bites.

The men, ages 24 and 29, are being investigated for residential burglary.
 

CA: Jury Acquits Former SFPD Officer In FajitaGate Trial
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"A former San Francisco officer accused of assault in a Union Street fight over steak fajitas was acquitted of the charges against him Monday, but an eight-woman, four-man jury was still debating the fate of his co-defendant."

"A relieved David Lee said that this was 'one of the happiest moments of my life,' and said about Matthew Tonsing, his co-defendant in the assault trial, 'I'm gonna keep praying for him.'" ...

"Officers Tonsing and Lee were off-duty when they allegedly became involved in the brawl with two passers-by, an incident that led to criminal indictments against police officials because of an alleged cover-up." ...
 

MA: Ex-captain faces embezzlement, drug charges
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"Yesterday was not a good day for Stephen M. Donnelly Jr., who until recently was a captain in the Middlesex County sheriff's department."

"The 37-year-old Winthrop resident spent the morning in East Boston District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he sold small amounts of cocaine to undercover state troopers across the street from Winthrop High School. Donnelly faces additional charges because of his alleged proximity to a school."

"Later in the day, Donnelly was accused of embezzling money from the sheriff's office when he worked there."

"Mark Lawhorne, spokesman for Sheriff James V. DiPaola, said Donnelly kept some of the cash judgments he was supposed to collect for civil lawsuits." ...
 

AK: Trooper jailed for domestic assault
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"An Alaska state trooper with four years on the job found himself on the wrong end of an arrest this weekend."

"Trooper Travis Hedlund, 27, of Kenai, was arrested Saturday night and charged with domestic violence assault, a misdemeanor. The charges say he kicked his wife several times ..." ...

"Hedlund ... has been relieved of his gun and badge and removed from duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation." ...

"It's been a tough few weeks for the troopers as an organization. Last month a Bethel jury returned a $1 million verdict in an excessive force case involving a veteran trooper currently assigned to St. Mary's. Then last week, an 18-year veteran assigned to the troopers' station in Aniak was jailed on multiple rape charges." ...
 

NY: Former officer sentenced in mall shooting
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A former town police officer was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for shooting a man near a mall.

Kevin Griffin, a former town of Crawford officer, was convicted in October in the death of 22-year-old Timothy Ruiz. The shooting occurred outside the Galleria Mall in the town of Wallkill, 79 miles north of New York City.

Ruiz was shot in the chest by a .22-caliber rifle as he walked to his car after work in March. Griffin stalked Ruiz and fired the fatal shot from his sport-utility vehicle because he was jealous of Ruiz's friendship with his former girlfriend, who worked with Ruiz.

Griffin had been off active duty on disability leave since a patrol vehicle accident in 2001.
 

FL: Sergeant's fatal shooting of man wrong, panel says
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"An independent panel Monday rejected decisions by the Sheriff's Office and a grand jury, saying an Orange County sergeant should not have been exonerated in the shooting of an unarmed man."

"Sgt. Richard Mankewich shot and killed a man he mistook for a murder suspect in January."

"Marvin Williams, 26, died Jan. 15 after a 12-minute, 14-mile high-speed chase and a short foot pursuit off Kaley Street near Parramore Avenue." ...

"After hearing nearly three hours of testimony, the majority of the nine-member Citizen Review Board voted to reject the sheriff's internal-review finding. Board member David Spain abstained from the vote because his law firm is suing the deputy over the shooting." ...
 

Nepal: Drunk Indian security men on a rampage in Nepal?
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"Some drunken Indian security personnel reportedly went on the rampage in an India-Nepal border area, setting shops on fire, molesting women and firing in the air, according to the local media."

"Security men belonging to Indian paramilitary force Special Services Bureau, now renamed Sashastra Suraksha Bal, reportedly entered Sitapur village in Bardiya district in mid-west Nepal on Sunday, several dailies and the web agency Nepalnews.com reported on Monday."

"However, the Indian embassy in Kathmandu said it had no information about the incident and was looking into the matter."

"Conflicting reports have arisen regarding the incident that occurred at Sitapur village in Bardiya district in mid-west Nepal on Sunday." ...
 

Papua New Guinea: Rogue cops attack businessman
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"SIX ROGUE policemen assaulted and fired four shots at a businessman and his son outside their store in Port Moresby yesterday afternoon, less than a hundred metres from the Boroko police station."

"The southern region mobile squad members, armed with M16 rifles and believed to be based at MacGregor, fled in three unmarked cars when they realised that the nearby metropolitan police command had been alerted."

"One of the policemen also snatched away a camera from The National's photographer who had rushed to the scene." ...

"Witnesses said they could only watch as the policemen, some of whom were in plainclothes, assaulted Mr Frankie Gui and his son, Allan in the incident which occurred at 12.30pm." ...
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New Zealand: Allow Us To Help Ourselves
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"Appalling as it is that people stood by and watched as a police officer was beaten, Masterton police managers should direct their complaints first at their own bosses and Labour Government Ministers who deny ordinary citizens their rights of self-defence, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today."

"'Can they really expect the public to get into a fight on behalf of a police officer when police bosses are constantly warning the public to leave any fighting to them, not to take the law into their own hands, and not to be a hero. ...' Mr Franks said."

"... What do they think will be the culture when a Rotorua woman who used a knife to drive off a would-be rapist spent days awaiting the police decision whether to charge her for use of an offensive weapon?" ...
 

Australia: Stunned again
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... "Equally concerning are the reports of Taser misuse by US and Canadian police. ..." ...

"Brian Walters ... recounts a case of a 75-year-old woman ... 'The police were called, and they Tasered her. They alleged it was in self-defence - against a 75-year-old unarmed grandmother.'"

"In Colorado, a man was shocked in the genitals with a drive stun to the groin area - a drive stun is where you put the Taser right to the body - while he was seated in the back of a squad car. Again in Colorado, a woman was stunned in the abdomen while seated and handcuffed in the rear or a squad car - allegedly for mouthing off."

"The pattern here is clear, the coalition says: in practice, Tasers are not being used as an alternative to guns, they are being used simply to force compliance from the uncooperative." ...
 

IL: Gun issue returns to legislators
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"When the Illinois Supreme Court tossed out two landmark lawsuits against the gun industry, the justices also sent a strong message to lawmakers: It's up to you to crack down on gunmakers' marketing practices."

"Gun control advocates in Springfield weren't happy with the rulings, but they said the justices' separate message may be just the boost they need to pass firearm restrictions that have failed in recent years."

"'If that doesn't call for a legislative response, I don't know what does,' said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman John Cullerton, D-Chicago." ...
 

IL: Authorities should take aim at irresponsible gun dealers
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"It's understandable that people who have been victimized or otherwise touched by gun crimes would harbor ill feelings toward gun manufacturers. But in dismissing a $433 million lawsuit against the gun industry Thursday, a suit that claimed it created a public nuisance, the Illinois Supreme Court did the right thing. It's not gun makers who should be targeted, it's irresponsible gun dealers." ...
 

IL: Activism on guns? Judges resist urge
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"Judges are often accused of 'activism'--a desire to extend their reach from interpreting the law and resolving cases to making policy on matters that are none of their darn business. So they deserve credit when they resist invitations to override democracy. That's what the Illinois Supreme Court did by a unanimous vote Thursday, in a decision with repercussions beyond our borders." ...

"Unhappy about his inability to expand his control of the city to areas beyond, Mayor Richard M. Daley turned to the courts for relief. Along with the families of several murder victims, the city filed a lawsuit accusing the industry of creating a 'public nuisance' merely by selling legal products to people who are legally entitled to buy them. ..." ...
 

GA: Restraining order issued on gun range owner
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A temporary restraining order has been issued barring the use of a controversial Double Springs Church Road private machine gun range located near a recently built housing development.

The order was sought by several residents living around the 33-acre site owned for 10 years by Kevin Brittingham of Gwinnett County.

Brittingham, the owner of a company that manufactures silencers for the Army, has been shooting high-powered rifles at the 500-yard range at 1730 Double Springs Church Road for years and has recently run into backlash from neighboring residents and the homeowners and developers of the Morgan’s Crossing housing development.
 

VA: Gun rights advocate cites preparedness
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"Something of a night owl, Philip Van Cleave likes to take walks around the lake in his subdivision around midnight. When he does, he 'double carries' in case an assailant knocks one weapon out of his hand. It's not about fear, he said. 'Who would do that if they were afraid? The word is preparedness.'" ...
 

OK: Fired Up Over A Gun Law
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Homicides in U.S. workplaces have fallen nearly 40% in the past decade. Even so, Oklahoma passed a law forbidding employers to ban guns from company parking lots. State legislator Jerry Ellis says law-abiding hunters should be allowed to stow firearms in their cars at work. Employees with violent intent, Ellis says, 'are not going to be stopped no matter how many laws you have.' The Whirlpool appliance company, backed by other Oklahoma businesses, is suing to keep from complying with the law, which was supposed to take effect Nov. 1. Whirlpool, which employs 1,500 workers at its Tulsa, Okla., plant, says protecting them means banning guns completely from company premises, including the parking lot. U.S. Judge Sven Erik Holmes, who hears the case this week in Tulsa, faces a balancing act-- the citizen's Second Amendment right to bear arms against the right of a private business to operate as it sees fit.
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Submitter's Note: Interestingly, the Time reporter said "the citizen's Second Amendment right" and the editor didn't change it.
 

IN: Poll shows fewer Hoosiers own firearms
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"Fewer Hoosiers own a gun today than four years ago and an increasing number of gun proponents and opponents support measures to reduce gun violence, according to a survey by a statewide effort to prevent firearm violence."

"When the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence conducted its first firearm safety survey in 2000, 49 percent of households reported owning a gun. In the 2004 survey, that percentage dropped by about 5 percentage points."

"The percentage of households with handguns also dropped. This year, 26 percent of households reported owning a handgun compared with 30 percent in the 2000 survey." ...
 

NC: All heart, no bull
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"A posse of about 50 cowboys and cowgirls, six-guns and all, assembled over the weekend to donate toys for needy children."

"The Gunpowder Creek Regulators, a shooting club out of Lenoir, held a toy drive Saturday for the Hickory Police Department’s Cops for Tots program."

"Paul Murphy, president of the club and a master police officer at the department, organized the 'Cowboys for Kids' event, which was held at the group’s monthly shooting contest."

"The Regulators don’t wrangle dogies or run outlaws out of town, but they do have a lot of fun at their gatherings, Murphy said. The contests, which are open to nonmembers, are based on legends or scenes from Western movies." ...
 

UK: Horror of gun attack
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"These are the terrifying moments when a businessman was gunned down outside his home in a suspected assassination attempt."

"Father-of-three Charles Butler was blasted in the neck by a hitman as he walked to his front door."

"The dramatic CCTV images show the gunman approaching Mr Butler and then chasing him around a car. Seconds later, the businessman stumbles and is shot at close range."

"Detectives released the pictures today in the hope that someone will recognise the gunman, who made little effort to disguise his identity."

"Police have arrested a Scotland Yard detective and a private investigator on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Mr Butler, who is married, has not recovered consciousness. ..." ...
 

Canada: Friendly favour turns into carjacking
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"What began as an act of kindness for a little-known acquaintance turned into a Remembrance Day that Calgarian Kevin Moir just wants to forget. Moir testified yesterday he was carjacked at gunpoint Nov. 11, 2003, after giving city resident Ryan Wells a ride home."

"Moir told Crown prosecutor Peter Barley he agreed to give Wells, whom he'd met on one prior occasion, a lift to 17 Avenue and 17 Street S.W. But when he got to a darkened alley at that location, Wells pulled the key from his ignition and told him he was being 'jacked.'"

"'I was punched in the face once or twice,' Moir said."

"Another individual, whom Moir could not identify, then approached the driver's side and stuck the barrel of a gun into the window." ...
 

Jamaica: Cop shot in Waterhouse gunfight released from hospital
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"THE detective sergeant of police from the Hunts Bay station who was shot and injured during a gun battle with gunmen on Sunday has been released from hospital." ...

"The police officer, whose name has not been released, was shot in the right side of his abdomen during a gunfight in White Lane, Waterhouse, Kingston at about 10.30 Sunday night."

"The police said they came under heavy gunfire from a group of heavily-armed men when they were patrolling the community. The fire, they said, was returned and the gunmen then ran, leaving behind a Remington 870 shotgun and two 12-gauge cartridges." ...
 

Australia: Pint-sized robber raids post office
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"A PINT-SIZED robber armed with a rifle escaped with cash from a Newtown post office yesterday.
Police said the robber, who could be as short as 150cm, pulled a balaclava over their head at the Retreat Road milkbar and demanded cash."

"Corio Detective Senior Constable Dave Vernon said the robber walked into the shop at about 12.35pm allegedly carrying a rifle."

"'The offender has made a demand for cash and then has left a short time later with an amount of cash - a small amount,' Senior Constable Vernon said."

"'He (the attendant) saw a long barrelled fire arm, the demand has been made and he has taken some money out of the till and put it on the counter.'" ...
 

Russia: Museum Gives Kalashnikov Experience
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"The city's Artillery Museum on Monday began offering visitors a chance to get their hands on the famous Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle."

"From Wednesdays to Sundays at 15.30 sharp, a guide-turned-military instructor is teaching how to assemble the gun."

"The price of the training is part of the entrance fee, which is 200 rubles for a foreigner, 50 rubles for a Russian. Students get a discount."

"The opportunity will be offered in the Mikhail Kalashnikov Hall, which opened as a new permanent display on Monday. It features rare samples of Kalashnikov's invention, a reconstruction of his office, a stand of foreign guns inspired by the AK-47, and a selection of presents he has received from his admirers around the world." ...
 

UK: Man in court over arms find
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"The case against an 18-year-old Armagh man, accused in connection with the transportation of a rifle and ammunition, involved no forensic evidence linking him to the weapon the High Court heard today."

"The claim was made by a defence lawyer during a bail application for Gavin McArdle of Mullacreeve Park."

"He is charged with possessing a rifle, telescopic sight and eight rounds of ammunition, as well as items likely to be of use to terrorists."

"A crown lawyer told the court that McArdle was a passenger in a car travelling in convoy with another car, which had been stopped by police ... on April 21."

"The court heard that a rifle and ammunition were found in the back seat of the car McArdle was travelling in." ...
 

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