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Airport Security Seizures Increase
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"Security is tight at the nation's airports too. Three years after September 11th, security officials are confiscating more dangerous items than ever."

"People are taking to the skies this holiday season. And federal security officials are taking their banned belongings. 'When people don't travel often, they tend to forget what they can take and what they can't,' a security official at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids says."

"At the Eastern Iowa Airport, the Transportation Security Administration confiscates 30 to 40 dangerous items a day. That's about 1,200 each month."
 

NRA likes postelection odds on law to shield gun makers
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"Emboldened by the results of this month's elections, the nation's largest gun lobby will push again for a federal law shielding gun makers 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 make the difference in passing a bill that died in the Senate in March."

" 'The chance of success is greater this time,' said Bob Levy, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington."

"The idea of lawsuit immunity pits gun owners and hunters in rural areas against city dwellers often beset by violence. The NRA wants a law that would exempt manufacturers from civil lawsuits, except when they violate local, state or federal law."

"Gun owners say lawsuits increase their costs and put dealers at financial risk. Gun-control advocates say lawsuits are the only means of holding reckless dealers and manufacturers accountable."
 

High Court Cases Show 2 Sides of Conservatism
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"The U.S. Supreme Court can ignore the usual liberal-versus-conservative divide in the next two weeks when it takes up California-centric cases on medical marijuana and the direct shipping of wine to consumers. Instead, the justices will be forced to decide between competing versions of conservatism."

"The social conservatives seek more government enforcement in areas such as abortion, pornography, drugs, immigration and homosexuality. The small-government, free-market conservatives seek fewer restrictions on private behavior." ...

"In the last decade, the high court's conservative justices, led by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, served notice that they wanted to restore limits on federal power."

"They did so by focusing on the Constitution's main source of federal power, the provision that says Congress "may regulate commerce among the several states." In the 20th century, this became the basis for federal laws that set minimum wages, prohibited discrimination in the workplace and protected the environment."

"But Rehnquist said this power had limits too. In 1995, he spoke for a 5-4 majority that struck down the federal Gun Free School Zones Act on the grounds that the mere possession of a gun did not involve interstate commerce. Five years later, the same 5-4 majority voided part of the Violence Against Women Act that allowed victims of sexual assaults to sue their attackers in federal court. A sexual assault is a crime, but it is not interstate commerce, Rehnquist said."
 

SKS rifle not rare, say gun experts
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"The gun allegedly used to kill six Wisconsin hunters is a type commonly used to hunt deer and should not be called an assault weapon, say local hunters and gun enthusiasts." ...

"The SKS, a medium-powered carbine usually equipped with a 10-round magazine, is cheap, dependable and commonly used for deer hunting, said Bill Kordus of Menasha, a state certified hunting education instructor and former president of the Twin City Rod and Gun Club." ...

"Kordus said the SKS did not fall under the nation’s recently expired ban on the sale of assault weapons. And he said it’s incorrect to label the hunting version of an SKS an assault weapon."

 

SKS isn't true assault rifle
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"In the aftermath of the shooting of eight hunters in Wisconsin it's been widely reported the shooter used an assault rifle that is totally inappropriate for deer hunting."

"The reports have been wrong on both counts."

"From the network news to the New York Times it's been reported Chai Soua Vang of St. Paul, Minn., the alleged shooter, used a Yugoslavian SKS semiautomatic rifle to kill six deer hunters and wound two others."

"The SKS has a 10-round internal magazine and holds a 7.62-by-39-millimeter round similar to the .308 popular with deer hunters. The bullet is the same diameter as a .308 but the cartridge is smaller."

"Although Chinese variations of the SKS rifles were banned from being imported in 1989, SKS rifles were never covered by the recently expired assault weapons ban."
 

Violent hunters are not the rule
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"The most conspicuous fact about hunting in America is how safe it is. There are more than 15 million licensed hunters in this country, all armed with weapons that can easily kill a duck, a rabbit, a deer or a human being. All it takes is a split-second misjudgment or lapse of concentration to produce a lasting tragedy. But such tragedies are very much the exception."
 

Lethal blow for gun control?
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"Take any major American city -- Chicago, New York, Detroit, Philadelphia -- and statistics reveal that annually, more people get killed by handguns in any one of these cities than all of Europe combined. Why is that?"

KABA Note: Perhaps Mr. Young has noticed a trend here. All of these cities have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

"Foreign governments keep guns off their streets. They don't allow gun industry lobbyists to write their firearms laws. The safety of their citizens comes first."

KABA Note: Unfortunately, what Mr. Young fails to realize is that the citizens of Europe and Australia get violently victimized at rates much higher than Americans.
 

Glen Schmitt: Shooting is tragic in every respect
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"Deer hunters don't point guns at other people. They certainly don't pull the trigger with the intent of killing another person. The person who did this wasn't a hunter, but rather a brutal killer." ...

"The media attention this story received only threw gas on the fire. I was amazed at how loosely the term 'assault rifle' was thrown around this week."

"The fact that Vang was carrying an SKS rifle generated some uninformed gun conversation that often made responsible gun owners look dirty."

"The SKS that Vang carried is a legal firearm that can be purchased over the counter like any other legal firearm. The gun is actually quite popular because it's inexpensive and easy to handle."

"In reality, that SKS is no different than your 30.06 or my shotgun. It was not a factor in these killings, although many media outlets made it sound otherwise."

"It comes down to the individual. That's the most important aspect to remember here."
 

AL: Passing on the heritage of hunting
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"How do we pass on an outdoor heritage? Outdoorsmen have had the slogans, Take a Kid Hunting and Take a Kid Fishing, around for many years."

"But unfortunately these slogans with no true plan behind them haven't had the ability to create action. However, on November 13, the State of Alabama took a huge step toward passing on the heritage of hunting for state youth."

"On that Saturday, before the official gun season for deer opened on November 20, the state held a one-day youth-only deer hunt when a youngster 15 years of age or younger could go into the woods and have an opportunity to be the first hunters of the season to take an either-sex deer, when accompanied by a licensed deer hunter at least 25-years old. ..."
 

DE: Preachers rally in Wilmington
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"They started with fewer than 10 people, but Mamie Gamble told fellow preacher Ty Johnson, 'I don't care if we have two or 10, we need to march.' "

"So the group of ministers marched up Madison Street in Wilmington, along Ninth and down Walnut to Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church on Saturday night, praying aloud for the safety of the city and its residents."

"Once in the church, the group had grown to two dozen who planned to spend an evening singing hymns and talking to strangers on the street."

"Johnson had organized the peace march and vigil to protest gun violence. The group memorialized those who died in shootings this year. ..."
 

NC: New N.C. laws toughen domestic violence, meth penalties
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"Battered wives and girlfriends will have more protection from the courts when sweeping changes to North Carolina's domestic violence laws take effect on Wednesday."

"The roughly 20 new laws that kick in this week also include tougher penalties for making methamphetamine and shooting guns at school. The General Assembly in July also approved more security for sexual assault and stalking victims and for threatened plant workers."

"The new domestic violence provisions create a new crime of assault by strangulation, now a felony. Until this week, squeezing your hands around a partner's throat may have only prompted a misdemeanor charge."
 

TX: Wal-Mart sued five years after rifle accident
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"A 19-year-old man has filed suit against Wal-Mart and a Brownsville store manager alleging he was seriously injured and disabled in an air rifle accident almost five years ago."

"In the lawsuit filed Nov. 12 in the 404th state District Court, Rafael Asbeuri said Wal-Mart store manager Jorge Montiel illegally sold him an air rifle on Dec. 23, 2000."

"Asbeuri was 15 years old when the gun was purchased at the now-closed Wal-Mart on Mexico Boulevard."

"According to the Brownsville Police Department, state law prohibits the sale of the air rifle to a person less than 18 years of age."
 

UT: School fights for gun ban
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"In this reddest of red states it's not surprising to find fierce gun-rights advocates who put weapons right up there with God and country."

"What is startling to many, however, is that some are advocating for concealed firearms to be allowed on public university campuses."

" 'Most people understand that young people and guns are not a good mix,' said John Flynn, a law professor at the University of Utah. 'But here, we've got this macho thing.' "
 

OR: Sheriff's office offers free gun locks
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The Polk County Sheriff's Office is providing free gun locks to local residents while supplies last.

The department is teaming with Project Childsafe to provide the community with gun-safety information for the second year.

Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe said the goal is to keep children or any other unauthorized person from using a firearm. Last year, the program distributed 1,000 gun locks.

Gun locks are available during business hours at the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 850 Main St., Dallas.

The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant and money from gun manufacturers.

 

Australia: Shot security guard critical
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"A SECURITY guard is in a critical condition after being shot during an armed robbery at a gaming venue in Melbourne's south overnight."

"Police said a security guard, aged in his 30s, was shot by one of three masked men who entered the Freccia Azzurra Club in Springvale Road, Keysborough, about 11.45pm last night."

"Senior constable Wayne Wilson said the men entered the venue's gaming area and confronted patrons and staff, one of them armed with a long rifle and another a knife."

"He said the security guard, who was standing in a nearby passage, was shot some time during the robbery."
 

Australia: Police accused over 'terror tactics'
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"POLICE on Queensland's riot-torn Palm Island have been accused of using the Aboriginal population as terrorism guinea pigs after children as young as nine were forced at gunpoint to lie face down on floors during late-night raids by Tactical Response Group officers."

"In full battle armour and carrying semi-automatic weapons, police stormed homes over the weekend in search of riot ringleaders who firebombed the local courthouse, police station and police living quarters last Friday."

"The riot erupted after locals were told of autopsy findings showing that Cameron Doomadgee, 36, had four broken ribs and a ruptured spleen and liver when he died in police custody on the island on November 19."
 

IL: Time for Metz to resign
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"In January 2002, St. Clair County Circuit Clerk C. Barney Metz had 151 guns stolen from his evidence locker, and his staff didn't even notice. The theft was discovered only when a police department asked for three of the guns."

"When we asked Metz at the time how such a large-scale theft could go undetected -- 57 percent of the guns were taken --his response was: 'You get lulled.' "

"Maybe that also will be his excuse for how two clerks allegedly stole $130,845 from the office over a two-year period. According to criminal charges filed last week, the thefts started the same month the gun thefts were discovered, and continued until April."
 

DC: Defenseless in DC
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"A former Wilson High School athlete, home from his West Virginia college for the Thanksgiving holiday, was killed early yesterday in a street shooting in Northeast Washington that left three others wounded."

"DeLoren Young, 19, was hit once in the head and died behind the wheel of a sport-utility vehicle in the 1200 block of Bladensburg Road about 4 a.m., police said. Earlier, he and the others had been at DC Tunnel, a large hip-hop nightclub about a half-mile away."
 

South Africa: Pistol-packing hairdresser kills robber
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"A pistol-packing hairdresser killed a robber and wounded two others in a shootout outside a butchery in the Pretoria CBD on Friday afternoon, police said." ...

"In the ensuing shootout, the hairdresser fatally wounded one of the robbers below his collarbone. Cornered, another robber was thought to have taken his own life..."
 

UK: Prison for man who sparked airport gun scare
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"A father of two who set off a massive security scare at Coventry airport when a gun was discovered in his car has been sentenced to five years in prison."

"Edward Carlo Garofano, of Willow Road, Bromsgrove, was sentenced at Warwick Crown yesterday having pleaded guilty to eight gun-related charges."

"The court heard that he was arrested on July 25 at Coventry Airport when police spotted him taking pictures of the airport and became concerned about his behaviour."

"He had taken four people to the airport and the gun, which had one bullet in the chamber, was in a bag he had strapped around his waist."
 

UK: 'Liar' Hewitt can't have gun licences back, says judge
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"James Hewitt, the former lover of Diana, Princess of Wales, was branded a "liar" yesterday by a judge who refused to return his gun licences."

"Police had revoked the licences after the 46-year-old former Cavalry officer was arrested for cocaine possession. A search of his Chelsea home revealed a disassembled 16-bore shotgun lying on the living room floor when it should have been locked in a metal gun cabinet."
 

Seegars v Ashcroft: The Brady Amici (Blog)
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"The Brady/VPC brief begins its analysis by selectively citing US v Miller, using the same arguments that by now should be extremely familiar as part of the common misreading of the Miller decision. ..."

"This summary is deceptive. The analysis in US v Miller focused on the firearm, not on the individual; it is the firearm which must have some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia. The Brady brief here is setting itself up so that it can be read correctly (eg, 'firearms unrelated to militia service') or incorrectly ('right to own or use firearms')."
 

MI: Island Lake gun range falls silent
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"The popular gun range fell silent Nov. 18, shortly after a Livingston County judge signed an order to close the range immediately."

"Those arriving off East Grand River Avenue between Kensington and Kent Lake roads found the gates to the range padlocked and not a soul around. The rifle and pistol ranges and the skeet, trap and sporting clay ranges are affected by Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress' order."

" 'I hope the state of Michigan will take a serious look at what they've done to this park and the people of this county by the institution of a shooting range,' Burress said."
 

Venezuela: Army to adopt Russian Submachineguns
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"Venezuela will buy a big batch of Russian submachine guns, helicopters, anti-tank and air-defense weapons, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said."

"It will be a hundred thousand Russian submachine guns, he said."

" 'We will buy Russian guns. Venezuela is not going to invade anybody's territory. It is strengthening its own armed forces in the face of any aggression. Venezuela will by one hundred thousand Russian submachine guns,' Mr. Chavez said."

"It will also be the transfer of technologies so as Venezuela can be able itself to manufacture weapons (submachine guns), ammunition and do maintenance, he said."
 

CA: Elk Grove mayor angry about gun targeting collectors
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"A special issue rifle aimed at Elk Grove collectors has backfired with the city's mayor."

"Mayor Sophia Scherman says she's livid that a Colorado company is selling a gun bearing the name 'City of Elk Grove Special Edition.' "

"The rifle is one of several marketed by Investment Arms to specific communities."

"Scherman says she fears people will think that the city has gone into the arms business or that it condones the sales."
 

NH: Hollis handing out gun locks
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"Police recently teamed up with Project ChildSafe to make the town a safer place for everyone this holiday season. The Hollis Police Department is now giving away free gun locks at the station." ...

"Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program to promote safe firearm handling, will make 65,000 gun locks available to communities throughout the state this year, according to the program’s Web site. The effort is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and was developed by the National Sports Shooting Foundation. The program aims to educate gun owners by distributing materials about firearm safety, as well as the free gun-locking devices. Mello said the program is important not only for Hollis, but for the state."
 

Israel: Abbas urges gun control
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"PALESTINIAN security forces should be the only group in the occupied territories allowed to carry weapons, Palestine Liberation Organisation chairman Mahmud Abbas said today."

" 'We want to control the Palestinian security scene so that we end the phenomenon of arms being carried around everywhere. This is the policy of the Palestinian government,' he said."

"Mr Abbas, a former prime minister, was responding to a question over the Palestinian Authority's intention to collect arms belonging to the various Palestinian factions."
 

VA: Whether in a red or blue state, most folks are purple (Letter)
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"As a dedicated Libertarian who likes neither of the two dominant political parties or their major candidates, I find what is occurring in our nation appalling."

"I say so because each party is now the captive of extreme elements as evidenced by both the prelude and the aftermath of the recent presidential campaign. It is such extremists who drive many of us the other way, screaming for relief and liberty." ...

"Most of us back the guarantee of the Second Amendment and the right to own firearms, but cannot see how that guarantee includes automatic assault weapons."

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KABA Note: We would venture to say that most "dedicated libertarians" cannot see how the Second Amendment prevents the populace from keeping and bearing automatic weapons.
 

MD: Gun safety in the home - priceless
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"Hundreds and hundreds of gun locks have been given out in the past 11 months by local law enforcement groups through the Project ChildSafe program."

"Now, the Hagerstown Police Department says it has thousands more, which are available for free."

"Inside the side door of the department's city barrack are dozens of boxes of free gun locks, Chief Arthur Smith said. The department recently requested reinforcements to the dwindling supply it had received in December 2003 and got plenty, Smith said."
 

UK: Police probe links between gun raids
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"Police in Warwickshire are probing links between armed raids at two Tesco stores and other robberies."

"Officers say they don't believe the two armed robberies, which happened within hours of each other in separate branches of Tesco, are linked."

"But they are investigating similarities between these and other armed robberies across the county in recent weeks."
 

CA: Off-Duty Officer Kills Gunman
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"An off-duty police officer shot and killed a gunman believed to have injured two men outside a business in Whittier early Saturday, authorities said." ...

"The officer got out, identified himself and ordered the gunman to stop, officials said. The man stopped and turned toward the officer, but fearing for his safety, the officer fired his gun, striking the man in the upper torso. ..."

"The gunman is believed to have shot two men outside a nearby business. The victims were being treated at a local hospital."
 

NY: Poetic justice in the Bronx
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"A man accidentally shot himself in the face while robbing a deli in the South Bronx, police said."

"Latie Whitley, 34, and another man walked into the 20/20 Deli at 362 Willis Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. They held the store's owners at gunpoint, swiped about $1,400 and fled."

"At some point, Whitley's gun fired, grazing him on the face, police said. ..."
 

India: Trooper guns down seven colleagues, is shot:
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"A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper shot dead seven of his colleagues, including the company commander, before he was shot down around midnight at their camp in Baramullah, 56 km from here, Saturday."

"The dead included the company commander, an officer of the rank of an inspector, five CRPF soldiers, a sub-inspector and the irate trooper. Two others who were critically wounded in the shooting are undergoing treatment at the Soura Medical Institute here." ...

" 'The soldier sprayed gun fire from an automatic rifle on everyone around killing seven troopers. The other troopers took positions immediately and shot dead the soldier,' said a police officer."
 

IN: Ousted gun club finds new home: Freedom
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"Freedom."

"What better place to exercise the Second Amendment right to bear arms than a town called Freedom?"

"After a few years of homelessness, the Sycamore Valley Gun Club has settled in the tiny Owen County town, and club members are happy to be there."

" 'We’ve got a great place here,' said Jim Dearman, a club member from Martinsville. 'I think it’ll end up being better than our old range.' ”

"The Sycamore Valley club is one of the state’s oldest gun clubs, going back more than 50 years. The club used to be housed on Indiana University property, but in 1996 IU trustees voted to close the facility, citing liability concerns."
 

NV: Carson sheriff's office offers free gunlocks
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"The Carson City Sheriff's Office will giving away free gun locks Monday as part of a nationwide distribution."

"Sponsored by Project ChildSafe, an additional 20 million free firearm safety kits will be distributed in an attempt to raise awareness about safe and responsible firearm ownership and storage. Designed to make homes with firearms safer, Project ChildSafe is funded by a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation."

"The combination of free gun-locking devices, and an in-depth safety education component and distribution efforts in all 50 states will significantly enhance public awareness of the importance of proper gun storage in the home."
 

AK: Indoor Range on target for opening in December
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"Juneau residents can squeeze off their first live shots at the new $1.9 million indoor shooting range in the Mendenhall Valley as early as Dec. 7."

"That's the planned opening date for the Juneau Area Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range - featuring seven lanes, a classroom and a large empty area that will be used for archery practice once funding is available."
 

FL: Gun lobbyist wrong caliber for Hall of Fame
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"The purpose of the Florida Women's Hall of Fame is to recognize women who have 'made significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and for all citizens of Florida.' "

"As the first woman president of the National Rifle Association, Marion P. Hammer is certainly famous. And she's certainly a Floridian. But does she meet the criteria for inclusion in the Hall of Fame?"

"Consider a few of the 'significant contributions' Hammer's made to the state in recent years. She lobbied hard in the last legislative session for bills to hinder police officers trying to track stolen guns, and gave a 'get out of jail free' card to gun ranges that dump toxic lead into the air, ground and water around them. She worked tirelessly to cripple local cities and counties in their attempts to close Florida's egregious 'gun-show' loophole that makes the state an arms-dealer's paradise. Her touted Eddie Eagle children's gun safety program can't make up for that harmful track record."
 

China: Knife attacks in China signal deeper problem
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"Eight people were killed and four were wounded Thursday when an intruder broke into the dormitory and attacked sleeping students, according to Chinese media reports." ...

"The attack was the latest in a wave of assaults on students by knife-wielding assailants. The violence has prompted officials to call for the hiring of guards and tightening of campus security across China."

"Analysts say the attacks demonstrate how crime has escalated in a country once viewed as virtually crime-free. More than two decades of economic growth have created rising social tensions but few institutions to address them."
 

UK: The policeman found my penknife. 'You're going down, mate,' he said
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"On Wednesday November 3, I was driving along the Embankment in London when a policeman flagged me down. It was 11.30 in the morning, and I was in reasonable time for a meeting with lawyers due to start at midday." ...

"'We are conducting random stop and search under current anti-terrorist legislation,' began the constable, addressing me through my open side window. 'Would you mind if we searched your vehicle?' ..." ...

"... They behaved as if they had never seen a penknife before, pulling out the bottle-opener, the corkscrew, the thing that gets stones out of horses' hooves. 'This device has a locking blade,' said the constable. My goodwill towards the police began to give way to alarm. ..." ...
 

Australia: Banned toys seized in pre-Christmas blitz
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"More than 50,000 banned children's toys have been seized from retailers and wholesalers in Victoria this year, the largest haul in more than three decades."

"In the past two weeks Consumer Affairs Victoria seized 700 banned and dangerous toys from 130 outlets in a statewide pre-Christmas blitz."

"Consumer Affairs Minister John Lenders said: 'We want people to have fun at Christmas but we want them to have fun with safe toys and safe products.' "

"There are 56 toys on the banned list in Victoria, among them toy guns, handcuffs, plastic aeroplanes and gas masks containing asbestos."
 

TX: S.A. woman shares her experience of planning, participating in Colorado hunt
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"I am an outdoorswoman who enjoys the opportunities that being outside offers, and I am an avid hunter because I like the challenges."

"Hunting with family or friends allows me to share my experiences. I get as much excitement from a hunting partner making a good shot as if I had pulled the trigger myself."

"My dad taught us to respect guns. Safety was the first and foremost step in learning anything, but especially about guns."
 

PA: Firearm proposal stalled as legislators adjourn
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"Not long after federal legislation was passed last July to allow retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons, Adams County Sheriff Raymond 'Rocky' Newman's telephone began to ring."

"Newman said he received 'numerous calls' from retired officers wanting to know where to get the identification cards necessary to carry their weapons."

"The problem is, there are no laws in place in Pennsylvania that explain how to deal with the federal legislation."
 

PA: Shotguns do not ensure safe hunting, study finds
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"Pennsylvania hunting officials are disinclined to expand the state's special-regulations areas one year after more deer hunters were injured than in any year since 1998."

"Still, any future effort to broaden the special protections around urban areas might touch Northampton County, according to the county's wildlife conservation officer." ...

"Hunters taking to Pennsylvania's fields and woods Monday will be in their second year of reporting kills in wildlife management units instead of by county. Southern Northampton and Lehigh counties and eastern Berks County share a unit with parts of Bucks, Montgomery and Chester counties."
 

UK: Police warn of threat from key-fob guns
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"A MINIATURE gun disguised as a key fob has become the latest weapon being used by criminals on the streets of Britain, writes Will Iredale."

"Britain’s 51 police forces have been put on alert after a handful of the guns were recovered in parts of Manchester and London."

"The weapons, imported from eastern Europe, have been adapted from a miniature distress flare gun and can hold two bullets. Despite their size — just 4in by 2in — they are lethal if fired from close range and have already been blamed for one murder."
 

UK: Six years for robber armed with musket
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"A ROBBER has been jailed for six years after he pointed an antique musket at a barmaid during a robbery at a West Cumbrian pub."

"Joseph Sowerby, 39, felt so guilty he phoned the police and told them how he had gone into Workington’s Waverley Hotel with the imitation gun he had bought for £25 half an hour before."

"He had pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and possessing an imitation firearm."

"Prosecutor Dick Binstead said Sowerby, of South William Street, Workington, walked into the pub on October 10 and, with his finger on the trigger, pointed the gun at barmaid Karen Burdon, 36."

"Miss Burdon, who had no idea the gun was only a replica, thought she was going to be shot, he said."
 

Australia: Police Apologize for Sending Child Porn
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"Australian police apologized on Thursday after inadvertently sending Internet images of child pornography to 1,800 schools while trying to warn principals about children at risk of abuse." ...

"Police assistant commissioner Graeme Morgan said human error had resulted in 'partial images' of child pornography being sent to 1,800 government-run schools across New South Wales, Australia's most populous state." ...

"However, inadequate software had been used in the cropping process and the full images remained embedded in some files, which were later opened by a handful of recipients, he said." ...
 

Indonesia: Brothers' plea to police chief fails Packer
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"JAILED yachtsman Chris Packer's hopes of being released from jail have been dashed, with Bali's police chief refusing his appeal for bail and describing the case as serious."

"But he was buoyed yesterday by a visit from his brother Tony, who flew from Australia with a spirit-lifting care package containing fruit, clean sheets, a pillowslip, towel and books."

"Mr Packer has endured a nightmare 10 days in two different Balinese jail cells after being arrested for failing to declare six guns he carried on his 55m vessel, which has been impounded."

"He now faces a lengthy spell behind bars as he awaits trial." ...
 

GA: Woman Fatally Stabbed, Suspect Shot at DeKalb Motel
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"A woman was stabbed to death and her alleged attacker was killed by a security guard at a DeKalb County motel."

"Earnest Marshall, the night manager at the Super Inn Motel, said a man ran into his office around 1:30 a-m yesterday and told him that his girlfriend was being attacked in her room. Marshall called 9-1-1, and someone also notified an armed security guard who was patrolling an apartment complex next door."

"When they got to the woman's room, witnesses said the suspect came out covered in blood and lunged at the security guard with a knife."

"The guard fatally shot the man, saying he was forced to do it in self-defense. Inside the room, the woman was found stabbed to death." ...

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Submitter's Note: Too bad neither the woman nor her boyfriend had a gun, good thing the security guard did.
 

HI: Evicted protester is found not guilty
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"A jury has found former Hawaiian Homes beneficiary Norman Macomber Sr. not guilty of threatening four state law enforcement agents when they evicted him from his Hilo home last year."

"Macomber, 62, said he acted in self-defense, believing 16 agents who entered his home, some wearing masks, were 'assassins.' Macomber slammed a piece of pipe on a table and was arrested. He was acquitted of four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening."

"One of the agents testified that he intended to shoot Macomber but did not because he was afraid of hitting other agents."

"Patricia Tummons, a juror in the case, said the jury believed Macomber had good reason to be afraid."

"Jurors were 'incredulous' at the way the state 'flexed its muscles' in the case ..." ...
 

India: Soldier faked deaths with ketchup
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"AN Indian army officer has been dismissed and another suspended after a court martial found they splashed tomato sauce on civilians to make them look like dead separatist rebels."

"An army spokesman said Colonel H.S. Kohli took photos of civilians covered with ketchup and posing as corpses and gave them to his senior officers as proof of separatist killings in the revolt-hit northeastern state of Assam."

"'The colonel tried to use the photographs to back his claim for a gallantry award and was subsequently tried and found guilty in a court martial,' the spokesman said."

"'The colonel lost his job while a major who connived with him was suspended for five years.'" ...
 

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