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SAF Says Seattle Police Chief Should Take Care of Own Guns Before Regulating Someone Else's
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following almost a year of silence on the gun control issue, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske recently came back into the spotlight, supporting yet another piece of gun legislation, while authorities still haven't found the chief's semiautomatic pistol, stolen from his car in 2004."

"During a press conference in Seattle earlier this week, Kerlikowske observed, 'It's important to me to do whatever I can to keep illegal guns out of our communities.'" ...

"'If the chief really wants to make a contribution to the effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands, he shouldn't leave pistols lying around in his city-owned car while he and his wife are shopping,' Gottlieb observed. ..." ...
 

Feingold now has numbers on his side
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Congress, where numbers are everything, the math on the Patriot Act suddenly seems to be moving in favor of Sen. Russell Feingold."

"He was a minority of one four years ago, when the Wisconsin Democrat cast the lone Senate vote against the USA Patriot Act in the traumatic weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. The law, he said then, gave government too much power to investigate its citizens. Ninety-nine senators disagreed." ...

"Feingold finds himself with some unlikely allies ... Notably, the National Rifle Association has not endorsed the Patriot Act renewal ..."

"'Folks, when we're dealing with civil liberties, you don't compromise them,' said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, an NRA board member." ...
 

Is the SA80 Rifle Worthless?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Is the British SA80 rifle (officially designated the L85) a piece of junk? This is a question of no small importance to the grunts in the British Army. The rifle has been plagued with numerous complaints, much as the M16 was in Vietnam 40 years ago. Part of the problem is the fact that the SA80s predecessor, the L1A1 SLR (a variant of the FN FAL) had performed well in combat in numerous climates (including the Falklands War in 1982)." ...
 

LA: 600 firearms looted in La. during hurricane chaos
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sounding an alarm about more than 600 firearms looted from Louisiana pawnshops, stores and other gun dealers in the chaotic days after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Crimestoppers Inc. and several local law enforcement agencies have teamed up to try to track down the stolen weapons."

"Tipsters can receive a reward of up to $2,500 for the arrest and indictment of anyone responsible for the gun thefts from 20 businesses in the New Orleans area, Crimestoppers Executive Director Darlene Cusanza said. The public also can collect a separate reward of up to $2,500 for the recovery of stolen weapons, she said." ...
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Submitter's Note: I don't know about thefts from businesses, but we have videotape of thefts from individuals by various LEOs.
 

FL: Man Pulls Gun On Armed Robbers In Hotel Parking Lot
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A local man fought back when two would-be armed robbers tried to mug him at a hotel parking lot.

Angellow Ortiz, 37, was walking to his car Tuesday afternoon at the Marriott Fairfield Inn on Vineland Road near Universal. Suddenly, two men with guns tried to rob him.

Ortiz quickly pulled out his own handgun and fired to scare them off.

Police still caught 19-year-old Miguel Arias and 18-year-old Dennis Pugh at a nearby motel room.
 

FL: Police: Victim surprised would-be robbers (another version)
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"Two teenagers remained in the Orange County Jail on Wednesday after picking the wrong victim to try to rob -- an armed Floridian with a concealed-weapon permit." ...

"The 37-year-old Lake County man had just shut his car door in the motel's parking lot at 1 p.m. Tuesday when the teens approached him and said, 'You know what's up,' reports show."

"Carrying pistols, the teens threatened to kill the man if he didn't give them money, police said. Fearing they would spot the holstered pistol in his waistband, the man started emptying his pockets until the teens relaxed and backed off, reports show."

"That's when the man, a military veteran who works at Walt Disney World, drew his handgun and fired." ...
 

PA: D'Orazio hires attorney after not guilty verdict
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"Disenchanted with the verdict in the trial of their son Arthur's death, the D'Orazio family is speaking to an attorney and asking questions." ...

"'This trial should have been focused on Mr. Padley picking up his .357 Magnum and shooting our son multiple times,' D'Orazio said."

"Albert 'Pete' Padley IV, 37, was found not guilty two weeks ago of murder, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault stemming from D'Orazio's shooting death ..."

"Padley's attorney Joe Fioravanti claimed his client shot D'Orazio in self-defense and insisted that D'Orazio's bipolar condition caused him to act aggressively while he was in a manic phase."

"The jury found Padley not guilty of all charges after deliberating for about three hours." ...
 

OK: Stillwater Landlord Cleared In Shooting Death
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A Stillwater landlord has been cleared in the shooting death of a former tenant.

John Buntin, 65, shot Darren Mooreland more than two years ago during an argument over back rent. However, Buntin claimed he did so in self-defense.

Buntin said he didn't think his gun was loaded and was only trying to scare Mooreland.

He still faces a wrongful-death civil lawsuit.
 

MI: Former employee fired while in jail sues DaimlerChrysler
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"A former employee is suing DaimlerChrysler AG, saying the automaker broke the law when it fired her while she was jailed on charges of murdering her husband during a domestic dispute."

"Sharon Spangler was acquitted of first- and second-degree murder in 2004 after a Lapeer County Circuit Court jury found she acted in self defense when she shot and killed Steven Spangler in her Dryden home. Spangler says DaimlerChrysler violated laws protecting crime victims' rights and discriminated against her because she is a woman. She is seeking lost wages and damages for emotional distress." ...
 

CO: Man acquitted of murder under 'Make My Day' law
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"A man accused of fatally shooting someone in a car has been acquitted of first-degree murder under a state law that provides legal protection to homeowners who defend themselves." ...

"'It's a miscarriage of justice,' said Sen. Jim Brandon, who helped craft the law. The law meant a home's door to be a threshold for an illegal entry, not down the street, he said."

"Prosecutor Lisa Kirkman said the law says deadly force can be used 'if the shooter reasonably believes the other person might use physical force against the home dweller.'" ...

"'Gary went through this horrible and traumatic event,' said defense attorney Ted McClintock. 'They promised they were going to come back in. They had already come back once.'"
 

VA: Student at VCU charged in slaying -- Father says his son had been targeted by thugs and fired in self-defense
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"Omari Al-Qadaffi, a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in computer science, should be in a classroom taking final exams this week."

"Instead, the 24-year-old East End resident sits in a cell in the Richmond City Jail, charged with murder ..."

"Al-Qadaffi's father said his son shot Williams in self-defense -- the culmination of a long-running conflict initiated by a gang of young thugs ..."

"'He was walking to the laundromat. And they accosted him,' Wajid Al-Qadaffi, 49, said of his son. 'From several feet away, one of them pulled out a gun. He defended himself with a firearm.'"

"It could not be determined which of the two men allegedly pulled a gun on Omari Al-Qadaffi before he fired. ..." ...
 

MI: Student, 17, sentenced, may face expulsion
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"Saginaw School District officials say they will take steps to expel a student who had a gun at Saginaw High School during the first full week of school this year."

"Randell J. Harris, 17, of 3222 Parkwood will serve three years of probation for attempting to carry a concealed weapon Aug. 29 ..."

"Saginaw County Chief Circuit Judge Leopold P. Borrello this week gave Harris credit for 102 days served behind bars and ordered him to pay $480 in fees and fines. Harris pleaded guilty."

"'We will take formal expulsion action in January with him,' said district spokesman Michael B. Manley."

"Police said Harris, a second-year freshman, had the loaded pistol in his pants when security guards struggled to disarm him." ...
 

PA: Teacher arrested over gun
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"A mother arrested Wednesday after her 11-year-old son took a.22 caliber pistol to Hunlock Creek Elementary School last month is a teacher at the same school, according to the school district’s superintendent."

"Linnea C. Holdren, 43, of Ridge Road in Shickshinny, appeared before a district judge Wednesday on two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanor charges of possession of a firearm by a minor, corruption of minors and recklessly endangering another person."

"She is suspended from her job as a special-education teacher with pay and is at risk of losing her teaching certificate if convicted on the felony charge, according to Northwest Area School District Superintendent Nancy Tkatch." ...
 

OH: Mentel Cases Volume One: The Case of the Neighborhood AK-47s (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"We here in the Mentel Ward managed to convince our wardens to allow us to watch some television the other day, so you can imagine our shock in learning of a recent failure of the Mentel Ban on assault weapons in the City of Columbus." ...

"According to the Columbus Dispatch, an overwhelming 115 people out of 730,000 in Columbus complied with the Mentel ban and registered firearms for later destruction, so it appears that the following case should be easily solved..." ...
 

NY: Rabbitt wants special session on anti-gun trafficking legislation
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"Assemblywoman Ann Rabbitt, a member of the Republican minority in the New York State Assembly, yesterday urged Democratic Speaker Sheldon Silver to call a special session ... to vote on legislation supporting anti-gun trafficking legislation. The call comes following the deaths of two New York police officers in the line of duty ..."

"'These brutal slayings emphasize the need for immediate passage of anti-gun trafficking legislation geared towards reinforcing criminal penalties for illegal gun trafficking,' said Rabbitt. 'The proposed legislation would amend state laws to more severely penalize the illegal possession of multiple weapons and would be a major stop toward increasing the safety and security of all New Yorkers.'" ...
 

NY: NYC Mayor Blames NRA and Guns for Recent Police Murders
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"Following the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers in separate incidents over a two-week period, the city's mayor, Republican Michael Bloomberg, blamed the National Rifle Association for what he calls that group's influence on Congress." ...

"The Washington State-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) criticized Bloomberg for blaming guns and not the perpetrators ..."

"'New York City has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation ...' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. 'New York's complaints about gun trafficking from other states led to one-gun-a-month laws in those states, yet the mayor still contends that there are too many guns.'" ...
 

WI: Doyle likely to join gas tax bandwagon -- But he still plans to veto concealed weapons bill passed by Assembly
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... "But Doyle still plans another veto of a bill that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons." ...

"The concealed weapons bill (SB 403), passed the Assembly early Wednesday on a 64-32 vote - two votes short of the 66 votes needed to override the expected Doyle veto."

"The vote came after a last-minute amendment won new support from Democrats. The change returned the bill to the Senate, which will vote on it in January."

"Assembly sponsors of the bill were confident they would have the votes needed to override Doyle ..." ...

"Four of those six Democrats [who voted for the bill] said Wednesday they would vote to override Doyle, but Steinbrink and Van Akkeren refused to make that same pledge. ..." ...
 

NY: Congresswoman can relate to tragedy: McCarthy offers support to fallen cop's widow
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"When U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy received word on Nov. 28 that a New York police officer, a resident of her 4th Congressional District, had been shot and killed, she instantly flashed back to the night of Dec. 7, 1993."

"Like Detective Dillon Stewart of Elmont, McCarthy's husband, Dennis, lost his life to gun violence. Dennis McCarthy, 52, was one of six people shot and killed at random by Colin Ferguson aboard the 5:33 p.m. Long Island Rail Road train from Penn Station to Hicksville that day. ..." ...
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KABA Note: And all that New York's strict gun laws did that day was ensure that Mr. Fergusen would be able to shoot without fear of return fire.
 

NY: Dems Block Stringent Gun Laws; Move Closer To GOP On Pervert Confinement
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Governor George Pataki berated the Democrat-controlled Assembly last week for refusing to join in his crackdown on gun traffickers. ..."

"Speaking on the day after the burial of New York City Police Officer Dillon Stewart, who was killed with an illegal firearm, the governor taunted Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the Dems with suggestions that opposition to his tough gun legislation could lead to situations similar to the one that brought about the 35-year-old cop’s death. Pataki stated, 'I hope now that they will realize that the failure to pass this legislation has very real consequences.'" ...
 

WI: Concealed carry proponents expect full-court press to keep Democrats on board
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"Republicans found the six Democratic votes they wanted in the Assembly to support legislation allowing concealed weapons in public. Now the question is whether they can keep them after an expected veto by the governor."

"The state Assembly voted 64-32 early Wednesday to allow people with permits to carry hidden knives, guns and billy clubs after Republican backers amended the proposal to shore up Democratic support. Keeping those six Democrats onboard could provide the needed margin to override the governor's expected veto."

"The amendment requires more training for gun owners who receive permits, tightens restrictions on carrying concealed weapons while drinking and sets up school zones where concealed weapons would be illegal." ...
 

Canada: Gun owner passionate opponent of Liberal plan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The most effective political lobbying is personal. It's about who you know."

"So when handgun owner Franco Britti heard Paul Martin's proposal to further restrict handguns, he went straight to Parliament Hill, where he worked for 15 years as a furniture refinisher until retiring in 1995. For the past week, the 69-year-old has been making the rounds of MPs' offices, looking for supporters and letting members of the government know how he feels."

"'When I shave in the morning, I look in the mirror and see an honest man,' he said yesterday."

"'Now they want to say I'm a criminal.'" ...
 

IL: Bribes, schemes tied to gun's return
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"During wrangling over how to get a .38-caliber revolver out of police custody, city politicians looked for bribes and cooked up fraud schemes, according to testimony Wednesday in federal court."

"Illegal immigrant and former city businessman Ayoub 'Dave' Qattoum, who faced deportation if the gun was traced to him, testified that these same politicians regularly came to his store at 2501 Louisiana St. and helped themselves without paying."

"Qattoum has pleaded guilty and has agreed to testify for the prosecution in the obstruction and perjury trial of former Police Chief Ron Matthews." ...
 

NY: Stolen gun recovered
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"Police recovered the missing .32-caliber pistol on Wednesday that was one of two guns stolen from the home of a city officer on Aug. 29."

"Shortly after the robbery, police arrested three people, including Officer Colleen Goldston's 21-year-old daughter for the misdemeanor crime of hindering the prosecution."

"Police adamantly point out that Goldston had both guns properly secured in a locked container, which was locked in a secured room in Goldston's Lansingburgh home." ...
 

Nepal: Soldier kills 12 civilians
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"Nepalis have been left shocked at the killing of 12 civilians by a deranged soldier at the Kali Debi Mandir Hindu temple in the popular tourist destination of Nagarkot, 32 km east of the capital, Kathmandu."

"The civilians were shot in cold blood on Wednesday by an allegedly drunken Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) soldier."

"Witnesses told IRIN at the incident site that the soldier, Basu Deb Thapa, had had a row with some local criminals and in less than 30 minutes, he returned with an automatic rifle from the nearby army barracks. At around 22:00 local time, when Nagarkot's most popular religious festival was in full swing, the soldier started shooting blindly into a crowd of villagers." ...
 

Jamaica: Defence says cops fired in self-defence
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"DEFENCE lawyer Oswest Senior Smith, who is representing Corporal Shane Lyons in the Crawle murder trial, told the court yesterday that his client had fired his gun, but that it was done in self-defence and expressed regret at the killing of the four civilians by the police."

"'We regret that lives were lost (but) we were put in a situation where we were faced with defending our lives because we were fired on,' he told the 12-member jury hearing the murder case into the May 2003 deaths of four civilians, including two women, at Crawle, a deep rural district in Clarendon." ...
 

Canada: Man charged with killing cop was under firearms ban
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"A 40-year-old man with a history of disputes with police has been arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Const. Valérie Gignac in Laval."

"François Pepin had been charged repeatedly with issuing death threats and harassing police officers and court workers."

"He was under a ten-year court order barring him from possessing firearms."

"Despite the ban, which dated from 1999, he had asked for, and was granted, permission to use a gun for hunting during the fall season."

"He had been charged in recent weeks with stalking another woman officer on the Laval force, and had been arrested in connection with that charge by Const. Gignac and her partner, the city's police chief said." ...
 

Malaysia: GOF policemen plead guilty to charge of stealing firearms
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"TWO General Operations Force (GOF) personnel today pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing firearms from a police armoury at Gong Badak on Dec 3."

"The two constables - Sathiya Silan A/L Seba Morigisu, 23, of Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan and Akmal Aliff Mohammad, 21, of Pengkalan Hulu, Perak – were charged with stealing 21 pistols, comprising 19 Smith and Wesson .38 revolvers, one Steyr pistol and one Browning pistol, two Steyr pistol magazines and 596 bullets from the C Company armoury of the GOF's 9th Batallion camp." ...
 

MA: Grant aims to clean up firing range
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"The town is hoping a federal grant will provide money to help with the cleanup of an old shooting range on Colburn Street that is tainted with arsenic and lead."

"The Board of Selectmen last night approved a grant proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant would provide $200,000 to clean up 119 Colburn St., with the town required to match 20 percent of the amount."

"The cleanup would take place from 2006 to 2008 on the town-owned land, the former Northborough Fish and Game Club and Central New England Sports, a rifle range and trap shooting area, according to the application. The land is slated to house the new senior center." ...
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Submitter's Note: But according to this Virginia Tech study the lead in shooting ranges does not constitute and environmental hazard.
 

MA: Fear lives here
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"A QUADRUPLE HOMICIDE in Dorchester Tuesday appalled residents and rocked an already-teetering Boston Police Department. The city's murder toll now stands at 71, the highest since 1995, and law enforcement officials appear incapable of getting a firm grip on the situation."

"Efforts by the Boston police ... are not bearing fruit. The information that reaches City Hall and the public is often vague or out-of-date. For example, much has been said by police of late about the flow of weapons from New Hampshire gun dealers to criminals in Boston. But police now believe that home burglaries of licensed weapons may be responsible for the flood of guns. ..." [emphasis added] ...
 

KY: Rod and Gun Club gives awards
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"There was a nice turnout for the annual Christmas Dinner at the Barren River Rod and Gun Club last Saturday night. Awards were presented in the annual Big Bass Contest with Ed Bartley taking the money for the biggest largemouth of the year at 5.5 pounds and Phil Toms winning the smallmouth division. ..."

"Speaking of the Rod and Gun Club, one of the most popular spots at the clubgrounds at Lucas is the club’s shooting range. There are two trap ranges, a rifle and pistol range and a 100 yard range for serious marksmen. Muzzle loaders have been making good use of the range lately because it’s their time for deer." ...
 

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