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Justice Dept. Concludes 2nd Amendment 'Secures Individual Right'
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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today hailed a report from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel that concludes the Second Amendment 'secures an individual right to keep and bear arms.' "

"Though dated Aug. 24, the 93-page document was just released. It details the exhaustive research by Assistant Attorneys General Steven G. Bradbury, Howard C. Nielson, Jr. and C. Kevin Marshall who studied the history of legislation and court cases to reach their conclusion. ..."
 

Bush hits 'frivolous lawsuits'
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"President Bush said yesterday he is 'passionate' about protecting the business community from 'frivolous lawsuits' and will work hard to get legal reform through Congress, including making the issue a topic of his State of the Union address next month." ...

"'I told you then and I'm going to tell you again: This is a priority issue for not only me, but for a lot of people in the Senate,' Mr. Bush said, predicting an easy road in the House for restrictions on class-action suits against businesses and doctors, but a struggle in the Senate." ...

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Submitter's Note: So do 'businesses' include gun manufacturers?
 

Mineta, Bureaucrats Stall Effort to Arm Pilots
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"Members of Congress are becoming frustrated with bureaucrats who have put roadblocks in the way of a program to arm airline pilots that Congress first authorized months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."

"Three years later, only an estimated 4,000 of the more than 95,000 commercial pilots have participated in the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program. But this lack of participation does not indicate a lack of pilot interest, proponents say. They claim the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has intentionally stymied the program." ...

"The program has faced an uphill battle from the start. Anti-gun Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, the lone Democrat in the Bush Cabinet, refused to establish the program after Congress authorized it in November 2001. It took additional congressional action a year later, in December 2002, to force TSA to act. Problems remain, however, that lawmakers say TSA has refused to fix."
 

CA: Fair board cautioned on gun ban decision
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"The county's desire to see gun shows banned from Antioch's fairgrounds has the state warning the facility's operators to watch their step."

"The county Board of Supervisors on Dec. 7 agreed to ask both the state agency that oversees the local fairgrounds and the fairgrounds' board of directors to prohibit firearms sales on the state-owned property."

"A publicly owned venue that hosts family-oriented events like the county fair shouldn't also be condoning gun shows, said county Supervisor Mark DeSaulnier this week."

"Knowing that the county might draft a formal letter of request, the nine-member board already had been considering a discussion of the matter at its Jan. 12 meeting."
 

CA: California Help Stop Anti-Gun Efforts in The City of Azusa! (NRA)
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"The San Gabriel Valley Gun Club is under attack! The city of Azusa is trying to rezone property in order to force the gun club to shut down. A city council meeting will take place on Monday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Azusa Civic Auditorium, 213 E. Foothill Blvd. Your attendance at this meeting is very important."
 

CA: Sonoma Film Shoot Causes Gun Scare
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"Four Sonoma teenagers are facing misdemeanor charges after causing quite a scare while filming a movie they say was for a school project."

"About 3:00 yesterday afternoon, deputies and CHP officers responded to a report of a motorist lying in a road, who appeared to have been shot by three teenagers armed with machine guns or rifles."

"When officers arrived at the scene, they found four teens in a pickup truck with a replica of an Uzi style machine gun and a Colt rifle."

"After the teens were handcuffed, they told officers they were Sonoma Valley High School students making a movie as part of a school assignment."
 

CA: S.F. contests state laws again
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"How many more Michael Moore films does it take to tell us that the Second Amendment is absolutely archaic, and other nations do it better than we do?" declared San Francisco County Supervisor-elect Ross Mirkarimi, referring to Moore's film 'Bowling for Columbine,' which deals with the issue of gun violence in the United States."

" 'We should absolutely go forward with it despite the constitutional challenges,' Mirkarimi told the San Francisco Chronicle this week after the supervisors voted to put a proposal on the ballot next year that would limit the right to own a pistol to police officers, security guards and members of the military."
 

CA: Gun ban irks some
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"The City's new proposed weapons ban initiative may be aimed at the violent and criminal, but the law could also hurt one of The City's most venerable posh auction houses."

"Drawing arms collectors from around the world, Bonhams and Butterfields on San Bruno Avenue generates millions of dollars auctioning off antique arms and modern sporting guns."

"During a two-day auction on Dec. 7 and 8, Butterfields raised $1.8 million selling everything from a World War II-era Walther hammerless pistol to a 1938 Colt single action Army revolver."
 

NJ: Air Guard pilot blamed for firing on N.J. school
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"An Air National Guard pilot who fired on a New Jersey school during an exercise was to blame for the incident, but poorly designed controls in the F-16 played a role, the Air Force concluded Friday."

"The report also disclosed that there have been three other incidents this year in which an F-16 pilot unintentionally fired during nighttime strafing missions. It did not say where and when the other incidents occurred, but the report noted that, like the New Jersey case, no one was hurt."
 

MI: Court hires cop who beat woman
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"Southgate Mayor Dennis David said Thursday he has no problem with the fact that a city police officer who was suspended after his conviction and sentencing in an assault case was hired a day later to be a district court drug-screening technician."

"David, a retired Southgate police lieutenant, said Officer Brian Klonowski, 32, 'was a good officer -- I was an officer with him on the Police Department.' David also acknowledged that Klonowski supported him in his run for mayor."

"But Klonowski's hiring by 28th District Court in Southgate is a big problem for Larry Hall, the city's police chief."
 

SC: Police officer charged with misconduct for alleged assault
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"A former Timmonsville police officer was arrested Friday and charged with misconduct in office for an alleged attack on his girlfriend earlier this year..."

"Edward C. Zayas, 44, of Timmonsville had since left the police department there and was working for the Lake City Police Department at the time of his arrest."

"A warrant states that Zayas was on duty on Aug. 13 when he 'physically and verbally assaulted hi live-in girlfriend.' During the assault, Zayas 'unholstered his issued duty weapon,' pointed the gun at his girlfriend and threatened to kill her and himself, according to the warrant."

"Lake City interim Police Chief Cassandra Dollard said Zayas has been placed on leave without pay."
 

WA: Pierce County, WA Creates A Firearms Advisory Commission (NRA)
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Friday, December 17, 2004

Last week, the Pierce County Council passed Ordinance #2004-72S, creating a Firearms Advisory Commission that will make recommendations to the Council on firearm-related issues. This is an important new addition, as the Council has been actively passing "no-shooting" ordinances lately. The new Commission will be made up of seven County residents, at least three of whom will represent local shooting groups, and will be charged with reviewing all existing County restrictions for appropriateness and will provide input to the Council on future proposals. Special recognition for their tremendous efforts in securing passage of this ordinance go out to Pierce County Council member Dick Muri (R), and NRA member and activist Allen Hodges.
 

UK: Man with 65 previous convictions 'surprised' to find gun
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"A MAN who claimed he was surprised when police found a powerful air pistol at his South Norwood home has been jailed for five years."

"Michael Gilead, who has 65 previous convictions including firearms offences, admitted possession of a prohibited weapon, but claimed it had been left at his home by a friend."

"Police raided the 40-year-old's home in Crowther Road on July 31 and found a Brocock Magnum 5.5 gun under a mattress. Three months earlier it had become illegal to own such a weapon, Croydon Crown Court heard last Friday."
 

OR: Free gun locks available to the public
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Free gun locks are available at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Lincoln City, Newport, and Toledo police departments. The locks are distributed through Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The free gun locks are part of the national Project ChildSafe initiative, designed to help make homes with firearms safer by raising awareness about responsible firearm ownership and storage.

For more information, visit www.projectchildsafe.org.

 

UK: Two hit by armed raids
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"Robbers armed with guns struck twice in little more than two hours in Coventry."

"A Securicor guard was threatened with what was believed to be a gun as he delivered cash to Thomas Cook travel agency at Cannon Park shopping centre at 12.20pm yesterday."

"No shots were fired and nobody was hurt. It is not yet known if the raider escaped with any cash."

"In another incident a man went into R and D Superstore in Hearsall Lane, Earlsdon, at 2.20pm, and demanded money." ...

"Police said he was carrying some type of firearm but it was not used and nobody was hurt."
 

OH: Ohio Members! Keep On The Lookout For NRA License Plates (NRA)
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Friday, December 17, 2004

The 2003-2004 regular session of the Ohio Legislature is quickly coming to a close. HB 405, a measure that will create a specialized motor vehicle license plate for supporters of the National Rifle Association, has been approved. The specialized tags will cost $25, with $15 of that total being deposited into the NRA Foundation State Fund Account for Ohio. The fund will be used for Foundation-related projects such as youth hunter education, firearm safety training, and shooting range development. All money raised from the purchase of these plates will stay in Ohio for activities and programs!. The bill now goes to Governor Taft (R) for signing. We’ll keep you updated on how you can order these tags in future alerts!
 

NM: Concealed weapon permits top 2,000
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"New Mexicans holding concealed weapons permits now exceed 2,000, according to the Special Investigation Division of the Department of Public Safety (DPS)."

"The state began issuing concealed weapon permits in January and of the 2,244 applications received, 2,008 have been granted. ..." ...

"To Morley's knowledge, no one with a concealed weapon permit has been involved in an incident where he or she had to use it."

"FBI statistics seem to indicate that states with active concealed weapons laws see a dramatic drop in violent crime because criminals don't know if a potential victim is carrying or not, Morley said."
 

South Africa: Over 20 500 guns destroyed on Friday
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"The police destroyed more than 20 500 firearms in Kempton Park on Friday in a bid to fight the proliferation of guns in the country."

" 'The police are winning the war on the proliferation of illegal firearms,' Senior Superintendent Mary Martins-Engelbrecht said."

"She said the weapons included sub-machine guns, shotguns, rifles, handguns and gas pistols."

"Most of them had been used in crimes such as cash-in-transit heists, murder and robberies, Martins-Engelbrecht said in a statement."

"She said the rest of the firearms belonged to persons declared unfit to own a gun, and legal owners who no longer deemed it necessary to own one."
 

MT: FBI investigating report of gun at school
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"The FBI said today it is investigating a report of a firearm being taken to Rocky Boy Public Schools."

"Rocky Boy administrators have not confirmed a report of a gun on campus. ..." ...

"Rocky Boy resident Russell Standing Rock said he was at the high school Wednesday and saw a student pull a rifle on other students in the parking lot."
 

NH: Student brings gun to school
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"A 16-year-old Timberlane Regional High School student faces expulsion after he allegedly brought a loaded semiautomatic pistol to school with him Thursday."

"The student, an unidentified male and member of the junior class, was suspended from school until a hearing on the matter can be held with the School Board."

"Principal Charles Coker said the student indicated he had no intention of using the firearm in school, nor did it have to do with issues within the school."
 

CA: Gun ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The only major American city that prohibits private citizens from owning guns is Washington, D.C. -- and we all know our nation's capital has a reputation for being a pastoral, crime-free paradise."

"And now the deep thinkers in San Francisco hope to follow suit." ...

"If voters approve the plan in November, residents would have 90 days to turn in their guns. Good luck."

"There are some exceptions to the proposal. Law enforcement officers, members of the military and security guards 'actually employed and engaged in protecting and preserving property or life within the scope of his or her employment' would be free to keep their weapons."

"Oh, yes, and so would one more favored class: violent and petty criminals."
 

MO: State Fair overseers approve fairgrounds gun ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The State Fair Commission Thursday approved a ban on concealed firearms on the fairgrounds during the fair." ...

"Chairman Jerry W. Divin and commissioners Kent Blades, Morris Brown, Jack Magruder, Ken Keesaman and David Malmo voted for the ban on concealed weapons."

"Elizabeth Schlueter voted against it."

"She said after the meeting she felt a ban on concealed firearms at the grounds should be year-long, not just during the fair."

"Commission members discussed extending the ban beyond the State Fair."
 

WV: Pistol permit funds used for tepees
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Kanawha County Sheriff Dave Tucker has only two weeks left in office, but questions still are being raised about why he spent money from his pistol fund on such items as tepees and costumes."

"Those are among the items on a list of expenditures from the fund that Commissioner Kent Carper received after filing a Freedom of Information Act request."

"Copies of checks issued from the fund show that Tucker spent $234.97 on May 5, 2003, for two tepees from South Summit Inc. of Richardson, Texas. The receipt from the company lists them as a 'backyard tipi' for $199 and a 'door tipi' for $19 plus a $16.97 freight charge. It also says 'Please overnight!' and notes that the tepees were shipped from the factory."
 

IA: Free gun locks available at Sheriff's office
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"Harrison County Sheriff Terry E. Baxter reminds citizens that hunting season is upon us. As activity increases with firearms, so can firearm related accidents."

"Learn how to securely store your firearms by picking up a free gun lock and firearm safety information at virtually any local law enforcement agency, including the Sheriff's office."

"...Leaving an unattended, loaded firearm in a home with children is not safe or smart, Protect yourself and your family from a tragic accident by securely storing your firearms. It can save your life and the ones you love..."
 

UK: Shop boss bins imitation guns
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"Guns have been taken off the shelves of a Coventry city centre shop after the dangers were highlighted in the Evening Telegraph."

"BB guns, which fire small pellets but look like real weapons, are no longer on sale at the World of Gadgets and Christmas Fibre Optics shop in Smithford Way, Coventry city centre."

"Shop manager Scott Pratley took action after a report on BB guns in Saturday's Evening Telegraph. Police had warned the weapons could lead to a potentially-lethal situation if they were used in public."

"The warning came after armed police were called out when four 15-year-olds were spotted playing with BB guns near B&Q in Holyhead Road, Coventry."
 

NY: Ex-narcotics officers convicted of corruption
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"Two former Buffalo detectives were convicted today of violating the rights of drug suspects by planting evidence, stealing money and falsifying information to get search warrants."

"A federal jury convicted 46-year-old Paul Skinner and 50-year-old Sylvestre Acosta following a three-week trial."

"Acosta faces a mandatory prison term of at least 55 years for his conviction on three counts each of deprivation of civil rights, conspiracy and using a firearm in a crime of violence. ..."
 

IL: Cop faces drug charges
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"Lincoln police Cpl. Diana R. Short, 46, and her husband, John T. Short, 41, were to be arrested today on charges they were growing marijuana for illegal distribution."

"State task force officers raided the Short residence Wednesday and discovered 15 marijuana plants in a 'grow room,' according to Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett, who issued the arrest warrants this morning."

"Diana and John Short, a paramedic for the Logan County Paramedics Association, each face two Class III felony charges of unlawful manufacture of marijuana and the unlawful manufacture of marijuana with the intent to deliver."
 

UK: 160-strong squad targets gun crime
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"The new team, called Matrix, was announced today as it was revealed that in the past two years:

. The number of fatal shootings have trebled.

. The total number of firearms incidents has increased from 312 to 426.

. The number of crimes in which a gun was fired has risen from 119 to 267."
 

UK: Shooter gets 14 years for face blasting
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"A GUNMAN who shot a 32-year-old man in the face when an argument erupted into violence has been jailed for 14 years."

"Jason Charles, 25, blasted Lloyd Brown in the face with a handgun after rowing in a quiet suburban street in the middle of the afternoon." ...

"Officers from the Met's specialist shootings team arrested and charged Charles, who admitted wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life when he appeared before Black-friars Crown Court last Friday."
 

South Africa: Armed robbers hit Bloemfontein bank
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"Inspector Harry Nagel, a police spokesperson, said four armed men overpowered a security official inside the bank, without anybody noticing. The official had brought in a bag of money to be deposited. As the official reached the security door, a nearby lift opened and the four men pulled him inside."

"They rode to the second floor, where the robbers ordered the guard to lie on the floor. The armed men got back into the lift with the moneybag and the security guards firearm and disappeared."
 

TX: Texas Bill To Extend CHL Permit Term (NRA)
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Friday, December 17, 2004

Although the Legislature won’t convene until January 11, 2005, Representative Joe Driver (R-Garland) has already pre-filed HB 225, a bill which extends the term of a renewed Concealed Handgun License from four to five years at the current $70 renewal fee. HB 225 will reduce the average annual cost of a CHL and maintain the license holder’s exemption from the federal instant check requirement when purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. Please contact your State Representatives in advance of the legislative session and urge them to sign on as co-authors to HB 225.
 

MT: State’s gun laws explained
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The title of Gary Marbut’s 'Gun Laws of Montana' is under-inclusive. The gun laws are there, all right, but the book has a number of other features you wouldn’t know about from the title."

"There is, for example, a useful chapter on firearms security, another on 'Kids and Guns,' and another with specific guidelines for instructing children on gun safety."

"Most readers will want to pay close attention to the chapter entitled 'Allowable Uses of Lethal Force,' a summary of the law and principles of self-defense."

"Political junkies will be drawn toward the portion of the book called 'Legislative Tales.' Marbut spends a lot of time at the state Legislature in his capacity as president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association."
 

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