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Amnesty International wants background checks to buy a stun gun
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"Taser model number X26A has 50,000 volts of power that, when fired, can render a grown man or woman helpless in an instant."

"Many police agencies train with them and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police use a similar model. But now, you too can get one, with no background check or permit, simply going on the Internet. That has critics outraged."

"Jumana Musa of Amnesty International says, 'It's unregulated. There's no screening. There's no official background check as required by law when you buy a handgun. So basically, anyone can go get it.' "

"Amnesty International may be Taser's biggest critic. But they're not alone in their concern about Tasers being in the hands of anyone on the street." ...
 

NBA "star" caught shooting into the air in Washington, DC -- where owning a handgun is a felony -- to get off with mere misdemeanors
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Denver Nuggets forward Rodney White has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor firearm charges in Washington D.C. after being arrested in September."

"White, 24, and two other men were allegedly seen randomly shooting in the air while driving in Washington. Each of the men were charged with five misdemeanors, and White spent two weeks in jail." ...

"He pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition. He also entered a deferred sentencing agreement to a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license."

"Authorities will dismiss that charge if he has completed 100 hours of community service in Washington and stays out of trouble through September 2005." ...
 

MD: More gun-carrying city criminals should face federal prosecution, Hamm says
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"In announcing the recent arrest of three heavily armed suspects, Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm declared today that more gun-carrying city criminals should expect to face federal prosecution and the tougher sentences that typically ensue." ...

"...the Democratic mayor and his police commissioner frequently stood side-by-side as O'Malley criticized Republican-appointed U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio for his record on gun prosecution."
 

Gun Facts version 4.0
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalist, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment." ...

"Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts that directly dispute the gun control claim. Thus when a neighbor, editor, or politician repeats some slogan propagated by gun control advocacy groups, you can quickly find that myth, then rebuke."

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OH: National Rifle Association License Plates Will Mean Gun Owners are Registering Themselves with the State of Ohio
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"The Ohio Senate today passed a bill, Amended Substitute Bill HB 329, with a vote of 28-0, creating a National Rifle Association license plate. The license plate will be issued on completion of registration with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles."

"...Earlier this year, the Ohio legislators passed a bill allowing the secret and hidden carrying of concealed weapons." ...

""An NRA license plate will, ironically, be helpful to our police... When they see the NRA symbol, they'll know that the driver may be packing heat in his car and take appropriate precautions."

"The registration of these plates by gun owners will now serve the safety of Ohioans by providing identification to law enforcement, other drivers, employers, and neighbors."
 

PA: Governor Rendell signs law mandating minimum 5-year prison term for delivering a banned plant to someone while armed
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... "House Bill 447, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nailor (R-Cumberland), makes several amendments to Title 42 - Judiciary and Judicial Procedure. ... The bill also provides that any person who is convicted of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, or possessing drugs with the intent to manufacture or deliver the controlled substance, under of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, and at the time of the offense the person or the person's accomplice is in possession of a firearm, the person shall serve a minimum term of confinement of five years, and the court shall have no authority to impose a lesser sentence."

NOTE: "Banned plant" = marijuana, a.k.a. "controlled substance"
 

PA: Shot full of holes
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"In 1998, a Pennsylvania Game Commission task force proposed that deer hunters in Lancaster County and seven other growing southeastern counties be forced to shelve their rifles and use only shotguns."

"After all, it was widely assumed that slower-moving shotgun slugs would provide safer hunting around suburbs. Surrounding states such as Maryland, Ohio and New York had already mandated shotgun-only in many areas."

"But the outcry by local hunters and sportsmen’s groups was so vociferous that the PGC wisely asked for proof showing that shotgun slugs would be safer than rifle bullets."

"Now, after nearly seven years of gathering statistics in Pennsylvania, it turns out that not only are shotguns not the panacea for hunting in close quarters, but less powerful shotguns might actually increase the incidence of buildings or people being shot when the bullets fly."
 

WI: Irrational gunplay in the Wisconsin deer woods
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"He wasn't talking about deer. He was talking about Hmong folk." ...

"Suppose my neighbor had tripped in the dark and the thing went off? Or worse, he'd actually accosted an armed man and a gunfight broke out in my side yard, within a few feet of where my daughter was sleeping in her bedroom? Hey, if somebody breaks into your house, there's nowhere to retreat to, and you've got no other choice, then that's a different story, but you never, never, never, confront a mere trespasser with a weapon."

"Very bad things can happen."
 

TX: "Undocumented immigrant" caught with 19 firearms
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"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents went to the home in the 1300 block of Vine Road in Conroe to serve an arrest warrant on Emiliano Lugo, a Mexican national."

"Lugo had no criminal charges against him but was being deported because he had entered the United States illegally ..."

"Inside, laid out on a floor, they found 19 firearms, including nine long-arm rifles, a Browning .380-caliber handgun, a Colt Model 1911 .45-caliber, a TEC-9 9-millimeter handgun and other semiautomatic weapons ... Several of the guns were loaded, and they were in the same area where three small children, who ranged in age from 3-5, were playing."

"Federal law makes it illegal for an undocumented immigrant to possess a firearm..." ...
 

KY: Louisville weapons plant gets Navy gun contract
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"United Defense International has won a contract to provide Louisville-built 57 millimeter guns to Lockheed Martin for a new U.S. Navy ship designed for coastal operations."

"The initial contract is for two guns for the first version of the Littoral Combat Ship, but company spokesman Doug Coffey said more orders are expected after the Navy approves the prototype."
 

PA: Gun exchange program to continue
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"A program that organizers feared might be suspended this year because of money problems again will exchange gift certificates for guns.
Goods for Guns of Allegheny County will collect guns for an 11th straight year."

"Although it fell short of its $20,000 goal, the group has collected $16,000 in donations from various organizations and people from around the county to purchase the gift certificates. Two weeks ago, only $5,000 had been collected."
 

MA: Free gun locks available
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"The Ipswich Police Department, along with Project Childsafe, is offering free gun locks to Ipswich residents who keep firearms in their homes."

"Project Childsafe is a national program, funded through a U.S. Department of Justice grant, designed to ensure the responsible and safe ownership and storage of home firearms... These locks are designed to prevent the accidental use of revolvers, automatic handguns, bolt-action rifles and shotguns."

"To obtain a lock, gun owners should bring their FID or License to Carry card to the Police Department on Elm Street. Deputy Chief Peter Foote notes that it is the law to keep firearms locked at all times when they are being stored at home."
 

MT: Gun show features double rifles
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"The Billings Gun Show, established in 1979, has offerings for collectors, hunters, and visitors, who will take home stories of this window to the West."

"The show is always loaded with new features and old favorites."

"Among the 400 tables in the Pavilion, show visitors will find a wide range of merchandise for sportsmen and -women. Vendors will offer a full line of modern firearms, wholesale ammunition, scopes, etc. All federal, state and local laws apply to all transactions at the show."
 

UK: Man held after gun fired in town centre
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"A man is being questioned by police today night after a gun was fired during a disturbance in the centre of King's Lynn."

"Police were called to Stonegate Street just after 9pm on Tuesday after a youth suffered a cut to the head in a scuffle with a man armed with what was believed to have been a machete. On arrival, they were told a shot was fired during the incident."

"A 38-year-old man was arrested at an address on nearby Hillington Square shortly afterwards, on suspicion of discharging a firearm in a public place and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm."
 

CT: Hartford cop accused in road rage incident
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"State police arrested a Hartford police officer Wednesday in connection with a reported road rage incident in October."

"Officer Christopher White, 28, was assigned to a desk job after being charged with threatening, harassment and reckless endangerment, city police said."

"A motorist told state police that a man pointed a gun at him and his passengers while driving northbound on Interstate 91 in New Haven on Oct. 15. No shots were fired. State police said White was the person with the gun."
 

OH: XU rifle coach sad to see team dropped
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"The Xavier rifle program, which has produced two Olympians, will be discontinued after this season." ...

"Athletic director Dawn Rogers cut the program as a cost-saving measure in compliance with university-wide fund reallocation initiatives."
 

WI: Gun-deer season is safest on record for shooting accidents
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"Hunters bagged more than 300,000 deer during the nine-day gun-deer season, which ranks as the safest on record for accidental shootings, authorities said Tuesday."

"By the end of the season Sunday, hunters registered 303,162 deer compared with 304,538 during the same period last year."

"There were five reported firearms accidents, with two fatalities, during the gun-deer season. In 2003 there were 15 shooting accidents with two deaths; two decades ago, 60 accidents were reported with five hunters killed."
 

IN: Restricting gun ownership isn't the answer to violent crime (Letter)
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"I find it interesting that Gary Mayor Scott King suggests more gun laws are somehow going to avert incidents such as the recent shooting at Brunswick Elementary School."

"Unbeknownst to King, a person has to be at least 21 years old to purchase a handgun in Indiana. If King lacks a fundamental understanding of basic gun laws, I wonder how he arrives at such conclusions. ..."

"Meanwhile, King's apparent model for ideal gun laws, Illinois, has a much higher frequency of such incidents. We all agree that shootings around schools are terrible, but it is much more complicated than just blaming it on guns." ...

"I take exception to certain politicians exploiting such incidents to further their anti-gun agendas."
 

CA: City moves to shut down gun club
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"The City Council made the first move to close down a popular shooting range by giving the San Gabriel Valley Gun Club 18 months to move as officials rezone the entire city."

"But, gun club members vow to fire back, possibly with a lawsuit. They said they have been good neighbors and want to sit down with city officials to work out their differences." ...

"Some nearby residents have complained about the noise and want the range shut down. ..."

"Currently, the gun club is located in a commercial zone, but the council on Monday told staff to change it to open space, which wouldn't allow for that type of operation."
 

IN: Reasonable gun laws
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"Indiana lawmakers hesitant to set reasonable restrictions on gun ownership should take note of a survey released last week that shows the majority of Hoosiers want some gun laws strengthened."

"The change Indiana residents want most is elimination of a loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows without a background check. State legislators need to listen to their constituents and enact common-sense gun laws that protect Hoosiers, and the gun-show loophole is the best place to start."
 

UK: Nottinghamshire launches gun amnesty
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"Police in Nottinghamshire have launched a gun amnesty as part of their campaign to rid the city of firearms."

"The police and city council are urging anyone who has a gun to hand them in without fear of punishment during the first two weeks of December."

"The fatal shooting of teenager Danielle Beccan inspired a protest against the level of gun crime in the city in the Old Market Square last month."
 

IN: Rule goes against constitutional rights
Submitted by: BILL AREVALO

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

In regard to the recent spate of letters about guns on campus, I would draw to the attention of the reader that the rule against possessing a weapon on campus is illegal. In the Supreme Court ruling Madison v. Marbury (1803), Chief Justice John Marshall wrote "… an act of the legislature, repugnant to the Constitution, is void.

Since the state Legislature created Purdue and it is therefore an instrument of the state of Indiana, all rules thereof must conform to the state and national constitutions. We need not even appeal to the national constitution but just to the state constitution, Article I, section 32: "The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the state."

Unquestionably, the University rule against possession of arms is against the state constitution, for it deprives citizens of this right.
 

WI: Hunting 'will never be the same' after slayings
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" 'I found myself checking other deer stands all week,' said the hunter from Hamilton, Ohio, who has traveled to Wisconsin's Sawyer County for three decades to pursue whitetails. 'I haven't been comfortable in the woods at all.' "

"While the shooting, which left six dead, has stunned nearby Rice Lake, it also cast a pall over Wisconsin's celebrated hunting season, which ended Sunday. And it left an indelible mark on northern Wisconsin hunters and their traditions."

" 'This is our 9/11,' said hunter Dave Daggett of Omro, Wis., whose hunting camp was 1 1/2 miles from the shooting scene. 'Things will never be the same.' "
 

TN: More On Jerry Lawler Burglary Plot; Officer Turns On Friends
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"New details are emerging about the confession in the police corruption scandal. One of the officers appears to have rolled over on his fellow officer. In open court prosecutors said Billy Scott has given a detailed and accurate confession. ..."

"Billy Scott is the second officer in the case to make bond. His co-defendant officer John Vaughan bonded out last week. The fourth person charged is the only civilian in the case, April Veach, is also out on bond. Now only Officer David Tate remains behind bars. ..."

"The prosecution plans to use taped conversations to prove a series of crimes. The crimes include drugs, bringing prostitutes to Tunica casinos, and planning a heist at the East Memphis home of pro-wrestler Jerry Lawler."
 

KY: Local Officers Begin Carrying Taser Guns
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"Metro police officers began carrying Taser guns Wednesday."

"About 140 officers are taking part in the 30-day trial, WLKY NewsChannel 32's Julia Harding reported."

"Officers with the Crisis Intervention Team will be carrying their Taser guns. The month-long study requires them to report weekly how well the weapons are working."

"Local government officials hope the Taser gun can be used in place of deadly force, Harding reported. In January, another 1,000-plus officers will be given Taser guns."
 

FL: Florida Officer Resigns Day After His Arrest
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"A corrections deputy was arrested Monday on an aggravated stalking charge after authorities say he threatened to shoot and kill his estranged wife and her family."

"After serving three years as a corrections deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the arrest led Joshua W. Norris, 25, to resign from the agency on Tuesday, officials said. He was assigned to the immigration detention facility in downtown Bradenton prior to his resignation, a report stated." ...

"Norris, who became a corrections deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in June 2001, also was arrested on a drunk driving charge in March, court records indicate."
 

A Gun Analogy Misfires (Letter)
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"The legislation at issue would control theft of intellectual property, and it is limited to systems that are commercially viable only by facilitating copyright infringement. If guns were used only for legal purposes, their manufacture would remain a viable industry. If peer-to-peer file-sharing networks were used only for non-copyrighted material, they would not."

"Ironically, Mr. Lessig invokes the Constitution to defend his premise. But it is the Constitution that protects creators' exclusive rights to their work. Congress understands the rationale for this; as illegal file sharing increases, artists, authors and other creators have less incentive to create, and we as a society are poorer for it. ..."
 

IN: At ease with Silent Arms
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"They do not march; they stroll. With eyes that practically drool, the soldiers gaze at tables cluttered with price-tagged weapons. They clutch Bowie knives with purpose, aim shotguns at imaginary targets or test the comfort of Army helmets. Some of the soldiers arrive unarmed; others come prepared for the frontlines. They enter the room with long blades hidden in sheaths or rifles slung over shoulders or pistols gripped in palms."

"Their arms are silent ... for now."
 

AL: Help available for domestic violence victims
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"In the past month, two Brewton women have been killed by their domestic partners, and one of those men later killed himself."

"On Nov. 12, Geraldine Dailey Stallworth was stabbed to death near her home on Alco Drive. Larry Donnelle Donald, who previously had lived with her, was charged with her murder."

"Less than a week later, on Nov. 17, Rosemary Washington, 44, and Robert Shavers, 77, were both found dead on Gooden Lane. ..."

"While not all cases of domestic violence are this extreme, the crime is common. But special help is available to victims through the Domestic Violence Crime Unit. Renee Cain works with this unit as a victim's advocate."
 

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