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Justice Department To America: Lock and Load!
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"Last week, the United States Justice Department publicly released a long document, signed by three deputy assistant attorneys general, spelling out in great detail the linguistic, historical, and case-law reasons why it officially considers the right to own guns an individual one, just like the rights protected by the First Amendment..." ...

"It's undeniable down the line: Guns add enormous tragedy and regret to the world—as well as a fair amount of protection from the tragedies and regrets others might impose. They also provide, for many, opportunities to try out an interesting and rewarding skill—and for many others an opportunity for political posturing and sociological pigeonholing and rhetorical policy warfare."
 

Controlling Firearms Study shows gun laws have little effect
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"Lawsuits have been filed against many wholesalers and retailers alleging that their marketing practices make it easy for criminals to get guns. These advocates continually push for more restrictions on firearm purchases in vain attempts to keep guns from criminals and others who shouldn’t have access to them." ...

"The problem with such laws is that criminals routinely ignore them (after all, they are criminals). ..." ...


"The Justice Department’s interviews also gave lie to the notion that so-called assault weapons in private hands decrease the safety of police officers and citizens. ..."

"And so another gun-control myth ends up on the ash heap of history."
 

Howard Nemerov: Gun Control: Hiding Their Heads in San Francisco
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"With no conclusive relationship between civilian disarmament and murder rates, the onus of proving that law-abiding gun owners represent a threat to public health and safety rests firmly with the SF supervisors. Unless, of course, they intend to force a legal system upon residents that presumes guilt."

"Internationally, the US compares even more favorably, rated 24th overall in murder rate. All countries with higher rates have far more gun control; they have no Constitutional right to own guns, and self-defense is not a valid reason for ownership."
 

CA: Robbery suspect slain during home invasion
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"One robbery suspect was fatally shot and another ran away as a home-invasion robbery turned into a three-way shoot-out Tuesday morning, Salinas police said."
 

KY: Elderly victim shoots intruder
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"After being shot in the leg and scared that he and his wife would be killed by the two men who had held them hostage for two hours as they ransacked their home, Clyde Colley decided to defend his life and home..."

"Now, one Kentucky man is dead and another is in jail on a long list of charges. Colley, 84, is in Dickenson Community Hospital recovering from the gunshot wound."
 

TX: Homeowner kills intruder, police say
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"A 79-year-old homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into his Aldine-area home early Tuesday and refused to leave, Houston police said."

"The intruder, Robert Hinojosa, 19, of the 200 block of Gulf Bank, was shot once in the abdomen about 1:30 a.m., investigators said. He died later at Ben Taub General Hospital."

"Police said Hinojosa was burglarizing a residence in the 500 block of Turney when the homeowner woke up and repeatedly told him to leave before shooting him."
 

“TASERs, Torture and Death in the Police State,” or “It’s All About the Money”
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"Maybe the rush to get the newest technology on the streets is outpacing the ability of public officials to put in place the safeguards necessary to protect the public. Maybe it’s all about the money."

"The public, who is paying for these items, is being told that TASERs will be used as a safe, non-lethal alternative to guns. But in reality, they are being used in situations where police would never use lethal force."
 

DC: Jail Mistakenly Releases Convict (while the populace remains disarmed and vulnerable)
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"A man who was convicted last month of robbing and stabbing a cabdriver was inadvertently released from the D.C. jail and is now being sought by federal marshals and local police, authorities said yesterday."

"Bruce Walsh, whose criminal record lists 11 aliases and who has been charged before with escaping and related offenses, apparently duped officers at the jail into thinking he was due to be released."
 

LA: East Baton Rouge officer arrested, accused of stealing $200,000
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"Officials say a lieutenant in the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was in the parish jail today after being accused of stealing more than 200-thousand dollars, plus drugs and guns, from the evidence room."

"An arrest warrant alleges that Lieutenant Gwendolyn Carroll, the sheriff's evidence custodian, was arrested yesterday (Tuesday), after a search of her house turned up scores of evidence envelopes stashed in 18 gallon plastic tubs."

"The warrant says Carroll stole the money, drugs and guns over a six-year period."
 

NY: Housing cop shot self
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"A Brooklyn housing cop who said he was shot in the hand by a gunman Monday night actually shot himself, police said yesterday."

"Officer Michael McLaughlin saw a masked man inside the stairwell of the Ocean Hill Apartments and accidentally fired his gun while trying to open a door to get to the suspect, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said." ...

"McLaughlin, an eight-year veteran, said he was confronted by a 6-foot black man wearing a black overcoat and ski mask about 8:15 p.m. The cop told NYPD officials that the man fled after the shooting."
 

Russia: Russian army loses thousands of guns
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"Russia's Interior Ministry says 178,000 weapons are missing from the nation's arsenals, and many may have ended up in the hands of criminals."

"The Moscow Times said Wednesday that as of Dec. 1, 66,600 guns and pistols, 2,000 automatic rifles and 71 rocket launchers cannot be accounted for."

"Alexander Trudov, head of the Interior Ministry's criminal investigations department said the ministry's centralized database shows 31,000 guns belonging to the Defense Ministry have been reported as lost or stolen, and many have ended up in criminal hands. ..."
 

Philippines: Policemen's guns taped for the holiday season
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"IF YOU see cops with their guns' nozzle covered with masking tape, don't be surprised."

"This is one of the preventive measures implemented by Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Conrado Laza to ensure that his men would not indiscriminately fire their guns this holiday season." ...

"He explained that the nozzle of all guns of the 1,341 DCPO personnel would be covered with a masking tape and the masking tape will have the signature of their precinct commanders."

"It wouldn't prevent the gun from firing, but any attempt to remove it or fire it will definitely show."
 

South Africa: Man shot by cops 'didn't have toy gun'
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"I saw the whole thing. I was standing outside when that police officer shot my son and I didn't see any gun or even a knife..."

"We called the police to help us, but now, even if we have a problem, I'm going to be afraid to call them..."
 

CA: Condor advocates seek lead bullet ban
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"Wildlife advocates petitioned California last week to ban lead bullets to protect condors."

"More than 50 of the gawky and endangered birds reside in the southern half of the state. Two condors reared in captivity have died from ingesting lead in carcasses in the wild, and six more show acute lead poisoning, says Ron Jurek, a biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game."

"A group of environmentalists, biologists and hunters filed the emergency petition. It seeks to substitute copper or steel-jacket bullets, which are less toxic but cost more."
 

UK: Danger fear as gang steals PAINTBALL GUNS!
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"PAINTBALL guns which police say could be used as 'lethal weapons' in the wrong hands have been stolen."

"Lethal weapon: Warning over guns
Forty-eight paintball guns, gas paint canisters and masks worth about £10,000 were stolen from a site in Bassingbourn just a day after they had been transferred to the site."

"Apocalypse Paintball has an office in Dry Drayton but was moving offices and equipment to its paintball site off Old North Road, Bassingbourn, when the theft happened."
 

IN: Kids around? Lock up poisons, guns
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"Households where children visit but don't live -- like grandma's -- are less likely to have household poisons and other hazards safely stored away from curious young hands."

"A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that household chemicals were accessible to children in 74 percent of homes where children were only visitors." ...

"A third of gun owners with children younger than 6 kept a firearm unlocked at home."

"In 2001, 233 unintentional firearm injuries and 93,703 unintentional poisonings occurred among children younger than 6."
 

WI: Seized weapons help new hunters learn about guns
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"The state Department of Natural Resources is giving new hunters more hands-on experience with guns, thanks to a program that sends firearms confiscated from criminals to the agency."

"The DNR has picked up 99 rifles and shotguns so far this year through the program, double what it collected in 2003. Before that, the DNR got just a handful of guns a year through the program."

"Under the program, new hunters are able to handle, and in some cases fire, five types of guns, giving the students a chance to understand the differences between, say, bolt-action and pump-action shotguns. ..."
 

UK: An electric response to gun crime
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"POLICE in Worcestershire have become some of the first officers in the country to be equipped with a new high-tech weapon designed to tackle the threat of armed criminals."

"West Mercia Police Force announced on Monday (December 20) that all of its armed response vehicles would carry the Taser, which uses a short 50,000 volt electrical impulse to incapacitate its victims."

"The gun-shaped weapon will only be used by the city's trained fire arms officers to provide them with an additional option when confronted with armed individuals."
 

MN: Electronic gaps let abusers buy guns, women's advocates say
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Anti-violence advocates say Minnesota's computerized records of court and crime information have flaws that could allow domestic abusers to buy guns without raising alarm.

Under state law convicted domestic abusers are barred from buying guns.

The concerns are being raised by two groups, a battered women's justice project and one that supports handgun controls. They say the state's CriMNet network has complete records for less than a third of misdemeanor domestic assault convictions between May 2002 and April 2003.

The advocates say they don't know if the convicted abusers actually bought guns -- but they say the information gaps could let it happen.
 

OH: Armed men rob 'no-guns' Fifth Third bank
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"The Dayton Daily News is reporting that two men entered Fifth Third Bank at 6301 Wilmington Pike about 3 p.m. and took an undetermined amount of cash at gunpoint, Centerville police Lt. Bruce Robertson said." ...

"Apparently these gentlemen didn't see the 'no-guns' signs which are prominently displayed at Fifth Third banks throughout the state. As we have tried to tell them for months, the bank's signs, posted in the name of safety, have been proven once again only to keep out law-abiding citizens who have undergone extensive background checks, received firearms training, etc."
 

AZ: Teaching kids importance of gun safety is vital
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"Kids most often associate handguns with power. But when parents make the decision to own a handgun, that decision assumes they’re prepared to undertake not only the full-time responsibility for their weapon’s safety and security, but also their children’s safety and security." ...

"Whether it’s a firearm or something as common as a carpenter’s nail gun, a BB gun or an air gun, all are dangerous and easily accessible to kids. Parents should assume their children are going to come across a gun at some point in their youth and should teach them about gun safety."
 

UK: Concerns voiced over replica guns
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"City leaders have spoken out about the sale of realistic replica guns in the city."

"On Monday, the Evening Telegraph revealed a shocking array was available to buy for under £13 both in a city store and at an Internet site to which the store is linked."

"The Antics shop in Trinity Street, city centre, is selling the items legally, but Coventry's Lord Mayor, Cllr John Gazey, and the city centre management company, CV One, would like the store owners to think carefully about the sale of BB and replica guns."

"Cllr Gazey (Con, Bablake) also urged parents to think twice about buying their child a lifelike 'toy' gun this Christmas."
 

OH: Police say gunman robbed (no-guns) credit union
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The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that a man brandishing a handgun robbed a credit union Tuesday afternoon.

The story says the robbery happened at the Seven Seventeen Credit Union, 4450 Belden Village Ave., about 1:50 p.m. Police told the newspaper a man demanding money from a teller placed a handgun on the counter.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said he left in a light blue Chevrolet Cavalier station wagon driven by another man.

All Seven Seventeen credit unions in Ohio are posted with discriminatory and obviously useless "no-guns" signs.
 

UK: Burglary gang guns down policeman in suburban road
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"DETECTIVES were yesterday hunting an armed gang who tried to kill a police officer in a suburban road."

"The unarmed 22-year-old constable was hit several times in the legs as he attempted to stop the gang who were thought to be "casing" houses for break-ins. He was described as stable after surgery."

"A local resident spotted the gang in a silver Honda CRV in Bromley, south London, at about midnight on Sunday."
 

TX: Texans who want to buy a gun must undergo a series of brief background checks
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"Texans who want to buy a gun must undergo a series of brief background checks. Here is a step-by-step look at the process..."

"Most background checks take less than two minutes."
 

South Africa: No bang for gun amnesty
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"The ambitious gun-amnesty plan, announced recently by safety and security minister Charles Nqakula, was met with little of the foment threatened when the new gun laws were announced at mid-year." ...

"Even minor commentators like former journalist Jani Allen were vociferous as they set out to accuse government of draconian, even racist new laws that would see the end of white people."

"She, like others within her quasi-philosophical camp, used a global example they hoped would make those in favour of gun control feel uncomfortable."

"They based their outrage on the example of Germany. ..." ...

"A long road lies ahead until the dream of a gun-free South Africa can be real."
 

NY: "Gun Free" School Zones Still Not Working
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A teenage student at a Catholic high school in Queens was arrested Monday for carrying a loaded gun to school, police said.

Richard Gamarra, 16, of 42-52 Union St. in Flushing, had a loaded 9mm pistol in his backpack at Holy Cross High School when police responded to the school, at 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd., at 2:15 p.m.

An anon ymous caller phoned 911, alerting police of the situation, police said. The caller was believed to be another student at the all-boys school.

Gamarra was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
 

UK: Gun victim shot 'as he tried to halt baseball bat attack on pub drinker'
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"THE mother of a 40-year-old shot in the stomach in a gangland-style shooting said she believes her son may have been trying to stop a fellow drinker being beaten with baseball bats."

"Terry Robinson, of Walton Hall Avenue, Liverpool, was last night in a stable condition at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after being shot on Sunday night."

"A number of masked men burst into the Ashgrove pub in Wavertree and shot him."

"A 26-year-old man was also badly beaten with baseball bats and remains in a stable condition in hospital."
 

SD: Teenager keeping passion for hunting alive
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"Though a 2003 accident robbed Brock Abeln of his ability to walk the fields, carry a gun and fire it with his finger, his paralysis was unable to steal the thrill of the deer hunt from the 19-year-old's soul."

"Abeln is back at hunting. But now the quadriplegic uses his breath to trip the trigger. And he got his buck this fall." ...

"The $1,500 rifle has no stock. Instead, a lever protrudes near Abeln's face. He uses his chin to push the lever, thus aiming the gun."
 

IL: Gun control claims just don’t add up
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"Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. It also has some of the highest crime rates."

"Second Amendment-crushing gun control ordinances have done nothing but give criminals carte blanche to rape, rob and murder unsuspecting, law-abiding Chicago citizens."

"The Windy City’s inability to control crime has prompted Chicago-based groups like United Power for Action and Justice to attack the rights of gun owners in the south suburbs. They recently staged a protest outside Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale and spouted the usual misleading rhetoric about firearm violence." ...

"Their accusations just don’t stand up to logical analysis."
 

CPSC, Crosman Corporation Announce Recall of Air Pistols
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"Hazard: The air pistols' safety might move from the engaged or 'safe' position to the disengaged or 'fire' position when the trigger is pulled once or more and then released. This poses a risk of serious injury if the air pistol is loaded and unintentionally fired."

"Incidents/Injuries: None reported."
 

UK: Bank robbery hunt stepped up
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"Detectives were today stepping up the hunt to catch up to 20 raiders who pulled off one of the world's biggest ever bank robberies."

"By any standards, it was the most audacious of raids. Carefully planned and stunningly executed, it netted an estimated £30m, making it the biggest bank robbery in the UK."
 

Post-season gun care will make your gun last for countless seasons
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"Proper care, especially after a long hunting season, is necessary to ensure that they will give top performance for a long time to come. This involves a lot more than wiping them down with an oily rag and putting them in the closet or cabinet and intending to give them proper cleaning someday. But we all know what infamous road is 'paved with good intentions' and many people never get around to giving their gun a good cleaning.
Cleaning and gun care do not require a tremendous amount of time or any special skills or rocket science. A little time spent with the right equipment and lubricants will work wonders. Too many guns go to the repair shop simply because of dirt buildup in their actions.
Severe rust can build up in the barrel and action and affect the accuracy or even the functioning of the gun. Excess oil, powder buildup, or dust and crud from the woods can gum up the action of a gun. In all cases a little care throughout the season, or especially after the hunting season, can go a long way towards preventing bigger problems later."
 

NY: Homeless Man Ruled Unfit for Trial in Fatal Shooting of Bridge Painter
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"homeless man charged with fatally shooting a highway worker painting an overpass last month in Queens was declared mentally unfit to stand trial for the shooting, prosecutors and his lawyer said yesterday." ...

"Mr. Boyd was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon." ...

Prosecutors say that during the first two days of work, Mr. Gaviglia gave Mr. Boyd some change and a sandwich to help persuade him to move. On the third day, they say, Mr. Boyd grew angry, shot Mr. Gaviglia three times with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol he had carried for years, then lighted a cigar and waited for the police to arrive."
 

Australia: Court shootout with gun dealer
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"THE Australian Customs Service has resorted to the High Court in a four-year-battle to keep 2000 semi-automatic pistols out of the hands of controversial Queensland gun dealer Ron Owen."

"Mr Owen, a right-wing activist and strident critic of the national gun laws introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre, has defeated Customs twice in attempts the agency made in the Federal Court to have the Chinese-made handguns declared forfeited to the Crown."
 

South Africa: Gun Free SA urges parents not to buy toy guns
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"Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) held a toy campaign on Tuesday in an attempt to encourage parents not to buy their children toy guns for Christmas."

"GFSA members handed out pamphlets asking parents to buy educational toys instead, to shoppers at Khayelitsha's Site B shopping complex." ...

"He said children started listening to their parents at a young age and buying them toys that are constructive would avoid violent teenagers who think guns are fine."
 

IN: Accidental shooting brings renewed warning of county law
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"The Wayne County Board of Commissioners will reiterate the need to take precautionary gun safety measures at their Wednesday meeting."

"Commissioner John Catey said he doubts any specific action will be taken."

"Chad Blue of Centerville was shot accidentally in the foot Saturday at the Kuhlman Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds by a 45-caliber handgun. Knife and gun show vendors James Alcorn of New Castle and John Reister of Liberty were asked to leave following the incident."
 

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