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Project Safe Neighborhoods Loses Direct Financing
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"Congress has eliminated direct financing for a Justice Department program that has been the centerpiece of the Bush administration's efforts to prosecute black-market gun crimes."

"The move, which Congressional officials attributed to competing budget priorities, cuts federal grants to local and state law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting crimes committed with guns. ..."

"The administration had sought $45 million for local grants under the gun prosecution program, Project Safe Neighborhoods. ..."

 

UK: "...one gun crime every hour in Britain...
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"The fear of gun crime in the city where Pc Ian Broadhurst was shot dead on Boxing Day last year is worse than the reality, a senior officer said."

"Detective Chief Superintendent Grahame Bullock said there was a division between the perception of gun crime and the reality, with a high profile killing having a ripple effect throughout the community." ...

"But with the equivalent of one gun crime every hour in Britain, official figures show the problem has more than doubled in Leeds in the last six years."
 

Chronicles from Nirvania
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"Britain seems to have achieved gun-control nirvana, a condition only dreamed about by the left in this nation for the past 50 years or more. In the fairytale land of Nirvania, it is firearms – not the individuals who aim and discharge them – that kill people. Seizing on this observation, the political left has made the leap of faith that when firearms are eliminated, the population will be safe, and mankind will be restored to its pre-Adamic state of sinless perfection."
 

OH: Ohio Gun Ban Lobby and The Agony of Defeat
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"When does a legislation creating vanity license plates for the 'National Rifle Association Foundation' in Ohio become a victory for gun ban extremists?"

"When you're gun ban lobbyist Toby Hoover, and when you're desperate to obscure the fact that you've been dealt yet another in a long string of defeats." ...

"2004 has to have been a tough year for Ohio's gun ban extremists, so the frantic spin contained in Hoover's latest press release should probably be considered after taking a look at the gun ban lobby's dismal failures this year..."
 

AZ: Judge: Police raid of Hells Angels was 'attack'
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"A judge has taken police to task for a drug raid on a Hells Angels clubhouse in north Phoenix in which a man was shot."

"In a blistering decision, Judge Michael Wilkinson of Maricopa County Superior Court described the early-morning operation as an 'attack' that violated Arizona search-and-seizure laws."

"The judge tossed out key evidence police obtained against the injured man, Michael Wayne Coffelt, a Phoenix resident and prospective Hells Angels member."
 

CA: Justice wasn’t served in Tidwell gun-theft case
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"FORMER San Bernardino County Sheriff Floyd Tidwell's plea bargain on charges of stealing more than 500 guns during his tenure has led to a reduced sentence that saves the public nothing, even as it saves Tidwell from going to prison."

"Justice, indeed, has been cheated. And so have law-abiding citizens, who expect that San Bernardino County's one-time top law enforcement officer be held liable for his transgressions."

"Instead, Judge J. Michael Welch on Tuesday reduced Tidwell's felony charges to misdemeanors, sentenced him to three years' probation and fined him $10,000."
 

CA: Second Ex-Officer Admits Connection With Rogue Cops
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"A second former Los Angeles Police Department officer has admitted he was among a group of rogue cops who committed invasion-style robberies across Southern California staged to look like police raids, it was reported Thursday."

"Jesse Moya, 27, has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge for his role in the criminal organization, which has been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs, cash, guns and other items over about four years starting in 1998, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing court documents."

"The onetime Southeast Division officer has agreed to cooperate with federal authorities. He faces up to 10 years in prison and at least a $250,000 fine, but his sentence could be reduced ..."
 

NY: Former NYPD Detective Indicted In Murder Of Astoria Deli Worker
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"A former NYPD detective faces up to 15 years behind bars after being indicted by a Queens grand jury in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Astoria deli worker."

"John Malik, 60, was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for allegedly fatally shooting Manuel Chametla on October 18th while the teenager was working at the Astoria Food Market on 31st Street. Chametla was shot once, allegedly with Malik’s licensed .380 semi-automatic Sig Sauer pistol."
 

TX: Officer Loses Job Over Alleged Pizza Bribe
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"Police in Fort Worth say a pizza cost an officer his job."

"Motorcycle officer D.H. Towson gave a speeding ticket to a pizza delivery driver last July. An internal investigation found that Towson promised to not show up in court if the driver game him a pizza."

"Officer David Towson, who had been on the force five years, resigned in October after administrators recommended an indefinite suspension, which is the equivalent of being fired, police Lt. Abdul Pridgen said Wednesday."
 

KY: Boyle, Liberty officers still believe in Tasers
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"As questions are being raised about the safety and misuse of Taser stun guns, local law enforcement agencies that have the weapons believe they provide answers in potentially dangerous situations.


" 'We always try to use the least lethal method, but we're a small department, understaffed, and if you're out in a holler somewhere dealing with someone on narcotics, your backup may be 30 minutes away,' said Boyle County Deputy Brian Wofford. 'It can put you in a bad spot sometimes. (A Taser) is a deterrent just having it on our belts because people have seen it on 'Cops' and know what it can do.' "
 

UK: Youths playing with imitation guns risk lives
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"TEENAGE owners of imitation and replica guns could be putting themselves in danger of being shot by armed police officers."

"That is the warning from Surrey Police, which is urging youths who own imitation weapons, including BB (ball bearing) guns, to use them responsibly."

"If they don't, armed police officers may believe they are dealing with a life threatening situation and could open fire."

"Specially trained, armed officers are authorised to open fire if necessary where they believe life is being imminently threatened."
 

OK: Law Allowing Guns in Cars at Work Contested
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"In a unique case that pits fear of workplace violence against the right to bear arms, Oklahoma businesses are challenging a new state law that permits employees to keep firearms in cars parked in company lots." ...

"Ellis... said he wanted to protect 'our constitutional right to transport and store a firearm in a locked vehicle.' He said his former employer, Weyerhaeuser Co., inspired him to draft the legislation."

"Weyerhaeuser used trained dogs to sniff vehicles in its parking lot in October 2002, and fired mill workers and contractors who violated its prohibition against guns and drugs on company property. ..."
 

IN: Away from deadly force
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"Considering the recent report questioning the safety of citizens subdued by law-enforcement officers with Tasers, Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York is being prudent to hold off on buying 83 of the stun guns while further evaluation is done. But the dangerousness of the weapons should not be exaggerated. If the city’s investigation doesn’t reveal more than is already known, the department should go ahead with the purchase. Stun guns are one part of an important evolution in police work, a change that will ultimately mean greater safety for police and civilians alike."
 

MO: Trade group offers free locks for guns
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Boone County parents can pick up free gunlocks at six local law enforcement agencies that partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to distribute the cable-style locks as part of Project ChildSafe.

An expansion of the foundation’s Project ChildSafe is funded by a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and provides nearly 20 million free locks and firearm safety materials to families.

A Project ChildSafe representative yesterday gave locks to Sturgeon and Centralia police, and locks were to be delivered today to police departments in Columbia, Ashland and Hallsville and to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
 

PA: Fearful pleas for tougher gun sentences
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"Bomberger urged the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to increase penalty guidelines for those who violate gun laws. He and others spoke at a public hearing held by the commission in the Lancaster County Courthouse."

"The commission is considering proposed revisions to its sentencing guidelines. Judges and other law enforcement personnel refer to the guidelines while considering levels of punishment."

"Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro coordinated the effort to speak out in favor of tougher sentences for criminals who use guns."

"In the past five years, 34 county residents have been murdered with firearms, he said. Gun dealers and gang members, he added, have committed many other non-fatal shootings."
 

UK: Man Shot by Police 'An Isolated Incident'
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"Police today sought to reassure residents in Weston-super-Mare after a man believed to be armed with a firearm was shot by police."

"Chief Inspector Nick Walker of Avon and Somerset said: 'We would like to reassure the community of Weston that this is an isolated incident.' " ...

"Armed police were called to reports of a man acting suspiciously with what was thought to be a firearm in Oxford Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, at about 6.35pm on Wednesday."

"Armed officers attended the scene and verbally warned the man, he did not comply and officers discharged two baton rounds."
 

AR: NRA Banquet and Fundraiser
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"The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of The Friends of National Rifle Association will hold its 11 th annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 16..." ...

"Proceeds from the banquet and fundraising events are used to promote safety, education, and training. Locally funds from this event have benefited many shooting programs including programs for firearms training, women shooting programs and youth safety education training."
 

IN: Expulsions decline as Indiana school try other punishments
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"The number of expulsions from Indiana schools has dropped by more than 40 percent in recent years as alternative schools and community service work have become the frequent punishment for troublemaking students."

"Rather than the traditional action of throwing students out of school and leaving them without supervision, some schools are trying steps aimed at improving graduation rates and keeping children out of the legal system."

"Many schools across the state now give children second and third chances, turning to anti-bullying efforts and conflict resolution rather than the "zero tolerance" policies that arose after school shootings in the 1990s."
 

TN: Violence in Schools: How Bad Is It?
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"Schools here are much, much safer than in 1992. In 1992, there were 112 crimes against students in Knox County, compared to just 16 in 2002."

"But you also have to factor in resource officers did not appear in schools until 1996 and if police or sheriff's deputies are called in, those numbers will change." ...

"92-94, everything peaked around here, that's why in 94-95 we enacted our own zero tolerance against weapons here. 93-94 school year we charged 15 kids with bringing guns to school, last year we charged three..."
 

Automatics for the People
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"Admittedly, the once-banned AR15, all black metal and plastic, does look a lot more sinister than the M1A, which has a wooden stock and would look homey on the mantle of a hunter’s cabin. That said, there are differences that, though gun enthusiasts beg to differ, are more than just cosmetic."

"For example, under the ban, guns could not be sold or manufactured with collapsible stocks, which allow the shooter to shorten the length of the gun. This could presumably make the firearm easier to conceal, which is unnecessary in hunting or hobby shooting."

"Flash suppressers, attached to the tip of the barrel to diminish the visible flash, were also forbidden under the ban. 'They would be useful at night, for the military, for example. It would keep the enemy from knowing where the fire came from,' says Guy."

"Again, this feature doesn’t seem necessary for sporting use, but Guy explains that many sportsmen value the 'historical look of [flash suppressers]. They look more like military arms.' "
 

UK: 'Community Must Fight Gun Culture' - Next Met Chief
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"The community must play its part in combating gun crime by young men, the next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service said today."

"Sir Ian Blair also said he was opposed to the total arming of the police."

"Sir Ian, who is Deputy Commissioner until he takes over from Sir John Stevens at the end of January, was attending a conference called Tackling Gun Crime held in Hendon, north London."

...“We have got to stop young men getting to 17 and seeing their only way to self-esteem is the possession of a gun."

“We have got to give them other avenues ... it is not for the police to do that, it is for the community to do that. Enforcement alone is not enough for this problem.”
 

OH: City police to sell tommy gun acquired in roaring '20s
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"If some City Council members were concerned about Athens Police officers carrying Taser stun guns, imagine how nervous they'd be about police officers carrying submachine guns."

"During council's special session Monday night, Councilwoman Debbie Phillips, D-4th Ward, introduced an ordinance that would permit the police department to sell its Thompson submachine gun (aka, tommy gun)." ...

"Athens Police auxiliary officer David Malawista explained that in order for someone to purchase the weapon, a vintage firearm mainly owned by museums and collectors, he or she first is subjected to a background check by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Then the buyer needs approval from the Athens County Sheriff's Office..."
 

UK: Memorial plaques and gun found
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"TWO of the plaques stolen from the Norman Park war memorial in Birkby have been found."

"A Good Samaritan also handed in the fallen soldier's bronze gun which was callously ripped from the memorial in a second weekend attack."

"The original incident on late Friday or early Saturday saw the brass plaques with the names of the fallen taken and the lone bronze soldier pulled off the memorial."

"On Sunday thieves went back to the site and stole the three-foot bronze rifle held by the floored soldier."
 

IN: Fort Wayne to Delay Buying Stun Guns
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"Wayne police will delay purchasing 83 stun guns while they research their safety. But other Indiana police departments, including Angola and Alexandria, plan to buy and use the weapons."

"In a recent report, Amnesty International says tasers are being abused by police. Some health professionals are expressing concern about the potential for cardiac arrest, especially in people who are agitated, under the influence of drugs or have underlying health problems."
 

WV: W.Va. justices uphold gun ban for some felons
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"The state Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld a provision in state law that permanently bars felons convicted of violent, sexual and certain drug offenses from ever possessing firearms."

"The justices reversed a ruling by a Grant County circuit judge who restored Tommy A. Rohrbaugh's right to possess firearms." ...

"The decision also reaffirms the underlying state law that regulates firearms, which Judge Andrew Frye deemed unconstitutional when he ruled last year in Rohrbaugh's favor."

"The restrictions contained therein are a proper exercise of the Legislature's police power to protect the citizenry of this State and impose reasonable limitations on the right to keep and bear arms to achieve this end..."
 

UK: Amnesty guns in firearm sculpture
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"A sculpture crafted from some of the firearms handed in during the 2003 amnesty in London has been unveiled."

"Lucy Wood's Map 272183, which relates to the Ordnance Survey reference for the London's 32 boroughs, was revealed at the Met's Gun Crime Conference. "

"Thursday's event was organised to discuss ways of reducing crime."
 

Australia: Guns review blunder blasted
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"OPPONENTS in the gun debate have criticised the State Government's failure to advertise a firearm legislation review and call for public submissions."

"The Tasmanian Firearm Owners Association and the National Coalition for Gun Control agreed that the review's effectiveness was compromised because it was not publicly advertised."

"TFOA vice-president John Green said having waited years for the review, it needed to be transparent and open for everybody to have a say, and Police Minister David Llewellyn should re-start the process by properly advertising it."
 

CT: Police Seek To Replace Pistols With New Sidearms
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"As part of the police department's proposed budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year, the Police Commission is seeking town approval to trade-in the town-owned pistols used by police officers and replace them with new, more potent sidearms."

"Police currently use .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic Sigma pistols as their standard sidearm. Under the budget proposal, those handguns would be traded-in and be replaced by .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic Model 21 black-finish pistols, according to Police Chief Michael Kehoe. The Glock weapon is widely used by law enforcement agencies."

"A .45-caliber round of ammunition would have more 'stopping power' than a .40-caliber round because it is a bigger, heavier piece of ammunition."
 

CA: Quadriplegic teen nabs 10-point buck
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"A 15-year-old boy who was paralyzed in a 1997 accident on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle killed a 10-point buck Tuesday by pulling a string with his teeth to fire a customized rifle."

"Tyler Harris, a high-school freshman from Aspers, killed the animal on the second day of hunting season in southern Adams County. It was about 200 yards away when he fired the fatal shot." ...

"It was Tyler's third deer - he previously killed two does - but first buck. He plans to have the trophy mounted."

"His .243-caliber rifle is part of a device designed specifically for disabled hunters."
 

NJ: Bear-Hunt Ruling Puts N.J. Gov. In Crosshairs
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"THE state Supreme Court ruling that New Jersey may close state lands to bear hunting puts Gov. Richard Codey in the hot seat."

"DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell wants to shut hunters out, and if that happens, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has threatened to withhold federal aid totaling nearly $2 million."

"Gov. Codey has sent mixed signals on the subject. At one point, he said that he would defer to Campbell, but he has also commented that he does not want to risk losing the federal dollars."

"The money comes from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program, funded from taxes on sporting arms and ammunition. Federal regulations prohibit diversion of these funds from their intended purposes, which benefit wildlife habitat and management programs, including hunting." ...
 

MN: Conceal-carry law is needed
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"I hold a Minnesota permit to carry a handgun. I see people write in to the paper all the time, attacking the issue of 'conceal and carry,' obviously having done little to no research on the subject. Simple facts are all that is needed to help clarify this somewhat controversial issue."

"Neither the 2003 Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act nor the old gun law differentiated between open and concealed carry of a handgun. However, out of consideration for non-permit holders, as well as for tactical reasons, most of us conceal our weapons." ...
 

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