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Suit vs. gun manufacturers may proceed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A federal judge ruled Friday that New York City's lawsuit against gun manufacturers may go forward, despite passage of a federal law this fall that was specifically designed to protect the firearms industry from such suits."

"Judge Jack B. Weinstein said the new law shielding gun companies from lawsuits by cities and crime victims did not apply to New York's case against several major gun manufacturers."
 

NY: Judge OKs bag searches on NYC subway
Submitted by: M Trcic

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"A federal judge ruled on Friday that police had a constitutional right to randomly search passengers' bags on the New York City subway to deter terrorist attacks."

"U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ruled the searches were an effective and appropriate means to fight terrorism, and constituted only a 'minimal intrusion' of privacy."
 

AK: Homeowner turns gun on theft suspects
Submitted by: News Director

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"According to the Associated Press, Fairbanks police say two thieves robbed a man in his mobile home last Thursday and were shot as they fled. The suspects were hit in the legs and were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries."
 

Op-Ed: Hoping for a Return to the Wild West
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Returning to such a time when innocent people could defend their own life without interference from the police or anti-gun do-gooders only concerned with filing some emotional compulsion to confiscate guns would be a step backwards for criminals and therefore a step forward for everyone else."

"A return to the so called wild-west should be welcomed by anyone not committed to furthering the safety and well being of robbers, rapists and murderers."
 

Gallup Poll: Guns in 4 of 10 homes; women more likely to use guns for protection
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"A recent Gallup Poll entitled 'Gun Ownership and Use in America' shows that 4 in 10 Americans report having a gun in their homes, that most gun owners say they use their guns to protect themselves against crime, for hunting, and for target shooting. What may come as surprise to sexist anti-gun extremists is that the poll's findings also found that women more likely than men to use guns for protection."
 

Cartoonist, Brady Campaign release animation unsuitable for the holiday season
Submitted by: Paul Hunter

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has added an animated featurette to its 'Shoot First Law' website. The animation offers an award-winning artist’s take on the Florida law which took effect Oct. 1 and allows people to use deadly force in public."

"The animation is available for viewing at www.shootfirstlaw.org." ...

"Mark Fiore’s work appears regularly in a wide variety of online news web sites. After a short stint at the San Jose Mercury News as their staff cartoonist creating traditional political cartoons, Fiore fled the print world in 2001 to devote all of his energies to creating animated work."

"Mark Fiore was recently awarded a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and has also received an Online Journalism Award from the Online News Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has also won two awards from the National Cartoonists Society for his work in new media."
 

How do states balance privacy while preventing unlawful sales?
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"In Alabama, a man with a history of mental illness killed two police officers with a rifle he bought on Christmas Eve."

"In suburban New York, a schizophrenic walked into a church during Mass and shot to death a priest and a parishioner." ...

"Not one of their names was in a database that licensed gun dealers must check before making sales ..."

"...Legislation pending in Congress that has bipartisan support seeks to get more of the disqualifying records in the database."
 

Guns and mental illness make lethal combination
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In 29 states, a person with a serious mental illness can purchase a gun from a licensed dealer."

"That’s ridiculous. Guns and schizophrenia don’t mix." ...

"'It’s just not fair,' he said. 'On the one hand, we want there to be very limited access to guns. But here you’re singling out people because of a medical condition …'"

"Yeah. That’s the point. Does he really believe it’s fair to hand a weapon to a suicidal person? That’s some pretty rough medicine."

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Yeah, because a suicidal person will never find another way to off him or herself. And because God forbid someone who has received help from a mental health professional be "allowed" to defend themselves against attack.
 

Gun-crazy Washington
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the days since New York City police officer Dillon Stewart was gunned down, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has sounded a perfectly rational call for tougher federal gun laws. The city has rigorous laws of its own but is plagued by guns that flood in from states where laws are more porous. 'We've got to stop this craziness,' Bloomberg said. Tragically, his entreaty will fall on deaf ears in Washington."
 

Federal Judge Finds New Law No Bar to New York City's Lawsuit Against the Gun Industry
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"'This is a great victory for the citizens of New York City,' said Dennis Henigan, director of the Brady Center's Legal Action Project. 'The gun industry has long sought to avoid accountability for supplying the highly-profitable underground market. Instead, it will now face the harsh light of justice.'"

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Weinstein has a long and well-documented bias against the Second Amendment and gun ownership. This is not surprising.
 

Canada: Toronto records 50th gun-related murder
Submitted by: News Director

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"A 25-year-old man has been shot dead in Toronto, the city's 50th murder involving guns this year."

"The man, who police haven't yet identified, was shot in the chest."

"He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead."

"The gun-related homicide is believed to be the highest in the city's history."
 

NY: Criminal Coddlers
Submitted by: News Director

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"With the city still mourning the murder of NYPD Detective Dillon Stewart (he got his gold shield posthumously Wednesday), Gov. Pataki is again trying to galvanize support for a finely tuned bill that would get tough with illegal gun dealers, once and for all."

"The proposed law — which has massive support in the state Senate — would help keep firearms out of the hands of thugs like Stewart's killer."

"Alas, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can be counted on to block the gov — as he has every year that Pataki pushed this bill in the past."
 

NY: No help from Albany
Submitted by: News Director

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"Cops must use any legal excuse they can to stop and search thugs suspected of carrying a gun. (We mean any excuse.)"

"As we said yesterday, reviving the NYPD's tremendously effective Giuliani-era Street Crimes Unit doubtless would prove useful."

"Disbanded after the Amadou Diallo tragedy, the unit's aggressive stop-and-frisks resulted in a record number of gun confiscations, and played a key role in driving down crime to its historic lows."

"For sure, Mike and Ray mustn't expect help from Albany. They need to be ruthless about rounding up guns — themselves. And keeping them out of the hands of thugs like Cameron."
 

MA: Summit targets gun crimes, intimidation
Submitted by: News Director

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"Boston's top law enforcement officials emerged yesterday from an emergency summit meeting called by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, vowing to take tougher measures to stem a rise in homicides, shootings, and other violent crime."

"Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole said she is ordering officers in the next several days to sweep every neighborhood in the city and arrest people with outstanding warrants. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said he plans to start new court sessions that will focus on gun crimes. ..."
 

NY: The Real Menace
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A high level of emotion is only natural in the wake of a crime as horrible as the murder of Police Officer Dillon Stewart, but there's no reason to throw all logic out the window. Yet that's what is entailed in the calls resounding through the city for tougher gun laws in the wake of the fatal shooting. A news article in yesterday's Daily News bemoans the 'languishing' in Congress of bills to ban .50 caliber sniper rifles, 'military-style assault weapons,' and 'guns that fire bullets that penetrate soft body armor.' Yet Stewart wasn't killed with a .50 caliber sniper rifle or a 'military-style assault weapon.' And the bullet that killed him didn't 'penetrate' his body armor - it went through the arm hole."
 

PA: Easton police officer faces sanctions for losing gun
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"The Easton police detective who left his loaded service pistol at a Palmer Township restaurant last month will likely face disciplinary action at the conclusion of an internal investigation, including restitution, the head of the department said Thursday."

"Capt. Scheldon Smith would not elaborate on what kind of punishment Sgt. Tom Smith would receive but said he will likely be responsible for reimbursing the city for the $800 department-issued handgun. ..."

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CT: State police returned gun used in murder
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"The March night Newington police officer Ciara McDermott went to post bail for state trooper Victor Diaz after his arrest by Cromwell police, she didn’t know that the .40-caliber Glock handgun stowed in his state police cruiser would be the gun he’d use to shoot her to death eight months later."

"Police say Diaz, 37, of Windsor, ambushed the 30-year-old McDermott at her West Hartford home Nov. 21. He used the Glock to shoot her twice in the chest and once in the head, before killing himself with the same gun in an upstairs bedroom of her home. McDermott was the second Newington police officer to be shot to death in less than a year."
 

AK: Police look into report of gun at grade school
Submitted by: News Director

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"Police and school officials are investigating whether a handgun brought to an elementary school Wednesday by a fifth-grader and shown to other students away from teachers was real or a toy, officials said."
 

Don't limit citizens' ability to protect themselves
Submitted by: News Director

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"To me - if our lawmakers want to make a gun law - it should be that in order for someone to buy a gun, they should show that they have taken a shooting safety course."

"If the parents have a gun, any child of at least 12 should take the same course. In states where they have made it legal for any law-abiding citizen over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon, violent crime has decreased by at least 30 percent, based on what I have read."

"I will end with this note: 'Gun control is being able to hit your target.'"
 

Douglas pushes for tighter gun control
Submitted by: News Director

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Fatal attraction star Michael Douglas is planning to lobby the US government for tighter gun control, because he's still haunted by rocker John Lennon's 1980 shooting death.

Lennon was murdered outside his New York City apartment building by Mark Chapman, and the event is one of the major reasons why Douglas wants to use his position as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to lobby for disarmament.

He says: "I was there the night John Lennon was shot, three blocks away. It left a lasting impression on me.

"It motivated me to do whatever I could to lobby for small-arms control."
 

MA: FATIGUE FLAP: LHS student sent home for wearing camouflage outfit
Submitted by: News Director

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"Shilo Lewis just wanted to blend in with the crowd."

"She'd seen camouflage clothing in fashion magazines, on the streets of the city, even in Lowell High School."

"But a head-to-toe camouflage ensemble got the high-school junior sent home from school yesterday." ...

"Lowell High Headmaster Bill Samaras said military gear is associated with some local gangs, and could disrupt students' safety and their learning environment."
 

MN: Minn. high school bans 'bondage' pants
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"'Bondage' pants -- pants with several straps that hook from each back pocket to the opposite pant leg -- were banned about a month ago. The school's dress code committee decided that students shouldn't wear any strap that could be unsafe, whether made from chain or fabric, said associate principal Jeff Sampson."

"Although the straps haven't caused any injuries at the school, Sampson said they could possibly hook students onto something or someone and would be especially dangerous around shop class equipment."

"Junior Ed Chick and his friends said the straps would rip off the pants once caught and most are too high off the ground for others to trip over."
 

CA: Gun club could be closed
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"Mum's the word on the potential closing of an Azusa community fixture, the San Gabriel Valley Gun Club."

"The club has served Southern California shooters for 58 years and is frequented by nearly 100,000 people a year."

"Now, due to a series of actions by the city of Azusa and Vulcan Materials of Azusa, a mining company that leases part of its lands to the club, the shooting range is slated to close in May."
 

HI: School gun cases down
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"State Board of Education officials said they are pleased with a report they received last night indicating the number of cases in which students brought guns to public schools is dropping — and they think extensive publicity and a no-tolerance policy are the reason it's declining." ...

"The Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 requires a one-year suspension when students bring firearms to school."

"Schools superintendent Pat Hamamoto said the no-tolerance policy appears to be working."
 

Uganda: Guns are hidden under people’s beds-Kayihura
Submitted by: News Director

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"THE Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura is worried about illegal firearms in the hands of civilians saying they are compromising security in the country."

"He said many people hide them under their beds."

"Kayihura made the remarks on Thursday at the opening of a two-day workshop on the National Policy and Legislation on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Kampala."
 

FL: City Buys Back Residents' Guns
Submitted by: News Director

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"Oviedo residents with a gun have a chance to make an easy $50 this weekend."

"All they have to do is turn their gun in to police..."

"Gun buybacks have been going on in Orlando for several years. Kids and their parents turn in guns and a local radio station gives them a new pair of shoes. But do the buy backs really make a difference?"

"'The research doesn't show that it reduces violent crime. What it does show is it raises a greater awareness so that somebody that does has a gun that they've kept under the bed for years, they will now have an awareness of it,' said Oviedo City Councilman Steve Henken."
 

ND: Blind marksman upset with N.D.'s lax gun laws
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"Five years ago, Carey McWilliams became the first completely blind person ever to obtain a concealed weapons permit in this country. McWilliams passed the required written and shooting tests in his home state of North Dakota."

"McWilliams joined 'Siutation' Host Tucker Carlson Thursday to discuss his amazing feat and fear of the lax gun laws in North Dakota."
 

FL: Gun, Radio Stolen From Sheriff's Office Vehicle
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"Authorities in Brevard County, Fla., are searching for a man wanted for breaking into an unmarked sheriff's department vehicle and stealing a handgun and a sheriff's radio, according to a new release."

"Several vehicles were broken into in the Brook Hollow subdivision of Malabar, Fla., Friday, the report said."

"One of the targeted vehicles was an unmarked Brevard County Sheriff's Office vehicle."
 

OH: Teen Accused of Bringing Gun to School
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"A student is accused of carrying a gun into a central Ohio school."

"Whitehall police say the boy, who attends Yearling High School, was arrested."

"Authorities say the 16-year-old wanted to sell the 9mm gun and may have carried it around campus for days."

"The teen was confronted at school Thursday, and that is when he was arrested."

"Police say the teen got the gun from another student, who stole it from a family member in Madison Township over the weekend."
 

UK: Cops find BMW stolen in gunpoint car-jacking
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"POLICE have found a BMW stolen in a terrifying car-jacking in the south side of Glasgow."

"The silver convertible, which was stolen at gun-point, was discovered abandoned in Pollokshields."

"Two armed raiders ambushed Gail Crawford as she parked outside her home in Fotheringay Road on Monday."
 

Canada: Iqaluit cop faces assault, handgun charges
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"An RCMP officer in Iqaluit has been suspended following charges of assault and careless use of a firearm."

"Const. Michael Salomonie, 27, faces three counts of assaulting his common-law spouse, Ooloosie Taukie, and one count of careless use of a 9mm Smith and Wesson - the standard-issue RCMP handgun."
 

The Associated Press Lied to Barrett Rifles (Blog)
Submitted by: SayUncle
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So, the situation is that Ms. French held herself out as doing a business feature, then does a biased anti-gun piece using the company, omits information that would be consistent with a business feature, and the report contained many factual inaccuracies.
 

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