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Single Government ID Moves Closer to Reality
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Federal officials are developing government-wide identification card standards for federal employees and contractors to prevent terrorists, criminals and other unauthorized people from getting into government buildings and computer systems."

"The effort, known as the Personal Identity Verification Project, stems from a homeland security-related presidential directive and is being managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a Commerce Department agency with offices in Gaithersburg."
 

Gun control doesn't reduce crime, violence, say studies (Alternate Report)
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"While it is an article of faith among gun-control proponents that government restrictions on firearms reduces violence and crime, two new U.S. studies could find no evidence to support such a conclusion."

"The National Academy of Sciences issued a 328-page report based on 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, a survey of 80 different gun-control laws and some of its own independent study. In short, the panel could find no link between restrictions on gun ownership and lower rates of crime, firearms violence or even accidents with guns."
 

Brady Campaign: Beware 'Under-Intelligent' Gun Owners
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"Those people, the Brady Campaign warned, might 'welcome 2005 with an act of stupidity,' defined in the release as 'the indiscriminate unloading of weapons into the air,' or 'celebratory gunfire.' And 'they may kill an innocent in the bargain, too,' the anti-gun group stated."

"However, even the gun control group, Americans for Gun Safety Foundation, found fault Wednesday with the Brady Campaign's use of the words 'overexcited and under-intelligent' while referring to gun owners."

" 'I don't think that any gun owners are likely to be persuaded by a press release that effectively calls them stupid,' said Casey Anderson, executive director of the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation."
 

David Codrea: On guard: our gun rights have been eroding since the turn of the last century. Is the pendulum finally turning?
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"Fortunately, a critical mass of gun owners has been awakened. Thanks to their organizing, to the new medium of the Internet which allows them to bypass a hostile 'mainstream' press, and through political involvement, 1994's so-called 'assault weapons' ban has expired."

"Now is not the time to rest, but to understand how we got to where such clear infringements of the Second Amendment were considered politically feasible. Be forewarned: more "gun control" laws are waiting in the wings the instant we let down our guard. Where we will be 50 years from now, when GUNS will hopefully observe its centennial, is up to us."
 

Data on Firearms and Violence Too Weak to Settle Policy Debates
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"The role of guns in U.S. society is a subject of intense policy debate and disagreement. However, current research and data on firearms and violent crime are too weak to support strong conclusions about the effects of various measures to prevent and control gun violence, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. A comprehensive research program on firearms is needed if criminal-justice and crime-prevention policy is to have a sound basis."

"Some of today's most pressing policy issues in this area cannot be tackled with existing data and research methods, which are weak, the report says. ..."
 

Quiet Gun, 'frangible' slug may be future of hunting
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"Having never fired a gun in her life, Faamati Winey pulled up on a flying clay pigeon and dusted it with the latest version of the Quiet Gun." ...

"Inventor Wendell Diller, who developed this shotgun with its characteristic long barrel, beamed proudly. He then watched as Winey, his boss's wife, broke another clay target, scoring 2 out of 4 in her introduction to shotgunning." ...

"Diller, a kind of shotgunning version of Thomas Edison, proved his point. Three more shooters put the shotgun with a 31-inch extension barrel to their shoulders and dusted clay targets, while the gun emitted a pop slightly louder than a pellet rifle."

 

TX: Woman Opens Fire After Intruder Shoots Nephew
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"A homeowner fought back Thursday morning after her teenage nephew was shot in the arm as two men invaded her Missouri City home looking for a man she did not know, police told Local 2."

"Missouri City detectives said homeowner Malika Leverette noticed two armed men in their 20s approaching the front door of her home on Reecewood Lane at Mulberry at about 3 a.m."

"As the woman ran to get a gun, the intruders stormed inside the home and asked where a man named "Snoop" was."

"Investigators said when Leverette told them they had the wrong house, the men fired a bullet at her 16-year-old nephew, who was sleeping on the couch."

"Leverette told police she then opened fire on the men as they escaped."
 

Hunting for small game with black-powder gun
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"A small geyser of snow flies up two inches from the head of a black squirrel foraging for nuts that it and other squirrels buried during the fall. Contrary to popular belief, squirrels don't remember where they bury nuts. But if enough squirrels bury enough nuts in enough places, chances are good all of them will find something to eat all winter long."

"While he might not be among the rocket scientists of the animal world, this squirrel is smart enough to realize that the loud noise probably doesn't bode well for him, and in seconds he's high in a maple tree, chattering as I struggle to reload the .32-caliber muzzle-loading rifle."

"The powder and ball are rammed home easily enough, but then I spill the little canister of percussion caps that sets off the charge in the gun. By the time I retrieve a few caps from under the snow, the squirrel has moved nearly 100 yards away, effectively out of shooting range."
 

Losing on all fronts, Brady left trying to spin numbers of CHLs issued
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"Having lost legislative battles against concealed carry reform in Ohio and across the country, having seen the unsuccessful Clinton Gun Ban go down in flames, having watched another anti-gun Presidential candidate get beat on the gun issue, and having witnessed crime rates fall nationwide even as more and more Americans carry firearms for self-defense, the Brady Campaign (formerly Handgun Control Inc.) has been reduced to trying to spin recent news stories about the numbers of CHL applicants in states that have recently passed laws." ...
 

IN: Teen Gets Probation for Shooting at High School
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A Fort Wayne teen has been sentenced to 18-months probation for possessing a firearm on school property.

Nineteen-year-old Keith E. Williams was acquitted of aggravated battery in early December for shooting Jamaal Gill in the parking lot of Northrop High School after a track meet on May fourth.

A judge said Williams should not serve prison time because he was acting in self defense. Williams shot Gill after Gill stabbed him in the leg with a sharp object.

The judge sentenced Williams to 18-months in prison, but suspended that sentence.

The shooting happened near the end of the Summit Athletic Conference track and field championship, which was halted and completed another day.
 

NY: Police: Teen Had Taken Unloaded Gun To School Several Times
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Police said Thursday that a 15-year-old who got caught with an unloaded handgun at school had taken the gun to school several times before.

Police said they came to the conclusion after interviews with parents and other students at Essex High School in Vermont.

Police indicated that the boy brought the weapon to school at least two times the week before it was discovered earlier this month.

Authorities were still looking into why he took the gun to school.
 

MN: No misdemeanor charges for son of former St. Paul police chief
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"The Minneapolis City Attorney's office said there was insufficient evidence to file misdemeanor charges against a St. Paul police officer accused of taking part in a barroom brawl last year."

"The case revolves around Sgt. Jon Loretz, 36, son of William Finney who was the police chief when the fight happened. He has since retired. Witnesses said Loretz, who was off duty, yelled slurs, struck a woman and displayed a gun." ...

"Mary Ellen Heng, assistant city attorney, said Tuesday the city attorney's office considered two misdemeanor assault charges but determined there wasn't enough evidence that Loretz brandished a gun or that he had hit the woman."

"Previously, the Olmsted County attorney's declined to file felony charges in the case saying the evidence wouldn't support them. Ramsey County prosecutors didn't take the case to avoid a conflict of interest."
 

NY: Cop indicted for shots fired in strip club
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"A grand jury has indicted an off-duty cop for firing his gun into the lobby of a Staten Island strip club, according to the district attorney's office."

"Jonathan Lugo, a 15-year veteran, was charged in the indictment with reckless endangerment in connection with the July 28 incident in which he allegedly fired 12 shots from his Glock service pistol after being asked to leave Curves, a strip club in Charleston." ...

"Lugo had been in the club shortly before the shooting. Police said he was escorted out of the club following a dispute, but that tensions escalated in the parking lot when Lugo and a friend argued with another group of men."
 

AZ: Scottsdale chief reprimanded for bringing gun into department jail
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"Scottsdale's police chief has been disciplined for bringing a gun into the department jail, a place where firearms are banned."

"Alan Rodbell received a letter of reprimand from the city manager for violating department policy when he brought his service-issued .40-caliber Glock with him."

"A report says Rodbell violated policy when he was running after two officers who were responding to trouble December 10th at police headquarters."
 

MS: Soldier Accused Of Camp Shelby Gun Thefts In Military Custody
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"A Mississippi soldier accused of stealing weapons from Camp Shelby has been moved to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi where there is a detention center."

"Camp Shelby, south of Hattiesburg, does not have a detention center or jail."

"Spc. Ernest Leon Minor, 20, of Meridian, was transferred Tuesday." ...

"Four 9mm handguns and an M4 semiautomatic carbine were discovered missing ..."

"An inventory of all the brigade's weapons following a Dec. 22 pass in review ceremony failed to uncover the guns, and about 560 soldiers of the 1st/155th Infantry Battalion were confined to the post..."
 

CT: Officer accused in shooting incident quits
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"A city police officer charged with going on a shooting spree in a city housing project has resigned."

"John Biehn, who is accused of shooting up the Marina Village public housing complex last summer, Wednesday submitted a letter to Police Chief Wilbur L. Chapman, who had wanted him fired."
 

TX: Police say cameras will help them monitor Dallas neighborhood
Submitted by: William Furby

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"Dallas police have joined with private businesses in the city's Deep Ellum entertainment district to watch the area by camera."

"Dallas police will be able to monitor crowds from 16 cameras on the roofs of three businesses in Deep Ellum. The businesses and police will share the footage via the Internet." ...

"While police say crime in the area is down about 12% since last year, several high-profile fights and robberies have made some visitors nervous. Business owners have asked for additional police presence."

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KS: Fisherman Finds Machine Gun At Creek
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"Authorities are trying to figure out how three large machine guns wound up at a creek near Fort Riley."

"The Geary County sheriff's office said the .50-caliber Brownings were all unloaded but in good working condition. They've been turned over to the Army."

"A fisherman found one of the machine guns Wednesday on the ice of Milford Creek, about two miles north of Milford. Sheriff's officers then searched the area. They found the second gun under the ice and the third in the grass on the bank of the creek."

"All three guns were found in an area accessible to the public."
 

Philippines: Ex-cop, teen nabbed for unlicensed guns
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"The Lapu-Lapu City police arrested a former policeman and his 18-year-old companion for carrying two unlicensed firearms along Lopez Jaena Street, barangay Poblacion, Lapu-Lapu City, the other day."

"Police identified the suspects as Carlos Patalighug, 39, and Roberto Querubin, 18, both residents of barangay Poblacion, Lapu-Lapu City."

"Both Patalinghug and Querubin were arrested by Lapu-Lapu policemen led by PO2 Porferio Roble who were assigned to conduct police visibility at the vicinity of city public market in barangay Poblacion."
 

CA: Up in arms over ban
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“On Jan. 1, a statewide law banning the manufacture and sale of high-powered .50-caliber rifles will take effect…The new law is the first to target manually operated bolt-action rifles, which hunters use in smaller versions… ‘I don't know what Arnie (Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger) is doing in banning this, but I guarantee you he owns one of these.’ (A spokeswoman for the governor could not confirm whether the governor owned a .50 BMG.)”
 

FL: Miami Officials Discourage New Year's Gunfire
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"Officials in South Florida are asking people not to fire guns into the air as part of their New Year's celebrations."

"For six years, Miami authorities have conducted the No More Stray Bullets campaign and since 1999 it appears to have worked. No holiday gunfire injuries have been reported since then."

"The anti-gun-violence movement was spurred by two incidents. In 1996, Miami police Officer Ricky Taylor was struck and seriously injured by a bullet fired into the air."
 

NY: Cash aids battle against illegal guns
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"Albany police will begin providing rewards for information leading to the arrests of suspects with illegal guns."

"Earlier this month, the Albany County Legislature approved a $180,837 state grant that includes $10,000 for the reward program in the city of Albany. The project will be run under Operation Impact, a state crime-fighting endeavor."
 

NY: As Murders Fall, New Tactics Are Tried Against Remainder
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"Low crime rates are more often the stuff of proud news conferences than of intense scrutiny. Yet as street-corner slayings and drug turf drive-bys have melted away, police officials are collecting more data than ever on the remaining few hundred murders, tracking motives, locations, and even the national origin of victims and killers."

"A huge endeavor, the new database provides insight into the question of how much lower, in a city of eight million people, the body count can go. It also offers a picture of how the nature of murder in New York City ...has changed, and how anti-violence strategies must change with it."
 

VA: Settlement reached in shooting at Appalachian School of Law
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"The family of a student killed in a shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in 2002, along with three students wounded in the attack, settled their multimillion-dollar lawsuits against the school Thursday for $1 million."

"In agreeing to pay the money, law school officials accepted no responsibility for the results of a disgruntled student’s decision to open fire on his classmates and school administrators, even though students had warned that he could be dangerous." ...

"Odighizuwa was known to threaten female students and staff, and several students had reported his hostile behavior to administrators, according to the suits. But, according to court papers filed by the students, none of the school officials 'took any action whatsoever to prevent the tragedy.' "
 

VT: Police offer free locks to Springfield gun owners
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"The local police department will give away free gun locks next month as part of a national initiative to promote weapon safety."

"Any gun owner can receive a free lock at the Springfield Police Department starting on Saturday, according to Lt. Mark Fountain." ...

"The program is sponsored by Project Childsafe, a national organization with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association of gun owners and the sporting industry."

"More than 20 million locks were handed out nationally in 2003 and 12 million more were handed out this year through Project Childsafe, according to Lori O'Connell, regional manager for the organization."
 

MT: Westley Richards brings the romance of fine English firearms to Montana
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"English gunmaker Westley Richards made pistols and rifles that helped the British Army defeat Napoleon at Waterloo."

"Since then, the firm, founded in 1812, has made fine hunting guns and rifles for Queen Victoria, the maharajahs of India and the famed safari hunters of Africa."

"So it's not surprising that people around Bozeman weren't quite sure what to make of it when the U.S. agent for the venerable gunmaker opened its only store in America here."
 

UK: Gun blast as postmaster tackles raiders
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"A POST office owner has described how a sawn-off shotgun went off as he wrestled a masked raider to the ground during a terrifying robbery attempt."

"Sukhbir Singh Dhillon was at his shop in Sheffield when two men burst in armed with the gun and a sledgehammer."

"South Yorkshire Police praised Mr Dhillon, his 25-year-old son Mark and a passer-by who tackled the gunman despite the weapon going off twice, blasting a hole in the floor."
 

UK: Gunman in terror raid on bookies
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"AN ARMED robber threatened staff at a Glasgow bookmakers with a gun before escaping with hundreds of pounds."

"Betting shop William Hill in Springburn Way, in the north of the city, was targeted at around 5pm on Tuesday."

"A thug walked into the bookmakers and threatened staff, a 41-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, with a gun and demanded money.
A police spokesman said: "He ran out of the shop with a three-figure sum of cash, leaving the staff extremely shocked but uninjured.
 

Australia: Disabled man abducted at gunpoint
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"A DISABLED man was abducted at gunpoint and forced to drive his abductor to the western suburbs yesterday."

"A 31-year-old man, of no-fixed-address, allegedly broke into the victim's home and then forced him into his own car as the alleged offender was not able to drive the disabled man's specially designed car."
 

Greece: UK diplomat's guard shot dead
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"A POLICE officer guarding the home of a senior British diplomat to Greece has been shot dead in northern Athens early."

"The body of the officer, a member of the Greek Special Guard Force whose identity was not revealed, was discovered around 3.15am (1215 AEDT) today."

"Police were trying to establish if the man had been attacked or if he committed suicide."


"According to initial reports, the dead guard protected either Britain's ambassador, David Madden, or London's military attache to Greece."
 

Philippines: Cops told: Obey order or face dismissal
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"CHIEF Superintendent George Aliño, police regional director, warned policemen in Western Visayas Thursday against the indiscriminate firing of guns to welcome the New Year."

" 'Either they will follow the order or face dismissal,' Aliño said in a telephone interview."

"All city and provincial directors, he said, were directed to seal the muzzles of their policemen's service firearms."

" 'Refusal to follow orders will mean dismissal from the service. I will personally recommend that the violators be dismissed,' Aliño said."
 

Philippines: 44,000 gun holders must renew permits
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"Over 44,000 licensed firearm holders in Cebu and other parts of the Visayas have yet to renew their licenses to keep their guns, otherwise these would be considered as 'loose' weapons."

"Records at the Firearms and Explosives Section of the Police Regional Office-7 show that out of the 65,000 licensed firearm holders in Eastern, Western and Central Visayas, only 20,000 have renewed their licenses." ...

"Lawas said his office will be sending letters to the concerned firearm holders asking them to renew their papers allowing them to possess or carry their guns outside of their residences —for those who secured a special permit."
 

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