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UK: UK events kick off arms campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A series of anti-gun events across the UK has kicked off a 100-day countdown to a United Nations conference on small arms in New York."

"Outside Parliament in London, activists have been lying in a bath of fake blood to highlight the illegal arms trade."

"Mick North, whose daughter Sophie died at Dunblane, joined a campaign meeting at Glasgow Cathedral."

"The Control Arms campaign, including Amnesty International and Oxfam, is calling for stronger arms embargoes."

"A report will be presented to the UN Security Council on Thursday, claiming that arms embargoes are systematically violated and calling for them to be urgently strengthened." ...
 

MA: A glut of guns
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"A FEW YEARS ago, no self-respecting gang member in Boston would be caught with an old, scuffed-up handgun. Such vanity served the purposes of law enforcement officials, who often found it easier to track fresh guns to their original point of sale. But today's shooters are less choosy, making it harder for police to interrupt the flow of illegal firearms."

"Almost two-thirds of the illegal guns recovered by Boston police in 2004 had been in circulation for at least seven years since their original, legitimate retail sale, according to Anthony Braga, a researcher at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. ..." ...
 

FL: Time to stand up for individual rights
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"Florida citizens have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self-protection, and Florida law specifically guarantees the right to transport and carry firearms in private vehicles for lawful purposes. Those rights are well established in law and in public policy."

"Yet some corporate giants are violating those individual rights, claiming a constitutional right to control business property, when no such blanket right exists. Corporate lobbyists have even claimed businesses have the right to ban any personal property inside private vehicles from 'guns' to 'Bibles' to 'bananas.' That is nonsense."
 

WI: FYI: Shun gun publicly in most cases
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"FYI: Lately everybody's been up in arms over 'concealed carry.' But what about UNconcealed carry? Both the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions guarantee the right to keep and bear arms. Does that mean I could be like Marshal Dillon, strap a big gun on my hip and go pretty much anywhere I please, as long as I'm not trying to hide the fact that I'm armed?" ...

"Capt. Brian Willison of the Dane County Sheriff's Office says the answer depends on the activity the person engages in while armed. 'Carrying a gun openly in the woods is legal, provided one has the proper hunting license. Carrying the same gun into a bank, school or other public place is likely to result in a different response (from authorities).'" ...
 

TX: Off-duty guard fatally shoots man
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"An off-duty security guard fired at three men who attempted to rob him, leaving one of the men dead and another wounded early Sunday, police said." ...

"The men pulled up in a car at about 3 a.m. ... passing the guard, whose friend had given him a ride home after his shift at a local nightclub, the report said."

"The guard told police that one of the men walked toward him with a pistol pointed at him. He said he feared for his life, pulled his own pistol and fired at the man. He continued to shoot as the man jumped in the car and it sped away, the report said."

"Police apprehended the men after they arrived at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital."

"No charges were filed at the time of the incident."
 

TX: 'I ... have no remorse now for killing a man'
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"Bill Harvey can't explain why he's alive to tell how he wrestled a gun from a robber, shot the man and then survived a barrage of bullets from the suspect's three accomplices."

"The violent scene unfolded about 6 p.m. Saturday inside Harvey's west Houston home in the 2200 block of Woodland Park Drive while his wife and five children watched."

"'I don't know what to think,' Harvey, 34, said Sunday. 'I absolutely have no remorse now for killing a man, and I'm trying to figure out if that's right or wrong.'"

"Police said Harvey would not face criminal charges. He was shot in the neck, side and lower back. The wound to his neck barely missed his carotid artery." ...
 

TX: Police: Mail carrier forced to strip at gunpoint
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Police were called to the 6600 block of Park Lane in southeast Houston Monday afternoon where a mail carrier was allegedly forced to strip at gunpoint.

One suspect waited in a vehicle while two others allegedly approached the male postal worker with a rifle and ordered him to remove all of his clothing.

The suspects fled the scene with the man's clothes after a neighbor saw the confrontation and asked what was going on.

The neighbor called 911 and provided the nude man with some of her husband's clothes.
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Submitter's Note: Postal regulations require their workers to be disarmed victims.
 

TX: Ask where rifle clubs went (letter)
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"In the 1940s, I was a member of the Abraham Lincoln High School rifle team in Brooklyn. We met several times a week in the high school's basement firing range for target practice and transported our guns to matches throughout the city. At no time was there the slightest problem."

"Today, the thought of teenagers armed with .22-caliber rifles, blasting away on school property, sends shivers through the national spine. We can no longer even conceive of such a thing and would doubt the sanity of anyone suggesting it."

"My question is why dare we no longer permit rifle teams in our schools?" ...
 

NC: Boy arrested with loaded gun at school
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"Police arrested a Rock Hill middle school boy on Friday after school officials found a loaded gun and a knife inside his locker."

"Students told an assistant principal at Saluda Trail Middle School, 2300 Saluda Road, about the boy, 14, having a gun in his bookbag at 2 p.m. on Friday, according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department. School officials searched the boy's locker and found a silver Ruger .22-caliber revolver inside the bookbag with two bullets in the chamber, the report stated. They also found a butterfly knife inside the boy's coat pocket."

"Police determined the boy got the gun from a group of teens who stole it, according to the report. ..."
 

PA: Hazleton Area School District cop may carry gun on hip
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"Hazleton Area School District's school police officer could have a new look. Security Coordinator Vincent Zola recently asked school board health, safety and nutrition committee members to consider allowing school police officer Paul Mendofik to carry a gun in a level-two duty holster as opposed to the originally proposed ankle holster."

"'The truth of the matter is, police officers, if they need to access a weapon, it should be available to them,' Zola said."

"Zola pitched the idea to the school board committee earlier this month, saying the duty holster has a safety device built into the holster that 'makes it more difficult to remove the weapon unless you're actually wearing the holster.'" ...
 

PA: Uneasy pols hunting for pro-gun vote
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"Some Republican legislators want to make it easier for homeowners to legally defend themselves with firearms."

"They are introducing legislation aimed at buttressing the use of guns in self-defense and repealing a state police registry for hand gun purchasers."

"The bills signal the reemergence of major legislation dealing with firearms in Pennsylvania after a 10-year hiatus."

"One bill ... would strengthen the so-called 'castle doctrine' that gives individuals protection against civil liability for the lawful use of force in self-defense." ...

"The other bill ... would require that the Pennsylvania State Police halt a decade-old practice of maintaining a database of records involving purchasers of hand guns." ...
 

IL: Blagojevich talks gun control in visits to churches
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"Governor Rod Blagojevich is talking to friendly church audiences today about one of his campaign positions -- a statewide ban on assault weapons."

"Tuesday is Election Day. Blagojevich is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Edwin Eisendrath. But the governor says the visits are not campaign stops."

"Blagojevich spoke to reporters after delivering his standard campaign speech at Proviso Baptist Church in Maywood. In the speech, the governor discussed being the son of working parents and said he wants to improve education and health care in Illinois."

"He also urged worshippers to call their lawmakers to voice support for an assault weapons ban." ...
 

PA: Congresswoman Hart Launches Reelection
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"Announcing her reelection campaign for Pennsylvania's Fourth Congressional District ... Congresswoman Melissa Hart said that her campaign will concentrate on the importance of producing real results for the people of southwestern Pennsylvania." ...

"'... I will continue to fight to ensure that our brave men and women in uniform have all the resources they need to win the War on Terror and to come home safely as soon as possible,' said Hart. '... I will also work to ensure that lobbyists and politicians do not succeed in eroding the Second Amendment.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: What about reversing some of the 20,000 'erosions' that already exist?
 

FL: Put gun law back in holster
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"The National Rifle Association, which usually has its way with the Florida Legislature, may lose its top issue in this year's legislative session."

"And it should."

"As part of a nationwide campaign, the NRA wants the state's lawmakers to make it a felony for employers or property owners to ban guns in vehicles parked on their property."

"The proposed legislation stems from a situation in 2002 in which eight employees at an Oklahoma paper mill were fired for violating the company's no-firearms policy. A federal appeals court upheld the employer's right to ban firearms on the employer's property."

"But the NRA wants to punish employers who want to keep firearms off their property. ..." ...
 

MS: Deadly Force Bill
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"With the regular session of the Mississippi Legislature winding down, lawmakers are continuing to send bills to the governor for his approval."

"One bill that awaits Gov. Barbour's signature is the Deadly Force Bill. This Bill has been criticized as not being necessary because the criminal justice system does not tend to prosecute those who act in self defense."

"'The bill is generally referred to as the Castle Doctrine. A man is king in his own castle. It refines and expands to some degree, the rights of a homeowner to use deadly force in his own home without fear of prosecution,' said State Rep. Greg Snowden."

"Snowden says this is not a license to shoot, it simply protects homeowners that act in self defense. ..."
 

TN: Expanding the Right to Self-Defense
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"Senate Bill 2672, the Tennessee Castle Doctrine Bill sponsored by Senator Don McLeary (R-Jackson), seeks to expand the right of self-defense. The bill would extend that right to permit a person to use the same deadly force now allowed in a person's residence to the immediate area and buildings around the residence and to other dwellings and vehicles. The bill, also known as the Stand Your Ground Bill, is scheduled for a hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee this week. 'All law-abiding citizens have an innate right to self-defense, whether they are in their home, their barn, or their car,' stated Senator McLeary. A person's home is that person's castle is a long-recognized principle that has been eroded away over the years. This bill will help restore our self-defense zone. ..."
 

CO: Probation officer jailed for alleged assault
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"A Mesa County probation officer was arrested at his home late Saturday evening on suspicion of assault and harassment."

"Police first responded to 35-year-old Clarence Medina's home ... on Saturday around 6:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a verbal disturbance between a husband and a wife, according to the arrest affidavit."

"Kristi Knowles and Mary Edris, friends of the Medina family, told police they went to the couple's home because they had heard the family was experiencing marital problems ..." ...

"When Medina's wife told him she wanted to get some things from inside the home and leave with her friends, Medina 'grabbed her arm, pulled her inside the house and started to close the door on Knowles and Edris,' the affidavit said." ...
 

MI: Off-duty Muskegon officer apparently kills self after chase
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"An off-duty Muskegon policeman led other law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase early Monday before pulling off the road and apparently committing suicide, authorities said."

"Kevin Stier, 39, was a 10-year veteran of the police force and a former Marine, said Tony Kleibecker, Muskegon's public safety director."

"Kleibecker told The Muskegon Chronicle that Stier started calling Muskegon dispatchers about 4 a.m., 'indicating he was despondent and potentially going to harm himself.'" ...
 

ID: Charges Filed Against Former Idaho Falls Prosecutor
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"The Idaho Attorney General is filing formal criminal charges against former Idaho Falls City Prosecutor Kimball Mason."

"The complaint charges Mason with two counts of grand theft and one count of falsifying a public record."

"The allegations in the complaint are as follows:"

"Count 1 alleges that, on July 19, 2005, Mason wrongfully obtained and withheld a Ruger .357 revolver, from its owner, the City of Idaho Falls, with the intent to appropriate the gun to himself or another person."

"Count 2 alleges that, on May 3, 2001, Mason wrongfully obtained and withheld a Lorcin 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol from its owner, the City of Idaho Falls, with the intent to appropriate the gun to himself or another person." ...
 

IL: Former police chief sentenced for obstruction
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"Former East St. Louis Police Chief Ron Matthews was sentenced Monday to 33 months in prison by a federal judge, who said his 'exemplary' record deserved leniency."

"U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy said he would 'bet my children's trust fund' that Matthews would never again commit another crime."

"Matthews was sentenced on his three convictions for obstruction of justice regarding a scheme to dispose of an illegal pistol once possessed by an auxiliary police officer who was a convicted felon. Matthews denied his guilt and blamed others for getting him ensnared in the scheme." ...
 

AK: Airman's attempted carjacking botched
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"An airman stationed at Eielson Air Force Base is behind bars after a botched carjacking, said Capt. Christopher Anderson, spokesman for the base."

"No one was hurt, but a rifle was discharged in the vehicle the unnamed airman sought to take on Friday, Anderson said."

"The incident involving a civilian contractor's van happened shortly after 4 a.m. on the base. As many as eight people were in the van. All were released by the carjacker but the driver, Anderson said."

"As the carjacker tried to leave the base in the van, the weapon somehow discharged, Anderson said."

"The suspect was apprehended by security officers after exiting the van and fleeing on foot, Anderson said." ...
 

NJ: Morris collectors, this gun's for you
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"It's a history lesson, a golden treasure and a weapon all rolled into one package with a trigger."

"Brian Nesby, 45, of Fort Collins, Colo., has been designing decorative guns for the past three years. He goes to historic spots in the United States, researches the locations and engraves what he's learned on to firearms."

"His latest edition is The Morris County gun, a Winchester Model 1894 rifle that is plated with 24-karat gold and has engraved pictures of scenes from the county's past."

"Nesby was in Stroudsburg, Pa., when he was approached by a man from the Garden State who said, 'We've got a lot of good history in New Jersey,' Nesby recalled." ...
 

CA: Restraining-order law seriously flawed
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"Nearly one-third of all restraining orders issued in California aren't served and hundreds aren't entered into a state database because of delays and inconsistencies in the way the law is applied and enforced, according to a newspaper report."

"Moreover, none of California's 58 counties enforce a law that requires those served with restraining orders to surrender their guns, The Orange County Register reported Sunday."

"Nearly 5,000 orders issued last month didn't even include the mandatory firearms restriction, according to the paper, which published a two-part investigative series on the issue." ...
 

IN: Safety stressed to young area hunters
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"With wild turkey season just over a month away, anticipation for the spring hunting season is running high among area game enthusiasts."

"And nowhere was that more apparent than at Camp Buffalo Saturday morning as over two dozen area residents turned out for the first of the hunter education and safety courses to be offered through the coordinated efforts of the camp and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources."

"The eight-hour course took students through the DNR's guide to safe and responsible hunting and out under the bright blue sky for a field education walk to further demonstrate safety practices. At day's end, a 100-point test was administered with students needing 70 percent to pass and purchase their hunting license." ...
 

MA: Gun firms, weak laws blamed for violence
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"While gang prevalence and poverty are undeniable factors in the rate of gun violence nationwide, gun manufacturers shoulder the bulk of responsibility, a national activist said during a service at Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ yesterday."

"The Rev. Lennox S. Yearwood made his comments during a sermon following a town hall-style discussion comprised of representatives from local and statewide organizations aimed at stopping handgun and youth violence."

"The discussion ... centered around ways to stem the tide of youth violence. There were 18 homicides in Springfield last year, and police have said gang activity, drug dealing and territorial disputes were at the root of several of the killings." ...
 

AR: Fringe Adorns County
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"There are in Northwest Arkansas today martyrs in waiting, men and women who claim they would go to prison and risk their lives in opposition to what has become their enemy: the federal government."

"Their ranks are sparse and scattered and, like the early American patriots they often pattern themselves after, they neither have nor want organized leadership beyond handshake pacts with neighbors or co-workers." ...

"A large number of them want prayer in schools. Many believe in states' rights. And some of them -- no official roster is kept -- meet at a concrete-block militia outpost in south Washington County where men wear sidearms, have machine guns in a vault and fly only the Arkansas flag out front." ...
 

FL: Seniors get fired up at air pistol competition
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"Trudy Yukl carefully aimed her gun."

"The pellet found its mark inside the small red circle on the paper target."

"Yukl was the only female competitor Sunday at the air pistol competition -- one of 50 events during this year's 2006 Charlotte County "Fit for Life" Senior Games -- which began Thursday and runs through March 26."

"'I've never shot a gun before I entered this last year,' Yukl said. 'But I seem to have a natural ability for it.'"

"It was the second year Yukl competed in the air pistol competition since its beginning in 1999. She left Sunday with a gold medal for her age group -- 55 through 59. She plans on competing in five more competitions this week." ...
 

Canada: Every gun, every bullet tells a story
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"Deep within the province's highly secure downtown crime lab building, experts will soon test bullets and 'brass' from the latest cache of crime guns seized here."

"Police say quickly seeking links between guns and shootings new or old are crucial in the hunt for shooters."

"A shotgun and five handguns -- among 17 firearms stolen last fall -- were recovered on March 11. A fifth handgun taken from an accused drug dealer was recovered earlier."

"With some illegal weapons traded, rented or sold to different people long after they were stolen or smuggled from the U.S., 'many of our murders are committed by guns that were used in yesterday's attempted murders and shootings,' homicide Det.-Sgt. Kathryn Martin said." ...
 

UK: Caretaker pistol-whipped in mystery attack at city school
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"The principal of a north Belfast school where a caretaker was pistol-whipped today said he was 'mystified' by the attack."

"The 38-year-old victim was treated for cuts and bruising to the head after he was assaulted during the robbery at Belfast Boys Model School ... shortly after 7am."

"Police said he was followed into the school building by an unknown man just after opening up at 7.10am."

"The robber, disguised with a scarf round his face, produced a handgun, threatened to kill the caretaker and struck him on the head several times with the weapon."

"The victim was forced to go into the school office, open a safe and hand over an undisclosed sum of cash. He was then locked into the office as his attacker escaped." ...
 

Canada: Cop urges more forensics support
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"The head of the Toronto Police gun and gang task force wants to hire more experts to speed up tests on an increasing number of seized or surrendered firearms."

"The need to match them to or reject them from previous cases is crucial, said Det.-Sgt. Doug Quan, citing the 440 guns requiring handling in January and February."

"'The same people who are doing the drive-by shootings are doing the murders,' and speedy arrests remove a threat from the streets, Quan said in an interview."

"'This is especially true when we're dealing with gang violence,' he said. 'As investigators review gang shootings, through forensics they can get a better picture of who is shooting." ...
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Submitter's Note: Maybe if you hadn't wasted $2 Billion on your registry . . .
 

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