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ISRA: Absurd Gun Laws Leave Would-be Rescuers Helpless in Savage Wilmette (Ill.) Attack
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"It was a life and death struggle Tuesday for three Wilmette (Ill.) men who came to the rescue of a teenaged girl who was under a savage attack by a former boyfriend. The attacker, a burly ex-wrestler, allegedly ran the girl over with his pick up truck before punching and kicking her nearly lifeless."

"Three neighbors witnessed the attack and, upon attempting to intervene, found that they were no match for the athletic 20-year old. According to published reports, one would-be rescuer, a 69 year old man, was severely beaten while another of the men was reportedly beaten and choked by the attacker before police could step in and save him from further harm." ...
 

Self-Defense Expert Shares Life-Saving Experience in New Book entitled: Welcome to the Real World: A Dangerous Place to be Caught Unprepared!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Preparation can mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to self-defense. There are no second chances in the real world."

"That's why tactical firearms training expert Bryan Scott Williams decided to share his expertise in his new book 'Welcome to the Real World, A dangerous place to be caught unprepared.'"

"Readied for an August 2005 full release, Williams' book teaches readers life-saving tricks of the trade. The book taps into Williams' personal experience to help readers learn to be aware of their surroundings, avoid confrontation when possible and what to do when all else fails." ...
 

Constitutional Authority to the Abrogate the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Through a Treaty?
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"I recently received an email from a reader concerning the right to keep and bear arms. This individual had come across a commentary that claimed the federal government has the constitutional authority to use its treaty power to abrogate the individual right to keep and bear arms. ..."

"The claim that the right to own a firearm can be abrogated through a treaty is based on the erroneous belief that federal government was granted unlimited power concerning treaties ..." ...

"... If the federal government enacts treaties outside the scope of its enumerated powers, those treaties are of no effect because the federal government does not exist outside of its delegated powers ..." ...
 

Trans-Atlantic ID Chip
Submitted by: medicdave

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"The United States wants Britain's proposed identity cards to have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American documents."

"The aim of getting the same microchip is to ensure compatibility in screening terrorist suspects. But it will also mean that information contained in the British cards can be accessed across the Atlantic." ...
 

ACLU: Senate Intelligence Committee Considers Patriot Act Expansion Bill in Secret
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"The American Civil Liberties Union denounced today’s closed-door votes by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of legislation designed to reauthorize - and expand - the Patriot Act. ..." ...

"The bill would grant so-called 'administrative subpoena' authority to the FBI, letting the bureau write and approve its own search orders, without judicial approval in advance, for any tangible thing it deems relevant to an intelligence investigation. This power would let agents seize personal records from medical facilities, libraries, hotels, gun dealers, banks and any other businesses, without having to appear before a judge, and without any evidence that the people whose records are swept in are involved in any criminal activity. Such a move would grossly undermine the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures." ...
 

British Medical "Experts" Campaign for Long, Pointy Knife Control (another version)
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"Warning: Long, pointy knives may be hazardous to your health."

"The authors of an editorial in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal have called for knife reform. The editorial, 'Reducing knife crime: We need to ban the sale of long, pointed kitchen knives,' notes that the knives are being used to stab people as well as roasts and the odd tin of Spam."

"... Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, asked, 'Are they going to have everybody using plastic knives and forks and spoons in their own homes, like they do in airlines?'" ...
 

UK: Reducing knife crime (British Medical Journal)
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"Violent crime in the United Kingdom is increasing; figures from London show a 17.9% increase from 2003 to 2004, and one easily accessible weapon used in many incidents is the kitchen knife. ... Although other weapons—such as baseball bats, screwdrivers, and chains—are also carried, by far the most common weapons are knives. In the United Kingdom in the first two weeks of 2005 alone, 15 murders were attributed to stabbings and 16 other non-fatal attacks." ...
 

UK: Is that a gun on your T-shirt, or are you just alarming us?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"STEREOPHONICS frontman Kelly Jones has spoken of his confusion after being stopped from boarding a flight at Heathrow Airport - because the gun print on his T-shirt sparked a security alert."

"The Cwmaman-born singer was celebrating yesterday after the band won 10th best album of all time for Performance & Cocktails in a UK-wide poll."

"But it also emerged Jones was taken aside by over-vigilant officials after his clothes set off a metal detector."

"'It was a strange one. I walked through the metal detectors and took off my belt and phone, but my boots were left beeping,' he said."

"And Jones was left amazed when told his T-shirt, which showed a pistol, was unsuitable for flying in." ...
 

IL: Roskam fired upon by gun opponents
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"State Senator Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) was fired upon by gun control advocates Wednesday on the Illinois Senate floor for sponsoring a compromise bill closing the state’s so-called 'gun show loophole' and at the same time erasing gun purchaser lists after ninety days." ...
 

CA: Ammunition Bill Moves To Senate Floor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The California Assembly will consider Assembly Bill 352 at any time. AB 352 expands the definition of 'unsafe handguns' to include semi-automatic pistols that are not designed and equipped with an array of microscopic characters which identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol by imprinting the characters on each cartridge case when the firearm is discharged. This legislation could essentially ban all semi-automatic pistols commonly used by California gun owners. Please continue to contact members of the Assembly through Friday, June 3, and ask them to oppose AB 352. Assembly Members can be reached at (916) 319-20 (plus your 2-digit district number for the last two numbers)." ...
 

NH: Exeter gun club's spokesman proposes soil plan
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A gun club spokesman seeking a longterm lease on town-owned land off Portsmouth Avenue presented a plan to use earth-bearing lead there for a berm."

"Exeter Sportsman's Club spokesman Joe Kenick told selectmen this use of the soil, as opposed to hauling it to a Rochester landfill, would save the town about $437,000."

"The town manager said he will present the gun range proposal to state environmental officials and report back to selectmen on the agency's findings." ...
 

PA: Forest Hills officer is exonerated in shooting death of armed man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Faced with the choice to kill or be killed, Forest Hills police Sgt. Edward Hinchey took appropriate action in November by shooting to death an armed, drunken man, investigators said yesterday."

"Hinchey, 41, already had been critically wounded Nov. 9, when he emptied two ammunition clips and killed Eugene Aiello, 31, in Wilkins."

"'I'm confident that the police acted with extreme diligence in this matter,' Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said yesterday."

"Aiello, a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, had been cornered by police at a property in Wilkins that he once had shared with his estranged wife, Janel Rodgers-Aiello, and their 3-year-old daughter." ...
 

NY: Officer Charged in Killing of Unarmed Brooklyn Man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off-duty police lieutenant was charged yesterday with the killing of an unarmed man during a rent dispute this month. The victim was a tenant in a Brooklyn building owned by the officer."

"A grand jury handed up the indictment charging Lt. Shamik Walton, 41, a 17-year veteran of the department assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau in the 67th Precinct, with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Byron Hearst, 27, a construction worker who was a tenant at 645 Macon Street in Ocean Hill, a three-story building Lieutenant Walton recently bought from his mother-in-law." ...
 

FL: Deputy Sniper Shoots Former Officer Barricaded In Home
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"Deputies shot and killed a former New York City police officer on Friday who came out of his house firing a gun after a three-hour standoff."

"Craig Bodie, 46, fired several rounds from inside the house, then came out and continued shooting at deputies, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office said. His first shot toward deputies shattered a car window, said sheriff's spokesman Paul Miller."

"As he raised his gun to fire again, a SWAT member fired, striking him in the head, Miller said." ...
 

IA: Officer’s pistol used in suicide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man identified by officials Thursday as the person who fatally shot himself to death after taking a police officer’s weapon and squad car Wednesday had a history of domestic violence ..."

"Less than a week earlier, on May 19, Jack L. Ball ... had ended a seven-day jail stint for violating a domestic abuse protective order filed in January by the woman he followed in his car Wednesday ... The woman, whose 5-year-old daughter was fathered by Ball, also was identified by police as a victim in a 2000 domestic abuse case involving him."

"The incident began Wednesday when the woman called police at 5:19 p.m. to report that Ball was following her car as she left work ..." ...
 

CA: Federal Police Official Convicted of Falsifying Records
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"A federal jury has convicted a special agent with the Federal Protective Service of falsifying records in a cover up to protect two co-workers."

"Charles H. Jackson, 51, who now lives in Phoenix, was convicted Thursday after a jury decided he wrote a false report in an effort to conceal the misconduct of a fellow officer. Jackson investigated a police shooting in San Francisco in February 2003."

"Two federal officers, Peter Taoy and John Haire, pleaded guilty in November 2004 to federal criminal civil rights charges for violating the civil rights of a motorist, Jeffrey Petri, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. They admitted lying about the incident and falsely accusing Petri of trying to run over Taoy with the vehicle as a means of justifying an improper shooting." ...
 

CA: Gunny to face trial for murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gunnery sergeant suspected in the shooting death of another Marine’s wife last year will face a jury and charges of premeditated murder during a trial set to begin June 1 ..."

"Gunnery Sgt. Archie L. O’Neil, 33, could get life in military prison if he’s convicted of the charges, which include premeditated murder, adultery and assorted weapons charges."

"Military investigators contend that O’Neil shot and killed Kimberly D. O’Neal, Feb. 29, 2004, shortly before his battalion left Camp Horno after midnight in buses for the two-hour drive to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. The unit, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, flew to Kuwait to join Regimental Combat Team 1 for a seven-month assignment in Iraq." ...
 

MD: 911 Tapes Heard At U.S. Marshal's Murder Trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Testimony continued Friday in the trial of a deputy U.S. marshal accused of fatally shooting a Navy seaman after a traffic dispute in Rockville last October."

"Former deputy U.S. Marshal Arthur Lloyd, 54, faces murder charges in connection with the death of 20-year-old Ryan Stowers outside Rockville's Mid-Pike Plaza strip mall."

"The prosecution and the defense are presenting evidence and witnesses as both sides attempt to recreate the sorted details of what happened the night of the shooting." ...
 

Philippines: Cop, 6 others held for steel theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A policeman and his six companions were arrested on Tuesday night after they were caught cutting the steel beams of a three-ton railroad bridge in E.B. Magallona town, Negros Occidental."

"Senior Insp. Santiago Rapiz, town police chief, identified the policeman as PO1 Nilo Parreño, desk officer of the E.B. Magallona police station."

"He said the arresting police officers found Parreño supervising his companions in cutting steel beams of the bridge owned by the Hawaiian Philippine Co. in Hacienda San Jose, Barangay Damgo, E.B. Magalona, 23.9 km north of here." ...
 

Malaysia: Ex-soldier jailed on arms charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An ex-army commando was sentenced to 78 months in jail and ordered to be whipped three times by the Sessions Court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to three separate charges."

"Lance Corporal Sait M. Asran, 31, who had initially claimed trial [pled not guilty] to threatening, displaying a fake pistol and possessing 13 live bullets without a permit, changed his plea yesterday, after 21 witnesses had testified."

"Sait, attached to the 22nd Commando Regiment in Hulu Selangor for nine years, was advised by the Sessions judge Suraya Othman, to repent."

"'You are an army personnel and should be disciplined,' she said. 'You were given the responsibility to protect the country, but you abused this trust instead.'" ...
 

Philippines: Ex-drug cop critical after accidental firing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Efren Alcuizar, a former chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 12, is in critical condition after the gun tucked in a holster at his back accidentally fired Friday morning."

"Initial police investigation showed that Alcuizar, with rank of senior superintendent, was about to sit down in a durian fruit stand ... when his gun accidentally fired, hitting him in the waist." ...

"Sr. Insp. Danilo Obogon, Sta. Cruz municipal police office chief, said the owner of the fruit stand, where Alcuizar and his family were about to eat durian, said what happened was an accident." ...

"Alcuizar had two .45 pistols--one tucked in a holster on his waist and the other in his back." ...
 

CA: State destroys 108 seized firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A state task force destroyed 108 illegally owned guns Thursday, officials said. The state Department of Justice's Inland Empire Task Force seized the assault rifles, shotguns, rifles and pistols from people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the past year ..."

"It was the second year that firearms were destroyed as a result of a 2002 program established by state Attorney General Bill Lockyer."

"The California Armed Prohibited Program was instituted to disarm criminals who illegally purchase or possess weapons in violation of state law, the release said." ...

"California laws prohibit convicted felons, violent offenders, the mentally ill, people under restraining orders and others specified individuals from possessing guns."
 

OH: Gun-permit denial goes to top court
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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A New Carlisle man is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to consider his challenge of the Miami County sheriff's denial of his application for a concealed weapon license.

"... [Sheriff Charles] Cox denied the application after a background check showed Harris was the subject of a five-year civil protection order issued in Greene County in December 2000. A civil protection order is one of the legal reasons to deny a concealed weapon license."

"The order against Harris was dismissed in late 2000 in favor of a consent decree that did not specifically prohibit Harris from possessing a weapon. The Miami County judge ruled – and the appeals court agreed – that Harris remains subject to the Greene County civil protection order."
 

OH: Rifle's Joe Milano Earns Academic All-District Honor
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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University of Akron senior Joe Milano (Minerva, Ohio/Minerva HS) was named to the second team of the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV University Division Men's At-Large Team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) Thursday. District IV is comprised of colleges and universities in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee."

"Milano is the second member of the rifle team to earn the award and the first since 1999. That season, Dan Wytko also earned second team accolades. Milano carries a 3.709 GPA in his Construction Engineering Technology major." ...
 

NY: State says third-best year ever for bear hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hunters killed 1,014 black bears in New York last year, the third highest total on record, state officials reported Thursday."

"State biologists said the take was the result of poor food supplies. During years of food shortages bears tend to move over greater areas to find food, which makes them more vulnerable to hunters."

"The top year for bear hunting was 2003 when hunters killed 1,864, said DEC spokeswoman Maureen Wren. In 2000, hunters shot 1,070 black bears. The ten-year state average is 851, she said. The state has kept a count since 1918 and a county breakdown since 1958, Wren said." ...
 

UK: Man jailed over shooting threat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Coventry man who pointed a gun at a stranger in the street and threatened to kill her following a row has been jailed for 15 months."

"Scott Conway, of Humber Avenue, Stoke, pulled the gun from his car after arguing with a woman on East Street in Hillfields."

"He had just dropped off his friend, who works as a prostitute there."

"The 35-year-old pleaded guilty at Coventry Crown Court yesterday to possession of an imitation fire arm with intent to cause fear and violence."

"He received a 15-month prison sentence. He also pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon and was given a further six-month sentence, to run concurrently." ...
 

UK: Pepper spray still illegal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Police are warning women that carrying pepper spray in self-defence is still illegal.

Two girls - an American and German - have recently received cautions after the spray was found in their handbags.

One of the girls was trying to get into Koko's nightclub in Mornington Crescent, while the other was stopped and searched in the street.

Both said they carried it for their own protection and didn't realise it was an offence in this country.

Although widely available in America, pepper spray is classed as a firearm in the UK and possession carries a minimum sentence of five years.

A Camden Police spokeswoman said: "These girls have cautions and the incidents will boost our firearm statistics.
 

Philippines: 2 more men 'salvaged'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Men wearing helmets gunned down two men in a span of 19 hours yesterday in Cebu City, bringing to 59 the number of such attacks since Dec. 22."

"First to fall was a suspected drug peddler, shot thrice by a gunman who barged into his house last night." ...

"Earlier in the day, a man with no criminal record was shot dead by two unidentified men at dawn." ...

"As the attacks continued, the region’s top police official said witnesses to vigilante-style killings should trust the police."

"Chief Supt. Eduardo Gador, PNP Regional Office 7 director, admitted they have had little progress in solving the murders, but pointed out that the lack of witnesses prevented them from coming up with solutions." ...
 

UK: Star shop hit by £2m raid
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"ARMED bandits escaped with gems worth almost £2million yesterday from a high-class jewellers.
A gang of three men snatched diamonds from the counter of Graff jewellers in London’s posh Knightsbridge." ...

"One robber produced a silver pistol and threatened staff during the 2pm heist — the latest in a series of hold-ups at Graff."

"The gang is thought to have posed as wealthy clients to get into the shop ..."

"Two went in first and were joined by a third, who created a diversion before one pulled out the handgun."

"No shots were fired and nobody was hurt."

"One source said: 'The gang were very professional and knew what they wanted. From initial reports, it seems they got away with just under £2million of jewels.'"
 

UK: Guns found after street shootings
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"POLICE raided a teenager's home after two men reported they had been shot as they passed a group of youths in the street."

"Two guns, a gas-powered air pistol and another weapon were seized."

"The victims, one in his 30s and the other in his 70s, felt a stinging sensation and later found that air gun pellets had drawn blood."

"One was hit in the back and the other in the leg as they walked near the Co-Op store ..."

"The incidents happened at about 5pm on Saturday, May 14, but information was only released by police this week. PC Graham Fox said two youths had been interviewed. One was released without further action being taken."

"A 16-year-old youth had been bailed pending further inquiries." ...
 

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