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Feds' Watch List Eats Its Own
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"What do you say about an airline screening system that tends to mistake government employees and U.S. servicemen for foreign terrorists?"

"Newly released government documents show that even having a high-level security clearance won't keep you off the Transportation Security Administration's Kafkaesque terrorist watch list, where you'll suffer missed flights and bureaucratic nightmares."
 

FCC approves Net-wiretapping taxes
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"Broadband providers and Internet phone companies will have to pick up the tab for the cost of building in mandatory wiretap access for police surveillance, federal regulators ruled Wednesday."

"The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to levy what likely will amount to wiretapping taxes on companies, municipalities and universities, saying it would create an incentive for them to keep costs down and that it was necessary to fight the war on terror. Universities have estimated their cost to be about $7 billion."
 

Video Shows Al-Zarqawi Fumbling With Gun
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"Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is shown wearing American tennis shoes and unable to operate his automatic rifle in video released Thursday by the U.S. military as part of a propaganda war aimed at undercutting the image of the terror leader." ...

"Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for the U.S. command, mocked al-Zarqawi as the previously unseen footage showed a smiling al-Qaida leader first firing single shots from an automatic weapon. A frown creeps across al-Zarqawi's face as the weapon appears to jam. He looks at the rifle, confused, then summons another fighter."
 

Does the Second Amendment Protect the Right to Bear Arms?
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"According to a 2003 Gallup/NCC poll, most Americans believe that the Second Amendment protects individual firearm ownership. ..."

"The Gallup/NCC poll also found that of the 68% of respondents who believed that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, 82% still believe that the government can regulate firearm ownership to at least some extent. Only 12% believe that the Second Amendment prevents the government from restricting ownership of firearms."
 

CA: Killing justified as self-defense
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A Healdsburg man was justified when he shot and killed an armed and masked intruder who was holding his wife at gunpoint in their home, the district attorney has decided."

"Assistant district attorney Larry Scoufos decided Tuesday that it didn't matter that the intruder's weapon turned out to be a pellet pistol."
 

FL: If Disaster Hits Florida, Your Gun Is Still Yours
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"If you own a gun and live in Florida, good news: nobody will be able to force you to give it up following a disaster, so long as the gun is legally owned and properly licensed. Floridians with a permit can continue to carry their gun during a declared emergency under a measure passed unanimously today by the Senate and sent to Governor Jeb Bush."

"The bill was inspired by the situation in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Police and soldiers removed guns from houses after the storm flooded New Orleans, and confiscated guns from some evacuees."
 

FL: Man Shoots, Kills Neighbor's Intruder; Daughter Cut In Process
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"One man was shot, one man was arrested and one man is still on the loose following a deadly home invasion at 15980 SW 76th St."

"According to police, a man whom neighbors identified as Albert Ruiz was at home with his girlfriend shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday when he heard a knock on the front door. As he opened the door, three masked men armed with guns forced their way inside." ...

"Police said the neighbor, whom neighbors identified as Luis Catasus, grabbed a gun, walked outside and saw the three men trying to drive away in a sport utility vehicle. That's when the men shot at Catasus and he shot back, killing one of them, police said."
 

FL: One suspect dead in Kendall home invasion (Another report)
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"A neighbor shot and killed a home invasion suspect who had forced his way into a Kendall home late Wednesday, according to Miami-Dade police."

"This morning police were still looking for one of the three men who had forced their way into a couple's home at 15980 SW 76th Street at about 10:45 p.m."

"A woman and her boyfriend were home when the burglars knocked on the door. As the man opened the door, three men forced their way in, Miami-Dade police said in a report."
 

IL: Gun turn-in reaps a healthy harvest
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"More than a dozen people sat in the basement community room at Mandell United Methodist Church waiting to receive their free gift card for turning in a firearm during Saturday’s citywide gun turn-in program."

"More than 3,000 guns were turned in at more than two-dozen churches taking part in the 'Don’t Kill a Dream, Save a Life' campaign. Roughly the same number were turned in in 1994, the last time the city and police department undertook this creative, constructive approach to ridding streets and homes of dangerous firearms. Anyone could anonymously turn in a gun with 'no questions asked.'"
 

IL: Community Leaders Urge Gun Turn-In In Wake Of Girl's Gun Death
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"In the wake of Wednesday's fatal shooting involving seven-year-old victim Kierra Pope, Chicago Police and community leaders are pleading with gun owners to turn in their weapons before another innocent life is lost." ...

" 'A gun in the house is more likely to harm some member of that house than it is to protect some member of the house,' Pfleger said. 'We have to break that thinking that a gun in the house is protection. A gun is more likely to hurt or to kill one of our children,' he added."
 

MA: Vote could halt gun use
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"The debate over what kind of town residents want to live in will stir Monday as anti-gun proponents attempt to ban firearm discharge, effectively killing hunting here."

"Voters at the May 8 annual Town Meeting will also consider the town and school budget, along with several dozen other articles, but most agree that Article 10, the citizens petition for create a bylaw banning the use of guns, will gather the most discussion."
 

MN: Capitol Notebook for Thursday
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"Two Republican lawmakers want to expand the right of citizens to use deadly force against attackers."

"Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Pat Pariseau, R-Farmington, are building their legislation around what's known as the "Castle Doctrine," relating to an ancient common law notion that one's home is one's castle, and the king or queen of the house has the right to defend it."

"Judges in Minnesota have long recognized a right to self-defense, particularly in defending one's home. Cornish and Pariseau said they want to incorporate that recognition into state law and further reaffirm that it includes the same protections for anyplace that citizens have a right to be."
 

OH: Gun Found At Middle School
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"A parent called a local middle school Thursday, alerting authorities that a student might have had a gun." ...


Columbus Public Schools officials said the incident started as a neighborhood dispute that spilled over into school."

"Officials said a parent called the school and said that a child was at her home Wednesday night, and threatened her child with a gun. She told officials that she thought the student might bring the gun to school."
 

UK: Gun gang jailed
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"Members of a teenage gang, including a gun-wielding 13-year-old, were jailed for a total of ten years on Tuesday for a terrifying robbery', which left a man with a broken jaw and deeply traumatised."

"With a scarf wrapped around his face, the 13-year-old, from Burnt Oak, ambushed Schwan Sadik, an Iraqi refugee in his early 30s. He held a pistol to his head, cocked it and demanded his phone."
 

Canada: Backgrounder - Ontario's fight for tougher gun laws
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"The McGuinty government has led the fight for zero tolerance on gun crimes and continues to call on all levels of government to work together to do all they can to make communities safer. Legislation was introduced by the federal government today to change conditional sentences and mandatory minimum sentences imposed for gun crimes." ...

"Ontario's call for a crackdown on violent gun crime was met with a commitment for legislative change from the federal government. Ontario's proposals resulted in a national consensus that sentences for gun-related offences should carry mandatory minimum sentences. At this meeting, Ontario championed the two new gun theft offences..."
 

PA: Gun Crisis on Display in Philadelphia
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"Fifteen-hundred guns put on display in the formal reception room at Philadelphia City Hall. If you guessed that these guns were used in crimes, you'd be right. Lawmen want to add one more gun to the collection."

"The instruments of destruction that have been stealing the soul of this city were brought to the very heart of City Hall for all to see. And what a sobering sight it was. Hoping to trigger an intense political argument for tougher gun laws in unison with other cities, the city put on a dramatic display of what this is all about."

"If you thought they had a weapons problem in Iraq, the city wants you to look at what's going on in Philadelphia. ..."
 

TX: New Study Concerns Gun Owners and Parents in Grayson County
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"A new report on children and their access to guns has some people concerned. KTEN's Dr. Tracy Wimbush reports from Denison with the details from this new study."

"It's a report from Alabama that has both those for and against gun control saying more needs to be done to keep children safe. Ten percent of deaths among children ages 5 to 14 result from firearms everyone agrees -- that number needs to be reduced. But a new report finds that simply hiding your gun -- may not be enough a survey of more than 200 gun owners-- who are also parents- asked if they know whether their child had access to or handled their firearm."
 

FL: Please Refrain From Firing Your Gun
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Police have posted signs in English and Spanish warning residents not to shoot guns into the air to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any other holiday like New Years Eve and the Fourth of July.

No one has been hurt in Ocoee but falling bullets in other parts of the county in recent years have killed two people and injured a mother holding her baby.

Firing a gun into the air is a crime in Florida punishable by up to a year in jail. If the bullet hits and kills someone the shooter can be charged with manslaughter.
 

UK: Gun soldier sparks village scare
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"POLICE were flooded with calls after terrified residents saw a man with a gun on a busy road in Ramsbottom."

"But after police raced to the scene in the Stubbins Lane area they discovered the man was a soldier from the nearby Holcombe Moor Army Training Camp. And what was initially believed to be a machine gun turned out to be an unloaded rifle. The unnamed soldier has since been spoken to by his superiors after what the Army termed his 'error of judgement'. During the alert, which happened at 4.30pm on Wednesday of last week, police marksmen were put on standby. But officers scaled down the alert when they discovered the man was in the services."
 

UK: Woman in gun carjack terror
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"A WOMAN was carjacked by hooded gunmen moments after pulling into the driveway of her Warwickshire home."

"The 34-year-old was threatened at gunpoint by the two hooded robbers who struck at the house in Banquo Approach, Warwick Gates, Warwick, at about 10.40pm yesterday."

"After she pulled into the driveway, the robber, brandishing a handgun, walked over to the driver's side of her car and told her to get out."
 

UK: Gun smuggler holds his hands up
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"A gun-runner from Emmer Green has admitted trying to smuggle handguns and a lethal submachine gun into Britain."

"Amjad Hussain, of Grove Road, also admitted possession of two handguns and ammunition at Reading Crown Court."

"The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to import guns just as his trial was set to start on Tuesday."
 

MA: Don't blame guns (Letter)
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"I am starting to get really enraged at this group and that group demanding "tougher gun laws" as a solution to their crime problems." ...

"When are they and other like-minded groups going to wake up and smell the coffee and admit to themselves that criminals don't give a damn about laws - that's why they're criminals in the first place. If the criminals have ignored all the gun laws already on the books, what makes anyone think that they'll pay attention to another one? The only group affected by 'tougher gun laws' are law abiding gun owners. ..."
 

MI: Armed action: Girl Scouts take up shotguns after gun safety class
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"Haylie Lane, a 14-year-old Girl Scout from Oxford, had never fired a shotgun before, but she hit 18 out of 25 clay pigeons during her first round of sporting clays here Saturday."

"Haylie, a member of Troop 364, was participating in an unusual local Girl Scout program that teaches girls about firearms safety and shotgun shooting at the Genesee Sportsmen's Club."

"'I've shot a BB gun and a handgun before, but not a shotgun,' Haylie said. 'This is fun.'"
 

KS: Citizens have a right to protect themselves (Letter)
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"Thank goodness the Founders of this great nation didn't agree with you, or we'd be speaking with British accents and singing 'God save the Queen' before cricket matches?" ...

"The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently ruled the police (and by extension, the government in general) is not responsible for the safety of the individual citizen. So, 'who ya gonna call, Ghostbusters?' " ...

"Since the definition of 'Infringed' is the same today as it was in the 18th century when the Bill of Rights was ratified, exactly what part of 'shall not be infringed' do you fail to grasp?"
 

NY: Criminals Don’t Obey Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Everyone who has legally acquired a handgun in New York state knows the law is already stringent. You cannot buy a handgun without first getting a permit from the state to possess one. Once you have taken the required course and passed a local background check to get the permit, you cannot simply go to a gun shop and walk out with a pistol. First, you must undergo another background check— the national instant criminal background check — or present a certificate to the gun dealer showing that you have already have done so. You have to show proof to the gun dealer that you possess a permit as well. Then you have to take a note from the gun dealer to the local permitting agency — in our case, the Sheriff’s Department — to have the gun you propose buying registered. Then you have to take a note back to the gun dealer as proof that the gun is legally registered. The dealer, meanwhile, has to keep records of all of this."

"Will those 1 percent of dealers who don’t do any of this record-keeping and paperwork when they put guns on the illegal market obey a new law that requires even more record-keeping?"

"Please."
 

Canada: Tories to disarm gun registry
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"The Tories campiagned on law and order and the Conservative Party was not just talking tough."

"A Global National exclusive has discoverd the Harper government is appealing to its base by moving to disarm the controversial gun registry."

"Global National has learned the details of how the Conservatives are going to deal with the gun registry during the election they promised to kill it, but that's proving to be more difficult than they thought."

"It was a promise that always played well with conservative audiences."
 

South Africa: Most citizens want gun-free SA - survey
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"Most South Africans want the country to be gun-free, and for there to be harsher penalties for illegal gun ownership."

"Research Surveys South Africa has released a study which shows that more than two-thirds of people in metropolitan areas believe South Africa should be gun-free."

"Survey director Neil Higgs safety concerns were the chief reason for South Africans wanting a ban on gun ownership, although there were also those who were opposed to a ban for safety reasons."
 

UK: Trail of crime that led to gun-shop ram-raid
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"RAM-RAIDERS who stole four shotguns from a shop in St Albans committed a spate of thefts in the days leading up to the smash and grab."

"Police are now looking for help to piece together the chain of events which started with the theft of a BMW car in Radlett, days before the robbers rammed a stolen Ford Fiesta into the front of Park Street Gun Shop on Thursday, March 23."
 

PA: Street, amid weapons, renews gun-control effort
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The illegal guns - about 1,500 of them - covered most of the floor of the Mayor's Reception Room on the second floor of City Hall."

"Mayor Street, who said they had been confiscated since the start of 2006, used them as a platform yesterday for launching another gun-control campaign in Harrisburg."
 

CA: Dad says he shot son in self-defense
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"A former sheriff's deputy accused of murdering his son walked the jury through the moments that led to him pulling the trigger."

"It was an emotional second day of testimony Tuesday as James Smith, 58, stood in the middle of the courtroom showing the jury which hand he used to fire the shot that killed his son."...

"Smith is accused of murdering his son, Joshua Smith, 20, inside the family's Hesperia home on Aug. 27, 2004 following a physical confrontation between the two."

"James Smith, who has pleaded innocent, faces one count of murder. If convicted, he faces 50 years to life in state prison, said Deputy District Attorney Anil Kaushal."
 

NY: Silver, Assembly Majority Join Anti-Gun Violence Advocates' Rally
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Labeling it 'the final frontier in hypocrisy,' Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today called on Gov. George Pataki to end his strident support of radical pro-gun groups at the expense of common-sense gun safety legislation, which is stalled in the Senate. Silver's remarks came at a rally today aimed at raising awareness and building support for comprehensive measures aimed at protecting New Yorkers from gun violence."
 

NY: Remarks by Speaker Sheldon Silver New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Press Conference/Rally
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Let me once again express my gratitude to the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and all of your supporters for establishing 'Sensible Gun Legislation Day.'"

"Of course, it's hard to have sensible gun policy in a state where the governor thinks stem cells are more of a threat to our communities than assault weapons."
 

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