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IN: Restricting gun sales sticky, council finds
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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The Winfield Town Council is finding things a bit sticky as it tries to get its hands around an ordinance regulating gun sales.

The problem is this: The developer of an upscale subdivision is selling guns out of the clubhouse and doing so in compliance with the law.



 

FBI releases preliminary crime data
Submitted by: Doug

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"Preliminary data for 2002 released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program indicate a 0.2-percent decrease in the Nation's Crime Index from the 2001 figure. The Crime Index is calculated using the seven UCR Part I offenses: four violent crimes that include murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and the three property crimes that include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft."

"According to the preliminary data, overall violent crime decreased 1.4 percent. Among individual violent crimes, murder and forcible rape both showed increases, 0.8 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively. The number of robberies in 2002 decreased 1.2 percent from the 2001 total, and the number of aggravated assaults declined 2.0 percent."
 

Iraq: U.S. Troops Raid Iraqi Homes
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Armed with fresh intelligence, U.S. troops continued sweeping through towns west of Baghdad Monday, looking for suspected militia leaders and caches of outlawed weapons." ...

"At least 59 Iraqis were detained, most taken away blindfolded and handcuffed, but the U.S. military announced no major weapons discoveries."
 

Dover attorney poised to take reins at NRA
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A Dover attorney is four years away from taking the reins as president of the National Rifle Association, a controversial role most visibly filled in recent years by actor Charlton Heston."

"John Sigler has headed the National Rifle Association's fund-raising efforts and been involved in the organization's work with law enforcement. Last month, he was named the NRA's second vice president. He will serve two years in the position before advancing to first vice president. From there, the next step is to the presidency."
 

NY: Honed on the range
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"While TV cops engage in drawn-out, artfully choreographed gun battles on a weekly basis, their real-life counterparts typically go through an entire career without a single shooting incident. When shoot-outs do occur, they are usually lightning-fast, confusing, close-range affairs that test the judgment, marksmanship and physical conditioning of the most experienced officers."
 

David Nelsons want off the list
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Throughout Southern California and across the country, men named David Nelson report they have been harassed, questioned by FBI agents, pulled off airplanes, searched and then searched again when attempting air travel."

"Apparently caught up in a nationwide dragnet for a terrorist by that name, David Nelsons everywhere are being told their names raise red flags on airline screening software. The government, however, maintains that the problem is essentially a computer glitch the airlines must solve."

"Some David Nelsons in Southern California say they don't care why it's happening. They just want their names off the list."
 

Iraq: Scouring for Resistance
Submitted by: Kurt Amesbury

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"...They allowed each family to keep an assault rifle for home protection."

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Iraqi citizens get more respect from the US military than citizens of New York, New Jersey, Maryland or California get from their own state legislatures!

 

As the government seeks more power, the people go along
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Every once in a while, someone will circulate a petition asking Americans to endorse a set of principles that have been paraphrased to disguise the fact that they are the same principles contained in the Bill of Rights. And whenever it happens, large numbers of Americans say no." ...

"The occasional petitions ought to remind us how easily we can be persuaded to give up rights we imagine we will never need - and how cavalierly we regard the rights of people who strike us as 'strange' or 'dangerous.' "
 

More Newspapers Drop Gun Classifieds
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Houston daily is just one of several papers that have altered policies after being contacted by the National Campaign to Close the Newspaper Gun Loophole, which launched in November 2001. The group struck its first success when the Chicago Tribune agreed to stop taking ads for any firearms in late 2001, according to John Johnson, campaign coordinator. ...In all, 16 state-level anti-gun organizations have teamed with the campaign to lobby local papers for restrictions on gun ads."
 

Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Nonprofit Campaign Donations
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld Federal Election Commission rules barring direct campaign contributions by nonprofit advocacy groups to federal election campaigns." ...

"The high court's 7-2 decision in Federal Election Commission v. Beaumont, 02- 403, was considered a prelude to the bigger campaign finance case the court will hear this fall on a challenge to recent campaign finance law reforms approved by Congress."
 

CT: Yale bomb turns man’s life upside down
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Benjamin Johnson had no idea that a few sentences in a notebook would send him back to jail for six days. Or prompt federal agents and state police to search his parents’ house for hours. Or attract hordes of media to his Hamden neighborhood." ...

"But the contents of his notebook — coupled with a criminal conviction — gave federal agents the probable cause necessary to turn Johnson’s life upside down as part of their investigation into the bombing at Yale Law School." ...

"Law experts say the threshold for 'probable cause' is purposely low and intentionally vague to give law-enforcement agencies broad power to conduct criminal investigations."
 

CT: State Touts Anti-Gun Program
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"There has been a 30 percent increase in federal firearm indictments in Connecticut during the first year of a federal program targeting gun violence, the state's U.S. attorney said Monday."

"U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said the government plans to expand the program, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and is launching an ad campaign to put the bad guys on notice: Carry a gun and go to jail."

" 'You don't have to use it. You don't have [to] threaten anyone,' O'Connor said."
 

UK: National road tolls
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Replacing petrol tax with a nationwide road-pricing system would reduce traffic by up to 37 per cent and cut costs for rural drivers at the expense of their urban counterparts, according to research published today." ...

"...the Government would adopt a satellite-tracking system under which tolls could be varied according to the type of road and time of day."

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Big Brother knowing where you are at all times during the day. Freedom? What freedom?
 

OH: Op-Ed: Less Citizen Opposition Means More Guns
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"The General Assembly in Ohio has attempted to pass a concealed carry weapons bill in every session for the past 10 years or so. According to the Ohio Poll conducted periodically by the University of Cincinnati to gauge the attitudes of Ohioans on a variety of issues, about 70 percent of us oppose concealed carry. But, judging by how few Ohioans actually express opposition to legislators, no one really cares. At least not until someone you know or love is injured or killed by a gun. Then, you'll care a lot."

"Gahanna Deputy Police Chief Larry Rinehart cares a lot. His sister was shot to death two years ago by her estranged husband. He testified before the House and Senate in favor of HB12, noting that as a police officer 'I cannot guarantee the safety of any citizens of Gahanna.' Rinehart went on to say that 'safety is a right and responsibility of the individual. Conceal-and-carry is a tool to be used in an emergency.' The police officer also mentioned someone who truly doesn't care what is going on in the General Assembly, and we wish O'Neill and other anti-self-defense extremists would take note: 'Criminals carry guns, and they don’t give a hoot what goes on in these chambers.' Kate Smith cares too. She testified before the Senate on behalf of her sister Becky, who was a victim of a violent home invasion, which resulted in her dying from a gunshot blast to the back. Smith said that she has no doubt Becky would be alive today if she had a gun."
 

OH: CWRU victim's mom: 'Trouble! Call the guys with the guns. No, not THOSE guys'
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"It's such a weak, flawed argument, it's almost not worth addressing. But not quite..."

"Eleanor Helper, who told Senators she became an 'instant gun control advocate' when her daughter was shot at Case Western University, has written a letter to the Columbus Dispatch editor." ...

"On this fact there can be no disagreement: when a criminal strikes, the best method of defense is for someone to have a firearm. Helper wants someone else with a gun to do the dirty work. Many others prefer not to have to wait."
 

OH: Open Letter to OSHP Superintendent Paul McClellan: You Can't Have it Both Ways
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"To Ohio Highway Patrol Superintendent Paul D. McClellan:"

"In December 2001, OSHP Major J.P. Allen offered defense testimony in the Hamilton County concealed carry ban constitutionality lawsuit, on behalf of the state of Ohio and as your official representative."

"In March 2003, OSHP Capt. Bordman testified before the House Committee on Criminal Justice, again as your official representative."

"So why were these two men saying completely opposite things? And which one was telling the truth?"
 

FL: Man Talks About Shooting Pit Bulls
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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" 'The two dogs were running directly at me, one right behind the other,' explains George Mansfield."

"It's a scary situation, even for an armed ex-cop. Now he is in trouble for shooting a pit bull."

"Now, for the first time, the man who killed a pit bull is talking about the danger he was in. He says he was protecting himself. But he still faces possible charges of animal cruelty."
 

Defending yourself: Protect your life
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The FBI released crime statistics Monday which show that, after spiking in 2001, crime fell ever so slightly across the country in 2002 — down 0.2 percent — but the rates of murder and rape edged higher. This week, CNBC’s Checkpoint focuses on personal security, starting with the best ways to protect yourself."
 

(BATF) Dedication of National Laboratory Center (Speech)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Just as I am fond of tracing ATF's heritage to the first Federal taxes and the Whiskey Rebellion, our laboratory's history likewise begins with excise tax responsibilities of the Treasury Department. Our laboratory traces its origins to 1886 when a revenue laboratory was established with two scientists in the attic of the Department of Treasury building." ...

"The mission of ATF today is to reduce violent crime and protect the public."
 

CT: Gun accident injures submariner
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The Navy is investigating an accidental shooting aboard a submarine that injured a sailor.

Officials said the sailor accidentally shot himself in the hand Sunday while doing routine maintenance on his 9-millimeter pistol.

The incident occurred aboard the USS Dallas while it was docked at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, said Navy spokesman Lt. Philip Rosi.

Rosi said the sailor underwent surgery Sunday night at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London and is expected to make a full recovery. The injured man's name has not been released.
 

Australia: ACT Govt pushes ahead with gun control laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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The Australian Capital Territory Government has rejected calls to delay its tough new gun control laws, saying the proposed handgun buyback will still commence on July 1.

The Democrats had called for a delay, after claming the proposed laws were too lax, and would exclude some dangerous weapons, including those used in last year's Monash University shooting.

However, Police Minister Bill Wood says there has been seven months of community consultation and he wants the laws to be passed quickly.

"The legislation will be tabled I expect tomorrow, so that it's clearly done, we've already briefed members ahead of that," he said.

"We'd like to get this through by the end of June, so that's the timeline if we can do it."
 

Liberty and justice for all
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"How can there possibly be liberty and justice for all, when, in the name of justice, people claim rights to income, food, housing, education, health care, transportation, ad infinitum? We can't. Positive rights to receive such things, absent an obligation to earn them, must violate others' liberty, by taking some of their income without their consent." ...
 

CA: Recall of Calif. Governor Close to Ballot
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Republican-led campaign to recall California's Democratic governor, once dismissed as improbable, now appears poised to qualify for the ballot - and to shake up California politics like never before." ...

"Now he could find himself forced from office by a campaign that has been fired up a little-known conservative congressman who has poured $800,000 into the effort so far."
 

Bearing Arms vs Bare Arms
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"With the blanket type of wording of the Second Amendment, it is difficult to justify any kind of weapons control by any agency of government. I can't even justify restricting private ownership of nuclear weapons, let alone standard firearms. If someone wants to have a personal arsenal that consists of bazookas, howitzers, tanks, nuclear weapons and even chemical and biological weapons, frankly, I find no prohibition for it in the Constitution." ...
 

OR: Homeowner Shoots At Men Breaking Into Shed
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A Portland homeowner fired shots early Monday after finding two men breaking into a building on his property." ...

"The district attorney's office will determine whether the homeowner was justified in using the gun."
 

CA: Gun sellers facing background checks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"More recently, a state review of a select group of people involved in gun sales found 18 with criminal or other records that barred them from owning or even handling a firearm." ...

"Teachers, locksmiths and pharmacists, among others, must pass background checks in California. But those who work around guns in most of the state do not."
 

CO: Basalt crowd drills Rippy on gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Midvalley residents cordially yet firmly scolded state Rep. Gregg Rippy Thursday for helping the Colorado Legislature strip towns like Basalt of their ability to prohibit carrying concealed weapons."

"Rippy, a Republican from Glenwood Springs, was also drilled about a controversial redistricting that his party rammed through the Legislature in the closing days."

"Rippy was unapologetic about his stance on both issues, but he and critics in an audience of about 15 people were able to discuss the topics without debate turning nasty."
 

Canada: 'Please don't kill my mommy'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"While it was business as usual at Jubilee Fine Jewellers yesterday, one of the owners was still trying to shake the image of an enraged man pressing a gun to her head -- right before she attempted to dial 911 during a dramatic hold-up Saturday at the Rideau Centre."

"But that image pales when compared with the gut-wrenching words coming from her 18-year-old daughter Sophie. 'Please don't kill my mommy,' the teen tearfully pleaded as she stood next to her mother."
 

AZ: Program aimed at repeating offenders
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"The arrest of Ernesto David Valencia Jr., 32, was hailed as a success for a new program led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The program, dubbed Project ARROW, targets violent convicts released from prison who try to obtain weapons despite a prior conviction. The aim is to arrest offenders before they commit another firearm-related offense, police said."
 

Send Schumer, DiFi To Iraq
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Only 123 pistols but 162 RPGs? How many of these things do these Iraqis have? Anyway, there's no rush to turn in the guns - and we want to get them out of there. When I read this, I said, 'This sounds like a job for Senators Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein.' They're huge anti-gun people. Bush would do America a big favor if he sent the two of them to Iraq and made them stay there until they clean every last gun out of the country. They want to disarm this country, so let them try a pilot program over there and prove it works."
 

FL: Gun buy-back program in Manatee County deemed a success
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The gun buy-back program in Manatee County is a success."

"According to Bay News 9’s partner the Bradenton Herald the Bradenton Police Department has received 361 firearms during the first 36 days of the program."

"Residents were given $50 gift certificates for each gun they turned in, up to three per person."

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More appropriate title: Manatee County taxpayers purchase 361 guns, allowing those who may have used them in crimes to effectively get rid of them without being caught.
 

CA: Hey boss, he hit me!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "Escalante ran to him and grabbed him in a big hug but that didn't stop Stanei from smashing Escalante in the head causing a deep wound and, his lawyer said later, also causing brain damage."

"What did the boss do? He fired both men; Escalante, because he tried to defend himself. The boss, Jim Goetsch, said he should have left the scene. He claimed that if Escalante got away with 'defending himself,' then no employer could fire anyone for workplace disputes."
 

NH: Report of man with gun in Hudson market causes stir
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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A man whom witnesses said walked into the Hannaford supermarket at the Hudson Mall on Sunday morning with a handgun strapped to his hip caused quite a stir that resulted in multiple calls to police, Sgt. Richard Tousignant said.

“Several people called when they saw him walk into the store. The gun was on his hip, cowboy-style,” Tousignant said.

When police arrived to question him, however, he had left the scene. A cruiser stayed in the area for a while in case he returned.

“Actually, that (carrying a gun that isn’t concealed) isn’t against the law in New Hampshire,” Tousignant said.

Typically, though, police do stop and question citizens toting weapons that are visible, mostly because people who see them become alarmed.
 

NH: A role model for others
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The controversy associated with the NRA doesn’t deter Phillips from being a member. 'I feel very strongly about our rights to keep and bear arms,' says Phillips, 'and that the NRA is the lobbying association to protect that right, which is why I support them. Like I said, I don’t agree with everything that they do, but that’s the mouthpiece that I have."
 

MO: Concealed weapons bill renews gun debates
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"Ever since the Missouri Legislature approved a bill last month that would give state residents the right to carry concealed firearms, Vince Bowman has noticed excitement about the prospect among patrons at Shooters Gun Shop in Cape Girardeau."

"To Bowman, a store employee, there is little doubt that allowing law-abiding people the opportunity to protect themselves would have a positive effect."
 

CT: Program teaches firearm etiquette
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"If you have ever wanted to teach a youngster the proper methods of handling a firearm safely and the correct ways to shoot one now is the time to act."

"It seems that ignorance causes more accidents with firearms, we read about tragic events because of improper storage and handling. To learn respect for what a firearm is capable of and the safe way to use them is very important for youths and adults alike."
 

Australia: Hoon sting angers civil liberties but residents approve
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Civil libertarians are angered by a weekend police operation targeting 'car hoons' on the Gold Coast."

"Police blocked exits of Broadwater car park on Saturday night to inspect more than 200 vehicles for safety breaches."

"Five vehicles were confiscated for 48 hours under the state's new 'anti-hoon' laws and 20 drivers were charged with drink-driving."
 

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