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TX: HPD, airport security at odds over incident
Submitted by: News Director

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"Although the FBI eventually cleared the man of wrongdoing, police officials have transferred the officer involved and are investigating the incident while insisting that the TSA, not police, has the authority to keep a suspicious person from boarding a flight." ...

"The report states that a man with a Middle Eastern name and a ticket for a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta shook his head when screeners asked if he had a laptop computer in his baggage, but an X-ray machine operator detected a laptop."

"A search of the man's baggage revealed a clock with a 9-volt battery taped to it and a copy of the Quran, the report said. A screener examined the man's shoes and determined that the 'entire soles of both shoes were gutted out.'"
 

Henry Lamb: Don't blame the government
Submitted by: News Director

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"The government is not to blame. The founders knew full well that the government they created conveyed great opportunity to its citizens. They knew equally well that those opportunities came with grave responsibilities. A government that is empowered by the consent of the governed will abuse and oppress the governed as long as they allow it. Citizens have the never-ending responsibility to keep their government in check."

"Since 1948, only about half the eligible people have even bothered to vote. Sadly, many, if not most, had little idea of the positions taken by the people for whom they cast a vote. With this level of apathy, it is amazing that the republic has survived these 230 years."
 

KY: New laws make for a safer region
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"New Kentucky laws starting to kick in this week should make most of us in the region - but not all - feel safer." ...

"Probably the most controversial of all the new safety laws are those expanding gun rights. Kentucky was years ahead of Ohio in adopting a concealed-carry law. Now Kentucky lawmakers not only exempted concealed-carry permit holders from the state open-records laws - and barred law officers from seizing their weapons or ammunition during disasters like Katrina - but House Bill 290 also allows workers to keep firearms in their vehicles on their employer's premises."
 

NY: Officers Are Arrested in Separate Incidents
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"Two off-duty police officers and an off-duty correction officer were arrested yesterday in unrelated incidents, the police said."

"Milton Smith, 44, a patrol officer in the 46th Precinct in the Bronx, was arrested after officers saw him buying marijuana at West 179th Street and University Avenue in Morris Heights at 4:15 a.m., the police said."

"He was charged with possession of marijuana, the authorities said."

"About 5 a.m., Roberto Bharat, 28, an officer in the 103rd Precinct in Queens, was arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly slapped his girlfriend, the authorities said. Her name was not released."
 

TN: Coopertown cops say Crosby told them to ticket motorists, including Hispanics
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"Coopertown Mayor Danny Crosby routinely told police officers to ticket at least three or four motorists a day so the city could pay for services without a property tax, two town police officers testified in court this morning."

"The mayor also told police that Hispanics were 'easy targets' for tickets and told officers to monitor particular roads in search of political adversaries, according to testimony."

"...He’s accused in court filings of illegally running a speed trap in the small Robertson County town; having cops profile Hispanics, soldiers and out-of-towners for tickets and using officers to harass and threaten some members of the community."
 

UK: Three hurt as gun is fired in a nightclub
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"THREE people were recovering in hospital last night after being shot in a city-centre nightclub."

"Police were called to The Edge in Nottingham shortly before 4am yesterday after receiving reports that a number of people had suffered gunshot wounds."

"The injured, at least one of whom was a woman, were under police guard at the Queen’s Medical Centre in the city. They were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries."
 

Australia: Cash stolen in armed pub raid
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THREE armed robbers stole a large amount of cash from inner Sydney pub after threatening staff there with a gun and other weapons.

Three men wearing balaclavas - armed with a firearm, metal pole, and a knife - stormed the Taverners Hill Hotel in Leichhardt about 12.45am (AEST) today, police said.

The men stole a substantial amount of cash before fleeing the pub in a car. No one was injured.
 

MA: Councilor urges gun buyback
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"The city's gunplay is getting worse, matching trends across the country, but there is no one-step solution, Police Chief Edward Cronin said this week."

"'Generally speaking, the use of guns have gone up,' Cronin said, explaining that many of the many guns reach the street through theft from homes and businesses."

"Fitchburg police work a lot with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to control gun crime in the city, Cronin said." ...

"Cronin said a gun buyback program may not be a good route to reduce gun violence, expressing skepticism about how well it has worked in other cities."

"He said studies into buyback programs have not endorsed them."
 

NC: ATF's Greensboro Gun Crime Initiative Defended
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"There's a dispute brewing over whether an effort by federal officials to reduce violent gun crime is as good as they say it is."

"The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contended their effort caused the number of firearms homicides to fall in 13 of the 15 cities."

"Greensboro was one of the cities chosen, and the ATF said slayings there fell from 13 between June and November 2003 to three in the same period of 2004, the first six months of the program. Greensboro had 16 homicides in all of 2004."

"The U.S. Justice Department's inspector general said the ATF made faulty comparisons and used inadequate data in calling the program a success."
 

PA: Take a dual approach against weapons
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"With handgun shootings in Philadelphia on a pace to match recent years' carnage, it's welcome news that state lawmakers came up with $5 million to target gun trafficking in the city. But the effort can't stop there."

"No question, forming a joint task force out of State Attorney General Thomas Corbett's office will aim more law-enforcement resources at an out-of-control problem."

"Even better if that means gun traffickers will be 'scared to death that the next guy they sell a gun to might be an undercover cop,' as State Sen. Vincent Fumo (D., Phila.) said at a news conference Thursday."
 

Thailand: Southern teachers get gun lessons
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"The elite Royal Thai Aide-de-Camp Department will train southern teachers to use handguns to protect themselves against terrorist attacks, a senior official said yesterday."

"Instructors will soon be despatched to the South to train teachers to fight back, said General Napol Bounthap, deputy Royal Thai Aide-de-Camp."
 

OH: Forum targets firearm violence
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"The president of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati hopes a forum Sunday is just the first step toward reducing gun violence involving Cincinnati's youth." ...

"Stanley said the forum had three purposes: to begin serious community-wide conversation about youth gun violence, to form a community plan and for the attendees to see they were not alone in their concern of youth gun violence."
 

TN: Police say gun turn-in program could result in less crime
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"Officers say before you show up to the Pyramid Saturday, take the gun you plan to turn in, remove the ammunition, and do everything else to make sure that fire arm is not a hazard."

"'The mitigating factor is you're bringing this gun to turn it in, and the way to do that is put it in a paper sack, unload it make sure that you are going to have it in a safe manner,' said Sgt. Vince Higgins, spokesperson for the Memphis Police Department."

"Higgins said guns turned in Saturday will cataloged and destroyed. He believes that fewer guns on the street will result in fewer shootings and fewer homicides."
 

MI: Woman aims to interest girls in hunting
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"It's Americana as classic as a Norman Rockwell painting: A camo-clad hunter and young protege sit side-by-side among the trees, the dawn sky slowly changing from gray to blue around them."

"The student listens intently, shotgun poised, as a distant turkey answers the teacher's call."

"But look closer: There's something slightly unusual about this familiar portrait. The mentor is a woman, Arlene Minto of Davison Township. And her student is a teenage girl, Genevieve Dent, 13, of Burton."
 

UK: Cops in horror find in house
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"As officers listened in horror, Gulf War veteran David Bradley, believed to be mentally ill, announced they would find the bodies lying at the home he is believed to have shared with the victims."

"Then, becoming increasingly agitated, he revealed he was carrying two weapons - a handgun with a silencer and a pump action shotgun."

"He also claimed his bag contained ammunition and a devastating 'thunderclap' home-made nail bomb."

"Bradley was immediately arrested and the area evacuated for 12 hours as a bomb disposal team with a robot blew up the bag in a controlled explosion." ...
 

IN: Putting gun mania ahead of citizens' safety (Letter)
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"With the enactment of House Enrolled Act 1174, Indiana government is again playing Russian roulette with the safety of its citizens ('Indiana allows lifetime gun permits,' July 6)."

"Gary is already known as the Murder Capital of the U.S., and Indianapolis seems to be vying for that dubious distinction. Indiana already has some of the most lax gun laws in the nation, but the legislature continues to negate or water down the few gun regulations we have left."

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And how many of those murderers in Gary will take the time to go out and get themselves a permit? Law abiding citizens get permits. Criminals do not.
 

OK: Common sense can prevent gun accidents
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"The second amendment of the Constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms."

"But there is no provision anywhere in the document about bearing the grief those arms, if not handled safely and responsibly, can cause." ...

"It is up to gun owners to make sure their firearms are kept away from children."

"Gun safes are one solution, as are trigger locks. Keeping firearms and ammunition locked up separately also is advisable. And never, ever, leave a loaded weapon where a child can get his or her hands on it."

"Children of gun owners also would benefit from gun safety training. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department offers youth hunter safety courses both through home study and at scheduled workshops. ..."
 

Dominican Republic: Dominican gun merchants want illegal ones confiscated
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The Dominican Weapons Importers and Sales Association (Adiva) yesterday called on the seizure of illegal and unregistered firearms, as a way to successfully confront the country’s heightened crime wave.

It’s president, Edrys Peralta, said that his group adheres strictly to all procedures stipulated in Law 36, on the right to bear and own guns in the Dominican Republic.

He said that Adiva carries the regulations demanded by the Interior and Police and Armed Forces ministries, entities which issue the measures governing its some 40 properly registered distributors, which operate in the country.
 

FBI Raid On Congressman Ruled Constitutional
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"An FBI raid on a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office was legal, a federal judge ruled Monday."

"Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law. He rejected requests from lawmakers and Democratic Rep. William Jefferson to return material seized by the FBI in a May 20-21 search of Jefferson's office."

"In a 28-page opinion, Hogan dismissed arguments that the first-ever raid on a congressman's office violated the Constitution's protections against intimidation of elected officials."
 

NY: Would-Be Carjacker Thwarted by Shot of an Off-Duty Officer
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"An off-duty police officer driving home from work in the Bronx early yesterday shot a man in the face when the man tried to steal his car at gunpoint, the police said. The man ran, but was captured several minutes later, according to the police."

"In spite of his wound, the suspect, Daniel Arroyo, 22, of Hoe Avenue in Crotona Park East was reported in fair condition at Jacobi Medical Center, where he was under police guard. He was charged with attempted robbery, assault and weapons counts. The police said that his gun, a .380-caliber semiautomatic, was found near the officer's vehicle, cocked and loaded."
 

VA: Let's get a few things straight (about the July 4th crime spree)
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"Let's get a few things straight:"

"There is no excuse and no worthy provocation for one group of people to assault and rob another group. None. Period. The act was loathsome. The perpetrators need to be punished."

"You should know, however, that in my interviews with three victims, two recalled seeing one baseball bat, or batlike object, and one cited 'one or two' -- not a dugout's worth, as some reader e-mails suggest."

"It would be nice if readers got as worked up over all acts of violence. When we stop basing our reactions to crime on the pigment of the perpetrator or victim, who knows what might happen?"

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KABA Note: Maybe when we stop basing our reactions on the tool one used to commit a crime and realize that whether the perpetrators used a baseball bat, a knife or a gun, the crime is equally hideous, who knows what might happen?
 

VA: Naval militia to guard ports?
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"Virginia's top military officer is mulling over establishing a state naval militia to guard the Old Dominion's seaports."

"'The concept has merit,' said Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman Jr., the state's adjutant general. 'I see the naval militia helping to contribute to port security.'"

"Newman cautioned, however, that a state naval militia is only in the thinking-about stage."

"'We would be receptive to hearing the general's thoughts on such a proposal,' said Kevin Hall, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's spokesman."

"Virginia law already provides for a naval militia, made up of citizens - 'organized, armed and equipped' - between the ages of 18 and 45."
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A favorable view of the civilian militia concept? Encouraging. I hope to see the same respect accorded the land-based unorganized militia.
 

BAE Systems Awarded Contracts fo Electro-Magnetic Gun System
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"BAE Systems has been awarded two contracts for development of an electro-magnetic gun system capable of deployment on board naval surface combatant ships."

"The development work includes a $9.3 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop technologies and preliminary design for an Electro-Magnetic (EM) railgun prototype and a $5.4M contract from Naval Special Warfare Center-Dahlgren for the design and fabrication of the U.S Navy's 32 megajule (MJ) Laboratory Launcher."

"An electro-magnetic railgun uses electrical energy to accelerate projectiles to extreme velocities. Railguns do not require powders or explosives to fire the round and therefore free magazine space for other mission areas. In addition, electro-magnetic guns provide a highly consistent and uniform explosive charge that gives much greater accuracy."
 

FL: Gun Buyback Program Nets 300 Guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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About 300 guns were turned in during a buyback program aimed at taking the deadly weapons off Jacksonville streets.

Anyone who turned in a gun was given $50.

Organizers were surprised with the number of guns they collected. They expected about 150 guns to be turned in, but got double that number.

The guns will be melted down and turned into keys. The keys will then be given to school children as part of a program called "No Guns."

The buyback program was the second sponsored by the AME Ministerial Alliance.
 

C.J. Hamilton firearms are valuable collector's items
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"After the cartridge gun replaced the muzzle loader, every rural household had a 22 rimfire rifle that served utility purposes. This included putting game on the table, killing domestic animals for butchering, pest control, and other farm functions. Many, if not most, of these utility rifles were very inexpensive single shot rifles. One of the most prolific makers of these utility rifles was C. J. Hamilton of Plymouth, Mich. Even when I was a kid, many farms had a Hamilton somewhere near the back door. Many a chicken house predator fell to the bullet of a Hamilton."
 

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