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Police order to 'stop' must be obeyed, Supreme Court rules
Submitted by: News Director

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"A police officer's order to 'stop' must be obeyed on the street and can only be challenged in court, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday."

"Even an unconstitutional order cannot be challenged by running away, the justices ruled 5-2."

"The decision affirmed Saleem Crawley's conviction on a charge of obstructing a public servant from performing his official duties by fleeing."

"In March 2002, Crawley fled after two Newark police officers, acting on a tip about a man with a gun, encountered him outside a bar. After receiving a dispatcher's description of the gunman, the officers determined that Crawley 'matched exactly.'"

"Crawley, who was caught after a foot chase, had no weapon but was later convicted for running away."
 

Second Amendment murky on gun 'rights'
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"This amendment, as written by James Madison is made up of two couplets of two clauses The first couplet states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state ..." The second couplet states '...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'"

"Why did Madison and the members of the First Congress choose these particular words? What did they hope to accomplish and just what 'right' were they trying to protect?"

"The best answer is that we just don't know for sure, because there is no record of the debate leading to the adoption of this or any other of the nine amendments, nor did the authors provide us with annotated copies to explain what they were intending."
 

U.S. Senate Bids to Ban Emergency Gun Confiscation; But one prominent Democrat, among others, is opposed
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"Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) charges a Republican-backed amendment that prohibits the confiscation of guns during an emergency puts police officers and first responders in danger. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), was added to the Homeland Security appropriations bill during a July 13 Senate vote." ...

"Kennedy accuses the Republican leadership of backing 'another special-interest, anti-law enforcement measure that strips away the rights of law enforcement to respond to public safety emergencies.'"

"Kennedy also accuses the National Rifle Association of setting the Senate's Republican agenda. ..."
 

Devvy Kidd: Treating symptoms doesn't keep the patient from dying
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"Congress doesn't need to act to protect the self-defense rights of citizens. The Second Amendment already does and THAT is the ultimate and final solution. If the American people continue to allow Congress to pass more 'new' legislation regarding restrictions, conditions or threatening to withhold funds regarding the Second Amendment, the end result will be more of the same. More anti-gun laws and more unconstitutional meddling by the federal machine. If we don't go after the solution, the problem will only continue to be treated with more 'pro' Second Amendment bills that are absolutely unnecessary; see here. How can you possibly expect to limit federal encroachment if you keep asking Congress to pass more laws? Think about it."
 

Airport police: Guns in luggage a "serious" offense
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"The former mayor of West Lake Hills told KVUE News Monday that bringing a gun to Austin's airport was 'a stupid mistake.'"

"Dwight Thompson said he's shattered that officers at a security checkpoint found a 357 magnum in his luggage Friday." ...

"Police say whatever the reason -- inattention, being in a hurry, or forgetting there's a gun in your suitcase -- the person with the gun will always be arrested."

"Airport police say so far this year, four people have been stopped for carrying firearms through security. Only one was reported last year."
 

Kids often know where guns are hidden
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gun-owning parents who think their children don't know where firearms are kept or haven't handled the weapons without permission may be in for a disturbing surprise."

"A recent study involving 201 parents and an equal number of their children has found that 39 percent of kids knew the location of their parents' firearms, while 22 percent said they had handled the weapons, despite their parents' assertions to the contrary. Parents who had talked to their children about gun safety were just as likely to be misinformed about their children's actions as those who said they never had discussed the matter."
 

South Africa: Gun ownership not 'rife' nor to blame for crime
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"In a reply filled with emotional claptrap more designed to scare little old ladies, Bower trots forth some of the most bigoted and unsupported assertions I've ever read."

"A belief that guns are responsible for crime is totally unsupported by any peer- reviewed criminologically sound research."

"'Rife' hardly describes 7% of the population who were legally armed. Nor does Rapcan represent anything but a very small paranoid segment of the population, when more than 70% believe in the right to self-defence with a firearm."
 

South Africa: Gun control laws respond to SA need
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"Most of us who live in Africa understand the need to control small arms, because we have witnessed first hand the wreckage that these weapons bring - in the Sudan, in the DRC, in Sierra Leone, in Angola - and in our own country. Nothing demonstrated this better than the recent killing of four police officers in Jeppestown."

"Despite this setback, there has been very positive forward movement. The conference heard that over the past five years, up to 70% of states have worked to strengthen their gun laws as one way of combating the illegal trade in arms."

"Gun control, then, is now widely recognised as a common-sense response to the illegal gun trade, and increasingly, it is becoming the norm."
 

Australia: Bashed guard feared for her life, court hears
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"THE security guard Karen Brown said she feared for her life as she was bashed with a knuckleduster and dragged across a hotel car park by her backpack, which contained about $40,000."

"Brown told police she remembered the robber 'pounding' her across the head - then she saw white - but does not recall chasing him to a car and fatally shooting him in the head as he sat in the front seat with the window up, a court has heard."

"Brown went on trial yesterday in the NSW Supreme Court for the murder of William Aquilina, 25, who had attempted to rob her outside the Moorebank Hotel on July 26, 2004 as she returned to her car. She has pleaded not guilty to murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter."
 

UK: Britain's holiday camp with guns
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"Shooting has long had a difficult image in Britain. But that doesn't deter the hundreds of men, women and children who, every year, plan to spend their summer holidays on a huge rifle range, complete with chalets and caravans." ...

"Compared with other sports, shooting has a complex image, seen through strange prisms. The tightening of gun control laws after the Dunblane massacre carried out by Thomas Hamilton, a gun club member, has affected perception of the sport. And the British perception of America's gun culture also inevitably bleeds over."
 

CA: Senator Releases Crime Prevention To Do List
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" Senate President pro Tem Don Perata, along with a group of community members, released what they are calling a "to do" list to help fight back against recent homicides and street violence in the East Bay cities of Oakland and Richmond." ...

"Goal: Guns-on-the-Street: establish an effective gun 'buy back' program; analysis of other gun suppression strategies. On August 7, we will convene a meeting under the guidance of the Alameda County’s violence prevention director to create a non-law enforcement sponsored gun buy-back program. There seems great potential for churches to operate several programs. In addition, staff will assess the value of other gun suppression strategies."
 

OH: Officer Charged With Domestic Violence, Assault
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"A Gahanna police officer was placed on administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence and assault, NBC 4 reported."

"Charges were filed against 27-year-old Benjamin Roush on Sunday."

"According to court records, Roush punched his wife in the face with a closed fist after an argument."

"Roush was released on bond and will be allowed to have his gun because his wife told the judge she was OK with it."
 

OH: Sheriff: No Guns Allowed At County Fair
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"The Clermont County Sheriff's Department said, despite Ohio's concealed-carry law, that the 'No Firearms' signs posted at the fairgrounds are legal and said it has an obligation to enforce the rule." ...

"Firearms were banned two years ago. Anyone found with a gun will be cited or arrested and their firearm will be taken away pending court action."
 

PA: Suggestions galore to stem the violence (Letters)
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"John Baer's column 'Gun issue draws lots of interest' once again shows just how much of a state of denial this city is in. He mentions solutions ranging from sacking police commanders to gun confiscation, but, once again, misses the only real solution: Arm yourselves!"

"The Second Amendment is there to protect you, your family and your home and community. Evil killers and drug dealers will always exist, just as evil itself will always exist, but the way to keep it from flourishing in Philly neighborhoods is to exercise your God-given right and duty to protect yourselves and your homes from this scourge of vermin that have hijacked the city."
 

Venezuela: Police officers sentenced for executions released
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"The relatives of three youngsters waited for five years for a trial court to condemn five police agents who executed them... However, after only four months, the Court of Appeals reversed the decision and ordered a new trial on release."

"On March 11th, 2006, the first trial court in El Tigre, eastern Anzoátegui state, condemned five police agents to prison for 22 years and 11 months for murder, improper use of firearm and mock crime. ..." ...

"Villarroel claimed that for five years, relatives and witnesses were the target of threats. Therefore, the ruling of the Court of Appeals puts them in jeopardy again. As a matter of fact, the key witness was killed some days after the trial in an incident that has not been clarified yet."
 

IL: Harvey police chief questioned before grand jury in missing gun case
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"Prosecutors investigating the disappearance of a gun from Harvey Police custody brought Police Chief Andrew Joshua before a criminal grand jury for questioning on Monday, and have issued subpoenas to other officers and police employees for later in the week."
 

OK: Security straps on new weapons
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"Sixty-five percent of law enforcement agencies use Glock pistols, so it makes sense OCCC safety officials have purchased 15 new Glock handguns for security officers."

"Ike Sloas, Safety and Security director, said OCCC currently has 15 handguns that will be assigned to the officers." ...

"The newly-purchased pistols fire a .40 caliber round."

"Sloas said security officers will be introduced to a new policy that deals with maintenance, inspection and firearm qualification. He said all officers would be certified by Aug. 21."
 

OH: Boys with guns
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"Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Always keep the action open except when ready to fire."

"Safety lessons from 60 years ago still echo in the minds of men who learned to shoot rifles on the dusty floor of an East Akron basement."

"Despite having no previous experience with guns, teen boys turned into expert marksmen in the Akron Sharpshooters chapter of the Junior Rifle Association."
 

Zanzibar: ’Review gun ownership law on Isles’
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"Zanzibar business community has called for a review of the law on private ownership of firearms, which according to them, favours their counterparts on the Mainland."

"Speaking to Minister for Public Safety and Security Bakari Mwapachu at a meeting with the minister, the businessmen said legal ownership of guns should be for self-defence." ...

"Mohammed Judda, a businessman said since the ban on private ownership of firearms in Zanzibar after the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution, the people of Zanzibar depend on hirizi (talisman) to protect themselves and their property."
 

NY: Project Childsafe advocates gun safety
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"Having a firearm in the home can lead to tragedy if you aren't responsible. That's the message from a group called Project Childsafe, which stopped by the Wilton Mall."

"Members handed out free gun locks. The locks make it more difficult to pull the trigger on a firearm. Advocates said it can make a difference, especially for children who may find weapons in their homes."
 

MA: Fourth Boston Officer Investigated for Steroids
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"The fourth Boston police officer implicated in a police corruption case allegedly distributed steroids and is under investigation for possible steroid use, a law enforcement official who has knowledge of the matter said yesterday."

"Edgardo Rodriguez, 36, was placed on administrative duty and had his gun confiscated after the investigation that resulted in the arrest of three officers last week, the official said."
 

UK: Water pistol game 'irresponsible'
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"Contestants in a giant game where players roam London shooting each other with water pistols, risk committing criminal offences, police have warned."

"Street Wars is a three-week contest in which players are given the name, address and a picture of a target."

"Their aim is to hunt them down and squirt them with water."

"But police said those taking part were irresponsible because some water pistols look like real guns and could lead to armed police being deployed."
 

PA: Local teens win national air rifle medals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A pair of area teenagers converted a little bit of adversity into some prosperity at the 2006 National Rifle Association National 3-Position Sporter Air Rifle Championships."

"Alyssa Harris, 15, of Hollidaysburg, and Christopher Fischer, 14, of Altoona, came home with both individual and team medals from the championships, which were held July 5-9 in Redmond, Ore."
 

UK: Violent crime is on the up
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"VIOLENT crime is on the rise in the borough, according to new figures."

"Statistics issued by the Met Police show murder has more than doubled in Bromley, from two incidents in the 12 months ending in May last year to five cases in the year ending in May this year."

"Rape rose by 32.65 per cent from 49 to 65 and gun crime went up by 42 per cent, from 66 incidents to 94."

"Robbery almost doubled, from 686 incidents to 1,027."

"The robbery figures include a 51.52 per cent increase in muggings, from 623 to 944."

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KABA Note: Unsurprising, since the thugs know they have nothing to fear from a disarmed populace.
 

Australia: Arrest after shot fired in domestic
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A MAN accused of firing a shotgun into the wall of his brother-in-law's house in a domestic dispute will face a Melbourne court today.

The man, 60, from Glen Iris, has been charged with conduct endangering persons, discharging a firearm in a dangerous manner and recklessly causing injury following the incident in Springvale Road, Forest Hill, in Melbourne's east, about 7pm (AEST) yesterday.

The man was remanded in custody to appear at the Heidelberg Magistrates Court later this morning.
 

MI: Fatal shooting apparently in self-defense, police say
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"A weekend shooting that left a Battle Creek man dead appears to be a case of self-defense, police have confirmed." ...

"Detectives say the 58-year-old homeowner, whose name is not being released, told them Bailey had come to the house with a hammer, looking for money. Neighbors say Bailey attacked the resident with the hammer and a struggle ensued. The resident then shot Bailey in the chest with a .50 caliber muzzle loading rifle."
 

Belgium: Gun owners in legal battle against tighter firearms law
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"The union of gun owners UNACT is taking legal action in the Arbitration Tribunal against the federal government's recently imposed tighter gun control law."

"UNACT claims the new law undermines the legal certainty of gun owners and traders."

"Some 10,000 gun owners have signed a petition demanding the abolition of part of the new legislation, VRT reported on Monday."
 

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