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PA: Resident takes action
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With no phone available, a Harrah resident shot at two home invaders Sunday afternoon, according to the Harrah Police Department."

"Police Chief Eddie Holland told The Sun that the homeowner ... hadn't been able to contact them until at least 30 minutes after the incident because he lacked a phone. ..."

"According to the resident ... two black men ... pulled up into the driveway at approximately 10 a.m. and knocked on the door and rang the doorbell. The homeowner didn't answer after seeing the two look in through the blinds of the front window. The two men left and later returned ..." ...

"The homeowner said that if one of the men had actually entered the house, he would have shot them with the pistol he owns. ..." ...
 

VA: Personal safety should be entrusted to more than just the police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday, at about 9:20 AM my graduate level class was evacuated from the Squires Student Center. We were interrupted in class and not informed of anything other than the following words: 'You need to get out of the building.'"

"Upon exiting my classroom, we were met at the doors leading outside by two armor-clad policemen with fully automatic weapons, plus their side arms. ..."

"It was at this time that I realized that I had no viable means of protecting myself. Please realize that I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and do so on a regular basis. However, because I am a Virginia Tech student, I am prohibited from carrying my gun at school because of Virginia Tech's student policy ..." ...
 

VA: Arming citizens could help security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent escape and pursuit of William Morva caused us to see things we never expected to on campus: Squires evacuated, police with assault rifles and snipers on rooftops. In the aftermath we must be sure to fairly and accurately assess the actions of all parties to ascertain what could have been done better or worse." ...

"We must give due criticism to the University for its decisions that put students in greater danger than was necessary. By that I am not so much referring to the decision to allow morning classes to take place, but rather the decades-old policy that prohibits students, faculty and staff from legally carrying firearms on campus. This ban even goes so far as to include those who have valid Concealed Handgun Permits." ...
 

Ohio Gun Owners Critical to National GOP Hopes (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As we roll into the campaign season for the upcoming fall elections, Ohio is taking on added importance as the national political parties seek to make the Buckeye State a scrimmage for the upcoming Presidential campaign season. ..." ...

"One hint I would like to pass on to GOP party at the outset: Ohio has passed far more gun control in the past 16 years than gun rights. So you can save all of the 'you are hurting the party/you’ll be worse off with Democrats' whining. The Ohio gun owner is interested in gun rights as their identifying issue ..." ...

"16 years of controlling the state government with only 1 gun rights bill to show for it, and that one law is the worst shall-issue law in the country. ..." ...
 

NY: Brownsville Residents Join Yassky for Congress to Demand Action Following Rash of Shootings
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Outraged residents and District Leader Lisa Kennner joined Congressional candidate David Yassky on Tuesday to call for stricter federal regulation of the firearms industry following a rash of shootings in Brownsville."

"This summer, 12 separate shootings have left four people dead in Brownsville. Members of the largest public housing development in Brownsville will join Yassky to call for a repeal of the federal law which immunizes gun companies from victims' lawsuits."

"'A dozen shootings in one neighborhood in just a few months should be a wake up call to Washington and our communities here in the City that gun violence is still epidemic in New York,' said Council Member Yassky ..." ...
 

Military recruiters cited for sex abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than 100 young women who expressed interest in joining the military in the past year were preyed upon sexually by their recruiters. Women were raped on recruiting office couches, assaulted in government cars and groped en route to entrance exams, a six-month investigation by the Associated Press found. The investigation found that more than 80 military recruiters were disciplined last year for sexual misconduct with potential enlistees. The cases occurred across all branches of the military and in all regions of the country."

"'This should never be allowed to happen,' one 18-year-old victim said. 'The recruiter had all the power. He had the uniform. He had my future. I trusted him.'" ...
 

VA: Judge Calls Mistrial In Former Deputy's Trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a Loudoun jury returned from deliberations 'hopelessly deadlocked,' Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne Tuesday called a mistrial in the case of a former sheriff's office investigator who is charged with stealing guns from a property room."

"Mike Grau, 48, who was a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's office ... is accused of stealing a Ruger rifle and scope and a Remington shotgun that were being held in the sheriff’s office's property room." ...

"Grau was charged only with larceny of two guns, but [Prosecutor] Olmstead said there were a total of 14 guns and an amount of drugs taken from the property room, and that Grau could be charged later for the remaining guns. The drugs were never located and Grau said he flushed them down a toilet." ...
 

PA: Former Philly Police Officer Charged With Shoplifting
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"A former Philadelphia police officer is accused of shoplifting -- by telling her two teenaged nieces to steal for her."

"Prosecutors say 35-year-old Renell Cohen purchased $86 worth of merchandise this month at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia."

"But prosecutor Janet Turnbull says Cohen also directed her teenage nieces to take other merchandise worth nearly $260."

"Turnbull says security employees and cameras followed their moves right up to the arrest."

"According to Turnbull, when Cohen was confronted, she gave a false name and did not disclose the fact she was a police officer."

"Her attorney argues that Cohen didn't know the girls took the merchandise."

"Cohen, a four-year veteran of the force, was fired by the department after she was charged." ...
 

NY: Mayor's son wounded in accidental shooting
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The youngest son of Mayor J. Michael Cindrich is recovering from minor gunshot wounds after he accidentally shot himself with one of his father's antique handguns, the mayor said yesterday."

"John Cindrich, 25, was treated for hand and leg wounds ... following the shooting Sunday morning in his room at the family's home."

"Village detectives and state police were investigating the shooting. Mount Kisco police Chief Louis Terlizzi said 'it appeared to be an accidental discharge.'" ...

"The mayor is a lieutenant in the Mamaroneck town Police Department and his older son, Michael, is a Westchester County police sergeant. John is not in law enforcement and his father would not say what type of work he does." ...
 

MA: Hearing focuses on police chief
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Town officials want to end the employment of Police Chief Francis R. Fox Jr., believing he showed professional misconduct in the administration of a self-defense course, a lawyer representing Belchertown said yesterday during a hearing at Town Hall." ...

"Presenting his case, Terry said that Fox improperly received compensation in connection with the program ..."

"Fox benefited personally from what was sold as a department-sponsored program, funded with community policing funds, Terry said." ...

"Fox's lawyer ... did not dispute the facts of the case, but argued that Fox did nothing purposefully to defraud the town ..."

"'The intentions behind the conduct were always good,' he said."
 

WA: Johnny, where's my gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An off-duty Seattle police officer made a gaffe reminiscent of Chief Wiggum, the incompetent police chief on 'The Simpsons.'"

"Oak Harbor Police Capt. Rick Wallace said an officer accidentally left behind his gun, badge, ID and wallet when he checked out of the Auld Holland Inn Sunday, Aug. 13." ...

"Wallace said losing a badge and ID, and especially a service weapon, is not just embarrassing, but can be a serious matter."

"'There would be a discipline review in our office,' he said." ...

"Luckily for the Seattle officer, an honest housekeeper found his gun and badge. And Wallace said nobody reported the embarrassing oversight to the Seattle officer's boss." [emphasis added]
 

UK: Police sorry after father shot dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A senior Metropolitan Police officer has apologised to the family of a young father shot dead after standing up to a gang of youths in the same road where he was stabbed just months earlier."

"Peter Woodhams, a 22-year-old father-of-one, was shot moments after a confrontation with the gang ..." ...

"His fiancee, Jane Bowden, claims she phoned police every day for five weeks following the knife attack, but said officers never even took a statement from her."

"Commander Rod Jarman told a press conference ... 'We will robustly deal with any failings in our investigation of the previous incident and make sure that those matters are dealt with. ..." ...
 

Israel: Police crash into suspect under surveillance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Israeli police tailing a suspected senior underworld figure accidentally crashed into his vehicle, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported Wednesday.

Police put the suspected criminal under 24-hour surveillance a month ago and the man knew he was being followed, it said.

But Tuesday, a police officer fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed into the man's vehicle in the southern city of Ashkelon, slightly injuring him, Yedioth reported.

Ashkelon police could not be reached by Reuters but told the newspaper an accident involving a police car and a jeep occurred in the city Tuesday. They gave no further details.
 

South Africa: Heist kingpin used cop guns
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"Mpumalanga police have launched a high-level internal investigation to find out how an alleged cash-heist mastermind managed to get hold of police weapons."

"Alleged cash-heist kingpin Robert Green used a police R-5 assault rifle to execute his wife and father-in-law on Tuesday, before committing suicide with a police-issue Z-88 9mm pistol."

"'We have no idea how Green, who was on trial on various armed robbery charges, got the weapons.'"

"'We are conducting ballistic and other tests to trace the weapons back to their original, registered police handlers or armouries,' said captain Calvin Mashile of Lowveld police on Wednesday." ...
 

NY: Lawmakers vote to keep trap-and-skeet open
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Just after the clock struck midnight, Suffolk legislators voted to keep open the trap-and-skeet shooting range in Southaven County Park in Yaphank, drawing enthusiastic applause from the small crowd that had awaited the outcome."

"The 15-3 tally was in opposition to a bill sponsored by Legis. Kate Browning (WFP-Shirley), who sought to close down the decades-old range, which reopened in July after having been closed in 2001."

"Enthusiasts of the sport strongly urged Suffolk lawmakers to allow the shooting range to remain open, saying it provides a needed form of recreation as well as a venue that generates revenue for the county."
 

FL: Car dealer: An armed driver is a happy one
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A creative marketing campaign conjured up by Prestige Nissan General Sales Manager Dan Crumpler offers buyers of used or new Nissan SUVs or trucks in August a choice of a Remington 1187 shotgun or a Remington 700 rifle."

"'We've given away five or six guns already,' Crumpler said Monday at the Thomasville-based dealership. 'The guns retail for about $699 each, so it's a good deal, especially with dove season starting Labor Day weekend and with deer season starting in early October.'"

"Crumpler's phone rings. A potential buyer wants to come up and work a deal on the truck and free gun offer." ...
 

Writer: Ohioans do well in rifle, shotgun matches (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Toledo Blade outdoor writer Steve Pollick is covering the just-ended National Rifle and Pistol Matches at Camp Perry near Port Clinton and at the Clay Target Championships in Sparta, IL (the Grand American World's Trapshooting Championships, held in Vandalia, OH for 81 straight years, were forced out last year by Dayton airport expansion)."

"From the story:"

"Ohio shooters have made their marks in the target shooting world this summer..."

"Ken Potter, a Toledo police patrolman for nearly 16 years, was crowned national high-power rifle police champion after firing a score of 2333-73X out of a possible 2400. The X-score refers to tie-breaking center-shot bull's-eyes." ...
 

OR: War relics featured in gun club event
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Big Timber Rifle & Pistol Club of Toledo hosts the John C. Garand Match to be held Saturday, Aug. 26. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the match begins at 10 a.m."

"The match is open to everyone using a World War II U.S. issued service rifle such as the M1 Garand, M1917 Enfield, M1903 Springfield, M1941 Johnson and the U.S. carbine, caliber .30 M1. Club members will have loaner rifles available for anyone who wishes to participate in this match. The entry fee of $25 includes 60 rounds of M2 Ball ammo to be used in this match by all competitors. 30 cal carbine ammo also available." ...
 

MI: World Hunting Association to Switch Format
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The World Hunting Association today announced that the organization will shift to a traditional harvest format in time for the organization's inaugural tournament this fall. ..." ...

"The hunting tour will feature 12-day tournaments during which the pro hunters can take up to six deer--four does, one management buck and one trophy buck. Certain bucks that are featured and studied on the internet portal ... will not be eligible for harvest during competition, but the hunters can gain bonus points for bringing the deer into effective range and capturing the footage on camera. A bow, rifle and a muzzle loader will be used over the course of the tournament: At least one deer must be taken with each of the three throughout a competition." ...
 

Australia: Employer's Duty to Provide Security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An interesting decision was handed down by District Court Judge Tutt on 2 June 2006 in the matter of White v Calstores Pty Ltd [2006] QDC 161 regarding the obligation placed on an employer to provide a safe system of work. It is uncertain at this time if an appeal will be lodged by the Defendant." ...

"Tutt DCJ ... found that:"

"'the employer breached its duty of care to provide a safe place of work ... in that when it required the plaintiff to work alone in the shop premises at night it should have provided her with the assistance of a security guard to police and/or secure the premises ...'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So when self-defense is outlawed, businesses become liable to protect their employees. I wonder if US businesses are aware of this case?
 

UK: Teen questioned over gun killing
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"A 14-year-old boy is being questioned after a man was shot dead outside his home in east London."

"Peter Woodhams, 22, who was engaged and had a young son, collapsed in Leslie Road, Canning Town, on Monday. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest."

Police think he may have been involved in an argument with a gang of youths, near shops in Freemasons Road, shortly before the shooting." ...
 

UK: Alarm scares off post office gunman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A GUN-WIELDING robber fled empty-handed from a raid on Cuddington Post Office after staff sounded the alarm."

"The incident occurred shortly before noon on Thursday at the post office on Trickett Lane when the man threatened staff and customers with a weapon."

"The raider pulled up in a dark-coloured vehicle out-side the premises and left the engine running."

"Once inside, the robber threatened two members of staff and two customers with a weapon described as a 'rifle-type' gun, demanding money." ...
 

UK: The crime rate was far from low 25 years ago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Householders living in London or any other big city will rub their eyes in disbelief at Sir Ian Blair's suggestion that they feel safe enough to leave their doors unlocked."

"In addition, his declaration that levels of security are on a par with those in 1981 makes a pretty big assumption that 25 years ago crime was low."

"The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, who would then have been a young CID officer in London, must have a short memory."

"It was in the 1960s and 1970s that crime really began to rise dramatically, with acquisitive offences such as burglary and car thefts peaking in the early 1990s." ...
 

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