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Newslinks for 8/26/2006

National Rifle Association fights for right to bear arms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association

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"You won't find a better bargain anywhere. For the small price of $35, you can help employ the services of an organization that will fight for your right to defend yourself and your property, not to mention your hunting privileges and your rights to simply go out and plink targets with a .22 rifle if you so desire."

"I'm talking about the National Rifle Association, a most hated organization by anti-gun enthusiasts. ..." ...

IL: Grand jury clears Collinsville man
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Madison County grand jury declined to issue any charges Thursday against a 36-year-old Collinsville man who fatally shot another man during a gunfight."

"The grand jury heard testimony from witnesses and was given the option of charging the survivor with first-degree murder and second-degree murder. A prosecutor said the grand jury determined the survivor, who was shot three times before returning fire, acted in self-defense."

"Will Joe Hunt, 25, died of a gunshot wound to the head Aug. 5 at a home in the 100 block of Idlerun Drive in Collinsville. Police and prosecutors declined to release the name of the man who shot him." ...

FL: Cops: Student had pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A tip to Orlando police led to the confiscation of a loaded pistol Thursday at Edgewater High School."

"A 15-year-old student brought the palm-size, .25-caliber pistol to the school's College Park campus by hiding it in a pocket of his jeans, police reports show."

"The weapon was loaded with a magazine of cartridges as well as one in the chamber ready to fire, police said."

"Police confiscated the pistol and arrested the teen on charges of carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm on school grounds. He was removed from school and taken to the state Juvenile Assessment Center, where young suspects are housed pending court, records show." ...

VT: Gunman kills 2 teachers, wounds others in rampage
Submitted by: Christopher Borgstede

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"A gunman shot and killed two people and wounded two others Thursday afternoon in a rampage that stretched across Essex, invaded the town elementary school and ended after he fired two bullets into his head as police drew close."

"The hour-long spree exploded out of a domestic dispute between Christopher Williams, 26, of Essex and his former girlfriend, schoolteacher Andrea Lambesis, town Police Chief Dave Demag said. Williams was in fair condition Thursday night at a Burlington hospital; authorities said he should survive his injuries."

"Prosecutors promised to decide today on the charges Williams will face." ...

NE: Gun Taskforce Formed in Kearney
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association

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"Several Kearney residents are tired of being the only ones in Nebraska not allowed to carry concealed weapons."

"Last month, Kearney mayor Galen Hadley said the city council wasn't even taking up the issue, because citizens hadn't requested it. A group of residents are saying if the mayor hasn't heard them yet, he will. They've gotten together and formed the Kearney 'Right to Carry Concealed' Taskforce. Tonight was the first meeting for people to join, and to inform anyone interested in learning about the concealed-carry ban. The people who attended also brainstormed ideas to bring to the city council."

"Walter B. Kamp II , Taskforce Chair, says, 'I'm just asking that they put an exception in their ordinance for those who get their permit. ...'" ...

CA: Gun 'Microstamping' Bill Passes California Senate
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners

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"The California Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would require the "microstamping" of semi-automatic handguns -- giving cartridges fired from those guns a unique imprint, which according to gun control advocates, would help police solve crimes." ...

"Nonsense, say Second Amendment supporters, who view the bill as yet another attempt to burden gun manufacturers and further restrict gun sales in the state. They say that gun makers, faced with the added expense of microstamping semiautomatic weapons, would either stop selling their wares in California or drastically raise prices." ...

OH: Definition of an Assault Rifle (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While waiting patiently for the Ohio Senate to act on the necessary legislation that is House Bill 347, this OFCC member decided to look at one of the more asinine restrictions that will be made null and void when those elected to serve their constituency find time to do so."

"I have been aware of the Columbus Assault Weapon Ban (AWB) since its inception and understood its implications, but have never dug into the actual legal code that defines it. If ever one sought a perfect example of an ineffectual law passed by politicians and anti-gun advocates in order to stir up a lot of unnecessary hand-wringing with well-meaning, but misled, citizens... this would be it." ...

CA: Law Enforcers Oppose Calif. Micro-Stamping Gun Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill passed by the anti-gun California state Senate to require 'micro-stamping' by all semiautomatic handguns was quickly criticized by pro-Second Amendment groups Thursday. One day later, law enforcement officers are also coming out in force against the bill." ...

"Second Amendment groups immediately laid out the opposition to the bill ... Now, current and former law enforcement officers are expressing their concerns."

"James Fotis, executive director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA), wrote members of the California General Assembly Friday, urging them to kill the bill." ...

"LEAA counts more than 75,000 current and former law enforcement officers among its members and supporters." ...

CT: Former Manchester Police Officer Bought Cocaine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police officer and a records supervisor routinely purchased cocaine and used it for more than a year before they left the department in the spring of 2005, police found during an in-depth criminal investigation."

"Investigators also learned that Dawn Cushman, a former records supervisor, accessed computer records of the narcotics probe and tipped off the officer, Susan Lowry, that she was being investigated, according to a lengthy report released Friday."

"The report also states that Cushman improperly gave a pistol permit to Jose Padilla, a local man from whom she purchased her cocaine. Padilla is serving a year's prison sentence for possession of narcotics with intent to sell." ...

AL: Greene County sheriff accused of paying self almost $17,000
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An audit of the Greene County Sheriff's Office says the sheriff must pay back almost $17,000, most of which he is accused of paying to himself from the county's bingo fund, according to a state examiner's report released Friday."

"The report from the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts alleges that Sheriff Johnny L. Isaac paid $15,650 from the Greene County Bingo Fund to himself. It also alleges that a $1,172.47 'bonus' from the fund was paid to him through the Greene County Commission Payroll Fund."

The report found no W-2 or 1099 tax forms were filed for salaries paid from the bingo fund. ..."

"'There appears to be no legal authority for the Sheriff to receive this additional compensation,' the report said." ...

PA: Former Officer Caught Vandalizing Girlfriend's Car
Submitted by: jac

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State police said a former State College police officer has been stalking his girlfriend and was caught on tape slashing her tires and vandalizing her car.

Former State College officer Jeffrey Chiston surrendered to face the charges Thursday.

The 45-year-old officer resigned from his job June 30 after a judge granted a protection order to the officer's former girlfriend.

Chiston had been with the borough for 18 years. He is charged with criminal mischief and stalking and harassment. He was released on his own recognizance.

In court papers, the woman said Chiston had been stalking her since January 2005.

Defense lawyer Karen Muir said Chiston "is a good cop ... a good guy." She said, "He just made a mistake in his personal life."

UK: Man robbed at gunpoint vents anger at cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A TOWN hall worker robbed of his savings at gunpoint has slammed police for dismissing his ordeal and treating him 'like a criminal'."

"Thugs pistol-whipped and threatened to shoot trainee computer technician Ventzi Sergueev, 19, after ambushing him as he bought a second-hand motorbike."

"He called 999 expecting armed police to rush to the scene but says when unarmed officers finally turned up they poured scorn on his claims and accused him of being involved in a 'shady deal'."

"Recalling the robbery ... Mr Sergueev, from Nunhead, said: 'I expected sympathy after what I'd been through.'"

"'I was badly shaken up,I'd been hit over the head and I'd lost £2,000 in savings.'" ...

OH: Limit gun violence: arm people (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A long over due opinion editorial was printed in The Seattle Times Thursday, penned by a Korean blogger named James Na. Na's well thought out reaction to the recent Seattle shooting can be found on the Seattle Times website, his Guns And Butter blog, or you can read a sniplet here:"

"Predictably, there will be cries to restrict the instruments of Naveed Afzal Haq's actions — firearms — as a means to control violence of this sort in the future. Coming on the heels of another shooting spree in March of this year on Capitol Hill, there will be much political temptation to be seen to be 'doing something.'" ...

PA: Gun Crime Down Citywide
Submitted by: Alan

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"Despite a recent spate of shootings that rocked Pittsburgh neighborhoods from Homewood to the Strip District, gun assaults and homicides citywide are down from last year." ...

"'We're looking for guns, crimes of violence and felony drug violations,' [DA] Zappala said. 'If they have a case like that pending, and they're on bond, we look to have the bond revoked. If they're on probation or parole, we ask a judge to (find them in violation) and put them in jail.'"

"As of Aug. 8, the effort has put 240 people in jail. Such steps were not taken previously, and criminals often were arrested multiple times and allowed to remain free on bond until trial, Zappala said." ...

Submitter's Note: Imagine that! Crime goes down when you put criminals in jail!

CO: Ready, aim, fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Craig 4-H shooting club returned from the state rifle competition with ribbons in one hand, guns in the other."

"The 13 members who participated proved to be right on target."

"'We did very well,' shooting coach Jody Lee said. 'We had three state (individual) champions and one team state champion.'"

"The success at state has spilled over onto the national level, as well. Club members Derek Willshire and Kody Fox have qualified for the national championships in June of next year."

"'The best part about state was when I found out I qualified for nationals,' Fox said. 'I honestly didn't think I shot that well.'" ...

UK: Knife threat leaves girl (9) terrified
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A YOUNG girl who was threatened with a knife is now too scared to leave her home."

"The nine-year-old was ... on her way to a karate lesson with a friend ... when she was approached by a teenager."

"He gave what Mandy Byram, the mother of one of the girls, described as a 'mucky look' to the other girl, also aged nine, who then asked him what he was staring at."

"He started swearing at the girls, and went for his pocket, claiming he had a knife and was going to attack them."

"As the bully was blocking their path to home, the girls ran to their karate lesson ..."

"The youngster's experience has left her terrified, and she is now unwilling to leave home alone, fearing he will come after her." ...

UK: OAP to be charged with sale of guns to head teacher
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A PENSIONER is to be charged with illegally selling firearms to a headmaster."

"Grey-haired, retired British Rail worker William Charles Hughes will be accused of illegally supplying weapons to 'gun obsessed' Martin Davies."

"Police revealed the news at Mold Crown Court yesterday as Hughes, 65, admitted the illegal possession of firearms at his home."

"They said he had been inter-viewed by officers and would face further charges imminently." ...

"Hughes was arrested after hundreds of firearms were allegedly found at his home in Shaftsbury Avenue in Gwersyllt, near Wrexham." ...

Australia: PAPD Finds Sure Fire Way to Keep Guns Away From Criminals
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"It's a sure fire way to guarantee guns don't get back in the hands of criminals."

"Port Arthur police are melting firearms seized from criminals."

"A high security door at the Port Arthur Police Department shields a place even some police officers aren't allowed to visit."

"It's a place where hundreds of guns are stored-guns the department has seized from criminals. Lieutenant Steve Brinson wants to make sure the guns in these boxes don't get back on the streets." ...

"'Retail-wise, you've got about a quarter of a million dollars worth of guns in here. Easily a quarter of a million dollars.'"

"But that's not how much the department will get. Lt. Brinson says these guns will be sold for about 25 thousand dollars." ...

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