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"DOJ'S Own Study Shows that Bush/Ashcroft Failing to Enforce the Gun Laws"
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Washington, DC - Americans for Gun Safety Foundation (AGSF) President Jonathan Cowan issued the following statement on the new Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics report on background checks for firearms transfers in 2002.

"The Department of Justice has found that in 2002, the National Instant Background Check system rejected 136,000 prospective gun buyers because they failed their background checks. That means that 136,000 felons, domestic abusers, fugitives from justice, and other prohibited gun buyers committed the federal crime of lying on their background check form in an attempt to purchase a gun.

"That number is not surprising -- the rejection rate has been around 150,000 for the past several years. What is shocking is that the Department of Justice is doing so little to prosecute this crime. As AGSF reported in May (after obtaining DOJ data), in the same year that 136,000 people committed the crime of "lie and buy," fewer than 600 people were prosecuted. That means about 99.5% of those who violated this law were let off the hook.

"Make no mistake -- this is a serious crime. After all, it usually involves criminals attempting to arm themselves. President Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft promised to enforce the gun laws on the books, and this report is further evidence that they are breaking the biggest promise that they made on guns."
 

AZ: Tucson PD Lt. Lara found not guilty in gun purchase
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"7-11 was not a lucky day for Michael Lara. Last July 11th was the day the Tucson Police Department fired Lieutenant Lara for having been indicted by a federal grand jury."

"This afternoon [9/18/2003], around 2pm, a federal jury acquitted Lara of 'making a false statement on a firearm purchase form'."

"Piccarreta says the National Rifle Association has been watching this case because it may be the first time ever, someone was prosecuted for buying a handgun for someone who is legally entitled to own a gun."

"Michael Lara bought a Glock handgun last November 21st for a friend of his who manages an apartment complex. The woman has an Arizona concealed weapons permit."

"The woman paid for most of the purchase. Lara showed the woman how to use the gun, clean it, etc."

"When police busted the woman's nephew for marijuana possession, they found the gun and decided to prosecute Lara because he paid for some of the cost of the gun." ...
 

Australia: Handgun buy-back aims sights on Wodonga
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The national handgun buy-back moves to Wodonga this afternoon.

It follows new bans introduced after a shooting at Melbourne's Monash University in October last year.

The Superintendent of the Victorian police licensing services branch, David Dettman, says some shooters are unhappy about handing in their guns. [emphasis added]

"Shooters in general are ordinary people like you and I...they don't have to like it and they certainly don't in a lot of the circumstances, but they realise that the law is there and it's made by Parliament for the community and they certainly don't want to break the law, so they comply," he said. [emphasis added]
 

MO: State eyes alternative policy to gun trading
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"Missouri is considering changing its policy of trading used police guns for resale in the wake of a deadly shooting at a local factory, a state official said Wednesday."

"Gov. Bob Holden expressed concerns about the practice just days after the July 1 shooting at Modine Manufacturing Co., where employee Jonathon Russell killed three co-workers and injured five others before killing himself."

"Beginning last November, the Missouri State Highway Patrol traded about 1,400 of its Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistols to a suburban Kansas City wholesaler for about the same number of new Glocks, upgraded with attachable flashlights."

"One of those used pistols ... [was] used it in the crime." ...
 

UT: City schools asking: 'Please leave guns at home'
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - "Utah schools must allow those licensed to carry concealed guns to bring them on campus. But Salt Lake City schools are asking people not to."

"The Salt Lake City School Board has decided to place 'stop' signs at various places around its schools that ask concealed-weapon carriers to leave their guns behind."

"The Utah legislature has ordered that public schools can't ban legally held concealed guns."

"Educators don't like the law, and have passed a resolution asking the Legislature to reconsider." ...
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Here's another sign to put in front of these schools: "Dear Criminals: We Like Being Defenseless Cowards - Please Don't Hurt Us"
 

TN: "Gun free school" yields hostage situation - easy, defenseless targets
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"A 26-year-old man with a history of mental problems held at least a dozen college students at gunpoint during a nine-hour standoff before a SWAT team stormed the ["gun free"] school building and killed him."
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Another "gun free zone" where the students "thought" they were safe.
 

Safety Experts: Schools Are Unprepared for Terror
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"The U.S. Dept. of Ed. will announce $38 million in grants for schools."

"The grants go to the 500 schools that applied for money to be used this school year for security efforts as well as natural disaster preparations, and efforts to keep guns out of schools, said Bill Modzeleski, undersecretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools."
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That's right, keep guns out of schools. That way, the terrorists will know they are confronting unarmed prey.
 

MN: "Million Moms" work to repeal ‘conceal and carry’ bill
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Though the incidence of violent acts — such as gun violence — is on the rise in area communities, so is organized resistance to the legislation and cultural values that perpetuate it."

"One group, Twin Cities Million Moms, has taken up the fight on a related issue — repealing the recently passed “conceal and carry” bill. “We just think that this law is devastating,” said Kate Havelin. “The bill is called ‘conceal and carry,’ but you don’t have to conceal the gun. [Actually it's the MN Personal Protection Act; journalists mislabeled it.] The state estimates that in three years there will be 900,000 total [try 90,000]people who have guns in Minnesota [because of the bill]. And right now there are about 11,000.”
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MI: 15-year-old charged after taking gun to "gun free" school
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A 15-year-old faces charges after a gun was found inside his book-bag at Beecher High School.

The ninth-grader pleaded innocent Thursday to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in a weapons-free school zone.

Police went to the school about 10 a.m. after being called by school officials who received an anonymous tip.

"It was basically an anonymous tip from someone believed to be a parent who said that her child had seen a gun on this kid in school," Detective Sgt. Scott McKenna said.

Officers found a pistol in the teen's bag, along with a loaded clip that was not in the gun, The Flint Journal reported.
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Pass another law!
 

OR: Brandon police chief Bob McBride on trial for 10 misdemeanor game violations
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COQUILLE - "There are many questions six jurors will face once the prosecution and defense rest their cases today at the trial charging Bandon's Police Chief Bob McBride with 10 misdemeanor game violations."

"Did McBride lead a guided bobcat hunt knowing he couldn't work under the guise of another's guiding license?"

"Did he know that person's license was not valid?"

"Did he know grouse season was over when he suggested his clients shoot at grouse?"

"Did he aid a friend who killed a quail out of season?"

"Did he have a property owner's permission to let his dogs tree a cougar?"

"And despite the many witnesses who prosecuting Assistant Attorney General Timothy Thompson called to the stand Wednesday in the Coos County courtroom, there still seemed to be unanswered questions about what McBride knew during a two-day hunting trip he led on Jan. 11 and 13, 2002." ...
 

MO: 'No firearms' signs coming to city's public schools
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"Jefferson City Public School officials soon will be posting new signs to remind the public that 'firearms and other weapons are prohibited on all district premises and buildings.' "

"The district already has policies that prohibit anyone from having weapons on school property."

"Spokesman David Luther said Thursday that the seven member board also will look at adding new language to that policy when it meets on Oct. 13."

"Under Missouri's new concealed weapons law, which goes into effect Oct. 11, concealed weapons are not allowed in schools without the consent of the school officials." ...
 

UK: Man may have prevented road shooting
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"Police are appealing to a key witness who may have prevented a road rage incident from turning into a shooting."

"An anonymous good Samaritan pulled up alongside a 26-year-old man who was being threatened inside his car at gunpoint by a gang at some traffic lights in Barkingside."

"Police believe his presence may have frightened them away."

"The incident occurred between 1.20am and 1.45am last Monday, September 8 when the victim from Ilford was driving his silver Ford Mondeo along Horns Road, behind the vehicle containing the three men."

"The Ilford man overtook the car after it pulled over but when he stopped at a red light, the gang of three men got out of their car and ran towards him."
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In the gun free UK?!
 

IL: Three Off-Duty Cops Hospitalized after Bar Fight
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"A fight between bar patrons and three off-duty Cicero police officers spills outside, and all three end up hospitalized."

"Three off-duty Cicero police officers were hospitalized following a fight outside a bar Thursday morning."

"The fight reportedly began at Frankie and Johnnie's Roadhouse, at 5009 S. Central Ave., in unincorporated Cook County, near Stickney, Ill., around 3 a.m."

"During the altercation, police said one of the bar patrons reportedly got into a car and drove into the officers."

"One of the officers fired a gun repeatedly into the air during the incident, NBC5 reported."
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But only cops should have guns, because they're more responsible.
 

U.S.: System Blocked Some Gun Purchases
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"About 1.7 percent of potential gun purchases were blocked last year by the nation's background check system, slightly below the 2001 level, according to new Justice Department figures."

"About half of the 2002 rejections by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System were for people who were convicted felons or who had been indicted for a felony. Another 14 percent were blocked because of a domestic violence conviction or restraining order."
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And how many of those were false rejections that cost someone their life? And how many of the convicted felons breaking federal law by attempting to purchase firearms were actually sought after by police?
 

Lagos: University in Crisis As V-C, Students Do Battle
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"DISTURBANCES which shattered the peace at University of Ibadan (UI) with fierce exchanges of gun fire on campus all through last week, caused by lingering feud between students and the Vice-Chancellor, have virtually torn the institution apart."

"Suspected cultists, armed with guns, cutlasses, short axes, and dangerous charms raided halls of residence (male and female) attacking students, claiming they were looking for Mr. Akeem Abiodun Lawal, controversial president of University of Ibadan Students Union Government (UISUG)." ...
 

CO: Democrats Hope To "raise fees on firearm background checks."
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"Senate Democrats announced plans Wednesday to try to restore funding for two juvenile diversion programs that were cut because of the state's budget squeeze."

"Sen. Dan Grossman, D-Denver, said lawmakers could use federal funds and raise fees on firearm background checks."

"Grossman also proposed restoring $1.3 million to juvenile diversion programs operated by prosecutors across the state by using cash from criminal background checks for gun purchases."
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A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution... a person cannot be compelled 'to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the constitution.' — MURDOCK V. PENNSYLVANIA 319 US 105 (1942)
 

UK: Vigil for Toni-Ann - little kid shot dead in "gun-free Britain"
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A candle-lit vigil will be held on Thursday near the bed-sit where seven-year-old Toni-Ann Byfield was shot in the back by her father's killer.

Churches and anti-gun campaigners say the young girl's death was the last straw for a community which has seen many gun deaths.

"It has shocked everybody to the core," said Cheryl Townsend, from voluntary group Brent Community Enforcement.

"I think it has brought it home for us, what kind of a community we are living in and how volatile and dangerous it is."

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But guns are banned in the UK! How can there be a gun violence problem?
 

Kampala: Policeman to Hang for Murdering Student
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"A Police Constable, Martin Oyat, who murdered a second-year Makerere University student is to suffer death by hanging."

"Justice Moses Mukiibi of the High Court said, 'Oyat is guilty of committing murder and is hereby sentenced to suffer death as by law established.' "

"Mukiibi said the 10 Prosecution witnesses produced during trial had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Oyat murdered George Babigumira."

"The assessors had ruled that the convict be subjected to a penalty of manslaughter, but Mukiibi overruled them and said Oyat should hang for murder."

"He said Oyat used an AK47 SMG rifle to shoot Babigumira who was already lying on the ground pleading for mercy."
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But only cops should have guns!
 

Papua New Guinea: Fear rules as crime grips capital
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"THE locals have a nickname for Australia's diplomatic compound in Port Moresby – they call it 'Fortress Fear'."

"So do the residents."

"The 3m-tall, heavy metal fences and armed guards that protect Foreign Affairs staff in PNG are a confronting reminder of the law and order problems that plague this and other major centres."

"Despite the precautions, one high commission staffer has been violently assaulted and another robbed at gun point in the past week."

"Port Moresby is among the 10 most dangerous cities in the world, with rapes and armed assaults common."
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But gun control is supposed to make cities safer!
 

UK: Shot seven-year-old 'chose school uniform' [Another Version]
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"Seven-year-old gangland murder victim Toni-Ann Byfield spent her last day alive choosing a new school uniform, police said today."

"Hours later she was executed by being shot in the back after witnessing the killing of her father Bertram 'Tony' Byfield, 41, who had served a prison sentence for drug dealing."

"Detectives today appealed for sightings of the pair on their final trip to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, in north-west London, last Saturday." ...
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The gun ban in the UK is working so well, right?
 

IL: Former state lawmaker sentenced in corruption case
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"Political consultant and former state lawmaker Roger Stanley was sentenced to more than two years in prison for trading bribes for state contracts. He plead guilty to paying bribes for state contracts in May."

"The 60-year-old former Republic state representative from southwest suburban Streamwood became a wealthy businessman in the inner circles of corrupt Republican politics in Illinois. Now he is on his way to a federal penitentiary for 27 months."

"Judge Charles Kocoras could have sentenced him to as much as 20 years in prison, but the former lawmaker did cooperate with prosecutors, leading them in brand new directions in Operation Safe Road." ...
 

UK: Ellison 'shocked' by gun attack
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"Pop singer Jennifer Ellison spoke of her shock after gunshots were fired at her home."

"A police investigation is under way after bullet holes were found in the door of her detached house on a luxury estate in West Derby, Liverpool."

"Former Brookside actress Ellison, 20, who shares the home with her fiance Tony Richardson, said: 'It's scary to think that something like this can happen on your own doorstep. I am just thankful no-one was hurt.' "

"The alarm was raised on Wednesday evening. One bullet hole was found at around head height on the wooden front door, while another could be seen in the white frame. It is not believed Ellison was at home at the time of the attack." ...
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Fortunately, guns are banned in the UK, so things like this can't happen.
 

FL: More Than 150 Government Workers in Florida Face Corruption Counts
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PONCE INLET, Fla. -- "Authorities say more than 150 government employees throughout Florida face dismissal from their jobs in a national corruption case involving taking kickbacks in return for purchasing drastically overpriced cleaning products."

"But to keep arrests at a manageable level, the majority of government employees identified as having taken bribes will be referred to their agencies for non-criminal administrative hearings, agents said." ...
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"To keep arrests at a manageable level"? If this were 150 non-government citizens, would that honestly be a consideration?
 

Pot growing Mexicans shoot at US cops
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In peaceful San Luis Obispo county, sheriff's deputies are fired on by Mexican agriculturalists. One captured, four others run off (soon they will be able to drive off using their shiny new Mexifornia driver's licenses).
 

TN: Gunman at Tenn. "gun free" college fatally shot by police after standoff (another report)
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"A gunman held at least a dozen people hostage in a college classroom before he was shot and killed by police after a nine-hour standoff. Two hostages were wounded."

"Police rushed into the building at Dyersburg State Community College around 10 p.m. after hearing shots. Authorities said the gunman, 26-year-old Harold Kilpatrick Jr., had left a note saying he 'wanted to kill some people and die today.' "

" 'Our people shot one - the hostage-taker - and two others were wounded,' Dyersburg police Chief Bobby Williamson said."

"It was not immediately clear whether the two hostages were wounded by police or Kilpatrick. Williamson said the injuries to the hostages were not serious."
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See? Victim disarmament works! For the bad guys.
 

Kenya: Crucial leads on gun used to kill don
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"Police believe the gun used to kill university don Odhiambo Mbai last Sunday belongs to killers for hire."

"And police have also established that the same gun was used three years ago by three gunmen who abducted a couple and later shot the man dead."

" 'No two guns can have a similar way of expending bullets just as no two people can have the same fingerprints. The grooves on the expended cartridges cannot be similar unless it is the same gun and these ones are identical," police sources said."

"Police have also established through the three spent 9mm calibre cartridges recovered from Mbai's house that he was killed by an automatic pistol and not a rifle or a sub machine gun."
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More disarmed victims of victim disarmament.
 

Copwatch: Must-see documentary video viewable on the internet
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"American television audiences have long been accustomed to the celebration of raucous police action via the Fox Network's signature exploitation, COPS. And while, for many, the show is a tell-tale sign of our militarized world, for others, it represents something far more sinister and far-reaching. Namely, the broad inculcation and deep internalization of the notion that society cannot exist without the men and women in blue who patrol the perimeter of our increasingly gated communities. By carefully omitting coverage of police brutality and corruption, COPS has successfully sanitized the image of our urban police forces in ways that few propagandists could have ever imagined possible." ...

"And so, in the spirit of striking back..."
 

NY: Ithaca Gun proposals tabled
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"A committee of Ithaca's Common Council took no action Wednesday night on two proposals that would make way for new condominiums on the former Ithaca Gun Co. site on Lake Street."

"With two of five members absent on council's Planning and Economic Development Committee, the two proposals -- an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance and a change to the city's comprehensive plan and -- did not have enough support to move forward to the full council. No votes were taken."

"Alderwoman Susan Blumenthal, D-3rd Ward, opposed both changes Wednesday. One was a change to the comprehensive plan that would recommend residential and low-impact commercial uses for the factory site rather than industrial uses."
 

UK: Teacher admits "gun misconduct" - for owning a few firearms and a few rounds of ammo
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"A former acting deputy headteacher who was jailed after police discovered an illegal weapons cache at his home has admitted unacceptable professional misconduct."

"Thomas Hosty, 55, was given a 12-month sentence last year for possessing nine handguns, a CS gas canister, a stun gun and several rounds of ammunition at his home in Shaw, Greater Manchester."

"The General Teaching Council's professional conduct committee, sitting in Birmingham, heard on Thursday that Hosty, who taught at Harwood Park School, Heywood, Lancashire, was jailed at Derby Crown Court in June last year and released three-and-a-half months later."
 

NJ: Lawmakers Press Anti-Pellet-Gun Bill
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"Following a police shooting involving a pellet gun, several lawmakers in New Jersey are pushing to pass the anti-pellet gun bill introduced in March, the Press of Atlantic City reported Sept. 17."

"In early September, a 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg by police Capt. James Brady after the teenager refused to drop what appeared to be a real gun. The weapon was actually a toy 'Air Soft' gun that shoots rubber pellets." ...

"In addition, the measure calls for penalties ranging from a $15,000 fine and five years in prison for selling such devices and a fine of up to $10,000 and 18 months in prison for possession."
 

Preaching Hope
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If you have a tough time keeping it straight ... the difference between a benefit and a feature, start a sentence with, "A benefit of liberty is..." You would not complete that sentence by saying limited government, because someone will ask "how does limited government help me?" Obviously, it is better to say, "A benefit of liberty is personal freedom which would allow you to do what you wish as long as you don't harm others. Personal freedom can only be obtained with limited government."
 

JetBlue Airlines Shared Passenger Data with Defense Contractor
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"JetBlue Airways confirmed on Thursday that in September 2002, it provided 5 million passenger itineraries to a defense contractor for proof-of-concept testing of a Pentagon project unrelated to airline security -- with help from the Transportation Security Administration."

"The contractor, Torch Concepts, then augmented that data with Social Security numbers and other sensitive personal information, including income level, to develop what looks to be a study of whether passenger-profiling systems such as CAPPS II are feasible."

"The study (PDF), titled "Homeland Security -- Airline Passenger Risk Assessment," which JetBlue says was based on an unauthorized use of its data, was presented at a February technology conference." ...
 

CO: Denver airport employee caught with gun in bag
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DENVER – "An on-call employee at Denver International Airport was caught Thursday carrying an automatic handgun through security. The gun was confiscated, but the employee is not facing federal or local charges."

"Helene Nance said it was an accident. She told 9NEWS she forgot the gun in her purse."

"Nance is an on-call clerical employee in the Human Resources department at Denver International Airport. She has now become her own human resources investigation after getting arrested on Tuesday for bringing a gun to work."

"TSA officers say Nance was carrying a black soft-sided bag. The gun was seen on the scanning screen."

"A .380 automatic handgun was found inside the bag with seven live rounds and a fully loaded magazine."

"Nance told investigators that she forgot the gun was in her purse and she didn’t intend to bring it to the airport." ...
 

MO: Concealed gun law won’t have major affect
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BENTON - "A veto override enabling Missouri residents to carry concealed firearms won’t change things as much as people may think."

"In Missouri, permits were already required for pistols and it is a misdemeanor to obtain such a concealable firearm without the permit. The $5 permit also requires the signature of the seller or the lender of weapon."

"The new law allows these concealable weapons to now be carried out of plain sight with the additional permit, but Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell doesn’t anticipate any significant increase in the number of permitted guns in the county."

"He predicted there will be some people who apply for the concealed weapon permit, but the cost involved will discourage many others. The concealed weapon permit will cost $100 and indications are the required eight-hour firearms course may cost an additional $100." ...
 

MS: NRA Endorses Tuck For Mississippi Lieutenant Governor
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"The National Rifle Association on Thursday endorsed Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck in her campaign for re-election."

"Tuck, who switched to the Republican Party last fall, faces Democratic state Sen. Barbara Blackmon of Canton in the Nov. 4 general election." ...
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But neither NRA nor their state group, CRPA, has announced support for any candidates in the highly charged California governor recall race -- even though two of the three major contenders are avowed gun banners. Why is that?
 

NY: Springfield Gardens Couple Sues NYPD Over Wrong-Door Drug Raid
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"A Springfield Gardens couple filed a lawsuit against the police department last week for an mistaken no-knock drug raid last year that left them traumatized and sent one of them to the hospital with chest pains."

"Robert and Marie Rogers, of 161st Street, are suing the city for a total of $9 million in compensatory and punitive damages, and are asking that the police implement safeguards to prevent similar raids from happening."

"Procedures for no-knock warrants, which allow police to use sudden entry during a search, were spotlighted earlier this year when Harlem grandmother Alberta Spruill died of a heart attack after police officers set off a flash grenade during an erroneous search." ...
 

NV: More Women Buying Guns in Nevada
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"There is a growing trend among women to arm themselves. Some say they don't feel safe and want the extra protection." ...

"Firearms experts say more and more women are visiting firing ranges and purchasing guns for protection. 'It's been growing slightly over the last several years, I would guess that 15 to 20 % of our customers are females,' said Bob Irwin, owner of The Gun Store on East Tropicana."

"Kori Ficery is taking a concealed weapons class. She owns two guns. 'You're constantly aware that there's danger out there, it's not something guys really think about because they don't feel as vulnerable out there,' Ficery said." ...
 

NY: "Guns and Gangs" conference
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Residents are learning what it takes to keep violence out of Albany's streets.

The 'Guns and Gangs' conference was at Albany's Crowne Plaza Hotel Thursday. Open to everyone, hundreds attended the anti-gang program to find out how they can combat violence in their communities.

To do that, conference speakers said citizens must first understand where the violence comes from.

At the start of the conference Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced the creation of a new gang prevention website.
 

MO: Eight hours of training mandatory to carry concealed weapons
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"Eight hours of firearms safety training is mandatory for those seeking a permit to carry concealed guns under Missouri's new law, but some are concerned this is not enough."

"The law mandates the curriculum for the course and that it must be taught 'by an instructor certified by a state or federal law enforcement agency or the National Rifle Association.' "

"There have been indications already that the Law Enforcement Academy at Mineral Area College will offer such a course but probably not until November. Its firearms instructors are certified by P.O.S.T, a branch of the Missouri Department of Public Safety that regulates police training qualifications throughout the state." ...
 

OH: General Assembly returns to Session: Will Senate Act?
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Senate President Doug White, speaking in March 2003 to the US Sportsmen Alliance, said:

"I am a strong proponent of the right to carry. I absolutely and totally, to the bottom of my soul, understand the rights of law-abiding citizens."

TODAY: His words about HB12 were far different than his deeds. Under Senator White's leadership, the bill was filled with poison pill amendments, the most egregious of which would prevent families from protecting their children in a personal vehicle.
 

Australia: "NSW Government is facing a staff revolt at its police firearms registry"
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"The NSW Government is facing a staff revolt at its police firearms registry amid fears the database containing records of the state's 200,000 gun owners and their 1 million-plus firearms has been corrupted."

"There are also growing concerns about the collection of data, and evidence that as much as 60 per cent of the database is inaccurate..."

"The 50 staff employed at the Murwillumbah headquarters on the North Coast are in the middle of the first mass relicensing of every gun owner and firearm since the Port Arthur-inspired national firearms buyback."

"...delays are causing confusion and anger, particularly in regional areas where there is deep cynicism about the politics behind the exercise."
 

NC: Firearm sales suspended due to hurricane in Northampton County
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"At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, morning a state of emergency was declared in Northampton County."

"Tuesday, Gov. Mike Easley declared North Carolina to be under a state of emergency." ...

"Effective as of 8 a.m. today, the sale, consumption, transportation or possession of alcohol is prohibited in Northampton County 'except possession and consumption is allowed on a person's own premises.' Additionally, 'there shall be no sale or purchase of any type of firearm or ammunition, or any possession of such items along with any type of explosive off owner's own premises.' " ...
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So, in essence, if looters are trying to ransack the area, government has banned acquisition of self-defense devices.
 

Canada: Convicts escape from Federal Prison
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Kingston, Ontario -- "Authorities are cautioning the public to be on the alert for two convicts who escaped from a federal prison in Kingston."

"Officials at the minimum-security Pittsburgh Institution on Highway 15 noticed that Tyler Rawcliffe, 20, and Jonathon Robinson, 24, were missing during a 7:15 a.m. head count yesterday."

"Rawcliffe is ... five-foot-eight, 154 pounds, with green eyes, a fair complexion and shaved blond hair. ... mustache, a slight goatee and tattoos. ... sentenced to two years and seven months for robbery and possession of weapons."

"Robinson ... six feet tall, 204 pounds, with blue eyes, black hair ... sentenced in June 2002 to two years and six months for break and enter and theft." ...
 

IL: Cop charged with domestic violence 3 years ago kept job
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VENICE -- "The head of a state agency that monitors local police wants to eliminate a legal loophole in Illinois that allows cops to keep their badges even after pleading guilty to serious felonies." ...

"Illinois law states that police officers can be decertified or kicked off the force only after they are 'convicted' of a felony or certain misdemeanors."

"In a long-standing case involving William E. Garrett, 45, a Venice patrolman, a guilty plea to a felony in Missouri 15 years ago was not considered a conviction under the laws of that state."

"In Illinois, Garrett still is facing a 3-year old misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Madison County that has been postponed 22 times." ...
 

NJ: U.S. attorney warns street gangs are the new Mafia
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WASHINGTON -- "New Jersey's U.S. attorney told Congress yesterday that violent street gangs represent a growing public threat and must be attacked with the same force and methods used against traditional organized crime families."

"Christopher Christie's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee came as his office in Newark announced charges against an East Orange man they said helped provide firearms to gang members in Newark and other parts of Essex County."

"Christie said street gangs in New Jersey, including the Lex Mob, the Elvis Irizarry Crew, the Double II Bloods and the James Bond Gang, are 'structured and sophisticated criminal operations.' " ...
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Since this "U.S. attorney" knows how dangerous these street gangs are, will he now support lawful, decent people's right to protect themselves on the very streets in question?
 

GA: Fired police officer and former deputy convicted for knocking out several of girlfriend's teeth
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"A Columbia County jury convicted a former deputy and Lincolnton police officer Thursday of aggravated battery for punching his girlfriend in the mouth."

"Leonard Wade Cliett was accused of knocking out several Amy Denise Jones Johnson's teeth during a Jan. 12 argument. The two, who lived together at his Martinez residence, had argued after an evening of drinking."

"The jury deliberated for about two hours before returning with the verdict at about 1 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Cliett was taken into custody until his sentencing hearing in October. He could receive three to 20 years." ...

"Mrs. Johnson lost four teeth and will lose a fifth, she said, and she has had four oral surgeries to repair the damage to her teeth and shattered bone behind her upper gum line." ...

"Mr. Cliett was a police officer for the Lincolnton Police and Fire Department..." [and now he's an inmate].
 

NE: Police Officer Frustrated With "Revolving Door" Judicial System that Puts Thugs Back Out on the Street
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OMAHA, Neb. -- "Amid the prayers and concern among Omaha police officers for their colleague, Officer Jason Pratt, there is frustration. Pratt was shot in the line of duty Sept. 11. Albert Rucker, 21, is suspected of firing the bullet that hit Pratt."

"Officer Scott Beran tells KETV NewsWatch 7, he believes too many felons are given too many chances, and that puts police at risk."

"Beran shot Brian Swotek in July. Swotek had a federal warrant for drug and gun charges, and another warrant for skipping out on drug treatment. Officers knew Swotek's record when, acting on a tip, they arrived at a south Omaha home to serve a warrant. Beran, a six-year veteran on the force, fired three shots at Brian Swotek, 30, on July 20, two of which struck him. Swotek died of the injuries."

"Beran is tired of the judicial system that allowed Swotek (pictured, left) and Rucker to roam the streets." ...
 

MA: Man exonerated in stabbing death - musta been self-defense
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The right to keep and bear arms includes blades.
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"A Milton man has been cleared of charges he stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend outside a Cambridge apartment."

"A Middlesex Superior Court jury ruled Monday that Anthony Jakes, 23, was not guilty of murder in the Oct. 20 stabbing death of Gregory Robinson, 25, of Dorchester, on Newtowne Court. Jakes was dropping off his 1-year-old son at his ex-girlfriend's apartment when the deadly fight erupted."

" 'It was clear that [Robinson] was the aggressor in this case,' said defense attorney Bruce Ferg, of the state Committee for Public Council Services, who argued self-defense. 'Mr. Robinson outweighed my guy by about 100 pounds.' " ...
 

MO: Vote for concealed guns draws protesters to vigil
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"About 100 people held a candlelight vigil Thursday night across the street from the Kirkwood office of state Sen. Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, to protest his decision to switch his stance on a bill allowing most Missourians to carry concealed weapons."

"Gibbons initially had opposed the bill. His switch last week to support the measure allowed the Legislature to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of the bill, which now takes effect Oct. 11."

" 'We're people who are angry,' said vigil participant Terrance Barber, who noted that about 70 percent of the voters in Gibbons' district had opposed a similar proposal defeated in a 1999 statewide vote." ...
 

UK: Shotgun raider robs post office
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Ah, "gun free Britain" -- where free money is given away to the only ones with firearms: criminals.
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"A man brandishing a shotgun left a post office worker shocked and shaken after raiding a village shop yesterday."

"The man, in his 40s, walked into the post office at High Street, Kessingland, near Lowestoft, just before 2pm, barged past an elderly customer, pointed a shotgun at a woman behind the counter and demanded cash."

"She handed over an undisclosed sum from the till and he left, heading towards Livingstone's restaurant and the A12. Moments later a dark green car was driving away at speed."

"No one was hurt, and police refuse to say how much the robber got away with." ...
 

CA: Debaters Rip Schwarzenegger
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HOLLYWOOD -- "While this is where Arnold Schwarzenegger found his greatest fame, the movie star who wants to be governor took a beating from three challengers Wednesday for skipping a spirited debate and being questioned instead -- across the street -- by gentleman interrogator Larry King." ...

"The only debate that Schwarzenegger has agreed to appear in is scheduled for next week at California State University, Sacramento, where candidates are supposed to receive questions beforehand." ... [What should we expect from a gun-banning actor who needs to memorize his lines before putting on a show?]

"Some of the revelations: McClintock bought a shotgun a few years ago when his family was threatened, Bustamante has a deer rifle he hasn't used in years, and McClintock's favorite book is 'Free to Choose' by conservative economist Milton Friedman." ...
 

MO: Gas Station Manager Shoots at Armed Robber
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- "A gas station manager shot at an armed robber Thursday morning."

"A man with a shotgun approached the manager of Inner City Oil, 4532 Paseo Blvd., as he was filing his pickup up with gas in front of the station."

"He demanded money."

"The manager, who had just emptied cash from a register inside the store, also was carrying a gun. He fired at man with the shotgun, and the man ran away with the money." ...
 

TN: Deputies fired 28 shots at suicidal man (but only hit him once)
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"A half-dozen Knox County sheriff's deputies fired 28 shots at a suicidal man wielding a pellet gun and bearing a target on his chest, superficially wounding him with a single round."

"Records released this week detail the number of shots fired in the incident about 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Woodlands West apartment complex, near Walker Springs Road. After the shooting, 51-yearold Thomas Martin McGouey was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his right shoulder." ...

"Sheriff Tim Hutchison told WBIR-TV, Channel 10 that deputies found a suicide note in McGouey's apartment, as well as a detailed map of where McGouey planned to stand to ensure being shot by the deputies. Hutchison also said McGouey had painted a bull's-eye symbol on his chest." ...
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Sounds like "suicide by cop" isn't too easy with the Knox County Sheriff's Department.
 

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