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WA: Loaded Handgun Found In School Bathroom
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loaded handgun was discovered Tuesday in a Spokane school bathroom.
The middle school principal received a tip from a student that there was a gun on campus, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

The five-shot .38-caliber pistol was wrapped in cloth and stashed behind a toilet tank in the bathroom by the principal's office.

No suspects have been named, but deputies expected to quickly track the gun to the student who brought it to school.

The student who reported the firearm rumor could qualify for a cash reward.

 

ME: Mother sues ex-officer, tribe over sexual abuse
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"The mother of a teenager sexually abused by a former Pleasant Point police officer is seeking $6 million in damages from him and the tribe. Margaret Mitchell of Perry filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Bangor less than one week after Carlos Bones, 40, was sentenced in Penobscot County Superior Court to four years in prison with all but 21/2 years suspended for sexually abusing his 14-year-old baby sitter."

"The lawsuit claims that in abusing the teenager between December 2003 and January 2004, Bones deprived the girl of her constitutional due process rights to liberty, privacy, bodily integrity and personal autonomy as protected by the Fifth and 14th amendments. On her daughter's behalf, Mitchell is seeking $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages from Bones."
 

U.S. Marines leave weapons behind as they go ashore to help in tsunami relief operations
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"Cpl. Sean Foley looks around the ship's main armory and takes a quick inventory. The room is overflowing with guns. Pistols, sniper rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers."

"But for the time being, it's all staying right here."

"In an effort to ease the fears of local officials, Marines participating in the humanitarian mission to help Indonesia recover from the earthquake and tsunami that have killed more than 100,000 people on the island of Sumatra have agreed to leave their weapons behind whenever they go ashore."
 

CA: Chief's column: Be sure you’re storing your gun properly
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Indio CA chief of police parrots anti-gun lies in local newspaper, including:

"A gun in the home increases the likelihood of homicide three times and the likelihood of suicide five times."

and

"Studies show that a firearm in the home is more than 40 times as likely to hurt or kill a family member as to stop a crime."

And the ever popular:

"Nine out of 10 homicides involve a weapon; eight of 10 involve a firearm..." -- KABA Note: According to current statistics, 66 percent of homicides involve a firearm.

Send an e-mail to the paper at: http://www.thedesertsun.com/opinion/lettersubmitter.shtml
to set the record straight.
 

Most U.S. States Don't Make the Grade When it Comes to Gun Violence Prevention Laws; Annual Ratings Warn of Risks Ahead as Federal Assault Weapons Ban Expiration Leads to More Dangerous Weapons on America's Streets, Says Brady Campaign
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"Thirty-one states get a 'D' or an 'F' in measurements of the gun laws in those states, according to nationwide ratings released today by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March in partnership with state-based gun violence prevention organizations across the nation."

"In the eighth year of the release of the grades, only three states actually changed grades, two for the worse and one for the better. But a number of states strengthened laws linking guns and domestic violence, and others defeated the most extreme concealed weapons proposals such as allowing concealed guns in bars and schools. Overall, there is concern gun violence in some states could increase in 2005 because Congress failed to renew the federal assault weapon ban, which expired last fall, and many states with reasonable laws border on states that lack restrictions on assault weapons."
 

NJ: Gun control advocates give New Jersey high rating for firearms regulation
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"New Jersey has received an A- rating from the nation's top gun control groups for the way it regulates firearms."

"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March said Wednesday that the rating, the same as last year's, is based on the Garden State's regulation of the sale and possession of guns for kids, laws that make adults liable for having loaded weapons around children and requirements that handguns be childproof in the future." ...

"Only five other states - California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Massachusetts - received ratings in the A-range. Thirty-one states were given Ds and Fs."
 

FL: Officer faces court martial for bringing home war booty
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"A general court martial was ordered Tuesday for an Air Force officer charged with illegally shipping AK-47 assault rifles, rocket propelled grenade launchers and other souvenirs from Iraq to this Florida Panhandle base."

"Maj. Gregory McMillion is scheduled for trial April 5 on charges of disregarding orders against bringing home war booty, failing to report and turn over captured or abandoned property, making false statements and conduct unbecoming an officer."
 

Australia: Drugs, gun seized in raid
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A 21-YEAR-OLD man will face court after police seized a firearm and drugs during a raid on a house in Sydney's west late yesterday.

Penrith detectives and officers from the Tactical Operations Unit searched a house in Rugby St, Werrington, about 7pm yesterday (AEDT), where they found a .22 Magnum rifle, ammunition, a number of cannabis plants and cannabis leaf.

A Werrington man was charged with a series of drug and firearms offences and bailed to appear in Penrith Local Court on February 2.


 

U.S. Judges Get Leeway to Reduce Criminal Sentences
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"The U.S. Supreme Court said judges are no longer bound by the federal criminal sentencing guidelines in a decision that may lead to shorter prison terms for some drug traffickers and corporate-fraud defendants." ...

"Under the rules, a convicted defendant's crime served as a starting point, putting him in a range of permissible sentences. Judges then increased the prison term by a specified period if, for example, a gun was fired during the crime."

"Other factors, such as acceptance of responsibility for the offense, led to a sentence reduction."
 

UK: The Difficulty of Defining 'Reasonable Force'
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"One of the central difficulties of the existing law concerning householders’ rights is that there is no legal definition of exactly what 'reasonable force' actually constitutes."

"If a householder is prosecuted, it is for the jury to decide whether the force used against an intruder was reasonable in the circumstances."

"Householders may use force if they fear for their own safety or that of their family, or to protect their property."

"But that force has to be justified by the circumstances and must not be excessive or disproportionate to the threat – in other words, householders must not go 'over the top'."
 

NE: Conceal and Carry Going From the State House to Your House
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A conceal and carry bill is expected to be introduced to the legislature this week. Under the bill by Senator Jeanne Combs, it would allow Nebraskans to carry a handgun, as long as it's completely hidden.

Nebraska is one of only four states to have no form of conceal and carry law, along with Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kansas.

The bill is expected to include knives over 4 inches long and handguns. This isn't the first time a conceal and carry bill has made its way to the Chamber floor. It’s been introduced at least eight times before.

Applicants for conceal and carry would be required to give a criminal history check, pay a $100 fee, and must be at least 21 years old.
 

Belgium: Call for tougher gun laws in nation of 2m guns
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Belgium’s social-liberal Spirit party has called for a total ban on the private use of firearms after new figures shows that 2 million guns are in circulation in the country.

The figure, published Wednesday, means that theoretically one in every five Belgian residents owns a gun, although only 669,273 guns are registered in the central registry.

For her part, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx is expected to support a strengthening of federal gun control laws in the near future.

 

MI: Boy brings gun to school
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"A seventh-grader from Beach Middle School in Chelsea could face juvenile court charges for bringing an antique gun to school on Monday morning."

"Just before school began, the boy entered the building with an 1850s-era "pinfire" revolver that he later told police he'd forgotten was in his coat. He then gave the unloaded weapon to an eighth-grade girl near the school's pool area. She put the gun outside under a tree and notified school officials at about 8:15 a.m., said Sgt. Rod Salyer of the Chelsea Police Department."
 

Philippines: Luisita worker says solon's bodyguard shot him
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"TESTIFYING before a Senate inquiry, a sugar farmer who was shot and injured on Jan. 5 in Hacienda Luisita on Wednesday claimed bodyguards of Tarlac Representative Benigno Aquino III shot at him and other striking workers of the sugar plantation."

"George Loveland said that on Jan. 2, about 20 protesting workers were manning the picket line when a Nissan Patrol sports utility vehicle (SUV) with Plate No. TLA 119 entered the hacienda. Aquino's men were on board the SUV, he said."

"He said one of them asked his name, then advised him and his fellow workers to agree to a settlement."
 

UK: Teen sentenced for gun threat during phone robbery
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"A TEENAGER has been sentenced for robbing a man's mobile phone after claiming he had a gun."

"The 17-year-old from Ifield, snatched the £250 Sharp GX10 from David Tucker, 18, who was with a friend in the town centre."

"But when Mr Tucker, from Broadfield, tried to reclaim the phone the defendant told a friend to 'get the gun', Hove Crown Court was told on Tuesday."

"The defendant escaped with the phone but was arrested a week later when Mr Tucker recognised him at a cinema."
 

Australia: Accused club killer 'admits being shot'
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"ONE of two men charged with the murder of security guard Jason Gully still has a bullet in his back, a court heard yesterday."

"Tame Kohunui, 25, faced the Melbourne Magistrates' Court yesterday after a pre-dawn swoop by the special operations group police on two properties in Melbourne's southeast."

"Mr Gully, 31, had been working at the Freccia Azzurra Club in Keysborough for only three weeks when he tried to stop three masked gunmen robbing the venue on November 28."

"After being held at knife-point, the new father managed to draw his gun and shoot one of the bandits in the back, before he had a gun turned on him."
 

MD: Wicomico County Take Aim at Gun Violence
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"Wicomico County prosecutors are out with a warning. Do not use a gun to commit a crime, or you will do serious time. The warning comes on the heels of 10 attempted murders in the past three months in Salisbury, the county seat."

"There have also been 16 other gun related crimes in that same amount of time. Officials say more teenagers are using guns to commit crimes. They are hoping tough punishments and community involvement will convince people to put down their firearms."

"On Tuesday night, community leaders met with officials from Project Exile..."
 

India: Patna HC bans display of firearms in Bihar
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"Patna High Court today ordered that licenced weapons cannot be carried in public by candidates or their supporters either at the time of filing of nominations or campaign."

"The move is to ensure free and fair assembly elections in Bihar next month."

"A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Nagendra Roy and Justice Barin Ghosh also directed state home commissioner and police chief to pass on the necessary instructions."

"The court further ordered that the officer-in-charge of the concerned police station under whose jurisdiction any case of public display of arms by any candidate is reported, should be taken to task."
 

'Self-Defense' Bill Introduced in House of Representatives
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"A Maryland Republican has introduced a bill protecting the right of law-abiding Americans to use guns in self-defense."

"The proposed Citizens' Self-Defense Act of 2005, introduced last week by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland, would specifically protect the right of law-abiding citizens to use handguns, rifles and shotguns in defending themselves, their families or their homes."

"The bill also would allow people whose self-defense rights have been violated by any government entity to bring legal action in federal court."

"The bill, H.R. 47, has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. ..."
 

UK: Passenger pulls gun after car crash
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"POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a minor car accident turned into an attempted shooting."

"The incident happened after a silver Ford Cougar collided with a red Golf Mark 2 on St Jude Street, Mildmay."

"The drivers got out to exchange details but a passenger got out of the Golf with a gun, and attempted to fire the weapon which failed to shoot. After several more tries, he and the driver drove off towards Dalston."
 

UK: Couple shot at with air gun
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"A married couple were shot at with an air rifle from a block of flats as they walked into Norwich city centre."

"Police tonight appealed for a third person who is also believed to have been targeted to come forward and report the incident."

"The couple were walking through Johnson Place towards Chapel Field on their way to work when two shots were fired at about 8am today. They suffered minor injuries, and were left shaken by the experience."

"It is believed the shots may have come from flats in the Johnson Place area and an air weapon of some kind was used."
 

UK: One in five shop staff is a victim of assault
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"ATTACKS on Scots shop workers have increased ninefold in the space of a year, according to shock new figures published today."

"In 2003, more than one in five shop workers reported being assaulted compared with one in 50 the previous year."

"Small shopkeepers bore the brunt of attacks, with one in two reporting incidents of violence ."

"Across the country as a whole, 218 in every 1000 shop staff were attacked compared to 24 the previous year. And an alarming 487 in every 1000 shop employees were threatened with violence."
 

IL: Daley's 'New' Gun Control Plan is 'Same Old Extremism,' Says Citizens Committee
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"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is repackaging his 'same old extremism' as a new plan to strip law-abiding citizens of their gun rights, and penalize retailers for crimes committed by somebody else, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today."

"Mayor Daley has proposed gun control legislation that would make it a crime to sell firearms without taking 'reasonable precautions' against their illegal use, which are impossible for a dealer to do, and allow lawsuits against gun dealers who "should have known" that a gun buyer intended to commit a crime."

"This goes beyond the ridiculous," observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "Mayor Daley not only wants to hold firearms dealers responsible for the criminal acts of people beyond their control, he now expects them to become mind readers. ..."
 

MI: Burglar caught in the act
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"A Horton party store owner played a hunch and, with a suspected burglar in custody this morning, his inkling turned into a sure bet."

"After being burglarized a week ago, Doug Harrington of Griff's Party Store, 389 Moscow Road, figured he'd be hit again. So, he laid in wait with a 12-gauge shotgun in his lap after the store closed Tuesday."

"About 12:30 a.m. today, Harrington was greeted by an intruder. He ordered him to the floor."
 

NH: School Board Passes New Policy Banning Props From Senior Photos
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"The Londonderry School Board has voted to bar students from posing with props in all senior yearbook portraits -- creating yet another obstacle for a senior who hopes to appear with his broke-open shotgun draped over his shoulder."

"Blake Douglass is suing the board in federal court for banning his photo from the seniors section of the Londonderry High School yearbook. ..."

"Douglass, 17, is an avid sport shooter. He had wanted to pose with his shotgun to reflect his interest in trap shooting, skeet shooting and hunting."

"School administrators agree the photo, which shows Douglass kneeling outdoors, is not threatening."
 

Shot In The Dark
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"The most pre-eminent scientific group in America has produced a definitive analysis of our decades-long experience with gun control and shattered what has become an article of faith among proponents."

"The 328-page report by the National Academy of Sciences is based on 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, a survey of 80 gun-control laws and some of its own independent study."

"It could find no evidence to support the conclusion that government restrictions on firearms reduces gun crime, gun violence and gun accidents."
 

CA: NRA out of S.F.
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"For years the National Rifle Association has spent millions to spread misinformation: owning a handgun makes you safer, the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a gun, and meaningful firearm reform makes communities dangerous. ..."

"The truth is, the Second Amendment doesn't apply to individuals. Since 1939, the Supreme Court has found that the Second Amendment doesn't give an individual a Constitutional right to own a gun. The amendment clearly focuses on granting that right only to a 'well-regulated militia.' Even though the NRA and its powerful friends convinced former attorney general John Ashcroft to opine that it did apply to individuals, federal courts have ruled it doesn't, upholding Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban in Seegars v. Ashcroft."
 

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