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Police Worried About New Vest Penetrating Gun
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"There is a nationwide alert to members of law enforcement regarding a new kind of handgun which can render a bulletproof vest useless, as first reported by NewsChannel 4's Scott Weinberger."

"The most shocking fact may be that the gun -- known as the 'five-seven' -- is being marketed to the public, and it's completely legal." ....

"The five-seven is made by FN Herstal, a Belgian company. On its Web site, the company boasts the five-seven's ability to penetrate more than 48 layers of Kevlar -- the material bulletproof vests are made of -- if you use a five-seven, 28-mm armor-piercing bullet." ...
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Amazon offers anti-gun choice
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"One of the newer gambits used by anti-hunting and anti-gun groups is to partner with businesses and get those businesses to donate a small percentage of the purchase price of their goods to the anti-organizations."

"A major department store put anti-hunting stickers on its 'Winnie the Pooh' line of children's clothes. Iams/Eukanuba was donating part of its dog food profits. The Accord Hotel chain (Red Roof, Comfort Inn, others) was spending as well."

"The sales pitch these businesses bought into was simple: Donate, say, 5 percent of your sales to PETA, HSUS or Fund for Animals, and your sales will increase by at least 6 percent. You end up ahead." ...
 

WI: Cops stop fingerprinting traffic violators -- Chief blames news media for publicizing 'Big Brother' issue
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"With public fears of a police state being created in Green Bay, Wis., law enforcement authorities are dropping a new policy where officers collected fingerprints from traffic violators."

"'The news media blew it out of proportion,' Police Chief Craig Van Schyndle told the Green Bay Press Gazette."

"He says his department received numerous phone calls and e-mails from people opposed to the voluntary practice aimed at lowering the number of identity-theft crimes."

"'But, of course, they were listening to the news media ... how horrendous this was,' Van Schyndle said." ...
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Submitter's Note: This may surprise the Chief, but some of us still believe in civil rights even when the press don't agree with us.
 

Taser Shares Rise on News of Safety Study
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"Shares of Taser International, the manufacturer of stun guns whose safety has been questioned, rose more than 22 percent yesterday after the company said a newly published scientific study affirmed that the gun's electric shocks do not cause cardiac arrest and 'may be safely applied multiple times if needed.'"

"The news release issued by Taser quoted directly from the study but did not list the four authors, two of whom are Taser executives. The release also said that the study was published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. But the study is scheduled to appear instead in a supplement to the journal, not the journal itself." ...
 

IN: Commissioner wants gun show ban
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"A Lake County commissioner is renewing his call for a gun show ban at the Lake County Fairgrounds after authorities charged a man with illegally buying firearms there."

"A gun show owner said the filing of criminal charges proves his gun show is as secure as any storefront gun dealers'."

"The U.S. attorney's office charged 38-year-old Garjon Collins, who was born in Chicago and lists an allegedly bogus address in Michigan City."

"The government alleges Collins purchased two 9mm pistols from a licensed firearms dealer during a gun show Oct. 18, 2003, at the fairgrounds and three more the same day at a licensed dealer in Elkhart, Ind." ...
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PA: Gunning For A Solution -- Level Of Gun Violence Getting Worse In Philly
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"POLICE Commissioner Sylvester Johnson took some polite issue with a recent editorial on Philadelphia's homicide numbers." ...

"But where the commissioner and this page are in total agreement is in the need to honestly confront one of the root causes of homicides in Philadelphia: the easy availability of guns."

"In Pennsylvania, there is no waiting period and no real barrier to carrying a concealed weapon. There's no limit to how many guns you can buy or a penalty for not reporting a gun lost or stolen, making it easy for illegal gun sellers to buy low from a legit dealer and sell high on the street." ...
 

Product Recalls: Air pistols
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... "Crosman Corp. is recalling about 24,000 Walther CP Sport, CP99, and Nighthawk CO2 air pistols manufactured by Umarex of Germany. The air pistols' safety might move from the engaged or 'safe' position to the disengaged or 'fire' position when the trigger is pulled once or more and then released. This poses a risk of serious injury if the air pistol is loaded and unintentionally fired."

"The recalled air pistols include the Walther models CP Sport, CP99, and Nighthawk manufactured throughout 2003. The recalled models have a serial number of 'J3' on the right side of the air pistol. The Nighthawk air pistol is outfitted with a compensator, red dot sight, flashlight and a mounting system. If there is an asterisk inscribed next to the serial number, the air pistol is not part of the recall." ...
 

DC: Gun Foes Attempt To Save Lawsuit -- Appeals Court Hears Arguments
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"The legal effort to hold gun makers liable for gun violence in the District was back in court this week for what was likely to be a last attempt to keep the lawsuit alive in its original form."

"Appearing Tuesday before the D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys representing gunshot victims and their families, gun control advocates and the city government argued that unless their suit is allowed to proceed, they will never have the access to internal company records that could prove their claims against the manufacturers."

"Last April, a three-judge panel gave the plaintiffs a modest reprieve, reversing a lower court that had dismissed the suit on a couple of points. But the panel threw out a number of arguments in the suit, and both sides asked that the full court, the District's highest, hear the case." ...
 

CA: Guns are really about power
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"How is it that many of us revere the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution yet seem to forget about the Bible's sixth commandment?"

"Gun ownership is not a God-given license to kill. A gun does not give us the right to inflict harm on those who disagree with us, or those who hurt our feelings or wound our pride."

"I'm not against gun ownership and use. As a sportswoman, I've killed a few ducks and pheasants in my time, although I'd rather be fishing. But, although I have taken life with a gun, I have never intentionally maimed or killed another creature to 'make a point.' I've never raised my sight at a flock of geese with thoughts of 'They have it coming!'" ...
 

VA: Looking Ahead to Very Little -- Moran sees no new programs while the Republican agenda marches ahead
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"The November elections gave Republicans a larger majority in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate so Democrats like U.S. Rep. James P. Moran are realistic about what to expect as this Congressional session begins."

"... 'The guns: the National Rifle Association owns the Congress anyway so not much is going to happen there. The only thing that we can have some hope for is the ban on 50 caliber assault rifles because it’s insane to sell them legally.'"

"That ban is legislation on which Moran is working. ... 'I understand that Al Qaeda has purchased some of them already so that should indicate just who the constituency is that supports legal sale of these weapons. I am hopeful but in this climate it’s just too hard to say.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually the US government purchased them and gave them to Al Qaeda.
 

TN: Three home invaders shot by citizen
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A home invasion Wednesday night ended up landing three suspects in the hospital.

Police say three men entered a home on Whites Creek Pike around 8:00pm. Officers say they assaulted the husband and wife, but the woman managed to escape to a neighbor's house.

The neighbor returned and shot all three suspects. One man was found with a gunshot to the neck at the scene.

Two others managed to drive themselves to Skyline Medical Center.
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Submitter's Note: Two innocent civilians spared...three thugs taken down.
 

OK: Henryetta Shooting Ruled 'Self-defense'
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The Henryetta doctor who admitted shooting a man is not expected to face criminal charges.

Prosecutors say Doctor Wesley Parkhurst [pictured] shot Gary Wayne Britt in self-defense.

Henryetta Police say Doctor Parkhurst shot Britt twice Tuesday morning after Britt rammed the doctor's car then approached him outside City Hall.

Henryetta's police chief says he's asking the district attorney to file charges of assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence against Britt, who remains hospitalized in Tulsa in serious condition.
 

OH: Stop Putting It Off. Get Your Concealed Handgun License!
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"A lot of Ohioans have put off getting a Concealed Handgun License because they think it’s too difficult. But even though the new Ohio CCW laws are among the strictest in the nation, they aren’t that bad when you compare them to some of the blatantly anti-gun laws around the world."

"In South Africa, the Firearms Control Act was implemented in July 2004. This act forces South Africans who want to own a gun to take a training test. They need the training test to get a proficiency certificate. They need the proficiency certificate to apply for a competency certificate. They need the competency certificate to apply for a license." ...
 

MI: Saginaw schools expel three freshmen
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Saginaw School District leaders have found three Saginaw High School freshmen guilty of weapons violations.

Board of Education members approved the expulsions during their Wednesday meeting. The decisions leave the students, all male, out of class for at least 180 days.

Security staff caught one student with a loaded .32-caliber pistol in his backpack Nov. 3.

Less than three weeks later, another male student brought a knife to campus.

Dec. 6, a male student turned over a Taser gun hidden in a wastebasket in a boys bathroom.
 

WA: Teen Arrested After Loaded Gun Is Found At School
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"Two teenagers face criminal charges after a loaded gun and a bomb threat were found in bathrooms of separate Spokane-area schools."

"A 15-year-old Spokane Valley High School student was arrested for allegedly writing a bomb threat on a bathroom stall that had forced the evacuation of the school on Monday. No bomb was found, and the boy was arrested after a check of fingerprints and a comparison of handwriting."

"At Mead Middle School, a 13-year-old seventh-grader was arrested and expelled after a principal found a loaded .38-caliber pistol hidden in a boy's restroom." ...
 

FL: Officer uses pepper spray to subdue diabetic suffering from insulin shock
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"An assistant manager of a local pizza shop who became nonresponsive after going into insulin shock was pepper sprayed by a police officer after a customer told police the man appeared to be 'stoned out of his mind.'"

"While a police official said that nonresponsiveness to an officer's commands often means danger, the man and two co-workers who witnessed all or part of the incident questioned how it was handled." ...

"Melzer and Gallo each described Scott's behavior simply as nonresponsive and disputed the account that Scott grew agitated or resisted the officer in any way." ...
 

MA: Diabetic Suing Police For Alleged Beating
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"A school principal who says he was beaten by at least four city police officers while having a diabetic attack is suing the officers, accusing them of dragging him through his car window and calling him a drug user before getting him medical help." ...

"The lawsuit says Greer pulled his BMW into a convenience store parking lot on Nov. 4 when he started feeling disoriented, a symptom of the onset of a diabetic attack. A store clerk called the police after noticing Greer's car had been parked for awhile."

"When the police arrived, they broke the car windows and pulled Greer out through the shattered passenger's side window, even though his car doors were unlocked, the lawsuit said." ...
 

TX: DA's secretary says she saw him take meth
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"Within the last month, a prominent prosecutor in the Texas Panhandle injected himself with methamphetamine twice at an apartment and prepared to use the drug in his office, a secretary said in a court filing."

"District Attorney Richard J. "Rick" Roach took the drug out of his desk at his Pampa office last week and was about to take it when she left the room, secretary Rebecca Bailey said in an affidavit that is part of a petition to remove Roach from office."

"Gray County Attorney Joshua Seabourn filed the petition Wednesday, the same day Roach was charged on four federal counts that accuse him of possessing methamphetamine and cocaine, and the unlawful possession of a firearm by a drug addict." ...
 

KY: Apparent road rage shooting involved Virginia Marines
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"One Marine is facing charges and another was injured in an apparent road-rage shooting in Kentucky."

"Clark County authorities say 20-year-old Abraham Cerpa of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, was charged with assault and wanton endangerment after allegedly shooting at another vehicle traveling on Interstate 64 early Tuesday." ...

"His vehicle met up with another one carrying 31-year-old Wesley Wilkinson and 21-year-old Michael Young, both military police based at Quantico, Virginia."

"After a traffic transgression of some sort, the occupants of the two cars drove side by side for about 100 miles, exchanging insults and gestures at high speeds."

"Police say Cerpa pulled out a MAC-90 assault rifle and shot off three or four rounds, shattering a window of Wilkinson's car and flattening a tire." ...
 

Thailand: Brit 'beat up' killer cop
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"A BRITISH backpacker beat up a Thai policeman five minutes before the cop shot him dead, a court heard yesterday."

"Witnesses said Police Master Sergeant Somchai Wisetsingh had tried to pull Adam Lloyd’s girlfriend into his car."

"Adam hit out and stormed off. The officer then followed the couple in his car."

"Shots were heard, followed by a girl crying for help — then more shots."

"Prosecutors claim the officer killed Adam, 25, before executing Vanessa Arscott, 24, to stop her identifying him. Wisetsingh claims self defence." ...
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Submitter's Note: So the cop tries to kidnap the girl and her boyfriend objects. The cop then follows them and shoots them. And this is 'self-defense'?
 

Canada: Man arrested by police smuggled handgun into jail, sources say
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"A handgun found in a secure area of the Dartmouth jail on Christmas Eve went to the building inside a Halifax Regional Police car carrying an arrested man, sources say."

"According to two separate, independent sources who wish to remain anonymous, police arrested a man on an outstanding warrant on Dec. 24. The officers are said to have searched the man, who was then taken to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside." ...

"Once at the jail, the man was taken to the admitting section, an area that is beyond a metal detector."

"It's not known whether the man went through the metal detector, whether the device failed to detect his pistol, or whether staff there failed to follow up if the machine signalled the gun's presence." ...
 

Iran: Iranian woman who killed cop [who tried to rape her] pardoned
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"A woman who spent seven years on death row in Iran has been spared execution by the family of the police chief she stabbed to death and sexually mutilated for trying to rape her."

"The death sentence for Afsaneh Nowrouzi raised an outcry from activists and drew the attention of international groups who sought to overturn the order."

"This week, the family of Behzad Moghaddam agreed to accept compensation of $62,500 instead of Nowrouzi's execution."

"'With the efforts of judiciary officials, family members of the victim were persuaded to give up retribution in this case and signed in a notary public office not to demand death for Nowrouzi in exchange for blood money,' said Mohsen Yektan-Khodaei, a top provincial judiciary official." ...
 

NY: Queens Nun Brutally Beaten By Carjacker
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"A 69-year-old Queens nun with a half-century of community service was brutally pistol-whipped and carjacked yesterday as she headed for her job as a high-school librarian, police and colleagues said."

"Sister Margaret Faherty of the Sisters of Saint Joseph was surprised by a man with a silver handgun as she sat in her car just before 7 a.m. at Midland Parkway and Dalny Road in Jamaica Estates."

"The suspect came up behind Faherty, beat her with the gun, then dragged her out of the car and took off in her 2000 Nissan automobile. The car was found several hours later at 191st Street and Woodhull Avenue in Hollis." ...
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Submitter's Note: But, but, but, guns are banned in New York City!
 

MN: Court to hear appeal today -- Both sides of conceal-and-carry law ready for a fight
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"Minnesota's embattled conceal-and-carry handgun law is back in the legal crosshairs."

"Lawyers today likely won't be debating the merits of the law; the argument will center on how it came to pass in the Legislature. In the meantime, law enforcement is left to figure out what to do with Minnesotans seeking a permit to carry a concealed [sic] gun."

"The state Court of Appeals will hear arguments today on the controversial "Personal Protection Act" six months after a Ramsey County District Court judge shot down the 2003 gun law. Lawmakers violated the state Constitution by attaching it to an unrelated natural resources bill, Judge John Finley ruled." ...
 

MN: State's conceal-carry gun law debated before Appeals court
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"An appellate hearing on the disputed constitutionality of Minnesota's handgun law produced a lively three-way debate Thursday among Attorney General Mike Hatch, a lawyer for a group of churches and a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals."

"Judge R.A. (Jim) Randall, chief of the panel, announced at one point that he owns 'all three types of weapons' - pistols, rifles and shotguns."

"He also sharply questioned some of Hatch's arguments in favor of the law, which was struck down in July by Ramsey County District Judge John Finley on grounds that its enactment violated the state Constitution's requirement that legislative bills embrace a single subject." ...
 

MN: Hatch to defend state handgun law in court
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"State Attorney General Mike Hatch will personally defend Minnesota's handgun law in oral arguments before the state Court of Appeals today, a move he says is based on broad principle rather than the highly charged politics of gun control."

"The law, under which more than 25,000 people obtained permits to carry handguns in public after its enactment in April 2003, has been on hold since last July, when Ramsey County District Judge John Finley ruled it unconstitutional on the technical grounds that it was passed in a legislative bill embracing more than one subject."

"'Once you start knocking out bills on a single-subject rule, what law is safe?' Hatch said Wednesday. 'It's important that I go there to represent the state as a whole.'" ...
 

MI: Dove hunting opposition using scare tactics
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"As I have read a plethora of articles and letters laced with vehement opposition to the dove hunting law, I am compelled to address a common thread of misinformation."

"The allegation that this legislation removes the authority currently held by the Legislature to designate a species as game and render that authority to the Department of Natural Resources is unequivocally false."

"The law, which was passed last year by both the House and Senate and signed by Governor Granholm, states that 'Only the legislature may designate a species as game.'"

"I would venture to say that this language is clear in intent."

"It no way removes any authority from the Legislature as it pertains to the designation of a species as game." ...
 

New For 2005: Ammunition
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"It may indeed be possible to have too many firearms. After all, a guy with too many may not get around to shooting them all. But one thing is crystal clear: It's impossible to have too much ammo. So with that bit of high-volume philosophy in mind, let's take a look at some of this year's most appealing introductions."

"Heavier indeed: Buffalo Bore has turned its attention to the .38 Special with two new seriously enhanced loads featuring a 158-grain Lead Semi-Wadcutter HP at 1,000 fps and a 125-grain Gold Dot at 1,050 fps. Both velocity figures are taken from 2-inch S&W J-frames, and the loads feature flash-suppressed powders. ..." ...
 

CA: Redwood Gun Club
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"Bob Fallis has not been a member of the Redwood Gun Club since its establishment, but he does know of sportsmen who have been with the club since its second 'founding' in the 1960s."

"'We found out a few years back that it actually started before World War II,' Fallis said."

"It was originally called the Redwood Rod and Gun Club."

"'It was started by a bunch of college guys at Humboldt State sitting down in a coffeeshop and saying 'you know, it'd be nice to have a place to shoot,' Fallis said."

"The original location was not far from the club’s current home near Samoa. During the war, club members became disjointed." ...
 

UK: Don’t take them on, urges former thief
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"MOST burglars are driven by drink and drug abuse. They are not the slick, organised operators you see in films, they are highly unpredictable people who are desperate to raise money for their next fix."

"Homeowners should think very, very carefully before deciding to use force against them. I of all people should know, because I spent 20 years of my life as a career burglar."

"From the age of 15 to 35 I was burgling up to three properties a day, and over the years made many thousands of pounds. I was hooked on anything and everything. I was often high when I went on jobs, and when I came across homeowners things always had the potential to get out of control. A homeowner high on adrenalin confronting a burglar high on crack is a recipe for disaster." ...
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VA: Season is finally finished
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"THE WOMEN in my family are glad it's over."

"We're not talking about all the obligations that come during the most wonderful time of the year, although the holidays do bring extra chores--and many of them seem to fall on female shoulders."

"No, we're referring to a season that takes on even grander proportions, one that threatens to break up the most solid relationships and erode all family values."

"Hunting season."

"I'm sorry, did I growl when I said that? Can't help it. I can barely utter the phrase without weeping and gnashing of teeth."

"If you don't have any hunters in your family, thank your lucky stars. If you do, aren't you glad they've hung up their camouflage for a couple of months?" ...
 

UK: Why Parliament Will Not Restore The Householders' Right To Self-Defence
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"Patrick Mercer MP is today introducing a bill in the House of Commons to restore the householders' right to self-defence. This bill has overwhelming public support. The current law is ineffective in reducing crime. But the bill will not become law; the government has today announced that there is no need for a change to the law. Joyce Lee Malcolm - Professor of History at Bentley College and author of Guns and Violence: The English Experience - explains why both the government and the legal establishment are happy with the status quo."

"There is an old Navajo saying,

'If you find you are riding a dead horse, dismount'.

But public outrage over the prosecution of householders who injure burglars and one of the highest levels of violent crime of any industrial country, don't seem to have convinced Tony Blair's 'tough on crime' government to switch horses. ..." ...
 

UK: Clarke goes on home defence offensive
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"Charles Clarke will publish details of cases brought against householders who have attacked intruders in a bid to convince the public the current law works."

"On Thursday the home secretary briefed Cabinet colleagues on his earlier assessment of the legislation on the right of people to defend their homes."

"Clarke said he had consulted the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service who had agreed that the problem lay with the public's perception of the law, influenced by the Tony Martin case."

"The prime minister's official spokesman said in the last 15 years there had only been 11 prosecutions of householders and more than half of them had failed." ...
 

UK: Howard in new call on self-defence
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"Tory leader Michael Howard has renewed his demand for the law to be changed to give householders greater protection against prosecution when they use force against criminals who invade their properties."

"Home Secretary Charles Clarke said on Wednesday that discussions with police and prosecutors had concluded that the existing law is 'sound'."

"Instead of changing it, he announced, officials will renew their efforts to educate the public about how far they can go to defend their property under current law."

"But Mr Howard told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'The law as it stands is unsatisfactory ... The law as it stands is biased against the householder in favour of the burglar. Burglars aren't frightened, householders are.'" ...
 

UK: Betrayal on burglars law
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"THE PM was blasted last night for refusing to hand homeowners tougher powers to tackle burglars."

"Tony Blair’s climbdown came weeks after he vowed to beef up laws."

"He and Home Secretary Charles Clarke ruled the law will NOT change to give homeowners enhanced self-defence rights after all."

"Mr Clarke justified their decision by citing advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and police chiefs."

"Yesterday he said: 'I’ve concluded the current law is sound but needs to be better explained to all concerned, especially for householders.'"

"Last night Shadow Home Secretary David Davis fumed: 'Police officers, the public, even professional burglars said a change in the law would shift the balance towards victims.'" ...
 

Canada: Cab driver beaten by four or five
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"A group of thugs beat and pistol-whipped a cab driver and mugged a couple walking home Monday night."

"Peel police say they believe the same four or five men are responsible for both crimes."

"The couple ... were approached by a man armed with a handgun ... at 10 p.m. the man grabbed the woman's purse. Three or four other men, one also armed with a handgun, demanded cash from the man. He said he didn't have any and they ran away."

"Less than two hours later, at 11:40 p.m., a 35-year-old Mississauga man was driving his Golden Taxi when he went to ... pick up a fare. While waiting for the fare he was approached by a group of men. One of them engaged him in conversation, then pulled out a handgun." ...
 

Australia: Police find jewellery bandits' getaway car
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"POLICE have found the burnt-out remains of a car used in a brazen Sydney jewellery heist in which a shot was fired at police officers in front of hundreds of people." ...

"The car was stolen at gunpoint in Sydney a week ago."

"The brazen gunmen struck Darling Harbour last night after raiding a jewellery shop just before 9pm within metres of thousands of revellers celebrating the first night of the Latino Festival."

"The three men threatened staff at the Harbourside Jewellers shop with a pistol and sledgehammer before fleeing when the alarm was raised."

"One of the men shot at police as he ran towards the getaway car, which was driven by a fourth man." ...
 

Jamaica: Police report shoot-out on outskirts of Jones Town
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"THE police are reporting that the fatal shooting that sparked an angry protest at the intersection of Calabar and Slipenn roads Tuesday afternoon was in response to gunfire from the victim and three accomplices."

"A release from the Constabulary Communications Network states that about 1:30 pm a police party was patrolling in the Slipe Pen road area when they motioned for two motorcycles with four passengers to stop."

"According to the report the men did not comply but instead drew guns and fired at the officers, who then engaged them in a shoot-out. One man was shot and fell from his vehicle." ...
 

Indonesia: Loaded guns
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"Someone is clearly failing in their job when police sources admit that there could be up to 100,000 illegal firearms in Jakarta. There is something even more seriously wrong when supposedly sane gentlemen can so easily pull out guns and threaten and shoot people who pose absolutely no threat to their safety."

"Several cases in recent months have highlighted once again the emerging danger of the use of guns -- legal and illegal."

"It leaves those residents without a gun -- and who have never desired one in the first place -- fearing even more for their safety. It is one thing to be a victim of a crime involving firearms, but it is completely different when a shooting is committed by 'supposedly' licensed owners." ...
 

UK: Guns seized during armed police raid
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"ASSAULT rifles, shotguns and handguns were seized from a Coventry house during an armed raid by police."

"Around 20 officers from West Midlands Police's firearms unit, supported by officers from Little Park Street police station, raided the house in Queen Victoria Street at around 4pm on Sunday."

"Around 30 firearms were seized, together with ammunition."

"Forensic officers spent Monday and Tuesday combing the house for further clues."

"Two men arrested in connection with the raid were later charged with various firearms offences."

"Det Ch Insp Crawford Robinson, of Little Park Street police station, said: "By removing this substantial number of firearms, this will make Coventry safer.'" ...
 

Ireland: Mum and toddlers in armed raid terror
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"A Clane mother-of-two was at the centre of a terrifying armed robbery and watched in horror as a security guard was shot."

"Edel Marron- O Flatherty was driving her two young daughters to playschool at 9.20am on Tuesday when she literally drove straight into an on-going armed raid at the Ulster Bank on Clane s Main Street."

"Edel and her daughters Sarah (3) and Emily (1) saw the raiders aim a gun at the Securicor worker before they heard the chilling sound of a gun shot."

"I was just driving past, bringing the girls to playschool. I was at the lights (just outside the bank) and I could hear shouting, the next thing I saw was a man holding a rifle and aiming it at the security van, she told the Kildare Nationalist." ...
 

Australia: Drug debt leads to robbery then jail
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"POLICE burst into a Brisbane hotel office and overpowered two masked robbers who were stuffing the night's takings into a plastic bag, a court heard yesterday."

"The District Court in Brisbane heard Gabriel Vincent Orchard and his girlfriend Fiona Helen Aitken were armed with a sawn-off rifle when they confronted two staff members at the Australian National Hotel in Woolloongabba, on Brisbane's southside."

"Prosecutor Matt Nathan said hotel staff – a man and a woman, both aged 34 – were counting the takings from the bar and TAB operations."

"He said Orchard, 31, and Aitken, 28, forced the pair to lie on the floor while they began putting the money into a plastic bag." ...
 

Australia: Attempted murder finally in court
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A 21-year-old man was today arrested and charged with an attempted murder that occurred more than 18 months ago.

He will face court tomorrow on six charges relating to a shooting in western Sydney's on April 29, 2003.

Two men in their 20s were in a car on Portia Road, Toongabbie, when another car drove up behind, headlights flashing.

Both cars pulled over and a man armed with a silver pistol approached the first car, demanding money before firing a number of shots.

One occupant received serious stomach injuries.

The arrested man will face Burwood Local Court tomorrow charged with six offences, including attempted murder, robbery and possessing a firearm.
 

UK: Man on firearm charge
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A MAN has appeared in court accused of threatening a woman with a firearm.

David Johnstone, 20, was charged at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court with brandishing an air rifle at his alleged victim at a house in Treesbank Road in the town, placing her in a state of fear and alarm and overturning a wardrobe.

Johnstone, of Playingfield Road, Crosshouse, denied the offence and breach of the peace last July 21. He faces trial at a later date.
 

UK: Electric stun guns hit our streets
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"POLICE officers in Greater Manchester are among the first in the country to use Taser 'stun guns' as part of the fight against crime."

"But the controversial weapons ... can only be used by firearms officers who have been trained over the last few months."

"Despite criticism of Tasers by Amnesty International - which last year published a study claiming 74 people died after being shot with them in America and Canada - police chiefs here remain convinced they will save rather than cost lives." ...

"[Chief Inspector John Berry of the Tactical Firearms Unit] added: 'The Taser will give our firearms officers another tool to use that may be more appropriate than a conventional firearm in certain circumstances. For instance where a suspect is armed with a weapon that is not a gun.'" ...
 

Australia: Police hunt after man shot dead
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POLICE are hunting for a man thought to be armed with a high-powered rifle after another man was shot dead in a Queensland coastal town overnight.

The 42-year-old man died just after midnight after he was shot at a house in Agnes Waters, near the Town of 1770.

The gunman, thought to be armed with a high-powered rifle, was believed to be travelling by car to the Gold Coast.
 

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