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UK: Muggings and violent attacks up by more than 10%
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"MUGGINGS and violent attacks on people soared by more than 10 per cent in the third quarter of last year as the police struggled to contain street crime, according to figures published yesterday."

"Street robbery is rising at its fastest since Tony Blair demanded action three years ago by the Home Office and police to tackle the issue."

"The increase in violent crime came as rising numbers of people expressed concern at the extent of antisocial behaviour, including public drunkenness and drug dealing in their neighbourhoods. Homicides of people under 16 rose by a quarter in the year to the end of September 2005."
 

UK: Gun crime 'soars 18pc'
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"GUN crime in West Yorkshire went up 18 per cent in a year, according to Home Office figures."

"There were 318 firearms offences, excluding air weapon crimes, during the year to March 2005 compared with 269 during the previous 12 months.
The figures are in a Home Office report which showed a nationwide rise in violent crime."
 

UK: Police put blame for gun crimes shock on BB ban
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"A SENIOR policeman last night blamed illegal ball bearing guns for a dramatic rise in firearms crime on North Wales streets."

"Deputy chief constable Clive Wolfendale's comments came as new Home Office figures showed there were 60 gun offences in the region between April 2004 and last March."
 

UK: Yorkshire hit by 40 percent surge in gun crime
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"GUN crime in Yorkshire has risen by a staggering 40 per cent – almost four times as much as anywhere else in the country."

"If the huge rise – dubbed a 'dangerous increase' by one Opposition MP – is repeated in years to come, the region could soon become the gun crime capital of England."

"Yesterday's figures were released on the same day as the Government issued its quarterly crime statistics, which showed violent crime rose by four per cent nationally in the third quarter of last year, including an 11 per cent jump in robbery."
 

Jon Dougherty: Deploy the military
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"So how does frequent border incursions by heavily armed foreign police and military qualify as success by our homeland defense and security agencies? Just this: If it was still as easy to penetrate the U.S. southwest border as it has been in recent years, drug- and human smugglers would not need such formidable armed support. ..."

"But this kind of success has obviously come with a price: increased danger for outgunned U.S. law enforcement personnel, as well as American (and Mexican) civilians living in border regions. As such, there is no longer any reason – legally or morally – why President Bush must refrain from deploying the U.S. military in support of federal and local law enforcement officials."
 

When kids can get guns, where is safe?
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"The rest of us are condemned at the least to listen to the eternal, sanctimonious debate over what to do about guns. Too often, in too many places, guns force us to alter how we construct our lives: where we will walk, where we will live, where we allow our children to go."

"An 8-year-old boy boasts that he can get his hands on a gun. Then, as The Washington Post reports today, prosecutors say the dad showed the child how to cock a weapon. The next morning, the boy shows up at day care with a .38-caliber Taurus revolver that belongs to his father, who turns out to be a felon who should never have had a gun in the first place."

"Fluke? Bizarre accident? Or reason to restructure your life?"
 

John Longenecker: What new 2006 Candidates Should Do Next In Fighting Crime.
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"Crime is not fought by compelling citizens to adapt more to policies that don’t work – crime is fought on an instance by instance basis at the first line of defense."

. . ."Part of our national problem is that anti-crime policies are now encroaching on our liberties, and specific civil rights are on one end of the balance like never before, as high technology brings many of these to crescendo. . . each asking just a little more sovereignty out of our purse with no real results as promised. Not ever."
 

MI: Would-be robber flees when he's shown a pistol
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"A man who tried to rob an Auburn Hills market Wednesday -- by claiming he had a gun and demanding money from a clerk -- was thwarted by a store manager with a pistol, police said."

"City police have not caught the would-be robber, who ran when he saw the gun."
 

TN: Robbery Victim Overcomes Robber, Holds Gun On Him Until Police Arrive
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"A man who was being robbed at a motel on Airpark Drive got the gun away from the young robber and held it on him until police arrived early Friday morning."

"Police said the man who was being robbed was shot in the hand during the struggle."

"A 17-year-old black male was taken into custody."
 

Malaysia: Gun scared knife-wielding robbers off
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"A couple of robbers beat a hasty retreat when they found that their potential victim had a gun, while they only carried knives."

"OCPD Asst Comm Muhammad Fuad Talib said yesterday the two men on a motorcycle approached their target at his home in Bandar Kinrara on Monday night on the pretext of asking for directions."

“The man, who was about to drive out with his two sons, was a police assistant superintendent."

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If this had been an ordinary Malaysian citizen, he would not have had a firearm, and his children would have probably died.
 

WI: Wisconsin Senate overrides Doyle's Concealed Carry veto (Another report)
Submitted by: Jeffrey Foxmore

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"The state Senate voted Thursday to override a veto by Gov. Jim Doyle of bill to legalize the carrying of concealed weapons, putting the measure one step away from law."

"The 23-10 vote was above the two-thirds majority necessary to override the veto. Now, the bill heads to the Assembly, where the prospect of an override is still unclear."

"The Assembly is expected to vote on the override Tuesday."
 

SC: Recycled Guns Not Wanted in SC
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Officials in Charleston, South Carolina, have a message: Please don't recycle your old guns.


It's News that Dares to be News! Click here for more Bizarre Bazaar.
It seems guns and ammo have been turning up at the county recycling plant. Earlier this month, workers found two unloaded guns and one that was loaded.
Recycling plant employees have also found bags and boxes of bullets.

They call police to pick up the ammo and firearms. County officials say residents may not realize that the stuff dumped into recycling bins is actually sorted by hand and can be a danger to the workers.
 

VA: Guns At School
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Police found two weapons Thursday in Elkhardt Middle School, less than 24 hours after a student was charged with bringing a gun into the school.

Police used K-9 units to sweep the school Thursday and found two pellet guns. Police conducted the sweep one day after school officials say a 13-year-old was caught with an unloaded 380 semi-automatic handgun and a knife.

"We want our parents to know that Elkhardt is in fact a safe school where children are learning every day," says Richmond Schools spokesperson Treeda Smith.

School Board members say they are considering installing stand alone metal detectors inside the middle school.
 

NC: Coalition targets gun crime
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"Clergy, law enforcement and people of various faiths met Thursday for the Religious Coalition for a Non-Violent Durham's monthly lunch meeting where gun laws and crime statistics were served up alongside submarine sandwiches and Girl Scout cookies."

"Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator Rob Faggart, Durham Police Sgt. Maurice Hayes, Maj. B.J. Council, Maj. Steven Mihaich, and Capt. Larry Isaacs joined the Rev. James Malloy, the Rev. Jean Luc Charles and coalition coordinator Marcia Owen for a roundtable discussion about the frequency of gun-related crimes."
 

WY: Wyoming a battleground in national fight over deadly force
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"Flush with victory after persuading most state legislatures to approved concealed carry laws, the National Rifle Association now is lobbying to make it easier for people to defend themselves with deadly force."

"In Wyoming and 11 other states, including Missouri, the NRA is backing bills to specify that people have no duty to retreat from an attacker before using deadly force. Twenty-five states already have such laws on their books."

"Now, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is fighting back. It plans to write each Wyoming lawmaker urging them to oppose the bill, making the "Cowboy State" an unlikely battleground in the fight over appropriate use of firearms."
 

MI: Fordson student charged with gun possession
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"The misbehavior of 15-year-old Dearborn boy led to a search of his student locker at Fordson High School. Once officials opened the students locker, they discovered a pellet gun."

"The boy was charged Thursday in the juvenile division of Wayne County Family Court with assault and battery, possession of a pellet gun by a minor and possession of a weapon in a school building."
 

AR: Soldier Arrested With Gun Cache
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"A soldier from Magnolia who had been missing from Fort Riley, Kan., was arrested after police say he was caught with four firearms and other weapons in his car."

"Pfc. Joshua Glass was caught Tuesday evening in Abilene. The 18-year-old Glass, who had been missing for eight days, was arrested after military police said Glass may be in the area. Glass was caught as he returned to his car from a store."

"Police said the contents of the vehicle included an AK-47 assault rifle, two loaded semiautomatic handguns, a loaded shotgun, ammunition clips and numerous knives. Police said Glass indicated he'd planned to use the weapons if police tried to arrest him."
 

WI: Gun clubs closer to state tax exemption
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"A bill that would exempt most gun clubs from a sales tax on membership fees passed a key hurdle Wednesday and will now go before the Assembly for a vote."

"The bill would create a sales tax exemption for nonprofit gun clubs that provide state-certified, outdoor safety classes to at least 25 people a year. These include hunter safety courses and classes in the safe operation of ATVs, boats and snowmobiles."

"The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Finance approved the measure on a vote of 15-1 Wednesday, an indication of strong, bipartisan support."
 

UK: Shotgun for protection from gangs
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"A MAN caught in possession of a sawn-off shotgun was spared a lengthy jail term after a judge heard he got the weapon to protect himself from rival criminal gangs."

"Marcus Skellington, 35, was given a three-year sentence despite being convicted of an almost identical offence three years previously."
 

Canada: Maintain gun registry, La Barge urges Conservatives
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"But the chief wasn't all smiles the day after the Conservatives managed to put together enough seats to form a minority government."

"Conservative plans to scrap the national gun registry and use the money to hire more frontline police officers is not a direction he would like to see the new government take."

" 'I don't ever want to suggest that the money wasted on the gun registry is justified, but the program does have merit,' he said."
 

Canada: Gun registry changes coming, says top Tory
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"A senior Conservative MP from northern B.C. says the new Stephen Harper government will move quickly to kill Canada's controversial rifle registry." ...

"The gun registry was originally supposed to cost less than $2 million. In December 2002, Auditor General Sheila Fraser revealed that the program would run up bills of at least $1 billion by 2005."
 

Canada: Border guards to get guns
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"The recent shootout at the Peace Arch Border Crossing between U.S. police and two armed fugitives has highlighted the need to arm Canadian border guards, including those at Point Roberts."

"Officials from the Customs and Excise Union say the crossing between Tsawwassen and Point Roberts has the same potential for violent situations as other crossings."

"In fact, one official said it is the smaller crossings that typically have more problems."
 

VA: Gunfire in Virginia Capitol Offices Leads to Swift Action: Advancing Gun Lobby's Pet Legislation
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A gun goes off in a legislator's office. The bullet, by the grace of God, hits a bulletproof vest hanging nearby instead of a staff member, secretary or visiting constituent. The accident occurs several days after an eight-year-old boy shoots a seven-year-old girl in a day care center elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region."

"So what does the Virginia Legislature do? It swiftly moves through the process two of the gun lobby's priority bills for the legislative session, including a bill that would prohibit local jurisdictions from imposing stricter limits than the state on where a person can fire a gun."
 

DC: 'Guns Aside Month' Ends With Youth Forums and Celebrity 'Jam Session' on January 30th & 31st
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"ROOT, The DC Department of Health and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives will partner to wrap up the Guns Aside Month with a two-day rally that will include candid discussions between youth and celebrity guest panelists regarding how music affects violence, and the role it plays in their lives, family, and in the community. Selected middle and high students will participate in the forum. Secondly, a mayoral forum will be held where students will have the opportunity to discuss issues affecting their communities with the D.C. Mayoral Candidates. Lastly, the rally will conclude with the Guns Aside 'Jam Session' with many surprise top music artists, sports figures, and celebrities, both local and national."
 

NY: He sheds Clark Kent image and turns into Superman
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mayor Bloomberg didn't pick a lot of new fights in his State of the City address yesterday - but those he did were doozies."

"In one 52-minute speech, Bloomberg declared war on the National Rifle Association, Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein, the city's unions, do-nothing Albany legislators and - for good measure - poverty and disease." ...

"In his place is a confident chief executive who - while largely building on the successes of his first term - isn't afraid to use his newfound bully pulpit to target the city's more intractable problems."

"The flow of illegal handguns into the city is clearly the top of that list, an issue Bloomberg made personal by poignantly introducing the relatives of six slain cops in the audience yesterday - another flourish that likely would have escaped Bloomberg in earlier years."
 

OH: Dems' pro-gun/anti-gun gubernatorial ticket latest in a series of 2006 surprises
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"For political junkies, the 2006 Ohio Governor's race has been providing fix after fix for well over a year now."

"Among Republicans, battles between Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Attorney General Jim Petro, and Auditor of State Betty Montgomery have been a microcosm of the larger power struggle in the Grand Old Party of late between conservatives and moderates. Among Democrats, a similar struggle has broiled, with liberals like Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman and state Sen. Eric Fingerhut squaring off against front-runner Ted Strickland, who is more moderate."

"Events from the past two weeks in both parties have shaken things up considerably in terms of the May 2 primary, and further shakeup can be expected in the days leading up to the Feb. 16 filing deadline."
 

CA: Gun scare locks down two schools
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"Two boys, ages 12 and 13, were detained Thursday after they allegedly brought a gun to Durfee Elementary School the day before."

"School officials said Durfee Elementary and an adjacent school were locked down for about two hours Thursday."

"The boys were booked at the El Monte Police Station on suspicion of possessing a firearm on school grounds and were released to their parents, said Lt. Bob Elkin. Detained is a legal term police use for minors, he said. It's the equivalent of being arrested."
 

OH: Officer disciplined for forgetting gun
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"A township officer who left his AR-15 rifle behind at a Butler County high school received a three-day unpaid suspension and will have to undergo more training before he will be allowed back on the SWAT team, his chief said Friday."

"Officer Doug Lanier, 32, a township officer for four years, also will have to perform some type of community service at the discretion of Chief Richard St. John."

"Lanier came under internal investigation Monday after he left his unloaded rifle in a case in the parking lot at Edgewood High School in Trenton after a training exercise with Butler County Regional SWAT."
 

NC: New Gun-Tracking System in Durham
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"Dante McMillan, 17, was shot on a DATA bus earlier this month. Last month, someone shot and killed 16-year-old Quan McLean as he got off a DATA bus at Northgate Mall. Durham police hope a new tracking system will help them solve more violent gun crimes involving teenagers."

" 'We want to try to trace the guns as quickly as possible, specifically where are these teenagers getting the guns from?' said Durham police Major Steve Mahaich."

"He says a new database system called E-Trace is now available at the Durham Police Department. With the help of the ATF, investigators can track down a gun owner, which can help lead to a suspect. ..."
 

MD: Boy got gun from father's closet
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"Meanwhile county officials are reacting to the news. County Executive Douglas Duncan issued a response that read, 'While I led a successful fight to require that handguns sold in Montgomery County be equipped with a trigger lock, it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that those trigger locks are properly used.' County Councilman Michael Knapp (D- District 2) represents Germantown and said the incident highlights the dire need for better gun control. 'It's just one other tragic example of guns in the wrong hands,' said Knapp, 'We've got to continue to focus on how to restrict access to the supply of guns. How does an 8-year-old get access to a handgun?'"
 

OH: Ex-Cop Sent To Jail
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"Richard Elworth will spend the next five years behind bars for his part in a crime committed last summer."

"The former Dayton police officer pleaded guilty back in October to possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking incident in July. During that incident, Elworth used his position as an officer of the law to help with the crime."
 

MD: Balt. Co.'s Highest Crime Rate Reported in 2005
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"Baltimore County police say there were more homicides reported in 2005 than any other year during the last 13 years."

"The county's 40 homicides in 2005 were up 11 from 2004. Police Chief Terrence Sheridan is addressing why last year's numbers are greater than the county's average of 31 homicides during the last 10 years." ...

"Because handguns were used in 56% of the homicides, Sheridan asserts that fire-arm control is imperative to the department's crackdown on crime. ..."

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Doesn't the area already have some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation?
 

NJ: Gun Found In Middle School Student Backpack
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"A student was arrested Thursday after a gun was found in a backpack." ...

"Police said that the gun was not loaded."

"The gun was found in the student's backpack after school officials sent out a letter to parents, reassuring them that no gun was found at the school. The letter said that a student spotted a gun on the sidewalk outside the middle school. It said that while school officials checked out the report, students were kept in their classrooms inside the school."
 

NY: Albany Police Take Record Number of Guns Off Streets
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Albany police reports show officers are seizing firearms off the streets of the city at record rates.

Since the start of the year, detectives confiscated almost two dozens guns during arrests. That's the most in any one month period.

But, some are firing back at a task force plan to focus on firearms.

Albany's gun sweep comes as the governor's office starts a statewide task force. More than 100 state troopers will be sworn into the program that'll use specialized stings to track illegal guns.
 

LA: Rifle team wins opener
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Colquitt County High air rifle team opened its 2006 season with a 1,140-1,039 victory over Crisp County on Thursday in Cordele."

"Victoria Dampier led Colquitt County with a 287 out of a possible 300, including a 97 on both the prone and kneeling positions and a 93 standing."

"Yohann Brinson had a 285, including a team-high 98 prone, a 97 kneeling and a 90 standing."

"Jessica Corona and Shontae Robinson each shot a 284."
 

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