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Bang Bang, Your Suit's Dead
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"This week, two unlikely judges shared a small moment of justice on behalf of the Second Amendment."

"In Florida, Judge Jorge Labarga, of butterfly ballot fame, threw out a $1.2 million award against the distributor of a handgun used by a kid to shoot his teacher. In the Ninth Circuit, Carter appointee Stephen Reinhardt returned to an earlier antigun opinion and deleted references to the work of Michael Bellesiles..."
 

NY: Judge sent 'slay' gun after trial
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"An anonymous tipster mailed a gun to a Brooklyn judge earlier this week, claiming it's the weapon used to kill a pizza deliveryman in East New York."

"Alert postal workers intercepted the gun before it reached Brooklyn Supreme Court, where Judge Plummer Lott is set to sentence the four suspects already convicted in the case."
 

UK: Licenses of airguns branded too costly
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Proposals to introduce a formal licensing scheme for the control of air weapons are set to be turned down."

"Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, Paddy Tomkins, said the scheme should not be implemented as the cost of introducing and maintaining a licensing system for air weapons would be high."

"He said the cost of enquiry and administration into firearm and shotgun certificates for 11,500 certificate holders in the Lothian and Borders area is estimated at over £750,000 per annum."
 

OH: Concealed weapons bill introduced again in House
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"The debate over whether Ohioans should be allowed to carry hidden guns began again Tuesday when a lawmaker revived a bill that had died at the end of last session after two years of work."

"Rep. Jim Aslanides, a Republican from Coshocton, introduced the measure, along with 55 bipartisan co-sponsors, that would allow citizens who meet certain requirements to carry concealed weapons. The House and Senate passed such bills last year but the legislation died before the differences between the versions were ironed out."
 

A Message to the Citizens of Iraq
Submitted by: SaveOurGuns.com
Website: http://www.SaveOurGuns.com

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FL: FAA Investigating Tampa Police For Stunt At Bucs' Rally
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether Tampa police violated federal regulations when it failed to obtain clearance from the agency before staging a rappelling stunt over Raymond James Stadium during a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan rally." ...

"Two Tampa police officers rappelled to the ground from a police helicopter hovering over a crowd of about 65,000 fans who were waiting for the football team's arrival."
 

NJ: State trooper says a drunk has a constitutional right to his keys
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A state trooper told jurors that he had to honor a drunk driver's constitutional rights by giving back his car keys and releasing him to his best friend, who now stands trial for the fatal accident the drunk driver caused."

"Trooper Robert Gates finished his second day of testimony Monday in the retrial of Kenneth Powell." ...

"Powell, who has been charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, drove Pangle back to the intoxicated man's car."
 

State of the Union speech laid out agenda of 'global welfare and global warfare,' Libertarians say
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The presidential wish list included $400 billion for prescription drug coverage for seniors; $600 million to remedy drug addiction; $6 billion for vaccines against bioterror attacks; $1.2 billion to fund government research into hydrogen-powered cars; $450 million to mentor children; and millions to hire more 'citizen volunteers' for the USA Freedom Corps and to continue Bush’s 'faith-based initiative' to funnel tax money to churches and charities."

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Those of you who were hoping for smaller government and less spending after voting Republicans into power can stop holding your breath.
 

Armed Pilot Plan Still Under Questions
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The recent arrest of a Northwest Airlines pilot found with a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage raises the question of how airport security workers can identify those pilots authorized by the government to have a gun."

"Congress gave the Transportation Security Administration until Feb. 25 to ...come up with rules by then that govern when and where those pilots may carry weapons."
 

WY: Bill reinstates felons' right to vote
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"Convicted felons could have their voting rights restored under a bill that was recommended by a committee Wednesday." ...

"The committee [also] laid a bill back that would establish a mechanism to restore firearm rights to those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses. The committee asked the sponsor, Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, to rework the bill and bring it back to the committee Friday."
 

NY: Ithaca Officials to Denounce PATRIOT Act
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"As President Bush delivered his State of the Union Address last night, some local officials began preparations to demonstrate their discontent. Tomorrow, a Resolution to Defend the Civil Rights and Liberties of the People of Ithaca is anticipated to denounce the PATRIOT Act of 2001. This will be on the agenda of the Common Council meeting."
 

FL: Former Miami cop feared for safety if truthful about shootings
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"A former Miami police officer testified Wednesday that he failed to tell investigators that two tourist robbery suspects were unarmed seconds before they were killed by police because he feared for his own safety."

"Federal prosecutors say two guns were planted near the victims in the Nov. 7, 1995 shooting near downtown Miami, as well as at three later police shootings."
 

MD: Ehrlich Pushes 'Project Exile'; Baltimore Lawmakers Rebuke It
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"During his first State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Bob Ehrlich urged lawmakers to adopt a program that sends serious gun cases to federal court." ...

"But a new study by the Cato Institute ...finds Project Exile is unconstitutional, wreaks havoc on federal courts and should not be given exclusive credit in cutting violent crime in cities that have adopted it, Collins reported."
 

VA: U.S. agents, New York police trace guns to Virginia buyers
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"On May 3, 2001, a young woman walked into Winfree's Firearms in Grafton, filled out a form, handed a clerk about $100 and walked out with a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol."

"She then gave the gun to her friend, a convicted felon from Hampton who was ineligible to buy one himself, according to court records."

"Two days later, records show, he sold the gun to an undercover New York City police officer in a violent section of the Bronx controlled by the Bloods street gang."

"It was about that time when police and federal agents began what would turn into a two-year investigation into illegal gun trafficking between Virginia and New York."
 

CT: Guns and More
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"You just don't come in to buy and gun and take it with you, unless you have a permit. You have to get an application at the local police department, take a handgun safety course, get fingerprinted and have an FBI check."

"If everything comes back without a problem, then that town will issue a temporary permit. That is a 60-day handgun permit that allows the person to go to State Police, either in Bridgeport or Middletown, to get a state handgun permit."

"The state permit is good for five years. The holder must renew it and have a new photo taken at renewal time."

"Shooters can buy a long gun - rifle or shotgun without a permit, but that person must wait 15 days for a background check before leaving the store with a gun."

"After all paper work is filled out, the gun store owner calls the State Police Weapons Unit with information on the purchaser, and the officer in the unit checks the FBI database."

"If the applicant clears the unit, authorization is given, with a permit number assigned."

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How many bureaucratic hoops must one jump through just to purchase a tool of self-defense?
 

HI: Female traveler caught with gun
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"An affidavit filed in federal court Monday accused Princess Samonte of trying to carry a loaded .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol aboard United Flight 64." ...

"Samonte told FBI agents that she traveled with the same weapon from Honolulu to San Antonio earlier in the month without being stopped at a security checkpoint, the affidavit said. She also told agents that she did not know it was illegal for anyone to carry a concealed weapon through an airport checkpoint without a permit."
 

Ashcroft ATF
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Now that John Ashcroft's Justice Department has taken over the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, backers of gun control worry he might chip away at enforcement rules." ...

"The National Rifle Association once hailed Ashcroft as 'a breath of fresh air' in the capital. But Justice Department officials say his focus is on prosecuting criminals, not weakening gun laws."
 

NC: When the abused fight back, I have to cheer
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Of the 67 homicides last year in Mecklenburg County, 11 involved domestic violence. Of those, at least seven women filed charges and got protection orders. Those efforts didn't save their lives."

"April Dixon is alive. She's a domestic violence statistic, but fortunately she's not a fatality."
 

Lott Accused of Faulty Research in Gun Book
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"John R. Lott Jr., author of the 1998 book, 'More Guns, Less Crime,' is being challenged on whether he actually conducted a survey cited in his book, the Washington Times reported Jan. 23."

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Too bad JoinTogether is so bent on discrediting Lott that they've forgotten to mention Lott has already answered the allegations to his critics' satisfaction, including Lambert's.
 

IL: Man arrested at Midway after stun gun found in his carry-on bag
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"A Chicago man is in federal custody after he was caught trying to board a plane at Midway Airport with a stun gun in his carry-on bag."

"Forty-six-year-old Vincent Todd is charged with attempting to take a weapon onto an aircraft. The FBI says that's a felony and carries a possible penalty of ten years in prison." ...

"The FBI says Todd told them he carries the stun gun for protection and didn't remember that it was in his bag."
 

UK: Family terrorized in armed cash raid
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"Masked raiders armed with a gun and knife burst into a Tipton family's home and subjected them to a terrifying robbery of cash and jewelry."

"Dawn Roberts opened the door of her semi-detached house in Lovatt Close at 8.20pm yesterday to see an Asian woman standing in the doorway with an umbrella up."

"Seconds later two men wearing balaclavas burst in threatening Mrs. Roberts, her husband Mark and their two daughters with the weapons, demanding cash and jewelry."
 

Australia: Wife sees man force-fed acid
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"At 7.30am, on Friday December 13, Mr Li was preparing to go to work at an accountant's firm in the city when his wife answered the door bell to find two men dressed as couriers asking for her husband."

"The pair then forced the couple to the ground at gun point and began to assault and abuse Mr. Li. Chau Ma then watched in terror as the men poured acid into her husband's mouth, blinding him in one eye."

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Stringent gun control is obviously not a deterrent to horrible crimes in Australia. Maybe they should try some hydrochloric acid control.
 

CA: Gun control does not mean total gun confiscation
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"There are some who continue to insist that the Second Amendment guarantees unmodifiable weapon-ownership rights, but common sense tells us that, just as child pornography and libelous speech can be restricted without violating the First Amendment, reasonable gun control involves no infraction of the Second."

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Only one problem with this disingenuous example: Merely OWNING a gun doesn't violate the rights of others in any way, regardless of what type of weapon you own. The same cannot be said of libel or child porn.
 

Afghanistan: South Korean Army Major Kills Another Officer
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"Major Lee Kyu-sang, 37, fired at Captain Kim Hyo-sung, 33, in their barracks near Bagram Air Base north of the capital, Kabul, Tuesday when the captain refused an order to speak quietly on the telephone while Lee was discussing the leasing of construction equipment with some Afghans, the spokesman said."

" 'It looks as if the major didn't know his gun was loaded and shot the captain by mistake,' he said."
 

Netherlands: Dutch court hostage-taker 'killed'
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"Dutch police stormed a court in the southern town of Arnhem and shot dead an Albanian-born gunman Wednesday after he took a public prosecutor hostage."

"The 20-year-old man, a suspect in a bank raid case, smuggled a handgun into the court and then forced a policeman to hand over his gun, police spokesman Jos Rouwen told Reuters."

"Police stormed the court after the man fired shots, Rouwen said. 'The hostage-taker was killed,' he said."
 

Canada: Gun-wielding man has robbed 7 stores in 2 weeks, police say
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"Waterloo regional police are on the hunt for an armed robber who has terrorized at least seven area store clerks by pointing a handgun in their faces and taking off with small amounts of cash."

"In the past two weeks, police suspect the same man has struck seven businesses in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, all at night. On Monday night, the man hit three Kitchener businesses within 40 minutes."
 

UK: Man murdered in stab frenzy
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"A 60-year-old man was stabbed to death today in a knife horror that left another man seriously injured with multiple wounds."

"Police said a second man, believed to be a teenager, suffered knife wounds to the chest."

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Judging by the "stellar" job gun control has done to reduce gun crime, is knife control next on the agenda in the UK?
 

UK: Valentine's card burglar sues police
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A convicted burglar has been given legal aid to sue the police for sending him a Valentine's card last year. Gary Williams, who has a 12-year criminal record, was one of 10 known burglars and car criminals who received cards from Brighton police."

"But when he opened the card, his girlfriend thought it must be from another woman. She was so cross that, before he could explain, she hurled an ashtray at him, and it went whistling past his head."
 

OH: West Toledo gun owner charged after search
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Jackman Road man was arrested and later released after his residence was searched for weapons by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms."

"Lewis D. Kirk, 46, of 5303 Jackman, was charged with obstructing official business and not having a handgun owner’s identification card, both misdemeanors. He was later released on bond."

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Reminds one of the nazis. "The Jew was charged with not wearing the Star of David to identify him as a Jew."
 

Germany: Safety chiefs target German craze for 'bazooka' spud guns
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"German youths have taken up a dangerous new pastime: firing potatoes as fast as a rocket from 'bazookas' made from drainage pipes."

"One man almost lost an eye, a woman had her leg broken and one teenager was badly burnt when the hairspray used as the propellant exploded in his face as he prepared to fire."
 

NY: Missing NYC boys' frantic 911 call got no response
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Authorities criticized a 911 supervisor for failing to alert the rescue squad after a frantic cell phone call from four teens on a sinking rowboat. The last words from the caller: 'We're gonna die.' "

"Police released a transcript Tuesday of the brief, harrowing 911 call made as the boat sank in the frigid waters off City Island last Friday night."

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Yet another reason to depend on the government for your safety. Call 911 and die.
 

OH: Ohio House Introduces HB12 - Concealed Carry Licensure
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"The debate over whether Ohioans should be allowed to carry hidden guns began again Tuesday when a lawmaker revived a bill that had died at the end of last session after two years of work."

"Rep. Jim Aslanides, a Republican from Coshocton, introduced the measure, along with 55 bipartisan co-sponsors, that would allow citizens who meet certain requirements to carry concealed weapons. The House and Senate passed such bills last year but the legislation died before the differences between the versions were ironed out."
 

OH: Will the Republican-led Senate again be the stumbling block to CCW Reform?
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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" 'When (Senate President Doug) White, the speaker and the governor unveiled their top priorities for the session, all the leaders agreed conceal-carry wasn't on top of the agenda. They were laser-focused on the budget crisis,' she said."

"Let's hope newly-appointed Senate President White doesn't go the way of his predecessor, Dick Finan, by succumbing to political pressures from Gov. Taft. And let's hope he doesn't take the lead from a recent Cincinnati Post editorial, by putting money ahead of safety."
 

CA: Calif attorney general says firearm 'fingerprinting' premature
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The technology doesn't yet exist to enable California to track the ballistic 'fingerprints' of every firearm made and sold in the state, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Wednesday in a report based on studies at the center of the national gun control debate." ...

"A universal ballistics database would help solve crimes, but 'further refinement and maturing of the technology will need to occur before this capability is realized for the size of the system needed in California,'..."

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A fingerprint is unalterable, but a ballistic signature changes. Calling this a "fingerprint" is a lie.

Additionally the claim that such a database would help solve crimes has never yet been substantiated.
 

Canada: Gun registry fiasco faces probe
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"Officials who were in charge of Canada's firearms registry will be called to appear before the parliamentary public accounts committee, the House of Commons was told Wednesday."

"Committee chair John Williams, an Alliance MP, confirmed during Question Period that the committee would begin hearing from witnesses Feb. 24 to examine what went wrong with the federal gun registry."
 

OH: Cab Driver Recognizes Man With Gun At Airport
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"Police arrested a man at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Wednesday morning for allegedly walking into the airport with a semi-automatic gun and dozens of bullets in a backpack." ...

"...Robert Igoe had a .40-caliber baretta [sic] and about 100 rounds of ammunition. He also had several articles about mass murder, according to officials."
 

OH: Tale of Two Cities: Dayton Man Abducted; Burlington Man Spared
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
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"Dr. Major K. Lee III, 61, said he was closing his office at 6000 Sycamore Woods Blvd. when three men approached him. After a scuffle, one assailant forced him at gunpoint into his two-seater car."

"Meanwhile, in a state that allows its law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun for self-defense, a much less unpleasant outcome resulted when this business owner was interrupted when closing his store." ...
 

OH: Tale of Two Cities: Thieves in Youngstown? Get a dog; In Charleston? Get a gun!
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
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"Youngstown Police have been diligently working to solve a rash of burglaries in the Brownlee Woods and Buckeye Circle areas of the city, police officials assured members of a local block watch." ...

"Block watch members said an active block watch is an important defense against future burglaries. 'Having neighbors looking out for each other is the best defense,' said Allison Mallow, who also advocates dog ownership and home security alarm systems."

"Meanwhile, in a state that allows its law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense, a shockingly different plan of theft deterrence is suggested by a nationally recognized police chief:" ...

"He said one particular downtown business in a high-crime area hasn't been held up in 20 years because the owner and employees, including the guy mopping the floor, are armed."
 

UK: Give the pig a toy
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"London - British farmers have 90 days to put a toy in every pigsty or face a £1 000 fine or three months in jail." ...

"The Times says the ruling becomes law in Britain next week."

"Official instructions to farmers are to give pigs 'environmental enrichment' by providing 'manipulable material', which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs defined as balls."

"A spokesperson said: 'We mean footballs and basketballs. Farmers may also need to change the balls so the pigs don't get tired with the same one.' "
 

Germany: police can't find stolen elephant
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Local police spokesman Marcus Benedix [said] 'It's hard to hide an elephant.' "

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These are the people the poor, disarmed German citizens are supposed to rely on to protect and defend them.
 

NRA using tort reform to fight gun control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pushing its own version of tort reform in the form of a bill that would protect gun dealers and manufacturers from civil liability suits when a weapon they sell is used to commit a crime."

"Last year, 47 senators and 232 House members signed on as cosponsors of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which NRA lobbyists say is their top priority on Capitol Hill this year. The legislation never went to the full House..."
 

NJ: A ban by any other name
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"In December 2002, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey signed bill S. 573/890, a ban on the retail sale of currently existing models of handguns." ...

"...the availability of one model of 'personalized handgun' for sale, anywhere in the United States, sets in motion a ban on the retail sale of any of the thousands of handgun models that are currently legal. (There are some exceptions for antiques and competition models.)"
 

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