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Mexican criminals turning to U.S. for easy gun purchases
Submitted by: News Director

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"In mid-November, Mexican police Officer Alan Rodriguez caught a pair of armed bandits who had just assaulted a group of immigrants."

"The assault took place in Sasabe, in Sonora, but the .38- and .22-caliber guns, as with most weapons used by border bandits, came from the United States. The two said they'd purchased them in Tucson."

"Guns are largely illegal in Mexico and difficult for private citizens to attain. The application process can take years and includes an examination of a person's 'moral character' and proven need for a gun."

"So criminals turn largely to the United States with its more liberal gun laws."
 

John Lott: A girl's guide to guns
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"It turns out that pepper spray may not do you a lot of good when it is raining or snowing. A woman is just as likely to disable herself as the attacker when it's windy or when using the spray indoors."

"Knives and baseball bats are particularly problematic, because women have to get very close to their attackers to use them, and male criminals — that is, most criminals — tend to be much stronger physically than their female victims. When it comes to physical contact, women generally lose those fights."

"The advantage of a gun is that it is ideal for keeping the criminal far away from the victim. ..."
 

You'll be freer and richer in the Bill of Rights culture
Submitted by: News Director

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"Today matters are very different – and getting worse. We're surrounded by police-state 'security' measures that do little to make us safe but a lot to make us feel humiliated, bullied, and spied upon."

"Our neighbors, utility workers, bank tellers, and store clerks are encouraged to report anything we do that might be 'suspicious' (and 'suspicious activities' can include things as innocent as buying 'too many' coffee filters, batteries, or cans of lye for opening drains or making soap)."

"Virtually all our freedoms are being curtailed – from the right to travel or speak freely to the right to have our homes secure against violent invasion by military-style police."
 

Nicki Fellenzer: There is nothing perplexing about the Second Amendment (Blog)
Submitted by: News Director

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"What did the Founding Fathers mean by the words 'well regulated?' Well -- they certainly did NOT mean 'controlled by the government.' According to the Random House College Dictionary, there are four definitions of the phrase, which were also in use during colonial times.

1) To control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.
2) To adjust to some standard or requirement as for amount, degree, etc.
3) To adjust so as to ensure accuracy of operation.
4) To put in good order."

"How do we know what the phrase means in the context of the Second Amendment? I think Alexander Hamilton provides a pretty good clue in Federalist 29..."
 

FL: Judge mulls teacher gun incident today
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"Michael Ellison begins his fight to keep his job today."

"Philip Lawhorn, is potentially facing a similar battle."

"Both are high school teachers. Both left a gun or rifle in their trucks that was found by a student on school property."
 

IL: Teen accused of bringing gun to school is expelled
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"Plainfield Community School District 202 has expelled a 15-year-old male student who was arrested last month after he was accused of bringing a loaded gun to Plainfield Central High School." ...

"The student, a sophomore at the high school, was found to have a gun in his possession Dec. 7 while he was being interviewed and searched by a school official on an unrelated disciplinary matter, the school said."

"The youth, who police said did not threaten anyone with the weapon, was charged at the time of his arrest with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon with aggravated circumstances, police said."
 

IN: Two charged for taking guns near schools
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"Two 18-year-old Fort Wayne men face felony weapons charges after taking handguns on and near the campuses of Snider and South Side high schools, respectively, in separate incidents this week."

"Wednesday morning, Fort Wayne Police found a loaded .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun belonging to LaMonte White, a Wayne High School student, in a car parked in Snider’s student lot, according to a police report. ..."

"Tuesday afternoon, Fort Wayne Police found Demanuel Tompkins with an unloaded 9-mm handgun across the street from South Side, according to a police report. ..."
 

OH: Student arrested with loaded gun at Reynoldsburg HS
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"A 15-year-old Reynoldsburg High School student was arrested today after he brought a loaded handgun to school, Reynoldsburg police said.
Officials did not release the name of the student."

"Another student saw the teen with a gun during lunch and reported it to a teacher and the school resource officer, who then arrested the student, said Assistant Superintendent Steve Dackin."
 

AR: Huckabee supports 'castle doctrine' law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that he would support legislation in Arkansas for a law like one passed in Florida last year to protect citizens who use deadly force in self-defense against criminal prosecution and civil liability."

"Huckabee told a caller to his monthly radio show that he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and believes 'there is an absolute right that people have to protect themselves and even their property.'"

"Huckabee spokesman Jim Harris said the governor has had a concealed carry permit for more than three years but that the governor preferred not do discuss whether he actually carries a gun."
 

CA: Gun applications show worry about public
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"Riverside's city manager and two City Council members said they need the discretion to carry concealed weapons because their political offices or other jobs put them in jeopardy."

"City Manager Brad Hudson said in his application, recently released by the city, that he needs the concealed-weapon permit because of 'city council meetings -- threats directly and indirectly. Subjects make their way up to the 7th floor who are irate.' Hudson and other top city officials have their offices on the seventh floor of City Hall."
 

GA: Deputy accidentally shoots wife
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"A Decatur County Sheriff’s deputy’s wife who was apparently shot by accident Friday night is currently being treated at Bainbridge Memorial Hospital, spokesmen at the Sheriff’s Office said."

"Vicki Bowyer, the wife of Capt. Gale Bowyer of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, was shot in the stomach by a bullet fired out of her husband’s personal handgun when it apparently malfunctioned while he was in the process of loading it, said Major Wendell Cofer of the Sheriff’s Office." ...

"...The handgun fired off seven bullets, one of which struck Mrs. Bowyer in the lower right abdomen, Cofer said."

 

MA: New ‘gun court’ to hear firearms cases only
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"Gun cases will now be prosecuted in a court session dedicated exclusively to firearms prosecutions after Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley hammered out a deal with the Boston Municipal Court Chief justice, several sources told the Herald."

"Conley is slated to meet with Chief Justice Charles Johnson this morning to solidify the plans for the gun court, which would provide a judge that deals only with cases involving firearms violence, the sources said."
 

UK: 'Prison is the weapon to combat armed crime'
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"WEST Mercia Police have welcomed the decision by Birmingham Crown Court to jail two armed robbers who carried out an attack on Blackwell Post Office 15 months ago." ...

“We welcome today’s sentencing and we hope it helps provide reassurance to the citizen’s of West Mercia that we do take these incidents very seriously and investigate them thoroughly.”
 

Blame the criminals for gun crimes (Letter)
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"The most positive thing resulting from the passage of the so-called 'gun liability' bill in the U.S. House and Senate is that as soon as the president signs it into law, all pending lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers by victims of gun crimes are history. About 50 red state Democrats joined the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in putting the responsibility for gun crimes where it belongs — with the criminals."

"If John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Mark Dayton would have prevailed in the Senate, legitimate well-regulated American gun manufacturers and dealers, plus thousands of employees would eventually be on unemployment. ..."
 

Canada: McGuinty announces plan to deal with gun crime
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"An Ontario government initiative to tackle gun violence will immediately put $5 million in the hands of Toronto police fighting guns and gangs, put new officers on the streets and bolster courts to prosecute criminals who use guns."
 

OH: Winds of change for gun owners in Toledo?
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"House Bill 347 has been added to the House Committee on Criminal Justice's agenda for proponent testimony on January 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Statehouse Hearing Room 121."

"The purpose for Tuesday's hearing is so that the committee may hear testimony on HB347 from supporters of the legislation. Buckeye Firearms Association will be on hand to offer testimony in favor of this endorsed bill."

"Filling hearing rooms as this legislation moves forward will make a serious statement of support. Your presence at this meeting is beneficial to the cause. Please consider making the trip to Columbus to be a visible show of support for HB347 and its sponsor, Rep. Aslanides."
 

NY: Alfano on new gun law: It's a start
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"As the results of a vote on new anti-crime legislation aimed at illegal gun sales and criminals who kill police officers was announced in a state assembly special session in Albany on Dec. 21, Assemblyman Tom Alfano (R-Elmont) was on the phone with Elmont resident Leslyn Stewart, conveying the news."

"After the Crimes Against Police Act was approved, 133-2, Alfano told her that once it passed the Senate and Governor George Pataki signed it into law later in the day, it would be called 'Dillon's Law.' Her husband, Dillon, an NYPD cop, was shot and killed in November by a man accused of shooting an off-duty police officer weeks earlier. The new law intensifies penalties for those convicted of injuring or killing police officers and increases the penalties for illegal gun trafficking."
 

Canada: Mom catches son with...AK-47
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"A Toronto woman is being praised by police Thursday for turning in her son, after finding a fully loaded AK-47 machine-gun sitting atop his bedroom pillow, along with an additional magazine full of bullets."

"Toronto police Chief Bill Blair says it was a difficult choice, but adds it was the right thing to do, and that the woman set a standard for others to follow."

"The woman says she has no regrets about turning over her son, adding she's showing him some 'tough love.'"

"'Otherwise you are harbouring a criminal,' she said. 'And your child will never get the help he needs.'"
 

IL: Mayor takes another shot at gun-control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Arguing that the political tide has turned against the National Rifle Association, Mayor Daley on Wednesday unveiled yet another package of gun-control legislation that looks a lot like the old one."

"Once again, the mayor wants to ban assault weapons, mandate trigger locks, license gun dealers and limit handgun purchases to one-a-month, per-person."

"The only new wrinkle is the mayor's offer to include a 10-year 'sunset provision' to make the one-gun-a-month limit, as he put it, 'even more palatable.'"
 

MA: Proposed article targets firearms
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The National Rifle Association has long championed phrases like, 'Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.'"

"For a group of concerned residents in Boxborough, however, that same idea is focused more on prevention: before people with guns kill people, people should ban guns."

"Suzanne Schmitt, a 17-year Boxborough resident, has drafted and gathered names on a petition to prohibit the discharge of firearms outright. By pounding the pavement and enlisting help, Schmitt convinced 109 Boxborough residents to sign on the line -- 89 more than are needed for a resident-driven article at the annual Town Meeting in May."
 

OH: HB347: House PROPONENT hearing scheduled January 10
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Two pieces of news from Toledo have some gun owners wondering if fairer weather could be on the horizon."

"First, the Toledo Blade is reporting that Toledo City Council elected Republican Rob Ludeman was elected city council president." ...

"A second news item is also giving hope to Toledoans who are concerned about self-defense matters - (anti-self-defense) Mike Navarre is no longer that city's police chief."
 

Canada: In light of gun crime, pistol ban is worth trying
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"Paul Martin is accused of promising to ban handguns as an inept election gimmick but I don't think that's entirely true. Guns, long and short, have killed more than 1,200 Canadians each year for the past 10 years: 815 Canadians committed suicide, 156 were killed with firearms in homicides in 1997, the last year for which figures are available and 45 died in accidents."

"That is considerable mayhem for a peaceful country and the death toll is rising. The economic cost of gun death and injury in Canada has been estimated at $6 billion per year."

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Some people never learn. While he quotes statistics about the costs of gun crime, he ignores statistics that point to abject failure of Britain's gun ban.
 

NM: Gun-collecting holds childhood memories
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"In a lifetime, hobbies come and go."

"Sometimes men simply grow out of hobbies such as collecting baseball cards, reading comic books or seeking autographs."

"But Ron Tiller of Anthony, N.M., found a hobby that he has carried through to adulthood."
 

GA: Felon Gun Program Expanding
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"The US Attorney's Office announced today it will be expanding Project Ceasefire coverage in Chatham County. Project Ceasefire is an initiative begun in Savannah by the US Attorney's office in 2000 to reduce gun violence."

"The office says in 2005, they had one of the busiest years in the program's history and indicted the highest number of cases ever. But they also say the project is working in prosecuting gun crime and decreasing violent crime."
 

Canada: Anti-gun emotion won't sway judges
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"Ontario judges won't be influenced by public outrage at crimes such as Jane Creba's murder, the province's top justices said yesterday."

"At the ceremonial opening of the provincial court for 2006, Chief Justice Roy McMurtry, flanked by Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith and Ontario Court Chief Justice Brian Lennox, said emotion won't factor into decisions made by provincial judges -- only a passionless consideration of the law will."
 

NV: Open Letter to all Nevada Federal Firearms Licensees
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"The purpose of this letter is to advise you of an important change to the procedure you may follow beginning January 5, 2006. On this day, Nevada’s Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit will again qualify as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. Accordingly, the October 17, 2005 Open Letter to Nevada Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) is superseded."

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