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OR: Oregon Capitol Inn guard fatally shoots man
Submitted by: EBUCK

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"ProStar Security Inc. guard Douglas D. Roybal shot the man in the motel's lobby when the man attempted to draw a 9-mm handgun, said Lt. Bill Kohlmeyer of the Salem Police Department." ...

"About 98 percent of the company's employees are security guards, and about 15 percent of those guards carry guns, McCarty said."

" 'The demand for armed security is a lot less than for unarmed security,' McCarty said."
 

British editorial slams gun control
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"An editorial in a leading British newspaper criticizes that nation's gun-control laws, pointing out that 'total' bans on some weapons only help criminals while punishing law-abiding citizens."
 

UK: Warning on replica guns
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://keepandbeararms.com/Nicki

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"Imitation guns are responsible for most callouts involving armed police teams in Norfolk, force firearms experts said last night."

"Airguns and terrifyingly realistic replicas, which are readily available over shop counters, can be converted into real firearms and used in serious crime."

"Firearms officers say they represent a major and growing problem and want to see people banned from carrying them in a public place." ...
 

UK: Toy gun terror for bar staff
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"Norwich Crown Court heard that Aspin, 34, despite being banned, went into the Perseverance pub at Adelaide Street on June 22 last year. When staff refused to serve him he pulled out a toy gun from his pocket."

"He then went to the nearby Bread and Cheese where he again produced the gun, causing a woman serving behind the bar to feel 'quite frightened'."
 

Canada: $100K consultant to trim gun registry
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://keepandbeararms.com/Nicki

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"The federal government is going to spend more money on the national firearms registry — to find ways of making it run for less." ...
 

Australia: 'They're wearing guns like jewelry'
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"His attacker, brazenly refusing to wear a mask or disguise, is among the hard core of illegal gun-owning criminals subjecting Sydney to robberies using a firearm."

"The boldness of the attack has prompted senior police to warn that handguns now are carried 'like jewelry' by criminals."
 

OH: Ohio General Assembly ready to tackle...handguns in new session
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"The Ohio General Assembly convenes its 125th session today amid the promise of new and energetic leadership but beneath a dark financial cloud that signals perhaps the most tumultuous session in 20 years."

"Aside from writing a $48 billion-plus budget, lawmakers will be confronted with legislation to refine and upgrade school funding and accountability, reform taxes and create jobs. Among the leftovers back for another look will be the right to carry concealed handguns." [emphasis added]
 

Canada: Toronto court for gun cases urged
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Attorney-General David Young is calling for a special Toronto court to deal with nothing but gun-related cases where prosecutors would go for maximum sentences in an effort to curb gun violence."

"Young said he has been sickened by the recent rash of killing in the Greater Toronto Area including Friday's accidental shooting in Mississauga when a 7-year-old girl shot her 6-year-old brother with an unregistered semi-automatic .45-calibre handgun allegedly owned by her 22-year-old brother."
 

Canada: Chief fails to mollify youth
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Chandelle Dickenson and her friends don't trust the police. But they had come to listen."

"They were among the few young people in a crowd of more than 200 from the Jane St.-Finch Ave. W. neighborhood who attended a town hall meeting with Julian Fantino on the subject of crime, the second in a planned series that will take Toronto's police chief into communities across the city."
 

Canada: Cauchon fires back
Submitted by: P. Jones

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" 'Let me be clear. The Government of Canada believes in an effective gun-control program. Contrary to what you might hear from the opponents, our firearms program means real benefits for Canadians.' "

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Translation: Let me be clear. The Government of Canada believes in the effectiveness of gun control, regardless of historical precedent proving it doesn't work. Contrary to what you might hear from opponents, our firearms program means real benefits for bureaucrats who otherwise wouldn't have jobs and wouldn't be able to infringe on the human rights of law-abiding Canadians while sucking up their tax money."
 

KY: Woman Accused Of Taking Handgun To Airport
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A Brooksville, Kentucky, woman faces charges after police at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport said a handgun was discovered in her purse."

"Donna Parker was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with carrying a concealed weapon into the airport."

Parker has a permit to carry the gun and told police she forgot the .38 caliber handgun was in her purse." ...
 

AR: Man Held After Gun Found At LR Airport
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A man was detained Wednesday morning at Little Rock's airport after a loaded handgun was found in his checked baggage. That's according to Jerry Henderson, the federal Transportation Security Administration director for Arkansas."

"Henderson says the .40-caliber gun had a round in the chamber, was not in a hard case, and posed a danger to staff and passengers had it discharged." ...
 

Australia: Berettas beat the ban
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Two thousand Beretta handguns have been imported into Australia for sale – including several Beretta models soon to be outlawed."

"Beretta Australia imported 2000 of the Italian-made handguns into Melbourne last week, including several models to be on the nationally banned list as of June 30 – including the models 8000 Cougar, 87 Cheetah and 81 .32 calibre." ...
 

UK: Hunt for car-jack thug
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Pc David Abram stopped a black VW Golf in Bradford Street, which had been reported stolen, at 12.15 pm yesterday to speak to the driver."

"The motorist got out and punched and kicked the officer to the ground before running down Bradford Street and stopping a green Ford Puma which was driving along the street."

"He threatened the 63-year-old driver and pulled her from the car before driving off." ...
 

Canada: Guns, stupidity don't mix
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"George Wagner, spokesman for Shooter's Choice in Waterloo ...said responsible gun owners do not keep loaded firearms in their homes and do not store them in an unsafe manner."

"In fact, to purchase a handgun from his store, citizens must take a restricted firearm course, pass a test, apply for a possession and acquisition license and become a member of a gun club."

"The process can take up to four months and cost more than $300, not including the purchase of the gun." ...

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That's what's called being a gun rights advocate in Canada?
 

NJ: Mother thwarts robbery at florist shop
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A masked man rushed up as the boy strolled through the door, grabbed him from behind and demanded cash, saying that if his demands were met, 'No one will get hurt.' "

"The crime didn't go quite as planned."

"As the scissors-wielding Kowalik chased the man out of the shop, she noticed that the gun might have been a toy, she later told police." ...

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Maybe if this firebrand had been armed with more than just a pair of scissors, she would have been able to put the scumbag who threatened her child out of commission for good.
 

UK: Raider gets nine years
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"An armed raider who held up a building society branch then robbed his former colleagues has been jailed for nine years." ...
 

Canada: Suspend gun registry
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The federal government can’t keep obstinately denying the obvious — the gun registry is in such disarray on so many levels that it must be suspended immediately."

"There are now five provinces that have called for suspension, Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. How many more jurisdictions have to add their objections before Ottawa sees the light?" ...
 

Canada: A gang that couldn't shoot straight
Submitted by: Sean Flynn

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The political economy of the Canadian gun registration system, as seen from the inside.

"The Liberals' gun registry program was pointed at Kim Campbell, not crime. That's why it shot itself in the foot, says former justice adviser John Dixon."
 

TX: Recent incidents can teach police a lot
Submitted by: serinde
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"Police officers do make mistakes. Sometimes grave ones." ...

"My hope is that rather than make excuses or rationalize, these police departments will use these two incidents to help better define policies and procedures in dealing with some of these difficult circumstances."

"Police don't like to admit mistakes."

"But in both of these tragic cases, if police had it do all over again, I'm certain they would do things differently."
 

TX: Police Taser policies, usage vary
Submitted by: serinde
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"The ability to instantaneously stop combative individuals from harming themselves and others has led law enforcement agencies across North Texas to turn to Tasers as an alternative to lethal force. Yet despite their popularity, some departments have opted against them, most often citing the cost -- about $400 each, plus cartridges and software." ...

"Departments that have decided against using Tasers often cite the price or the availability of other less lethal weapons such as pepper spray. Nationwide, some cities have raised concerns that Tasers may be misused."
 

Gun maker Smith & Wesson names new chairman, CEO
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Bob Scott has been promoted from president of gunmaker Smith & Wesson Corp. to chairman of the company."

"Roy Cuny, who had been vice president of operations, has been promoted to president and CEO, the company said Wednesday."

"Scott will lead the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company's public relations efforts, focus on new market strategies and spearhead aggressive new business development initiatives, Smith & Wesson said in a release."
 

NY: City Councilors Meet Over Airport Gun Incident
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Trindle claims he forgot he put the unregistered handgun and two ammunition clips in his carry on luggage."

"But Syracuse Common Councilors are investigating why police only issued him an appearance ticket and allowed him to fly out on a another flight later the same day." ...

" 'Why an accused felon was issued an appearance ticket and allowed to leave...as opposed to being taken into custody?' [Councilor Bill Simmons] says." ...
 

UK: Britain to Ban Carrying of Mock Firearms
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Britain will outlaw the carrying of air guns and mock firearms in public as part of efforts to stem rising gun crime, the government said Wednesday."

" 'Replica guns are often used in crime and cause real difficulties for police officers who have to decide--often in highly pressured situations--if they are real or not,' said Home Office Minister Bob Ainsworth."
 

FL: Woman stabbed to death as 8-year-old son tries to protect her
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"An 8-year-old boy tried to fight off his enraged father in order to protect his mother Wednesday morning, but his father stabbed her to death outside her West Kendall home and fled, police said."

"Police are looking for Armando Llanes, 39, who they say killed his estranged wife, Maria Llanes, 49..."

"Maria Llanes, who lived in one of four efficiencies inside the one-story, corner house, had a restraining order against her husband. They had been estranged for years."

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Here's yet another tragic case which highlights the fact that a restraining order won't protect you against an insistent criminal set on harming you.
 

IL: Ex-Cop To Plead Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of Homeless Man
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Former Chicago police officer Gregory Becker was expected to plead guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the 1995 shooting death of a StreetWise vendor."

"Roughly a dozen StreetWise vendors, led by StreetWise Executive Director Anthony Oliver, congregated on the front steps of the Criminal Courts Building, 2650 S. California Ave., carrying signs to protest the possibility Becker would walk out of court a free man."
 

UK: Jamaicans say visa decision 'racist'
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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" 'A lot of people involved in gun crime and drugs are British born black people and I also think the real criminals will simply forge their visas.' "

" 'The visa is not going to keep criminals out, what it will do is upset thousands of ordinary Jamaicans who come to this country on business, on holiday or to visit friends and family.' "

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Why is it that the Brits understand that criminals will always find a way to circumvent strict visa laws, but still insist more laws will stop criminals from obtaining firearms?
 

WI: It's a well-known rule: Don't bring a gun to school, ever
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"But 61-year-old Ed Brunette of Seymour brings guns to school twice a week for five weeks in the spring and fall to show his students safe ways to handle a weapon. For 28 years Brunette has been teaching a free hunter education course at Pulaski Middle School to students 11 years old and older." ...

"Brunette is an experienced hunter, gun handler and instructor. ...His wife, Mary, has been teaching for 23 years. Between the two, they've taught 3,000 to 4,000 people."
 

Government Openness at Issue as Bush Holds Onto Records
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The new Ashcroft directive on Freedom of Information requests has also begun to be felt." ...

"Delays are one clear reality. The General Accounting Office reported last fall that 'while the number of requests received appears to be leveling off, backlogs of pending requests government-wide are growing, indicating that agencies are falling behind in processing requests.' "
 

TX: Witnesses say police shot wrong man outside club
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A man shot to death by a deputy constable outside a downtown Houston nightclub early Sunday was an innocent victim trying to protect friends from a gunman, say two women who saw the incident."

"Truyen The Pham, 23, of Port Arthur, died after he was shot three times by the officer during a brawl outside the Spy nightclub at Travis and Commerce around 2:30 a.m. Houston police said Pham fired a gun into a crowd, wounding one woman, then pointed his weapon at a deputy just before he was shot."
 

Australia: Criminals armed with police pistols
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Thousands of police-issue pistols and revolvers may have fallen into the wrong hands."

"The guns were traded in as part of a deal to upgrade state and territory police handguns."

"Smith & Wesson revolvers and Ruger pistols are among weapons Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty fears are in the hands of criminals or rogue security guards."
 

Can you name the largest corporation in the world?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Many observers recognize that the corporation has long been on the edge of bankruptcy (moral as well as financial) if it is not in fact already bankrupt. But it has a long, successful history, and pride in the organization as it once was remains deeply rooted. Meanwhile, the lives of hundreds of millions have become ever more tightly circumscribed by the tentacles of the rotten leviathan. If you haven't already guessed, the corporation I'm talking about is the United States government."
 

Australia: States aren't holding up gun control: Queensland
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Queensland Police Minister Tony McGrady has rejected Federal Government claims that gun control is being held up by the states."

"The anti-gun lobby says importers are trying to flood the market with guns while they still can."

"However, Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison says effective handgun control is out of reach until all states and territories enact new regulations."
 

NH: Teacher claims self-defense in assault
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"Before the class ended, two students would throw basketballs and footballs at Wallisch and swear at him, according to court records. A scuffle would ensue and Wallisch would later be arrested."

"Wallisch, 48, of 208 Central St., Hudson, was charged with two counts of simple assault, a Class A misdemeanor. He was accused of hitting a student in the face and kicking another student in the groin."

"Wallisch, however, was acting in self-defense, according to Tim Bush, his lawyer."
 

Germany: Man Faces Three Years for Remark
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"A German man could be jailed for three years over a comment posted on the internet in which he is accused of approving of the events of 11 September. In a case which critics say has major implications for freedom of speech on the internet, Holger Voss stands accused of 'glorification of a criminal act'." ...

"An anonymous complaint to the police led to the prosecution under a German law which forbids the glorification of a criminal act."
 

Americans may be held as 'enemy combatants,' appeals court rules
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled President Bush has the authority to designate U.S. citizens as 'enemy combatants' and detain them in military custody if they are deemed a threat to national security." ...
 

Northern Va. Likely to be new homeland security site
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"The Bush administration has narrowed its search for a Department of Homeland Security headquarters to three sites in Northern Virginia." ...
 

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