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AK: Ketchikan: Man shoots marauding bear
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A black bear that raided a family's outdoor freezer was shot early Monday morning.

David Finley shot the bear at 2:30 a.m. The wounded bear crawled into the nearby woods, where Alaska State Trooper Lonny Piscoya found it four hours later, about 15 yards from the house.

Monday marked the third time in 10 days that the bear invaded the property.

"It tore open our freezer. My husband put a lock in it. He tore through it like it was nothing," said Rose Finley.

David Finley said he is not a hunter and the only firearms in his home belong to his son. He first attempted to shoot the bear with a bolt-action rifle as the bear stood in the family's carport. He loaded the weapon and pulled the trigger three times but could not get the gun to fire.

"After that I went inside and talked (on the phone) to my son in Wrangell who said, 'You didn't take the safety off,' " Finley said.

Finley got his son's .308-caliber rifle and returned to the carport, this time taking the safety catch off. He shot the bear in the neck.

Finley said he has had trouble with bears on his property since the Ketchikan Landfill closed down in 1997.

Trooper Piscoya said Finley was within his rights to shoot the bear because he was protecting property.
 

Democrats would rather break law than risk loss of Senate control
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"New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli quit his bid for re-election on Monday amid an onslaught of corruption allegations and a plunge in his popularity..."

"A weekend public opinion poll showed Torricelli lagging 13 percentage points behind his Republican opponent, Doug Forrester, after leading comfortably earlier in the year. The deadline for replacing Torricelli on the ballot has passed, but Democrats plan to turn to the courts to replace him."

"Republicans have promised to challenge any court effort to have another Democrat put on the ballot. Forrester, speaking afterward on the steps of the state capitol, vowed to fight the Democrats' effort."
"We'll trump this desperate attempt to retain power," he said. "The laws of the state of New Jersey do not include a 'we think we're going to lose so we get to pick someone new' clause."
State law doesn't allow a ballot change within 51 days of election. The election is less than 40 days away. Leave it to the Democrats to attempt to violate a very clear law -- using a "Supreme" Court to do it -- to keep from conceding defeat because one of their many losers is a loser.

But who is surprised? After all, they kept a dead guy on the ballot, voted him in and replaced him with a politically-inexperienced spouse who now serves our nation as a semi-legally sanctioned puppet.
 

NH: Security worker no longer at nuke plant after handgun fired
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SEABROOK — "A security officer who accidentally fired a handgun at Seabrook Station earlier this month no longer works there."

"Plant spokesman Alan Griffith said the investigation into the Sept. 13 errant gun firing remains open. He would not speculate on how long it will take, except to say that it will be longer than he first expected."

"He did say, 'The employee is no longer employed at Seabrook Station by Burns Security.' "
 

Britain's Clinton
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LONDON — "After a series of Cabinet sex scandals helped topple his government, former Prime Minister John Major admitted Saturday to a four-year affair with a colleague while both were married."

"Edwina Currie, a flamboyant backbench lawmaker and later health minister in Margaret Thatcher's government, was quoted by The Times newspaper as saying she and Major began a relationship in 1984, while he was a Parliamentary whip, and ended it shortly after his promotion in 1988 to Thatcher's Cabinet."

"Major, a Conservative, was prime minister from 1990 until 1997" -- while Bill Clinton was staining dresses and ruining cigars in the Oval Office.
 

Group Wants Vote Rights for Felons
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"About 130 people at the National Symposium on Felony Disenfranchisement on Monday discussed ways to get states to reconsider their policies on voting rights for people with a felony conviction. Each state makes its own laws on voting rights for incarcerated felons and those who have already served their prison sentences."

"A felony is a grave crime such as larceny, murder, rape and drug offenses, that brings a sentence of at least a year in prison."

"About a half-million people with a felony conviction will be allowed to vote in this November's elections as a result of changes in state laws over the past five years, according to The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group advocating that even more ex-convicts and inmates be allowed to cast ballots."

"Most recently, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico and Texas have made some changes in state felon disenfranchisement laws."

NOTE:

The only time this article mentions firearms -- not restoring firearms rights, of course -- is in the following quote: "he served a year-long sentence in New York for selling crack cocaine and carrying a loaded handgun."
 

Informant says DEA is breaking promise to protect his family
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"Among those convicted in the journalist's murder was Colombian drug dealer John Harold Mena, who admitted to helping recruit the triggerman, then cut his prison sentence by fingering the boss who hired him. Called a 'premier prosecution witness,' Mena revealed valuable details of the cartel's operation, leading to the conviction of nearly a dozen members. In exchange for Mena's help, the Drug Enforcement Administration promised to protect his family back in Colombia from harm. Today, however, Mena and current and former law enforcement officials say the DEA has reneged on that pledge–even as the cartel is apparently making good on a cruel promise of its own." ...

[Maybe the DEA is too busy raiding medical marijuana facilities.]
 

FL: Bank robber shoots himself, then is hit by a van in a hit-and-run
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DARWIN AWARD CANDIDATE:

NORTH MIAMI BEACH -- "A bank robber may have shot himself as he put his gun away, then was struck by a van in a hit-and-run as he fled with his bag of cash, the FBI said Monday."

"The man needed help getting out from under the van, then hopped into a getaway car with a woman driver and escaped, said FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela. No one else was injured." ... :-)
 

OH: City may grab private property
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NORWOOD, OHIO — "Council members hinted Saturday that, if push comes to shove, they'll consider pursuing eminent domain rather than lose a $125 million development of office towers and upscale shops because of a few recalcitrant property owners."

"Only a handful said at a two-hour hearing at Rookwood Tower that they're not interested. But members of council's community development committee warned they likely will pursue eminent domain should developers ask."
 

MD: Brady Campaign/MMM Conduct Leaflet Campaign to Educate Md. Voters
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This is the latest Brady smear of Congressman Robert Ehrlich, a candidate in the Maryland Governor's race.
 

CA: One nation, under surveillance
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"Big Brother's reach spreads to small-town America"

PORTERVILLE, California -- "This is the kind of place, small and out of the way, where people keep count of things taken for granted elsewhere."

"Three McDonald's restaurants, including the one in the Wal-Mart."

"One Starbucks, new. Nine screens at the Galaxy theater. Seventy-three jobs at Mervyn's department store."

"But even in this town, pushed up against the parched foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where oranges and dairy cows appear to be as plentiful as people, at least one big-city item creates little excitement."
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" 'Surveillance cameras?' asked Donnette Carter of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce. 'Offhand, I couldn't tell you.' "

"With the recent arrest of a woman in Indiana whom a security camera videotaped beating her daughter in a parking lot, the presence of electronic eyes across America has drawn new attention."

"But what security and privacy specialists have long known might surprise people in towns like this: The surveillance equipment is everywhere, not just in big cities and at obvious places like Times Square or outside the White House, but also in Porterville and Mishawaka, Indiana, and hundreds of other places." ...
 

George Bush And The NRA
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"Poor, dumb George never did get it!"

"He joined the National Rifle Association years ago for reasons of political expediency. He never really did believe in the cause. Poor old George never could understand the fears of the Founding Fathers that our government might turn into tyranny."

"So once the NRA published an ad portraying ATF agents as jackbooted invaders, he resigns to display his patrician, East Coast 'moral superiority.' "

"You see George is one of those WW-2 vet Republicans who believes that government is the sainted defender of all things good, and that all government employees are well meaning people doing a wonderful job. So lost in the fog of the 'Good War' is George, that he ignores reality." ...
 

CT: "Victims gain protection in new laws"
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"Stitch by stitch, the task force is trying to sew up 'gaping hole'" in domestic violence and gun laws."

"Most of the changes are related to seizure of firearms in family violence situations and fiercer penalties for violating current laws."

"East Haven Sgt. Robert Flodquist, a member of the task force leadership, said changes include tougher penalties for protective order violations. Such violations have been classified as class A misdemeanors, but will increase to class D felonies."

"And for the first time, violating a restraining order will carry criminal penalties."

"Cathy Saja, a family violence victim advocate and co-chairwoman of the task force, said new changes also allow officers to seize firearms whenever there is probable cause for a domestic violence arrest, and to hold the seized firearm for a longer period of time."

"Under previous law, police have been allowed to seize firearms during any family violence arrest. The new law says officers can also seize firearms when no arrest is immediately taking place, but there is still evidence of family violence."
 

AR: Victims making hardest choice
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"A group of more than 200 volunteers called Operation Self-Defense is trying to fill that void. The group, whose members are scattered all over the country, posts news accounts of armed self-defense on its Web site, www.keepandbeararms.com. 'The more we look, the more stories we find,' said David Miller, the group’s assistant director. 'The more people hear about armed self-defense, the more people will consider defending themselves.' "

"Gaudet said friends offered so much praise that it made him feel uncomfortable. One stranger sent him a $10 check and a note that said, 'Lunch is on me.' "
 

NJ: Bill requiring 'smart gun' technology tops Senate agenda
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TRENTON, N.J. -- "State senators from both parties plan to push Monday for approval of legislation requiring 'smart gun' technology in handguns once it becomes commercially available."

"The technology allows only recognized users to fire handguns."

"The legislation would make it illegal for gun manufacturers or dealers to sell handguns without the technology three years after it's available for retail purposes."

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Drivers' License Reform Still in the Making
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"A post-Sept. 11 push to reform the way drivers' licenses are issued has lost steam on Capitol Hill as Iraq and the economy top lawmakers' priority lists."

"But motor vehicles groups and the nation's governors are forging ahead on this issue in the name of national security, particularly considering that an estimated 8 million illegal immigrants live in the United States." ...
 

Korea: Possession, use of illegal firearms on rise
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"The number of people caught for possessing or using small arms illegally is rising steadily, a police report said yesterday."

"Blaming the increase on the country's lax gun control, analysts stressed that police should lose no time in presenting a proper set of measures."

"A total of 346 people were arrested for holding illegal firearms and killing or injuring people with them in the first seven months of this year, and the figure is expected to rise to 700 by year's end, the report said."

"Police caught 597 people for possession or use of small arms illegally last year, up from 457 in 2000 and 343 in 1999." ...

"A total of 239,649 air rifles were registered with police as of June this year, while the country had 35,746 registered shotguns, 1,602 pistols and 12,552 'gas guns.' "

"Experts, however, estimated that the number of privately held firearms could far exceed the police figures because organized gangs or drug-trafficking rings smuggle in firearms from Russia and China."

"Police admitted that Russian and Japanese crime rings are increasingly trying to sneak small arms into the country through Hong Kong."
 

Europe: Terror bill threatens European liberty
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"In the ongoing clash between civil liberties and security, the most serious threat to everyone's civil liberties is occurring in Europe. The European Union is circulating a proposal to require Internet service providers and phone companies to save the records of everybody's phone calls and e-mails - but not their content - for a year or more."

"This is a 180-degree reversal of long-standing policy, which required all such 'traffic data' to be destroyed after a month or two - just long enough for billing. This change, by its very terms, affects everyone in Europe who makes a phone call or sends e-mail, and it should worry all of us." ...
 

UN declares war on small arms
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NEW YORK - "Alarmed at the widespread proliferation of small arms, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked the Security Council to find ways to enable countries to trace more than 255 million illicit light weapons freely available on the black market."

" 'The spread of illicit small arms and light weapons is a global threat to human security and human rights,' Annan said in a report. Warning of the dangers of proliferation, he said that there were an estimated 639 million small arms in the world today, nearly 60 percent of them legally held by civilians." ...
 

Webmaster to NRA: from my cold, dead hand.
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NRA has threatened to sue the owner of TheArmedCitizen.com, claiming trademark violation (covered previously in Newslinks).

This is the response from the owner of that domain name.
 

Nigeria: Senator Wants Use of Firearms Legalised
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Lagos -- "A member of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Sen. Lekan Balogun yesterday in Abuja called for the lawful possession of firearms by all Nigerians for self protection."

"Balogun told that News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the lawful possession of firearms was the only panacea toward curtailing the political killings in the country."

"He said: 'If I'm armed, you would not come to my house and harass me with a gun because you don't know who will die in the process.' "
 

ND: Behind the Gun Show Scenes
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"You may think a gun show simply means looking at what's new or finding something to add to a collection."

"But today at the dakota territory gun show in mandan, brian neudorff found something that adds a little history to the gun show experience." ...
 

NY: MTA Officials Not Gun-Shy
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"Now, with transit ridership climbing and crime declining, NYPD records show that seven ranking MTA officials are licensed to own guns."

"Call it the Metropolitan Trigger Authority."

"The list includes New York City Transit president Lawrence Reuter and senior vice president Joseph Hofmann of the Department of Subways. There's also Thomas Savage, head of MetroCard operations, and Michael Ascher, president of MTA bridges and tunnels."

" 'In none of these positions,' said MTA spokesman Tom Kelly, 'is carrying a gun a prerequisite.' "
 

NC: Sheriff seeks funds to reduce gun crimes
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"Pearlie Joyner is getting a gun."

"The 64-year-old is in the market for a .357. On July 4th, a man watched and waited as Joyner left her Davenport Street apartment. And then he broke a window and crept inside."

"The crook got himself stuck in the window on his way out and was arrested. Joyner didn't lose anything more than the cost of a new windowpane in the attempted burglary, but it got her thinking." ...
 

NY: Cleared to Carry in City - Permit totals drop, but not for notables
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"They had juice, but who knew how much?"

"Some of the most recognizable names in former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's inner circle were granted police permits to carry arms even as the number of handgun licenses issued by the city dropped nearly a quarter from the start of his administration, according to NYPD documents obtained by Newsday."

"The one-time mayoral aides appear on a shrinking list of licensees. Nearly 30,000 carry permits were on the books in 1981; as of Aug. 31, the number was down to 3,389. Permits are down in every category except retired law-enforcement officers, driven by the large numbers of cops leaving the force."

"The list of licensees - requested by Newsday under the Freedom of Information Law - is peppered with notable names, such as former city commissioners, elected officials, judges and celebrities."

"Onetime City Hall insiders with permits include: deputy mayor Rudy Washington; chief of staff Anthony Carbonetti; Youth and Community Development commissioner and Board of Education member Jerry Cammarata; Office of Emergency Management director Richard Sheirer and Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik - who, as a retired cop, is exempt from most of the stringent licensing requirements."

"Giuliani's last fire commissioner, Thomas Von Essen, experienced the difficulty of the process firsthand when he applied for a carry permit but didn't get one, police officials said. Howard Safir, a fire and police commissioner under Giuliani, has a permit to keep a gun in his home." ...
 

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Takes Critical Step Forward (NRA/ILA)
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"On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee reported favorably (passed) H.R. 2037—legislation to block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold law-abiding gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their lawful products. The debate over this legislation was very heated at times, as anti-gun lawmakers sought to gut the legislation with unrelated or unnecessary amendments. In the end, the bill was reported favorably on a bipartisan 30 - 16 vote." ...
 

Gun Control Gone Global
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"In fact, any automatic weapon of any stripe is a weapon of mass destruction. Of course, Bush and Cheney want us to believe Sadaam has all sorts of nasty nuclear and biological weapons pointed right at our back yards; but, if he was only holding an automatic rifle with a banana clip inserted it would be just as much justification for their pre-emptive attack. It is clear that the impending war on Iraq is all about global gun control."
 

A Woman's Place Is in the Woods, Communing With Dinner
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Fewer people hunt, but more of them are women. ...
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"With the number of traditional male hunters dwindling across the nation, Dawn Fairling, a state wildlife educator, is tracking women, brandishing her well-oiled Remington 1100 single-shot deer gun, her Benelli 12-gauge bird gun and, of course, her tangy recipes for cooking what she calls 'harvested critters.' "
 

IL: Felon who uses firearm to rescue woman called 'a hero'
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MADISON, Ill. -- "A man who heard screams and rushed into a home to save a woman from an attacker is a convicted felon who may have been risking a return to prison, police said."

"Lamont Cunningham, 28, came to the aid of 43-year-old Debra Economy when a man dressed as a mail carrier attacked her. Police arrested 51-year-old William T. Ciccia of Pell Lake, Wis., and charged him with home invasion after he allegedly pretended to have a package for Economy and then jolted her repeatedly with a stun gun."

"Cunningham picked up a 70-pound concrete flower pot and hit Ciccia over the head, according to police. Ciccia was bleeding but chased Cunningham from the home, and Cunningham drew a gun and fired a warning shot. Weapons possession is illegal for a felon, but he is not being charged for it."

" 'It's kind of hard to charge a guy if he just saved somebody's life,' Madison Police Lt. Steve Shelby said. 'He's a hero, I would say.' " ...
 

MO: Bank Asks Robbers to Doff Masks
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"To reduce crime, banks in the area are trying to unmask robbers before they come in."

"Officials of several financial institutions in the Springfield area, seeking to stem a rise in robberies, will post polite signs asking visitors to doff their hat and sunglasses as they enter."

"The goal is to get customers -- and the criminal-minded who might be moving among them -- to remove items that hide their faces." ...
 

Man Arrested at Airport with Boxcutters and Scissors to be Arraigned Monday
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"The Bulgarian student who tried to pass through airport security with a pair of scissors and two boxcutters in his backpack could be facing federal charges."

"Nikolay Volodiev Dzhonev did not enter a plea. He appeared in Egg Harbor Township Municipal Court today via video hookup from the Atlantic County jail. Municipal Court Judge H. Robert Switzer ordered that the 21-year-old continue to be held on $100,000 bail."

"Dzhonev was the last passenger to pass through screening Sunday for a flight from Atlantic City International Airport to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Transportation Security Administration spokesman Robert Johnson said. When his backpack went through the X-ray machine, screeners spotted the scissors and pulled him aside, he said. A search of the backpack turned up the scissors, embedded in a bar of soap, and the boxcutters hidden in a lotion bottle, Johnson said."
 

MD: Improving Gun Laws (letter)
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TURNING THE DEBATE AROUND...
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"As a person who doesn't own a gun, would love to see guns kept out of the hands of criminals and would have everyone who comes near a gun be well versed in gun-safety procedures, I applaud gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich's call for an examination of Maryland's 310 gun laws to streamline and improve them [front page, Sept. 23]."

"I don't know how anyone can object -- except for extreme, partisan politicians -- to improving gun laws so as to provide more protection for the residents of Maryland."
 

Gun Rights Activists See 2002 Election As Critical
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"Gun rights activists say the outcome of the 2002 mid-term election will be critical in determining the fate of a handful of important gun bills pending in Congress."

"Issues that hang in the balance include arming airline pilots; keeping gun show sales free of regulation; preempting municipal lawsuits against gun manufacturers; repealing the Clinton-era ban on semi-automatic guns; and preventing efforts to ban .50-caliber rifles."
 

ME: Gun incident sparks claim of racial bias in Starks case
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Racism?
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"Maria Sherrer was standing in her yard with her 9-year-old daughter on Dec. 27 when she fired shots from a .38-caliber revolver to break up a fight between her son and another man. The fight was about furniture."

"Sherrer, who is black, was indicted last month on charges of assault and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 16 at Somerset County Superior Court."

"Sherrer's lawyer, M. Michaela Murphy of Waterville, insists that police ignored her client's right to defend herself. An NAACP official said the case 'stinks' of racism."
 

ID: Firearm safety education program coming to Boise
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"Project HomeSafe, a nationwide firearm safety education program, will come to Boise from Oct. 6 to 8."

"It´s scheduled to run from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds and from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at the Wal-Mart store at 8300 W. Overland Road."

"Idaho residents can pick up a free firearm safety kit and speak with a Project HomeSafe representative about the safe handling and storage of firearms, according to organizers."

"The Idaho Sheriffs Association and the Boise Police Department are working with Project HomeSafe to distribute 10,000 additional firearm safety kits throughout the state." ...
 

UK: Police Interview Gun Blast Victim
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"A teenager shot in the leg when a gunman burst into his Bedminster home has undergone an operation."

"Detectives were due to interview the victim at Bristol Royal Infirmary yesterday where he is believed to be under guard."

"A man armed with a shotgun burst into his home in Martock Road, Bedminster, at 6.15am on Saturday."

"He fired at the 18-year-old, hitting him in the leg, and escaped in a waiting car."

"The teenager, who has not been named, was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary where he underwent surgery on Saturday."
 

NY: Gun Found in Student's Backpack
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"The incident happened Friday morning. Deposit School Superintendent Kraig Pritts says a bus aide noticed a pellet gun in the backpack of an unidentified student on a bus. The bus was taking students to an alternative education program in Binghamton. Pritts says the weapon was secured, the bus evacuated, and the student with the gun kept away from other students. Binghamton Police responded to the scene. No one was hurt. The gun was turned over to Deposit Police, who say the "Air Soft" pellet gun was made to look like a military weapon but was never displayed and no threats were made on the bus. Officer Ladd Dawson says that type of pellet gun is usually used for target practice. Its pellets (plastic or steel) can cause a bruise or a welt but generally do not kill a person."
 

Gun Control Strategy: Terrorism, Children and 'Scary Looking' Guns
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"Gun rights activists have noticed a change in tactics on the part of their opponents since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

"Groups such as the Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center are invoking the threat of terrorism, the potential harm to children, and the image of big, fierce-looking guns to sell their gun-control agenda."
 

Border Wars: Agents resent zeal for amnesty
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" 'What the hell are we doing out here?' asked one veteran agent. 'Why don't we just pack it in? Amnesty? It's just an open invitation for more illegal aliens to come into the country, stay low for a while and, eventually, get their citizenship papers.' President Bush; Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat; and the House Republican leadership all have proposed now-pending amnesty programs."
 

UK: "Face To Face With Gun Terror"
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"The menace of supposedly 'toy' air guns has been underlined by the shooting in the face of a ten-year-old boy. As JAMES KAY and KEVIN PEACHEY report, his horrified family has joined the Post to call for a ban on under-17s using these weapons."

"The pellets failed to break through the skin, but one missed his eye by an inch. He was left shocked and traumatised by the incident." ...
 

UK: 'Skull cracker' gun raider could face life jail
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"Michael Wheatley, 42, was on parole from a 27 year sentence for other robbery rampages when he committed 13 raids over 10 months, the Old Bailey was told."

"He is a career criminal. On arrest when asked his occupation by the custody officer, he replied: 'Armed robber.'

"Wheatley, of West India Dock Road, Limehouse, east London, admitted 13 charges of robbery and 13 of possessing an imitation firearm - a blank firing semi-automatic pistol, between June last year and April this year."
 

CT: Counsel Says Town Can Ban Guns From Parks
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ROCKY HILL, CT -- "The town attorney says the town ordinance that forbids people from carrying firearms in local parks is legal, contradicting arguments made by the National Rifle Association."

"Pro Gun attorney Ralph Sherman says:" ...
 

AZ: Woman fatally shot showing off her gun at bar
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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TUCSON - "A woman was fatally shot in a Tucson bar after a gun she was handing to another person accidentally went off, police said."

"Lori R. Walker, 35, died from a single gunshot wound at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Nevada Smith's Saloon."

"She was shot apparently as she tried to show another bar patron her gun, police said."
 

DE: Gun trends reveal difficult truths about our society
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A pair of newspaper articles last week illustrated two unfortunate trends concerning guns."

"While the busy modern lifestyle is partly responsible for the waning interest in hunting, loss of habitat plays an equally important role. In a state where continued development is a given - the debate is only over how fast it should proceed - habitat-sensitive hunters provide an important conservative voice for restraint."

"By the same token, liberals aren't the only ones who believe tougher gun-control laws are needed to end the plague of violence in places like Wilmington. Virtually all law-enforcement agencies - hardly bastions of bleeding-heart liberalism - are in favor of stricter controls on gun ownership."
 

TN: Boys burned while playing with gun powder
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Two Blount County youngsters suffered burns while playing with black powder and shotgun shells Saturday, the Blount County Sheriff's Office said."

"The brothers, Cody Anderson, 8, and Christopher Anderson, 10, both of Presley Way, Maryville, were rushed by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to University of Tennessee Medical Center."

"Cody sustained first-degree burns to his nose and was treated and released."
 

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