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Bills Facing Heavy Grassroots Opposition
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"Not too long ago, GOA alerted you to a dangerous education bill (H.R. 1078) that was on a 'fast track' to George Bush's desk. This bill would set up so-called Presidential Academies to train educators in history and civics, with no safeguards that the education would steer clear of the existing anti-gun propaganda that is ALREADY PREVALENT in the public schools."

We are pleased to report that because of your activism, six cosponsors of H.R. 1078 have removed their names from the bill:

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO)
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
 

Crushing the First and Second
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"Most Americans are confused regarding their rights under the Second Amendment, which prevents the federal government from banning citizens from acquiring firearms. Make no mistake; the ultimate objective of the Sarah Brady Campaign, the Violence Policy Center, Americans for Gun Safety, the Million Mom March, the ADL, the New York Times and their stooges in network TV news, is the total ban of all firearms ownership."
 

Educate kids about guns
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"And a good way to make sure your child is one of the lucky ones who avoids gun injury is through shared information."

"Parents should not only talk to their children about sex and drugs, but about firearms — what they are, how they work and the proper way to deal with them. As with so much in life, education is the key."

"Instruction is a good way to prevent boating accidents and car accidents. It is also the best way to short-circuit gunshot accidents."
 

Anti-gun fight needs a U.S. policy
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"Last month, the CDC released new data showing that gun violence rates are again rising after seven straight years of decline. We cannot say exactly why that is, but we do know that the trend is, once again, moving in the wrong direction. Now is the time to embrace the possibility that a strong, effective national gun policy may be our most effective, though as yet untried, weapon against gun violence."

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Never mind that gun control has been proven to be a failure time after time. Now this guy is advocating BETTER gun control!
 

Gun Control Advocate Describes Fight With NRA
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"Sarah Brady shared war stories from her nearly two-decade struggle for tougher gun control legislation with a small crowd at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum last night."

"Brady told the audience of her push in the late 1980s for a ban on so-called 'plastic guns,' which metal detectors can’t catch."
 

Guns May Hold 'Unique Allure' for Young Boys
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"Many boys say they are not interested in playing with guns and may even describe them as their least favorite object in a group of play items, but many will still touch a gun if left alone with one, new research suggests."

"Almost two-thirds of the boys who touched an air pistol when left alone with it also said that the gun was their least favorite object in a group of play items..." ...

"Declaring a gun off-limits has little effect on the actual behavior of boys looking for a toy, the researchers found. Boys who were cautioned not to touch the gun were not any more or less likely to do so, suggesting that warnings themselves do not turn guns into tempting objects for boys."
 

Day of National Concern and Student Pledge Against Gun Violence
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"On October 23, the eighth annual Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence, millions of students from around the country will join together in pledging to do their part to end gun violence. From Honolulu to New York City, young people will be signing a voluntary pledge: 'I will never carry a gun to school; I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute; and I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.' "

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They need more in the pledge. "I will beg the rapist to please use a condom. I will beg the mugger to please not harm me. I will stand by, powerless to intervene, whenever I see criminals attacking the helpless." This is the way to raise a nation of irresponsible cowards.
 

Immigration To Freedom
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"...I grew up believing that only the police and military had a right to carry guns because of the nature of their work. I lived through four military takeovers of an elected government. Each time, many of us lived in fear, powerless to do anything about military excesses. I personally witnessed people bludgeoned with the ends of bayonets. I read reports of innocent people killed because some policeman's pride had been injured. On one occasion, I was forced to flee the capital and live with friends because stray bullets shattered the windows of our home. We had no right to defend ourselves. We never questioned that. He who has never known freedom does not miss it."
 

One Man's Journey From Potential Victim To Armed Hero
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"But Shooting Back is more than just a retelling of the St. James massacre of 1993 where 11 people died and 53 were wounded. It is also an appeal to several different kinds of people."

"First, the author makes a plea to Christian pacifists by demonstrating, quite convincingly, that the Bible is not at odds with self-defense."

"The irony is that Charl did not always carry a gun. Even though he had spent time in the South African army, he was not convinced that it was necessarily right for him to carry a gun as a civilian. Protecting the nation is one thing, he thought. It's quite another to walk around carrying a firearm all the time."
 

Armed Citizens Criticized For Saving Lives: Gun Grabbers Can Be Really Stupid
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"They know better than you and I how to stop the violence."

"Instead of bullets, use words."

"Jessica Flag, of the eighty thousand Million Moms, framed their argument so that we can understand it. 'The best way to deal with a person with a gun,' she said, 'is to say, 'I know you're upset.' Compassion is the answer. They are human beings and want the same things I do. Try to be compassionate with them and relate to them.' "

"Lunacy?"

"You bet!"
 

Nathaniel Heatwole: No Criminal, He
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"Rarely have I been accused of being soft on crime. I’ve advocated a return to public square executions and opined in favor of jail time for asleep-at-the-wheel dot com executives. Which is why I feel comfortable banging my keyboard in defense of Nathaniel Heatwole, the Harry Potter-looking North Carolina college student who planted box cutters and simulated explosives on as many as six airplanes to expose weaknesses in the nation’s airport security system. Prosecutors want to turn his ten minutes of fame into as much as ten years in the pokey. How silly."
 

FL: State Attorney's Office is Taking Steps to Control Gun Violence
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"With a new federal grant, the Florida state attorney's office is taking actions to control gun violence. State Attorney Bill Cervone says starting in Alachua County, the state attorney's office will be taking a proactive stance on the prevention of gun violence."

"Cervone says the program is geared towards promoting prevention, education and public awareness of gun violence. He hopes the program will facilitate parents to take further precautions when it comes to keeping guns in their home."
 

My Transformation From Anti-Gun Feminist To Armed Feminist
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"Since I was once a staunch gun-control proponent, including being a member of Handgun Control Incorporated (HCI) in the 1970's, but am today a fervent and virtually no-compromise Second Amendment supporter, perhaps the story of my mental shift will be of interest."

"When I recall my mindset in the 1960's, when I was in college in Chicago, and in the early 1970's, when I was teaching grade-school in a private school in Pennsylvania, what I remember most is how completely convinced I was that government was the best and ultimate answer to all of society's ills -- war, poverty, crime and injustice."

 

FL: Area Kids Pledge To Stay Away From Guns
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State Attorney Bill Cervone toured Alachua County Schools on Thursday, collecting pledge cards signed by more than 20,000 students, saying they know the dangers of firearms, and what to do if they come across one.

"You stop, don't touch, leave the area, and tell an adult," says Alachua Elementary fifth grader Tony Waters. He and more than four hundred others gave a large banner to Cervone at a ceremony Thursday afternoon. Cervone says it's important to be proactive with the kids, when it comes to guns. "It's important for us as adults, to tell them that there are responsible choices to be made with guns, and it's their obligation even as young people to know what those choices are and follow through with them."

A federal grant is paying for the education, Cervone says next year, other area counties will be included.
 

The Pretense of Airport Security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Transportation Security Administration is a joke, and not a funny one, either. As you pass through the TSA's airport checkpoints, you can expect to overhear mutters about the 'gestapo,' the 'morons,' and similar commentary from outraged but powerless travelers who have chosen to swallow their self-respect and submit to pointless, degrading invasions of their persons and property in order to avoid offending the thugs who, whenever they choose, can prevent passengers from proceeding with their travel. Something is horribly wrong with a population willing to tolerate such routine degradation and thuggery, especially when the alleged benefits of the humiliation are entirely bogus."
 

MN: Several assaulted during drug raid
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"Stephen Porter, a 25-year-old Black man, has charged that Minneapolis police officers beat and sodomized him during a raid in North Minneapolis. The raid took place Monday, October 13 in the 2500 block of 3rd St. North. Porter explained during several news conferences last week that while he was in police custody, officers sexually assaulted him by forcing a toilet plunger into his rectum."

"At a press conference, City and
police officials refused to comment in any detail about the charges except to say that 'it involves allegations of a possible sexual assault,' in the words of Police Chief Robert Olson. Attorneys for the accused officers, Jeffrey Jindra and Todd Babeakuhl, have denied the charges." ...

"Although Stephen Porter’s charge of sodomy reflects the sinister turn that 'law enforcement' and, more generally, modern American culture has taken recently, it is equally disturbing that city government and the mainstream media have completely overlooked the victimization of other individuals who were in the house during the raid."
 

Canada: Nurses fearful
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"Violence against nurses is on the rise and that has the New Brunswick Nurses Union worried."

" 'We have had stories from nurses who work out in the community and (they) have had guns drawn on them, our extra-mural nurses,' said Debbie McGraw, union president."

"They are going into those places alone. None of us went into nursing to be exposed to that."

"The nurses union passed a motion at its annual meeting in Fredericton on Wednesday calling on employers and government to prevent such attacks."

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Right. Don't take responsibility for your own safety. Make believe it is someone else's problem.
 

Hunting Season in Oregon
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"This culture of the hunter and outdoors person in America is something that can be enjoyed by anyone with the time to put the effort into it. I enjoy taking the younger members of my family out and teaching them the ways of the outdoors person and the culture of hunting. It means so much to our future and I believe the way of life and freedom we all enjoy. Most of the people I meet who hunt and fish are well adjusted free loving Americans who are solid citizens doing life the right way. After so many years in law enforcement I can't always say that about all activities I see people involved in for recreation and enjoyment."
 

Senators give themselves another pay raise
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"U.S. senators, for the fifth straight year, have approved a pay increase for themselves."

"Assuming the legislation is signed into law, members of the 100-member body will be pulling in about $158,000 next year, the Associated Press reports."

"The House of Representatives OK'd the 2.2 percent cost-of-living increase for all members of Congress last month."

"Sen. Russel Feingold, D-Wis., again spoke out against the pay raise this year, as he has in past years. His amendment to kill the raise was rejected by a vote of 60-34."
 

FL: Man dies after deputies use stun gun
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"A 50-year-old man has died in the Orlando area, just minutes after Orange County sheriff's deputies used a Taser stun gun on him."

"But the Orange County Medical Examiner's office is out with a preliminary ruling, saying the stun gun was NOT the cause. A final ruling won't be made until toxicology reports are complete." ...
 

UK: Blair Pledges to Fight Gun Crime
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"Prime Minister Tony Blair promised today to help a city’s battle against gun crime."

"He was due to meet victims of crime in Nottingham and to talk to police chiefs who have pleaded for extra money to cope with a series of complex murders and serious incidents."
 

NY: City Man Travels From JFK With Gun
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"An American traveling to Romania from New York was detained Thursday after airport authorities discovered an unloaded pistol hidden in an electric typewriter in his check-in luggage, authorities said."

"Romanian-born Nicholas Slaina, a 68-year-old retiree from New York, flew to Timisoara from John F. Kennedy International Airport late Wednesday on the Romanian national air carrier Tarom..."

"Romanian airport authorities alerted customs officials of suspicious objects in Slaina's luggage which had been checked in at JFK. Customs officers discovered a .38-caliber pistol wrapped in aluminum foil hidden in a typewriter, and 55 bullets wrapped in aluminum foil hidden in a blanket, Blaga said."
 

TX: Group sues Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority
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"A gun rights organization headed by Texas General Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson sued Harris County's Metropolitan Transit Authority on Thursday, saying the authority is violating the state's constitution by banning concealed handguns on its buses."

"Patterson, president of the Civil Liberties Defense Foundation, is among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in state court in Houston."

"Patterson, who lives in Austin, said the lawsuit was filed in Harris County because some of his group's members who live in Houston and the surrounding area have been harmed by the policy, which carries no punishment."
 

CA: Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., Visits Madera to Address the Wrongful Death Lawsuit of Everardo Torres; Cochran Visits Home of Victim's Family to Discuss Case
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"Civil rights attorney Johnnie Cochran will be in Madera to address the wrongful death case of Everardo Torres. Cochran is set to meet with the Torres family at their home to discuss details regarding the lawsuit."

"In October 27, 2002, police officer Marcy Noriega shot and killed 24-year-old Torres as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police car. Noriega told investigators she intended to subdue Torres, who was allegedly kicking at the vehicle's windows, with her Taser stun gun, but accidentally drew and fired her service handgun. He died from a gunshot wound to the heart and liver and also a pierced kidney."

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No charges were filed against the officer. What would happen to you in those circumstances?
 

NV: Weapons Found in Valley Schools
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"What some students are bringing to school in their backpacks might shock you. From knives to guns, the number of kids caught with dangerous weapons is on the rise here in the Valley."

"From revolvers and pistols, to knives and num-chucks it's really unbelievable the kinds of weapons kids are bringing to school. Police say it's not just in the high schools. In one case, an elementary student brought his parent's gun to show and tell."

"The reason kids bring weapons to school varies from wanting to show them off to friends, to wanting to protect themselves. And police say in recent years another disturbing trend they've noticed is that more and more BB guns are turning up in schools."
 

China: Cafe shooters caught
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"Shanghai police detained six men late on Wednesday night after a dispute over a gambling debt in a local coffee shop turned violent, with one man being smashed on the head with a pistol and another firing a warning shot into the ceiling." ...

"Police caught the six men at around 11 pm on Wednesday and confiscated two home-made guns."

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Somehow, criminals still manage to get guns in a nation disarmed by its government. Seems those intent on breaking the law will always find a way.
 

WI: Local law enforcers line up against conceal-carry bill
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"A bill that would permit certain citizens to carry concealed weapons is cruising through the halls of Madison."

"The measure has generated stiff opposition, including among local law enforcement officials."

" 'I personally don't see the benefit,' Price County Sheriff Wallace Krenzke said. 'There's a whole group of things that haven't been thought through.' "

" 'There's a potential of increased risk to officers and to the individuals carrying,' he said."

"He said four officers he worked with at a previous job in Milwaukee were killed by individuals carrying concealed weapons."

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Of course he doesn't mention that all of those individuals were criminals who wouldn't get a permit under the new law.
 

Philippines: Over 50 expected at Weppsa gun safety seminar
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"OVER 50 potential gun owners, as well as old and new members of the West Point Practical Shooting Association, are expected to participate in a gun safety seminar and training to be held at their outdoor firing range located along the Aspiras-Palispis (formerly Marcos) Highway at Badiwan, Tuba, Benguet, Saturday."

"The seminar, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., aims to teach basic rules and regulations governing the ownership and use of firearms, as well as the fundamental skills needed in defense shooting."

"To be discussed then are the basic rules and regulations on firearm ownership, as provided for under Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294, the laws governing the legal ownership and carrying of firearms."
 

CA: Another victim of "Safe Storage" laws
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Original Title: Teen dies of accidental shooting in Antioch

Another dad who believed that because he had a "safe" he needn't teach his kids elementary gun safety.

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"A teen-ager who was killed in Antioch after an apparent accidental shooting, got the gun from the safe of a friend's father."

"16-year-old Christopher Bell reportedly died after being accidentally shot with a gun he was holding."

"Police say Bell was visiting friend Richard Jones yesterday when Bell and Jones took a three-fifty-seven revolver from Jones' father's safe."

"Police believe Bell and Jones were horseplaying when the gun went off striking Bell in the head."

"Charges are not likely to be filed in the case."
 

TN: Sony, Wal-Mart, Game Companies Sued for 'Video Game' Shooting (Another Report)
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"The makers and distributors of the popular Grand Theft Auto video game series are being sued by the victims and family impacted by a June shooting spree that left one man dead and another woman injured."

"An attorney for the plaintiffs told TechNewsWorld that the Tennessee boys responsible for the shooting are being sued along with their parents."

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More avoidance of personal responsibility. If they're not blaming the gun, they're blaming the video game.
 

Rush and Drugs -- the Conservative Dilemma
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"Nothing will be gained by sending Rush to prison. Nothing is gained by imprisoning other less-famous drug users either. If Rush's fellow conservatives resolve their dilemma with compassion, perhaps we can all agree to stop treating drug use as a crime and stop wasting lives. And we can continue to enjoy 'Excellence in Broadcasting' for many years to come."
 

TN: Parents Sue Over Game Linked to Shooting
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"A $246 million lawsuit was filed against the designer, marketer and a retailer of the video game series 'Grand Theft Auto' by the families of two people shot by teenagers apparently inspired by the game."

"The suit claims marketer Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., designers Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, and Wal-Mart, are liable for $46 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages."

"Aaron Hamel, 45, a registered nurse, was killed and Kimberly Bede, 19, of Moneta, Va., was seriously wounded when their cars were hit June 25 by .22-caliber bullets as they passed through the Great Smoky Mountains."
 

MI: Cops seek shooter who saved girl, 16
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"A man was beating a 16-year-old girl with a pipe Wednesday morning on Detroit's west side."

"Suddenly, the man was dead, shot several times by a passenger in a passing car."

"Police are looking for the driver of the car and the gunman, who might not be a criminal suspect, but a much rarer species -- a drive-by vigilante."

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Isn't it good to know that if you stop a man from beating a young girl with a pipe you "might not be a criminal suspect"?
 

UK: Guns stolen in shop raid
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"A number of shotguns and air rifles have been stolen in an early morning ramraid on a shop in Somerset."

"The raiders drove their car into the front of a gun and fishing tackle shop in Midsomer Norton at 0055 BST on Wednesday."

"They took 15 shotguns and six air rifles from the shop in The Island, near the High Street, before driving off at speed along the A37 towards Pensford Hill and Bristol."

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Who'd have guessed that criminals would actually steal guns? Isn't that illegal?
 

IL: Teen sentenced to 8 years for stealing 19 guns
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"A teenage gun thief who lived at the same Troy, Ill., address listed by the former U.S. attorney for Southern Illinois was sentenced Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court to eight years in prison."

"Steven Hanlin, 19, pleaded guilty in July of stealing 19 guns from a house in Troy last March. The guns, many of them considered collectors' items, were found by police in his home in the 500 block of Pike Lane in Troy. Miriam Miquelon, who resigned as U.S. attorney earlier this year, either lived at that house for a time with Hanlin and his mother or listed the home as her Illinois address with the Department of Justice."

"As U.S. attorney, Miquelon was the area's chief federal prosecutor."
 

OH: Gun Control Extremists Advocate Open Carry?!?
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"Ohioans already have the right to carry guns and other weapons openly but not concealed. Anyone who believes he is in danger can holster a pistol on his waist or tote a shotgun around wherever he goes." Columbus Dispatch anti-CCW editorial, June 22, 2001

"Now that more and more citizens are choosing to do just that, the silence about 'Defense' Walks from liberal editorial boards has been deafening."

"But the Walks haven't stopped the few Ohio gun control voices left from sounding off."
 

VA: Widow of state lawman charged
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"Donna Lee Blanton, the widow of slain Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Taylor V. Blanton, was arrested yesterday at her Caroline County home and charged with first-degree murder in her husband's death."

"Blanton had told investigators that her husband had been shot to death by an intruder about 6 a.m. last Thursday and that she picked up the gun used in the shooting and fired at the fleeing intruder."

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With recent incidents of the children of police officers shooting themselves and their siblings, and now this tragic occurrence of an officer's wife having allegedly killed him, the question is: Should police officers be allowed firearms in their homes?
 

WI: Concealed on campuses
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"A bill before the Wisconsin legislature would allow individuals over the age of 21 to submit the necessary paperwork and complete a training course so that they may carry a concealed weapon."

"If enacted, Wisconsin would be the 46th state to allow its citizens to carry a concealed weapon for self defense."

"But how would this affect students living in residence halls?"

"According to an aide in Sen. Zien’s office, the bill does not specifically prohibit concealed weapons on a university campus; therefore each university would be allowed to impose its rules."

"Tom Fojtik, assistant director of Residence Life, said they are waiting to see what will happen with the bill before any decisions are made pertaining to guns in residence halls."
 

MO: Concealed gun debate heard today
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"A St. Louis judge's decision whether to permanently block Missouri's law that would let many citizens carry concealed guns almost certainly won't be the last word."

"Thirteen days since he prevented the law from taking effect Oct. 11, citing unresolved constitutional concerns, Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer on Thursday was to hear arguments over whether his injunction should be permanent."

"Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has said the hearing's outcome would set the stage for a direct appeal -- by whichever side loses -- to the Missouri Supreme Court."
 

MI: Detroit's top cop lacks permit to carry gun
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"Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver is not yet a licensed, sworn police officer in Michigan, which raises questions about whether he legally could possess the handgun found in his luggage at Detroit Metropolitan Airport during the weekend."

"Wayne County officials confirmed that Oliver does not have a concealed weapons permit to carry the .22-caliber handgun found in his baggage Saturday after he checked it at the airport to board a flight to Philadelphia."

"Oliver said he didn't think he had to register the personal weapon in Michigan." ...

"It was an honest mistake on my part and an oversight. ...I'm an adult and I'm responsible for my conduct and I expect to be held accountable for the mistakes that I make."
 

South Africa: Teen held for gun at school
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A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a Roodepoort school on Thursday after allegedly being found in possession of a firearm, police said.

Captain Paula Nothnagel said a teacher at the school reported that one of the pupils had brought a pistol to school and members of the West Rand dog unit went to the school about 13:00.

The teenager was identified by a teacher and was then arrested for illegal possession of a firearm.

The boy told police he had found the gun in an open field near the Lindhaven shopping complex earlier in the week.

He would appear in the Roodepoort magistrate's court on Friday, Nothnagel said.
 

SC: Woodruff shooting ruled self-defense
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"Spartanburg County authorities say the shooting death of a Woodruff man earlier this week was an act of self-defense." ...

"Woodruff police were called to a house Monday afternoon. They found Shelton lying on the ground in the front yard with a gun under his right hand. Alexander told officers that he was inside Natasha Dianna Pena's home when Shelton and another masked man came through the front door and pulled guns. Alexander told officers the men pushed him into a bedroom and threatened to shoot him. Alexander says he reached for a gun and shot Shelton, who crawled outside."
 

WI: Senate to debate rewritten weapons bill
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"Extensively rewritten by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, a controversial proposal that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons is scheduled for debate today in the state Senate."

"To become law, it would need to be approved by the Senate and the Assembly and then Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle."

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NOTE: Article also includes FAQ's about the new legislation.
 

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