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Greyhound Steps Up Security Measures (no guns, of course)
Submitted by: Kevin

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The new security measures include equipping each driver with cellular phones that are preprogrammed with emergency numbers. The tighter security will also forbid passengers from sitting in the front seats of the buses, except for children traveling alone and Greyhound employees. Company officials said that signs have been placed on buses warning passengers to stay behind yellow lines or face possible prosecution.
 

Man's gun on Phoenix-bound flight goes undetected
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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A man carried a loaded gun through security checkpoints and boarded a Southwest Airlines flight before turning the weapon over to a flight attendant. The man did not realize he had the derringer inside his briefcase until the plane had left for Phoenix.

The FBI questioned the man, but he was not charged because he had no intent to commit a crime.

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This looks like a bad place for a Stickup
Submitted by: Bobshouse

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Robbers attempt to stick up a convenience store next to a gun shop.
 

Grand jury clears officers in shooting (TX)
Submitted by: serinde

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A Galveston County grand jury decided that Texas City police were legally justified in using deadly force that led to the death of a man outside a bar in August.

According to District Attorney Michael Guarino, the officers acted professionally in what was a difficult and dangerous situation.

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Ireland: "Breakthrough" as IRA scraps weapons
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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The "International Disarmament Commission" confirmed that the Irish Republican Army had begun to put arms beyond use, an unprecedented gesture considered vital to save Northern Ireland's crumbling peace process.
 

Australia: Verbal shots traded over the "success" of "gun amnesty"
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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Obsolete police service revolvers thrown in with swords, sickles, sawn-off shotguns and even scissors are part of a huge arsenal to be destroyed today.

The Government paints this as a sign of a flood of illegal weapons being removed from NSW streets but the Opposition says it represents a mere trickle.
 

New Zealand: Offenders lose gun licenses
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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Police operations support national manager Superintendent Neville Matthews said gun licence revocations and suspensions were most often the result of owners receiving criminal convictions for breaching the Domestic Violence Act or committing firearms and violence offences.
 

New Zealand: 'Guns and bazookas' no joke on airlines
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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Police told Judge Atkins that when checking in for a flight to Christchurch, Roberts checked in a toolbox as luggage. Asked what was in it, he had responded, "Guns and bazookas".

The attendant warned him not to say such things. He told her it was his shearing kit. She checked his luggage and gave him his boarding pass.

As Roberts walked away with his shoulder bag, he told her, "The guns and bazookas are in the bag".
 

New store annoyed by city's gun rules (Columbus, OH)
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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Officials at a new Columbus hunting and camping store said they were unaware of the city's tough gun-permit law, which they contend cuts their potential firearms sales in half.

Columbus, which requires a background check that can take up to 10 days, has the most restrictive law of all municipalities and townships in Franklin County. Most follow the federal law that allows buyers to walk out with weapons after passing an instant FBI check.
 

Kids get kick from first shots - After taking course, they hunt pheasants
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The bird quickly gains altitude and velocity, its long tail feathers shaking as 12-year-old Corey Keegan shoulders his .410 shotgun. The boy keeps the gun moving as he swings up and through the pheasant from behind, just as he was taught at the trap range a few hours before. He squeezes the trigger and sees the bird fold and drop into the grass.
 

Banning guns on city buses called 'unconstitutional' by public servant
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"The city’s request for the state Legislature to propose a bill banning firearms on city buses may never reach the Assembly floor."

"Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, said Monday that prohibiting concealed and unconcealed weapons on public transportation would be considered unconstitutional under current state statutes."

"I’m not in favor of this legislation, and I definitely won’t be proposing it," said Gundrum of the city’s request.
 

200 rally against police brutality -- some urge violence against police
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"The national president of the Black Panther Nation spoke of citizens gaining martial arts training and defending themselves even by taking a police officer's gun and using it against him."

"“You are within your rights,” said Black Panther Minister Malik Shabazz, who came from Detroit."

What would happen if *white* people were up on stage saying that?
 

Senate wants closed-door hearings for talks on terrorism threats (FL)
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"There's a paranoia that's clearly obvious when you take all of these proposals and put them together," says Barbara Petersen, executive director of the First Amendment Foundation, which watches open-government issues for media. The Senate's rush to secrecy is not only unconstitutional, she maintains; "It creates a sense of fear. What is it they don't want us to know?"
 

"Anti-terrorism" Health "reporting gap" targeted (TX)
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State health officials must improve communication with emergency room doctors to help bolster anti-terrorism readiness in Texas, state Sen. Florence Shapiro said.

[Texas Land Commissioner David] Dewhurst credited Love Field, operated by the city of Dallas, for enhancing protection measures, including overtime wages paid to security officers.

"They bit the bullet and stepped up appropriately to get the security that the public needs and wants," Dewhurst said.
 

Fort Worth, TX, Mayor & Police Chief to attend "Safety Summit" (DC)
Submitted by: serinde

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Third story on page.

Mayor Kenneth Barr and Police Chief Ralph Mendoza will be among dozens of top city officials to gather in Washington, DC, this week for an "Emergency, Safety and Security Summit."

They plan to discuss anti-terrorism efforts and security - from public health issues to local emergency management preparedness - in America's cities.
 

Fewer police officers assigned to schools, Maybe (TX)
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First story on page.

The Fort Worth City Council delayed for two more weeks a decision on a contract that would reduce the number of police officers assigned to Fort Worth schools.

The proposal would leave at least one officer at every middle and high school, but would reassign additional personnel to other school districts and street patrol.
 

Officers Complete "Integrated Emergency Response" Program (TX)
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Second story on page.

Arlington, TX - Deputy chiefs Michael A. Ikner and Kim Lemaux of the Arlington Police Department have completed Texas A&M's first leadership development program for integrated emergency response.

Ikner and Lemaux are two of 24 state emergency professionals who completed a training session that was designed to improve and expand leadership skills during crises.
 

Dallas, TX, Mayor Ron Kirk to attend "Security Summit" (DC)
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Mayor Ron Kirk will be in Washington, DC, to join about mayors from around the country for the "Emergency, Safety and Security Summit."

Among the topics to be discussed will be "federal and local cooperation and coordination" in the "war on terrorism"; recommendations by mayors for the "new" "Office of Homeland Security"; local emergency management preparedness; "transportation security" including aviation, rail, port and ground; communications and technology issues; and public health.
 

Host must reveal authors and participants "critical" of school officials
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A Web site hosting company must reveal the anonymous people behind a site that criticized the administration at the University of Louisiana-Monroe as incompetent and accused top officials of lying. The university's vice president for external affairs wants to file a defamation lawsuit.

The magistrate also ordered them to provide computer logs of all people who have posted, published or provided any content to the site.
 

Don't return to work yet, anti-flag firefighters told (FL)
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Three Miami-Dade firefighters, removed from duty amid allegations they refused to ride on a fire truck flying the American flag, have been told not to return to work just yet.

The firefighters have sought legal advice and said they are concerned for their safety if they return to work because many fellow firefighters are angry about their alleged actions.
 

House bill lets everyone fly flag, requires Pledge for students (FL)
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House members on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved bills to guarantee Florida residents may fly an American flag outside their homes and to require that children start each school day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

"In their zealousness to show extreme patriotism, they've got us violating the Constitution," Smith said
Feeney said the bill is constitutional because it allows children who don't want to say the pledge for religious or other reasons to "politely stand" as the pledge is recited.
 

National ID Card System Failing to Attract Supporters
Submitted by: Andrew Chanis

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Not directly RKBA related, but still good news. We still have state "ID" cards, but support for a national one seems to be diminishing according to the article.

"Calls for a national system of identification cards sparked by the Sept.11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have gained little traction, failing to win endorsements from the Bush administration or congressional leaders."
 

Easy Access to .50 Cal Rifles Due to New Initiative (IL)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Oak Brook, Illinois, October 23, 2001 - In light of threats to ban .50 caliber rifles expressed by US Congressman Rod Blagojevich, Concealed Carry, Inc. announced Tuesday that it would serve as the transferring dealer, at no cost, for any citizen wishing to bring a 50 caliber Rifle into Illinois.
 

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