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Bound to Misfire
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"Gun locks have their own problems. Most importantly, the increased time it takes to get the gun ready to deter a criminal. Locked guns are not as readily accessible for defensive gun uses. If criminals are deterred from attacking victims because they fear people might defend themselves, gun locks may therefore increase crime. Exacerbating this problem, many mechanical locks (such as barrel or trigger locks) also require that the gun be stored unloaded. Loading a gun obviously requires yet more time to respond to a criminal."

"Guns clearly deter criminals, with Americans using guns defensively over 2 million times each year -- 4.5 times more frequently than the 500,000 times guns were used to commit crimes in 2001. Over 90 percent of the time simply brandishing the weapon stops an attack. Even though the police are extremely important at reducing crime, they simply can't be there all the time and virtually always end up at the crime scene after the crime has been committed."
 

Lying Scholars Fuel Anti-gun Court Verdicts
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"David Bach is a warrior. A former Navy SEAL, a Naval Reserve officer and a naval attorney with top-secret clearance, Bach stands at the front lines of the War on Terror. Yet, on Sept. 25, a federal judge forbade him to carry a gun in New York state."

"The ruling is part of a growing trend. More and more federal judges today contend that Americans have no ...constitutional right to keep and bear arms."

"How did this happen? Simple. Left-wing historians and law professors have been rewriting American history and reinterpreting the Constitution for years. Now their work is bearing fruit. Anti-gun judges parrot the lies their professors told them. With each stroke of their gavels, they infuse those lies with the force of law."
 

Preparing to travel with gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"IT never was easy for hunters to travel by air, and since 9/11 it's become a real chore. But if you are traveling with firearms, following a few simple rules will make it much easier."

"Call your carrier in advance. Let them know you are traveling with a firearm and find out if they have any special regulations."

"All airlines require that you transport your firearms in a hard case that locks."

"While most people who fly will get to the airport 1-2 hours before their flight leaves, hunters should give themselves more time because they will have to fill out forms."

"As soon as you get out of the car, tell the first airline rep you see that you are traveling with firearms. Don't surprise anyone."
 

Rich history, special gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Winchester Model 1894 rifle is sometimes called the gun that won the West."

"A Colorado gun maker has released a limited run of the historic firearm that highlights Dinwiddie's past, from stock to barrel."

"Investment Arms Inc. has intricately crafted each .45-caliber rifle with about 17 scenes of Dinwiddie history. All woodwork is laser carved and the gun's metal was detailed in a 40-step process with nickel, silver plate and a 24-karat gold overlay."

"Eleven of the Dinwiddie rifles were produced, including one proof and 10 special-edition firearms."

"Each gun took about 130 hours to craft and costs $3,400, said Investment Arms official Jim Combs."
 

Blacklisted and misunderstood on gun control
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Sammy Burks Jr. is dead today because two adults treated their loaded handgun without care or thought."

"The gun, indeed, is an inanimate object. Yet when you leave one out for a child to find, it can become horribly animated."

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Here is where Mr. Johnson becomes all confused and downtrodden, because he's oh-so-misunderstood by gun owners when he advocates rendering your tool of self defense useless "for the children." He attempts to make himself sound more rational by claiming he's pro-safety, not anti-gun, ignoring or conveniently forgetting his moronic advice that keeping a loaded weapon at home is a "dangerous, stupid thing."

"I wrote the story to illustrate the danger, the outright foolishness, of any parent whose guns aren't locked up," Mr. Johnson claims. Anyone who read his last column can see right through that lie.

And, of course, he falls back on the old "I'm a gun owner" claim, as if this is a shield against his utter stupidity when it comes to actual gun safety.

Here's his email address again:
johnsonw@RockyMountainNews.com
 

Stop Paying the "Bad Actors"!
Submitted by: Kurt Amesbury
Website: http://directedfire.com/badmovies.html

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Are you putting money into the pockets of people who want to take away your guns? It used to be a time-consuming hassle to figure out which movies featured "bad actors" from the NRA blacklist of anti-gun celebrities...


Not any more!



Now we do all the work. All you have to do is click on a link.

See http://directedfire.com/badmovies.html

(You can help by notifying us if any "bad actors" slip through our net!)
 

UK: Scanner detects if that's a gun in your pocket
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"POLICE are developing a mobile scanner that can detect weapons being carried on the streets as part of the fight against the rising tide of gun crime."

"The scanner, which is being developed by scientists on behalf of Scotland Yard, will be able to pick out the outline of knives, guns and other weapons hidden underneath clothing, enabling officers to target criminals before they strike."

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It will also punish those "horrid criminals," who, unable to rely on police for protection, take a chance on being accountable for their own safety.
 

UK: More police to patrol school playgrounds
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"An extra 100 police officers are to patrol the playgrounds of British schools identified as breeding grounds for young offenders."

"Ministers are keen to extend the Government's Safer School partnerships, which bases police officers in schools to combat crime and make pupils feel safer."

"This follows the fatal stabbing last week of a 14-year-old boy during a fight at a secondary school. Luke Walmsley, a pupil at Birkbeck School, in North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, was killed after a quarrel with another pupil in a corridor."
 

SC: Video shows drawn guns and cowering students
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The surveillance video of the Stratford High School drug raid broadcast on televisions across the country shows a small clip of the 30-minute sweep from one camera among the more than 70 at the school."

"One angle shows officers coming down the main hallway at 6:45 a.m., several with guns aimed downward. Most of the students are standing along the sides. Several cower after spotting the officers, hiding behind each other."

"Within 30 seconds, all the students are sitting or lying against the wall on one side or against the trophy case on the other, with their backpacks in the center. The camera angle does not show all 107 students who happened to be in the hall."

"Other officers come in from the bottom of the screen. The video shows an officer pick out a sitting student, throw him to the side and pin him down. He is one of the students searched later."
 

Macedonia: New Renault? No thanks, I'd rather keep my AK-47
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The weapons amnesty in Macedonia is failing despite a handsome offer - the chance to win a new car."

"The last time that the people of Macedonia were offered a weapons amnesty, one man turned up in an armoured personnel carrier that he had made off with during the 2001 conflict between ethnic Albanians and Macedonians."

"This time around, the citizens have proved more reluctant to hand over their hardware. The authorities in this Balkan country are offering a handsome bribe: give us your illegal AK-47 and you will be entered in a lottery to win a new car or a computer. Yet it seems people would rather bristle with guns than drive away a mint Renault Clio."
 

UK: 'Kids carry knives and hammers: they have to look after themselves'
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"There are a lot of drugs in school. This area is surrounded by drug dens. It bothers me because I don't like walking past them. And it is scary to think you have to have a policeman in school - but it doesn't make me feel any safer. He can't be everywhere at once." ...

"Kids carry knives and hammers,"

"There are rival gangs and they carry knives and go off at lunchtime to have a fight. They bring knives to school because people know who they are, and they could be attacked on the way. They carry knives to look after themselves."
 

Colombia: Colombian Congressman shot dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"A gunman shot dead a Congressman in a nightclub near Colombia's third-largest city in what appeared to be a professional hit."

"The gunman walked up to Clavijo in the club yesterday and fired at him several times before fleeing."

"Wilson Borja, a fellow Congressman, said that Clavijo had mentioned his security problems and death threats."

Last year, legislators received a course on how to use firearms in self-defence. [emphasis added]

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While their constituents are disarmed, the elite can pack heat.
 

UK: At the sharp end
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"But it came as no surprise to police officers who have grown increasingly alarmed by a deadly new 'fashion' for young people to carry knives, turning what would otherwise be a playground scuffle into a fight to the death."

"Walmsley’s mother, Jayne, made a moving and emotional appearance on the nation’s televisions last week following her son’s murder. But she may well not have known that as many as one in five secondary school pupils - including children as young as 11 - now arm themselves with some kind of weapon 'for self-defence'."
 

South Africa: Disarmed lesbians being targeted with violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Lesbians are being raped, assaulted and victimised 'every day' in the townships, in an attempt to force a change in their sexual orientation. Since January this year, 33 black lesbians have come forward with their stories of rape, assault, sexual assault and verbal abuse to organisations fighting hate crimes in Johannesburg townships." ...

"Since we started on this project (The Rose has Thorns) we've realised that this kind of thing happens every day, everywhere." ...

"I was raped because I was a butch child. I was 13 years old the first time it happened. My mother walked into the room soon afterwards and said to me 'this is what happens to girls like you'."

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Armed gays don't get bashed. Pink Pistols
 

MO: Man indicted on charge that he slayed unarmed stalker
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A suburban St. Louis man was indicted Friday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of an unarmed stalker -- a case that has stoked debate over what's self-defense and what's unjustified use of lethal force."

"The St. Charles County grand jury also charged Richard 'Rick' Pearia, 51, with armed criminal action. Both charges, replacing identical ones on a criminal complaint filed last month, carry a possible life sentence."
 

WI: Lawmakers take heat on gun vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It’s not about guns, it’s about self-defense..."

"I feel law-abiding citizens should have the right to defend themselves..."

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They already have that right. The fact that Wisconsin infringes upon it doesn't negate its existence.
 

UT: Armed teachers teaching the wrong lesson?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"After all, though the American Association of Pediatrics is of the opinion that no household where children live should contain guns or ammunition, nobody said anything about school."

"Lott bemoans the unfairness of namby-pamby media types who forget that Americans use guns more than 2 million times a year in self-defense. They’re too busy concentrating on the fact that, after accidents, gun violence is among the leading causes of death for children between the ages of 15-19."

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It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that this is the prime age for gang involvement, would it?

And the American Association of Pediatrics wouldn't happen to have a political agenda, now would it?

Write this twit at mitch@mailbag.com.
 

TX: Women seek sense of security in martial arts classes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"In the two months that Villarreal and her son have taken tae kwon do together, the pair have seen their confidence levels increase, she said. When a strange man recently followed them through a grocery store parking lot, Villarreal readied herself to backhand the man if he approached her — a move she wouldn’t have known without her martial arts training." -- A move she wouldn't need unless her attacker was already dangerously close - something that wouldn't happen if she were armed.

"Most of the violent crimes involved a lone, weaponless attacker. While 56 percent of men were assaulted by strangers, just 24 percent of females were attacked by strangers. Women were most commonly victimized by someone they knew, usually an intimate partner (husband, ex-husband, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend). Women were most likely to suffer minor or severe injuries at the hands of an intimate partner than anyone else." -- If most of the attackers were unarmed, a pistol would give a woman a distinct advantage - an advantage she likely wouldn't have against a much bigger, stronger male assailant.
 

Malaysia: Copycat gang hijacks luxury cars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"THE success of a gang specialising in stealing luxury vehicles has apparently inspired another gang to adopt the former’s modus operandi when committing a series of auto thefts in the Klang Valley recently."

"The Sunday Mail learnt that the latest gang, believed to be made up mostly of Indians, had emulated a Chinese Sentul-based gang who is being tracked by police for the armed car-jacking of 13 luxury cars."

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Armed carjackings in a country that punishes those who use "illegal" guns by death?
 

CA: Gun that killed outlaw Jesse James to be auctioned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Smith & Wesson is well used, banged up - kind of ugly, actually."

"The nickel finish on the single-action revolver, made around 1875, is pitted and eroded, the hard-rubber grip badly chipped from being dropped." ...

"And this particular .44-caliber pistol purportedly was used to kill none other than the outlaw Jesse James."

"When the gun is auctioned off this weekend in Anaheim, it could set a record for a Western historic firearm, experts say."
 

IN: Thug killed, clerk wounded, in liquor store robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after an apparent robbery on Evansville's West Side."

"It happened at Kwick Stop Liquor on W. Columbia just after 11 p.m. Friday." ...

"Authorities say the customer found the clerk lying on the floor bleeding. She told them a large white man attacked her, so she grabbed a pistol and there was a struggle."

"The clerk shot the man and he ran off. She had also accidentally shot herself in the stomach."

"Police found the suspect lying unconscious in the alley behind the store surrounded by money."

"The clerk and the suspect were both taken to the hospital, where he later died."
 

MN: Minneapolis Police Cuts Part II
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fewer cops on the streets of Minneapolis means less service and in some cases, no police service by at all."

"Minneapolis has lost some 160 police officers [20%] over the past seven years and officers say cuts are putting a strain on the police force and leaving some crimes unsolved."

"Kupchella looked at the police response to priority-one calls this year. Calls for things like rape and murder and burglar alarms. One of every ten of these calls — 4,895 of them — were on hold ten to 20 minutes. There's another 4,987 calls the city doesn't even count because officers sometimes fail to enter their arrival times on their squad-car computers."

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Rape and murder, on hold for 10 to 20 minutes. Could seem like the rest of your life.
 

MN: Minneapolis Police Cuts Part I
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Nearly one of every five officers that were on the streets of Minneapolis back in 1997 are no longer there."

"There are so few officers available right now that the Minneapolis Police Department is literally coming up with crimes, it will no longer respond to."

"In Minneapolis last August a car leaving a parking lot strikes Linda Braufman's car and does $2,200 in damage. A security camera captures the scene as the driver gets out, looks at the damage, then drives away."

"Linda's husband, was saddened by the accident, but thrilled to learn there was a tape. He says he was 'dumfounded' to learn that Minneapolis Police don't investigate hit and runs anymore."
 

India: Illegal guns seized from police commissioner's home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Police have seized five guns, some of which they suspect to be unlicensed, from the residence of discredited joint commissioner of police, Sridhar Vagal, sent to police custody yesterday for his involvement in the fake stamp paper scam."

"During a search of his official residence late Friday night shortly after his arrest under MCOCA by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), police claimed some documents pertaining to investments made by him were seized and Vagal may be booked for allegedly amassing property disproportionate to his income."

"During the raids, five firearms — one police service revolver and four foreign-made pistols — were recovered, sources said."

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But only trusted government officials should have guns, right Sarah?
 

SC: Police fail to find drugs in Stratford High raid
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"Reports of drug deals at Stratford High School led to an early-morning police raid this week in which about 15 officers cordoned off the main hallway to search for marijuana. Several drew their guns but did not use force, police said."

"Officers did not arrest anyone during the lockdown at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday."

"A police dog sniffed residue on 12 book bags but found no drugs, said Lt. Dave Aarons of the Goose Creek Police Department."
 

SC: Ex-officer, wife facing drug charges
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"A 10-year North Charleston police veteran who quit the department in August is charged with growing marijuana at his Berkeley County home, authorities said Friday."

"Sheriff's deputies arrested former Cpl. Anthony Youngblood and his wife, Melissa, after finding seven marijuana plants worth $14,000 growing at their Tall Pines Road home, said Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt."

"During a search, investigators also found missing police equipment, including a weapon, inside Youngblood's home, said North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt. North Charleston detectives are handling that part of the investigation, he said."

"Youngblood, 35, was one of two officers involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Edward Snowden at a Dorchester Road video store in October 2000."
 

SC: SLED investigating Stratford drug sweep
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"As police struggled to calm a growing firestorm over their drug raid at Stratford High School, state investigators Friday began probing why officers charged into a crowded hallway with guns drawn while students cowered in fear."

"After watching a surveillance videotape of the Wednesday raid, Solicitor Ralph Hoisington asked the State Law Enforcement Division to look into possible police misconduct in the operation. He called for the probe after consulting with Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt."
 

MO: One gun, two crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Crouching down on a hot asphalt street, detective Joe Tado peered into a Cape Girardeau storm sewer drain."

"After nearly three hours of searching nearby drains, he finally spotted the object of his quest lying in the muck -- a small, black semiautomatic 9 mm handgun."

"This was the pistol used to kill Billy Jones Jr., a 31-year-old father of seven."

"This was the weapon that still gives gunshot victim John Murphy nightmares." . . .

"There are hundreds of guns in the police evidence room destined for eventual destruction after their cases are finished in court. Detective Tado personally renders several useless each month with a saw and makes no secret of his great satisfaction that those guns will never be fired again."

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It makes one curious if Detective Tado hates his own tool of self defense as much as he hates these tools.
 

Australia: Blackwater shooter on target
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"BLACKWATER sharpshooter Darryl Challacombe claimed the coveted overall top gun prize after a brilliant display of shooting at the Australian championships for military/service rifle disciplines at Herveys Range on the weekend."

"Challacombe celebrated victory in five of the main events over the three-day competition and also finished second in another two categories on the way to claiming the overall prize."

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See?! The Aussies aren't completely against guns. They still permit their subjects to shoot in "appropriate" competitions.
 

CA: Teen shot on bus dies; protesters decry gun show
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"Balboa High School student DeShawn Dawson died Saturday night at San Francisco General Hospital, according to the San Francisco medical examiner."

"DeShawn, 15, was shot in the face Thursday afternoon while riding the 29 Sunset bus to his after-school job as a tutor at the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club."

"Earlier in the day, more than 20 activists protested outside a gun show at the Cow Palace, claiming it was 'disrespectful' to sell firearms so close to neighborhoods that are plagued by gun violence."

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What exactly is disrespectful about giving people a chance to purchase effective tools of self-defense in a neighborhood where the criminals are armed?
 

CO: Man who helped Columbine shooters get gun paroled
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"A man convicted for helping the teens who shot up Columbine High School buy a gun they used in the 1999 attack was paroled Saturday."

"Philip Duran was placed on parole Saturday because he had completed 75 percent of his sentence, the rule for parole under state law, according to Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan. She said he will have to maintain weekly contact with a parole officer, hold a job and live in an approved residence."
 

Why I have never paid Federal Income Tax
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Average Joe should be able to look up and read for himself where in the law it says, that if he earns $45,000, Uncle Sam is taking a chunk of it. After all, if average Joe doesn't give up what the law says he owes, Uncle Sam has the authority to point a gun at him and lock him up."

"Follow me for a second. If what most Americans believe about the federal income tax were true, Congress could write and pass a law tomorrow that could take 50%, 80%, even 100% of what Americans earn. If Americans didn't pay up, Congress could authorize government agents to point guns at us and lock us up. That, my friends, IS the textbook definition of slavery. As everyone already knows, our federal government does not have that authority."

"Of course, when one either rationally thinks this through or when they actually read the tax laws, they realize that Congress does not have such an authority."
 

UK: Couple tortured, shot in gun-free UK
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"A COUPLE murdered at their isolated home were horrifically beaten and tortured before being shot several times, it was revealed yesterday."

"A post mortem examination on Graham Fisher, 60, and his 53-year-old wife Carole found they'd suffered a horrifying ordeal."
 

Senate Postpones Vote on Internet Tax Ban
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"The Senate postponed a vote on banning Internet access taxes yesterday after sponsors agreed to extend the prohibition without making it permanent."

" 'We're not going to get a vote on it,' said Senator George Allen, Republican of Virginia and a sponsor of a measure to replace a lapsed temporary prohibition with a permanent one."

"Opponents of the ban say states are entitled to tax those products. States will lose $4 billion to $9 billion in revenue by 2006 if the ban covers other technologies, according to the Multistate Tax Commission."

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Leaving themselves some leeway, just in case they need some extra revenue later on to fund their pork barrel spending projects, no doubt.
 

NY: Ashtrays – the New Contraband
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"Getting caught with an unregistered gun can get you busted in New York City - and so can possession of a new form of contraband."

"Brooklyn video store owner Marty Arno learned that lesson the hard way - he's facing a whopping $6,000 in fines after two of Mayor Bloomberg's anti-smoking goon squad storm troopers caught him harboring one of these deadly items."

"Today's New York Post reveals that city inspectors M. Dundas and S. Holloway gave Arno, owner of Brooklyn Heights Video, a ticket last month charging that they had uncovered not explosives, not guns, not knives, but 'One (1) ashtray with cigarette butt, and ashes,' which was 'seen on the counter of the establishment.' "

"For this criminal offense Arno faces a hefty $2,000 fine plus two other similar fines because the -inspectors discovered he did not have 'No Smoking' signs and had not put up a sign displaying his store's official nonsmoking policy."

"All of these crimes violate the city's politically correct Smoke-Free Air Act, a brainchild of New York's Mayor Bloomberg."
 

KS: Town passes ordinance requiring gun ownership
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"An entire Kansas town will soon be armed after a new law has been passed in Geuda Springs. The city law mandates 'every head of household' in Geuda Springs must own a gun."

"Still the sun hasn't set on the issue yet. The city attorney is looking over the law to see if it's even legal."

"There are provisions in the law that say convicted felons and those with 'religious beliefs against gun ownership' don't have to comply."
 

WI: Safety move: Gun owners can get free locks
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"Area law enforcement officials say they hope a new program expected to provide nearly 500,000 gunlocks to gun owners throughout Wisconsin will decrease the likelihood of children getting injured or killed in accidental shootings."

"Project ChildSafe, which kicked off in Wisconsin in late October, calls for distributing the free locks and educational materials at 352 locations in Wisconsin, including the Mequon, Newburg, Saukville, Thiensville, Jackson and Grafton police departments."

"About 210,000 cable-style gunlocks have been given to law enforcement agencies for distribution to gun owners. A total of 465,500 will be passed out during the next year."
 

FL: Handgun manufacturer cites SLC shooting as evidence for liability claim
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"The manufacturer of the handgun a St. Lucie County sheriff's deputy used in an accidental fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man Oct. 10 is one of the gun companies most commonly sued for product liability, according to a Washington, D.C. watchdog group."

"The .40-caliber, semiautomatic Glock 22, manufactured by Georgia-based Glock Inc., has been named in at least 50 lawsuits in the past eight years, said Josh Horwitz, acting director of the non-profit Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence."
 

UK: Armed raiders fire shot
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"Armed raiders fired a shot into the ceiling of a food store after threatening staff at gunpoint.
West Midlands Police said three men wearing scarves to hide their faces forced their way into the Farmfoods store on Chester Road in Castle Bromwich."

"They entered when a member of staff opened a rear door after the store had closed on Saturday."

"Detectives said the three men went into the store at 1750 GMT and threatened members of staff with a handgun."

"As they left the store with a quantity of cash one of the men fired the gun into the ceiling of a back office."
 

Thailand: Policeman kills civilian at station
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"A policeman took leave of his senses at Saensuk police station in Chonburi yesterday and shot dead a civilian who was at the station to file a report."

"Pol Sgt Somkuan Riying held other police officers at bay for five and a half hours before he was finally disarmed."

"Around 5am yesterday the policeman took out his 11mm pistol and stood in front of the station in an apparently agitated state. Without provocation, he fired a shot at a man who was at the station, hitting him in the stomach."

"The man, who carried no identification, was taken to Burapha University Hospital where he succumbed to the wound. He was about 21 years old."
 

Zimbabwe: Armed robberies rise
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"A TOTAL of 323 armed robberies were committed in Harare between January and October this year compared to 276 cases during the same period last year, amid rising concern over the proliferation of guns in the country."

"There has been a notable increase in the frequency of violent and often fatal armed robberies, carjacking and thefts involving the use of firearms." ...

"Police have so far this year confiscated at least 200 small arms and these comprise Uzis, CZ pistols, 303 rifles, AK-47s and automatic rifles."

"AK-47s, Uzis and other automatic rifles cannot be legally-licenced to civilians and most of the confiscated firearms have been used in criminal activities."
 

AL: Athena raped in Alabama
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"According to Beito and other sources, the University is attempting to control the use of campus mailing fees and official mailboxes as tactics used to discourage the activities of the ASA." ...

"In a related event, mathematics professor Stephen Dow was ordered to cease distribution of the paper in mailboxes at the UA-Huntsville campus under threat of being physically removed from the premises." ...

"After running for governor as the Libertarian Party candidate in 2002, the contract of Auburn University economics professor John Sophecleus was conveniently not renewed." ...

"The patterns used in Europe to suppress heresy while still in a genetic state are very similar to what occurs in Alabama today." ...
 

Gore Accuses Bush of 'Big Brother' Policy
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"Former Vice President Al Gore accused President Bush on Sunday of failing to make the country safer after the Sept. 11 attacks and using the war against terrorism as a pretext to consolidate power."

"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government - toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' - than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America..."
 

ACLU Leader Criticizes Patriot Act
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"The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union on Saturday highlighted what he described as a growing effort to examine and challenge the scope of the Patriot Act."

"Anthony Romero, who traveled to the state for the ACLU of Michigan's annual dinner, took aim at Attorney General John Ashcroft and other Bush administration officials for their strident defense of the anti-terrorism legislation adopted by Congress shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist"
 

UK: Rapper's shooting charge
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RAPPER Tray Deee, a member of the hip-hop group Tha Eastsidaz, was yesterday arrested for allegedly shooting at people outside a California business.

Police said no one was injured in the alleged shooting, and there was little information on its circumstances.
The 37-year-old rapper, whose given name is Tray Muhammad, was arrested at his home hours after the alleged shooting, a police spokeswoman said.

"Someone fired a handgun in the direction of individuals. Someone identified him as a possible suspect," a spokeswoman said.
 

Jamaica: Mother, two sons charged with illegal possession of firearm
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"A St Elizabeth mother and her two sons whose arrests sparked violent demonstrations, have been committed to stand trial in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court which opens November 17 on charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition."

"The three are Barbara Thompson, 52 and her sons -- Fabian McLeish, 22, taxi operator and Shawn McLeish, 25, welder, all of Roses Valley, St Elizabeth."

"The three were arrested by members of the Area 3 Narcotics Police following a raid on their home on September 12."
 

Australia: Police probe shooting
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POLICE were investigating a shooting in Melbourne's western suburbs overnight after a man opened his front door to find an armed man waiting for him.

Police said the man brandishing a firearm fired three shots into the front door of the Rita Street, St Albans home before fleeing.

The home owner was not injured in the shooting, which happened about 10.30pm.

Police said they did not know what sort of firearm was used in the incident.

 

UK: Shots at police prompt armed siege
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"Armed police officers are surrounding a house on the outskirts of a village after a gunman fired shots at police in the early hours."

"Police were called to the semi-detached house in Harworth, north Nottinghamshire, after the man made a 999 call in a 'distressed state', a police spokesman said."

"When officers arrived, several shots were fired from the house before another person emerged, leaving the armed man alone in the property."
 

IL: Illegal Immigrants Push For Driver's Licenses In Illinois
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"Whether to let illegal immigrants obtain licenses has become part of the country's debate over immigration and national security, with politicians in several states wrestling with the issue." ...

"Applicants also would have to show they are Illinois residents and sign affidavits promising to seek citizenship. Illegal immigrants who get licenses would not be allowed to use them to get a firearm owner's identification card."
 

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The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers" delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.' A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power." [Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)]

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