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In the Name of Security
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"IN the spring of 2001, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist sounded an alarm

" 'Technology now permits millions of important and confidential conversations to occur through a vast system of electronic networks,' he wrote in a First Amendment case. 'These advances, however, raise significant privacy concerns. We are placed in the uncomfortable position of not knowing who might have access to our personal and business e-mails, our medical and financial records, or our cordless and cellular telephone conversations.' " ...

"Sept. 11 changed everything, and last week those changes came into sharper focus, suggesting that any comprehensive rethinking of the right to privacy will have to wait. On Monday, two federal appeals courts endorsed vastly expanded government intrusions into the private affairs of Americans, finding privacy interests less compelling than those of rooting out terrorists and child pornographers." ...
 

'Marshal Law' in Flight
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"These exclusive photos were taken at the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Marshal training headquarters, located at a converted airfield near Atlantic City."

"Here, in a garage with a cardboard-covered window, every plane that enters American airspace - about 6,000 at any time - is tracked by computers and correlated with the latest intelligence and a 'threat matrix' is calculated."

"That information is fed to about a dozen workers who spend the day on the phone booking flight reservations for the country's thousands of federal air marshals - whose job it is to covertly board flights and protect the skies from terrorism." ...
 

Et tu, Ashcroft? (Developing the capability to build dossiers on all Americans)
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... "Another database, under development by the Justice Department with the full approval of Attorney General John Ashcroft, will catalog gun owners in the U.S. Using information gathered from states that require gun registration, along with data from Brady Bill background checks, criminal records, credit card transactions and other records, the database will be able to determine who owns guns, what they own and even when they buy ammunition for their weapons." ...
 

Widow wonders if husband thought boy's gun was a toy
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... "She said she agreed to the civil lawsuit because her husband's parents wanted it. Later, they changed their minds, but she said she had learned too much about the gun to drop her claim for $75-million -- an amount she believes was necessary to make gun companies take notice."

" 'That's how you make change in our society. There's no other way to do it,' Grunow said. 'I'd like to see us seriously consider the value of this particular weapon in circulation.' " ...
 

Drunken driving deaths increase
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... "MADD's recommendations to reduce the number of deaths include more and well-publicized sobriety checkpoints. It also urged tougher penalties against drivers who refuse alcohol tests when stopped, are caught driving with a license that was suspended for an earlier drunken driving arrest or who have a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or above." ...
 

Columbian President proposes "mass drug testing for Americans and Europeans."
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Maybe it's time to legalize? Take the profits out and terrorists can't capitalize on market inefficiencies. Oh yeah, and government can't infringe upon our civil liberties either.
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BOGOTA, Colombia -- "Colombia's president proposed a new front in the global war on drugs: mass drug testing for Americans and Europeans."

"Reviving the traditional conflict between drug-producing and drug-consuming nations, President Alvaro Uribe said Friday the tests would dry up demand for drugs that Colombian insurgents sell to finance their decades-old civil war."

" 'We need more serious commitments from the consumer countries,' Uribe said at a conference of Spanish and Latin American attorneys general."

"He called on 'the people in the United States and Europe to submit to a drug test to help us conquer drugs.' Uribe singled out American and European executives to start the process." ...
 

MT: Motorist charged for stopping car chase and helping capture car thieves
Submitted by: Tom O'Leary

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"A 25-year-old man who stopped a car chase last week by pulling his truck in front of a stolen vehicle pleaded guilty in City Court Friday to negligent endangerment."

" 'Because his driving behavior presented a serious potential threat to his well being, the (alleged car thieves’) well being and the law enforcement people involved in the chase,' says some idiot judge, a concerned citizen ends up with a $200 fine and a 6 year deferred jail sentence.

Anybody ever hear of a citizen's arrest? Or is that illegal now, too?
 

Ray guns, lasers in development as nonlethal weapons
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This really makes me feel warm, fuzzy and trusting of Mega-Mother.
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... "The military hopes to adapt a heat ray that causes an intense burning sensation but during short exposures does no long-term damage. The weapon is called "Active Denial Technology" and based on microwaves. The military envisions mounting it on Humvees to be used to control rioting crowds." ...
 

Law agencies destroy perfectly good weapons
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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... "The practice [of selling confiscated weapons] helps departments buy new weapons, pay officers' salaries and buy bullet-resistant vests. But the sell-offs have come under sharp criticism in Hattiesburg and other U.S. cities as those opposed to the sales argue that destroying the weapons does more to fight crime than selling them to dealers who could return them to criminals."

"...many communities hold gun-smashing parties rather than profit from guns taken by officers." ...
 

MD: City officer, 37, shot to death during ambush
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"An off-duty Baltimore police officer was shot and killed early yesterday as he stepped outside a bar in apparent retaliation for testifying against two men convicted of wounding him during an ambush last year."

"The death of the 12-year veteran sent waves of fear and anger throughout the city Police Department as officers tried to cope with the brazen attack on an officer who did nothing more than testify against those who had tried to kill him." ...
 

Australia: Spectre of terrorism has some law makers jumping the gun
Submitted by: P. Jones

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This is a news report about Australia, but it sounds a whole lot like America these days...
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"The Terrorism (Police Powers) Bill was rushed through the NSW Parliament last week, having been introduced after the outrage in Bali and a national security alert."

"Traditionally, the role of the parliamentary opposition is to critically scrutinise legislation so as to suggest amendments or even oppose bills. In these times, both at state and federal level, the 'opposition' could be better described as the 'imitation'. It will be left to the minor parties on the crossbenches to attempt to amend this legislation, but they will not have the numbers without support from the major parties."

"The new law will allow police to search people and property without a warrant in an Orwellian-sounding 'target area', or to search for a person who is 'the target of an authorisation'. A 'target area' is not limited in any way by size under the provisions of the legislation." ...
 

Australia: Gun 'buyback' (under threat of confiscation and imprisonment) to cost $30m
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"A NATIONAL buyback of handguns not used in approved competitions could cost a total of $30million - less than a 10th of the price of the 1996 rifle buyback.

"According to Minister for Justice and Customs Chris Ellison gun owners could be reimbursed on average $1000 for each firearm, although he said this had not been finalised. Sporting Shooters Association of Australia spokesman Gary Fleetwood said gun owners would expect an average of $1400 compensation.

"State and federal police ministers are meeting in Sydney on Wednesday to hammer out costings to be finalised at the Council of Australian Governments on 6 December.

"Senator Ellison told a Senate estimates hearing last week the sporting shooters body had agreed a buyback could net 20,000 to 30,000 handguns.

"John Howard wants the states to foot half the bill, unlike the 1996 buyback of longarm rifles, which cost the commonwealth $320 million."
 

Australia: Cops to get covert terror powers
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"VICTORIA Police would get powers to secretly break into homes and search for evidence of terrorism under new laws promised by the Bracks Government."

"New 'covert search warrants' would allow police to enter and rifle homes and vehicles without the owner ever knowing that the search was conducted."

"Police also would get powers to quarantine victims of chemical, biological and radiological attacks - powers previously only held by health authorities - to separate affected people from the general population." ...
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NOTE: American law enforcement already has the "authority" (green light) to do these things.
 

Killings make Los Angeles murder capital
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"GANG violence has helped transform the US city of Los Angeles into the nation's murder capital as a wave of killings claimed 17 victims in just six days."

"The 17th victim was gunned down in the gang-ridden south central area on Thursday, Los Angeles Police Department officers said, just a day after the city's new police chief urged Angelenos to fight the soaring murder rate." ...

"The 3.6 million-strong city's murder rate has risen 11.3 per cent over the same period last year to 595 so far, and by a whopping 20.5 per cent compared to 2000, when only 484 murders were reported, police statistics show."

"That rate betters that of New York, which this year has notched up 489 murders among its eight million residents, followed by Chicago with 485 for a population of 2.8 million and Detroit with 346 murders among its one million residents." ...
 

CT: Gun permits up from 2001
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"First time gun permits and gun sales in Connecticut both rose in the first 10 months of 2002 compared with the same period a year ago, according to state police.

"Connecticut issued 5,615 new gun permits and 15,489 renewals through October, 2002. In the same 10-month period in 2001, the state processed 3,659 first-time gun permits and 15,102 renewals.

"Authorities attribute the rise in part to fears of terrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks." ...
 

Australia: Pistol plan shot down (another report)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"PISTOL shooting would not be taught in Victorian schools, Education Minister Lynne Kosky declared yesterday.

"The Victorian Amateur Pistol Association was to introduce a pilot program to teach shooting to secondary school students...

"Association president Sharon Reynolds yesterday said the proposal had been ruled out despite receiving a $12,000 grant. She said the money would be spent on the development of an adult competition and the training of volunteers and competition officials." ...
 

OH: No way out of crooked politics (Letter)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"I may not vote again. ...Our gun hating Mike DeWine just co-sponsored a left wing bill called finger printing bullets. If this bill is to work, every gun manufactured will need to be registered to the owner. Throughout history, registration has led to confiscation! Maybe this will wake up Ohio's gun owners and they will vote that skunk out of office, but I doubt it. This state's politics [are] as crooked as it gets, and I see no way out of it, so why vote?" ...
 

Australia: Gunman abducts farm family
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A man armed with a semi-automatic pistol was still at large early today after abducting a family from their farmhouse then abandoning them unharmed near a camping area 50km away."

"A 32-year-old woman, Sandy Hain, and her parents, aged 52 and 51, were forced from their isolated property at Hexham, near Newcastle, early on Friday." ...
 

Canada: Clerk held at gunpoint
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A store clerk was held up at gunpoint and locked in the washroom during an armed robbery in St. James on Friday night.

"Two men, one carrying a semi-automatic handgun, entered the Radio Shack at 3653 Portage Ave. and directed the clerk into the store's washroom. They then stole an undisclosed amount of equipment and money." ...
 

New Zealand: No search warrant needed to search private property
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Regional council officials can search private property without a search warrant, the Environment Court has ruled."

"But their powers are limited to routine inspections, and they still need warrants to search whenever officials suspect an offence has been committed."

"Environment Waikato asked the court to clarify the extent of its officials' powers after confrontations when consent-holding landowners refused to let staff on to their properties." ...
 

New Zealand: Daylight park attacks on rise
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From the land where carrying a firearm for legitimate self-defensive purposes is prohibited...
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"A man with a knife made a daylight attack on a woman walking through a central Auckland park yesterday - the third attack of its kind this month."

"A young Asian woman was confronted in the grounds of Old Government House yesterday morning by a man wearing a red raincoat. He held a knife at her and demanded she hand over money."

"Detective Constable Kellie Cochrane said the woman ran away and was not chased by the man. He was described as about 30 years old with brown curly hair."

"Ms Cochrane said it was too early to say if the latest attack was linked to previous incidents but the descriptions of the assailants were different."

"In one of the earlier attacks, a man sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman and used a jagged shard of glass to cut her face after grabbing her from behind as she walked through Albert Park at 9am." ...
 

IN: Some police think getting a handgun OK is too easy in Indiana
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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" 'If we find an arrest with no conviction, if we find a not guilty, we issue it. An arrest is not enough,' said Indiana State Police Major Jerry Ezell, an attorney who checks gun-permit applications...

"Parker said he sympathizes with Ezell, but said, 'In a day and age where we are making 75-year-old ladies remove their shoes at airports in the name of homeland security, it makes you wonder why it's so easy to get a permit to legally carry a handgun in Indiana.' " ...
 

The Slow, Systematic Death of the Bill of Rights
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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... "The fact that the executive branch has taken only limited advantage of the provisions [of the so-called "USA PATRIOT Act"], doesn’t change the fact of their existence. It doesn’t change the fact that existing law now provides a way for the executive branch to circumvent the Constitution."

"...The American public has to ultimately decide whether or not it wishes to provide the executive branch with the opportunity to become a police state, exchanging some liberties for security in a post 9-11 world." ...
 

Privacy rights taking a hit from president, Congress
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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... "In fact, there are three segments of the government’s approach to the war on terrorism that should concern anyone who fears the consequences of unbridled governmental intrusions...

"The first is contained in the USA Patriot Act...

"The second issue is last-minute inclusion of the Cyber Security Enhancement Act in the Homeland Security Act....

"However, the most frightening attack on privacy comes from the so-called Total Information Awareness program..." ...
 

Outraged by US Government Spying on Americans?
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"...it is your moral obligation to resist....

"Free, legal software is available for your use in protecting your 1st and 4th Amendment rights to free and private speech. http://www.pgpi.com provides free, open-source software for encrypting your email -- and your data. It isn't failproof and in theory can be broken by the government, but at least you can force them to do a little work before they read your data!" ...
 

Report: Anti-terror powers curtail rights
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"According to Schulhofer, the Homeland Security Agency reorganization, provisions of the USA Patriot Act and Bush administration movement toward holding suspected terrorist indefinitely without charges all threaten individual liberty.

"He said that many of these policies circumvent the constitutional rights of individuals and undermine the checks and balances of our system of government." ...
 

High Court to Hear Miranda Challenge - Bush supports "coercive interrogations"?
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"Maybe you don't have a right to remain silent after all."

"The Supreme Court in its landmark Miranda opinion ruled that police must respect the rights of people who are held for questioning. Officers must warn them of their right to remain silent, and, equally important, honor their refusal to talk further."

"But that widely known rule is about to be reconsidered in the high court in the case of a farm worker here who was shot five times after a brief encounter with police. Legal experts say the case has the potential to reshape the law governing everyday encounters between police and the public."

"While the farm worker lay gravely wounded, a police supervisor pressed him to talk, to explain his version of the events. He survived, paralyzed and blinded, and sued the police for, among other things, coercive interrogation."

"But Oxnard police assert that the Miranda ruling does not include a 'constitutional right to be free of coercive interrogation,' but only a right not to have forced confessions used at trial."

"Bush administration lawyers have sided with the police in the case. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 4." ...
 

NJ: Lawmakers' "smart gun' votes could have consequences
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Both sides of the gun-control debate say lawmakers who opposed them or broke pledges during last week's vote on a 'smart gun' bill will pay the price in next year's elections...

"Bryan Miller of Ceasefire New Jersey, a gun control advocacy group, said two Democrats and five Republicans did not support the bill after promising his organization they would." ...
 

FL: Operations supervisor fired for gunfire at Boca Raton airport
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"A top official at Boca Raton Executive Airport was fired three days after his arrest for allegedly firing a gun on the job, causing a security lockdown of the airport for five hours.

"Operations Supervisor Donald Currie was dismissed Saturday for joining two other airport employees, one of them the security chief, in having target practice, firing pistols and shotguns more than 100 times into a grassy berm at the airport early Wednesday." ...
 

Canada: Third lawsuit to be filed against Vancouver police in missing women case
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"The parents of a woman whose DNA has been found at the farm of accused serial killer Robert Pickton said Friday they plan to sue the Vancouver city police over their handling of the case."

Doug and Lynn Frey's daughter, Marnie, disappeared from the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in August 1997. She is one of 63 drug-addicted prostitutes to disappear since 1978 - 38 of them in the last six years. 'You talk about justice,' Doug Frey said Friday. 'Justice to us . . . is having the women treated as women, (although) with problems.' "

"For five years the Freys tried to get police to investigate her disappearance, said their lawyer, James Hormoth."

" 'Every time they tried to bring it to their attention they were snowed and nothing ever happened,' he said." ...
 

NV: Gang Violence: Gun theft fuels concern
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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About two dozen stolen firearms remain on streets
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"An August gun store robbery that involved the theft of nearly 80 firearms has left at least some of those weapons in the hands of convicted felons, accused robbers and gang members."

" 'The guns that are still out there are not going to decent people,' said Las Vegas police Detective Steve Popp, who along with his colleagues investigated the robbery at Craven's Gun Haven, 3620 W. Sahara Ave., near Valley View Boulevard."

"But through investigation and an anonymous tip, police say they have recovered more than half of the arsenal stolen from Craven's, including two fully automatic weapons."

"Still, nearly three months after the robbery, about two dozen of the firearms remain on the streets. And with three members of a Las Vegas street gang in custody in connection with the crime, authorities are concerned some of those weapons could be purchased by gang members in a community already engulfed by gang-related murders." ...
 

Australia: "Victorian government backs pistol classes"
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NOTE: This contradicts the reports coming out of Australia's press. (See today's Newslinks.) This one comes from New Zealand...
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"The Victorian Government in Australia will give money for pistol shooting to be taught in schools."

"Children as young as 12 would be trained to hit targets 50 metres away using high-tech computerised guns, the Herald Sun reports."

"The Victorian Amateur Pistol Association received a A$12,000 ($13,556) grant from the Department of Tourism, Sport and the Commonwealth Games to develop youth interest in pistol shooting."
 

Philippines: Abra mayor arrested over unlicensed firearms
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"A MAYOR from Abra was arrested on Thursday by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for allegedly owning unlicensed firearms, a report by radio dzBB said."

"Found in Tubo Mayor Wilma Gatud's possession during the CIDG raid in her home were two unlicensed rifles and several magazines."

"The La Union Regional Trial Court issued the warrant of arrest on Gatud who has also been linked to several killings in her town."

"The report said Gatud would be charged with illegal possession of firearms under Presidential Decree 1866."
 

NY: NYPD Under fire for helping rock band members get gun permits for favors
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"A top NYPD official is being probed for helping rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry obtain pistol licenses in return for alleged VIP treatment at an Aerosmith concert and ritzy after-party, The Post has learned."

"Deputy Inspector Benjamin Petrofsky, the former head of the NYPD License Division, is the target of two probes into the circumstances that enabled Tyler and Perry to receive 'carry permits,' which allow the rockers to legally possess concealed handguns in the Big Apple."

"The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is trying to determine if Petrofsky violated departmental regulations when he cut through red tape to help Tyler and Perry, sources said." ...
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Meanwhile, the common NYC citizen -- who cannot afford to hire bodyguards -- has a difficult time getting a so-called "permit" to merely possess a handgun, and NYPD is administering a "Turn in Your Neighbor" program in which they are paying people $1000 to rat on people who have the audacity to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

If police officials are guilty, may they pay dearly for such abuse of authority.
 

NY: NYPD Gun License Division Has a History of Controversy
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"The NYPD License Division, which issues gun 'carry permits' in New York City, has long been embroiled in controversy."

"The city closely monitors who can - and can't - pack heat on the street, so officials involved in the licensing procedure can find themselves under pressure."

Among the luminaries with hard-to-get New York gun permits are Tommy Mottola, Steven Seagal, Harvey Keitel, Chazz Palminteri, Robert De Niro, Howard Stern, Don Imus and Buddy Hackett."

"The License Division suffered a black eye in 1997 when the then-commanding officer, Henry Krantz, was charged with helping pals get guns."
 

OH: HB274 Vote Officially Expected In December
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
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According to an article that ran in The Telegraph-Forum, a vote is expected on HB274 in December. However, the sponsor of the legislation (Rep. Aslanides) is quoted in the article admitting that the bill will come back to the House "significantly" different.

We need your help. Follow the story to our website and make sure you're constantly calling your Senators to state your opposition to caving into the FOP's gun control efforts. CALL NOW!
 

Antitrust Catch-22
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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... "Perhaps the courts will find it necessary to break up the state monopoly by creating smaller administrative units - my suggestion would be to break up the federal government into approximately 280 million smaller units, each of which would operate as an independent corporate entity for business purposes. But this brings us to a slight (well, monstrous, really) problem, the state's biggest and most frightening monopoly - that on the provision of justice." ...
 

FL: Officials may give sneakers for guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Last summer, hundreds of guns and rifles were turned in to police in exchange for name-brand sports shoes during an event sponsored by an Orlando radio station."

"Now, local authorities are considering the idea as a way to get unnecessary guns off the streets."

" 'We’re looking into it as a possibility,' said Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Garry Wilson. 'We want to talk to people up there in the Orlando area.' "

"The program has a no-questions-asked policy, which makes some police departments balk at the idea." ...
 

Gun database blues
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An article by the editor of Government Computer News explains the drawbacks of a national ballistic database.
 

CA: BB gun training aims at safety
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"The topic was BB guns, objects of desire for generations of boys, but the audience was grown-ups, with more than a few gray hairs among them."

"They participated in a training session Saturday in Santa Rosa on how to teach children to shoot BB guns, or air rifles." ...
 

Australia: Prime Minister John Howard "criticises US on guns"
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"PRIME MINISTER John Howard today continued to heap praise on the United States for its leadership in world counter-terrorism efforts but criticised its record on handgun control." ...

"...Mr Howard, raising the issue of handgun control, criticised the attitude of the US to possession of weapons."

"He hoped to bring some finality and sharpness to Australia's gun laws at the premiers' conference on December 6."

" 'I hold a very strong view that the overwhelming majority of Australians do not want this country to go down the American path when it comes to guns,' Mr Howard said."

" 'They do not want that. There is much that I admire about America and there is one thing that I do not admire and that is their extraordinary attitude towards the possession of weapons.' " ...
 

Jamaica: Legal gun supplies dry up
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"Merchants, licensed firearm holders left hanging as State Department tightens control"

"A tightening of gun exports by the US State Department has left the vaults of Jamaica's licensed firearm merchants empty, and they and their customers are now in a quandary."

" 'We don't have the guns to sell to the customers who come to us with police permits to purchase firearms,' a prominent Corporate Area firearm dealer told the Sunday Observer last week."

" 'Let me tell you truthfully, the police have issued us, the dealers, with the appropriate import permits to bring in guns and ammunition, but we can't get the guns from the American dealers to sell and this is affecting business,' he complained." ...
 

U.S. cracks down on letters used to illegally buy guns
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NOTE: The website address for this report is too long for our Newslinks system. Click Here for the full story.
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"Weapons dealers who use letters from law enforcement agencies to get their hands on machine guns are going to be facing closer scrutiny from the federal government."

"A series of cases that uncovered caches of illegal machine guns helped spur the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to take steps that it hopes will halt the use of phony letters. When the agency broke up an illegal machine gun distribution business in Lincoln County, it found about 800 weapons, most of them machine guns but also including mortars and cannons. It also discovered that the dealer, convicted felon James Carmi, had obtained dozens of letters from law enforcement agencies."

" 'These dealers trade these law enforcement letterheads like baseball cards,' said Doug Dawson, ATF spokesman in St. Louis." ...
 

Australia: School pistol plan shot down
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"Under the Victorian Amateur Pistol Association's plan, children as young as 12 would be trained to hit targets 50 metres away using high-tech computerised guns."

"Association spokesman Vladimir Galiabovitch said children would not fire bullets... because the pistols shoot at computer-linked targets."

"But a spokeswoman for Victorian Education Minister Lyn Kosky said any application to have the pistol shooting plan introduced would be flatly rejected." ...
 

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