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FL: Melvin Spaulding won't face charges
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"Prosecutors will not file an attempted murder charge against Melvin Spaulding, the 71-year-old man who shot a 20-year-old for allegedly attacking his friend in the street." ...

"Pinellas-Pasco Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said evidence showed Spaulding was trying to prevent his friend George Lowe, 63, from being killed or suffering 'serious bodily harm' as others attacked him."

"The law allows people to intervene in such cases to protect others from harm, Bartlett said."
 

NY: 'A Justified Shooting' -- But cops could charge shopkeeper over gun
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"As neighbors hailed a Brooklyn dog store owner who fatally shot two would-be robbers as a hero, law enforcement authorities yesterday were mulling whether he should be charged criminally."

"Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday night's thwarted robbery appears to be 'a justified shooting.' However, law enforcement authorities have yet to decide whether charges will be filed against Ivan Blume, the owner of Quality Canines pet shop, for an unlicensed gun found inside his shop, police said."
 

What was I thinking, reading Stephen King at the airport!
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"They told me that John was in a little trouble. They dodged my questions at first, and then said he had brought a firearm with him that he had not declared. ...Then they started asking me questions. Who was I, how did I meet John, what were our political views, did we 'meet with others who might have similar political views' on his visit..." ...

"They started asking about me. Did I shoot, when did I pick up the hobby and why, did my father know that a man from Montana carrying firearms was visiting me." ...

When they finally released John ...the officer ...said to me, very pointedly 'you might want to be rethink your lifestyle choices, and maybe think twice before travelling with your firearms.' "

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Welcome to Amerika.
 

TN: Mother speaks out against alleged pedophile with badge
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"On Dec. 9, Shackleford tearfully recounted the incidents that lead up to the split of her family and her everyday fear of being harmed for speaking out against a veteran police officer." ...

"Ginger Shackleford said she contacted Loudon County District Attorney Scott McCluen and asked if he would prosecute Bridges for his alleged actions."

"McCluen reportedly never returned her calls and refused to prosecute his friend and coworker, Bridges."

"The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was notified and an investigation was begun, but Bridges was never taken off duty or suspended while the investigation was being conducted."
 

WA: County Council backs Patriot Act changes
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"The Metropolitan King County Council yesterday joined a growing bipartisan movement to soften some of the most controversial provisions of the anti-terrorist USA Patriot Act."

"In a unanimous vote, the council called on Congress to pass the Security and Freedom Enhanced (SAFE) Act, sponsored by a group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators."

"Among other changes to the Patriot Act, the SAFE Act would restrict the use of so-called 'sneak and peek' search warrants in which suspects are not informed at the time that a search is being made of their property." ...
 

OR: Patriot Act criticized during petition rally
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"During a meeting to discuss the Patriot Act, Rep. Peter DeFazio looks over a bookmark of the Bill of Rights while Joe Stewart looks on. At left is a copy of the U.S. Constitution. The Tuesday meeting took place on the 112th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights." ...
 

International Bankers Focus on PATRIOT Act Compliance
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"The Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), Inc. will hold its Annual Anti-Money Laundering & USA PATRIOT Act Compliance Conference in March of 2004 in Miami." ...

" 'Miami's international banking community is fortunate in that they have been complying with most of the requirements under the PATRIOT Act for more than a decade,' said Pat Roth, FIBA's Executive Director. 'Under the PATRIOT Act, everyone in the financial industry is now subject to the new laws and regulations, not just banks. Broker dealers, money transmitters, check cashers, and other financial entities, both in the U.S. and in Latin America...' " ...
 

IN: "Driver's license scandal" involving "six state employees"
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"A former U.S. marshal will lead an independent review of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, where a fraudulent driver's license scandal so far has resulted in more than a dozen arrests and the suspension of six state employees."

"Michael Carrington, who is currently a threat assessment consultant in South Bend, will review fraud detection procedures in the BMV and deliver recommendations in April, Gov. Joe Kernan announced Wednesday."

"More than 1,000 foreign nationals may have used fake visas and passports to obtain Indiana driver's licenses, authorities say." ...
 

CT: Judge dismisses wrongful arrest and imprisonment case due to "prosecutorial immunity"
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. . . "Gilberto Rivera was arrested and spent two and a half months in jail following the death of Enrique Ramirez, 25, who was shot during a Puerto Rican festival in Hartford."

"Two days later, a federal gang task force arrested gang member Julio Ramos. But Hartford police built a case against Rivera. Ramos eventually confessed to the shooting and was sentenced to 24 years in prison."

"Rivera sued for false arrest and imprisonment, and malicious prosecution. A federal judge dismissed the suit against State's Attorney James Thomas, Assistant State's Attorney Herbert Carlson and state Inspector John Mazzamurro, saying they had prosecutorial immunity." ...
 

Why Abolishing Government Would Not Bring Chaos
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"I wrote recently that government should be abolished. Among the responses to the article were objections of the sort shared by most who encounter for the first time the prospect of living without forcible government. The most common objections are fundamentally similar to each other: Violence would rule the day; corporations would run over us little people; foreign governments would invade; big neighborhoods would pillage small neighborhoods; etc. The books I linked in the previous article answer these objections, but since most of us (myself included) might not buy a book online – and then be sure to read it – every single time we surf the net, I’ll address those objections briefly here..." ...
 

PA: Police informant need not testify, federal judge rules
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"A judge granted immunity from federal prosecution Tuesday to a Bethlehem police informant who's worried that he would incriminate himself by testifying in the John Hirko Jr. trial."

"But U.S. District Judge James Knoll Gardner declined to order John Neison IV to testify, unless the defense obtains immunity from state prosecution for him."

"Neison refused to testify last week in the civil rights and wrongful death trial, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The defense, which considers Neison a key witness, asked Gardner to force Neison to testify." ...
 

UK: Challenge to Crown immunity for manslaughter offences
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"The Centre for Corporate Accountability (CCA) has sought legal advice on hearing that the Home Office, in its current planning for reforms to the law of manslaughter, are considering a new offence to apply to companies, retaining Crown immunity."

"Human rights lawyers at Matrix Chambers advised the CCA that any reform to the law of manslaughter must apply to all employing organisations - including Crown bodies, and not just companies - in order for the Government to avoid being in violation of the Human Rights Act 1998." ...

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The UK sounds a lot like the US these days. Government immunity is becoming so commonplace it's amazing anyone still thinks America is a Constitutional Republic.
 

Canada: Chretien appeals ruling that he should testify in $1.4-billion native lawsuit
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"Former prime minister Jean Chretien is appealing a Federal Court ruling that he should testify in a $1.4-billion native lawsuit."

"The mammoth civil suit claims that Ottawa mismanaged oil and gas assets belonging to the Samson Cree band in Alberta. Lawyers for the federal government and Chretien have fought for months to keep him out of court."

"But Justice Max Teitelbaum of the Federal Court trial division ruled Dec. 4 that Chretien's past roles as minister of Finance, Justice and Indian Affairs may mean he can offer helpful evidence in the case." ...
 

PA: Ex-trooper gets 11 yrs. for 2 heists -- stealing drugs, money from dealers
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"In a Philadelphia federal courtroom yesterday, with his mother and sister and other supporters watching, ex-Pennsylvania State Trooper Frank O. China maintained his innocence and said nothing."

"He was about to be sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison, without chance of parole, and jailed immediately, for becoming a highway robber while on highway patrol."

"A lifelong Philadelphian who was working out of the Belmont Barracks at the time of his arrest, China had been convicted by a jury in July of related robbery and drug-trafficking charges."

"...the jury decided that on separate occasions he'd stolen $10,000 in cash from one drug dealer and 2.2 pounds of cocaine from another, while in uniform and on duty." ...
 

NJ: Jersey City detective admits to extortion in gambling ring case
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"A veteran Jersey City police detective yesterday admitted extorting more than $10,000 in 'protection' kickbacks from the operator of a gambling ring in the city."

"Frank D'Agosta, who rose to detective during a 24-year career on the force, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark to a single charge of extortion under color of official right. In a related hearing later in the day, he pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Hudson County to official misconduct."

"D'Agosta, 45, admitted that he collected payoffs almost weekly from a Jersey City man who ran a numbers racket between the summer of 2002 and September of this year." ...

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Be careful in the showers, Officer Thugboy.
 

TX: Shootout leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded
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One man was killed and another was critically injured when they got into a shootout with each other Friday in northeast Houston.

Police said Bryan Keith Bailey, 32, was wearing a mask and carrying a gun when he walked up to William F. Crow, 32, outside Crow's home in the 4700 block of Bostic around 4:30 p.m. Police were told Bailey said something to Crow, then shot him several times.

Despite his wounds, Crow managed to retrieve a gun from his nearby truck and shot Bailey, killing him, police said. Crow was taken to LBJ Hospital with numerous gunshot wounds and had improved from critical to fair condition Saturday.

The Harris County district attorney's office will determine if criminal charges are warranted.
 

IN: Firearms regulations voted down by council
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"Tuesday was about the fourth time the town council discussed modifying the regulations in one form or another."

"But even though Perzanowski said he made it as simple as he could, the motion to approve the ordinance was denied by a vote of 3 to 2. Voting in favor of the ordinance were Carol Koble and Barbara Carwile. Against the ordinance were Bill Hane, Paul Stoelting and Larry Siegel."

"The firearms regulations ordinance would have made it unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any firearms, slingshots, firecrackers or other missile propelling instruments or explosives within the town limits."
 

Israel: Israeli Army Phases Out Uzi Submachine Gun
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"Israel's military is phasing out the legendary Uzi submachine gun, calling it antiquated and replacing it with more sophisticated, electronics-outfitted weaponry, an army spokesman said Wednesday."

"But the Uzi, a national icon and the country's most famous contribution to the arms industry, will still be produced and exported, to the presumable delight of drug dealers, gang members, Secret Service agents and Hollywood action stars alike."
 

PA: Sheriff promotes gun safety with locks
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"The Union County Sheriff's Department recently received over 5,000 cable gun locks to distribute to residents free of charge as part of Project Childsafe."

"Project Childsafe is an initiative sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and funded by a grant from the United States Department of Justice."

"Deputy Scott Hahn said the program fit in well with the sheriff's 'Eddie the Eagle' program which focuses on telling children to stay away from guns and to trust their local police department."
 

DC: 6-Year-Old Girl Hit by Stray Bullet in SE (Another report)
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"The girl and another child, in matching pink jackets, were walking with a woman at 51st and C streets SE when the gunfire erupted about 50 yards away, police said. It was unclear what started the shooting, or how many people were involved, though police said the area has been plagued by drug dealers selling crack cocaine and heroin. No suspects were arrested." ...

"By coincidence, this morning Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) had touted small reductions in Washington's crime rates during a press conference at the John A. Wilson Building downtown. Several miles away, the violence instead provided a cold reminder of the District's chronic problems with homicides and guns."
 

NJ: Dog Dies After Taking Bullet To Protect Its Owner
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A man about to be shot by an intruder was saved when his dog jumped in and took the bullet for him, authorities said. The animal later died from its wound.

The shooting occurred early Monday when the 29-year-old man, who police would not identify, heard someone knock on a rear door at his Millville home. When he opened it, he saw two men, and one of them pulled out a shotgun.

As the homeowner dived to the floor to escape the gunman, authorities said the dog jumped between them and was shot one time before the two men fled. The dog's owner was not injured.

The shooting was drug related, authorities said, but further details about the dog and the weapon used were not available. The two men remained at large early Wednesday.
 

CA: Judge May Reduce Celebrity's Felony Conviction to Misdemeanor
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"Winona Ryder won glowing reviews yesterday from a judge, who might reduce the sticky-fingered actress' shoplifting convictions from felonies to misdemeanors."

"Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden Fox heaped praise on Ryder..."

"Jurors last year convicted Ryder of felony grand theft and vandalism ... prosecution stemmed from Ryder's five-fingered-discount shopping spree through Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills in late 2001."

"Judge Fox sentenced Ryder to 480 hours of community service, three years probation and fined her $2,700. Ryder was ordered to pay $6,355 restitution to Saks and another $1,000 to the court." ...

QUESTIONS:

If YOU had stolen thousands of dollars worth of stuff from Beverly Hills stores, would this same judge be so gushingly willing to reduce your conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor?

Does a County judge even have that authority (Constitutionally) once a conviction has already happened?

U.S. Code prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms. Lady Lightfingers is a convicted felon. Exceptions are people who've been pardoned. Do County judges have the authority to give pardons now? Any attorneys care to weigh in?
 

TX: Texas woman charged in sex toy case
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"A Texas woman is facing a charge of criminal obscenity after allegedly selling sex toys to undercover cops."

"Burleson police allege Joanne Webb sold the items in October to plainclothes officers in the office of her husband, Chris, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She said police received an anonymous complaint from someone in the small town."

" 'I'm scared,' Webb told the newspaper. 'I've never been in trouble with the law before. I find it hard to believe that wanting to help couples stay together has caused me this trouble.' "

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Welcome to the police state.
 

Campaign Finance Casualties
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"...Quoting the 1896 words of that icon of the Progressive era, Elihu Root, Justices John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O'Connor, the authors of the 5-4 majority opinion, said the new law is designed 'to purge national politics of what was conceived to be the pernicious influence of 'big money' campaign contributions.' "

"...Many legislators advocating for McCain-Feingold suggested that there should be less money in politics and claimed the law would do that. But Mann, who worked closely with Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold, knows better. The sponsors, he said, 'were not intending to reduce the amount of money in politics. Politics costs a lot of money.' "
 

MO: Indictments Follow Gun Shop Raids
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"A series of raids at five Springfield-area gun stores Tuesday were followed up Wednesday by indictments against eight people by the Springfield federal grand jury."

"...6 people were taken into custody during those raids by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the IRS, police in Springfield and Marshfield and Sheriff's departments in Greene, Webster and Wright Counties."

"Todd P. Graves, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said Wednesday's eight indictments included several firearms dealers, in three separate and unrelated cases, for violating federal firearms laws."
 

Pro-Gun Group Sees 'Hollow Victory' in Arming Cargo Pilots
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"A pro-gun group says a new law allowing cargo pilots to carry concealed weapons may be a 'hollow victory,' if the Bush administration continues to limit the number of pilots who are certified to carry weapons in the cockpit."

"Gun Owners of America said it welcomes President Bush's signature on the law last Friday. But GOA worries that the administration will try to limit the number of cargo pilots who carry guns, just as it has curtailed the number of passenger pilots who are eligible to carry concealed weapons."
 

MA: Delay In Gun Permits Keeping Hunters Home
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"Numerous sportsmen in Berkshire County, Mass., have been unable to hunt deer or shoot recreationally this season because of a backlog of gun license renewals, according to state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli."

"Pignatelli said he has asked House leaders to approve a bill that would allow holders of firearms identification cards a 90-day "grace period" while state police agencies responsible for processing the licenses catch up."
 

CO: Silverthorne passes new gun law
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"Despite the new statewide gun control laws, Silverthorne passed a law last week prohibiting civilians from openly carrying guns onto town property."

"Police officers are excluded from the ban. Also, civilians who have concealed-carry gun permits from the Summit County Sheriff's Office can still bring concealed guns onto town property."

"The town's new open-carry law was written and passed in response to state laws passed earlier this year."
 

MD: Another incident inside victim disarmament zone
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Anne Arundel County Police are trying to find the person who fired a gun inside a county school. It happened late Wednesday morning at Old Mill High School in Glen Burnie.

The school was put on "lock down" just after 11:30 a.m. A loud noise was heard in a hallway and then a shell casing was found on the floor. The gun, a 38 caliber revolver, was later found in a restroom. No one was injured.
 

UK: Bans are not enough
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"THE Government is to toughen penalties for improper handgun use in Northern Ireland through fresh legislation in Parliament, it emerged today."

"Proposed legislation to be introduced early next year would increase to 10 years the maximum penalty for 'criminal misuse' of handguns."

"The move came after concern was expressed by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster that the maximum sentence of seven years was too short and the Government has promised, in correspondence with the committee, to raise that level to 10 years."

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So when draconian gun control laws do no good, institute MORE laws. The very definition of insanity.
 

NM: Consumers Warned About Phony Gun Courses
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A consumer alert was issued Wednesday regarding the new concealed carry gun law.

The law requires a lengthy training course to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon and only a handful of people are licensed to teach that course, according to State Police.

However, some people without the proper credentials are reportedly offering to teach that course. State Police urge gun owners to check their Web site before signing up for a gun safety course.
 

UK: Work starts on national gun register
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"Work has finally started on the national gun register, seven years after it was first recommended."

"Systems integrator Anite is developing the Firearms Licensing management system that will link into the Police National Computer (PNC), allowing police forces across the country to share information about licensed guns."

"The system will replace individual databases that are currently used by police forces across England and Wales, and meet regulations stipulated under the 1997 Firearms (Amendment) Act."

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That way they can treat the law-abiding like criminals, while the criminals rape, pillage and murder at will.
 

Judge Grants Hinckley Unsupervised Trips
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"Reagan's family and Brady's wife, Sarah Brady, have opposed Hinckley's request. Sarah Brady sent a letter to the judge."

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Why is Sarah doing an about-face and holding Hinckley accountable? She's made a career out of telling people that it's the guns that are responsible for violence.
 

IN: "Jasonville police focus on firearm safety"
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"During the frenzy of Christmas time shopping it seems as if nothing is free."

"But the Jasonville Police Department has something they're giving away. Something that could actually save a life." KABA NOTE: Giving it away doesn't mean it's free. It means money was taken from taxpayers and redistributed through yet another in a very long line of unconstitutional socialist government schemes.

"The Jasonville Police Department is providing 200 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project Childsafe." ...
 

Taiwan: Toy gun wielder robs bank teller of NT$600
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"A bank robber, wielding a toy gun, got away with only NT$600 at Tahsi yesterday."

"The robber had to flee, after a bank teller had fight him, police investigators said."

"Tahsi is a village, some 40 kilometers southwest of Changhua in central Taiwan."

"Hsu Lung-hsing, the cashier, was manning a credit cooperative of the Tahsi Farmers' Association with a clerk, when two masked men forced in shortly before noon."
 

IA: "Adel Police, Project ChildSafe to provide firearm safety kits"
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Two free firearm safety kits are available to local residents through a Project ChildSafe partnership with the Adel Police Department.

Adel Police Chief Jim McNeill said the safety kits, which include a gun lock, became available Tuesday. Adel residents can pick up the kits at the Adel Public Safety Building (former city hall), 102 S. 10th St., from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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"Free" is obviously defined as: "bought with money someone else worked for".
 

UK: Gun-obsessed paratrooper jailed
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"A paratrooper with a "fascination for weapons" was jailed for three-and-a-half years today after illegally possessing two guns and attacking two police officers and a civilian."

"Cardiff Crown Court heard how John Fegan, 29, a Lance Corporal stationed at Derring Lines in Brecon, will be immediately discharged from the army."

"He was spotted by two police officers in the area of Cardiff wearing a balaclava and acting suspiciously."

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Only police and military should have firearms.
 

Philippines: Comelec gun ban, checkpoints pushed
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"National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Director Ricardo de Leon yesterday ordered all policemen in the metropolis to follow strictly the guidelines set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the implementation of the gun ban and checkpoints in relation to the national and local elections next year."

"De Leon said he will not hesitate to dismiss from the service and file charges against erring policemen who will continue to defy the Comelec gun ban, which started last Monday."
 

UK: Man who robbed bank with fake gun jailed for 5 years
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"A MAN who was involved in robbing a bank with an imitation gun has been jailed for five years."

"Kirk McCully, of Bangor, Northern Ireland, robbed the Clydesdale Bank in Troon, Ayrshire, on August 15, last year, with ex-terrorist Mark Sinclair, 33, who was sentenced to 18 years in September for his part in the robbery."

"Jobless McCully, 24, pleaded guilty to assault and robbery and possessing an imitation firearm when he appeared at the High Court in Kilmarnock."
 

DC: The wonders of gun control - 6 year old shot
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"Police were searching for the gunman who shot and wounded a six-year-old girl Wednesday, as she walked down a Southeast Washington street."

" 'There was a woman who was walking two children down C Street. One of those children, a six-year-old female, was struck in the abdomen from a stray bullet,' said District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey."

"The girl was shot in the abdomen, suffering entry and exit wounds. She was taken to Children's National Medical Center for surgery."
 

NC: Vote Delayed On Proposed Warren County Hunting Ordinance
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People in Warren County will have to wait for a vote on a new hunting ordinance.

A county commissioner softened her proposed limit of firing a gun near buildings from 3,000 feet to 500 feet. The change is delaying a vote.

The proposal was made after a hunter's bullet went through a home day care, narrowly missing children. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

 

WY: Police chief's pistol reported stolen
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"Evansville Police Chief Zach Gentile says his service pistol was stolen from his marked patrol car while the vehicle was parked at a Casper restaurant."

"Gentile stopped at the Village Inn for lunch at about 11:30 a.m., according to Casper Police Sgt. Larry Baker."

"When Gentile came out about an hour later, he discovered that his .357-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol was missing from the car."

"Gentile returned to Evansville and then called Casper police around 12:50 p.m. to report the missing weapon." ...
 

NY: Suspected Robber Sparks Panic
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"A man who was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly robbing a bank caused a minor panic when a fake bomb was found in his car in Queens in what was one of eight bank stick-ups across the city in less than 30 hours."

"A detective, who happened to be next door, arrested Wayne Castigan, 43, of Dover Plains, N.Y., without a struggle inside the Fleet Bank at 141-61 Northern Blvd. in Flushing around 2:30 p.m. yesterday after a teller tripped a silent alarm when Castigan showed her a gun he was hiding in a newspaper and demanded money, police said."
 

Jurors in gun manufacturer lawsuit get gun safety course
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"Jurors are deliberating whether a Beretta handgun design characteristic is as culpable as a pistol owner and his son who accidentally fired a shot that killed a Berkeley teenager in 1994."

"During closing arguments Monday before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gordon Baranco, an attorney for the slain boy's family argued the chamber-loaded indicator on the Beretta 92 Compact L wielded by 14-year-old Michael Soe that fateful day was flawed to a malicious extent."

"San Francisco lawyer Elliot Peters urged the jury to demand that Beretta pay Kenzo Griffin Dix's family $5 million in compensation plus an unspecified punitive amount." ...
 

MA: Gift Certificates Offered For Guns
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An organization is helping to keep kids safe by trading in guns for gift certificates.

It's part of a Worcester-based program called Goods for Guns -- an effort to get firearms off the street and reduce preventable childhood injuries.

"Our statistics show that we had 50 gun-related admissions to the trauma center in patients of all ages, of which eight were under the age of 17, and that's just too many for a community of our size," UMass Memorial Dr. Michael Hirsh said.

Worcester police collected 98 firearms last Saturday. The second buyback session takes place this Saturday at the Worcester Police Department from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone with an operable firearm is urged to turn it in -- no questions asked.
 

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"I told the youngsters that lawyers are like teachers because lawyers teach people about laws and about police officers. The U.S. Constitution gives everyone constitutional rights, including the right under the 4th Amendment against unreasonable searches. Under the U.S. Constitution, people can say 'no' to police who ask for permission to search. In some countries, people cannot say 'no' to searches and interrogations by police. And in our country we are continually losing our freedom also."
 

The “Gun Issue”
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"The Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights follows on the heels of the First to protect free speech and assembly, yet our Supreme Court has just abolished free speech on the part of individuals during election campaigns and adjudicated that right to be only applicable to network TV media outlets and the very rich. The Patriot Act abolishes the rest of the Bill of Rights. 'Zero tolerance' and designation as 'an enemy combatant' suspends trial by jury, the right to counsel, and the right to face one’s accusers. Habeas Corpus has been permanently suspended. Asset forfeiture and prison are penalties government now imposes based only upon 'suspicion' of wrongdoing." ...
 

Smith & Wesson recalling 1911-style pistol
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. . . "Smith & Wesson is committed to producing firearms of the highest quality. To accomplish this goal, we are constantly evaluating and monitoring the safety, reliability and performance of our products. As part of this ongoing evaluation process, we have received reports, in an extremely small number of cases, that the firing pin safety plunger of the SW1911 pistol can become disabled, creating a situation where the slide may jam and render the firearm inoperable. This only pertains to certain Smith & Wesson Model SW1911 pistols bearing serial numbers JRD0000 to JRD4750." ...
 

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