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Sierra Times "Hangin' Up The Spurs"
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"...SierraTimes has done a fabulous job informing freedom-minded people for four years. Currently, The Constitution Society -- the single best and most important web-based information resource of its kind in the world -- is also in serious need of support, as are we and several other grassroots groups. Meanwhile, the freedom-killing organizations are being funded by rich socialists bent on stealing what's left of your gun rights -- and getting a green light from the 'Supreme' Court. But the one thing we have going for us is that we're more tenacious and more committed to the blessings of liberty than those would-be tyrants who aim to take them away." ...
 

A Deficit of $100 Million Is Confronting the N.R.A.
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"Costly legal, legislative and political battles in the past decade have left the National Rifle Association with a $100 million deficit, reopening a bitter debate within the group about how it manages its money."

"In the past decade, the group's efforts have helped Republicans win the White House and Congress and led to laws in more than 30 states banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers. In the past year, the NRA helped pay for a losing legal battle against campaign-finance legislation, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld this month."

"But through many of those years, according to Internal Revenue Service and NRA records, the organization spent more than it took in." ...
 

Stealth enactment of the "Patriot II" legislation
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"While CNN and other media outlets are rejoicing because of the capture of Saddam Hussein, Bush again introduced new legislation last Saturday which increased the federal powers to investigate and reduces the privacy rights of American citizens:"

Comments of Ron Paul, Congressman for Texas on HR 2417 :

It appears we are witnessing a stealth enactment of the enormously unpopular "Patriot II" legislation that was first leaked several months ago. Perhaps the national outcry when a draft of the Patriot II act was leaked has led its supporters to enact it one piece at a time in secret. Whatever the case, this is outrageous and unacceptable. I urge each of my colleagues to join me in rejecting this bill and its incredibly dangerous expansion of Federal police powers.

Whitehouse Statement on HR 2417 (December 13, 2003)
 

Court import: Be careful whom you get in a car with
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"Parents of teenagers now have an additional incentive to really get to know their children's friends and acquaintances."

"It is called Maryland v. Pringle."

"That's the title of a US Supreme Court decision announced this week that, for the first time, authorizes a police officer who discovers contraband in a car to arrest every occupant of the car when no one admits to ownership of the illicit item."

"What this means for parents is that even if their child does not use drugs, he or she could be arrested for possession of narcotics simply for being present in a car where drugs are found. That's the new rule established in a 9-to-0 decision issued on Monday by the Supreme Court."
 

This Republican has some doubts
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"I've been a Republican my whole life but when you pass a so-called Patriot Act that authorizes the government to hold American citizens suspected of terrorist acts in confinement, indefinitely, without legal representation ... how is this patriotic ... how does it ensure freedom and liberty ... how does this display reverence for the Constitution?"


"I've been a Republican my whole life but when the only thing you change about our airport security screeners is who pays their salary, how does this make us safer and how does this relate to our belief in smaller government?"

"I've been a Republican my whole life and I have heard radio commentators talk about how 'those who are willing to trade liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security.' Well, if this is so true when speaking of gun control, how is it so untrue when pushing our need for the Patriot Act and racial profiling?"
 

CATO POLICY ANALYSIS: Deployed in the U.S.A. - The Creeping Militarization of the Home Front
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"...Soldiers are trained to kill, whereas civilian peace officers are trained to respect constitutional rights and to use force only as a last resort." ...

"The historical record of military involvement in domestic affairs cautions against a more active military presence in the American homeland. If Congress weakens the legal barriers to using soldiers as cops, substantial collateral damage to civilian life and liberty will likely ensue."
 

South Africa: Man kills suspect, wounds another in self defence
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A would-be killer was shot dead and another who fled was wounded after attempting to kill a man at his home in Makgofe-Noletjie in Seshego last night, Limpopo police said.

Ntobeng Phala, a police spokesperson, today said that the man was asleep at his home around 10pm when there was a knock at the door. On opening the door he was shot twice in the thigh. He returned fire and shot one suspect in the chest. The would-be killer died at the scene.

The second suspect, who was hit in the shooting, managed to flee. Police believed that the intruders gained entry into the yard by cutting through a fence. The owner of the house was later admitted to a local hospital. The motive for the attack was still not clear. A case of murder and culpable homicide had been opened.

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Meanwhile the South African government continues to disarm people such as this, leaving them vulnerable to other such attacks.
 

Thailand: Thailand Plans Being Gun-Free In Five Years Says Report
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"Thailand intends to be gun-free in five years, as a ban was extended on sale of rifles and more arms control are in the pipeline, press reports said Saturday, December 20."

" 'The press should avoid saying we are going to be tough on guns, or gun shops will protest,' Interior Minister Muhamad Nor Matha was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying."

"More than four million guns have been registered with the state, but the number of illegal guns and revolvers or pistols in the country is unknown though it is said to be much larger in a huge business in Thailand."

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And banning guns will somehow make all of these illegal guns somehow . . . go away?

A more appropriate title for this article should be: Thailand government plans to disarm peaceable citizens and watch as they are slaughtered by armed thugs.
 

Australia: Man to front court on gun charges
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A 46-year-old man from Finley in southern New South Wales is due to appear before Albury Local Court today on 28 firearm charges.

The man was arrested at Albury police station on Saturday and appeared before a bail justice yesterday where he was remanded in custody.

Police from Strike Force Tolidi allege they have seized nine homemade 0.22 pen pistols, a revolver, silencer, ammunition and a number of large knives.

The strike force was established to investigate gun-running between Victoria and New South Wales.
 

CA: YPD distributes free safety kits for guns
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"The Yreka Police Department (YPD) will provide 1,800 free [read: bought with money appropriated from the taxpayers] firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety program."

"The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be available beginning today at the police station on Miner St. in Yreka."
 

GA: Store clerk shoots, kills would-be robber
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"Although Khan quickly handed over the cash drawer, Dugger refused to leave."

" 'I begged him not to shoot me,' Khan said. 'But he was looking around, looking around. He wouldn't leave.' "

"Those were the last seconds of an armed robbery that seemed like an eternity to Khan. Before it was over, Dugger would be dead, and Khan would be thankful for pulling out his weapon."
 

TX: Robbers merciless in restaurant heists
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"A group of masked robbers terrorizing north Houston taquerias are merciless in their quests for cash, police investigators said Friday."

"Armed with shotguns, pistols and knives, the robbers have beaten, shot at and stabbed even cooperative victims. Since Oct. 30, the group has stormed nine taquerias and a Denny's restaurant. The number of attacks is escalating, Houston police say, with seven such heists occurring in the past two weeks." ...

"Seven of the holdups escalated into assaults, even when victims fully cooperated."

" 'It looks to us like (victims) are doing what they're required to do ... but they're still being beaten with the weapons. In one incident, we had two who were stabbed,' Chappell said."
 

CA: State discipline in shambles
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"Roll it up."

"A teenage ward would place his belongings in a narrow hallway, strip to boxer shorts, and step back inside a dank cell."

"Correctional counselor Joseph Serna would then fire a concentrated burst of tear gas over the boy's head and close the door."

"To avoid the gas, the ward would put his face in the sink.
When that didn't work, he'd dunk his head in the metal toilet and flush it again and again."

"What a California state employee can do and sometimes get away with would shock even the most cynical government critics."
 

OH: Senate may be able to override gun bill veto
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"Senate President Doug White continues to insist that he doesn't have the votes to override a potential veto of a bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed handguns."

"But others in his caucus disagree."
 

IN: Gun club to host charity shoot
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"Triple H Gun Club, south of Linton, is about more than guns. It is a facility for shooting sports, no doubt, but it is also used to raise money for charities."

"On Saturday, the club will host a trap and skeet and sporting clays shoot to benefit the Lighthouse Mission in Terre Haute."

"The club has charity shoots to benefit various organizations each year, according to owner John Hert."
 

Al Gore's Son Arrested for Pot Possession
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"Albert A. Gore III, 21, was arrested Friday night after he was stopped for driving a vehicle without its headlights on."

"Two passengers were also arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. They were identified as Yann V. Kumin, 21, and Marc G. Hordon, 22, both of Cambridge, Mass."

"A Montgomery County, Md., police officer stopped the car, a dark-colored Cadillac, in Bethesda, a Washington suburb, around 11:30 p.m. Friday."

"The officer noticed the car's windows and sunroof were open, despite cold temperatures Friday night. There was also a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to a news release from the police department."

"A search of the vehicle turned up a partial marijuana cigarette, a cigarette box containing suspected marijuana, and a soft drink can that also smelled of marijuana."

"All three were released pending trial."
 

Philippines: Kidnapper Cops
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" 'Then the man whom the others called 'Captain' offered me a deal. He said the whole matter can still be settled. I could give them P10 million and their superiors would not know about my problem and we can be free,' Frank recounted."

"Although shocked with the demands of the policemen, Frank desperately needed to protect his medical license. He negotiated for P8 million but the captors demanded for P5 million before daybreak."

"The doctor explained there was no way he could produce that huge amount in the dead of night. He was dumbfounded when his abductors asked him to turnover his valuables and petty cash."
 

FL: Judge: I saw police commit felonies
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"A judge presiding over the cases of free trade protesters said in court that he saw 'no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers' during the November demonstrations, adding to a chorus of complaints about police conduct."

"Judge Richard Margolius, 60, made the remarks in open court last week, saying he was taken aback by what he witnessed while attending the protests."

" 'Pretty disgraceful what I saw with my own eyes. And I have always supported the police during my entire career,' he said, according to a court transcript. 'This was a real eye-opener. A disgrace for the community.' "

 

NY: Guns and records
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"It's bad enough that lawmakers would put a lobby's interests ahead of public safety. But it is insulting to cloak their votes in the guise of protecting personal freedom..."

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This insulting anti gun rant never mentions the fact that Mohammed and Malvo got their gun illegally, and that keeping records of gun purchases would not have prevented the crime spree.
 

Short Questionnaire Helps Identify Youths With Access to Guns
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"A seven-question screening tool may be reliable for identifying youths who have access to guns..."

"Seven questions about gun accessibility, ownership, and usage were selected from a much longer questionnaire about access to guns, and both questionnaires were administered to 100 consenting subjects aged 10 to 24 years who presented to the emergency department for any complaint. Average age was 21 years, 39% were men, 66% were black, and 31% were Hispanic."
 

WA: Charges dropped against mother whose son took gun to school
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"Amy Levitt of Kirkland was defending herself against a charge of reckless endangerment Thursday. Last spring, the 13-year-old boy brought the loaded gun to Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School and threatened other children with it. He had found her .357 magnum Ruger revolver in an unlocked metal box on a shelf."

"The boy faces serious felony gun, assault, harassment and theft charges."

"Levitt had left the gun unlocked, with ammunition in an open cup by her bed. She knew weeks before the incident at school that the gun was missing and didn’t report it." ...

"Levitt's lawyer argued that what she did was negligent but not illegal."

" 'There’s no specific requirement about how one should store a gun, there’s no prohibition about the kind of gun that one can have, and obviously there’s no prohibition against having a difficult child,' said Bill Fligeltaub."

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Look for the "authorities" to take immediate steps to remedy the lack of laws addressing gun storage.
 

NJ: Lower Township police giving gift of gun safety
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"Township police are giving out novel presents for Christmas this year - but unlike Santa Claus, they are not making any lists or finding out who's naughty or nice."

"The township is giving away gunlocks to anyone who wants one, regardless of criminal record or weapon registration. Even criminals have children, after all, Lt. Brian Marker said."
 

UT: Churches defy registering on gun-ban site
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"The sign on the door could not be more explicit: 'In accordance with Utah state law, notice is hereby given that the possession of firearms within All Saints Episcopal Church is prohibited.' "

"Today, however, leaders of Episcopal, Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian and other Utah churches are expected to announce they will defy a new law requiring them to register with the state if they want to ban all weapons -- including those carried by people with concealed-carry permits -- from their sanctuaries."

"The First Amendment's provision on separation of church and state, the leaders say, trumps any state law that would affect the property rights of religious communities."
 

Gun makers skimp on safety, report claims
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In a blatant effort to sabotage pending legislation that would protect the gun industry against frivolous lawsuits, other news sources have picked up on a transparent series of articles in the Detroit News, conspicuously blaming the industry for many negligent discharges as well as accidents.

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Many firearm manufacturers ignore technology -- including their own -- that would make guns safer and less apt to accidentally discharge." ...

"In addition, many manufacturers routinely disregard customer complaints and fail to recall guns even after losing or settling lawsuits over faulty firearms. Some gun makers go further, using confidentiality agreements as part of legal settlements to conceal problems with their firearms."
 

Philippines: Gun ban exemption fee 'unconstitutional'
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"MAYOR Luzviminda Valdez said it would be 'unreasonable' for uniformed policemen to be made to pay P500 for them to avail of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) gun ban exemption."

"Comelec guidelines earlier disclosed that policemen would be prohibited from carrying their service firearms when they are not on duty."

"But Valdez said the policemen should not be made to pay for the exemption because during the election period, they are detailed to safeguard the sanctity of votes and to maintain peace and order."
 

NY: Murder rates creep up in disarmed New York
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"When city officials brag how crime has declined in America's largest city, the temper of one Brooklyn mother rises."

" 'I don't know where they're living,' Diane Jordan says. 'Not here.' "

"Here is Brooklyn, where 10 months ago her 17-year-old daughter, Chantel Bailey, took two bullets to the chest as an innocent bystander to a meaningless dance-floor dispute. Three other teens and a bouncer were wounded. None knew their assailants."

"The tragedy dramatizes a fact that has put some tarnish on the city's sterling crime-fighting reputation: Murders are on pace to creep up this year."
 

FL: Polk Students Can Earn Cash Reporting Crimes
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"If a student tip leads to an arrest, or would have had the school not taken its own action, then that tipster will be awarded cash, no questions asked."

"Tipsters automatically earn $500 for reporting a firearm on campus."

"One hundred dollars is given for drug arrests."

"And students who report other crimes, such as violence, smoking and vandalism, can receive $10 to $50 depending on the tip."

"So far this school year, $1,640 has been given to tipsters in the Student Crime Stoppers program."
 

NRA could air views with own TV, radio network
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"Pat Maguire is worried the average citizen is going to lose his or her voice."

" 'I think the McCain-Feingold (campaign finance law) is a means to shut down and limit the First Amendment rights of average citizens,' the St. Marys resident said Saturday at the Gun and Knife Show at the Kansas Expocentre. 'The media can give editorials or slant their stories. The only means for average citizens to express their views is to join organizations.' "
 

Dixie takes a stand with primitive firearms
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"Dixie Gun Works is part business, part museum and part road map to the modern world of primitive firearms."

"These days most hunters head into the woods with muzzleloaders that have more in common with the space shuttle than old-time firearms. It wasn't that way about 50 years ago."

"In 1954 Turner Kirkland quit the jewelry business and went into the antique firearms business. One year later he traveled to Belgium where he helped design the first replica muzzleloading rifle - the Dixie Kentucky Rifle - that was available commercially."
 

NY: Police Say Accounts Changed After Queens Woman Was Slain
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"An 18-year-old woman was killed at a friend's house in Queens early yesterday morning, and the police said that her friends had told them at first that a masked man did it, forcing his way into the home and shooting her in the face, then leaving."

"But later, after a woman in the neighborhood found a gun in her back yard, the story changed, and now, the police say, the shooting appears to have been an accident among friends who panicked and invented the masked man."
 

Liz Michael for United States Senator
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"I believe in the principles of inherent individual rights upon which the United States of America were founded: that each individual is endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness; that the freedom to own, use, exchange, control, protect, and freely dispose of property is a natural, necessary and inseparable extension of the individual’s unalienable rights; that the legitimate function of government is to secure these rights through the promotion of equal justice for all;" ...
 

FL: Home invasion turns deadly
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"About 11 p.m., police said, Richard Bing Jr., 35, forced his way into the house at 519 21st Ave. W."

"Inside the home, Bing put a gun to a female resident's head, the woman told police."

"Instead of robbing her, police said, Bing was shot to death."

"Ronald Cote, who owns the house according to the Manatee County Property Appraisers database, came into the room and shot Bing, killing him instantly, police said. Cote lives at the house with his mother, police said."

"Lt. Keith Davis, head of the Bradenton Police Department's Detective Division, said no charges were filed Saturday and that the shooting appeared justified because it was a home invasion."
 

MS: JPS seized 27 weapons in '02-'03
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"Knives are the weapon of choice this year for Jackson students, mostly middle schoolers, who are coming armed to class, data from the school district shows." ...

"Jackson elementary and middle schools' weapons infractions, reported in the 2002-2003 school year, included six knives found at elementary schools and 13 knives with middle school students. Middle schoolers also had two razor blades, one set of brass knuckles and two guns — one for BBs and one for bullets. High school students in Jackson last year were caught with two knives, a box cutter and a razor blade."
 

DC: Four D.C. Inmates Wounded in Shooting
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Four inmates have been wounded in a shooting at the D.C. Jail.

The shooting happened after 2 p-m at the jailhouse on 19th and 'D' Street in Southeast.

Authorities say a small caliber gun was found in a trash can.

Officials say it doesn't appear to belong to a guard.

Two men were shot in the leg, one in the chest and another in the shoulder.
 

OH: Wrongfully accused man sues city
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"A Fremont man who was arrested and then spent three nights in the Sandusky County Jail before a judge dropped a felony robbery charge against him is suing the city and two of its police officers for $500,000."

"Tim Gocke Jr., 19, of 18 Paula Court is asking for the monetary damages for expenses he incurred during the December 2002 incident, as well as for humiliation and emotional distress. ..."

"I was an innocent customer who became a victim of police... I want justice for myself and to prevent this from happening to someone else who is innocent."
 

NY: Authorities prosecute another victim
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"A Queens woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband has been sentenced to five years probation, prosecutors said."

"Prosecutors said Guidici shot her husband after he held up a gun and threatened to kill her father in March 2001. The Queens District Attorney said both the prosecution and defense agreed that Giuseppina Guidici, 31, suffered from battered woman's syndrome."

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Why was this case pursued in the first place?
 

Puerto Rico: Police warn against firing guns into air during celebrations
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"Police issued an appeal to islanders on Sunday not to fire guns into the air during New Year's.
During last year's celebrations, a 12-year-old girl was struck and killed by a stray bullet and at least 23 others were wounded in separate incidents throughout the island."

"Police published an advertisement in the island's daily newspapers Sunday, saying they would have extra patrols on New Year's Eve. Those caught firing into the air could face between five and 10 years in prison and the revocation of firearms licenses, the announcement said."

"Some islanders shoot guns into the air on New Year's Eve around midnight, although authorities constantly warn against the practice. Some bystanders are injured every year."
 

DE: Students promise not to touch guns
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"Students at William C. Lewis Elementary School in Wilmington were deputized Friday as special messengers for Project ChildSafe."

"But only after they promised not to touch guns under any circumstances."

"Delaware's Lt. Governor John C. Carney joined local law enforcement officials as the 170 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders raised their right hands and pledged - in English and Spanish - not to play with or touch guns. They also pledged to run home and tell a grownup if they ever find a weapon."
 

Australia: Man charged over pen pistols
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"Strike Force Tolidi -- set up by NSW Police to investigate the supply, manufacture and possession of illegal firearms -- seized nine home-made .22 calibre pen pistols, a Smith and Wesson .38 calibre revolver, a silencer, ammunition and a number of large knives at the border town of Albury."

"The 46-year-old man from Finley, about 150km west of Albury, was charged with 28 firearm-related offences on Saturday and was refused bail. ..."
"Detective Sergeant Albert Joseph from Strike Force Tolidi appealed for anyone with information about the sale of illegal handguns to contact Crime Stoppers or local police."

" 'NSW Police will continue to conduct investigations to rid NSW streets of illegal firearms,' he said.
 

UK: Arms dealer spared jail
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"A FORMER Suffolk firearms dealer has walked free from court after being handed a suspended sentence for illegal possession of rocket launchers, riot weapons and an anti-tank gun."

"Appearing at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court yesterday, Richard Ashley, 58, was handed a nine month suspended sentence for three offences following a lengthy trial held earlier this year."

"The action came after a raid at the former Suffolk police armourer's home in Fen Road, Pakenham, near Bury, on February 14, 2001, where a large quantity of weapons were discovered."

"During the nine-week trial in Ipswich, Ashley was found guilty of keeping ten weapons illegally, but cleared on two counts relating to a large quantity of handguns and machine guns."
 

South Africa: 'Bribed' traffic cops held
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"A massive roadblock on the N3 highway near Heidelberg on Friday has landed two traffic officers in a pickle."

"The two metro police officers from Heidelberg were arrested after it was found that they had accepted a bribe from a speeding motorist, said superintendent Andy Pieke, a police spokesperson."

"A motorist, who was stopped at the roadblock, informed police that he paid the two officers money so that they would not fine him."
 

SC: Radio team named deputies
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"Talk Guns Radio host Charles Campbell and co-host Thomas Lanham have been appointed honorary sheriff’s deputies."

"Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts has presented them honorary deputy awards." ...

" 'Charles and Thomas are worthy recipients because of their support of law enforcement and their support of the right of law-abiding citizens to obtain concealed weapons permits to defend themselves,' Metts said. 'Concealed weapons permit holders help deter crime.' "
 

OH: Serial Shootings Task Force Reminds People To Call 911
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"Some Central Ohio residents have responded so well to pleas for public help in solving the shootings along a Columbus freeway that they seem to have forgotten about calling 911."

"Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin said Sunday that some people have called actual emergencies to the tip line set up for the shootings investigation."

"He said tip line operators transfer the emergency calls or ask the caller to hang up and dial 911."

"The task force is seeking who is behind a string of 18 shootings along and near a southern stretch of Interstate 270. One shooting killed a 62-year-old woman."
 

IN: Gun-safety program embraced by Wayne County
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"Two law-enforcement agencies are combining efforts to help make children of gun owners safer.

"The Wayne County Sheriff's Department and Richmond Police Department will provide gun owners with gunlocks and training."

" 'Whenever you have a small child and a loaded gun in the same household, you have a potential problem,' Richmond Police Chief Greg Pipes told the Palladium-Item."

"The effort is part of Project ChildSafe, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation."
 

AL: Bystanders assist police in two arrests
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"Bystanders helped Mobile police make arrests in the recent armed robbery of one restaurant and the attempted theft of a cash register at another restaurant where a person armed with a semiautomatic pistol stopped the would-be thief."
 

Guns in churches and schools: A triumph of emotion over sense
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"I am not opposed to responsible gun ownership. This is not a Second Amendment issue, though gun-rights activists consistently steer the discussion in that direction. The issue is whether our society can make a common-sense decision on where to allow guns and where they are inappropriate."

"The right to own a gun and the privilege to carry one in public are two different issues."

"Focusing on gun ownership privileges fails to recognize legitimate, competing rights: the right to use and enjoy our own property; parents' right to make choices about the safety and welfare of their children; the right of faith communities to be free from government interference."

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"...the right of the people to keep and BEAR arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED." Which part of that simple COMMAND denotes a "privilege"?
 

Handguns being stolen in NSW
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DAVID HARDAKER: Yet another brazen robbery in Sydney has seen more handguns end up in the hands of crooks. Yesterday a number of handguns were stolen when security guards were bailed up in an area packed with Christmas shoppers.

It continues a theme of recent weeks where guards have been targeted for their guns, which end up on the black market and often fall into the hands of Sydney's violent street gangs.

The NSW Government has responded by setting up a police task force for illegal guns, but the gun control lobby says New South Wales has refused to recognise the seriousness of the problem.
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You mean criminals find alternate supplies and will still have guns after law-abiding citizens turn theirs in?
 

Canada: Victoria family swarmed by six roving youths
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"A family of four were targeted in the latest violent swarming incident in Victoria."

"Police say the father, mother and two small children were accosted last night by half a dozen roving youths."

"Words were exchanged and some threats made."

"At one point, a knife was pulled and one of the group flicked a lit cigarette at a five-year-old child."

"The thugs fled when police were called."
 

OH: Self-defense ambassadors bring good will to Vermilion
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"Seventy people attended today’s open carry shopping day in Vermilion, Ohio including about 15 women. From noon until 2 O’clock, we shopped and committed random acts of commerce." ...

"Many walk attendees had never been to Vermilion before, but many of us will return because of the great stores, deals, and most importantly the people of Vermilion. Some storeowners welcomed us before we arrived, while some were a little apprehensive, but all were glad that we came. Winter can be a slow time for a tourist town, but we made this cold winter day look like a 'normal summer day' for some and were 'a very friendly, courteous group' to others. The overall request of participating storeowners was, 'When can you come back?' "
 

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