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VA: Charges filed in shooting death
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"An apparent bounty hunter for a bail-bonding company who allegedly broke into the wrong South Richmond apartment on Christmas Eve and shot an innocent man was arrested yesterday and charged in the slaying."
 

VA: Wannabe Cop Going to Jail
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A teenage girl testified that 20-year-old Marvin Carter was driving a red Ford Mustang with red flashing lights and a siren. The girl says she was driving with two friends in the car...but refused to stop because the lights weren't blue and the car didn't look like an undercover police car. She then dialed 9-1-1 and reported the license plate number."

"Police searched Carter's car and found sirens...a red strobe light...a B-B gun...and a security guard badge." ...
 

Check your guns at the door
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The toy gun manufacturers are, by law, required to try and make the guns stand out as toys. They do this by placing a bright red or orange tip on the toy. The problem is; the rest of the gun can look very real and at times, the small tip can be difficult to see."

"If you or a friend have given a toy gun to a child recently, make certain they understand the dangers of taking them out on the streets."
 

DE: Gun suit won't be appealed
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Wilmington officials will not appeal the recent dismissal of the city's lawsuit against the gun industry, a decision that ends the 3-year-old case, Mayor James M. Baker said Thursday."
 

PA: Autopsy: 12-year-old was shot in the back
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"Two days after police shot and killed 12-year-old Michael Ellerbe, an autopsy confirmed his family's contention that the boy was shot in the back as he ran from a vehicle in a Uniontown alley on Dec. 24."

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It's a sad state of affairs when 12 year-olds are stealing cars. It's sadder, yet, when a 12 year-old is shot in the back by the State police.
 

CA: Raids aim to curtail illegal gun ownership
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"It was all part of a new California program -- the nation's first -- wherein state agents try to identify some of the estimated 170,000 firearms registered to owners who later run afoul of the law and are no longer allowed to possess weapons."

"Even the National Rifle Association supported the bill when it was debated in the Legislature last year, but a lawyer for the organization now questions whether the law is being enforced too broadly. Among his concerns: Gun owners can lose their weapons if they have temporary restraining orders imposed on them by the courts in domestic violence cases -- even if they're not convicted."

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NRA management gets its wish to "enforce existing gun laws" and protests when it a law they endorsed is applied in a way they didn't foresee.

Note how their attorney characterizes innocent gun owners who haven't been convicted as "dogs" and legitimizes gun registration.

This is the same DOJ that NRA reps have lauded to their members because of the good relationship they share.
 

Canada: Countdown on to register guns
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"The difference between being a registered gun owner or a criminal is a mere seven days away."

"As of Jan. 1, 2003, every gun in Canada is supposed to be registered."

 

TX: Police to join database on guns
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Local police are joining a 2-year-old federal program that could help solve gun crimes."

"In January, the [BATF] is scheduled to send the Arlington Police Department $35,000 worth of equipment that links jurisdictions nationwide so they can share information on bullets and shell casings from crime scenes."

"The network includes more than 233 local, state and federal agencies. Without it, police might not be able to link multiple area crimes committed with the same gun."
 

FL: Deli worker fatally shoots armed robber, police say
Submitted by: Mitchell J. McConnell

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"A man walked into Friendly's Deli at 10002 N 30th St. about 8 p.m. and brandished a gun, Tampa police said. An employee took out a gun of his own and shot the would-be robber."
 

Canada: Statement of intent to register enough to meet gun registry deadline: Cauchon
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun owners scrambling to meet the Dec. 31 deadline to register their firearms can now simply submit a letter of intention by that date, Justice Minister Martin Cauchon announced Friday."

"Due to the 'high volume of calls' and e-mails to the Canadian Firearms Centre, the federal Department of Justice announced 'additional steps' would be taken to allow Canadians to meet the deadline."
 

CA: Officials fear retribution in Birch Road shooting
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Associates of the men shot by a Birch Road resident Christmas morning may try to retaliate for the attack, sheriff’s officials said Thursday."

"Concerns about retribution prompted officials to withhold the name of a Birch Road resident who reportedly shot and killed an armed man and injured another in self-defense after they allegedly broke into the 66-year-old’s Lenwood home Wednesday."
 

MI: Reserve officer charged after drunken shooting incident
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Authorities have charged a Grand Traverse County reserve police officer with four felony counts after he allegedly fired a weapon during a domestic incident."

"Jon W. Grist, 38, was at his Blair Township home on Christmas Day when he became 'drunk and distraught' and waved a gun at his wife, authorities said."
 

OK: Retired teachers hear from gun expert
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Our speaker was Paul Abel, who has served in the Shawnee Police Department for many years and also served as sheriff. Today, he is the president of Shoot-n-Iron, Inc. where you can learn practical shooting, self defense, assault response, sport shooting, and hunting. He operates the training academy, because he says he can promote a better tomorrow through education and prevention."
 

OK: Judge charged in DUI, carrying loaded firearm
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Oklahoma County presiding judge Dan Owens was charged Thursday with two misdemeanors after crashing Dec. 12 into a tractor-trailer."

"Owens, 59, was charged in Oklahoma County District Court with one count of driving while under the influence and one count of transporting a loaded firearm -- a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol -- in a motor vehicle."
 

Junk Science Oscars "Most shameful exploitation of a tragedy."
Submitted by: George Kinslow

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"Most shameful exploitation of a tragedy: Gun control activists exploited the Washington, D.C.-area sniper spree by calling for “ballistic fingerprinting” of guns before sale. Mandatory pre-sale ballistic fingerprinting, they hoped, might lead to reduced gun sales and even national gun registration."

"The activists ignored the failure of existing pre-sale ballistics fingerprinting programs in Maryland and New York to lead to a single conviction. A report by California state ballistics experts -- and hushed up by California’s pro-gun control attorney general -- concluded that pre-sale ballistic fingerprinting was impractical. Moreover, Americans already own more than 200 million guns; those won't be included in any ballistics database."

"It’s no wonder the gun-controllers tried to take advantage of public panic. Those are this year’s junk science winners (weeners?). Have a great 2003 and stay tuned for more next year."
 

TX: Ready for business - Officials urge caution in use of fireworks
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Shooting firearms at the stroke of midnight is another way people may celebrate the new year, but Johnson strongly advises against it." ...

"Johnson said firing a gun in the air and into the ground are equally dangerous activities."

" 'What goes up must come down somewhere, and it might come down through a house,' he said. 'Bullets shot into the ground may ricochet, and bullet fragments could harm the shooter or someone else,' he said."
 

LA: Shreveport Officer in Bar Fight
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Shreveport Police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following a fight at a Bossier City bar."

"Witnesses say officer Lonnie Haskins tried to intervene in a fight at Fast Eddie`s on Old Minden Road."

"Officials say Haskins, who was off duty, fought with two men and allegedly pointed a gun at them.
No shots were fired."

"Bossier City Spokesman Mark Natale says William Fortenberry and Ryan Cooper allegedly beat Haskins."
 

TN: Hospital Patient Pulls Gun On Staff
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"There were some tense moments Friday morning at Skyline Hospital. Police say an angry patient pulled a gun from a security guard, threatening to start shooting the staff." ...

"No one was hurt in the incident." ...

"The hospital has already decided on some improvements in their security measures. They will give the security staff extra secure holsters to make sure that a gun can’t be pulled out again like it was in this incident."
 

NY: Brooklyn Shoot Out Leaves Baby Fighting For Her Life
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"A shoot out on a Brooklyn street left a baby girl fighting for her life Friday afternoon. The baby was rushed to the hospital after being shot in the head, following what witnesses say was a dispute over a motorcycle."

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Aren't we constantly being told that strict gun control laws will prevent senseless tragedies such as these?
 

MD: Gun sales may decline due to new law
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HANCOCK, MD DECEMBER 27 - Gun store owners in Maryland are worried that a new law, designed to increase hand gun safety, will decrease hand gun sales. A law kicks in on the first of the New Year, requiring all newly manufactured handguns to have internal locks, which can keep them from being fired. Otherwise, they are not allowed to be sold in Maryland.

It is part of the "The Responsible Gun Safety Act," signed by Governor Glendening back in 2000. One gun shop owner said the law rules out about 95 percent of his current stock. He said many suppliers will cut Maryland gun sellers off because they do not want to meet the new safety requirements.

"Within the next year to two, it will definitely hurt our business," stated Lance Hendershot, a gun shop owner.

There is one out for gun sellers; they can install the required locks on the guns they already have in stock.
 

NY: Clerk snatches gun from robber
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Store owner P.J. Purani was confronted by a man wearing a black mask, carrying a pistol. He was just robbed two weeks ago. After giving the robber money, Purani noticed the weapon was a B.B. gun. Purani snatched the gun away from the stunned robber, and then chased him from the store."
 

Mexico: Mexican Police Detains a Former Senator
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Mexican police briefly detained a flamboyant former senator, Irma Serrano, after a pistol was found in her car following a traffic accident Thursday in Mexico City."

"Police opened an investigation on possible weapons charges against Ms. Serrano who is a popular singer, actress, and mistress of several powerful men who entered politics and is known by the nickname "La Tigresa" (the Tigress)."

"Ms. Serrano denied that she possessed the gun illegally."
 

MS: Jackson Officer Mistakes Laser Pointer For Gun, Shoots Teen
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"A Jackson police officer shot a 17-year-old in the thigh Thursday night after the teenager allegedly flashed a red laser pointer that the officer mistook for a gun sight." ...

"Graham says the teenager could be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer."
 

IL: Illinois prison official demoted over support of mobster
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"A high-ranking Illinois prison official has been demoted following his testimony on behalf of a mob hit man trying to win parole."

"Ron Matrisciano, 48, an assistant deputy director at the corrections department used personal time to attend the hearing for Harry Aleman, who's serving 100 to 300 years for the shotgun murder of a Teamsters official."

"Matrisciano did not violate any rules in testifying on Aleman's behalf but showed poor judgment..." ...
 

UK: PSNI probe fatal gun attack in North Belfast
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Relatives of a 21-year-old man who was shot dead in north Belfast this morning have said he was not involved in any illegal organization."

"Jonathan Stewart, who was a nephew of a leading Loyalist figure, was singled out from a group of people and shot several times by a gunman who had entered a house in the Loyalist Manor Street area of the city."
 

AL: CRIME: One less vote
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Had Lowery been living in England, which does not allow crime victims to have weapons, he quite likely would be dead and his bride of less than a year would be a young widow."

"Lowery does not mind serving as a target for gunmen in foreign countries. His country should not ask him to be one at home."
 

Mexico bypassing U.S. sovereignty?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Mexican government has formed a 100-member council in the United States comprised of U.S. residents whose stated mission is to advise Mexico City on the needs of its 9.5 million citizens living north of the border – legal and illegal." ...

"But critics of the committee say it is an attempt by Mexico to bypass U.S. sovereignty and set up representative branch of the Mexican government on U.S. soil."
 

TX: County settles suit against constable
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The suit accused Allen of using derogatory terms for Hispanics and African-Americans and of 'telling others that the bullets in his gun were meant to shoot browns and blacks.' In the county's response to the suit, Allen acknowledged using the word 'wetback' and said he apologized to Gaucin for the comment."
 

A Commanding Presence (20/20 Special report)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"On the one hand, he is the towering actor who starred in some of the biggest films of the 20th century — The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Planet of the Apes. On the other hand, Heston has become one of the country's most polarizing figures as the fiery spokesman for the National Rifle Association."
 

Patriot Act reaches ominously into college
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The Justice Department claims it has the power to gather the information under the USA Patriot Act, the wide-ranging security law hastily and, some say, recklessly, passed in the wake of 9-11. Moreover, it says it can compel the schools to do so without informing those involved. This puts the Patriot Act in conflict with long-standing educational privacy law."
 

Civil rights groups to press Frist
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The group wants Frist to:"

"Oppose five of President Bush's 15 federal judicial nominees who were left in limbo when Congress adjourned in November... Supporters of the five say they are being opposed because they are conservative."

"Support legislation that would encourage federal investigations and prosecutions of hate crimes..."

"Support funds for election reform."
 

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