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WA: L&I fines $3,000 for wrong holster
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The state Department of Labor and Industries has fined the King County Sheriff's Office $3,000 for not making sure Deputy Richard Herzog was wearing the right type of holster when a naked man took his pistol and shot him dead one day this summer." ...
 

Thailand: US tourist arrested with M-16 rifle, rounds
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"An American has been arrested in possession of a M-16 automatic rifle and 480 rounds of ammunition after traveling by tour bus from Bangkok to the southern province of Surat Thani."

"Francis Beckler Pough, 61, was nabbed by tourist police when the bus arrived at the Muang Tai Tour Co, in the Surat Thani provincial capital, about 6.50am on Saturday."

"He was charged with carrying a military weapon and ammunition in public without a permit."
 

CA: Aluminum can of worms: injured pitcher sues metal bat company
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"The LOS ANGELES BUSINESS JOURNAL reports that a former college pitcher has gotten the go-ahead from a Los Angeles court to sue an aluminum bat company after he was hit on the mound by a line drive during a game. Robert Sanchez, a former pitcher for Cal-St. Northridge, was struck by a batted ball in a 1999 game against USC."

"Sanchez claims he had to quit college after losing his scholarship because of the accident."

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And it's all the dang bat maker's fault for making a product which performs exactly the way it was designed to perform!
 

New Zealand: Waimate assault suspect still on the run
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"An armed and dangerous South Canterbury man was still on the loose today after evading police at the weekend."

"The armed offenders' squad swooped on Waimate on Saturday night in search of Justin Leigh Harney."

"Police believed he was carrying a high-powered rifle, and were warning residents to secure their properties and vehicles."
 

UK: UK police given power to block escape from terror attacks
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"Armed officers and military units could enforce the cordons following a biological or chemical attack."

"Professor Michael Langman, of the joint vaccinations and immunisation committee which advises on biological threats, warned that panic could spread the impact of a chemical or biological attack."

" 'There will certainly be some panic, with people jumping into their cars with their families to try to flee the city and avoid contamination but they would be stopped,' ..."
 

Instrumentalization of justice at the Hague
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"For the Hague Inquisition and its supporters, the most important thing about Mrs. Plavsic's 'admission,' in the words of chief Hague architect Madeleine Albright – who testified during the sentencing hearing – was the fact that she 'recognized the tribunal's jurisdiction.' Indeed, for proponents of global government, the validation of 'international tribunals' is of the utmost importance, much more so than, say, determining whether genuine genocide did indeed take place..."
 

Push Is On to Overhaul FBI
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A small but significant number of lawmakers and experts are starting to push for an overhaul of the FBI and are talking seriously about creating a new agency to run intelligence inside the United States. FBI Director Robert Mueller has responded with his own campaign against changes that he says may weaken the bureau, particularly by taking away its intelligence-gathering functions."
 

FBI seeks 5 men in U.S. illegally
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"The FBI said Sunday it wants the public's help in finding five men it said entered the United States illegally within the past week." ...

"The FBI said it has been working with homeland security agencies -- including the Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Transportation Security Administration -- to locate the men."
 

New year brings new laws
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"Illinois made it a felony, punishable by a three-year prison term, to incite others to commit a hate crime..."

"North Carolina decided to let victims of domestic violence keep their addresses off of drivers licenses and other public documents."

"Illinois authorities can seize the vehicles of people who drive when their license is revoked for drunken driving..." ...
 

Rangel calls for mandatory military service
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"A Democratic lawmaker said Sunday he will introduce a bill in the next session of Congress to make military service mandatory."
 

Put The Liberty Cap Back On
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The liberty cap was identified as the symbol of radicalism in the French Revolution, when it was also the fashionable attire of anyone who favored the Revolution, and finally of the bloodthirsty and cruel Jacobins, the leaders of the Reign of Terror."

"The American people should call for the elimination of all regulations, policies, and laws that circumvent the peaceful activities of our society - social and economic. By doing so, we will be free. Thus we can proudly put the liberty cap back on, and say that we are truly free."
 

CA: Police arrest man after he hijacks trolley near San Diego
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"A man boarded a tourist trolley at a southern California tollbooth, held a gun to the driver's head and led police on a freeway chase Sunday before he was caught, authorities said." ...

"Police stopped the trolley after an hour-and-a-half by throwing spike strips in front of it. A police dog bit the suspect and police arrested him for investigation of carjacking, assault and kidnapping..."
 

OH: No indictments in deputy shooting
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"A Montgomery County grand jury Thursday declined to indict two deputies in an Oct. 30 shootout in front of the courthouse at Third and Perry streets that left a Jefferson Twp. man dead."
 

TN: Attempted Carjacking Turns Deadly (for the carjacker)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Metro Police say an attempted carjacking turned deadly when the man being robbed turned his gun on the suspects."

"It happened early Sunday morning at the Golden Gallon on Haywood Lane in South Nashville. Police say two men tried to carjack the driver of a Ford Explorer."

"But the driver of the Explorer pulled out a gun and shot the suspect, who died at the scene. The other carjacking suspect was not hurt and has been arrested."
 

UK: Second man trapped in flat, say police as siege enters fourth day
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"A siege in London involving an armed man trapped in a flat entered its fourth day yesterday as police revealed there was a second man with the gunman."

"Rooftop snipers and more than 60 heavily armed police and negotiators remained outside the address in Hackney, east London, after a man shot at police trying to tow away his car for scientific examination on Boxing Day morning." ...
 

MD: Democrats challenge Ehrlich
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"The incoming speaker of the House of Delegates, Michael Busch of Anne Arundel County ...has said that Democrats will not support Ehrlich administration proposals such as a state version of Project Exile..."

"In the Senate, a sea change has taken place on the Judicial Proceedings Committee, where Sen. Walter Baker — a curmudgeonly law-and-order man who was skeptical of gun control and death-penalty moratorium proposals — was defeated for re-election last month." ...
 

CO: Child called for help before dad's murder-suicide
Submitted by: Brendan Perez

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"An 8-year-old called 911 and told a dispatcher that her father had threatened to 'pop' her stepmother with a handgun. Nine minutes later, police found the girl, her parents and her 4-year-old half-brother dead."

"Autopsies indicated that Ernest Hernandez, 40, shot his common-law wife, Tosha Wasserburger, 29; Michaela, 8; and Mykel, 4, with an automatic handgun before killing himself, the El Paso County coroner's office said. Hernandez was drunk at the time, officials said."
 

CA: LAPD Officer Gets Probation for DUI
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"A veteran Los Angeles police officer was sentenced to three years of probation Friday, after a judge reduced his drunk-driving charges to misdemeanors."
 

Trucker accused of threatening President Bush
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"Truck driver Norayr Avetisyan of Glendale, Calif., is accused of making threatening comments over his CB radio while driving east on Interstate 70 through Indiana."

"Another driver told the Indiana State Police by cell phone that Avetisyan, 27, was threatening to blow up the White House with explosives he said he was carrying as freight in his tractor-trailer." ...
 

UK: Smoker expelled from pub returns with gun
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"A customer who was asked to leave a pub returned wearing a balaclava and armed with a gun which he pointed at the chef."

"The man had been told to leave because he was smoking in a non-smoking restaurant area. He returned an hour later carrying a pistol and sneaked into the pub kitchen."
 

NY: Guns stolen from sheriff substation
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Three loaded semiautomatic were among the items stolen from the Saratoga County Sheriff's Halfmoon station early Christmas morning, prompting police Friday to ask for the public's assistance in locating the stolen goods."
 

KY: When the "child protective" agency comes knocking on your door
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"On November 26th, 2002 the Division of Protection and Permanency, of local county Kentucky (child protection agency) received a complaint from an undisclosed neighbor alleging that the John Doe family 'was not educating their children, and the children had been seen playing with loaded weapons inside and outside of the Doe home.' "
 

SC: Myrtle Beach officer shot
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"Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Myrtle Beach police officer."

"Luzenski Cottrell is charged with murder and 21-year-old Amber Counts is charged with driving the getaway car. 28-year-old Joseph Mcgarry died in the shooting."

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Our deepest regrets to the family and friends of the slain officer.
 

CO: Gun-rights case sets up conflict
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Reinhardt's opinion ...claimed that the individual-rights position 'had never been adopted by any court' until the 5th Circuit decision."

"That claim is preposterous, unless Reinhardt was simply dismissing state Supreme Court decisions. Independent scholar Clayton Cramer promptly provided an extensive list online, from Georgia in 1846 to Illinois in 1950, supporting his claim that 'Reinhardt's view is actually modern and rare.' "
 

PA: Danger in the air -- New Year's Eve tradition of firing guns could have tragic consequences
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"Department veterans say people have been firing guns into the sky to ring in the New Year for as long as they remember. Police do not keep records of how many reports of gunfire they get on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July."

"Officials said it would be impossible to determine which noises come from gunfire and which come from harmless firecrackers."
 

OH: Township's police chief faces sex charges
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The call last July 16 touched off an investigation of Schmidt and led to indictments accusing him of rape, gross sexual imposition and intimidation of the 44-year-old..."

"The indictments also accuse Schmidt of groping a woman he arrested for drunken driving six years ago, and breaking into the home of another woman while on duty in 1997."

"All of the charges carry a firearm specification - Schmidt wore his gun while on duty - that could lengthen any prison term."
 

Canada: Firearms owners ready for arrests
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Outlaw gun owners who refuse to register their firearms are planning to give themselves up to Mounties in the new year."

" 'There is talk of people turning themselves in to RCMP detachments across the country,' said Bruce Hutton, founder of the Law-abiding Unregistered Firearms Association." ...

"The move is in protest to the gun registry, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2003."
 

Philippines: Philippines police gun muzzles to be taped at New Year's celebrations
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Police in the Philippines are to have their gun muzzles taped over to stop them firing in the air to celebrate the New Year."

"Police chiefs will check afterwards that the signed seals have not been broken."

"People have been told to phone a special hotline if they see a policeman firing a gun carelessly."

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It appears even police can't be trusted to act appropriately around firearms in the Philippines, and yet some claim that only police should have guns!
 

Sweden: Train station hostage freed
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A woman held hostage for more than 10 hours in Stockholm's central train station by an armed man claiming to be carrying explosives was freed early today, Swedish police said."

"The man, aged about 30 who spoke Russian and carried a gun, remained in the foreign exchange bureau where he had taken two women members of staff hostage late yesterday for reasons that remained obscure, Stockholm police spokesman Bjorn Pihlblad said."
 

PA: Authorities pressed for answers to shooting of 12-year-old boy
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"...an attorney hired by the boy's family said one of the two troopers may have fatally shot Michael Ellerbe in the back after his partner fell while chasing the youth and the partner's gun accidentally fired." ...
 

LA: Children learn ABCs of shooting guns
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The First Gun Course is offered this time of year to children who received their first gun for Christmas. The class, which generally lasts several hours, provides basic instructions for children who may never have fired a gun but want to learn how to use one safely. Children are taught about storage, cleaning and shooting. The first part of the course is classroom study. Then children are taken to a shooting range to practice."
 

IA: Scott County deputy charged with assault
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"Davenport police have arrested a 25-year veteran of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of domestic assault after he admitted to slapping his wife in the face, police reports show." ...

"Norris was arrested at his home about 10:50 p.m. Friday, reports show, and was charged with simple domestic assault 'after he admitted to slapping his wife along the left side of her face following an argument about the defendant’s mother,' the report states." ...
 

TX: Area counties state's most armed
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"In League City, southeast of Houston, arching oaks line Main Street, NASA moms schlep children to soccer practice and more neighbors pack heat than anywhere else in Texas."

"In this Galveston County burg ...the state's rough-and-tumble image as the outspoken-est, gun-totin'-est state in the Union runs smack into the quietude of some of the most peaceful suburban neighborhoods. The League City ZIP code of 77573 has more concealed weapons licenses than any other."
 

DC: Homicide Count Up 12% This Year
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Nearly 500 people have been killed in homicides in the Washington area this year -- a 12 percent rise from last year's total -- with the District and Prince George's County registering the biggest increases."

The sniper shootings accounted for 10 of the deaths, authorities said, including six in Montgomery County." ...

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Interesting how some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation yield an increase in homicides.
 

Bush Policy's Newest Critics - Conservatives
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"...former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr who has joined liberal American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as a consultant - and former House Minority leader Dick Armey now negotiating with the ACLU - [are] two of the top GOP critics of what they see as the administration's dangerous slide towards big brotherism."
 

France: 'Explosives in airport worker's car'
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"French police have reportedly arrested an airport worker with two machine guns, plastic explosives and a detonator hidden in his car."

"The employee of Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was detained on Saturday..."

"It said the man was arrested after a member of the public told police he had seen a weapon in the trunk of a car parked outside the airport."

"The car owner was reportedly identified as an airport worker with security clearance for several zones."
 

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