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Bill Prompts New National ID Card Fears
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"Congress is considering legislation that conservatives and libertarians warn will create a national ID card system, calling it a backdoor attempt to remove privacy protections gained in a law passed only last year."

"The Real ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418), introduced Jan. 26 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would eliminate existing privacy protections and give the Secretary of Homeland Security expanded powers to control states' driver's licenses and ID cards, and the data collected while issuing them."
 

Fast track for torts
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"A coalition consisting of almost every Senate Republican and possibly as many as 10 Democrats appears to be standing firm behind a compromise bill to curb class-action lawsuits."

"The coalition is resisting efforts by Democrats and at least one Republican to pare back some of the bill’s restrictions on the suits, which bring together plaintiffs from multiple states and often lead to big payouts from manufacturers and insurance companies."
 

VPC Joins Representatives Moran, Kennedy, and McCarthy in Calling for Federal Ban on 50 Caliber Anti-armor Sniper Rifles
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"The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today joined Representatives Jim Moran (D-VA), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) at a Capitol Hill press conference in support of federal legislation sponsored by Rep. Moran to ban 50 caliber anti-armor sniper rifles. Fifty caliber anti-armor sniper rifles can penetrate armor plating, pierce rail cars carrying toxic chemicals, and destroy aircraft. An ArmaLite AR-50 sniper rifle was displayed at the press conference."

"Currently being used by U.S. troops in Iraq, 50 caliber anti-armor sniper rifles are accurate at distances of more than a mile, yet under federal law are sold in the United States with fewer restrictions than a standard handgun. Recognizing the terror threat posed by these military rifles, in September 2004, California became the first state in the nation to ban them."

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KABA Note: Care to tell us how many of these rifles have been used in crimes in the US, despite being readily available?
 

JAMA: Gun Storage Practices and Risk of Youth Suicide and Unintentional Firearm Injuries
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"Household firearms are associated with an elevated risk of firearm death to occupants in the home. Many organizations and health authorities advocate locking firearms and ammunition to prevent access to guns by children and adolescents. The association of these firearm storage practices with the reduction of firearm injury risk is unclear."

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Now that we've heard from the doctors about firearms, who wants to hear from carpenters about open heart surgery?
 

Howard Nemerov: Gun Control: A Hostile San Francisco Chronicle Buries the Truth
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"The Nazi leadership knew that in order to gain public support for exterminating organizations and populations that threatened its power, it had first to marginalize them. The Chronicle article was designed to show that the anointed 'superior leadership' of the San Francisco gay community does not agree with the Pink Pistols’ position on the right to keep and bear arms, driving a wedge between the Pink Pistols and the rest of San Francisco."

"When dealing with the media, gun-rights advocates had best remember to be extremely cautious, for we have already been tried by the press and found guilty."
 

Don't Trade Rights For Security
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"The U.S.A. Patriot Act is a step in the wrong direction and could represent a slippery slope toward further erosion of our rights. Write your Representative and Senators and ask them to repeal the U.S.A. Patriot Act and avoid passing similar legislation in the future. If we don't do something soon, the U.S. could soon have policies similar to many communist, fascist, and Islamic fundamentalist countries, all under the guise of greater security!"
 

GA: School police to get bulletproof vests
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"For years, Fulton County school police have been prepared to shoot. But they haven't been prepared to be shot at."

"This month the school board remedied that by anteing up $38,351 to buy all of the district's 53 officers bulletproof vests to wear under their uniforms."

"Other districts, such as Cobb, DeKalb and Cherokee counties, have equipped their school police forces with vests to protect against bullets and knives, department officials in those systems said. ..."
 

MN: Minn. Police Officer Guilty in Gun Case
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"A police officer pleaded guilty to a felony Tuesday for loaning his service pistol to a Hmong cousin who allegedly used it in a drive-by shooting."

"Tou Cha, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting terroristic threats. The 11-year veteran left the courthouse without commenting."

"Ramsey County prosecutors said they would seek a 30-day jail term for Cha when he's sentenced April 27. Cha, a Hmong-American, was required to resign from the police department immediately."
 

MD: Boy Charged With Bringing Deadly Weapon To School
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Anne Arundel County police have charged a Severn River Middle School student with bringing an air gun to school.

Police said the 16-year-old Annapolis-area boy was charged as a juvenile with possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

Administrators called police at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday after students reported a classmate was carrying a gun in a brown box.

Police said that at first, the boy denied having a gun, but a Powerline Airstrike air gun in a box was found after lockers were searched. Police said it wasn't clear whether the boy planned to hurt anyone with the gun.
 

VT: Student Faces Expulsion For Gun Possession
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"A 17-year-old Spaulding High School student has been suspended and faces possible expulsion for having a gun on school grounds."

"Officials said the boy had an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun in his vehicle in a school parking lot Monday. There was also ammunition in the vehicle."

"Police learned of the gun after they were called to the school to deal with growing tension between two groups of boys. The boys were also involved in incidents over the weekend in which the groups harassed each other and chased each other in vehicles."

"Barre Police Chief Trevor Whipple said Tuesday that the boy said the gun was designed to scare off the other group."
 

MO: Sheriff Death Was Suicide
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A police investigation confirmed that Cole County Sheriff George Brooks intentionally shot himself in the head with his service gun.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released the conclusion Wednesday, about a month after Brooks' Jan. 11 death inside the garage at his home. Law enforcement officers said then it appeared Brooks committed suicide.

The patrol said its investigation was corroborated by an autopsy conducted by the Boone County medical examiner's office.

A special election is scheduled April 5 to choose Brooks' replacement.
 

NH: Former Sandown Chief Charged With Assaulting Wife
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"Former Sandown Police Chief Scott Currier pleaded not guilty this week to assaulting his wife."

"State police said they arrested him Sunday night after being called to his home for a domestic disturbance."

" 'Former Chief Currier was the aggressor in the situation and was taken into custody,' state police Sgt. Gary Wood said."

"Currier was kept overnight before posting bail and being released Monday from Rockingham County jail in Brentwood."
 

NV: FBI Agent Arrested for DUI
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An FBI agent has been charged with DUI after he was discoved unconscious in his truck.

Robert Clymer was discovered after Metro received a call that a truck was stopped at the entrance to a gated community and the vehicle was on fire. The incident happened at the end of January.

According to the police report, Clymer was pulled from the truck and transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Officers discovered a bottle of rum and a loaded gun in the truck.

Clymer is charged with DUI.
 

NY: Jury selection begins for cop accused in fatal shooting
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"Jury selection began Wednesday in the first trial of a fatal shooting by a New York City police officer since Amadou Diallo was gunned down six years ago — a case that also involved an unarmed West African immigrant, Ousmane Zongo." ...

"Conroy is the first New York police officer to go on trial for a fatal shooting since Diallo, a street vendor from Guinea, was gunned down by four plainclothes officers at his Bronx apartment building on Feb. 4, 1999."

"A police officer since September 2000, the 25-year-old Conroy is accused of killing Zongo in a third-floor storage unit in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood where Zongo was repairing African art and musical instruments."
 

OR: Police departments draft strict policy on abuse by officers
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"Victim advocates are calling a new policy drawn up by local police agencies to address domestic violence involving police officers 'far-reaching and incredibly courageous.' " ...

"The policy establishes 'zero tolerance' for domestic violence on the part of law enforcement, with the aim of preventing police officers who batter their partners from hiding behind their badge and helping victims escape from abusive relationships without tragic consequences."

"The effort was motivated by the high-profile case of Tacoma Police Chief David Brame, who in 2003 shot his wife and killed himself in a shopping mall parking lot. After the shooting, details emerged about Brame's long-term abuse of his wife."
 

MD: GOP leader bears the burden
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"Del. George Edwards, Republican leader in the Maryland House, says he's tired of politicians who don't live in bear country but try to pass laws banning the hunting of bears. Edwards has introduced a bill that would require the state to trap some of the cunning animals and distribute them in every county in the state."

"The Garrett County legislator wants to "share" them with areas where there are no bears and no shortage of politicians who kowtow to the animal rights movement."
 

CO: Reversing The Gun Ban?
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"El Paso County is considering letting anyone openly carry a firearm into most government buildings -- reversing a ban in place since 1996."

"County commissioners agreed yesterday to consider eliminating the rule after lobbying from the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, a local gun-rights group."

"But community activist Walter Lawson says the proposal may hinder participation in public meetings, because people may not want to discuss emotional issues with a person with a weapon."
 

IL: Friends of the NRA to have auction, dinner Sunday
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"Illinois Valley Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Association) will hold its 11th annual Dinner and Auction on Sunday, Feb. 13. The public is invited to attend." ...

“This event will allow everyone the opportunity to support the shooting sports... How long will the right to keep and bear arms survive if we don’t teach the next generation what it means?”
 

IL: 14-Year-Old Chicago Boy Goes Into Cardiac Arrest After Being Shot With TASER
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"Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is calling for US law enforcement to stop using TASERs on children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities unless those individuals pose an immediate threat to themselves, the life of an officer or a member of the public. AIUSA renews its call following the shooting on Monday of a 14-year-old Chicago boy, who was unconscious for two days after being shot with a TASER and then going into cardiac arrest. There have been other recent new reports regarding children, seniors, and person with disabilities being shot with TASER guns."
 

Not Enough Evidence to Say Gun Laws Reduce Violence
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"Despite a proliferation of gun registration requirements, bans on specific firearms and 'zero tolerance' policies for guns in schools over the past three decades, the jury is still out on whether these laws help prevent gun violence, according to a new review of studies in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine."

"The review by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services concluded that there was 'insufficient evidence' to determine whether any of the federal, state and local gun laws reviewed had an effect on gun-related deaths, violent crimes, suicides and other outcomes."
 

Bill would ban sale of powerful rifle
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"Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., was surprised she couldn't lift the gun sitting on a table at a press conference and asked if it was stuck in place. After several police officers told her the 34-pound ArmaLite AR-50 .50 caliber rifle wasn't attached, she let go."

"McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son was paralyzed in a 1993 shooting, joined Reps. James Moran, D-Va., Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Tuesday to introduce the '50 Caliber Sniper Rifle Reduction Act.' "

"Rounds from the rifle can pierce inch-thick steel from a distance of a mile under certain circumstances and are more likely to cause fatal injuries than smaller-caliber weapons. ..."
 

OK: New firearm replica concerns area lawmen
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"There is a new sport that has shot onto the scene. Once upon a time, it was water guns. Then the 'must have' was a paintball gun. While law enforcement agencies still have issues with paintball guns and the vandalism issues they pose, a new toy, supposedly for those over the age of 18 has local lawmen slightly concerned."

"The new Airsoft BB guns are not exactly new in common terms. The guns have been in existence in Japan since the early 1980s. It was illegal to own firearms in Japan, but there was a significant interest in them, so a company starting producing spring-powered replicas of firearms that fired 6-mm plastic BBs. ...Airsoft started appearing in North America and Europe during the middle of the 1990s."
 

Russian imports raise flag at Remington
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"Company officials may say otherwise, but employees at the local Remington Arms factory are fearful the production of a new line of shotguns in Russia could be the beginning of the end for a relationship that dates back nearly two centuries."

"At the beginning of the year, Remington, one of the oldest and largest domestic firearm producers, announced the formation of a new division, Spartan Gunworks by Remington, an imported line of affordable break-action shotguns from Biakal, Russia. The Spartan product line includes 17 lower-cost versions of single-shot, side-by-side and over-and-under shotguns."
 

NY: Deputies tote new guns
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"...Deputies are getting new pistols, and each deputy is getting 24 hours of training with the new firearm."

"That's about 1,000 rounds of gunfire per deputy — and a lot of lead spraying around the air."

"Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn said safety standards regarding firearms training have improved immensely over the years. All of the instructors, for instance, are tested twice annually for lead."
 

VA: Regional politics kill gun control measures
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"Regional politics seem to be keeping gun-control legislation from gaining approval."

"The Republican-dominated General Assembly killed two Democratic efforts toward gun control efforts in Virginia. But lawmakers say it is less about partisan politics and more about regional desires."
 

Patrick Kennedy Says Resistance to Gun Ban is 'Insanity'
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"U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy implied Tuesday that congressional colleagues who do not share his support for a failed gun ban being reintroduced in the House are mentally ill. The Rhode Island Democrat also accused lawmakers who oppose the anti-gun legislation of not caring about police safety." ...

"The younger Kennedy made the comments at a Capitol Hill press conference to promote the reintroduction of the '50 Caliber Sniper Rifle Reduction Act.' The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), would ban the manufacture of such rifles and severely limit the sale or transfer of existing .50 BMG rifles except for those owned by the military or civilian law enforcement agencies." ...

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Submitter's Note: And here I thought the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results . . . So far gun bans have proven to accomplish exactly nothing, and yet Kennedy and his clan insist on enacting them. So who's insane?
 

Australia: Gunman mugger may strike again
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"A MUGGER who held a gun to a man's head before stealing his watch at a busy Sydney train station could strike again, New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney said today."

"CCTV footage from Harris Park railway station showed the victim being frogmarched along a nearby laneway by the offender during the morning peak hour on January 11."

"The victim was then forced to hand over his watch."

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KABA Note: Weren't their stringent gun control laws meant to prevent this kind of occurrence?
 

OR: Big Timber Rifle & Pistol Club hosts Saturday shoot
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The "Fly Blaster 22 Caliber Shoot" is set for Saturday at the Big Timber Rifle & Pistol Club shooting range in Siletz. A second shooting event is set for Feb. 20 at the range. The public is welcome at both events; and parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to teach their children about gun safety.

The club is seeking sponsors to help provide food and refreshments for both events. For more information, contact DuVall at 961-2867 or after 5 p.m. at 867-6333.

 

UK: Reward offer to catch guard's attackers
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"Securicor is offering a £5000 reward for information after a guard was attacked and robbed by three gun-wielding men in balaclavas outside a March supermarket."

"The security firm is offering the cash for vital clues that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the men, who struck at Tesco in Hostmoor Avenue at about 10pm on Friday, February 4."

"As a Securicor guard refilled the cash point outside the shop, three men carrying what are believed to be handguns attacked and threatened him, demanding money."
 

UK: Manslaughter Offence Urged for Intruder Killings
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"A former law lord called today for the creation of an intermediate offence of manslaughter in cases where someone had killed an intruder in their home."

"Crossbencher Lord Ackner said: 'As the law stands, the position is stark. If death results, the death is murder and a sentence of imprisonment follows automatically.'"

"'When is the Government going to implement the availability of the intermediate offence of manslaughter, as recommended by the Appellate Committee of this House?'"

"'The public wants to know not only the degree of force which legitimately can be used against an intruder but also what the consequences are of exceeding the use of reasonable force.'" ...
 

UK: Police chief backs right to use force against burglars
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"A SUSSEX Police chief has supported the right of householders to defend themselves against burglars."

"Chief Constable Ken Jones has thrown his weight behind new guidelines dictating what action people can take to protect their home from intruders."

"The guidelines make it clear that householders do not have to wait until they are attacked to use reasonable force to protect themselves. So long as the force they use is not excessive - such as continuing to attack an unconscious person - the actions will be seen as lawful and in self defence."

"Mr Jones said: 'Be in no doubt that we in Sussex are firmly on the side of householders' rights to defend themselves, their families and properties against burglars.'" ...
 

Keeping & bearing arms (Letter)
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"While it is true that 'bearing arms' means to render service in the organized militia forces, you can always tell that a historian is blowing smoke about the Second Amendment when he ignores the right of the people to keep arms, focusing instead on their right to bear arms ..."

"Part of the congressional debate that created the Second Amendment, occurring Aug. 20, 1789, clearly established that keeping arms is a separate and distinct right from bearing arms."

"The true relationship between the right of an individual freeman to keep arms and a well-regulated militia is explained by Judge Thomas M. Cooley in 'General Principles of Constitutional Law,' 1880. It is not what Cornell implies; he is flat wrong."
 

OR: Gun bill goes overboard (Letter)
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"Senate Bill 335 is meant to punish the innocent and do nothing to punish the guilty. Why not punish the guilty and pass a law making it illegal to leave firearms unsecured, concealed or unconcealed in the same locations?"

"The school district custodian would have broken that law by putting the gun in his backpack, then leaving the backpack in an unsecured location. Politicians have the tendency to overlook the obvious and go overboard in their attempted restrictions."

"This kind of law encourages responsibility of concealed gun owners without hindering those who are responsible."
 

Australia: Teen 'pointed spear gun at people'
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A TEENAGER who allegedly threatened a group of western Sydney residents with a spear gun has been charged by police.

The man, 19, was allegedly pointing the weapon at people shortly before officers arrested him about 4.30pm (AEDT) in the front yard of his Auburn home yesterday, police said.
He was later charged with a number of offences including the possession of a loaded spear gun in a public place and resisting police.

He was given conditional bail to appear in Burwood Local Court on March 1.
 

South Africa: Fewer guns around after cops clamp down
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"South Africa's efforts to clamp down on the use of illegal firearms has started to pay off as authorities record a drop in the number of reported violent crimes..."

"With more than two million legal gun owners, the volume of registered firearms - close to four million - gave the country among the highest rankings for gun ownership per capita. Of concern, however, was that South Africa was also one of the world's leaders for the number of weapons lost or stolen - recognised as an important source of illegal firearms." ...

"During the period more than 1.5 million rounds of ammunition and 13,800 illegal firearms were confiscated, with more than 3,000 arrests made for illegal possession of firearms or ammunition. ..."

 

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