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Gun Co. Chief Offers To Resign Over Crime
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"The new board chairman of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., parent company of the famous gunmaker, has offered to resign after reports surfaced about his criminal past."

"James Joseph Minder, 74, spent time behind bars during the 1950s and 1960s for a string of armed robberies and an attempted prison escape in Michigan."

"Other Smith & Wesson board members were unaware of Minder's criminal record until he called and told most of them Wednesday." ...

"The Michigan Department of Corrections also lists a prison escape for Minder but didn't provide any details other than it added time to his second stint in prison."

"Minder said he has turned his life around since his release and spent his professional career trying to help kids."
 

The American West: A Heritage of Peace
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. . . "The assumption that violence has more often than not been a central reality about Frontier life has long been popular." ...

"As with Dodge City, the excitement in the Old West in general has been much overstated. All the big cattle towns of Kansas combined saw a total of 45 murders during the period of 1870-1885. Dodge City alone saw 15 people die violently from 1876–1885—an average of 1.5 per year. Deadwood, South Dakota and Tombstone, Arizona (home of the O.K. Corral), during their worst years of violence saw four and five murders respectively. Vigilante violence appears to not have been much worse." ...
 

Super 'smart gun' recognizes 1 owner
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"In the era of James Bond-style weaponry, a professor in Belgium claims he's come up with a sure-fire way to make sure guns are only fired by a single owner, and is unveiling his version of a so-called 'smart gun.' "

"Jacques Destine, a microelectronics expert at the University of Liege, used his grant from the U.S. Justice Department to develop a "safe" handgun, and says he's finally designed a weapon which fires only when it recognizes the unique grip of the shooter."
 

GAO: Passenger-Screening System Still Flawed
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The U.S. government's controversial airline passenger-screening system remains flawed and behind schedule, according to a congressional report released on Thursday."

"The system would check passengers' utility bills, mortgage payments and other private records in an attempt to weed out potential hijackers."

"Originally scheduled for a November 2003 roll-out, the Department of Homeland Security now does not know when it will have the Computer Assisted Passenger Profiling System II ready, congressional investigators at the General Accounting Office found."

"Researchers have had difficulty obtaining passenger data from airlines to test the system, the GAO said in a report. The agency also still must take steps to prevent misuse of that data, the GAO said."
 

Washington Backs Off Case Targeting Peace Movement
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"Civil liberties groups Tuesday hailed the withdrawal of subpoenas issued last week to four peace activists by federal prosecutors in Des Moines, Iowa as a significant victory, but insisted that the government must explain why they were issued in the first place."

"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in particular, wanted to know why the Justice Department had undertaken such an apparently sweeping investigation of a recent seminar sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) at Drake University."
 

OH: Maumee Police Officer Fired
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"A Maumee cop is off the job tonight. He was fired this morning. The Maumee police chief says the officer pulled his loaded gun on several other officers, over the course of a few months. The sticking point in this case is this: Maumee police tell us the officer never pulled out his gun in anger. They say it was all in fun. But it is simply against police policy to do what he did."

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Oh, yeah, it's all in good fun. A police officer treats his weapon like a toy, but we're supposed to rely on him to protect us?
 

OH: Gun Lawsuits
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"A state Senate committee is questioning a bill that would give nearly blanket immunity to gun owners whose weapons are used in crimes. It would be one of the broadest immunity laws for gun owners in the nation. Under the bill, the only gun owners liable for lawsuits would be those who give their weapon to someone else, knowing that person is going to commit a crime. Supporters say it's not fair for gun owners to be held accountable when a criminal breaks into a house and steals a gun later used in a crime. Opponents of the bill say it would allow gun owners to be negligent with their weapons and still not be held accountable." ...
 

NC: Gun locks "worthwhile"
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"Some 3,000 free, cable-style gun locks are available now in Vance County, and if you own firearms, you should have one." ...

"A firearm, even an unloaded one, is only as safe as its owner is responsible. Guns and ammunition that are carelessly stored can quickly prove deadly, especially in the hands of children."

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But a locked firearm is a completely useless and disabled tool against any home invasion.
 

FL: Gun Found On Florida-Bound Plane
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A Miami-bound flight returned to the Turks and Caicos on Thursday after the flight crew discovered a passenger carrying a loaded handgun, police said.

Liz Williams, who owns and operates an airport gift shop, said she accidentally carried her gun onto the American Airlines Flight 464 without declaring it, according to police.

Williams alerted flight attendants just after the plane took off from the Caribbean island, and was questioned by police upon returning to Providenciales.

Police did not immediately file any charges against her.

After a three-hour delay, the flight took off again for Miami.
 

CT: Police officer arrested for threatening wife
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"Milford police have arrested a New London police officer, accusing him of threatening to kill his estranged wife with his service revolver."

"Genaro Velez, 47, was charged Wednesday with second-degree threatening. He was released after posting bond."

"Velez's estranged wife claims Velez kept her virtually imprisoned in their home, assaulted her and repeatedly threatened to kill her from the beginning of January until she escaped to her sister's home in Milford Jan. 10."

"Luz Velez also claims her husband called her daily and threatened to strangle her or 'empty his gun into her head' and kill her family..." ...

"The charges in five of his previous arrests have been either dropped or dismissed."
 

TN: Nashville Police Destroy Weapons
Submitted by: Blake Wylie
Website: http://www.nashvillefiles.com

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"The Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday is destroying 1,833 guns of various types and sizes that have been confiscated by officers over the past many months. The weapons are no longer needed as evidence and are being destroyed by court order." ...

" 'These guns will no longer be in the hands of thugs to terrorize our families, friends and neighbors,' Chief Ronal Serpas said. 'This is a striking representation of the firepower that our officers encounter on a consistent basis. The good news is that, after today, this weapons will not fire another round or be used against any of our citizens.' "

"The guns will be chopped into pieces of scrap metal by a local salvage yard."

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So instead of providing tools of self defense for families who otherwise might not be able to afford to purchase a firearm, these hoplophobic morons make a show of destroying them. Real smart.
 

TN: Former Metro officer kills ex-girlfriend, self, police say
Submitted by: Blake Wylie
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"Facing possible jail time for drunken driving, targeted by federal authorities investigating a methamphetamine ring and on the heels of a failed relationship marred by violence, Gregory Dale Clayton's life seemed to be spiraling out of control."

"The troubles that had marked the former Metro police officer's recent life turned deadly yesterday when Clayton fatally shot his estranged girlfriend in the driveway of his Hermitage home, and later shot and killed himself as Metro SWAT officers surrounded his house, Metro police said."
 

CO: Gun bills misfired
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"We're glad two gun bills have ended up in the legislative round file. One would have tinkered with gun-show background checks. The other would have scrapped Colorado's concealed- weapons law and replaced it with a general right to carry."

KABA Note: Sure. God forbid the state actually allow its citizens to exercise their constitutional rights. We can't have that!

"Three of the guns used by the teen killers were bought at gun shows. A fourth weapon had been legally purchased at a gun show but illegally wound up in their hands."

KABA Note: Of course there's no mention that said weapons were bought by persons OTHER than the killers, and that these persons would have passed a background check.
 

VA: Extended gun checks are rejected
Submitted by: David Adams
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"Siding with gun-rights advocates, the Virginia Senate yesterday rejected efforts to extend on-the-spot police checks to people who buy firearms at gun shows."

"Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, said his measure, which was defeated 24-15, would help cut gun crime in violent cities, such as his. He urged senators to put the 'safety of our community' ahead of the interests of firearms proponents."

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What the disingenuous Mr. Marsh won't say is that Richmond has some of the toughest gun laws in Virginia, that it's the home of Project Exile and that it's crime-ridden to the core. What he also won't mention is that less than 2 percent of criminals who use firearms obtain them at gun shows, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

But, hey, why bother with facts when spewing emotionalist rhetoric to push your insidious agenda?
 

UT: Big guns, big egos may trip concealed weapons carriers
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"Mitchell was working the counter, waiting on a man. Shane, as he often does, walked in, approached his mom as she counted out change and wisecracked, 'Hand over your money, lady.' "

"In her best wry-mom tone, Mitchell said, 'Oh, knock it off, Shane.' "

"To which the customer responded: 'You better watch it. I am armed.' "

"Mitchell says she laughed. The man didn't." ...

"Mother and son shared a good chuckle, and then a bit of a chill. 'We were flabbergasted at his audacity and his anxious attitude to let us know he was packing heat. We pretty quickly realized it could have gotten out of hand. This was a joke, but what if that guy had suddenly decided to defend me by shooting my son?' "

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Paranoia run rampant in this one. Notice that the customer who was carrying concealed didn't draw or brandish his weapons. Notice that he warned the young man in a serious manner. Notice that he didn't overreact or shoot him on the spot.

Chances are this woman would have been kissing his shoes had she been dealing with a real criminal and the man used his firearm to defend her.

Drop the writer a line at: hmullen@sltrib.com
 

UK: "Defender" dad escapes jail sentence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"MAGISTRATES decided not to jail a Mirehouse man who had lashed out, after he was faced with a gang of drunken teenagers threatening his home."

"Presiding magistrate, Trevor Green, told defendant David John Hudson, 'we accept it was a fearful experience for you and your family.' "

"At Whitehaven magistrates court, on Tuesday, Hudson, 45, of Croasdale Avenue, appeared for sentencing."

"He had denied assault causing actual bodily harm to a Mirehouse youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons. But, after a two-day trial, in January, magistrates found him guilty."

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A beautiful argument for jury nullification, and further evidence that self-defense is illegal in the UK.
 

IL: ISRA Cautions Lawmakers on Self Defense Bill Votes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A bill that recently passed out of the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee is being described as an 'acid test' for legislators on the issue of the right to self-defense."

"Earlier this week, SB2165 cleared the Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan support. The bill, introduced by Sen. Ed Petka (R-Plainfield), provides a person with an affirmative defense against violations of local gun bans if that person uses a banned gun to defend themselves or others against an aggressor."

"Petka introduced the legislation in response to a recent self- defense shooting in Wilmette, ILL. In that incident, a homeowner shot and wounded a late night intruder in his home. Subsequently, the homeowner was arrested for violating Wilmette's ban on handgun ownership. The homeowner's controversial arrest sparked a nationwide protest."

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Beautiful. This will finally pin down those gun-controllers who are always saying "we aren't against self-defense". Put up or shut up boys.
 

IN: Bill would end Gary gun lawsuit
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"Gary’s lawsuit against gun manufacturers, which recently gained ground from an Indiana Supreme Court decision, now faces a challenge from lawmakers."

"Sen. Robert Meeks, R-LaGrange, today is expected to introduce an amendment to a House bill that would dismiss pending lawsuits against gun manufacturers. Gary Mayor Scott King is expected to fly to Indianapolis to testify at the early morning hearing." ...

"In 2003, Gary again had the most homicides per capita among cities with populations of 100,000 or more." ...

"Siebel said the Meeks amendment indicates the legislature wants to immunize the worst gun suppliers in America."

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Citing the misleading and ATF-discredited AGS report as supporting evidence for the wrongness of this amendment simply reinforces the fact that the Brady Bunch wants the power to sue the industry out of existence, rather than promote safety.
 

UT: Backers of anti-U.N. bill declare moral victory
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"Moments after a resolution calling on Congress to 'consider' pulling the United States out of the United Nations died in committee Wednesday, supporters were huddled outside the committee room declaring a moral victory."

" 'We have gone further with this than anyone has before and further than anyone thought we would,' said Rep. Don Bush, R-Clearfield and the sponsor of HJR3. 'We succeeded in that we got the public interested and discussing it.' "

"Bush, who has pushed similar versions of the resolution in previous sessions, does not know if he will be bringing it back next year for another round of hearings. But if he does, he said other states like Arizona and Idaho will already have passed the resolution."

"Bush said he won't try to resurrect the bill in the Senate Political Subdivisions Committee, where it died in a 3-3 vote." ...
 

PA: How do guns end up in criminals' hands?
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"Last year in Pittsburgh alone, police made 467 gun arrests. It shows that even with instant background checks, criminals are still getting their hands on guns. How do they get them? Pittsburgh is one of only a handful of cities using new high technology to trace crime guns." ...

"Police said they're seeing a trend of drug users renting out guns in exchange for drugs. Those who buy guns to rent or sell to convicted felons are called straw purchasers. According to the ATF, they account for 75 percent of the guns that get into the hands of criminals."
 

MI: Trooper faces charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A state trooper from the Bridgeport Post faces charges that he slapped a woman outside a Saginaw bar." ...

"A woman at the bar said Tuer slapped her around 2:30 a.m. ..." ...

"District Court Judge Darnell Jackson signed the warrant and set a $3,000 bond. The charges carry a penalty of 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500, a Saginaw police press release stated."
 

SC: Bill Would Require Self Defense Classes in Public Schools
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"Public schools would be required to teach students how to protect themselves against potential kidnappers and sexual predators under a bill filed by Rep. Fletcher Smith."

"The bill that would require schools teach 'age appropriate' self-defense, verbal defense and situations to avoid." ...

"Marcia Duncan, the assistant superintendent for instruction and accountability in Union County Schools, said school guidance counselors already teach students to beware of strangers."

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So how about armed self-defense? When will that be added to the curriculum?
 

OH: Port Clinton Attacks
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"Investigators from Ottawa County said they think the same rapist has hit twice, once on January 18th just outside Port Clinton and the most recent inside the city on February 4th. Authorities said they made some connections in the case that leads them to believe it's the same guy."

"[Ottawa County Chief Deputy Robert] Bratton went on to say you can protect yourself by carrying mace or taking self-defense classes, plus you can install motion detectors around your house that set off bright lights or loud noises which would scare off criminals."

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How about using a firearm to stop a rapist? Stop depending on police to protect you. Take responsibility for your own safety.
 

IL: DeMar to fight village gun ban
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"After Cook County prosecutors dropped a state weapons charge against him last week, Wilmette resident Hale DeMar launched a legal battle against the village ordinance which outlaws the handgun he believes may have saved his life from a home invader." ...

"DeMar still faces fines in the less serious village ordinance charge, but his attorneys filed a counterclaim alleging the ordinance is unconstitutional because it violates privacy rights. His attorney in that case, Robert Orman, said the challenge is more narrowly drawn and takes a different approach that others which failed to overturn local gun bans." ...

" 'It's a question of them usurping my right to defend my home,' DeMar said after the initial hearing."
 

NC: Robeson shooting involved IRS, SBI agents (follow-up)
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"Agents with the SBI and the Internal Revenue Service were conducting an investigation when a Robeson County man was shot Tuesday, officials said.
Officials said the agents were confronted by Sammy 'Buddy' Bailey Jr. when they went to a home at 1899 Red Hill Road around noon. Bailey had an assault rifle, said Agent Erik Hooks, head of the State Bureau of Investigation's Office of Professional Standards."

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So possession of an "assault rifle" merits getting shot when the IRS comes knocking?
 

TX: Cabdriver files verbal abuse claim
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"A Houston cabdriver from Ethiopia has filed a complaint with Metropolitan Transit Authority police, alleging that he recorded a Metro officer cursing him repeatedly during a traffic stop and telling him to "go back where you come from ... " ...

" 'We don't need your kind here,' Carr tells Hadis, a naturalized U.S. citizen. 'You can go back to where you come from if you don't want to abide by our laws. You understand me?' "

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Read the transcript. Listen to the audio. According to Sarah Brady, racist bullies like Officer Carr, who abuse citizens under color of authority, are the only ones who should be armed.

Is there any doubt Mr. Hadis would have been violently assaulted had he stood up to this thug and demanded the respect he was entitled to? Is there any doubt he would have then been charged with assault and resisting arrest, and the state would then do its utmost to destroy his life?
 

Australia: Police state in action
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"MANNING residents with gun licences have found themselves the subject of routine checks by police - and if they haven't had a visit yet, there is one on the way."

"Following concerns amongst licencees about the correct way to store firearms, and whether regulations apply in their case, a local solicitor has issued a warning to take special care.

"Michael Jones has issued the warning in light of one of his recent cases - where a middle-aged man with no criminal history of relevance was sentenced to three years jail for possessing firearms at his isolated rural property without the necessary licence."

"The sentence was later reduced to one year on appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal."
 

NY: Bloomberg's New School Safety Polices Ignored
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"A student busted for bringing a knife to a Queens high school was allowed to return to classes in the same building the next day..."

"That's a violation of Mayor Bloomberg's new policy requiring that students arrested for weapons and other serious crimes be immediately thrown out of the school and placed in an alternative setting."

Teachers-union President Randi Weingarten: "It's ridiculous. Everything the Bloomberg administration does is for public relations rather than getting things done."

"Meanwhile, the wave of school violence continued yesterday as police reported a 15-year-old pulled a loaded gun on a fellow student in a Brooklyn high school and a girl slashed the face of her former pal in a Queens high school."
 

GAO: DOD paying billions to tax cheats
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"The Department of Defense paid billions of dollars in 2002 to more than 27,000 contractors that owed $3 billion in unpaid taxes, according to a draft copy of the findings of a General Accounting Office investigation obtained by NBC News."

"Despite mechanisms in place since 1997 to help the government reclaim back taxes from federal contractors, the DOD has failed to fully implement those procedures, a move that would have 'offset and collected at least $100 million,' the GAO says."
 

MD: Compromise offered on gun ban measure
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"Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., the swing vote on a proposal to ban 45 assault weapons beginning when the federal ban expires this year, is offering middle ground between legalizing the firearms and banning them outright."

"His idea: enact an identical state version of the federal ban on 19 semiautomatic weapons."

"A Democrat representing Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties, Giannetti called his proposal 'a reasonable compromise.' "

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That's a reasonable compromise? Banning weapons with certain cosmetic features that does nothing to reduce crime and depriving people of their rights is reasonable? Where, in Cuba?
 

KS: Proposal would allow concealed guns
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"People could legally carry guns concealed in their pockets or purses under legislation introduced Tuesday in the Kansas House."

"The measure was written by Reps. Candy Ruff, a Leavenworth Democrat, and Gary Hayzlett, a Lakin Republican. They were joined by 34 others."

"Supporters predicted the measure would win in both houses but would face a veto once it reached Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' desk."

"The governor has said she would agree to the carrying of concealed handguns, but only by retired law enforcement officers."

"That's not good enough for those who want the bill."
 

MD: The hearing for SB137, Maryland's concealed carry reform bill, is scheduled for March 17. 2004
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Synopsis:

Altering specified requirements for the issuance of handgun permits; repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that an applicant seeking a permit has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun; establishing a 45-day period within which the Secretary must issue a permit to carry a handgun after an application is approved; requiring that an individual be certified by a qualified handgun instructor before receiving a permit; etc.

 

AR: Police to distribute gun locks
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"Gun safety is a major concern in today's society. With many households having at least one firearm, it is necessary for the owners to take precautions to protect themselves and others from accidents. Project ChildSafe aims to help with those precautions."

"Project ChildSafe, a component of the Project Safe Neighborhood, is a national organization that promotes safe firearm handling and storage by distributing safety education messages and gun locking devices."

"Representatives from the organization visited Arkadelphia Tuesday to distribute the locks to the Arkadelphia Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Office."
 

UK: Long jail terms for gun terror spree brothers
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"TWO brothers who went on a nine hour car-jacking and burglary spree armed with a shotgun were jailed on Monday."

"Richard and John Todd, both of no fixed address, caused 'cold-blooded terror' during their rampage through Slough, Iver, and parts of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in May last year." ...

"The brothers' crime spree on May 23, 2003, started when officers went to question them about a burglary in High Wycombe where an elderly woman was tied up while jewellery was stolen."
 

MD: Federal Ban on Assault Weapons Set to Expire
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"Along with the 19 weapons covered by the federal ban, the Maryland ban would include an additional 16 weapons, bringing the total number of banned firearms to 45. ..."

"During his campaign for governor, Congressman Robert L. Ehrlich (R-Md.) said he would support such a ban if it had the backing of the law enforcement community. A spokesman from his administration, however, now says that even though the bill has that support, the administration cannot support it."

"The bill up for consideration by the General Assembly has 19 co-sponsors in the Senate and 51 in the House of Delegates, setting up what could be a tense battle."
 

Bush: An oath betrayed
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"Bush took an oath to defend us against all enemies 'foreign and domestic,' yet he is intentionally creating potential violence and perpetrating an act of war against the American people by giving aid and comfort to the enemy by exposing us to an unguarded and totally open border that realistically can and will lead to invasion by those who intend harm to America. Most patriot Americans view that as treason."
 

Australia: Historic war gun saved from ruin
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"A WORLD War 1 German howizter presented to Ballarat as a war trophy has been saved from ruin."

"The Ballarat Arms and Militaria Collectors' Society approached the City of Ballarat offering to restore the 87-year-old gun and return it to public display."

"Formerly displayed outdoors in the Eureka Centre precinct, it was removed last year in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade."

"BAAMCS secretary Nicholas Smith is restoring the howitzer at his property west of Ballarat."

"He said today's society had a duty to the past to maintain these items for the future."
 

He Fought the Law and the Law Won; Take A Look at Who Congress Wants to Shield from Legal Action, Says Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March
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"In his youth, the Chairman of the Board of Smith & Wesson was convicted in a string of armed robberies in which he brandished a 16-gauge sawed-off shotgun. He tried to escape from prison, but failed."

"He's the chairman of one of the largest gun manufacturers in the country -- and his company is on the verge of getting blanket immunity from civil litigation." ..

" 'Only in the NRA's America can a company chaired by a one-time violent hoodlum be on the verge of being given a license to behave negligently, which is what the United States Senate is close to doing," said Mike Barnes, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March."

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Isn't it just like the Brady bunch to take advantage of a man's long-ago past, use it to promote their agenda about an issue that has nothing to do with said past and blame the NRA.

1 - The NRA doesn't support criminals or criminal activity

2 - Minder has led a clean life for years.

3 - The lawsuit exemption bill would protect legitimate businesses from warrantless attacks by the likes of Brady and her band of vultures, not give them blanket immunity from wrongdoing.
 

Philippines: RPA-ABB warned against violating gun ban
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"OPERATIVES of the breakaway Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) cannot bring firearms in urban areas unless they acquire a special permit from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), said Chief Supt. George Alio, regional police director."

"He said members of the RPA-ABB are strictly prohibited from going down to the lowlands with firearms."

"His call came on the same day that militant groups Anak Pawis-Negros and Bayan exposed the criminal and extortion activities of the RPA-ABB in Hda. Hayahay, Barangay Lalong, Calatrava against the Barcelo family and some farmer-members of the Paghiliusa sang Mangunguma sang Barangay Lalong (Pamalong)."
 

MN: Shots fired in home-invasion robbery attempt
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"Even with gunshots ringing through their Richfield apartment Jan. 30, two men resisted a pair of assailants and sent them fleeing without the money they had sought."

"The victims, both 18 years old, were in their apartment in the 7400 block of Lyndale Avenue the evening of Jan. 30 when two suspects came to their door, according to a Richfield police report. When one of the residents opened the door slightly, the suspects pushed their way in." ...

"The suspects also ordered the victims to lie down on the floor, which they did. At one point, however, the victims fought back, police said."
 

UK: More armed officers but gun crime static
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"MERSEYSIDE has 84 police officers authorised to use firearms, an increase of 7pc over the past year, Home Office figures revealed last night."

"The figures show the level of gun crime compared to the number of armed officers on the streets has remained static."

"During the last year there were 318 gun crimes in Merseyside, which means there are just 0.26 Authorised Firearms Officers(AF0s) for every incident."
 

India: ‘Honest’ cop chooses to quit rather than let off don
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"An official of Uttar Pradesh police’s elite Special Task Force (STF), deputy superintendent of police Shailendra Singh, resigned on Wednesday. He cited his 'inability to discharge his duties honestly at a time when criminals were calling the shots in the government, administration and the police'."

"Singh claimed he had been pressured to let go mafioso-turned-MLA Mukhtar Ansari in an arms case."
 

Australia: Men in court over firearms
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"TWO men will appear in court today on firearms and other charges after their arrests by officers investigating violent crime in Sydney's south-west."

"Police said officers from Task Force Gain were patrolling Hosking Street, Bankstown, about 5.40pm (AEDT) yesterday and as they approached a white panel van, two men ran from the vehicle."

"After a short chase, police arrested the two men and seized a loaded pistol."

"A 23-year-old Bankstown man was charged with possessing an unregistered pistol, possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing a firearm with altered/defaced identification, possessing ammunition without holding a licence or permit and goods in custody."
 

OH: Liverpool officer pleads to misdemeanors
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"An East Liverpool police officer accused of trying to cover up an investigation into the firing of his off-duty firearm has pleaded guilty to the lesser offenses."

"Martin A. Ward pleaded guilty Wednesday in county Common Pleas Court to misdemeanor charges of obstructing justice and criminal mischief. In exchange for his plea, Special Prosecutor William McGinnis agreed to drop the felony charge of tampering with evidence." ...

"...A felony conviction would have automatically resulted in Ward being prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, which is a condition Judge C. Ashley Pike could still impose as part of any sentence."
 

IL: ISRA: Hunters and Sportsmen Score Big Early in Legislative Session
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"In a measure designed to prevent identity theft and protect the privacy of hunters, the committee passed SB2098 on for consideration by the full Senate. ...SB2098 directs the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to institute a more secure means of tracking hunting license applicants."

"The second bill of interest to hunters and sportsmen that passed out of committee Tuesday was SB2156, the Hunting Heritage Protection Act. ...A key provision of the Hunting Heritage Protection Act would require that hunting lands lost to development be replaced elsewhere in the state."
 

PA: Phila. Police Sued by Victim's Parents
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"Jury selection began Monday in a lawsuit seeking to hold the city's police department partly responsible for the death of a University of Pennsylvania graduate student murdered by a serial rapist in 1998."

"Shannon Schieber was 23 when she was strangled by Troy Graves, a sexual predator dubbed 'The Center City Rapist' for his late-night attacks on women living alone in one of Philadelphia's safest neighborhoods."

"In their civil lawsuit, Schieber's parents argue the department had a pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations, and their daughter's murder might have been avoided if two officers had taken quick action and broken down her door."

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The murder could have been avoided if the victim was armed.
 

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