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NRA bashes U.N. on small-arms reduction
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"Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association of America, has used the Conservative Political Actions Conference as a forum to harshly criticize U.N. efforts to reduce the amount of small arms in the hand of civilians."

"At the same day the U.N. Security Council debated its actions to implement sanctions and arms embargoes, LaPierre accused the United Nations of denying U.S. citizens the right to bear arms. His speech, filled with open distain toward the international organization, concluded, 'Others here may suggest the U.S. to get out of the U.N. Right now I just want the U.N. to get out of the U.S.' "
 

Gun makers aim at 'junk' lawsuits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Its wallet lighter after dropping more than $200 million to fight what it termed a 'junk lawsuit,' the firearms industry will turn to Congress for help in preventing future legal attacks on gun makers."

"A San Francisco-based California appellate court basically said last week that the gun industry is not to blame for the actions of criminals. It upheld San Diego Superior Court Judge Vincent P. DiFiglia's original ruling in which he dismissed claims against the firearms industry by Los Angeles, San Francisco and 12 other California cities."
 

Larry Pratt: Why Do Criminals Break The Law?
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"From his experience, Samenow argues that even if criminals have a mental illness, they commit crimes because they want to do so. Lots of people have mental illness, but very few of them commit crimes."

"Samenow warns that criminals are not stupid. If they score low on IQ tests, that is usually because they could not care less about learning the kinds of things in school that are measured by such tests. They are quite adept at picking up on what will help them -- the law being a favorite course of study behind bars."

"Also, criminals are quick to pick up on psychological jargon and get good at feeding it back to the practitioners. ..."
 

CFA: Defective Firearms Prove Greater Threat than Previously Thought (JTO)
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"Despite the fact that firearms kill nearly twice as many Americans as all household products combined, no federal agency has the necessary authority to ensure that guns don't explode or unintentionally discharge when they are dropped or bumped. This is unique. Unlike almost every other product, firearms and ammunition manufactured in the U.S. are not subject to any federal health and safety oversight. ..."

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Fact: Since the article addresses deaths from defective firearms, said deaths must be unintentional. According to the CDC, 762 people died from unintentional gunfire in 2002. These numbers do not specify whether said gunfire was negligent discharge on the part of the person handling the gun, or whether the gun was truly defective.

Regardless, the claim that defective firearms have somehow killed more people than all household products combined is patently false. The CDC lists 17,550 deaths due to poisoning in 2002, and 2,614 in accidental house fires.

Fact: Firearms still conform to federal liability laws. If you purchase a faulty firearm, you have every right to sue.
 

Legislation Protects Gun Industry, Leaves Gun Consumers and Victims in Legal Limbo (JTO)
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"The Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national gun violence prevention organization, today harshly criticized passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of S. 5, legislation that will undermine the rights of gun consumers and victims of gun violence in class action lawsuits. ..."

" 'Because firearms are exempt from federal safety regulation, class action litigation is often the only practical remedy for gun consumers seeking compensation for defective firearms,' states Kristen Rand, VPC legislative director."

"The bill will force most class action lawsuits into federal court, placing victims of firearms violence as well as consumers who buy defective guns at a stark legal disadvantage. ..."
 

Troubled Gunmaker Exits California for Nevada (JTO)
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"A California gun maker who has been ordered to stop manufacturing a pistol that state officials say is unsafe is expanding its operation to Nevada..."

"Jimenez Arms of Costa Mesa, Calif., for a business license in Henderson, Nev., but owner Paul Jimenez said that the move had been planned prior to a ruling by California officials that the company's JA-NINE 9-mm pistol was unsafe."

"Jimenez Arms had also been the subject of a legal effort by the quadraplegic [sic] gunshot victim of a handgun that had been manufactured by Bryco Arms, the company whose assets Jimenez purchased. The victim, teenager Brandon Maxfield, was injured when the gun malfunctioned. The boy and his family sued Bryco and were awarded $24 million by a jury."
 

NY: Advocates Call on NY to Pass Tougher Assault Weapons Ban (JTO)
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"Early this afternoon New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) held a press conference concerning Sunday afternoon's shooting spree at the Hudson Valley Mall where a 24-year old man armed with an assault rifle injured two people before being subdued. Reports stated that the weapon used was a Hesse Model 47 (a copy cat version of the banned AK-47 assault weapon). In addition, the shooter was able to squeeze off approximately 60 rounds and may have reloaded one time."
 

NJ: Debate on Campus: Should police carry guns?
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"William Paterson University police officers now have a tool at their finger tips: Glock 9mm guns. They were granted permission to carry them at all times on a temporary basis in October after a shooting following the Homecoming Dance."

"At open forums last week, members of the campus community were invited to ask questions and voice their opinions on this topic. Audience members did not have to identify themselves."

"One student said having police carry guns made her worry about them abusing power. To that, another student commented: 'This [campus] is your community,' adding that she thought guns would help campus police with their jobs."
 

PA: Students' Second Right
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"So, another Drexel student has been the victim of violent crime. It is a real shame that we now look upon each story as a statistic instead of a tragedy. We have empathy for those who are hurt, either emotionally or physically, by the violent actions of the community that surrounds us. ..." ...

"Coincidentally, Drexel seems to have a policy of not only leaving its guards unarmed, but also the students it values so much. Even if a student is licensed to carry a firearm in the Commonwealth, Drexel forbids them to do so anywhere on University property." ...

"Drexel can create all the gun rules it wants to, but the criminals who rob, steal, rape, and assault will not pay attention to those rules. ..."
 

IL: Protesters often have ulterior motives
Submitted by: BILL AREVALO

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"Chicagoans are protesting the Second Amendment rights of neighboring communities again. About 90 protesters staged a rally at Bell's Gun and Sport Shop in northwest suburban Franklin Park recently. They represented Chicago-based United Power for Action and Justice." ...

"I asked Dowling what they hoped to accomplish by protesting the two gun shops. He said he wanted state licensing and a limit of one firearm per 30-day period per person." ...

"The Illinois State Police already licenses and regulates firearm owners through the issuance of firearm owners identification cards. Criminal background checks are performed on applicants and purchases are reported at the time of sale."

"Riverdale already has a village ordinance limiting legal firearms ID cardholders to one firearm per 30-day period."

"Dowling also wanted government oversight and inspection of gun shop records. Both stores have already been investigated and received a clean stamp of approval."

"The protesters have already accomplished their wish list. What do you think would really make them happy?"
 

MT: Wells seeks greater self-defense protection
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"Now Wells is carrying a bill that would give Montana's gun owners greater protection in defending themselves with their weapons."

"But those in charge of enforcing the law say all it does is give criminals a better chance of hiding their actions."

" 'Please do not give those who abuse firearms the upper hand in the courts of Montana,' Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert asked lawmakers."

"Wells' House Bill 693 would make it legal for a person to display a weapon in self-defense, as long as the weapon is pointing away from the other person."
 

MO: Police doubt Taser as public self-defense option
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"First there was Mace, then pepper spray. For individuals concerned about personal safety in Missouri, it's legal to carry a concealed firearm with a permit."

"Now there are personal Tasers. Tasers are legal in Missouri and in all but seven states. Personal Tasers became available as a result of the growing popularity of Tasers in law enforcement."

"Sgt. Rick Schmidt of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, a certified Taser instructor, said he sees the Taser's value for police work, but doubts it will catch on as a self-defense tool."
 

MD: Police protection bill gains support
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"On Feb. 17, CeaseFire Maryland called for the enactment of the 'Police Officer Protection Act of 2005,' as a means of eliminating illegal gun trafficking."

"The act is sponsored by Maryland police chiefs, sheriffs, and elected officials."

"The proposed law takes into account the shooting of a Montgomery County Police officer in August of 2003." ...

" 'If this bill is enacted into law, traffickers could no longer hide behind the 'lost or stolen gun' defense,' said Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan."
 

MN: Police officer accused of rape released without charges
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"A Minneapolis police officer arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and rape was released Friday without being charged, St. Paul police said."

"St. Paul police said there was probable cause for the officer's arrest, but said prosecutors and investigators agreed that more investigation - including the results of lab tests - are warranted."

"The officer was arrested at his home Wednesday, and prosecutors had until noon Friday to charge him or release him."
 

TX: Gun Found On Student Second Day In A Row
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"For the second day in a row at the same high school, a student was arrested for carrying a gun to school, officials told Local 2."

"The weapons were discovered at the Humble High Ninth Grade Campus, 1131 Wilson Road, in the Humble Independent School District."

"School officials said if the first weapon had not been found Thursday, the second weapon may have gone undiscovered."
 

PA: Cop charged with indecent assault
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"Prosecutors say a New Britain Borough police sergeant sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman whom he pulled over for alleged drunken driving on New Year's Eve, then repeatedly lied to authorities about it."

"Now investigators want to know if Sgt. Darryl N. Allen, 43, has other victims who have not yet come forward."
 

IA: Some Iowa communities are more receptive to gun shows than West Union
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"A gun show promoter who claims his three-day firearms sale in West Union last month was wrongly shut down by city officials said he has hired an attorney."

"Keith Nemecek of rural Winthrop declined to reveal his lawyer's name, but said he intended to contact the city next month if West Union officials do not respond to a demand for $75,000 damages."

"City Administrator Martin Games stopped Nemecek's show Jan. 28 after police discovered he wasn't bonded through the Secretary of State's office. The city's ordinances require transient merchants to obtain a bond worth twice the value of goods for sale."
 

NC: Gun club targeting better safety
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"The Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club raised neighbors' ire last year after what club President Bob Andrews grudgingly refers to as 'the incident.' "

"A one-inch cannonball fired from a miniature replica cannon sailed over the berm, or massive hill of dirt, at the back of the club's rifle range and into a yard in nearby Providence Estates, where a resident was mowing his lawn."

"But what initially sowed discontent has heightened safety awareness and prompted improvements."
 

Planning creates a 'living hell' in Britain
Submitted by: Barry Bright

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"Burras Road was a pleasant cul-de-sac of 21 new homes in Bradford, England. Its residents were blissfully unaware that, just east of the site, approval for a proposed new shopping center required the breaching of their cul-de-sac by a bicycle-pedestrian path."


"Planners favored this requirement because, they say, cul-de-sacs do not encourage movement and therefore are 'auto-dependent' and 'anti-urban.' Opening up the site would connect residents to local services, and the path would promote walking and cycling."

"The path connecting the shopping center to the cul-de-sac opened in 2000. Although there is no evidence that the path has led residents to drive less, it did have a profound effect on their lives. During the next six months, a neighborhood that had been virtually crime-free saw its burglary rate rise to 14 times the national rate, with matching increases in overall crime, including arson, assault, and antisocial behavior."
 

UK: Disarmed Brits try to 'design against crime'
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"Design Against Crime is a programme of research and policy initiatives that aims to improve design's effectiveness in reducing crime. Our web site gives you access to detailed research, case studies, educational materials, information for designers and a showcase of the best design against crime."

"Whether you are learning design at school, college or university, commissioning design for industry and commerce, working as a professional designer or involved in crime reduction – you will find a wealth of useful and useable information here. "

"Explore our new vision of socially responsible design."
 

OH: Police Chief Leaves Loaded Gun in Ohio Library
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"An Ohio police chief has been suspended for a week without pay as punishment for leaving her purse, which contained a loaded pistol, inside a public library. Reynoldsburg Police Chief Jeanne Miller drove off and left her purse hanging on a chair after using a computer at the city’s branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library during off-duty hours on January 3. According to the February 15 Columbus Dispatch, Miller radioed a police dispatcher to contact the library and raced back to retrieve the items after discovering she had forgotten them."
 

NY: Jurors hear grand jury testimony of police officer in fatal shooting
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"Conroy said he wanted to question the man so he drew his gun, yelled that he was a police officer, and told the man not to move. But, the officer said, the man advanced on him at two different times and tried to take his gun."

"The first time, Conroy testified, the man walked 35 feet toward him, tried to grab the gun, and then turned and ran. The second time, Conroy said, the man, after running from him, charged him and wrestled with him until the officer fired twice, hitting him."
 

MO: Annual gun show promises new exhibits
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"Organizers of this weekend's RK Gun and Knife Show at the Cowan Civic Center are promising an even bigger and better show than in years past, including a large assortment of antique knives and an antique BB gun dealer." ...

"This year's event will be much like those in the past, but there will be a few new things for visitors to see."

"I'm going to have the largest knife dealer in the state of Missouri there... We're really tickled to get him at this show. He has a lot of the Case pocket knives and a lot of the good old collector knives. He's pretty much got it all covered in the knife world. It's a real honor to get him there."
 

New Zealand: Arms control bill introduced to Parliament
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"Legislation creating new offences covering the illegal manufacture of firearms has been introduced to Parliament."

"The provisions of the Arms Amendment Bill (No 3) will allow New Zealand to ratify international protocols aimed at stopping the illegal manufacture and trafficking of weapons."

"It establishes three new offences:

*the illicit manufacture of firearms and their parts;
*the illicit trafficking of firearms, their parts, and ammunition; and
*the removal or altering of firearm marking without lawful excuse."
 

MD: JMB student accused of having gun in school
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"A 14-year-old student was in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services on Thursday for allegedly possessing a BB gun, suspected marijuana and tobacco products at James M. Bennett High School."

"Early Tuesday morning the Fruitland boy went to school, showed the gun to his peers, became scared and fled the building, said Allen Brown, an assistant superintendent of Wicomico County public schools. Officers took him into custody later that day when he returned to meet his ride, Brown said."

"According to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, the ninth-grader was being detained Thursday at the Department of Juvenile Services on Naylor Mill Road."
 

TX: Humble ISD students caught with guns at school
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Two students from the Humble ninth grade campus have been expelled for bringing guns to school.

Administrators got a tip Thursday that a 14-year-old male student might have a weapon. He was called into the office and consented to a search. Officials found a loaded 9mm handgun.

On Friday, during follow-up interviews, officials found a 16-year-old male student with an unloaded .22 caliber handgun.

Both teens will likely face criminal charges.

The school sent a letter home to parents today explaining the situation.
 

Australia: Shoppers 'confronted by gunman'
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"A 23-year-old man will face court today for allegedly assaulting a woman at a shopping centre in Sydney's southwest and threatening bystanders with a gun."

"The accused man, from the suburb of Shalvey, allegedly threatened the woman at a shopping centre in Mr Druitt yesterday before assaulting her, police said."

"He then allegedly produced a firearm and threatened witnesses."
 

OH: OFCC proud to have member serving country in Iraq
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"To Chad and everyone else at OFCC:"

"I'm stationed at LSA Anaconda in Balad, Iraq. Well actually just outside Balad. It is approximately 68 clicks north of Baghdad. I've been on quite a few missions to [places you're hearing about on tv]."

"One thing I get to enjoy over here is the legal ownership of full auto weapons, though it is unfortunate I will have to give up my all-matching serial number AK when I come home. I wish there was a legal way to keep it, but such is US law."
 

Tungsten bullets cause cancer in wounds
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"Tungsten alloys, being used in battlefield munitions to make them less toxic may cause cancer in soldiers wounded by them, U.S. Army researchers said."

"Researchers at the Forces Radiobiology Research Institute implanted pellets of the tungsten alloys in rats to simulate shrapnel wounds from the weapons. Some rats received high-dose pellets, some low-dose and some pellets of other material for controlled comparison."

"All of the rats implanted with tungsten developed extremely aggressive tumors surrounding the pellets. Though the tumors in the low-dose individuals grew more slowly, all of the tumors spread rapidly to the lungs of the rats, requiring researchers to euthanize the animals well before the anticipated end of the study."
 

UK: Bank teller threatened with gun
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A bank teller was threatened with a handgun in an attempted armed robbery in Edinburgh, police said.

A man walked into the Abbey bank in Shandwick Place, demanded cash and drew a gun from his pocket.

The male member of staff activated raid screens and the would-be robber calmly walked out of the bank, police said. He is described as white and about 45.
 

UK: Hunt ban will be enforced
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"POLICE in Tynedale have vowed to 'thoroughly investigate' any breach of the hunting ban which came into force earlier today."

"After an eleventh hour bid by the Countryside Alliance to overturn the ban, it was rejected by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, and the Hunting Act was enforced at 12.01am this morning."

"All the district’s hunts have said they will hunt within the law."
 

WA: Newspaper reports Seattle police had relationships with strippers
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"Police officers involved with strippers, some at a known 'vice location,' are the subjects of an internal investigation and a four-year FBI probe, The Seattle Times reported in a copyright article Friday." ...

"Police officers getting cozy with exotic dancers is a longstanding concern, said former Lt. Richard M. Schweitzer, who retired recently after 35 years on the force..." ...

"Police guild president Sgt. Kevin E. Haistings said that while the behavior of some officers might embarrass the department, anything short of a violation of law or ethics should not be grounds for discipline."

"Police 'do not give up their constitutional rights' when they are given a badge and gun, Haistings said."
 

WI: DOJ to step in with stun gun standards
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"The state Department of Justice plans to create consistent guidelines on when Wisconsin police should use Tasers, as more cases of people hurt in stun gun incidents surface around the country."

"Current statewide police standards include criteria on when to use force and how much. But they make no mention of Tasers, leaving police across the state to develop their own policies for using a weapon that can pump 50,000 volts of electricity into a person."
 

MD: Some really bad advice for employers
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"So, what does a company need to do to avoid a violent situation?"

"Establish a zero-tolerance violence policy." ...

"Never allow guns, knives or other weapons in or around company property, including parking lots. In some instances, employees have gone to their cars during breaks and returned with weapons."

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Right. Because a disgruntled, violent employee will be more than happy to follow the rules that prohibit him from keeping weapons on company property. He'll just say, "Well, I was going to kill my ex-boss today, but since I'm not allowed to have weapons on the property, I guess I'll just stay home and watch Oprah."
 

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