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MA: Soldier takes shot at gun rules
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"There was Kang Lu, a Chinese-born U.S. Army second lieutenant and future military doctor, dressed in uniform, hoping, finally, for redemption in the form of a restored license to carry firearms..."

"And finally, sitting quietly on a bench outside the courtroom, was diminutive law paralegal and gospel choir singer Jacqueline Scott, a 53-year-old African-American woman and former domestic abuse victim, who said she has heard 'nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing' from the Brookline Police on her first-time application to carry a gun which she completed in October 2003."
 

The last nail in gun control
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"The expected election of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic National Committee this month will strike a crippling blow to the gun-control movement, lobbyists and political observers say."

"Like Dean, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is a strong supporter of gun rights. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports gun control but rarely mentioned the issue before the 2004 election."

"National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Director Chris Cox said Dean, whom the NRA endorsed when he was running for governor, was taking over a party that had suffered electorally for its embrace of gun control."

"Over the past decade, the issue had become strongly partisan, but gun-rights groups say the political winds have shifted."
 

Gottlieb & Workman: Study Raises Alarm About 1st Amendment, But What About 2nd?
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"Schools don’t do enough to teach the Second Amendment. In many cases, they don’t do anything at all. That’s a problem the Second Amendment Foundation has been addressing for more than three decades, and it has been an uphill battle. In today’s politically correct classroom environment, it’s virtually taboo to talk about firearms, and showing an interest in guns can get your photo banned from the high school yearbook, as happened this year to a New Hampshire student who wanted to appear with his skeet gun and shooting vest in his official senior class portrait."
 

Smith & Wesson Unveils New Products; SHOT Show 2005 Provides Backdrop for Launch of Fourteen Products
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"Smith & Wesson the legendary 153-year old firearms maker unveiled fourteen new products at the 2005 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The four-day event featured exhibits from 1,725 companies in the firearms and hunting industry and served as the launch pad for a host of new products from Smith & Wesson."

"The 27th annual SHOT Show attracted more than 37,000 attendees who gathered to take a look at the latest in firearms and outdoor apparel advancements. Smith & Wesson, one of the most recognized names in the industry, provided attendees with over 3,000 square feet of new products, services and accessories."
 

CA: 32 guns taken in break-in; Store owner blames new police policy brushing off alarms
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"As the store's alarm rang, thieves made off with 32 rifles and handguns from a Fremont gun shop early Wednesday, less than two weeks after police announced they will soon ignore burglar alarms unless there was a confirmed crime."

"Irvington Arms owner Martin MacDonald was livid over the break-in at his shop, where burglars used an aluminum baseball bat to break the front door and smashed display cases with a crowbar before making off with $20,000 in weapons."

"MacDonald blamed the break-in on the Police Department's policy -- announced last month but not effective until Feb. 18 -- that officers won't respond to burglar alarms unless they are told there is evidence of a break-in or security breach."
 

VPC pretends to be a friend of gun owners
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"The National Rifle Association is vigorously promoting legislation on Capitol Hill that will limit your rights in class action lawsuits. Under the guise of promoting gun rights, the NRA is pushing federal legislation to severely limit class action lawsuits. ..."
 

FL: Deputy fired for allegedly roughing up Explorer
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"A Lee County auxiliary deputy was fired for allegedly roughing up a sheriff's Explorer. The deputy is also a Lehigh Senior High School teacher who is on suspension for bringing a gun to school."

"Bob Sneddon teaches television production at Lehigh Senior High and in the past even coached a few soccer teams."

"But according to a report from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, he did much more than that. He allegedly represented himself as a deputy to students and staff and on at least on one occasion carried a concealed firearm on campus."
 

NE: Shelby County Officer Under Indictment 'Well-Liked'
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"The Shelby County deputy who was indicted Wednesday for shooting a motorist is 'well-known and well-liked' according to his boss."

"Shelby County Sheriff Gene Cavenaugh said Deputy Chad Butler is a young man everyone likes. A grand jury indicted Butler in the December shooting death of Dwayne Jens."

"Jens was shot after a high-speed chase. Investigators said the deputy approached Jens' truck and thought he saw a gun in Jens' hand. Jens' 12-year-old daughter, Angie, was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. She said it was a cell phone, not a gun, her father was reaching for."
 

PA: Former Police Officer On The Wrong Side Of The Law
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"A former Cambria County police officer is now on the wrong side of the law, charged with impersonating an officer and theft. Officials say Denise Sabo resigned from the Jackson Township police department in 2003 to take a higher-paying job as a security officer."

"At that time, they say she was asked to return her equipment, however, despite requests from the department chief, she never did."

"The chief says he realized Sabo not returning the equipment was more than just an oversight when he had a conversation with a Dale borough officer who said Sabo had been pulled over and had flashed her badge. The badge was just one of many items not returned, including uniforms and a gun. Together, the items total over $1500."
 

PA: Suspended city officer charged with sexual assault skipped court
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"Authorities are searching for a suspended Allentown police officer who failed to come to Lehigh County Court on Tuesday for his arraignment on charges that he sexually assaulted his girlfriend."

"When Christopher Dowling, 25, didn't appear in court before Judge William E. Ford, a warrant was issued for his arrest." ...

"Dowling was arrested in November and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and simple assault."

 

CA: Gay group defends right to arms
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"Don't be fooled by the stereotype, said Aaron Thomas, a 30-year-old gay man with ruddy cheeks, an open manner and a 9mm semiautomatic handgun."

"Gay, gun-loving San Franciscans exist, he said shortly before hunching his back, steadying himself and firing at a target. Not only do they exist, they are steamed up about the proposed law -- supported by five San Francisco supervisors and set to go before voters next fall -- that would ban the ownership of handguns."
 

IA: Group lobbies in support of bill cracking down on gun shows
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"A group fighting gun violence was at the Statehouse Wednesday to support a bill requiring criminal background checks at gun shows at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and all other state property."

" 'For the life of me, I don't see how any lawmakers could be opposed to this unless they are for providing criminals easy access to guns,' said John Johnson, director of Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence, based in Cedar Rapids."

"Two years ago, a bill ordering checks at all gun shows was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee but failed to get to the floor for a vote."

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KABA Note: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, less than 2 percent of criminals get their guns at gun shows. If the gun show is a supermarket for criminals like these gun banners claim, wouldn't it make sense that more criminals would get their guns there?
 

IL: NRA dials up heat on gun ban
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"Fresh off its success at poking holes in a Wilmette handgun ban, the National Rifle Association has launched a new legislative drive to dismantle strong gun prohibitions in Chicago and test Gov. Rod Blagojevich's wavering commitment to broader gun control."

"Taking direct aim at Mayor Richard Daley's hard-line stance against the proliferation of guns, the NRA package of state legislation would allow residents of Chicago and other communities that ban handgun ownership to legally keep the weapons in their homes for self-defense purposes. It also would hold Chicago and other places with bans liable for injuries that residents claimed could have been avoided had they been allowed to carry handguns."

"The new aggressive approach by the powerful gun lobby will put pressure on Blagojevich to have more personal involvement in the gun-control debate as he prepares to deliver his annual State of the State message Thursday. Blagojevich aggressively pushed anti-gun measures while he was in Congress, but that caused him trouble with Downstate voters as a candidate for governor and he has largely sidestepped the issue since."
 

British gun owners get hammered again
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"All too often, government officials believe the cure for a failing policy is more of the same. That's the case with a near-total ban in firearms in Great Britain. Gun control activists and politicians in the United States often point to Britain and Australia as models of 'reasonable' gun control. We'll follow their lead and use England as an example."

"Since a ban on all handguns, most rifles and many shotguns went into effect in 1997, violent crime has risen 69 percent, with murders going up 54 percent. ..."
 

OH: Student Allegedly Takes Gun To School Twice
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"A student faces criminal charges after a handgun was found inside a local school..."

"In the past week, Gahanna Lincoln High School student Steven Wright, 17, brought the gun to school not once, but twice, and showed it off, according to a police report."

"What troubles police is that after he allegedly took the unloaded semiautomatic handgun to school the first time, no one reported it..."
 

UT: Just drafting a loaded-gun proposal ignites controversy
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"The sponsor of a bill that would allow Utahns to carry loaded guns in their cars without a concealed weapons permit said Wednesday he was surprised by how much attention his proposal was already attracting." ...

"Madsen may not like what he hears about his proposal, first reported by the Deseret Morning News on Tuesday. The Utah Department of Public Safety has already come out against the bill."
 

MA: Firearm safety course at North Reading club
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The North Reading Rifle Club hosts a Firearm Safety Course Wednesday, Feb. 23 and March 2, 7 p.m. Participants must attend both dates. Certified instructors will explain firearm operation, safe handling, storage, transportation and laws. Each participant will shoot a rifle, revolver and semi-automatic hand gun. A certificate required by Massachusetts law, when applying for a Class A or B license to carry, or firearms identification card will be issued to everyone completing the course. A license is required to purchase, possess or carry a firearm. The North Reading Rifle Club is located at 242 Central St.

For further information or to register, call Robert Rose, 978-644-2703.
 

VA: Cuccinelli: Reconsider Gun Vote (Letter)
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"With all due respect, I find your reasons for voting against this common-sense measure lacking credibility:"

"Your response stated: 1) the legislation would set up a 'cumbersome process.' As you must be aware, there is already a process in place at gun shows so that FFL dealers (federally licensed firearms dealers) can quickly check the background of perspective gun buyers. Studies show that well over 90 percent of these background checks take place in less than 2 minutes. SB 807 would simply require that non-FFL gun sellers at gun shows use the existing quick and reliable process that the FFL dealers use to check backgrounds at gun shows. There is no 'cumbersome process' that needs to be established."
 

WY: Committee endorses bill liberalizing concealed weapons law
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"A House committee on Wednesday recommended a bill that would liberalize Wyoming's concealed weapons law."

"The measure, sent to the House floor 7-2 by the House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee, would essentially allow any non-felon to carry a concealed gun without a permit."

"Wyoming would join Alaska and Vermont in not requiring permits for concealed weapons, he said."

"However, the bill would apply only to people who have been residents of Wyoming for at least 90 days..."
 

VA: Gun at School
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"A Hermitage High School student is facing serious charges; police say he brought a loaded gun to school Thursday. Parents of students at Hermitage High were sent a letter explaining what happened today. Police tell 8 News the gun they found on the student was loaded."

"Police pulled the 16-year-old boy out of class just before noon while fellow students watched." ...

"A student at Freeman High School is also being charged with possession of a weapon on school property after a school resource officer arrested him for carrying a knife. Police are trying to determine if this case is connected to the incident at Hermitage High School."
 

VA: Weapons Don't Belong In Government Buildings (Letter)
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"Security in downtown public buildings, including the Capitol, the General Assembly Building, and City Hall, is poor, and the rule you discussed in the editorial, 'Good Rule,' to require those bringing concealed weapons to the Capitol to have a permit, doesn't go nearly far enough. You nailed the issue (without taking this position) when you postulated that 'killers are wired differently from law-abiding gun owners who seek concealed-carry permits.' "

"I'll say."

"People who bring guns into public buildings shouldn't have permits. They should have their heads examined. Members of city councils in San Francisco and New York have been murdered in their respective city halls."
 

UK: Teacher Fired Pellet Gun 'To Stop Harassment'
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"A teacher who fired a pellet gun in the street after “yobbos” launched a campaign of vandalism against her family claimed she just wanted to stop them threatening her, a court heard today."

"Linda Walker, 47, had kept the gun in her underwear drawer for four months, since her shed was burgled, when a confrontation with a gang of youths drove her to fire the weapon at the pavement near one teenager’s feet."

"Manchester Crown Court, sitting at Stockport Magistrates’ Court, heard that the discovery of a bottle of washing up liquid emptied over one of her sons cars was 'the straw that broke the camel’s back'."
 

Belgium: Tough new gun law promised
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"Belgium’s justice minister has pledged to implement a tough new law on the possession of guns."

"Laurette Onkelinx told the federal parliament she intends to propose new rules to ensure no one in Belgium owns a gun without a licence."

" 'Permission will only be given if there’s a legitimate motive,' Onkelinx told MPs."

"She said at the moment there were 641,781 personal guns owned in Belgium and 27,492 military guns, an official total of 669,273 guns."

"But those figures don’t take into account a huge number of guns which have not been registered, including a large number of hunting weapons."

"Experts say that in reality Belgium has around 2 million guns in circulation."
 

Australia: Pistol a fake, but man jailed for armed holdup
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"A MAN who robbed a service station with a replica pistol was yesterday sentenced to 21 months in jail."

"Michael Charles Edwards, 39, of Hobart, had pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of a service station at Lindisfarne in June last year." ...

"Justice Alan Blow said yesterday the psychological consequences of a robbery involving either a real or replica gun could be very severe."
 

OK: Student arrested for taking gun to school
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Oklahoma City police arrested a high school student after finding he took a gun to school.

The Santa Fe South Charter High School student told officials he carried the gun because he feared for his life. The teenager's name and age were not released. He was arrested on a complaint of possessing a weapon on school property.

School Principal Chris Brewster says he and a campus resource officer found the weapon on the student after another student reported the boy had a gun.

Brewster says a friend of the boy was killed last month in a shooting in south Oklahoma City and the boy was scared.

Brewster says there was apparently no intent to harm anyone at the school.
 

FL: Arrest made in fatal shooting of newspaper carrier
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"Steven Hayward was released from prison in November, completing only 16 years of a 35-year sentence for murder."

"Thursday, he was arrested on first-degree murder charges in the death of Daniel DeStefano, a newspaper delivery man who was shot twice along Avenue D during an apparent robbery Tuesday morning, police said."

"Before collapsing into unconsciousness, DeStefano told police he fired back at his assailant. It was that detail, police said, that led one resident to call police Thursday morning with a tip: A man with a bullet wound on his left hand was staying at a rooming house at 2108 Avenue G."
 

Are Guns Really That Fun?
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"When I first saw the e-mail, I thought it had to be a joke. It came from a 'resort & casino' in Laughlin, Nev. I've never been to Laughlin, and I have no idea how I got on these folks' e-mailing list. But I've been getting stuff from them for the past year or so about car shows, special weekend packages and the like."

"This one, however, grabbed my attention more than any previous message."

"The headline said 'Legally ...
... Carry A Gun!' "
 

UK: Callers help hunt for gun suspect
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"Police are following a number of leads from BBC Crimewatch viewers after an appeal to find a man who is missing after a suspected gun offence."

"Nicky Nelson, 28, is wanted after a crash between a BMW and a Mercedes on the M4 in Berkshire."

"Officers arrested Mr Nelson at the scene after discovering several kilos of cannabis, a handgun and a knife."
 

CA: Police to distribute gun-safety devices
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"Officials from a nationwide program Wednesday delivered 700 gunlocks to the Whittier Police Department, which will hand them out free to residents."

"Police spokesman Officer Alan dela Pena said the gunlocks will be distributed to residents in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs at the department's open house in May and at the National Night Out event in August."

"Officials from Project ChildSafe, a national program that promotes safe handling and storage of firearms, plan to distribute about 880,000 gunlock kits throughout California this year, said Bob Keyser of Project ChildSafe."
 

Canada: Grits secretive on gun report
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"The federal government is keeping secret key sections of a report that makes recommendations on how to improve the controversial $1-billion gun registry program, Sun Media has learned. A copy of the 48-page report obtained by Sun Media under Access to Information was censored, with only 16 of the 48 pages released."

"The deleted pages contain the recommendations compiled by then-associate defence minister Albina Guarnieri. Guarnieri completed her report in April 2004, a month before the federal election was called."
 

Thoughts From The Gunner's Guru -- February 2005
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"We have had several reports of functioning failure with the various micro 45s. I think this matter is worthy of consideration, and I intend to stick to the Commander version for personal carry."

"Paul Kirchner's book on the Code Duelo will be available shortly. We cannot help feeling that if modern politicians were free to use that course of action, our political campaigns would be conducted with more dignity."
 

TN: 7 Year-Old Lebanon Boy Suspended For Gun In School
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A second grader has been suspended in Lebanon for bringing a gun to school Thursday.

It happened at Sam Houston Elementary School.

Police say the semi-automatic Tech 9 was not loaded. It was discovered in a seven year-old's backpack after a teacher noticed a bullet on the floor of her classroom.

A seven year-old boy confessed the gun was his.

Police say the child got the gun at his home in the Upton Heights Federal Housing Project.
 

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