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Tapped Out
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In 1986, Congress enacted the Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA), which reduced some of the powers belonging to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). Since then, however, antigun journalists have waged an unceasing campaign against FOPA. The most recent effort — but not the most credible one — comes from 'Tapped,' the web log of The American Prospect, a Boston political magazine."
 

Russia: Group Lobbies for Guns to Prevent Terror Acts
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Last fall's siege of the Dubrovka theater by armed Chechens sparked much debate on how the attack could have been prevented. A new organization believes it has the answer: Let the population arm itself."

"That way, the group's members say, instead of accepting their fate, the hostages could have pulled out their legally registered handguns and fought off their captors."
 

TN: Murfreesboro officers tell of disturbance at roll call
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"Murfreesboro police officers were astonished when their shift's commander, Lt. Alvin Randolph, came into morning roll call on Jan. 22 and announced that, after some departmental changes, non-Christian officers and those with more than 25 years on the force should look for other jobs."

"It was the beginning of a morning-long disturbance in which, officers say, Randolph started to draw his gun on another officer and an emergency radio call summoned all available officers back to the police station. Randolph was placed on paid administrative leave later that morning."
 

OH: 'Victim Zone' exclusions are BAD for law-abiding Ohio citizens
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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As the Ohio General Assembly looks ahead to committee consideration of HB12 (and SB24?), we believe serious consideration should be given to removing language involving the creation of "victim zones" in Ohio, where persons are prohibited from exercising their constitutional right to self-defense.

In case you missed them, here are two recently published stories detailing the dangers of creating victim zones in churches, day cares and in the workplace...
 

OH: Ohio FOP spokesman: blatant disregard for the TRUTH
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"One would think someone in the position of being spokesman for thousands of law enforcement officers in this state would try, at least a tiny bit, get his facts straight." ...

"Mike Taylor is quoted as saying that the fifth affirmative defense clause, present in HB12 as introduced this month (and in HB274 as passed by the House last session), would 'open the door for felons to carry weapons around.' "

"Is Mike Taylor THAT ignorant of the laws regarding firearms ownership in this country, and this state? Is the entire FOP leadership?"
 

OH: Akron Police say shock devices didn't work
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"A story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer illustrates why non-lethal sidearms are not adequate substitutes for the exercise of Ohioans' constitutional right to carry a firearm for their defense & security."
 

OH: Ohio CCW Bill Returns
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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This is a great interview with Democrat Rep. Derrick Seaver, concerning the outlook for HB12!
 

OH: Tale of Two Cities: CCW saves lives, protects property
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Multiple new 'Tale of Two Cities' stories have been published, all detailing the difference between an Ohio city crime story, and a crime story from a state that has already reformed their concealed carry laws."
 

FL: Police Officer Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Teen Girl
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"An Apopka police officer has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Thirty-nine-year-old Apopka police sergeant Edwin Coffey, who has been with the Apopka police for ten years."

"The investigator's report says the 13-year-old girl told them that Sgt. Coffey had been sexually assaulting her several times a week over the last year or so, since she turned 12 years old."
 

NY: $500,000 Allocated To Reduce Youth-Related Gun Violence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Although residents in Queens have been complaining about what they perceive to be a diminished police presence for the past year, they can take heart knowing that money to fight crime comes from sources other than the cash-strapped NYPD."

"Last week, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Rockaway), announced that he, along with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, obtained $500,000 in federal grant money to help prevent juvenile gun violence in Queens."
 

NY: Immigrant Grocer Killed While Trying To Foil Robbery Attempt
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Witnesses said that one of the men, who was wearing a hooded jacket, pulled out a gun after asking for a steak. A struggle ensued, during which the gunman grabbed the grocery’s butcher by the arm and pointed a gun at his chest. The gunman then asked for all of the store’s money."

"One witness inside the store ran out, where he was confronted by a third robber. The pair wrestled; the witness was injured but managed to telephone for help at a neighboring business." ...

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Disarmed New Yorkers versus armed criminals. Who will win?
 

UK: Teenage boy shoots Enforcer in street
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A parking attendant has been shot by a teenager as he patrolled a city-centre street."

"Paul Stewart was hit in the leg by a pellet thug outside Scotmid on Nicolson Street last night just before 6pm as he was finishing his shift."

"The 32-year-old today told of his 'horror' as he turned round after he felt the pellet ricochet off his jacket on to his leg."
 

GA: Ex-Deputy Snared in Illegal Gun Sales Probe
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A northwest Georgia man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for taking part in a family business that sold hundred of guns illegally at a flea market." ...

"Gregory Christol, a former Whitfield County sheriff's deputy, bought one gun that later was used in the shooting of a police officer in the Chicago area, according to evidence presented at his sentencing."
 

CO: Bill could legalize concealed weapons on campus
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Currently, students are prohibited from carrying concealed weapons due to a university law set by the Board of Regents. If the House Bill is passed, regents will not have the authority to enforce such a law said Stephannie Finley, the Deputy Director for the University Office of the Legislature Brad Jones, President of the College Republicans and a junior communication major, said the College Republicans believe the bills would make campus a safer place."
 

Canada: Soaring gun registration cost hearings set
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A parliamentary committee will start public hearings Feb. 24 to begin lifting the veil on how the gun registration system became a financial black hole for the federal government, the subject of auditor general censure and the target of critics' condemnation."
 

MI: Gun-Toting Teacher Walks Free
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The teacher whose actions caused police SWAT teams to surround a local school will not face charges, Local 4 reported."

"Steve Rea, a physics teacher at Plymouth High School, attended a school disciplinary meeting Wednesday for bringing a BB gun into the building on Jan. 30." ...

"Rea reportedly took the gun to school to use it as part of a physics experiment, according to police."
 

Two soldiers develop bad reactions to smallpox shot
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two soldiers have had potentially serious reactions days after receiving the smallpox vaccine, but no problems have been reported among more than 400 civilian health workers immunized in the past two weeks, a health official said Wednesday."

"The soldiers are the first known cases of severe reactions among thousands being vaccinated as part of the president's bioterrorism preparedness plan."
 

Brady Campaign Statement on Robert Ricker
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Mr. Ricker's explosive declaration provides a unique insider's perspective on the irresponsible actions inside the industry that lead to the illegal trade in firearms. His statement illustrates the reckless conduct of the gun industry and the crucial need to protect the rights of gun violence victims." ...

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Typical anti-gunner mentality. It's not about the recklessness of the criminal, but the alleged "recklessness" of the gun industry - alleged by a former industry official who apparently holds a grudge.
 

MD: Our say: Project Exile: Still great tool for fighting crime
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Nearly two years ago we wrote that 'if we had to put a bet on one piece of legislation quickly cutting the state's crime rate and saving lives, it would be the (Project) Exile bill...' "

"Our view on that hasn't changed. The mandatory sentencing legislation we were supporting ...died late in that General Assembly session, as legislators settled for the weaker provisions in the Glendening administration bill that also mandated handgun safety locks."
 

WY: Family sues law enforcement and county officials
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A family is suing Laramie County sheriff's deputies and Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers for entering their home in February 2001 without a warrant."

"In a complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Steven L. Polston, he alleges that law enforcement officers entered his home without a warrant or permission because they believed he was a drug dealer." ...

"The Polston family is seeking punitive and compensatory damages through their attorney, Ron Pretty."
 

OH: Homeowner Helps Chase Alleged Robbery Suspects
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Homeowner Eric Webster said that he was taking his dog outside when he was approached and threatened by two armed men."

"Webster told police that he went inside his home in the 3700 block of Westerville Road home and grabbed his gun..."

"Webster told police that he and a friend hopped into a car and chased the suspects for several blocks."

"Police told Dal Ponte that the suspects eventually crashed their car into a gas line near a mobile home park near Hudson Avenue and fled on foot."
 

UK: Fury as gunman walks free
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A former social worker who threatened children with a replica gun has escaped jail."

"But the community rehabilitation order given to Gary John Westwell by Huddersfield magistrates has angered the youngsters' parents."

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British logic in a nutshell: disarm the law-abiding citizens, try and imprison those who dare use a gun in self-defense, and let actual criminals off with a slap on the wrist.
 

VT: State Gets Gun Violence Prevention Grants
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The federal government is sending two grants to New Hampshire to help prevent gun violence."

"One grant for $170,000 will go to Eastlantic Advertising in Manchester to produce public service announcements and a comprehensive communications strategy to deter gun violence."

"The other, for $150,000, will go to the Justiceworks think tank at the University of New Hampshire. Justiceworks will work with Saint Anselm College to examine trends in crime statistics."
 

CA: Rejected gun ban shows weak council leadership
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"How lamentable that the Modesto City Council, under pressure from pro-gun absolutists, could not muster support for a sensible measure to bar nonpolice firearms from the council chamber."

"When it came time to stand up and make a principled decision Tuesday, council members simply ducked." ...

"That's not leadership -- it's waffling. Only Mayor Carmen Sabatino stood resolute in his opposition to guns in the halls of democracy."

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Apparently, it's only waffling when the decision goes against the gun banners' views.
 

OH: Police officer charged in shooting of boy, 12
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Cleveland police officer Edward Lentz Jr. was charged yesterday with felonious assault in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy after the city prosecutor ruled the officer acted recklessly and then lied about it."
 

NJ: Magnets will provide gun safety reminder
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

WOODBURY -- Sheriff Gilbert Miller III said his office is offering refrigerator magnets that can be kept in plain view and remind families about the importance of gun safety.

The magnets, which were provided by the organization Common Sense about Kids and Guns and funded by the Gloucester County Freeholder Board, will be offered at no charge to residents who contact Miller at 384-4630.
 

UT: Leave gun laws alone (Letter)
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Columbine would not have been as disastrous if even a small portion of the teachers or administrators had weapons to defend themselves and the students in their care. There is no defense like fear to keep cowards from committing murder of the defenseless. If the perpetrators knew that someone could stop them it would have stopped them from starting. Leave the gun laws alone!

RICHARD WALKER
Bountiful
 

MA: Cop facing Oxycontin theft charge
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Massachusetts State Police trooper on medical leave was arrested yesterday at a Worcester hospital and charged with robbing a Natick pharmacy of OxyContin on the day after Christmas, police said."
 

Drug Czar Defies Nevada Election Officials
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"White House 'Dug Czar' John Walters today refused to report how much money he spent campaigning against Question 9, Nevada's November 2002 marijuana initiative. Walters' refusal came in response to a written request from Nevada Secretary of State Dean Heller that he explain his failure to file campaign finance reports as required by Nevada law."
 

Funds in doubt for Pentagon's cyber-spy plan
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Privacy advocates from the political left and right are joining forces with Congress to stop funding of the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness (TIA) program, a cyber-surveillance system labeled by critics as a 'supersnoop' system."

"A measure blocking the program passed the Senate last month but must survive the House and Senate conference committee this week. The measure was added as an amendment to a 2003 omnibus spending bill."
 

Biometrics a tool in war on terror
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Bush administration is establishing a national biometrics identification system to prevent terrorists from gaining legal entry into the country and says international standards should be established."
 

NY: Libertarian condemned after school Guns for Tots toy drive
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"City officials condemned a Manhattan Libertarian Party member who held a Guns for Tots toy drive outside a public school and gave fake guns to children. Jim Lesczynski said he handed out the imitation weapons in front of P.S. 72 in East Harlem on Thursday in response to a bill that would ban the guns' sale or possession."
 

Philippines: Gun ban should be relaxed to help fight terrorism
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The commander of the PNP directorate for police-community relations has warned policemen manning checkpoints on the ban to carry guns in public places against conducting body searches. This warning has an exception though. Body searches may still be done if the person skirts the checkpoint by running or speeding away. ...What would the policemen do if the fleeing person does not stop despite their warning whistles — just see him go or shoot him?"
 

Major Dot-Com Retailers Begin Levying Sales Tax
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Some of the nation's largest retailers ...started voluntarily collecting taxes on all of their online sales."

"The companies are among the first in the nation to collect sales taxes from online shoppers across the country, not just shoppers who live in the states where the companies maintain actual stores or distribution centers."

"In return, 38 states and the District of Columbia agreed to absolve the retailers from any liability for taxes not previously collected on Internet sales."
 

VA: City councilman seeks prohibition on bowhunting
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Archers have enjoyed stalking deer in Richmond for years, but now they are the targets."

"City Councilman Joseph E. Brooks wants to ban bowhunting within the city limits."

" 'I think it is a danger to children and to all people,' said Brooks, who is asking the council to vote on the ban Monday."

"The councilman said he is not aware of any injuries that have occurred as a result of bowhunting, but: 'You don't wait for someone to get hurt before you look at the consequences.' "
 

AZ: Officer charged with assault
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Pima County Corrections Officer is now facing a felony assault charge for allegedly kicking a restrained inmate back in November."

"Eric Hahn is on paid administrative leave. Officials at the jail say this is an isolated incident. Captain Greg Gearhart says officers are trained when and how to use force, but adds that other training usually prevents situations from becoming violent." ...
 

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