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Department of Justice FY 2007 Budget Request; Supports Increase for Department's Counterterrorism and Intelligence Efforts
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"'Protecting the American people from terrorist attacks and fighting the war on terrorism are the top priorities of the Department of Justice,' said Attorney General Gonzales. 'The President's budget provides $4 billion to prevent and prosecute terrorist activities against our Nation, including nearly $290 million to strengthen our counterterrorism investigative capabilities. By also providing the resources to secure our neighborhoods from violent crime and drug trafficking, fight child exploitation, and vigorously enforce the Nation's gun laws, the President's budget will enable the Department to continue protecting Americans and keep our communities safe.'"
 

Activist Says Taking Mystery Out of Guns Key to Children’s Safety
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"When snipers were killing people during October 2002 in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, Nicki Fellenzer’s coworkers sometimes asked her to accompany them on errands outside their office building in Vienna."

"'They know that I carry a gun,' said Fellenzer, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon with her at all times." ...

"Fellenzer said she doesn’t worry about having guns in the house because she and her husband have taught Daniel and their daughters, Sarah, 10, and Anna, 16, about gun safety."
 

Going Postal in Gun-Free Zones
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Persons who are determined to kill large numbers have often targeted United States Post Office facilities. Other popular murder spree sites have been schools and churches. What these places have in common is that all ban law-abiding citizens from legally carrying personal defense weapons, access for criminals with weapons is relatively easy and unchallenged, and armed security is limited or absent. Mass murders are more likely to occur in designated gun free zones and not where others are armed. Large numbers of people are not shot in gun stores and at shooting ranges."
 

ATF Director Is Linked to Cost Overruns For New Building
Submitted by: George Prudden

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Your tax dollars at work.....

"The new headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the District is at least $19 million over budget at a time when the agency is considering sharp cuts in the number of new cars, bulletproof vests and other basics it provides agents."

"The Justice Department inspector general's office recently received a complaint alleging that ATF Director Carl J. Truscott put through or proposed unnecessary plan changes and upgrades to the 438,000-square-foot building in the past two years, according to four sources familiar with the project."
 

FL: Officers: Firearms Left In Vans Transporting Inmates
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"Correctional officers in Orange County, Fla., said two private transport companies have left firearms unsecured in unlocked vans while transporting inmates to and from jail, according to a Local 6 News report."

"Four times since October, corrections officers said lives were potentially put at risk in Jail SallyPorts, where prisoners are picked up and dropped off."

"The thought of loaded guns left in unlocked vans inside the jail makes some officials cringe, according to the report."
 

FL: Policeman kills three, then self
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"Before a Eustis police officer committed suicide Sunday morning, police say, he shot and killed his wife, a fellow officer and that officer's wife in a Pine Lakes home."

"Officer Mike Mount, 34, killed his wife, police clerk Kim Mount, and Officer Joe Gomez and his wife, Serena, at the Gomezes' Greenbrier Street home in the Royal Trails subdivision, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Mysinger."

"Serena Gomez's mother escaped to a neighbor's house unharmed with the Gomezes' 5-year-old son and called 911. Arriving at the home, deputies found the Mounts' 5-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter safe inside."
 

NJ: Former Jersey City prosecutor indicted
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"Jersey City's former chief municipal prosecutor was indicted last week on multiple charges related to an alleged confrontation with a woman who said he struck her with a gun during a jealous rage, then tried to arrest her boyfriend."

"The indictment, handed up Tuesday, charges Abad Perez with three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of official misconduct and one count of false swearing, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Peter Stoma said."

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Only the authorities should have a monopoly on force, right?
 

UT: Ex-Lehi cop charged with attempted murder in alleged shoot-out
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"A 38-year-old former Lehi police officer who allegedly chased down and shot his estranged wife's boyfriend Jan. 27 in Lehi was charged Monday with multiple counts of attempted murder."

"Art Henderson faces five first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder and related counts after police say the former police officer pursued his estranged wife and boyfriend by car firing shots at them before shooting the boyfriend three times. Police say Henderson turned his gun on responding police in an apparent suicide-by-cop, however he was shot twice and surrendered."

"Henderson was fired from the Lehi Police Department in 2004 after he was charged with misdemeanor simple assault."
 

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WI: Bill seeks tax exemption for gun clubs
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A bill creating a tax exemption for gun clubs has passed the state Assembly.

The bill, authored by Representative Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton), was written after something unexpected happened to the state's largely volunteer staffed gun clubs: they received tax bills from the state Department of Revenue, on their membership fees.

Wieckert's bill, which passed the Assembly with bipartisan support, would provide an exemption for clubs that offer a variety of outdoors safety and education classes. It still requires passage by the Senate and the support of Governor Doyle.
 

WI: Concealed-carry misunderstood
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"The misconception that this bill will increase violence by putting weapons in the hands of those who mean to cause harm is a stereotype and fear tactic. Under the bill, those who apply for a license to carry a concealed weapon must meet a long list of requirements including an age requirement of 21 or older, undergoing criminal background checks, participating in a training course and various other tests that determine an individual’s competency. Data from those states where concealed carry is in effect indicates that permit holders do not create law enforcement problems and that crimes committed by permit holders are a rare occurrence. No state with concealed-carry permits has ever repealed its law."
 

Jamaica: New firearm licensing authority to meet
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"The newly appointed firearm licensing authority will hold is first meeting next week."

"Last week former army man, Major General John Simmonds, was appointed head of the gun licensing authority. Now he will convene a meeting to select a Chief Executive Officer."

"The board was formed to act as the sole body responsible for the granting of firearm licenses."
 

FL: Gun, bait shops could reel in voters
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Hunters and anglers seeking a Florida license soon may find they can take care of other important paperwork at their favorite gun or tackle store: registering to vote."

"State Rep. Greg Evers, R-Baker, is sponsoring a bill that would require voter registration materials be provided wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold."

"In Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, that adds up to more than three dozen sporting goods stores, retailers, tax collector offices and bait shops authorized by the state to sell hunting and fishing licenses."
 

Canada: Ontario handgun ban 'difficult,' U of O expert says
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"Responding to the public concern over gun violence in the province -- like the 161 gun crimes in Ottawa last year and the 188 in 2004 -- Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant is considering a provincial handgun ban, even if the federal government won't co-operate."
 

NM: Aztec grad has sights set on Olympics
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Michelle Lacko, a 1986 graduate of Aztec High School, has shot to the big time."

"Lacko's journey began when she earned a spot on the United States Shooting Team at the 2005 National Championships in Ft. Benning, Ga. She also earned a berth in the Championships of the Americas Tournament (CAT) in Puerto Rico this past November where she picked up two silver medals in her first international competition."
 

VA: Hunting Lesson
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"Virginians who consider blaze orange the equivalent of the little black dress -- stylish, timeless, and appropriate for most social occasions might be wondering why the General Assembly is arguing over the right to hunt. A bill in the House of Delegates proposes shifting the regulation of hunting from county governments to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and would nullify any law passed after 1995 that controls where a person can fire a gun. Backers of the measure say some counties have become more aggressive in regulating sport shooting."

"But wait: Didn't the state's voters adopt, by a lopsided margin, a constitutional amendment protecting the right to hunt? Well, yes. Both the Assembly and the public signified in favor of the amendment (which also addresses fishing) five years ago."
 

Canada: Voices: Hand gun ban
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"Attorney General Michael Bryant said he is considering ways to ban handguns altogether, even if Ottawa is reluctant. We asked you what you think of this idea. Here's what you had to say."

"I think it is a great idea; no one needs to own a hand gun. The only people with hand guns should be the police. They have to make stiff penalties for people being caught with hand guns -- 10 years in prison for possession on first offence, life for second offence and if you kill someone with a hand gun you should get life in prison with no parole."
 

FL: Bill would force employers to allow guns on site
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"Florida legislators are considering a bill that would make it a third-degree felony to ban guns on company premises."

"Companies that currently prohibit firearms in the workplace are concerned."

"'Employees who have been demoted or terminated, or suffered some other adverse employment action, will be just a few feet from their vehicles,' said Theresa M. Gallion, managing partner of the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips LLP."
 

Australia: Stakes high to rid city of gun ads
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"A WAR is being declared on guns in billboard advertisements before 90,000 tourists flood the city for the Commonwealth Games."

"The campaign was sparked by new ads on city trams for 50 Cent's new movie Get Rich or Die Tryin' showing the rapper wielding a gun."

"All ads that depict illegal activities, especially firearms, would be stripped from city billboards and trams before the Games under a plan to go before Melbourne City Council."

"Cr Fraser Brindley will ask his colleagues to urge the State Government, transport providers and installers of promotional signs to remove all such ads before the Games."
 

CA: USF Rifle Team Teaches Firearm Safety and Marksmanship to Visitors from Japan
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"This past weekend, 35 ATC Physical Trainer students from the Fuji Athletic & Business College, of Tokyo, Japan visited the University of San Francisco campus as part of their stay in the United States. As part of their cultural exposure to American culture, the USF Rifle Team was given the opportunity to share with the visitors the fundamentals of firearms safety and marksmanship. Interested in the differences between Japanese and American culture, the Japanese students were excited in particular with the sport of Rifle, since the ownership of guns is prohibited in Japan with exception of the police and military."
 

Israel: 40 weapons stolen from base
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"Soldiers didn't see a thing: A total of 40 weapons were stolen from an IDF base about 10 days ago after thieves broke into the base overnight. The weapons stolen include eight grenade launchers and 32 assault rifles. At this time Military Police have no leads in the case and estimate the weapons have already been handed over to criminal or terror elements."

"The latest theft is not the first such case at the base. In July 2005, Ynet reported two female troops were arrested after handing over three assault rifles to an Arab, apparently to cover a financial debt."

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Submitter's note: Of course, mere civilians in Israel have to jump through a myriad of bureaucratic hoops to have rifles. Only the government is professional enough to safeguard them.
 

Canada: Gun owner defends right to store arms on property
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"It wasn't quite the homecoming Ken Foster had hoped for."

"After spending six weeks in hospital recovering from his fourth stroke, the 67-year-old Oshawa resident returned home last Friday afternoon to find the back door of his Front Street home kicked in, and the inside ransacked." ...

"About $1,000 in coins was taken from jars in his living room, along with some watches and rings. But most worrisome to Mr. Foster and police is the absence of 40 collector handguns, stolen from locked steel cabinets upstairs."
 

CA: Lab mounts Gatling gun
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"Officials at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have added a new weapon to their armory: a high-powered machine gun that can fire more than 50 rounds a second."

"The weapon, introduced last week, is a six-barrel Gatling gun called the Dillon Aero M134D. An undisclosed number of the guns will be mounted at the lab." ...

"Lab critics questioned the wisdom of putting such a powerful gun at the lab, which is across the street from suburban homes. They say the real problem is that the lab site, which is relatively small at 1 square mile, is not a good place for nuclear materials."
 

Mexico: Gun exchange attracts regular folk, not criminals
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"Though firearm sales and licenses are much more controlled in Mexico than in the United States, guns are still widespread here. Police here confiscate an average of 256 weapons per day from suspects, and newspapers are filled with accounts of violent shootouts and armed attacks. Gun exchanges have become one part of the ongoing effort to fight the proliferation of firearms."

"The majority of the people who have participated in the Nuevo León campaign have been from lower-income groups. And while many of the participants interviewed expressed relief at getting a gun out of their house, most said that they were inspired to participate out of economic interests."
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association Announces Endorsements in GOP gubernatorial primary
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"Buckeye Firearms Association is pleased to announce our co-endorsement of Ken Blackwell and Jim Petro for the office of Governor in the 2006 Republican primary."

"Since 2002, this political action committee has been striving to help pro-gun voters make informed choices between candidates in races where there is clearly a better choice for gun owners. In the past few elections, there have been several races where neither candidate received a singular endorsement, because they were equal supporters of firearm rights. Our donors were encouraged to make their choice based on other matters which were important to them."
 

IL: Cabela's Targeted by Latest Daley/Blagojevich Gun Control Scheme, Says ISRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Governor Rod Blagojevich have teamed up to push legislation designed to thwart plans by a major hunting/fishing retailer to open a superstore in suburban Chicago. The bill, HB4693, would make it nearly impossible for any law-abiding entity to engage in the lawful retail sale of firearms in the state."

"Cabela's, based in Sidney, NE, recently announced plans to build a destination superstore in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates. The store would employ 400 people and feature a wide variety of gear to meet the needs of every outdoor sportsman. Of course, the retail sale of firearms would be a major component of the store's business."

"Cabela's announcement comes at a time when Blagojevich and Daley are pulling out all stops end private firearm ownership in the state. Within recent weeks, their backers in the legislature have introduced several bills intended to suck the life out of the state's long standing heritage of safe and lawful firearm ownership. Included along with HB4693 is HB2414 -- a highly controversial bill that would ban gun collecting and competitive shooting."
 

KS: Concealed gun issue back in Legislature
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"The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee heard Thursday from supporters and opponents of the gun bill, which backers say is nearly identical to one the Democratic governor spiked in 2004. In 1997, then-Gov. Bill Graves, a Republican, vetoed a hidden gun bill."

"The arguments were familiar. Supporters said that by joining the 46 states with such laws on the books, citizens would be safer. Opponents said there's no reason to have such a law and it takes power from local governments by superseding their right to regulate concealed weapons."
 

Bidding expected to climb for gun linked to Hitler
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"Bidding on a rare German gun that may have belonged to Adolph Hitler has stalled at 13-thousand-dollars. But experts predict the price could shoot up three times or more before an online auction closes Thursday."

"Midwest Exchange, a Bloomington pawn shop, is hosting the online auction."
 

NY: Pro-gun actvist blasts state Senate GOP; offers to help Dems
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"A longtime pro-gun activist said Monday he is fed up with the state Senate's Republican majority and is willing to help Democrats win the few seats needed to wrest control of the chamber from the GOP."

"'You are no longer the lesser of two evils,' wrote Gerald Preiser in an e-mail to state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and other Senate Republicans. ..."

"A top Bruno aide dismissed Preiser's e-mail, saying he doesn't represent the interests of legitimate gun owners and 'lives in New Jersey.'"

"Preiser' move came a day after The New York Times, quoting unidentified aides to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reported the Republican mayor is considering helping a Democratic City Council member take on a veteran GOP state senator from Queens this year."
 

VA: Police Confiscate Gun At Tabb Middle School
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"A Tabb Middle School student is in trouble with police and school administrators after police say he brought a gun to the school."

"It happened on Saturday. York-Poquoson Sheriff's deputies got a call about the possibility of a gun being at the school."

"A parent of a student called the Sheriff's Office and told deputies that his child had told him about having heard of a specific student being in possession of a gun at school."
 

NY: Teen Arrested Near Monroe HS Carried Pellet Gun
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Police have charged a 14-year old with unlawfully having a weapon, after a citizen reported seeing a man with a gun near Monroe High School.

Police said the teen was holding a pellet gun that could be confused for a real gun.

They said the teen was not on school property.

When the report first came into the school, no one was allowed to enter or leave the building, but by 12:30 pm things were back to normal.
 

Japan: Japan may ban powerful toy air guns
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"Japan's National Police Agency wants to ban the ownership of powerful toy air guns which are being remodelled to give them killing power."

"The agency will submit legislation to revise the firearm control law to the ongoing Diet session so a violator will face imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to 300,000 yen ($A3,400), they said."

"According to the agency, 165 injury and assault cases involving air guns have been reported in Japan since 2003."
 

Canada: Local firearm advocates grateful for Conservative government
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"Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper was sworn in as Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister this morning and many who use firearms for recreational pursuits in the Kenora area couldn’t be happier."

"For Don Jones, on the board of directors of the Lake of the Woods Gun Club, Harper was the right choice for the average recreational firearm users."

"'We are quite grateful to see that they got in,' said Jones on Saturday when asked for his reaction to the new Conservative government. 'It had the effect of putting to an end, at least for now, the banning of handguns.'"
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order. — Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942. (Source: "Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuehrer's Headquarters 1941-1942", Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaeum Verlag, Bonn, 1951).)

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