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TX: Man finds body of suspected intruder
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"Fred Dry doesn't faze easily, having served in the military. Even so, he was surprised to find a man's body and a ski mask near his southeast Houston house Tuesday."

"Omar Jamal Jett, 25, shot three times in the chest, was believed to be one of four intruders who got into a gunbattle with Dry's neighbors during a home invasion one block away in the 10400 block of Kirklane about 10:15 p.m. Monday."

"Jett's companions are believed to have fled in a late-model, turquoise Dodge Durango with step-up rails. Investigators recovered a blood-spattered AK-47 outside the invaded home."
 

CO: After Action Report and analysis (Blog)
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"Here's the deal: The NRA had promised not to push any pro-gun legislation this year. Their justification was that pro-gun votes hurt Republicans in elections. Now, call me crazy, but I had for some reason always assumed that pro-gun voters made up a large part of the Republican base." ...

"In steps RMGO, who gets Rep. Brophy (R-District 63) to sponsor a pro-gun bill that would eliminate the permit requirement for carrying concealed as long as you'd be qualified to get a permit." ...

"Dave Gill, VP of the CSSA was contacted by Rep. Brophy & when asked about the CSSA's stance on the bill said he would support it next year, but not this year." ...
 

Dissecting the NRA's latest communication (Blog)
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"So they're going to play a very risky game with amendments that if passed will violate the Constitution & your Rights. They imply that they will fight for it, but they never directly state how hard. Now you can chalk this up to a risky strategy or malicious intent or anything else, but for our purposes the motive doesn't matter right now. What matters is their actions & while I have no doubt that they will publicly & openly oppose any gun control amendments on the scale of continuing the AWB or shutting down gun shows across the nation, I doubt seriously if they will withdraw the underlying bill to keep gun control from passing."
 

IN: Police group against residents having stun guns
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South Bend's Fraternal Order of Police want to keep stun guns out of the hands of residents.

The group is supporting a proposed ban on the sale and possession of stun guns in the city.

State law allow anyone older than 18 to have a stun gun. The South Bend ordinance would allow for fines of up to $500 for a third offense.

Police say stun guns pose a danger to them when they are out in the field.

The proposed ordinance is on South Bend City Council's agenda for consideration at its March 8th meeting.
 

MD: Senator Thwarts Assault-Style Weapons Ban
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"A Prince George's County senator foiled hopes for a statewide ban on assault-style weapons yesterday when he announced he would vote against the measure."

"The decision by Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. (D) means there are not enough votes in the Judicial Proceedings Committee to bring the measure, which focuses on 45 semiautomatic weapons, to the Senate floor."

"Gun-control advocates were outraged yesterday and vowed to push for Giannetti's defeat if he runs for reelection in 2006."
 

IL: Jury finds Oswego officer reckless
Submitted by: Lawrence Miller

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"Russ Lorenz stood expressionless Friday — as he had for almost all of his three-day trial — while the clerk read the verdict against him: guilty of aggravated reckless driving, a felony, but not guilty of aggravated drunken driving."

"Lorenz, an Oswego police officer on a voluntary leave of absence, now faces one to three years in prison, with the possibility of probation."

"The charges stem from an accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2003, in which Lorenz, 23, was driving south on Orchard Road near Galena Road around 12:15 a.m. when he skidded off the road and injured his passenger, fellow Oswego officer Patrick Wicyk."
 

MN: Speak out against gun bill (Letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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Second letter on the page

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate will decide whether to give the gun industry special privileges that no other business in America has. The immunity bill, which has 59 Senate sponsors, including Minnesota's Norm Coleman, would exempt gun shops and the gun industry from civil lawsuits. The bill takes away the rights of gun victims to hold the gun industry accountable for the irresponsible manufacturing or selling of firearms.

It's a bad bill that shouldn't become law — but it probably will. The only good that could come from it would be an amendment to strengthen the assault weapons ban. The federal ban on assault weapons will expire this September unless Congress acts.

If you're one of the thousands of Minnesotans who believe concealed-carry shouldn't have become law, now's your chance to speak out. Ask Sen. Mark Dayton to support the Feinstein assault weapons amendment; and tell Sen. Coleman you're disappointed he sponsored the NRA's bill.
 

UT: Self-defense is real (Letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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A response to Raymond Hollstein's Letter of the Week (Forum, Feb. 22) is in order. Self-protection is a sham? Tell that to the thousands of people who use firearms for self-defense every year. The cases are well documented, at least eight every month are referenced in the National Rifle Association's magazine, "American Hunter."

Just because you don't read about it in the paper doesn't mean it doesn't take place. The newspapers, like the rest of the media elite, are self-admittedly liberal and don't want these defense cases to be publicized.

Steven Done
North Salt Lake

 

MD: The high cost of self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Early on the morning of March 19, the burglars returned. Tony, armed and standing guard, ordered them to stop, but says the intruders ran toward him in the darkness. He fired, hitting all three burglars; one, Jonathan Steinbach, 24, died of his wounds. A Baltimore County grand jury heard the case and decided against indicting the Geckle brothers."

"That should have been the end of it. Unfortunately, Steinbach's estate has filed a lawsuit demanding $13 million from the Geckles and Back River Supply. The lawsuit contends that the burglar's 4-year-old child has suffered because of his father's death. While this is undoubtedly true, it is absurd to claim that the Geckles or their company are responsible for this; the fault lies with Steinbach, who chose the wrong line of work."
 

TN: State's senators oppose ban on assault weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Friday he likely will vote next week to oppose a renewal of the 10-year ban on assault weapons because it seems 'not necessary.' " ...

"However, the Fraternal Order of Police, with 311,000 members, supports the extension, just as it did the original bill 10 years ago." ...

" 'We believe it's a good public safety measure,' FOP spokesman Jim Pasco said. 'It has worked' to lessen the threat to officers' lives."

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Are they kidding? Even the CDC has acknowledged that gun laws have not proven to be effective in any way, and criminals prefer smaller, concealable weapons. Only a tiny percentage of criminals own or use "assault" weapons.
 

PA: Officer in dog shooting case now facing charges of taking 911 tapes
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"A Rush Township officer faced a second disciplinary hearing Friday afternoon on grounds that he allegedly took 911 tapes that are being used as evidence by the township's board of supervisors in the case of the Jan. 10 shooting of township resident Nancy Meiser's dog, Whiskers."

"Officer Scott Michalesko, who is also the focus of the Whiskers case, is accused of taking from the township two recordings from the Schuylkill County Communications Center on Jan. 29, the day he was suspended without pay in the Whiskers case."
 

GA: Cops Caught Issuing Tickets As a Contest
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"A contest between two police officers in a small Georgia town to see which one could issue the most traffic tickets was stopped by a judge who overheard the apparent winner talking about it, the mayor said."

"Part-time Porterdale police officers Erin Cox and Frank Jackson wrote about 150 tickets in January, which was significantly higher than in previous months, Mayor Paul Oeland said."

"Some tickets were for minor offenses including not reporting an address change to the state or having defective equipment on a vehicle, it was first reported in The Covington News."

"The contest was revealed when City Court Judge C. David Strickland overheard the officers talking about it recently." ...
 

NY: CNY sportsmen to march on Albany
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

"Central New York hunters, anglers, shooters and trappers will have that old adage in mind on Tuesday, March 16, when the board buses for the Sportsmen's March on Albany."

"Participants in the annual lobbying drive sponsored by the New York State Conservation Council have been striving since 1998 to convince the state Legislature to allow 14- and 15-year-olds to hunt deer with firearms."
 

KS: Driver says 'I wasn't reaching for gun'
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"A 20-year-old Wichita motorist said Friday that he was reaching for his seat belt release -- not his shotgun -- when a police officer shot him early Thursday morning."

"Matt Clay said from his hospital bed that he had driven up to police officers in the Westlink Shopping Center parking lot near his west Wichita home to get help after a hit-and-run driver struck his mother's parked car. He said police -- who saw a shotgun in his car -- told him to put his hands up and get out of his vehicle." ...

"He said the gun was unloaded and that he carried it for protection."

"Police officials have said an officer fired at Clay after he made a quick move toward the shotgun after being ordered out of his car."

"Clay's mother, Sande Roberts, said she doesn't understand why the officer shot her son, who is now paralyzed." ...
 

Objection
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"Dear Mayor Newsom, Acting Police Chief Fong, and The Honorable Judge Warren:

"Today's www.keepandbeararms.com has an article about a San Francisco police officer and police officers in Southern California who conducted an investigation of one Mr. David Codrea triggered by an email that he sent to each of you that asked each of you rhetorical questions. That article quotes a representative of the San Francisco Police Department as stating that that investigation is 'on going.' Amazing! Since when does a non-threatening email warrant any official police investigation? Are we still living in the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave? Have the Stars and Stripes morphed into the Stars and Bars?"
 

OH: Undercover team tracks gun sales
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"Undercover Cincinnati police officers bought 10 guns from a man over the last several months in their newest attempt to get weapons off the city's streets."

"For years, officers have posed as drug buyers to arrest drug dealers. But going undercover to buy weapons from street-level gun dealers is a new approach for Cincinnati police, officials said Friday."

"Officers said Michael Wright, 28, of Morrow, would walk up to almost anyone in the Avondale White Castle parking lot and ask if they wanted to buy a gun. Sometimes, officers said, he traded a gun for marijuana."
 

These senators are up for reelection in 2004
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Keep calling these Senators (who are up for re-election this year) to let them know that a vote for gun control will end their career!!!
 

PA: Gun club asking township to ban use of automatic weapons
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"A gun club is asking the supervisors in a Lebanon County township to follow its lead and prohibit the use of automatic weapons."

"The Millcreek Rod and Gun Club recently told a group that it could not establish a firing range for heavy-duty weapons at the club. Now, the club has asked Millcreek Township officials to prohibit their use in the township." ...

"The club denied a request to allow the guns at the firing range, Black said, citing a lack of room and the concerns of neighbors. He added that people have been banned from using such weapons at other area ranges."
 

CO: Police Chiefs Urge Senators To Approve Gun Control Bills
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"Law enforcement leaders in seven Colorado cities are urging the state's U.S. senators to approve legislation to tighten sales controls on gun shows." ...

"One would renew the current assault weapons ban, which prohibits 19 models of military-style firearms. The ban is set to expire this year, the chiefs and sheriff said. The other bill would require criminal background checks of people who buy firearms at gun shows."

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Isn't it nice to know that the people who are supposed to be making you safer are attempting to further disarm you?
 

NM: New Mexico A Top 15 State For Crime Gun Exports
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New Mexico is one of the top 15 states in the country for crime gun exports, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

An analysis of federal gun traces in 2001 showed that nearly 400 firearms purchased in New Mexico were used in crimes in other states.

Experts said one possible reason for that is that New Mexico and the other top states in crime gun exports do not require private dealers at guns shows to conduct background checks on customers.

Texas and Arizona received the largest shares of New Mexico’s crime gun exports, the analysis showed.
 

Proposed amendment could end gun shows, some say
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"...if Congress approves a proposed amendment to a bill protecting gun manufacturers and distributors from lawsuits, private dealers like Whitaker may no longer be able to sell their wares at gun shows."

"Democrats want an amendment that deals with gun shows, where unlicensed sellers do not have to check buyers' backgrounds. They also want to extend for 10 more years the ban on assault weapons, which expires in September." ...

"Todd Bean, the promoter of this weekend's gun show, said closing the gun-show loophole would end gun shows."

"If this passes, it will run us out of business, and that's just what the anti-gun crowd wants..."
 

Treasury Department Is Warning Publishers of the Perils of Criminal Editing of the Enemy
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In the latest attack on the First Amendment, the federal government "has warned publishers they may face grave legal consequences for editing manuscripts from Iran and other disfavored nations, on the ground that such tinkering amounts to trading with the enemy."

"Anyone who publishes material from a country under a trade embargo is forbidden to reorder paragraphs or sentences, correct syntax or grammar, or replace 'inappropriate words,' according to several advisory letters from the Treasury Department in recent months."
 

MO: More than 200 gun locks given away Saturday
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"The St. Francois County Sheriff's Department was offering free gun locks Saturday at the Farmington American Legion Post 416. The gun locks were provided through Project ChildSafe, a federal grant through the Department of Justice."

" 'This is for the kids,' said George Cobb, a Community Policing Officer with the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department." ...

"Cobb pointed out that if a gun is owned for home protection purposes the lock can be removed and the gun can be made ready to fire in less than 30 seconds in most cases."

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QUESTION: How many rounds can a home invader put into you while you fumble with your gun lock for 30 seconds?
 

Devices designed to curb gun accidents
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"While Safe Tech, Inc., probably rings few bells with sportsmen, the East Tennessee firm has plenty of name recognition with law enforcement officials from the East Coast to California."

"Its product is a simple-looking device that lets a gun owner know at a glance if his weapon is safe to handle or if it could have a live round in the chamber." ...

"...the Saf-T-Round and Saf-T-Indicator are caliber-specific and designed to fit pump, semiautomatic or automatic firearms much like a normal round of ammunition. The difference is a tab at the base of the round protrudes outside the chamber, meaning it only takes a quick look to tell if a weapon is safe to handle or if it is possibly loaded."
 

LA: No charges against man whose gun went off in screener’s hand
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"The 75-year-old owner, whose name was not released, had turned the gun over to security guards and warned them to be careful because it was loaded..."

" 'It discharged seconds later while the security guard was handling the weapon,' Chadwick said."

"She said the owner has a concealed weapons permit and remembered his .22-caliber gun when he saw a 'no weapons' sign just inside the front door of the Caddo Parish Courthouse, where he had gone Friday to pay his taxes."

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Why not call it what it actually was? A negligent discharge caused by a supposed "professional," which would have never happened if county officials weren't so terrified of allowing an armed citizen into the building.
 

MO: Law lets adults hide guns in cars
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"Missouri's new concealed-weapons law allows everyone 21 and older to hide a loaded firearm in the passenger compartment of a vehicle, but some law enforcement officials don't know whether it can be enforced."

"The state Supreme Court last week upheld the law, which allows Missourians 23 and older to carry a concealed weapon after they pass a firearm safety course as well as state and federal background checks. But even some lawmen who support conceal-and-carry say they are worried about allowing unlicensed people to hide firearms in a car."
 

OR: Revoking police certification
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"From January 2002 to December 2003, more than 60 officers had their certification revoked by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training." ...

"Officer D was arrested on a charge of sexual harassment. The officer admitted to stripping his 11-year-old stepdaughter nude on several occasions, placing her outside the home and then locking the door." ...

"King City Police Chief Jim Brooks was discharged for cause for repeatedly falsifying documents and using false identities." ...

"Officer G was convicted of three counts of official misconduct for repeatedly using a police computer to view child and adult pornography, while on duty and while in his patrol vehicle."
 

UK: Gun discharged in pub incident
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A man has been taken to hospital and five people have been arrested after a disturbance at a pub in which a gun was fired.

West Midlands Police say a gang entered the Gaiety on Crocketts Lane, Smethwick, at 0555 GMT looking for someone who was not found inside.

Shortly afterwards a gun was discharged outside the pub.

A man was taken to hospital, but it is not clear whether his injuries are connected to the disturbance.

It is thought his injuries are not life-threatening.

Police are currently questioning the five men and appeal to anyone who was in or around the Gaiety pub last night, to contact them.
 

A shield only for the gun industry
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Ya gotta love an editorial which begins with a lie:

"Ten kids a day die of gunshots in this country, but all Congress seems prepared to do is protect gun dealers."

Ten kids do NOT die of gunshot wounds in this country each day, if you exclude "children" ages 19-24 and "children" involved in criminal activity, shot by police or armed citizens or their own gang buddies.

But the facts don't sway shrill gun control activists, who, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, continue to shriek about blood in the streets.

"It's incredible that Congress and the White House would look out across a nation bloodied by gun violence and say all that's needed is a legal shield for the gun industry."
 

Thailand: Teachers in southern Thailand packing guns
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"Hundreds of schoolteachers in southern Thailand are packing guns and taking shooting lessons out of fear they will be the next victims of the ongoing violence in the region."

"Mr Yothin Buathong, chief of Pattani's Khok Pho district, said he had approved more than 50 applications for firearm permits and still had many more to look at." ...

"About half of the 600 educators and staff in that district alone had submitted requests, said Mr Pairat Wihakarat, chairman of the Teachers' Federation of Pattani."

"At the public school where he is the principal, eight out of 10 teachers, including two women, have sought a permit."
 

Canada: Environmentalists take aim at charitable status for pro-hunting organizations
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"Politically active sport-hunting groups are being recognized as charities while some animal-welfare and anti-gun organizations are being denied charitable status, a new national network says."

"In a campaign to be launched Monday, the Charity Action Team is releasing a report submitted to the federal government that questions the situation. 'Hunting and fishing clubs should not be charities,' Nancy Zylstra of the Ottawa-based ProNature Network says." ...

"While the groups cite wildlife conservation as central to what they do, the report argues that's nothing more than 'greenwashing' to disguise their hunting and fishing focus from the public."
 

UK: 'Callous' raiders rape two women
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"An armed gang 'callously' raped two young women who answered the door to their attackers, a senior police officer has told the BBC." ...

"Three men who were wearing Scream-type masks entered the flat forcibly, ransacked the property, removed some items of property ... and very callously and viciously raped the two female occupants who were in the flat at the time."

"The men, armed with knives and a handgun, taped their victims to a bed before raping them."
 

Canada: More guns on streets worrying police
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"Gunplay on city streets is almost a daily occurrence in Vancouver, with more and more guns being seized by police. Now, a special team is being formed to fight the frightening trend as fears grow that more innocent bystanders could be caught in the crossfire."

"Police are alarmed about a big increase in guns on our streets and worry the public are increasingly at risk." ...

"In 2002, 41 crime guns were seized by the VPD. In the first 10 months of 2003 (the latest statistics), 45 such weapons were seized."

"Shots-fired calls --10-57s in police parlance -- are almost a daily occurrence in Vancouver." ...
 

PA: Street orders top police official put on leave
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"Mayor Street yesterday ordered that Deputy Police Commissioner Robert J. Mitchell temporarily be removed from his command until investigators determine how he received an illegal gun permit."

"At a City Hall news conference, Street said he was becoming directly involved in the Mitchell case because 'there is a likelihood that a crime was committed' in issuing the gun permit in May 2003." ...

"Street's announcement came only one day after Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said he had seized Mitchell's gun permit, which was issued by someone in the department even though state police had twice rejected Mitchell's application for a permit."
 

South Africa: Trouble brewing over missing police firearms
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"Heads are set to roll with the discovery that 128 Metro Police firearms are missing."

"Thekwini Municipality has reported that since 2000, 91 weapons have been lost or stolen and a further 37 have simply 'disappeared'."

"However, no official investigation is launched if a firearm goes missing. Only a case number is needed to prove the loss has been reported."

"A firearms audit was ordered last year when members of the council's executive committee (Exco) were told that at least 100 firearms and a lot of ammunition were unaccounted for."
 

TN: Metro police to give public locks for guns
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"Metro police yesterday announced the locations where the department will be giving away 400 locks for guns to the public."

"At each of the department's six precincts, locks for guns are available on a first-come, first-served basis, police said yesterday."

"The locks are provided through Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice."

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And if the gun controllers have their way, you can expect to be forced to pay for these things, regardless of whether or not you want them or plan on using them.
 

It's 2004. Do You Know Who Your Chairman Is?
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"If the first rule of business is to know your customer, the second should be to know your board of directors. In an ironic admission for an industry that has embraced customer background checks, the parent company of Smith & Wesson, the second-biggest handgun maker in the U.S., last week acknowledged it recently named James Minder, 74, chairman of the board without knowing he had spent 15 years in Michigan prisons for a string of armed robberies and an attempted prison break. Although his days as a sawed-off-shotgun-toting college student are long gone — he has had a clean record since 1969 — by law Minder can't own or even handle a firearm. Asked why he didn't disclose his past to Smith & Wesson earlier, he said, 'Nobody asked.' "
 

DE: That RINO in the middle of the road is alive - and kicking
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"U.S. Rep. Mike Castle frequently comes under fire from more conservative fellow Republicans for being what political junkies know as a 'RINO.' Pronounced like the heavily armored mammal, it stands for Republican in Name Only."

"He's certain to hear more of that after last week, when he introduced legislation to extend the 10-year-old ban on assault weapons and to close the no-background-check loophole on gun-show firearm sales."

"On the surface, it looks like a gutsy move for a politician who could be dubbed the Great Equivocator for his ability to give a well-qualified 'maybe' on almost any issue." ...
 

MO: Conceal-carry permit training resumes
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"Missouri Southern State University's Law Enforcement Academy will resume several eight-hour firearms safety training courses that will satisfy the training requirement for the "Conceal and Carry" statute in Missouri." ...

"Participants will receive training in the legal requirements for the use of force, care and cleaning of firearms, handgun safety, and legal aspects of firearms. The course also includes live-fire and simulated-fire exercises; participants must pass a live-fire qualification exercise." ...

"The cost of the course is $95.00. Participants are required to bring their firearm, eye and ear protection and 50 rounds of ammunition."
 

UK: Gun threat in a DYI store
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"A Plumber whipped out a gun and told two store detectives he would 'fill them full of holes'."

"Sherwin Howell, a daily customer at DIY giant B &Q, snapped when they stopped him on suspicion of stealing a pair of pliers."

"Nottingham Crown Court was told it was like a scene from the 1993 movie Falling Down."
 

PA: Reason for change in hunter safety classes found disturbing
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"There has been one noticeable change in the state's hunter/trapper safety education courses that has a disturbing aspect."

"There also is some attached irony -- and while ironic things often amuse me, this particular situation makes me very uneasy."

"A moratorium has been placed on live fire aspects of hunter safety classes. Actual hands-on shooting of firearms -- usually small .22 caliber rimfire rifles -- for years, has played a big part in safe hunter certification classes." ...

"The moratorium of the shooting of live ammunition rounds at a hunter safety class resulted from a few incidents where serious bodily injury could have occurred to students or others in class attendance."
 

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