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Anti-gun film wins top award
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Bowling for Columbine, the anti-gun documentary by satirist Michael Moore, has won best original screenplay in the Writers Guild of America's awards."
 

PA: Trooper who shot boy transferred
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A white state police trooper who shot and killed a 12-year-old black boy during a chase has accepted a transfer amid complaints that he wasn't charged in the boy's death." ...

"Nassan and his partner, Juan Curry, have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting in Uniontown, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. They remain on administrative duty pending an investigation by state police and a civil rights investigation by federal prosecutors and the FBI."
 

FL: Evidence room loses $24,000
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"The Miami Police Department lost more than $24,000 in cash seized from drug dealers and other criminals, including about $3,000 that a supervisor in the department's property room reportedly acknowledged taking, according to a city audit."

"Lax deposit procedures and shoddy record-keeping made the property room susceptible to theft. More than half the people allowed into the property room had no reason to be there, including some who no longer worked for the city, said the audit released."
 

OH: Ohio School Suspends 1st-Grader For Having Plastic Knife
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A school board near Youngstown, Ohio, is debating whether a 6-year-old should be suspended from school for taking a plastic knife from his school cafeteria."

"Kevin Long was suspended for doing just that."

"And, he could even face expulsion..."

"Struthers Elementary School supplies the plastic knives for students to use at lunchtime. He put the butter knife in his backpack because he wanted to take it home. That reportedly violates the school's zero-tolerance policy."
 

Ronald Reagan Democrat John Estrada to run for President
Submitted by: John Estrada
Website: http://www.johnestrada.org

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John Estrada is seeking the Democratic Nomination for President. Mr. Estrada is an Advocate for the 2nd Amendment and supports Traditional Family Values. The mission to fight to change the Democratic Platform and Extremist Agenda. He is asking for your support and help on the Front Lines from Gun Owners and Americans who want to save the United States Constitution from further erosion. Send your contributions to John Estrada for President 2004, 709 Fremont Street, #240, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.
 

CA: Delhi man shot down
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"A man wielded a running chain saw and came at sheriff's deputies here Saturday, prompting the deputies to open fire and kill him, a Merced County sheriff's commander said."

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Where are Sarah Brady and her chainsaw control contingent?
 

TX: Burglary suspect catcher cleared
Submitted by: serinde
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"Steven Jobe's shopping center -- which houses nine businesses -- had been burglarized 13 times within the last year."

"His tenants on Wycliff Avenue demanded he do something about it."

"So in January he began watching the property overnight -- armed with a gun, a raid jacket with 'police' printed on it, body armor and a pair of plastic handcuffs."

"He was able to catch one burglary suspect without incident in January. But when he caught another Tuesday, he found himself arrested and charged with false identification as a peace officer."

" 'It's not fair, and it wasn't right,' Jobe said. 'I'm doing what any citizen has the right to do -- to protect their own property.' "

"On Friday, police agreed and dropped the charges against Jobe."
 

OK: Security funding possible for state
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Oklahoma is eligible for $8.3 million in federal funds to assist the state with homeland security efforts, U.S. officials announced Friday."

"Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said the money would be made available to Oklahoma to help state and local public safety and law enforcement prepare to respond to terrorist attacks."
 

AZ: Democrat State Rep. leaves party in good conscience
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Before I took office as a [Democrat] state lawmaker representing [NE] Arizona, I was promised by the Democrat leadership at the Legislature that I would be part of an 'inclusive' party in a 'big tent' of fellow Democrats."

"After four years...I've learned that entering the big tent requires paying a big price; namely, adopting the narrow ideology of the Democrat leadership..." ...

"...I've decided that freedom as an independent is better than subservience as a democrat."
 

IL: Woman fatally shoots parolee during alleged home invasion
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"A 26-year-old Peoria man paroled from a southern Illinois prison on Thursday was shot and killed Friday after allegedly breaking into the South Peoria home of a woman whom he had once abused and had a son with, police said."

"Chris Winder went to the 1405 S. Easton Ave. home of 29-year-old Charlotte Gates shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, reportedly kicking open the front door and fighting with her and Steven Vines, 41, of Rockford, before Gates was able to get free and grab a handgun."
 

AZ: Committee clears bills to ease gun restrictions
Submitted by: Wildfire

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"Arizonans would pay a stiffer fine for speeding than for illegally carrying a concealed weapon under the terms of legislation approved Thursday by a House panel.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 to make the crime a petty offense punishable by no more than a $50 fine. Now those who do not have a permit can face up to six months in jail and a $1,200 fine."
 

NY: Shooting scheduled for elimination from Empire State Games competition
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Empire State Games competitions will not include shooting in 2003. ESG has yet to publish an announcement, but a New York State Rifle & Pistol Association alert notified shooters and ESG director Fred Smith confirmed cancellations for four events: shooting, fencing, water polo and open field hockey."
 

Red Alert for Bill of Rights!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Called the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, the legislation was most likely intended to be sprung on Congress and the rest of us once the war on Iraq began." ...

" 'The DSEA isn't a working paper. It's a complete proposal for legislation. One cannot escape the ramifications. The thoroughness of DSEA is meant to discourage congressional changes, deletions or amendments. . . . It attacks the fundamental framework of our democracy... "
 

Man vs. Government
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Governments stay in power by convincing the people that they provide a necessary service. That service is controlling the people. The government would never come right out and say they want to control you. They offer to control everyone else but you. It says that these necessary services cost money, so they take the money from you. If government is truly offering a service, like any business does, why must they take payment for those services by force? What other business is able to take money from you, before you even possess it? And if you decide you want to opt out of these wonderful services, be prepared to have armed government agents come take your house and all of your possessions from you."
 

ME: Man hopes to end cross-border nightmare
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"Jalbert was arrested on Oct. 11 at a gas station that straddles the border between Quebec and Maine. He was heading to a family bird-hunting trip and had his shotgun in his truck when border guards pulled up next to him at the gas pumps just inside the U.S. border."

"Although there was a long-standing custom in Pohenegamook of Canadians darting across to the U.S. pumps without first clearing entry at a border crossing a kilometre away, Jalbert was arrested and charged as a gun-toting, illegal alien - a felony charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail."
 

MA: Gun Club Springs Up at Mount Holyoke
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"While many insiders and outsiders find Mount Holyoke an unlikely place for a gun rights group, the members of this college charter of the Second Amendment Sisters find it a natural place to discuss gun laws and practice their aim."
 

NY: Deputy cleared on charges
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"An Albany deputy sheriff has been cleared of charges that he pointed a loaded gun at a superior."

"Thirty-five-year-old Michael Diedrich was acquitted Saturday of menacing and reckless endangerment charges. He is, however, still suspended with pay."

"Authorities arrested Diedrich last April during a hearing at the undersheriff's office."

"The undersheriff claimed Diedrich took out a gun and pointed it at him despite orders to keep it holstered."
 

Iraq: Going for Guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"He is a former Iraqi soldier and he won't let a newspaper publish his name in this matter. But like many Baghdadis, he recently bought himself a Kalashnikov assault rifle and 200 bullets to defend himself and his family. Not against the Americans - against other Iraqis."

"As war looms, what worries many people in this city - besides the expected bombing campaign - is what would come after." ...
 

NJ: Police react after officer injures woman, kills self
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"In a press conference held Tuesday, Mayor Glenn Cunningham said that Julio Reyes, 44, a nine-year veteran of the city's Police Department, had shot and injured former girlfriend Omayra Soberal, 34, Monday and then killed himself at 9:10 p.m."

"Soberal had just taken out a restraining order on Reyes, and Reyes was going to be asked to turn in his gun."

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Lesson learned: Don't ever depend on a restraining order or the police to protect you. Take responsibility for your own life.
 

OK: Gun similarities worry Pott. County sheriff
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"Similarities between pellet guns and real pistols that Pottawatomie County Sheriff's deputies carry while on duty could be dangerous, Sheriff Kurt Shirey said."

"Shirey became worried about the similarities after his evidence officer purchased a pellet gun for $6 at an Oklahoma City fairgrounds event."

"As Shirey placed the pellet gun next to Deputy Jerry Gay's duty weapon, it was nearly impossible to tell the difference."
 

UT: Gun Rights Advocates Come Out Winners
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The most controversial measure to clear Utah's pro-gun Legislature allows concealed-weapons permit holders to tote their firearms onto public schools and college grounds." ...

"But Democrats, gun safety groups, schools and the Utah Education Association view the legislation as payback for last year's showdown over the legality of the University of Utah's campus gun ban. The U. and state took the battle to court and await a federal judge's decision."
 

UT: Educators Seek Veto of School Gun Law
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The state Board of Education will ask Gov. Mike Leavitt to veto a bill passed by the Legislature that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders to bring their weapons onto public school campuses."

"Senate Bill 108 also permits weapons to be inside nonschool vehicles that are parked on school property, as long as the vehicle is lawfully under the control of the person who owns the weapon."
 

Really Natural Rights
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"What is a government? Is it simply the organization that has the might to control a geographical area? Does might make right? If so, is it moral to violently overthrow a government as long as you have sufficient might to do so? If not, is one obligated to obey a government even if is made of up a bunch of ruthless thugs?"

"There have been times and places in history where the 'might makes right' school of legitimacy has prevailed, but in most times and places governments have claimed a moral justification for their use of force. Such justifications do help avoid the ugliness of perpetual civil war, and sometimes such justifications have also provided some checks on what the governors could do to the people with their monopolies on might."
 

MN: Era of get-tough laws has prisons crammed
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"In 1989, for example, the state changed what constitutes serving a life sentence." ...

"By 2008, the state will need an additional 300 beds per year to handle the prisoners affected by that change."

"Each change adds up. In 1996, for example, the state embraced mandatory prison time for any felon caught with a gun. By 2001, that change had led to 103 additional prisoners in the system."
 

A 200-year-old court ruling truly made us what we are
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"For 200 years, the Supreme Court has examined laws and lower court decisions to see if they pass constitutional muster. (One quote from Chief Justice John Marshall sums it up more succinctly: 'A law repugnant to the Constitution is void.') While Marbury vs. Madison might not ring a bell, its effect may be discerned from other Supreme Court decisions more famous -- or infamous, depending on where you camp out on the political spectrum."
 

MT: Father takes product safety issue to Legislature
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"The building contractor has been on a crusade since he lost his 9-year-old son during a shooting accident in 2000. He later uncovered information showing that the gun's manufacturer knew for years about the defect that most likely cost his son's life." ...

"Now he wants to prevent corporations from hiding information about their products' potentially dangerous defects from the public - information that is often revealed in court but made confidential as part of a settlement."
 

UK: Security review after 'armed' reporter boards aircraft
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"An urgent security review has been launched at Gatwick airport."

"It follows claims by a newspaper reporter that he was able to board a jet armed with a replica machine gun and pistol."

"The News of the World claims its reporter was able to get past guards by hiding in the back of a catering lorry supplying in-flight meals to planes at the Sussex airport on Thursday evening."
 

CO: Gun-bill fights all about control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Local control, not gun control, is the key issue in two concealed- weapons measures Colorado legislators are fiercely debating."

"One bill would take discretion away from local authorities in issuing concealed-gun permits. The other would severely limit the ability of cities to impose their own gun-control laws."

"Both would fundamentally change how guns are regulated in the state, say those on both sides of the issue. And that's why they are focusing so heavily on them."
 

Canada: Restaurant owner alleges racism in wake of police raid
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"According to Jam Dee's Jerk Pit owner Fredrick Donavan Dowdie, police have been at his restaurant five times in the last 14 months." ...

" 'There is a problem between police and the black businesses.' " ...

"Dowdie said there were about 30 people playing dominos in the basement when police came inside. 'I heard that they found a gun at the bathroom door, but they never showed it to me.' "
 

UK: IRA: We will not destroy arms in front of cameras
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"The IRA leadership has told its rank and file that it will resist pressure to film them destroying weapons as part of any deal to save the Good Friday Agreement."

"Intelligence passed to the Garda Siochana suggests that the IRA is ready to decommission a large arsenal of guns and explosives. But senior Garda officers have told The Observer that the Provisionals have assured their members that any major act of disarmament would be carried out in secret."
 

MI: Gun shop owners convicted of selling firearms to felons
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"A Warren man and his son who own a hunting supply business have been convicted of illegally selling pistols and high-powered rifles to felons who sold the weapons on the streets." ...

"On each of the purchases of 28 weapons, a 'straw purchaser' completed paperwork and background checks with Detroit police, while unidentified convicted felons would select the guns, negotiate the price, pay for the weapon and leave Carney's with it."
 

Australia: Mercy for bikie on bail after gun haul
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"An alleged high-ranking bikie gang member charged with 30 firearm-related offences was granted bail yesterday after revealing his newborn daughter was fighting for life in hospital." ...

"[The police] allegedly found rifles, shotguns, hand guns, silencers and bullets in a false floor in the spray-painting booth."

"A hand gun and two bulletproof vests were found in the office area of the Torrens Avenue business."
 

NY: Eight shot, two stabbed in Times Square nightclub brawl
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"Eight people were shot and two more were stabbed early Sunday when a brawl erupted at a nightclub inside a Times Square arcade early Sunday, police said. Two other clubgoers were hurt as the frantic crowd tried to get out." ...

"Police said they were searching for two suspects one shooter and one stabber in the fight, which broke out about 2:40 a.m. on the second floor of Broadway City Arcade at 241 W. 42nd St. between Seventh and Eighth Avenues."

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More gun violence in a city with draconian gun laws. Maybe the officials running the system are just too busy disarming innocent, law-abiding citizens to pay attention to the armed criminals.
 

CA: Libertarians Resolve to Recall Davis
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The Libertarian Party of California has become the first political party to officially endorse the recall of Governor Gray Davis." ...

"The recall, as authorized by the California Constitution, requires collecting almost 900,000 petitioner's signatures. The daunting task, if successful, would be unprecedented and would exceed even the victory voters achieved with the passage of landmark Proposition 13, whose 25th anniversary taxpayers will celebrate this year."
 

TX: Baskets take on military theme
Submitted by: serinde
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"Plastic soldiers, tiny tanks and other war toys can be found in some prepackaged Easter baskets, a trend that some say is especially inappropriate this year with the possibility of a war with Iraq."

" 'We share in the pride of all Americans toward the servicemen and women,' said [Wal-Mart spokeswoman Karen] Burk, adding that she is not aware of any customer complaints. 'We believe this item will be enjoyed by many customers, as toy soldiers have been a popular item for many years.' "
 

IA: Family Safety Day packs NorthPark Mall
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An estimated crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 Quad-Citians packed NorthPark Mall on Saturday for the sixth annual Family Safety Day."

"State Farm Insurance offered free photo identifications to children while the Scott County Sheriff’s Department performed fingerprinting. ...DNA kits also were given away, and gun safety and outdoor security lighting were encouraged."
 

Privacy Activist Takes on Delta
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"Bill Scannell, organizer of the successful Boycott Adobe campaign launched when Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested in the summer of 2001, is now calling for a boycott on Delta."

"At issue is Delta's test run this month of CAPPS II, the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System. CAPPS II would require background checks on all airline passengers when they book a ticket, including checking credit reports, banking and criminal records."
 

MD: House sets hearings on variety of bills
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Thursday, 1 p.m.

* HB 127: Firearms Offenses - Project Exile. Making it a felony to use a firearm in specified ways on school property. Prohibiting a district court commissioner from authorizing the pretrial release of a defendant charged with a violent crime. Increasing criminal penalties for a person convicted of possessing a regulated firearm after having been previously convicted of a violent crime or felony. (Judiciary)


* HB 579: Handguns - Identification Requirements - Repeal. Repealing the requirement imposed on specified handgun manufacturers to provide to dealers shell casings of projectiles discharged from handguns and additional information. Repealing the requirement for handgun dealers to forward shell casings to the State Police Crime Laboratory. (Judiciary)


* HB 583: Handgun Safety Devices - Repeal. Repealing the prohibition against a dealer selling specified handguns unless the handguns are equipped with an external safety lock or an integrated mechanical safety device. (Judiciary)


* HB 744: Handguns - Sales by Law Enforcement Agencies to Officers. Authorizing a law enforcement agency to allow a current or retired law enforcement officer to keep or acquire his or her assigned handgun under specified circumstances. (Judiciary)
 

Australia: Prison officers set to return
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"Victorian prison officers are expected to resume carrying weapons and escorting prisoners from Tuesday, after a weekend deal to have them trained in the use of batons and capsicum spray." ...

"Police took over prisoner escort duties last Tuesday after prison officers imposed work bans ahead of a murder charge being laid against one of their colleagues." ...

"Mr. Kennelly said today the agreement would also ensure no officer would be forced to carry a firearm."

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Let's get this straight: these officers are dealing with violent criminals, but they're too cowardly to carry firearms? Carrying a firearm should be a job requirement when dealing with violent felons. If the officer cannot fulfill said requirement, he shouldn't be working.
 

UK: Vote on guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Home Secretary David Blunkett is to give police the chance to decide if they should carry guns on the beat."

"Britain is the only major European country where police officers are not armed for normal duties." ...

"...criminals are now said to have around 120,000 automatic machine guns. And a frightening wave of gun crime means many present-day officers feel they need to be armed."

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If the police are feeling outgunned, how is the average law-abiding British subject feeling? Why is it that only the "elite" law enforcement class are entitled to be armed?
 

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