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GOP likely to let assault weapons ban die
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Less than two months before Election Day, the 10-year-old ban on assault weapons is scheduled to expire unless Congress acts."

"But with Congress at loggerheads over gun legislation, it's likely that Republicans will let the Clinton-era ban expire on Sept. 13." ...

"Although most Senate Democrats supported the ban, there were exceptions. Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold sided with the Republicans, saying the ban is more symbolic than effective."
 

MO: Man repels 3 robbers by firing hidden pistol in first armed self-defense since law changed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Robbers pointed a gun at Bryan Rutherford and demanded that he hand over valuables from his pickup Tuesday evening in Lemay."

"Rutherford didn't pull out cash or jewelry. He pulled out a .22-caliber pistol hidden in his vehicle and opened fire in what authorities believe is the first instance of self-defense with a concealed firearm since the Missouri Legislature loosened the state's gun laws."

"The man holding what turned out to be a BB gun on Rutherford was hit several times in the torso before he and two accomplices fled. Three suspects were later captured and charged."

"Rutherford was uninjured."

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Looks like the only "blood in the streets" that was predicted by the gun banners belongs to the criminal thugs.
 

Hill Battle Brews over Assault Weapons Ban (NPR Report)
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"Congress is weighing whether to renew a ban on certain assault-style weapons that is due to expire in September. Gun control advocates on Capitol Hill say renewal is essential, but both supporters and opponents of the ban agree that so far, it has failed to work as intended. NPR's Larry Abramson reports."

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Click on the Morning Edition audio link to hear the NPR story.
 

Pilots say government regulations discouraging them from carrying guns in cockpit
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Commercial pilots say only a few of their colleagues are signing up to carry guns in the cockpit because the Bush administration has made it harder than necessary to participate." ...

"The Airline Pilots Security Alliance, a group formed by pilots to lobby for guns in the cockpit, says the TSA's stance has led the agency to impose unnecessary standards, chief among them a 14-page psychological evaluation."

"Dean Roberts, a member of the alliance, is a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency. He questions the need for the test, noting psychological and physical ability evaluations with Federal Aviation Administration doctors are performed every six months for captains and once a year for first officers."
 

Hunters in arms over eco policies
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"From the slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the primeval forests of Alaska to the prairie potholes of the Dakotas, hunting and fishing enthusiasts are rebelling against President Bush's public lands policies."

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All they have to do is outlaw hunting, and then there will be no more "sporting purpose" to have and own firearms.
 

Kerry Says He Won't Apologize
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"In yesterday's morning meeting with House Democrats at the Library of Congress, Kerry tried to reassure southern lawmakers that he will not hurt them in their districts, where social issues such as gun rights often benefit Republicans."

" 'I understand the culture of guns,' Kerry said, noting that he is a hunter and former prosecutor, according to a participant who took notes."

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He STILL doesn't get it!
 

Violence Policy Center (VPC) Says Law Must be Strengthened to be Effective
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LIE: Assault weapons were used to kill one out of five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty from 1998 through 2001, according to FBI data.

FACT: The FBI data doesn't differentiate between regular rifles and what the gun banners call "assault" rifles. The claim that "assault" weapons were used to kill one in five LEOs is disingenuous.

"Assault weapons have been used in some of the most notorious mass shootings since the ban was enacted in 1994, including: the 1997 shooting at the Caltrans Maintenance Yard in Orange, California, where four were killed and two were wounded (AK-47 assault rifle); the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 that left 13 dead and 23 wounded (TEC-DC9 assault pistol and Hi-Point Carbine); the 2000 shooting at the
Edgewater Technology office in Wakefield, Massachusetts, that left seven dead (AK-47 assault rifle); and, the 2001 shooting at Navistar International Corporation that took four lives and wounded four (SKS assault rifle)."

Notice, of course that they won't mention that these weapons are used in less than 2 percent of all crimes, and that the ban did nothing to stop these shootings. So the gun banners' answer to worthless laws is to pass yet more worthless laws. Isn't that the very definition of "insanity?"
 

"Assault Weapons Ban Ends In Six Months," whine the gun banners
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"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) today urged President Bush and Congress to renew and strengthen the federal ban on military-style assault weapons. The assault weapons ban is set to expire on September 13, 2004, just six months from tomorrow (and a mere seven weeks before the Presidential election)."
 

With 6 Months Until Expiration, CFA Urges Pres. Bush to Keep Promise to Save Assault Weapons Ban; Majority of Public and Gun Owners Support Renewal of Ban
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"Consumer Federation of America (CFA) today asked President Bush to keep his promise to renew the federal ban on military-style assault weapons which is set to expire on September 13, 2004 - just six months from now."

"A recent CFA survey showed 76 percent of the general public and 57 percent of gun owners want Congress and the President to renew the assault weapons ban."

"Though the U.S. Senate recently approved renewing the assault weapons ban as an amendment to an onerous gun industry immunity bill, the gun lobby and Congressional leadership killed the entire package. President Bush did nothing to save the assault weapons ban, despite his repeated promises of support."

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Yet another gun banner group joins the chorus of whiners in an effort to further shred the Constitution.
 

Million Mom March: Ringing the Bells, as Pledged, to Alert Virginians of Legislature's Failure to Make Children Safer March 13
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"Virginia Million Mom Marchers will ring bells on the steps of the State Capitol here on Saturday, March 13, as the legislative session comes to a close with no progress made on keeping children, families and police safe from gun violence. They will also announce plans for a sizeable group of Million Mom Marchers to march in Washington, D.C., on Mother's Day, May 9 to help 'halt the assault' on the safety of American families."

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Please don't forget to make an effort to attend the SAFER rally in DC on Mother's Day - to help Second Amendment Sisters keep the Thousand or so Mommies Posing As a Million from whining away our constitutional rights.
 

Thank Goodness That President Bush Trusts the People
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"The choice is indeed clear. Either we elect President Bush, or America regresses back to the days of Bill Clinton. ..."

"Oh how very true! If a socialist Democrat had won in November, the federal government would have surely expanded all sorts of unconstitutional Nanny State programs that compromise the delicate balance of the free market. They would have probably greatly increased farm subsidies, and put new restrictions on campaign donations. Those liberal Democrats would have sent billions of dollars in foreign aid to corrupt regimes in Africa and the Middle East, and pumped up funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The Department of Education may have grown by seventy percent by now, with programs designed to appeal to emotion rather than reason, carrying such patronizing names as 'No Child Left Behind' or some other name that only a condescending Democrat could contrive."
 

NH: CMS students tell it like it is during speech contest
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"Tied for first place were Colleen Gavin, 'The Constitutional Right for Students to hold Religious Meetings on School Grounds,' and Olivia Stephenson, 'The Negative Effects of Bullying in School.' Jared Parisi placed second with 'Stricter Gun Control Laws'; Sarah Bartell, third, 'Violence in Video Games'; and Jordan McCarthy received Honorable Mention for 'Nike Sweatshops.' "

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When the educational system rewards students for politically correct/socialist rants, those apposed to socialism don't stand a chance in these contests.
 

WV: DNR Announces Gunlock Giveaway
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"...the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are working together to help make homes with firearms safer and prevent needless deaths. Through their Project ChildSafe initiative, they will distribute more than 50,000 free cable gunlocks statewide." ...

"Developed by NSSF, Project ChildSafe is a voluntary firearm safety lock program that incorporates a safety device for individual firearms. The program also teaches Americans to unload and lock their firearms, and will provide firearm owners with three million free gunlocks nationwide this year. Project ChildSafe is funded by the U.S. Congress via a Department of Justice grant. ..."
 

CA: Jones Touts Support for Timber Industry
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"But in a two-day swing through the Central Valley that concluded Thursday here at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill, Jones instead focused on shoring up support among conservatives, signaling concern about their loyalty."

"In part, that entailed stressing his opposition to gun control, which Boxer has used to portray him as out of step with most Californians."

" 'You let Barbara Boxer worry about the guns; I'm going to worry about the criminals,' he told listeners of a conservative talk-radio show Thursday in Sacramento."

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Gun Owners of America endorses Howard Kaloogian against Boxer.
 

MO: Gun opponents file lawsuit over funding issue (Another report)
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"Opponents of concealed weapons filed a new lawsuit in line with the Missouri Supreme Court’s finding that the concealed-gun law imposes an unfunded mandate on local governments. The suit comes two weeks after the high court upheld the constitutionality of the Legislature’s authority to allow concealed weapons but said the state may not have provided counties with enough money to issue permits. That would be an unconstitutional unfunded mandate."

"The suit was filed in Moniteau County Circuit Court, where House member Larry Crawford obtained a concealed-carry permit last week. Crawford sponsored the concealed-gun bill that the Legislature approved last year despite Gov. Bob Holden’s opposition."

"The Supreme Court’s ruling left the door open to challenges in different counties over the cost of screening applicants and issuing permits. In Clayton, St. Louis County Counselor Pat Redington says her office is finalizing a lawsuit that will challenge the law. She says she plans to file it in the next few days. Until the issue is settled, St. Louis County police won't accept applications for concealed firearms permits."
 

VA: Ashland hunting ban delayed again
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"Ashland hunters will have to wait yet another month before their fate is known. Members of the Ashland Town Council deferred the proposed hunting ban ordinance for an additional 30 days Tuesday night after concerns were raised by school officials at Hanover Academy."

"The academy is located on Frances Road near the Luck Tract, one of the hunting areas in question."

"The shotgun, which is the only firearm allowed for hunting in the area, is also the only gun allowed by the Town Code to be discharged in Ashland with a permit from the chief of police. The proposed ordinance, as it stands, would get rid of the permits and make it illegal to discharge any firearms, shotguns included."
 

MO: R-13 Ready to Put Weapons Policy Into Effect
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" 'We'll be putting up signs outside all of our district buildings and parking lots as soon as they are ready,' said Reed at Tuesday's monthly board meeting."

"The board approved a policy last October prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms and weapons onto school grounds and to school activities."

"The policy was only to go into effect if the state's concealed weapons law was found to be constitutional by the Supreme Court."
 

MD: Anne Arundel Girl Charged with Bringing Pistol to School
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Anne Arundel County Police say a 15 year old girl brought a 22-caliber pistol to Southern High School in Harwood, along with a list of students she said she was planning to hurt.

One of the students who saw the gun told their parents, who alerted school officials.

Police went to the girls home and say her father turned over the gun to them.

Police say the girl admitted she took the gun to school in her purse but denied having a list of people she wanted to hurt.

She's charged as a juvenile with carrying a deadly weapon on school property and other offenses.

The girl has been released to the custody of her parents.
 

MD: Giannetti takes heat on gun stance
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"State Sen. John Giannetti of Laurel found himself in another firefight Saturday over his decision to oppose a ban on assault weapons."

"Roughly three dozen people attended Giannetti's mid-session town hall meeting at the Laurel Municipal Center." ...

" 'Senator, I feel that half of this group would like to hang you out to dry today,' said Richard Kluckhuhn after several speakers described Giannetti's stand on the gun ban in terms such as 'illogical' and 'reprehensible.' "

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Let's see, the guy did his homework, listened to his constituents as well as the experts, who told him that the ban was completely worthless, but he's "illogical and reprehensible?" Apparently gun banners judge "reprehensible" based on whether or not the legislators swallow their odious agenda.

 

IN: Downtown gun shop will have to wait
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"Marshall Starkey always dreamed of owning his own gun shop."

"Born and raised in Whitestown, he thought he had found the perfect spot -- a former bank building with built-in security and walk-in vaults on Main Street in downtown Whitestown."

"However, Starkey will have to wait a little longer to reach that goal as local planners determine what to do with his request."

"At a recent Boone County Area Plan Commission meeting, discussions of the proper zoning classification for a gun shop were discussed."

"None of the county's current zoning laws specifically list a gun shop as a use. As a result, it was up to Steve Niblick, county planning director, to determine where it might fit. His best guess was under a classification that allowed sporting goods stores."
 

What it means to be raped
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"While women can take certain precautions, such as learning self-defense moves, walking with friends and telling people where they are going and when they will be back, these measures are not capable of preventing rape, Rankin said. Likewise, failure to be as cautious as possible is neither a cause of nor an excuse for rape, she said."

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Armed self defense has always proven useful against rapes. Glock, Sig, Smith & Wesson, Colt - take your pick of a cure for rape.
 

MO: County Bars Concealed Guns
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"After tabling the issue last October, the Franklin County Commission has approved an order prohibiting people from bringing firearms into county owned, leased or controlled buildings." ...

"Adoption of the order comes on the heels of the Missouri Supreme Court decision to uphold a state law which allows qualified citizens to obtain a permit to carry a concealed gun. That law was challenged in the courts."

"On the advice of County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Parks, the commission decided to establish the policy."
 

MO: KC Urges Businesses To Post Signs Prohibiting Concealed Guns
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"The law in Missouri says people with a valid permit can carry a concealed weapon, but a City Council committee is encouraging businesses in Kansas City, Mo., to stop weapons at their front doors."

"On Wednesday, the committee unanimously passed a resolution that encourages businesses to post signs that prohibit concealed guns on their premises. The City Council passed the measure during its Thursday meeting."

"Kansas City Councilor Alvin Brooks -- one of the biggest opponents of concealed guns in the state -- said guns don't make people safer."

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Obviously Mr. Brooks is either illiterate or ignorant. The first case of self defense with a concealed firearm happened just this Tuesday, when Bryan Rutherford repelled three robbers by firing his pistol.
 

UK: Jail for diamond thieves
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"A judge today praised security guards who grabbed shovels being used for roadworks and used them to battle a gang of armed raiders during a daring diamonds heist." ...

"Judge Moss praised the acts of 'great bravery' after hearing of a police woman who was threatened with a gun and a security guard who continued to sit on a robber despite having two guns pointed at him."

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Of course, these acts of "great bravery" or great stupidity in the face of armed criminals would have been wholly unnecessary had the officers been able to use firearms in self-defense.

But apparently in the UK, being disarmed is noble.
 

WA: [Yet another] Call for gun control (letter)
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Third letter on the page

"The recent gunfire killing of the vivacious, charismatic and responsible businesswoman Joy Sun, of the Peking Garden restaurant in downtown Vancouver, is a disgrace. She was trying to help her friend, Jong Ja Taylor, escape from an abusive husband by whom they were both gunned down. "

"We must once again call for gun control, not only on the part of civilians but on the side of the police. This vicious circle must stop. Enormous numbers of Americans are inflicted with completely unnecessary family trauma because of the presence of handguns, these loose and mostly unguarded cannons."
 

CA: Robbery jolts Strathmore store owner
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"A brazen, daylight stickup in Strathmore netted a lone gunman $1,300 and left a shaken store owner with a wall full of buckshot." ...

"Shaw said that he keeps his own gun in a back office and will now consider placing it near the cash register."
 

TX: HPD officers react to Officer Carbonneau's murder charges
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"Carbonneau says it was an accidental shooting after Escobar kicked him and put up a fight. Lem says officers are trained to use several options before deadly force."

" 'It's unfortunate that it happened,' said Lem. 'I wish the public would understand that it's a split-second life and death decision for the officers in using it.' "

"Other officers agree and were surprised to hear that Carbonneau was charged with capital murder. At the most, they expected perhaps involuntary manslaughter. Still, officers say deadly force is a last resort."
 

VA: Virginia Gov. Considers School Gun Ban
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"Virginia Gov. Mark Warner is deciding whether to sign a bill that would allow school districts to ban firearms on school property and discipline students who bring weapons to school ..."

"While the bill does not change current law, it makes clear that unloaded guns cannot be stored in locked car trunks on school property."

"Last year, an opinion issued by Attorney General Jerry Kilgore indicated that a locked trunk could qualify as a closed container. The interpretation could have allow an unloaded firearm to be stored in a car on campus."

"Schools statewide pressed lawmakers to clarify that they can ban all guns at school, regardless of where they are stored. ..."
 

UK: Robbers threaten to kill couple
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"Two armed robbers bound, gagged and threatened to kill a Blackboys couple before stealing their car and fleeing with thousands of pounds worth of antiques."

"On Tuesday, in Hove Crown Court, Mark Dinmore pleaded guilty to robbery, firearm offences and false imprisonment." ...

"In a police statement due to be read out in court, it was explained that the pair entered the home of Susan and Gordon McEwan, both in their 60s, on August 29 last year."

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Is this the gun control utopia you crave, Sarah? A place where disarmed elderly people are terrorized and victimized by armed thugs, while the government has the guns and is powerless to protect them.
 

UK: Police plea over hijack vehicles
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DETECTIVES are appealing for information today in tracing a white Ford transit van possibly accompanied by a lorry in the greater Strabane area.

The vehicles are thought to have been involved in a vehicle hijack in the town yesterday in which a number of men - at least one of them masked and armed with a hand gun - stole a substantial amount of alcohol outside premises on the Melmount Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police in Strabane on 028 71367337.

 

OH: Residents learn more about CCW permits
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"More than 100 people left a forum at Muskingum Area Technical College on Thursday armed with more information than they bargained for about carrying a concealed weapon under Ohio's new law."

"The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office went over the requirements for getting a CCW license, where a person can and cannot carry a concealed weapon, and what private businesses can do if they wish to keep concealed weapons off their premises."

"Residents can begin applying for their CCW permits starting April 8. Some individuals at Thursday night's meeting were seeking more information about the law -- regardless of knowing where they stood on the issue of carrying a concealed weapon."
 

MI: Law-enforcement officials suffer another blow to morale, reputation
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"An Ottawa County deputy is arrested for shooting a neighbor's dog. A Kent County prosecutor is charged with criminal stalking. A Grand Rapids cop is jailed for embezzlement."

"And the list goes on. Prostitution arrests. Indecent exposure. Sexual assault. All involving West Michigan cops."

"About a dozen law-enforcement officers in West Michigan have made their way through courtrooms over the past year or so. Most have faced misdemeanor charges; a few were charged with felonies."
 

OR: College newspaper article on lawsuit against campus gun ban
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NOTE: This is a .pdf file and requires a plug-in for your browser to read it. If you can't read .pdf files, go to www.adobe.com and get a free plug-in for your browser. The article begins on Page 16.

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"The Oregon University System does not allow anyone to carry guns on campus, even citizens otherwise entitled to have a handgun through Oregon’s Concealed Carry law. One graduate student, Brian Stubbs, isn’t taking it lying down." ...

“We're expected to obey the law,” says Kevin Starrett, Executive Director and founder of Oregon Firearms Federation. “We expect the same from the schools.” ...
 

MO: Protect the Police
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"ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOPS are among the most dangerous moments in a police officer's life. In Missouri, they just got more dangerous. The new concealed-weapons law lets people keep guns out of sight in the passenger compartments of their cars."

"Eight of the 23 Missouri Highway Patrol officers who have died in action since 1933 have been killed by gunfire during traffic stops, making it the second leading cause of trooper deaths. National statistics rank shootings during traffic stops as a main cause of police fatalities." ...

"In a law full of reckless provisions, this is the most reckless. Our police officers - who risk their lives every day to protect ours - deserve better."

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OK, let's get this straight: EIGHT troopers died by gun fire during traffic stops in 71 years, when carrying a concealed gun in a car was illegal ANYWAY, but the blathering paranoids from this newspaper feel this is a good reason to keep motorists vulnerable and disarmed?
 

MO: Concealed gun opponents ask Supreme Court for rehearing
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"St. Louis County was finalizing a lawsuit Friday to challenge the state's new concealed guns law on the grounds it is an unfunded mandate, a legal official said." ...

"St. Louis County police said Thursday they'll continue to refuse applications to carry concealed guns due to the plans by Missouri's largest county to file suit."
 

UK: Woman threatened with gun
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"A WOMAN was thrown across the bonnet of a car and had a handgun put to her neck when she left a Brixton nightclub."

"The gunman threatened the 23-year-old with the gun after she refused to give him her mobile phone."

 

UK: Someone holds the key as to who killed my son
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"LEON Forbes was murdered in cold blood on a quiet Clapham estate, aged just 21. His family are determined to see his killers brought to justice, writes GREG TRUSCOTT."

"LEON Forbes was a talented music producer with a promising life ahead of him"

"At the age of just 21, his dedication to his music had taken him to the threshold of success." ...

"But in December last year Leon was shot as he left his home on a small estate. The gunman's bullet took the life of a rising star and left in its wake a tidal wave of heartbreak for those who loved him dear."
 

LA: Gun Seized From Boy At Kenner Elementary School
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A 9-year-old New Orleans boy was caught Friday at school with a gun he said he needed for "protection," according to Kenner police.

The incident happened at Audubon Elementary School in Kenner. The .25-caliber automatic handgun was found in the boy's bookbag, according to Kenner Police Department spokesman Capt. Steve Caraway.

Police had no further information.
 

NH: Plans begin to return boy to school
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"The 8-year-old boy who brought a disabled semi-automatic pistol to Sandown North Elementary School last month began the transition plan to bring him back to school on Monday." ...

"The mother of the boy allowed him to bring the Raven .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol wrapped in a paper bag to take to his friend’s house after school, according to a police affidavit. The gun was a gift from the mother’s father, who was a police officer for 33 years and sent the disabled gun to the child in the mail as a gift."
 

AL: Florence man fined $10,000 for machine gun possession
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A federal judge fined a Florence man $10,000 and ordered him to spend nine months in home detention for possessing a World War II-era machine gun.

U.S. District Judge Karen O. Bowdre also put Paul David Connolly, 49, on five year's probation and ordered him to perform 150 hours of community service.

Connolly, who had faced a possible 10-year sentence, had been indicted in April for possessing a Sten machine assembled from a kit. He later pleaded guilty.

Connolly's attorney, Jim Sturdivant, said Connolly possessed the weapon for recreational purposes only and he hoped the sentence imposed by the judge Wednesday will not be appealed.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said the sentence would be reviewed and that federal law "clearly prohibits the private possession of a machine gun."

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The National Firearms Act of 1934 provides for the registration, and the taxing of the transfer, of a class of weapons described as NFA Title 2 weapons (sometimes referred to as "Class 3 weapons"). These include machine guns, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, silencers (also known as suppressors) and also a class of weapons known as "Any Other Weapon" (AOW). An example of an AOW is, but not limited to, a smooth barreled pistol or a short barreled combination gun.

The transfer tax on machine guns, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and suppressors is $200. The transfer tax on AOWs is $5. This transfer tax is a one time only tax and not an annual tax. Each time an NFA weapon changes hands, the tax is charged.

 

KY: Metro Police: Bus Riders Beware.
Submitted by: Larry Mitchell

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"An armed thief has been targeting women waiting at TARC bus stops in the area, police announced at a news conference Friday." ...

"Metro police said those who must use TARC should stay aware of their surroundings and use the buddy system. If people are approached by the man, police advise them to give him what he wants."

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Give the thugs what they want and wind up like this disarmed New Jersey victim.
 

Conceal Carry And Blend In Anywhere
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"The UnderCoverComfort™ unisex Holster Systems™, For Law Enforcement Professionals and Civilians with Conceal Carry Permits Is Now Available Online At UnderCoverComfort.com"
 

Uncle Sam, Heel Thyself!
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"The US, the report tells us, is a 'violent, crime-ridden society'. Almost 12 million criminal cases were reported in the country in 2002, with the number of homicide cases being 16,110, as against 15,586 in 2000. The US ranks first in private ownership of guns, and some 350,000 gun-related crimes were reported in 2002. Many of these cases involved juveniles who have easy access to firearms. In 2002 there were said to be some 21,500 sinister gangs in the US with a combined membership of around 731,000."

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But what these panty-wetters will not tell you is that the US has some of the lowest violent victimizations in the world - lower than the gun control havens of Britain and Australia. Here's proof from the Brits' own press.
 

UK: Crackhead kills musician
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A TALENTED musician bled to death after being shoved through a window at his home by a crack addict, the Old Bailey heard this week."

"Julian Dalton, 27, landed on a shard of glass which severed an artery in his armpit during a struggle with Michael Orwa, 28."

"He staggered from his Camberwell flat with blood spurting from the wound and died within minutes."

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Better ban glass!
 

KY: Liberty police officer goes on trial for manslaughter
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"The trial of a police officer accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of a man last summer begins in earnest this morning."

"Liberty Police Officer Cook shot Leon Brown on July 30, 2003, in the home of Brown's mother in Liberty. Cook, 40, had responded to a report of domestic violence involving Brown and his girlfriend."

"Brown, who was unarmed, was shot once in the chest at close range."

"Cook was indicted on charges of second-degree manslaughter by the Casey County grand jury Oct. 17. He faces five to 10 years in prison if convicted."
 

MN: Inaction costs St. Paul police officer his job
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"A St. Paul police officer has been fired for leaving a University Avenue bar minutes after a man was shot to death last month, but the police union says the discipline went too far and will be challenged."

"Benner will remain employed through the grievance process, because he is a military veteran and a public employee granted special rights to contest a discharge, the sources said."

"Officer Benner, who was off duty, has said he was drinking at Arnellia's about 1 a.m. Feb. 20 when a gunman entered and fired several shots. A bystander, Stephen Kuma, who had stopped at the bar to celebrate his 46th birthday, was fatally wounded. Two men have been charged in the shooting."
 

Why Not Another Party of the People?
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"The cynical Alabama populist Governor George Wallace used to scoff that there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties. Thank God that manic cracker spent the bleak winter of 2004 in an otherworldly realm. For today there isn't a plug nickel's worth of difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. The parties of Jefferson and Lincoln have clearcut the redwood forests, drained the gulfstream waters, leveled the purple mountains and scalped the amber waves of grain only to come up with George W. Bush and John F. Kerry: Skull and Bones-dum versus Skull and Bones-dee."

"God bless our meritocracy!"
 

UK: Britain's secret bid to end Gaddafi arms embargo
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• Britain allegedly attempting to get round EU embargo on selling weapons to Libya;

• UK troops also said to be advising on 'modern defence techniques';

• Could be seen as sign of Libya re-entering international community;

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British subjects can't get or use arms to defend themselves, but their worthless government will supply arms to a terrorist regime. They proudly proclaim the righteousness of their gun ban and continue to keep law-abiding, peaceable citizens disarmed, but will supply Libya - a known terrorist regime - with weapons?
 

Data mining initiative angers US privacy groups
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"A project by US law enforcement agencies and states to merge criminal and public records with commercial databases has angered privacy groups."

"The Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, or Matrix, was conceived by database products company Seisint, and developed with input from Florida law enforcement, the FBI, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the US Secret Service as a way to aggregate data from various databases to fight terrorism."

"A number of states - including Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York and Utah - have enrolled in the free and voluntary Matrix programme. But just like the US government's Total Information Awareness (TIA) surveillance infrastructure before it, civil liberties group are sounding alarms about Matrix."

"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) calls Matrix a data surveillance program every bit as dangerous and Orwellian as TIA."
 

NJ: Social conscience informs exhibit
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"McKenzie has covered two walls of the anteroom to the gallery with more than 100 Xerox-like images of handguns taken from small catalog displays in the back of 'Guns and Ammo' magazine, all printed on standard sheets of plain white paper. He accompanies his prints with a two-page artist's statement that makes it clear he opposes the interpretation of the Second Amendment that allows one to claim constitutional cover for buying a handgun, though you really have to come in with that attitude to get the piece. 'Guns and Ammo' readers might look on this as a further fetishizing of all these guns, pinned to the wall like a manufacturer's booth at a gun fair."
 

UK: Thief Takes Woman's Car at Gunpoint
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"A car thief threatened pedestrians and motorists with a pistol before stopping a woman driver and taking her vehicle, police said today."

"The gunman stopped the Renault Scenic on the A6 in Disley, Derbyshire, last night and threatened the woman with a handgun."

"He then fled, crashing the Renault into a number of cars as he sped towards the New Mills area. Several people suffered shock after being threatened by the gunman as he tried to flee."

"The thief then crashed the Renault into a lamppost in the Ollersetts Avenue area."

"A man was arrested after being shot with a baton round by armed police officers. A gun is currently being examined by police."

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Good thing an armed officer was there.
 

NJ: Camden store owner fatally shot in robbery in state where only the thugs have guns
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"An East Camden man died Thursday night after being shot five times in the chest during an armed robbery inside his take-out restaurant."

"Bao Xing Lin owner of the Happy Dragon Chinese restaurant died at Cooper University Hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds."

"Lin was cleaning the lobby of the red-brick, graffiti-covered restaurant when three men dressed in black entered around 12:15 p.m., authorities said. The men forced Lin and his son, Song Di, to the back of the restaurant at gunpoint and demanded money, said Camden Police Lt. Harry Leon."

"After Lin gave the men $150 from the cash register, one of the men pistol-whipped Lin and shot him five times in the chest before fleeing, police said. Lin's son was unhurt."

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Are the gun banners still going to insist that the best course of action is to comply with the criminals' demands and call 911 afterwards?
 

SC: Campaign informs women of domestic violence gun laws
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"Under federal law, domestic violence offenders can lose their guns and a new campaign seeks to make sure victims are aware."

"A gun control group and a domestic violence center say victims of domestic violence often don't get enough protection from the criminal justice system when their abuser has a gun."

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That's because no law will stop an abuser who wants to get a gun from getting one. The criminal justice system is not enough, because it provides paper protection.
 

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The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops. — Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution Proposed BV the Late Convention (1787).

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