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Gun nuts show their nuttiness
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"When the smoke cleared, it seemed that our Second Amendment soldiers had spent the past couple weeks shooting themselves in the foot."

"Surely, the gun lovers out there have lost sight of the target when they start defending a person's right to carry rockets and grenades into a school and when they oppose attempts to keep high-powered weapons out of terrorists' hands."

"But it appears the gun crowd has avoided a public backlash. Once again, they have dodged a bullet." ...
 

Pilots Give Low Grades to Airport Security Practices
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Almost four years after terrorists hijacked four airplanes that flew into World Trade Center and the Pentagon, airline security measures are still not making the grade."

"American Airlines pilot Jon G. Safley pointed out bright red Ds and Fs on an aviation security report card released by a coalition of pilots Thursday."

"'In some ways, this report card is not pretty, and the American public should be very concerned,' said Safley, president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations. CAPA is made up of five trade groups representing 22,000 commercial pilots."

"CAPA gave a grade point average of 1.1 on a 4.0 scale to more than a dozen airport security procedures such as cargo screening, the credentialing of airline employees and self-defense training for flight crews." ...
 

IN: Judge Pera: 'I'm afraid it could happen here'
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"A courtroom shooting Friday in Atlanta that left a judge and two others dead was a shock, but not a surprise to Chief Lake Superior Court Judge John J. Pera here."

"He has been lobbying for two years to ban all guns from Lake County's courts, but police officers refused to surrender their sidearms at the courthouse door."

"Now he is renewing that call."

"'I'm very upset at what happened in Atlanta and I'm afraid some day it could happen in my own courtroom,' Pera said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Please e-mail this individual at bdolan@nwitimes.com .
 

CA: Man with ax terrorizes neighborhood of Point Loma before being hit by car
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"An ax-wielding man rampaged through a Point Loma neighborhood yesterday, smashing into one home, trampling through several yards and darting into traffic..." ...

"Refusing to drop the weapon, the man ran to Dupont Street, waving the ax in a threatening manner until he reached Catalina Boulevard and was hit by a car going about 50 mph."

"'He was running with this big ax, blood dripping from the handle. He's completely covered in blood. It was unreal,' said one resident..."
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Submitter's Note: What will Californians want to ban now? Will it be axes or cars, or both?
 

CT: From Phoenix To New London, Guns Leave Their Trails
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It took just eight days for guns bought legally by a young woman in Arizona to end up in the hands of Ezra Patrick and other alleged gang members in New London, court records show." ...

"Norman Collins, a 26-year-old from Norwich, went to Phoenix last July to visit his cousin, Roderick Hunt, and his cousin's girlfriend, Amber Degrate."

"Collins convinced Degrate, who is 24, to buy nine handguns, which he paid for, on July 12." ...

"The two most common ways for felons to get guns, police say, are through straw purchases and through burglaries. They also get them through corrupt gun dealers and at gun shows, where sellers may not be as stringent in doing background checks." ...
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TN: Nothing Sacred with Thieves
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A rash of thefts has some Midsouth churches concerned. It seems thieves have figured out the perfect time to break into cars, while churches are in service."

"The parking lots of churches along Brunswick Road are the last places you'd expect this Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies to patrol on Sunday mornings. Officers are constantly cruising the area today. Last week, those who attend churches along Brunswick road near Bartlett came out last week to find their cars had been broken into." ...

"The thieves got a way with cell phones, jewelry, other personal items and they took a pistol that was in one car. The witness who spotted the two men says they got away in a Ford Taurus either silver or gold in color. ..." [emphasis added] ...
 

FL: Fatal shooting of teen driver in Delray spurs police reviews
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"The death of an unarmed 16-year-old boy who was shot while driving away from an officer has city officials and residents questioning the police department's use-of-force policy."

"Unlike Delray Beach, numerous police agencies nationwide prohibit their officers from shooting at moving vehicles."

"Police in Miami, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati and other communities have adopted such restrictions in recent years. The Los Angeles department changed its policy 10 days after the fatal Feb. 6 shooting of a 13-year-old boy who led police on a brief car chase. The New York Police Department has prohibited its officers from firing at moving vehicles since the 1970s." ...
 

Jamaica: Policeman killed in rescue attempt of kidnapped teenager
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"MICHAEL Francis, a detective constable, was killed in a shoot-out early Sunday as police attempted to rescue a young girl from her abductors in Dumbeholden, St Catherine."

"Two of the alleged kidnappers, whose identifies the police were yet to ascertain up to last night, were also killed in the gun battle."

"Last night, national security minister Dr Peter Phillips extended condolences to Francis' family and commended the police team for their daring rescue of the kidnap victim."

"'We can honour the sacrifice he made with a redoubling of our efforts to remove the criminal elements from our midst and bring peace to our community,' said Phillips ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: "No greater love hath a man than that he lay down his life for his friends."
 

Philippines: 3 killed outside Philippines court hearing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A suspected Islamic militant grabbed a guard's rifle Sunday while being led to a court hearing, shot dead three other guards and holed up in the building with armed detainees who joined him, police said."

"Police surrounded the building in Manila, and negotiators were trying to end the standoff, police Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said. It wasn't clear if hostages were being held, he said."

"But a detainee delegated to speak for the prisoners told DZBB radio that the suspects were holding around 100 hostages. It wasn't clear if they were detainees, guards or both." ...
 

IL: Gun-control bills pending in the Illinois Legislature
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gun-control measures before the Illinois General Assembly include:"

"House"

"HB575: Creates a separate offense for each illegal weapon found on a person and require reporting to authorities lost or stolen weapons; failed in committee, might be recalled."

"HB794: Closes so-called "gun-show loophole"; awaiting committee vote."

"HB990: Creates statewide licensing for firearms dealers; awaiting floor vote."

"HB1060: Bans assault weapons; awaiting committee vote."

"HB1098: Bans .50-caliber ammunition; awaiting floor vote."

"HB1349: Requires guns to be sold with "trigger lock" safety devices; awaiting floor vote."

"Senate" ...
 

IL: Duels over gun issues may loom in Illinois
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The gun lobby in Springfield has been hitting its targets this year like never before, advancing a barrage of bills that would allow concealed handguns in Illinois, make it easier for people to buy and trade guns, and make it harder for the state to track gun owners."

"Advocates in the debate say the gun lobby's successes lately may be part of a general shift on the issue of self-defense in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks."

"'My sense is that when it comes to concealed carry ... there are legislators in the metropolitan areas who aren't as adamantly opposed to it as they used to be,' said Mike Lawrence, a former Springfield journalist and former aide to ex-Gov. Jim Edgar. ..."
 

FL: Legislators seeking to ban Tasers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two senators called for a statewide ban Friday on police use of Tasers - at least until medical studies can verify their effect on people - but law-enforcement officials said the electric shock is much better than using a nightstick or handgun in a violent situation."

"... The lawmakers sponsored four bills that would forbid use of Tasers on students in public schools, mandate 100 hours of use-of-force training for all police officers, require statewide standards and four hours of individual training for officers in subduing dangerous suspects, and ban all non-police ownership of 'stun guns.'" ...
 

IN: Gun control struggles in General Assembly
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"Two years after Democrats won control of the Legislature and the governor's office, gun control proposals so closely identified with the party have gone nowhere."

"Lately, bills to remove gun restrictions have been making as much progress as legislation to add restrictions." ...
 

MI: Board opposes noise law exception
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Livingston County Board of Commissioners officially opposes a proposed state law that would exempt gun ranges from local noise ordinances."

A majority of commissioners -- five of the eight present at their meeting Monday night -- approved a resolution opposing the proposed law." ...

"If passed as written, the proposal would potentially end a fight between residents in Green Oak and Brighton townships and the Island Lake Recreation Area over a shooting range. Residents say the gunshots at the range exceed Green Oak Township's 65-decibel noise ordinance." ...
 

MD: Gun program could be shot down
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"Maryland's marquee ballistic fingerprinting program, which has cost the state $2.5 million to date, is imperiled by an unsupportive administration that has called for its end and zeroed out its budget."

"A few years ago, the program that requires every new weapon sold in Maryland be ballistics tested and filed was heralded as state-of-the-art gun control. ..."

"Today, opponents say the system doesn't work due to faulty information, biased technicians and incompatibility with the federal ballistics system. It, they say, should be abolished."

"Proponents say ballistic fingerprinting offers law enforcement a valuable tool for investigating crime." ...
 

WY: Gun club wants to privatize municipal shooting range
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"The newly formed Green River Gun Club proposes privitizing the municipal shooting range."

"Dan Timmons told Council at its workshop last night that making the range a club would be the only way to protect its facility and expand into a first-class shooting range."

"Timmons said at the current range, shooters destroy everything placed at the facility, while also littering the range with trash and broken glass."

"He proposes fencing the area off with a key entry available only to members. The club would then permit open shooting on certain days only." ...
 

SC: Firearm safety program distributes gun locks to police in Florence County
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"As part of a national safety tour, free cable-style gun locks were distributed at no cost to police agencies throughout Florence County this week." ...

"Johnsonville residents can pick them up at the police station, obtain them at the various church and civic group functions where officers are making an appearance or ask roving patrolmen to retrieve them from squad cars." ...
 

NM: Gun show sees big turnout for charity
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The High Desert Gun Show received high marks Saturday from visitors to the Santa Clara National Guard Armory."

"Even for those not looking for a gun, there were plenty of booths with jewelry, military antiques and other items to browse." ...
 

MA: Collectors find art at gun show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Don I. Mundell sells weapons, but he much prefers to collect. And he has a special feeling about Smith & Wesson firearms."

"The 52-year-old Warren resident is a seller at The Great Eastern States Gun & Knife Show this weekend, but he's also on the lookout to add to his collection of firearms - and other products - made by the Springfield company known around the world."

"Mundell, a former police officer, said the quality of the product and the fact the company is located 20 miles from his home drew him to become a collector of Smith & Wesson firearms more than 30 years ago."

"'I like the workmanship of the gun, and I talked to a couple of people at a show and I just got interested in Smiths,' Mundell said ..."
 

CA: Claiming self-defense and fearing retaliation, neighbor granted restraining order
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"An Oakland judge Friday banned a teenager and his mother from going near Patrick McCullough, the man who shot the 16-year-old last month, purportedly in self-defense."

"Melvin McHenry and his mother aren't to go within 50 yards of McCullough, according to a restraining order Alameda County Superior Court Judge Leo Dorado issued after a hearing Friday. McCullough told the judge he feared retaliation for having shot McHenry on Feb. 18."

"McHenry's attorney, Daniel Horowitz, portrayed McCullough as a man whose frustration with neighborhood crime was aimed at the wrong target when he shot McHenry." ...

"... The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has yet to determine whether charges will be filed." ...
 

FL: Gun rights champion's hall of fame nomination ignites furor
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:The pistol-packing grandma about to be inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame is the most controversial appointment since its inception 22 years ago."

"Why?"

"Because Marion Hammer, a squat senior citizen with a soft Southern twang, was the first — and only — female president of the National Rifle Association." ...
 

TX: Let's get assault weapons off our streets
Submitted by: BILL AREVALO

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"A man drives downtown in Tyler and opens fire on the county courthouse steps, killing his ex-wife, an innocent bystander and wounding numerous others."

"A sheriff's deputy remains in critical condition from his wounds."

"Unfortunately, this story is very familiar."

"It happened last Thursday afternoon at the Smith County Courthouse when the shooter was due in court concerning a child custody case."

"The man used an AK-47 semi-automatic assault firearm to kill his victims." ...

"Who needs a semi-automatic weapon?" ...
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MA: Pistol-packing mamas, and daughters, take increasing aim
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"Donna Major of Dorchester raised her 9mm semiautomatic pistol. Her 27-year-old son and his girlfriend lingered a few feet behind her, watching intently over her shoulder. Four other women looked on." ...

"After firing a few rounds, Major put down the weapon. She turned around, gave a thumbs-up signal to her son, Justin, and said, 'How's your mother?' Then she laughed and hugged him." ...
 

India: Stolen police pistol found
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"The service pistol of a police officer which was reportedly snatched by fugitive criminal Dudhai Yadav on February 22 was recovered today."

"Police recovered the pistol after a tip-off that Dudhai was hiding at his girlfriend’s place in Gamharia."

"The police raided the house of Abha Devi, Dudhai’s girl-friend, this morning, but the criminal escaped before the cops arrived."

"The police recovered a cell phone, 20 live cartridges of different calibre, a motorcycle, two fake number plates, a helmet and about half-a-dozen shirts and as many trousers of the criminal."

"The police also caught hold of Abha Devi, her son Abhijit Jha, two of his associates Arun Ray and Uday Hembram." ...
 

Jamaica: St James cops nab two -- Accused of killing man, wounding 9 year-old
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"Two Kingston men, one of whom cops said is wanted in Canada on several counts of armed robbery and other gun-related offences, have been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of a Montego Bay man."

"The man's 9-year-old daughter was also wounded in the shooting Thursday night."

"The St James cops also said they recovered a firearm and a quantity of ammunition when they held:

"Lloyd Forrester ... and Richard 'Chardo' Gayle ..."

"Both men are charged with the murder of 33 year-old mechanic Valentine Stephenson from Branch Hall, Rose Heights, in St James."

"Forrester is also said to be wanted in Canada on armed robbery and other gun- related charges." ...
 

Australia: Man's hand almost cut off in fight
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A man is under going emergency surgery in Perth to try to save a hand which was almost severed during a fight in the city.

Surgeons at Royal Perth Hospital have been operating on the man for almost three hours.

Police say the man was hit with a meat cleaver during a fight in Aberdeen Street in the early hours of this morning.

In a separate incident, police are questioning a man and a juvenile they say hijacked a car at gunpoint in the Perth suburb of Scarborough.

It is alleged the 24-year-old man and the 16-year-old boy used a replica pistol to steal the car from a couple, before taking it on a joy-ride around the city.

They were apprehended after crashing the car in Maddington.
 

Philippines: Get the guns and you have fewer criminals
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"The seizure of a cache of locally-made but nevertheless high-powered firearms by alert members of the Coast Guard in Cebu on a passenger ferry that was bound for Leyte late last week was both heartening and frightening."

"The seizure was heartening because it shows that, from time to time, members of our law enforcement agencies, be they for land, air or sea jurisdictions, can still score big against the lawless elements that are terrorizing the lives of citizens."

"But the incident was also frightening because the clandestine way with which the guns were sought to be transported, smuggled is what it was, suggests that the deadly weapons were not meant for purposes other than criminal." ...
 

UK: Stereophonics Star Sparks Airport Security Alert
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"STEREOPHONICS frontman KELLY JONES was stopped from boarding a flight at London's Heathrow Airport, after the gun print on his T-shirt sparked a security alert."

"The HAVE A NICE DAY singer was taken aside by over-vigilant officials after his clothes set off a metal detector."

"And Jones was left amazed when told his T-shirt - which shows a pistol with a flame coming out of the top - was unsuitable for flying in." ...

"Jones adds, 'I was like, 'What am I going to do with a gun on a T-shirt?'"

"'So he called his superior over. By this point I was like 'You're having a laugh, mate.' He started asking me if it was embossed with anything, but it wasn't.'" ...
 

South Africa: Battle axes and batons are replacing guns
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"Battle axes, batons and plastic bullet guns are just some of the alternatives to firearms that people are snapping up to try to improve their safety."

"This is since the Firearms Control Act of 2000 clamped down on the number of guns one person can own. For self-defence only, one firearm is allowed. Hunters or sports shooting enthusiasts may own as many as four firearms."

"However, applying for a licence has become much more difficult, with hardly any licences having been granted in the past year."

"So gun dealers are branching out into other types of weaponry such as knifes, swords, bows and traditional weapons like battle axes and knobkieries. ..." ...
 

UK: Boy who stabbed pizza shop worker to death over £1 offer gets life
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"A boy who murdered a pizza shop worker by stabbing him after a dispute over a £1 special offer was given a life sentence yesterday."

"Old Bailey Judge Gerald Gordon told 14-year-old Hakeem Johnson that he and other boys who carry knives would receive no mercy from the courts. He would be held at Her Majesty's pleasure in youth custody and would not be able to apply for release for eight-and-a-half years."

"Judge Gordon said: 'You carried a knife as a weapon because it was what you chose to do, like too many young people these days. Young men or boys who choose to carry knives as weapons can expect no mercy from the courts.'" ...
 

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