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Assault Weapon Ban Extension Shot Down
Submitted by: Paul Parker

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The Senate defeated Tuesday a measure that included an extension of the ban on assault weapons. It also would have immunized the gun industry from lawsuits.

The bill was voted down by Senate Republicans after Democrats succeeded earlier in the day in amending it so that it included extending the ban.

Senate Republican leaders argued against the ban, saying it was ineffective and unnecessary and could cause the House to kill the gunmaker immunity bill.


Tuesday's 90-8 vote against the gun bill virtually ends any chance for gun legislation to make it through Congress this year.

House leaders said last year they did not plan to renew the ban on the manufacture and importation of at least 19 types of common military-style assault weapons.
 

Senate votes down gun bill
Submitted by: Paul Parker

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"Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, the bill's principal sponsor, said the issue 'will not go away.' But he said the bill, as amended, was a 'bad bill.' "

" 'I would not send to this president or any president a bad bill of the kind that was crafted here in the Senate through the amendment process over the last several days,' he said."

"President Bush had promised to back reauthorization, but then he said he did not want the liability bill amended."
 

Senate Kills Gun Industry Legal Protection Bill (Reuters version)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"The U.S. Senate, in a surprise about-face on Tuesday, defeated legislation to shield the gun industry from many civil lawsuits after gun control advocates attached language to it extending the 1994 assault weapons ban and the bill's own sponsor repudiated it."

"Bill sponsor Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig called the legislation 'dramatically wounded' and urged its defeat. Craig had wanted a clean lawsuit bill that could not get bogged down in Senate procedures or negotiations with the U.S. House of Representatives."

"The 90-8 vote stunned gun control forces, who just a few hours earlier had regarded their own victories on the assault weapons ban and a measure requiring background checks at guns shows as largely symbolic."
 

National Rifle Association Statement on S. 1805
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"In a move to exploit meaningful legislation designed to preserve the firearms industry, gun-ban activists in Congress slipped through 'poison pill' amendments, which would have resulted in draconian restrictions on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. As a result, the National Rifle Association (NRA) withdrew its support for final passage and the 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,' S. 1805 amended was successfully defeated by a margin of 08-90."

"As NRA stated before S. 1805 was debated, this had to be a clean bill or we would not support it. While we will continue to work to save the U.S. firearms industry, we have said from the start that we would not allow this bill to become a vehicle for added restrictions on law-abiding Americans."

"Legislation to stop baseless lawsuits against the law-abiding American firearms industry has the support of the White House, the U.S. House of Representatives, countless conservation, commerce and union groups, and the American people. It is unfortunate that some in Congress are more interested in undermining the rights of law-abiding gun owners than in passing meaningful legislation."

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Thank you for helping kill this gun-control laden monster, NRA!
 

CCRKBA Applauds Defeat of 'Poisoned' Gun Lawsuit Legislation
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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" 'Anti-gunners tried to hijack the train,' quipped CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'and we hijacked it back.' "

"The Senate's 90-8 final vote to defeat the poisoned bill came after unacceptable amendments were added that would have extended a ban on semi-automatic sport-utility rifles for ten more years, and placed such onerous restrictions on perfectly legal gun shows that many such events would have been literally put out of business. That was simply not acceptable, Gottlieb said."
 

Senate-Passed Assault Weapons "Ban" Will Do Little to Keep Assault Weapons Off Our Streets, Violence Policy Center (VPC) Warns
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Senate action renewing the current federal assault weapons ban will do little to protect America's police and public from assault weapons, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) warned today. The measure was passed as an amendment to a Senate bill granting America's firearms industry limited immunity from lawsuits."

" 'This bill merely continues the badly flawed 1994 ban, which is a ban in name only,' states Kristen Rand, VPC legislative director." ...

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And yet Feinstein, Warner, et. al. claimed just today that it lowered crime dramatically!
 

Senate Votes Down Immunity For Gun Industry (JTO version)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A bipartisan coalition of United States Senators today rejected NRA extremism and passed important gun safety provisions -- setting up the collapse of efforts to pass a bill that would have given unprecedented legal protection to the most reckless gun dealers in America."

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Bi-partisan coalition? Several traitorous Republicans betrayed their constituents and the Constitution and these enemies of freedom claim it was a "bi-partisan coalition?"

And they didn't pass "gun safety provisions," they voted to attach unconstitutional gun control to a popular bill to give themselves a better chance of passage.
 

CSGV Claims Victory in Defeating Gun Immunity Bill; Senate Rebukes Gun Lobby on Assault Weapons Ban, Gun Show Loophole
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'The importance of today's vote cannot be overstated. Senators not only rejected the NRA's top legislative priority; they also approved measures that would help ensure public safety,' said Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. ..."

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That would be a bit of a misleading overstatement. The Senate rejected unconstitutional gun control that would have been attached to the liability bill thanks to a few turncoat Republicans. They certainly did not reject the NRA's top legislative priority, and the cloture vote to proceed to S.1805 proves it.
 

Ten years later, Feinstein fights again for assault gun ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"As a freshman senator, Dianne Feinstein led the bitter 1993 fight to push an assault weapons ban through a closely divided Congress."

"Ten years later, she fought the same fight again, prodding wavering colleagues Tuesday to vote to renew the ban for another decade. This time, with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress and the White House, she was dealt a defeat."
 

U.S. Senate Scores Common Sense Victories for Children, Rejects Special Protections for the Gun Industry
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Today the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) applauded a victory for children when the U.S. Senate broke the strangle-hold of the gun industry and the National Rifle Association by passing important gun safety amendments and rejecting a bill that would have given immunity to the gun industry and its trade associations. The common sense safety measures passed included an extension of the assault weapons ban, a requirement for background checks before the sale or transfer of weapons at gun shows, and a requirement that gun manufacturers include childproof locks when selling handguns." ...

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How about setting a good example "for the children" by telling the truth? These amendments weren't passed. The Senate approved attaching them to S.1805, but the pro-gun forces defeated the bill rather than see it befouled by gun control.
 

Not bulletproof
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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NOTE: Dr. Lott wrote this column prior to the death of S.1805. However it still contains good information that reinforces the wrong-mindedness of suing the gun industry for the misdeeds of others and extending the "assault" weapons ban.

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"Too often the debate misleads people about the guns being banned. Sen. John Kerry, the obvious Democratic presidential nominee, supports extending the ban because he claims, 'When I go out there and hunt, I'm going out there with a 12-gauge shotgun, not an assault weapon.' Yet, the ban has nothing to do with shooting birds with machine guns. The guns' names or cosmetic features make them no less well suited for hunting."
 

MN: Report on Permits to Carry from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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NOTE: You will need Adobe Acrobat to access this file.

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1) Number of permits applied for, issued, suspended, revoked, and denied, further categorized by age, sex and zip code of the applicant or permit holder:

Number of Applications 15,873

Status of Applications
Issued 15,677
Denied 139
Suspended 2
Revoked 8

Cancelled 10
Emergency/Expired 31
On-Hold 6

2) Total Valid Permits as of December 31, 2003: 15,677


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7 months, 15,677 permits issued 10 (0.064%) suspended or revoked.

The sky is not falling.
 

Frisch's Inc. makes move to ban concealed carry in OH, IN, KY and TN
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"If you want to make your voice heard, visit http://www.frischs.com/contact2.asp and gently and matter-off-factly write that you are upset about the 'no guns' signs."

"Tell them how you plan on obtaining a Concealed Handgun License (CHL). If applicable, tell them you are a loyal customer and are especially fond of their (insert your favorite dish here). Tell them that you are sorry that you won't be able to dine with them as long as the signs are up, because the signs make you feel unwelcome. Tell them that you hope the signs come down soon, so that you can return to Frisch's Big Boy or Golden Corral, whichever one you patronize."
 

WA: Home-based gun business worries Bellevue residents
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"A Bellevue resident's plan to sell guns from his house has raised concerns among neighbors and residents throughout the city and has caught the attention of local politicians."

"Albert Kwan wants a home-business permit to sell sporting goods, firearms, accessories, books, and research and investment advice, according to the application filed with the city."

"The prospect of gun dealing brought a swift and negative reaction from people living nearby. Letters to the city claim Kwan's operation would attract strangers seeking guns, could increase crime by drawing people trying to steal weapons, and might pose a danger if a gun accidentally goes off or a house fire sets off ammunition."

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What striking paranoia from the panty wetters!
 

IN: Student suspended for Marine Corps shirt
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A high school student suspended for wearing a T-shirt with a rifle and Marine Corps creed is suing the district over its dress-code policy."

"Nathan Griggs, 16, and his father, David, brought the suit in U.S. District Court against Fort Wayne Community Schools, claiming the shirt was protected by First Amendment free-speech rights, the Fort Wayne News Sentinel reported." ...

"The shirt has an image of an M-16 rifle and the text of the Marine Corps creed, written by a general after the attack on Pearl Harbor." ...

"The suit contends the policy is so strict it prohibits protected speech. For example, a student would be barred from wearing a shirt with the city of Fort Wayne seal because it includes a sword, the complaint said."

 

CO: The Empty Holster Gathering
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"June 19th through June 26th, 2004, in Brighton, Colorado, the 'EMPTY HOLSTER GATHERING' of gun activists from across America, will convene to observe the First Amendment violation trial of Rick Stanley, in Brighton at the Adams County Justice Center June 21st to the 25th. Rick Stanley was arrested, thrown in jail for 102 days in Brighton, Adams County, for exercising his constitutional right to openly carry a weapon in Thornton and Denver." ...

"The group from www.usanvil.com have decided to converge on Adams County for the Empty Holster Gathering, to support Rick Stanley in his upcoming trial. Outraged that Stanley is charged with a potential 12 to 32 year prison sentence, for the two felony charges of 'Influencing a Public Official,' Fred Cummins of the USA.N.V.I.L. group organized the event to bring attention to the injustice of Stanley's arrest, jail time and new charges."
 

Few worry Patriot Act infringing on freedom
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Christine Allen didn't mind filling out the USA PATRIOT Act form when she started applying for a mortgage Friday."

"Allen, a 33-year-old American who has lived in Canada the past two years, wasn't bothered by the extra forms, even though it asks for her ethnicity, Social Security number, birth date and a picture ID." ...

"The form, used to ensure money isn't being loaned to those with terrorist connections, is just one way the act effects people every day."

 

DRUG WAR BRIEFS: Drug Test Students, Not Police
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"This week, the police chief in Eugene, OR, apologizes for a botched SWAT marijuana grow-op raid that yielded nothing but fear in local residents; Toronto, ON, police officers balk at the idea of being randomly drug tested; and President Bush's new anti-drug strategy targets prescription drug offenses, and massively boosting funding for student drug testing."
 

CA: HIV needle used during holdup
Submitted by: David Codrea

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“A man armed with a kitchen knife and a hypodermic needle he claimed was filled with HIV-infected blood robbed a Blockbuster Video store late Sunday, police said.”

And all the sheep could do about it was bleat.

 

George Bush: The Great Distractor
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Bush hopes that the Democrats will be seen as anti-gun, when they are actually in favor of increased safety and against the crazy proliferation of illegal weapons now taking place."

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But the VPC says the law is ineffective (which it is, as well as unconstitutional), so which is it?
 

UK: Gun raider escapes with cash
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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A MASKED gunman terrified staff at a car accessory store and robbed the firm of thousands of pounds.

The armed man forced his way in to Autoparts Trade Centre, Chapelhall Industrial Estate, Airdrie, on Sunday as the store was closing.

He threatened a 22-year-old male staff member before tying him up and stealing a four figure sum of money.

The worker was left badly shaken but uninjured by his terrifying ordeal, which happened around 4pm.
The armed man was described by police as 5ft 10in tall, stocky build, with a local accent and was wearing dark clothing.
 

Canada: StatsCan to collect blood, urine samples
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The next time a Statistics Canada pollster knocks at the door he may be out for blood."

"The federal agency plans to collect blood and urine samples from volunteers beginning next year in a radical departure from its usual question-and-answer checklist approach." ...

"The urine and blood samples - and possibly saliva samples - may also be stored for years so other tests that have still not been developed can be performed later."

 

Senate Draws Gun Control Into Presidential Politics
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry touted his credentials as a lifelong hunter to deliver a scathing rebuke on Tuesday against President Bush's failure to support a ban on assault weapons." ...

""When he ran for president in 2000, President Bush promised the American people that he would work to renew the assault weapons ban. But now, under pressure, he is walking away from that commitment..."

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He's doing no such thing. Try to pass it without piggy-backing it on a more popular bill, and he'll sign it.
 

Canada: Gun control needed -- Klein
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The fatal shooting of an RCMP officer by a man with a history of mental illness -- and a recent murder-suicide -- demonstrate the need for gun control but not a registry, Premier Ralph Klein said Monday."

" 'That causes concern,' Klein told reporters. 'Gun control would take the guns out of the hands of people like that. I don't know if gun registration would.' "

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Boy, someone is sadly misinformed. For an example of gun control in action, please take a look at the UK.

 

Democrats show less fear of gun control legislation
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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NOTE: While the article was written prior to the death of S.1805, it does point out an interesting shift in strategy on the part of the Democrats when it comes to gun control.

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"The Democrats' willingness to press for gun restrictions marks a strategic shift for the party, which until recently had tiptoed quietly around the issue since some strategists concluded it contributed to Al Gore's election loss in 2000."

"Gore's platform in the 2000 race included support for new federal controls, such as mandatory child safety locks and the licensing of all new handgun owners."

"But even as they step gingerly back into the debate, Democrats are taking a more centrist tack that stresses support for the Second Amendment along with 'sensible' gun control measures."
 

Poll: Americans look to stricter gun laws
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A survey conducted by The Gallup Organization found that 53 percent of Americans thought gun laws should be made stricter vs. 12 percent who believe the laws should be made less strict. Thirty-four percent of those polled said they thought they should remain the same."

"In 2003, 51 percent of respondents had said they thought the laws should be made stricter, while 15 percent said they should be made less strict and 33 percent said they should remain the same."

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This indicates how constitutionally incapable the American public is.
 

Do Gun Control Activists Pad Gun Death Statistics?
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The first anti-gun MMM in 2000 attempted to redirect the focus of Mother’s Day from flowers and card giving to the gun deaths of children. The 2004 event continues this focus as its press release reminds us, '[W]ith memories of the horrible events at Columbine High School…people gathered [in 2000] on the Mall in Washington D.C. to demand saner gun policies.' The release quotes Mary Leigh Blek, the 'president emeritus' of MMM, as saying that almost 14,000 children 'have died from gun violence' since 'our last march.' " ...

"To begin with, Blek is probably referring to the 2000 MMM event. (In 2001, only about 100 people participated and the event is now virtually ignored.)" ...

"The definitive source for data on injury-death in America, including gun deaths, is the Centers For Disease Control (CDC)." ...

"During 2001, the CDC reported a total of 157,078 injury-deaths. On their interactive website, if you click 'Firearm' under 'Cause of Injury,' the figure becomes 29,573. For deaths in children, click on <1 as the lowest in the age range and 17 as the highest. Also select the 'No Age-Adjusting Requested' option. The figure becomes 1,433. Multiplied by four, this is 5,732 or roughly 40 percent of what MMM asserts."
 

Australia: Gang rapists told age, culture no defence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Three Pakistani gang rapists who are facing life in jail yesterday begged a judge to be pardoned, citing cultural differences that led to the brutal attack, immaturity on their part and hardship within their families if they were imprisoned."

"Five males, four of whom are brothers, were found guilty last year of nine counts of aggravated sexual assault in company - which carries a maximum life sentence - on two girls, aged 16 and 17, at the brothers' Ashfield family home on July 28, 2002."

"The girls were repeatedly raped, threatened with knives and bullets and one was told the other had been killed because she had resisted her attackers."

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But Australia is "safe" because guns are so controlled!
 

FL: Shooting Range bill passes Senate environment committee
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Bills that would make shooting ranges immune from environmental regulators' lawsuits and arrange for the state to pay for cleaning up the facilities continued moving quickly through the Legislature Tuesday."

"The Natural Resources Committee approved two bills, one (SB 1156) to give anyone associated with such ranges blanket immunity from state environmental lawsuits and the other (SB 2364) to create a trust fund to pay for cleanup."
 

Ballistics Research, Inc. Announces New Bullet-Capture Technology - Development Will Aid Law Enforcement, National Security
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"For the first time ever, crime labs and ballistics researchers can easily capture and retrieve perfectly intact bullets and slugs of all kinds, including hollow points, shotgun slugs and even high-explosive large-caliber military rounds. ..."

"Developed by Ballistics Research, Inc., of Rome, Ga., the patented DPRS allows the test-firing of a suspected firearm using the same ammunition used in a crime, with immediate recovery of the projectile fully preserved in the condition in which it left the barrel, including the powder residue. Its ability to preserve the parts of a detonated pipe bomb for forensic study makes the DPRS an indispensable tool for bombing investigations."
 

WA: Educators try to balance reason and zero tolerance
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"School violence leaves educators no choice but to take threats and toy guns seriously, school officials say in defending recent student suspensions under 'zero tolerance' policies."

"In two recent cases, some parents considered such discipline overreaction by the Spokane School District."

"In one case, three Bemiss Elementary School students were suspended for bringing miniature toy guns to school. In the other, three Rogers High School students were suspended for a remark about killing annoying people."

"But officials say no threat is too small in the post-Columbine world."
 

Can Officials Be Criticized Safely?
Submitted by: John Longenecker
Website: http://californiamyhome.org

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"The guns have always been around, but the real threat to officials is the public's awakening to the fact that our liberties are being eroded, our institutions are dissed, and that we elect to respond with due process and follow-through. Knowing this, officials acted quickly to stub out Codrea's announced position like a cigarette butt, which they also crush in San Francisco. Picture it as a sort of rudeness that depends entirely on everybody elses refusal to be rude. They have an advantage if everybody else plays by the rules and they don't."

"But the officers were cool, Codrea was cool. But the response itself was uncool. Nothing went down, except Mr. Codrea's civil rights and a little bit of his personal dignity, through the weapon of choice of bureaucrats: intimidation. What they fail to understand here is something Codrea and Liberty nuts understand all too well: that Gays have suffered intimidation for so very long, they should be the very last people to use intimidation as a weapon. What are we to think of the Gays who won't speak out against intimidation?"
 

Defining the New Center on Guns
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Read carefully. This is the approach the Democrats are taking on gun control in 2004.

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"As Democrats have learned the hard way, silence is not golden on gun issues, because most voters will assume by default that they want to take even law-abiding citizens' guns away. Instead, as the DLC, Americans for Gun Safety and others have argued, Democrats should engage the gun debate by supporting gun rights, tough enforcement of existing laws, and sensible new gun safety measures."
 

MO: Now taking pictures is against the law, never mind guns
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"Fletcher Parker said all he wanted was a few snapshots of the East St. Louis Police Department in action, a force he said he strongly supports."

"Instead, he said cops seized his digital camera's disc, which records the images, and threatened him with arrest."
 

IL: Wilmette's version of the 2nd Amendment (Humor)
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Terrific editorial cartoon by Rick Sherman.
 

MO: Fee complication delays concealed gun permits
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"Sheriff Dan Bullock said Monday his department may begin accepting applications for permits to carry concealed weapons sometime late this week, but no specific day has been set."

"Developments since the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the new concealed weapons law have left sheriffs across the state in a quandary about what to do. At the suggestion of the Missouri Sheriffs Association, Bullock said, he is waiting until some questions about the fee charged for permit applications are resolved before his department starts accepting them." ...

"Until a panel with the association determines what it costs a department to handle an application, Bullock said, we do not know what fee to charge."
 

TX: Student suspended after gun found in car
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"A 19-year-old Lamar Consolidated High School student has been suspended after a gun and bullets were found in his vehicle in the school's parking lot Monday afternoon." ...

"Rosenberg police Lt. Margaret Hedden said Tuesday the student was not arrested at the time the .44-caliber gun was discovered."

" 'I understand that it may have been left in the car by his dad. He had been out shooting or something,' Hedden said."

"Willman said drug dogs are used for routine checks on campuses throughout the district." ...

"The student in whose vehicle the gun and bullets were found will remain suspended from school, pending the outcome of a scheduled expulsion hearing as required by district policy."
 

UT: Gun bill being passed back and forth at the state
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"...The Utah State Senate and the House of Representatives cannot agree on the wording of Senator Waddoups' Senate Bill 48 to prohibit the University of Utah from restricting guns on campus." ...

"Sen. Gregory Bell, R-Fruit Heights, proposed to take out the controversial language on Feb. 6. Then, after more confusion, he proposed another amendment which would add words to clarify that nothing in the bill would prohibit an individual from restricting guns on private property."

"The bill was then sent to the House of Representatives where it was discussed in a committee and changed on Feb. 19 to be more vague in only saying that private property rights would not be restricted by this law." ...
 

Canada: Canada Group Offers Alternative Gun Plan
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"Garry Breitkreuz, Deputy House Leader and Official Opposition Justice Critic for Gun Control, released the first draft of his plan to register criminals -- not duck hunters."

"Contrary to what the Liberals have been promising for the last decade, Statistics Canada data and information provided to the media by Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino proves conclusively that the soon-to-be-two-billion-dollar gun registry does not improve public safety or save lives. Homicides are up including domestic homicides, violent crime is up, suicides are up and the number of Criminal Code incidents per police officer has more than doubled since 1962. ..."
 

MO: Concealed guns and nightclubs
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"The new concealed weapons law has many sheriff's departments wondering how to handle the permits. It also has some local nightclubs wondering if it could affect their business too." ...

"But with the possibility of more guns in the downtown scene. Businesses are thinking ahead to possibly putting down the cash for more security. 'I think most bar owners would spend that money because it would be for the safety of their patrons and piece of mind of their patrons and if the patrons don't feel safe, they're not going to come out to their nightclubs.' "
 

Summary of S1805 events
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
Website: http://www.triggerfinger.org/

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The past few days have been very exciting for liberty activists, especially those with a right-to-keep-and-bear-arms orientation. In case you haven't had the time to follow the situation blow-by-blow (though I hope you had time to call your senators!), this link has a sequence of events.
 

NV: Violent thug violates restraining order
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The search is on this morning for a man accused of shooting two women. Police say, the man identified as Anthony Williams went to his girlfriend's apartment last night near Karen and Lamb with a gun, even though there is a restraining order against him."

"Police say Williams fired multiple shots seriously wounding his ex-girlfriend. She was rushed to the trauma center at UMC. A friend of the woman who was in the apartment was also hit by a bullet but she managed to escape with only a minor graze wound. Police say when the shots rang out they received a flood of 911 calls."

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Paper won't shield you from bullets.
 

Canada: Gun registry not just mismanaged
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"My observation is that even the harshest critics of the gun registry don't get the real problem, and certainly those that support it don't want to."

"Many of us may be aware that it qualifies as one of the worst-run programs in Canadian history." ...

"But the point being missed is that the money blown in the gun registry goes beyond incompetence. You simply can't get from estimates of $2 million to expenditures of over $1 billion solely through mismanagement. This fact has barely rated a mention because I suspect that too many of us simply don't appreciate the significance of the numbers."
 

MD: Court rules in favor of Carroll firearms dealer
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"A Carroll County Circuit Court judge today ordered Maryland State Police to return the majority of 100 weapons and gun accessories they seized from a Mount Airy man arrested after a police search of his home -- including some taken near a girl who was sleeping."

"In the second day of arguments by defense attorneys for Amir H. Tabassi and prosecutors from the state Maryland Attorney General's Office, Judge Vincent J. Femia decided today that police acted beyond the scope of the search and seizure warrant they executed at Tabassi's home on Aug. 5."

"That warrant allowed state troopers to search for and seize unregistered machine guns, but they also took other guns, ammunition and accessories."
 

CA: Thief in Los Gatos steals FBI car, guns
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"The FBI and Los Gatos police are looking for a thief who stole an agent's FBI-owned car from the parking lot of a fitness club Monday night, took a couple of handguns from the trunk and then torched the vehicle." ...

"The agent is not in trouble, Quy said. 'He didn't lose his keys or anything. The car was broken into. He's just a victim of theft.' "
 

NY: Central Square Guns Theft Under Investigation
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"Around 30 handguns were stolen from a sporting goods store in Central Square, the second firearms theft in the past week."

"State police say someone broke in to Central New York Sports over the weekend, sometime between 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon and 9:30 p.m. Sunday night. Police say the suspect cleared out a case full of guns."

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Ever wonder why background checks aren't effective in reducing crime? Maybe its because criminals don't obtain guns in a legal fashion!
 

NC: New trial for victim of paper protection
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"A three-judge panel said the jury should have been instructed that Karen Elaine Everett had a right to defend herself and not retreat because she was attacked in her home."

"On the day of the shooting... Karen Everett testified that she told her husband he should leave. He refused and she grabbed a gun and told Michael Everett to stop advancing on her."

"Michael Everett grabbed his wife by the throat and said he would kill her and should have done so before. Karen Everett shot her husband four times as he came toward her and after he turned away down a hall. ..."

"Karen Everett ...obtained a court restraining order and the couple separated while her husband went to counseling."

 

UK: Robbers guilty of murdering man who chased them
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"A father and son face life in prison for shooting dead a public-spirited man who pursued their getaway car from an armed robbery."

"Barry Elener, 42, was convicted yesterday of murdering Tasawar Hussain, 36. His father Derek Elener, 65, who was involved in a nine-year crime wave in which he stole £190,000, had earlier admitted the same charge."
 

TN: Several local law enforcement officials are in the process distributing gunlocks
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"The locks are provided to local law enforcement through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program."

"The safety kits, which include gunlocks, are free and are available from the Estill Springs Police Department, Decherd Police Department, Winchester Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department."

"The locks are also now available from Ray Judge's Gun Shop."
 

Bush Anti-Drug Plan to Target Pain Killers
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"President Bush's national anti-drug strategy will for the first time target the use of pain relievers, sedatives and stimulants for nonmedical purposes, a problem that has exploded in the last decade."

"A key part of the strategy being released Monday involves government efforts to help states develop monitoring systems to track a patient's use of prescription medicine. The monitoring programs flag cases that indicate a pattern of abuse, such as 'doctor shopping,' where a patient gets prescriptions for drugs from multiple physicians."

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More eyes on everything we do, and with the "privacy act" the government can look at your medical records without a warrant with a few keystokes.
 

IN: Complying with your assailants' demands is not a good means of self defense
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"An overnight shooting and abduction leads the Evansville Police Department on the search for three men."

"It happened at 1519 Taylor Avenue about 3:30 Tuesday morning. Police say three men entered the home, one armed with a gun, and demanded cash from the owner of the home, Evan Evans."

"Once they got the money, one of the men reportedly shot Evans' in shoulder. Evans' female friend, Latasha Mosley, was taken at gunpoint. Police found her Tuesday afternoon in a motel room."

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This one's for the gun banners, who say being a compliant victim could save you.
 

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