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John Lott: Good Samaritan Gun Use
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"Of the 71 unique news stories ...38 percent mention that an AK-47 or high-powered rifle was used by the attacker. As usual, gun control groups called for more gun control." ...

"Only two stories mentioned that the AK-47 was a semi-automatic, not a machine gun, and, while it is understandable, none of the articles provided context by explaining that Arroyo’s weapon functioned the same as deer hunting rifles, firing the same caliber bullets, at the same rapidity, and doing the same damage." ...

"Seems like pretty standard media coverage. But what makes this case different is that 21 percent of the news stories actually mentioned that a citizen licensed to carry a concealed weapon used his gun to try and help stop the attack."
 

David Codrea: BATFE Fails the Constitution
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"Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership has once again proven it deserves the reputation for producing the most innovative educational materials for educating Americans about our right to keep and bear arms. They have followed up the gut-wrenching historical documentary 'Innocents Betrayed' with another outstanding and infuriating video, 'BATFE Fails the Test.' "

"Competition shooter John Glover is an ordinary American who is fascinated by firearms--to the point where he learned gunsmithing and began assembling and selling guns from kits."

"Enter the federal gun grabbers. Seven of his rifles are seized and Glover is charged with manufacturing and selling a machine gun. In other words, the federal government has decided Mr. Glover is a criminal, and it sets out to steal his property and destroy his life."
 

OH: Ohio Newspaper Assn. shirks blame for abuse of Media Access Loophole
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"In a story covering Attorney General Jim Petro’s release of 2004 Ohio Concealed Handgun License data, the Youngstown Vindicator is reporting that while license issuance is on par with other states’ experiences, the original sponsor of Ohio’s concealed carry legislation believes abuse of the Media Access Loophole has deterred even more applications."
 

AZ: Hole blown in concealed weapon law
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"The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to let people carry weapons -- including guns, grenades, rockets, mines and sawed-off shotguns -- into schools, polling places and nuclear plants if they claim they're only trying to protect themselves."

"The vote on the legislation came even after Rep. Ben Miranda, D-Phoenix, pointed out it even would bar prosecution of those who want to bring a weapon into the House or Senate. Despite that, lawmakers gave it preliminary approval on a 30-16 margin." ...

"Quelland said his goal is to ensure that those who carry a concealed weapon without getting the required state permit do not wind up being charged with a crime."
 

IL: Senate panel blocks Daley gun package
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"Key portions of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's gun-control package failed Tuesday in an Illinois Senate committee, with Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration formally registering opposition to one measure."

"In a blow to Daley's cause, the Democratic-controlled Judiciary Committee voted down a bill to limit the number of handguns people can buy to one per month. Although Blagojevich has pledged to work on behalf of Daley's proposals, administration lobbyists were not actively supporting the bill."
 

IL: Brady considers bid for governor
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"State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, announced formation of an exploratory committee Tuesday to run for governor, saying 'Illinois must do better' than having the state run by Democrat Rod Blagojevich." ...

"Brady is anti-abortion, supporting it only if needed to save the life of the mother. He said the state could abandon issuance of firearm owners’ identification cards by denoting on a driver’s license whether the driver can legally own a gun."
 

IL: State licensing of gun dealers gets committee OK
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"A bill requiring firearms dealers to register with the state squeaked out of a committee today and onto the Illinois House floor."

"The seven-to-five vote in the Human Services Committee on a measure requiring dealers to pay a 300-hundred-dollar three-year fee comes a day after a handful of antigun legislation failed in a Senate committee."

"Democratic Representative Deborah Graham of Chicago says her bill would slow illegal gun sales."
 

IL: Illinois State Rifle Association Notes Irony in the Arrest of Prominent Million Mom Marcher
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"Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, commented: 'She could face felony charges. I find it incredible that someone representing an organization that pushes legislation that only punishes law-abiding gun owners would possess such an illegal weapon.' " ...

"It's a classic case of liberal elitists who say 'Do as I say' but cannot walk their own talk."
 

MD: Bill would mandate stolen gun reports
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"Baltimore Police Agent Gene Agent Cassidy has never seen his two children - he hasn't seen anything since he was shot twice in the face by a convicted felon who had obtained a gun illegally."

"Agent Cassidy testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Tuesday about a bill that advocates say would curb third-party purchases of weapons. The bill would require gun owners to report the loss or theft of a weapon within 48 hours of discovering it missing."
 

MD: Gun Rights Bill to be heard March 9
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"With encouragement from Maryland Shall Issue, Congressman Don Dwyer submitted the 'Citizens Protection Act of 2005' (HB 1211) with 35 cosponsors to the Maryland Congress. 'This is the news we've all been waiting for,' says one of the founders of MSI."

"Proponents of self-defense are asked to write their delegates and if possible come to Annapolis fro the March 9th afternoon hearing to show support of the Shall Issue concealed carry bill, which will end the current capricious and arbitrary discrimination by government officials handing out permits."

"Soon Maryland may join the 37 other states that allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for purposes of self-defense."
 

MN: State Senator Lobbies for Background Checks on Hunters
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"There's something in the works that could affect everyone who hunts in Minnesota."

"It's a background check of sorts that would be done 'after' you get your hunting license." ...

"Sen. Wes Skoglund of Minneapolis has introduced a bill that would take the names of the half million people licensed to hunt in Minnesota and run them through a computer to cross-check them with the state's list of felons. That would help police discover who may have firearms they're not supposed to have, 'There's murderers out there, there's rapists out there. They've gotten hunting licenses and we're trying to find out who they are,' said Skoglund."
 

VA: General Assembly rejects bills concerning gun shows
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"The Virginia General Assembly rejected a bill requiring all gun show vendors to carry a federal firearms license and submit to a background check. The U.S. Department of Justice has been struggling with what they call the 'gun-show loophole' for years. Attendees can bring their own guns to a gun show, and not only profit from their sales, but not have to provide any background information to authorities."

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The DOJ has been "struggling" with the gun show loophole? The Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that less than 2 percent of criminals get their guns at gun shows or flea markets. One would think that if this "loophole" was really such an easy way for criminals to obtain weapons, more of them would be taking advantage of it.
 

FL: Jacksonville officer investigated for using stun gun on teen
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A sheriff's deputy in Jacksonville, Florida, is being investigated for using a stun gun on a teen.

State Attorney Harry Shorstein says that police may have used excessive force when they used a Taser on the 13-year-old girl.

The 65-pound teen was uncooperative after officers took her into custody for fighting with her mother.

A sheriff's office report says the girl was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car February seventh when she was shocked twice with a Taser.

The girl originally was charged with domestic battery, but the charges have been dismissed.
 

AL: Cullman Sheriff's Deputy Arrested, Fired
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He'd been a sheriff deputy for only three weeks, now James Phelps is looking for employment.

A Cullman County sheriff's spokesman said Phelps was fired following his arrest on a misdemeanor charge for violating a protection order involving his estranged wife. Police in Arab arrested Phelps, who was already on administrative leave.

The sheriff's department had planned to dismiss him because in Alabama anyone convicted of domestic violence cannot carry a gun.
 

IN: Loaded revolver found at Navarre
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"A loaded revolver was found inside a locker at Navarre Intermediate Center on Tuesday, and police arrested the 12-year-old student who allegedly took the weapon to the school."

"No one was hurt, and the student never showcased the weapon or threatened other students, police said." ...

"We were notified by a student that another student had a gun in his locker... Fortunately, there were two police officers in the building to meet with the (school resource officer) and they handled the situation for us."
 

NY: Deposit police officers equipped with stun guns
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"The Deposit Village Police Department has added stun guns to its arsenal of weapons, but other local police agencies have not followed suit."

"Deposit Police Sgt. Kurt Palmer said Thursday that the department’s Taser stun guns have been in service for about a week but have not been used."

"Palmer said Deposit officers have encountered situations with difficult individuals in the past that led them to consider using stun guns."
 

NC: Free gun locks now available
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"At least 60 children 14 and younger were killed in firearms accidents during 2000, according to the National Safety Council."

"That's why local law enforcement agencies are giving away gun locks to gun owners. All owners need is a permit."

"The Lenoir and Greene County sheriff's offices have about 2,000 locks to give away. The locks, which fit handguns and rifles, were donated by Project Childsafe."
 

Canada: Teachers refuse to work after classroom shooting
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"Teachers in a northern Quebec community are refusing to go back to school following a shooting in a classroom."

"Last Friday, a student shot his French teacher before turning the gun on himself as the whole class watched. The shooter, Peter Keatainak, 18, was expelled from school three weeks ago." ...

"On Tuesday, teachers from 16 northern communities refused to go to work. And on Wednesday, classrooms in Salluit will be empty again."

"A union representative in the community says teachers plan to stay away until they feel the school board has done all it can to ensure their safety."

"They say it should start by hiring a full time principal to help students whose problems are posing a threat."
 

CA: City's homicide rate higher than '04
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"San Francisco's murder count is higher for the first two months of 2005 than during the same time last year, a disturbing trend that may push The City above the record-breaking 88 homicides for 2004." ...

"Deputy Chief of Investigations Morris Tabak said the Police Department is confident its strategies are still working. Those strategies include monitoring suspects, more patrols by California Highway Patrol officers and the federal prosecution of felons facing gun-possession charges to encourage harsher jail terms."
 

NC: Two Charged After Gun Found At Charlotte Middle School
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"Two minors are charged with possessing and concealing a gun on school grounds after the unloaded weapon was found in a crayon box at a middle school."

"In a letter to parents, J.T. Williams Middle School principal Dorothy Dae says a security team found the weapon in a classroom on Monday. The security officers locked down the school and began a search after students told a teacher about the gun."

"Police were not releasing the names of the students who were arrested because they under age 16, but Dae says the student who brought the gun to school was arrested."
 

UK: Two-year-old boy shot by air gun
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"A two-year-old boy was hit on the head with an air gun pellet near his home in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow."

"The toddler was walking home with a family member on Cambusdoon Road at about 1850 GMT when he was injured."

"The youngster was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment for a head injury, then later transferred to the Southern General Hospital."
 

UK: Two shot in Sudbury gun-fight
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"TWO men were shot when a gunfight broke out among some of up to 60 eastern European men who had gathered at Vale Farm sports ground in Sudbury on Tuesday night."

"The first victim, a 35-year-old, was found in the garden of a house in Harrowdene Road, North Wembley."

"Police said he was taken to a 'west London hospital' where as we went to press yesterday (Wednesday) he was still in a serious condition."

"Later, police were called to a different hospital where they found another man also suffering serious gunshot wounds."
 

MS: Florence Student Expelled For Having Gun At School
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"A Florence High School freshman has been expelled for allegedly having a gun on campus."

"School administrators said the gun was not loaded and the student didn't have any bullets."

"The student allegedly brought the handgun from home and had it in his car, which was parked on campus. The student allegedly showed it off to a group of students before classes began Tuesday."

"Those students told teachers, and administrators confiscated the gun within minutes."
 

VA: Boy found with loaded gun at Booker T. Washington High
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"A 16-year-old boy had a loaded .25-caliber handgun at Booker T. Washington High School this morning, and surrendered it to a police officer without incident, police said."

"Shortly after 9 a.m., a probation officer informed a school resource officer – a police officer who works at the school – that the boy had violated his probation. The officer confronted the student in the hallway."

"That’s when the student told the officer he had a gun in his pocket. The officer recovered it."
 

UK: Armed pair aid prisoner's escape
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"A 'dangerous' prisoner has escaped after a taxi he was travelling in was held up by two armed accomplices."

"Convicted robber Neil Brennan, 21, was handcuffed to two prison officers as they travelled from HMP Forest Bank to Hope Hospital, Salford, on Wednesday."

"The taxi was stopped by two men who threatened the guards with a gun, forcing them to unlock the handcuffs. Brennan escaped with the men."

"Greater Manchester Police said Brennan 'may pose a danger to the public'."
 

OH: Handgun licenses are issued to 45,000
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"Ohio sheriffs issued 45,497 licenses to carry handguns in the first eight months of liberalized rules, Attorney General Jim Petro's office said."

"Trumbull County ranked 9th in 2004 with 1,328 licenses. Mahoning County was 18th with 806 licenses and Columbiana Country 24th with 603."

"A proponent of the law said the number of licenses issued so far is on track with the experiences of other states."
 

PA: Another Student Suspected Of Threats At Franklin Regional
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"For the second time in as many weeks, a student has been arrested on suspicion of making threats against a local high school."

"According to the Tribune Review, authorities said a 16-year-old confessed to writing a bomb threat at Franklin Regional."

"No explosives were found."

"Last week, another 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of posting a message online about taking a gun to school."

"That incident forced the school into lockdown."
 

OH: Woman carjacked while on her way to help church friends
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"WDTN.com (Dayton’s NBC affiliate) is reporting that a woman was on her way to take some church friends to dinner when she was carjacked at gunpoint."

"The carjacker put a gun to her head in an alley near Grand Avenue as Joan Franks was taking dinner to her friends. Franks told WDTN it's one of the most frightening things that ever happened to her." ...

"The story serves to point out that there is a need to be vigilant and ready to defend yourself. Apparently car-jacking is a safe crime - it appears in Dayton that very few car-jackers are caught. We certainly see a number of them in the news, but hear very little about anyone being apprehended."
 

AZ: Friends of NRA raising funds for programs
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"Dale Cassity holds a Thompson submachine gun that will be raffled at the fund-raiser."

"Pinal County Friends of NRA will be holding its annual dinner and auction on March 12 at the Pinal County Fairgrounds on Eleven Mile Corner Road."

"PCFNRA is a non-profit, volunteer organization that raises money to help support educational and safety programs available through the National Rife Association. In 2004, the organization's grant committee distributed over $300,000 for the state of Arizona."
 

Mexico: 27 cops charged with aiding drug ring
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"Prosecutors charged 27 state, federal and local police in Cancun with running a drug ring or aiding in the murder of their fellow officers, busting one of Mexico's largest police-protection rackets and solving the mystery behind the killing of three federal agents in November."

"The charges announced Monday illustrate how traffickers continued to infiltrate the area around the Caribbean resort, despite a crackdown following the 2001 arrest of the state's former governor on drug charges."
 

TN: School Bus Driver Dies After Being Shot On Route
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"A Tennessee law enforcement official says a school bus driver has died after being shot while driving her morning route Wednesday morning."

"A male teenage student was taken into custody, authorities said. No students were hurt."

"At the time of the shooting, the bus was carrying up to 20 students, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, said Bill Austin, a supervisor for Stewart County schools."

Poster's Note: But guns are banned on school buses! How could this "good kid" (per a neighbor) possibly have one there?
 

South Africa: Last Chance for Illegal Gun Owners
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"Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula says people in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition have until the end of this month to hand these to the police."

"The amnesty that entails indemnity against prosecution for possessing firearms and ammunition illegally commenced 1 January and will end on 31 March."

"The Minister said there had since been a steady flow of firearms and ammunition handed in at police stations across the country."
 

Ghana: Cop's Pistol Used in Armed Robbery
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"Just days after the police clamped down on the notorious Mpata one of the most wanted armed robbers in Accra it has yet busted two robbery suspects who used the pistol of a policeman on one of such expeditions." ...

"The pistol used for the robbery is said to belong to a policeman stationed at the Odorkor police station by name Inspector Harrison Katsu who had brought the compact DMM9 pistol on return from a peace keeping mission outside the country a couple of months ago."

"The gun was stolen by Ebenezer known as Eben from his brother in-law (Katsu) a policeman also stationed at the Odorkor police station."
 

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