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2006 Police Chiefs Poll: Terrorism, Gun Control, Drugs
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"With regard to private citizens owning firearms for sport or self-defense, 92 percent of the respondents supported civilian gun ownership rights."

"Ninety-five percent of the police chiefs and sheriffs believe criminals obtain firearms from illegal sources and 93 percent revealed they hadn't arrested anyone for violation of the so-called 'waiting period' laws."
 

Brady Gun Control Campaign All Wet, Say Nation's Top Cops
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The very foundations of the gun control movement were rocked today by the results of a survey taken by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP). In a nutshell, the survey shows that the nation's top law enforcement officers believe that average citizens can be trusted to responsibly own firearms; that criminals ignore gun control laws; and that concealed carry laws reduce crime.
 

Senate Approves Patriot Act Renewal
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"The Senate on Thursday gave its blessing to the renewal of the USA Patriot Act after adding new privacy protections designed to strike a better balance between civil liberties and the government's power to root out terrorists."

"The 89-10 vote marked a bright spot in President Bush's troubled second term as his approval ratings dipped over the war in Iraq and his administration's response to Hurricane Katrina. Renewing the act, Bush and congressional Republicans said, was key to preventing more terror attacks in the United States."
 

GA: Bill would let Georgians shoot first if threatened
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"Georgians would be allowed to shoot first if they feel threatened, under a bill passed today in the state Senate."

"The bill, sponsored by Sen. Greg Goggans, R-Douglas, says people trying to defend themselves, other people or their property need not attempt to flee before using deadly force."

"The state already has a similar law for people protecting their homes. But the Goggans bill, endorsed by the National Rifle Association, would allow Georgians to use deadly force as long as they are in a place legally. If a firearm is used, they must legally possess the weapon."
 

Hitler Was a Liberal
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"When liberals are not trying to pass Nazism off as 'fascism,' they are attempting to pass it off as an extreme form of 'conservatism' and an inexorable byproduct of Christianity. In 2003, on his show 'Scarborough Country,' former congressman and current MSNBC personality Joe Scarborough shed light on a college textbook that grouped Rush Limbaugh and Ronald Reagan with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini as 'conservatives.' Now how exactly could Hitler, a man who was a strong supporter of social welfare programs, gun control, animal rights, government funding for the arts, and bans against smoking in public get away with being called a 'conservative'?"
 

NV: Retired Air Force officer seeks $5 million, claiming police abuse
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"A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and his wife are seeking $5 million in damages from police, who he claims overreacted to a family member's report that he was suicidal and had guns in the house."

"A North Las Vegas police spokesman acknowledges SWAT officers burst through a glass door of the house in an affluent neighborhood and that Thomas Spear was cut."
 

FL: Police lawsuit dropped (Follow up)
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Click to play the video.

The police officer who attempted to stifle the freedom of the press and intimidate a reporter has dropped his lawsuit and attempt to quash the story. Apparently he and his lawyer figured out they weren't likely to win this one.
 

OH: Changes to gun law proposed
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"Legislation is being considered at the statehouse this week that could lead to changes in how guns are allowed to be carried in cars by permit holders."

"Nearly 70,000 Ohioans, including 458 Washington County residents, received permits to carry concealed handguns since the state adopted the practice in 2004, according to reports."
 

IN: South Bend man who shot intruder, will not face criminal charges
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Criminal charges will not be filed against a South Bend man who shot and killed an intruder.
Back on February 5th, 29-year-old Phoenix Coalman attempted to rob 79-year-old Donald VanDusen in his home on North Brookfield.

VanDusen managed to shoot his attacker, but not before being stabbed several times.

St. Joseph County Police say their investigation is complete, and that VanDusen clearly acted in self-defense.
 

Canada: Gun registry cost may soar past $2B
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"A pending report by Canada's auditor general is expected to peg the price tag on the national gun registry program at well over $2 billion, says a spokesman for a government MP." ...

"Official Ottawa is holding its breath for a possible May release of the attorney general's report, which Stephen Harper's government is billing in advance as a damning investigation of waste and mismanagement in the registry program -- originally forecast to cost just $2 million."

"If the report lives up to its billing, it could give the Conservatives the political ammo they'll need to cancel the program over the objections of Liberal, Bloc and NDP MPs in a precarious minority Parliament."
 

WY: Concealed gun bill worries police
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"Today, to carry a concealed gun in Laramie, you need to apply for a permit. If House Bill 78, which has passed the house and is currently in the senate, becomes law, you could carry without a permit — if you are a Wyoming resident 21 or older who can legally own a gun, are physically able to safely handle the gun and have not been committed to a facility for drug or alcohol abuse in the past six years. You would also have to inform police that you are armed if you are stopped."

"Laramie’s police brass is hoping that this notification won’t be necessary, that the bill itself will die before becoming law."
 

FL: Florida Guns-at-Work Bill on Hold
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"A Florida bill that would allow workers to keep guns in their cars on company property is back in its holster, for now." ...

"McAllister added that the Florida Retail Federation typically supports NRA's initiatives, but this time the group's members 'are adamantly opposed' to HB 129."
 

NY: SUNY Geneseo cops want to carry guns
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"The state's college campus police union is renewing its push to get approval for SUNY Geneseo officers to carry firearms full time."

" 'The union feels it's important (the university police) are armed full time,' said James McCartney, president of the state University Police Officers Union Local 1792, which represents the state's roughly 500 campus officers."

"McCartney said the union has made several requests for meetings with the State University College at Geneseo administration in recent months to discuss the policy. Geneseo Vice President for Student and Campus Life Robert Bonfiglio said he and an official from the college's human resources department are scheduled to meet in March with union officials on the issue."
 

IL: Gun makers unite against proposed bill
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"Several Illinois-based firearm manufacturers threatened to take their business out of state if the General Assembly passes a proposed statewide ban on assault weapons."

"Representatives and employees of the companies, and city and law enforcement officials spoke out Wednesday in Springfield against the ban saying it restricts the gun ownership rights of law-abiding owners, hunters, collectors and competitive shooters and if passed, will drive them out of business if they do not relocate."
 

AL: Women turn to shooting for protection, outdoor fun
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"Marjory Fagan stood motionless, slowed her breathing, stared ahead intently and then moved her index finger almost imperceptibly. Bang! Wincing slightly from the .22-caliber rifle's recoil and piercing report, she steadied herself, leveled the rifle and pulled the trigger again."

"For Fagan, who is in her 60s, carries a designer handbag and lives on Manhattan's fashionable Upper West Side, spending a Saturday at the shooting range was something different. The free women's instructional clinic she was attending at the West Side Rifle Range offered women, many of whom had never handled a gun before, an opportunity to learn how to shoot."
 

MA: Gun foes take shot at Mitt’s absence
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"A regular on the Republican rubber-chicken circuit, Gov. Mitt Romney couldn’t find time yesterday to join a high-profile call to crack down on gun laws that officials say are letting firearms flood into Boston and other cities."

"Neither Romney nor anyone from his administration joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino, police and activists at an event yesterday targeting gun laws in other states that allow firearms to be bought without criminal background checks."
 

MI: Student accused of bringing gun to school
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"A 14-year-old Big Rapids Middle School student has been suspended and is facing felony charges for allegedly keeping an unloaded gun in his school locker for several days, police said."

"Another student discovered the gun Monday on top of a beverage vending machine inside the school and reported it to school officials."

"Most disturbing to Public Safety Director Kevin Courtney is the fact that several students reportedly saw the gun 'over the course of three or four days' and kept quiet. Courtney said he can't understand why students would fail to report a gun in school."
 

VA: Gun-club neighbors seek quiet
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"When Bernard Blommel moved into his western Hanover County home 20 years ago, he didn't know about the private gun club next door."

" 'Even after I knew it was there, it was absolutely no concern,' Blommel said."

"But in the past five years, he said, the sound of gunfire coming from the club's five outdoor shooting ranges and two sporting clay areas has become hard to ignore."
 

PA: Gun groups hope judge tosses suits
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"Arguing that Congress recently outlawed such litigation, lawyers for gun dealers and makers yesterday urged a Philadelphia judge to throw out two lawsuits filed by families of city children shot to death with illicit handguns."

" 'When Congress passed this law last year, they changed the landscape,' argued Bradley T. Beckman, attorney for Lou's of Upper Darby. Lou's, a local pawnshop, sold the handgun used in the accidental shooting that killed Anthony Oliver Jr., 14, near his Wynnefield home July 23, 2004."

"Beckman told Common Pleas Court Judge Jacqueline F. Allen that when Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act last October, it granted gun makers and dealers immunity from lawsuits involving crimes committed with guns they legally produced and sold."
 

UK: Anger over UK gun register delay
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"The government has said it still plans to set up a UK gun register amid mounting criticism over its delay."

"Commons Leader Geoff Hoon said the government was still committed to a register as the UK prepares to mark 10 years since the Dunblane massacre."

"On 13 March 1996, Thomas Hamilton shot dead 16 children, their teacher, injured 12 others and killed himself at Dunblane Primary School, Perthshire."

"Campaigners demanded a register of gun owners and licence applicants."
 

MD: Another Gun Recovered From Baltimore School
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"Authorities recovered a loaded gun at a Baltimore City school Wednesday morning, marking the fourth weapon recovery so far this year."

"WBAL-TV 11 News education reporter Tim Tooten reported authorities have since charged a 14-year-old boy as a juvenile with bringing a weapon to William H. Lemmel Middle School in northwest Baltimore."

"Baltimore City School Police officers acted on a tip when they found the gun in a student's jacket at the school."
 

What "Lord of War" tells us about guns
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" 'Guns kill people' was what the makers of the movie Lord of War kept hammering into our minds. In the opening scene, our viewpoint is manufactured into a bullet. Then, from a bullet's-eye-view, we take a voyage overseas, get smuggled across a border by dark-skinned ne'er-do-wells, loaded into an assault rifle and aimed at a young, innocent boy. We never see anyone pull a trigger. What we see is the last brief trajectory in the life of a bullet, down the barrel of the gun into the brain of the cowering boy. Splat! Intense."

"[Somehow this inanimate object can accomplish all this without the use of a human being.]"
 

OK: Insuring the guns
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"There exists some exasperation over the lack of insurance on guns at the J. M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum that could lead to serious consequences."

"While the current investigation about reported missing guns continues, concern has been expressed by State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan on his staff’s report that the museum lacked insurance on its exhibited items."

"Since the State of Oklahoma agreed to lease for 99 years the huge, multi-faceted collection by the late J. M. Davis, the question of liability for the Claremore museum’s reported missing guns is valid."
 

NY: Loaded gun found in locker at Wilson Magnet High School Foundation Academy
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"A 13-year-old student at the Wilson Magnet High School Foundation Academy at the James Madison Educational Campus, 200 Genesee Street, is in police custody after a school sentry found a loaded gun in the student’s locker Thursday morning. The Rochester City School District tells NEWS 10NBC the school sentry heard rumors that there was a gun in a locker and notified school officials. The school’s emergency plan was activated and police were called to the school and the gun was found. Police say the gun is registered to a member of the student’s family. They are cooperating with the investigation."
 

Ireland: Call for stiffer fines on gun possession
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"Heavier fines for possession of guns are urgently needed to make the streets safer, it was claimed today."

"Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell said last night’s brutal shooting of a Coolock father in front of his three-year-old daughter horrified him."

"He said a new firearms amnesty being planned by Justice Minster Michael McDowell must include heavy fines as a deterrent."
 

CA: Five former lawmen among those arrested for alleged home invasion
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"Law enforcement officials report 19 people, including five former lawmen, have been arrested for allegedly taking part in a home invasion robbery ring in which some members posed as police officers during raids at drug houses."

"One official familiar with the case identifies the alleged gang leader as former Los Angeles police Officer Ruben Palomares."
 

IN: Gun fears prompt student arrests
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"Center Grove High School students were arrested this morning after other students reported a possible plot to bring guns to school, a district official said."

"Superintendent Candace Milhon-Baer said she did not know how many students were questioned, but it was more than one. Their lockers were searched by Johnson County Sheriff’s Department officers, she said, but no weapons were found." ...

"Administrators were alerted this morning after a group of students overheard others talking about a plan to bring guns to school, she said."

"Not all students who were questioned were arrested, Milhon-Baer said, but they will be kept out of school and could face more discipline."
 

IA: Bill changing gun laws approved by legislative committee
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"The Iowa House Public Safety Committee has voted to make changes in the state's gun laws. The committee's bill would set up an appeals process for those who ask for a permit so they may legally carry a concealed weapon, but get turned down by the local sheriff." ...

"Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, says Iowa's 99 county sheriffs each use their own criteria for granting the permits, so there's no uniform state policy. ..."

"Baudler, a retired state trooper who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, says in Ringgold County, about 46 out of every one-thousand people has a concealed weapons permit. But in Jefferson County, less than one in every one-thousand people has one. ..."
 

LA: Nagin, New Orleans Still Violate Gun Rights
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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and National Rifle Association (NRA) have filed a motion in federal court to have both New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley held in contempt."

"Their frustration stems from the continued failure of Nagin and Riley to comply with a federal injunction issued last September to halt illegal gun confiscations following Hurricane Katrina and return all seized firearms to their owners."
 

South Africa: Firearms Bill fails to hit the target
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"GUN shop owners and gun owner associations have hit out at the draft amendment to the firearms Bill gazetted on Friday, saying it will lead to numerous claims and court cases against government and police in the coming months."

"Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has indicated that gun owners born between January 1 and March 31 will still have to renew their licences before the end of this month, and many of these gun owners are up in arms."
 

OH: Boy may be charged for toy gun; mother says case overblown
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"The mother of a suspended eighth-grade Grover Cleveland Middle School student says she is upset that 'such a big deal' is being made over her son taking a toy squirt gun to school."

" 'He just forgot he had it,' said the boy's mother. 'He won it at a game place over the weekend, stuck it in his jacket pocket and forgot about it.' " ...

"When the child arrived at school Monday morning, he remembered he had the toy and put it in his locker."
 

TN: Law Enforcement Announces New Bills To Target Crime
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"The first law would require pawn shops to take thumb prints when people sell items. It has been used in other parts of the state with a 35 percent success rate of solving theft crimes."

"The other two laws would help police officers. One would require tougher penalties on firearm crimes, especially if a person commits a crime with a firearm. The other would make it a felony to assault a police officer."
 

IN: Guns and lawmakers
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"Renewing a driver’s license requires a visit to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles every six years, but proposed legislation would spare holders of gun permits the trouble of ever having to renew. House Bill 1176 and Senate Bill 54 both include language to award lifetime gun permits." ...

"Bad idea. Even Allen County Sheriff James Herman, a gun-rights supporter, questions the wisdom of lifetime licenses."

" 'But honestly, I think it’s a good idea to do it every four years,' Herman told The Journal Gazette’s Niki Kelly. 'It affords us the opportunity to review things every once in a while. I think it is prudent.' "
 

UK: Help us to catch these young gun gangs so you don't find yourself identifying your child in the morgue
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"SINCE the beginning of February, eight people have been shot on Merseyside. A further four people have received superficial injuries following a shooting outside The Pleasure Rooms in Wolstenholme Square in Liverpool City centre." ...

"We will not give up until those responsible for these shootings and those supplying the guns are caught." ...

"It is for this reason that we have joined with the ECHO to launch a campaign to get guns out of the hands of criminals and off the streets of Merseyside."
 

UK: Enough is enough
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"THE ECHO today launches a campaign to get guns out of the hands of teenagers and off the streets of Merseyside."

"We have teamed up with Merseyside police to say finally: Enough is enough."
 

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