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Bill banning assault pistol is introduced
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"The Five-SeveN pistol is small enough to fit into your pocket but packs a big punch - its bullets can penetrate a bulletproof vest. One of the weapons was recently pulled off the streets of Camden County, N.J., and New Jersey and New York lawmakers want them out of the hands of the public for good."

"New Jersey Democratic Sens. Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., on Thursday introduced a bill that would make it illegal for anyone except a police officer or military official to possess the assault pistol."
 

Brady Center: Congress Must Act on Cop Killer Gun
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"Today, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to eliminate a clear and present threat to police officers across America -- a handgun that shoots body armor piercing bullets."

" 'We are very grateful to Senators Lautenberg, Corzine and Schumer and Congressman Eliot Engel for introducing legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives to outlaw this weapon,' said Michael Barnes, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March. 'This weapon is a tragedy waiting to happen.'"
 

NRA Response to Gun Control Lobby's Irresponsible Statement
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Referring to the Five-seveN handgun in a press conference by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Mike Barnes today suggested that the NRA's President, Wayne LaPierre, "put on a bullet proof vest, and we'll fire the weapon at him, and see what happens. He should put his body where his mouth is."

NRA Response: It is pathetic to see the gun control lobby make hysterical statements to resurrect their failed political agenda. According to the BATFE, this armor-piercing ammunition is only available to the military and police. The Brady Campaign continues to deceive the American people in their effort to ban firearm ownership by all law-abiding Americans.
 

Zippo upset by airport ban
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"The war on terror is making an American flame sputter."

"Zippo Manufacturing Co., which prides itself on its classic brass-and-chrome lighters, says new air travel security regulations could cut into sales by as much as 30 percent."

"The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced it will ban butane, electric and absorbed fuel lighters aboard all aircraft and in areas behind airport security gates beginning in April."
 

The gun ban du jour
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"Never has an issue been as bad for liberals as the gun control debate. Any Democrat seeking to lose an election need only suggest that Americans be prevented from owning or carrying guns." ...

"Yet, the promise of disarming Americans draws liberals in like moths to the bug zapper. They know they're going to get burned, but they just can't help themselves." ...

"Tired of trying to convince Americans that crime would be eradicated if we could just stop non-criminals from legally buying weapons, liberals have decided to try new semantics: Banning .50-caliber rifles would help fight terrorism."
 

Taser lawsuit dismissed
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"ATaser International, Inc. announced Thursday that a lawsuit against the stun gun maker was dismissed sending shares 10 percent higher in before-market trading." ...

" 'We feel vindicated to have Taser International dismissed from this lawsuit,' Doug Klint, Vice President and General Counsel of Taser, said in a statement."

" 'There was no medical evidence linking the Taser device to Mr. Kerchoff's injuries. We will continue to aggressively defend this type of frivolous litigation,' added Klint."
 

NC: Clerk shoots, kills robbery suspect
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A clerk at a west Charlotte convenience store shot and killed a man who pulled a gun on him Wednesday night.

The robbery attempt happened at the Midtown Food Mart on Berryhill Road.

Police say 26-year-old Jaime Moreno walked into the store just after 11 p.m. He was brandishing a handgun and demanding money.

After an argument, the clerk pulled a gun out and shot the suspect. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Authorities are investigating the shooting. So far, no charges have been filed against the clerk.
 

NC: Food Mart employee shoots, kills robber (Another report)
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"A convenience store clerk who shot and killed a robber Wednesday night had a relative who was shot and killed while working at a different store a few months ago."

"Around 11 p.m. Wednesday a clerk at Midtown Food Mart on Berryhill Road near the intersection of Freedom Drive shot and killed a suspected robber." ...

"According to a police report, Mareno was armed with a handgun." ...

" 'Who wants to be robbed? They could have been killed,' said customer Latoya Graham. 'You can't trust people with guns.' "

"This is the second time in less than a week police are investigating a robbery that ended with a suspect shot and killed."
 

TX: Store Clerk Fights Back Against Robber
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"A North Texas store manager refused to become a victim when a robber jumped over the counter at his convenience store and attempted to rob him."

"The store clerk, Ahmed Qasem, fought back and managed to restrain the robber until police arrived." ...

"With the crook's arm tight around his throat, Qasem then reached for his gun that was kept under the counter. He aimed at the robber and fired, but nothing happened. Qasem then used the gun to repeatedly hit the robber in the head." ...

"Qasem then reached for the store's panic button and his phone. He called 911 and police arrived shortly after to arrest the robber."
 

MT: House legislators tentatively endorse self-defense gun bill
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"Some branded it an invitation for gunfights in the streets, while others described it as capturing the spirit of the constitutional right to bear arms."

"The House took the latter view Wednesday in endorsing a bill that would give Montanans more freedom in how they handle their guns."

"The measure, tentatively approved 68-31, says that simply brandishing a firearm in self defense is not a crime. It also bars employers from forbidding workers to keep guns in cars or trucks parked at the business."

"But representatives refused to restore one provision to the original bill by Rep. Jack Wells, R-Bozeman, that would have allowed Montanans to carry concealed weapons without a permit. That, lawmakers said, went too far and would expose law officers to increased danger of being shot."
 

IL: Daley says he won't give up fight for state gun-control legislation
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"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said he will continue to push state lawmakers to pass gun-control measures despite suffering another defeat this week." ...

"Legislation backed by Daley that would limit the number of pistols people can buy and set up a licensing system for gun dealers failed Tuesday in a state Senate committee."

"The Senate Judiciary Committee also voted against requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons, part of a broader bill to tighten laws on unlawful use of weapons."

"Though the bills failed in the Senate committee, a House committee on Wednesday approved a measure that would require the state's 3,000 gun dealers to register with the state and pay a $300 fee for a three-year license."
 

IL: Governor dropped ball on gun control, Daley ally says
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"Mayor Richard Daley said Wednesday he is bothered that lobbyists for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration have opposed parts of his latest gun-control package in Springfield, but one of Daley's key legislative allies was much blunter in condemning the governor."

"State Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), chairman of the Senate Executive Committee, said he was furious that Blagojevich passed up the chance to push for key gun-control legislation this week."

" 'We didn't hear from Gov. Blagojevich's office at all. It was really a shame,' said Silverstein, who serves on the Judiciary Committee that did not advance two of Daley's bills Tuesday. 'Licensing gun dealers is probably the most important bill we have this session. And to go down like that, without any input, without any lobbying, is unacceptable.' "
 

VA: Gun Enthusiasts Continue to 'Open Carry'
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"As the gaggle of gun enthusiasts with their assorted handguns sitting openly on their hips dined on hamburgers and chicken tenders at the Fuddruckers restaurant in Annandale, Victor Castellon's eyes grew wide with concern."

" 'I've got to be careful with these guys because they've got guns,' he said, sitting at a nearby table with his girlfriend. 'It's like the old West.' "

"Castellon was observing members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, an organization that believes gun owners have the right to carry their guns anywhere — including restaurants like Fuddruckers that serve alcohol."
 

Papua New Guinea: PNG targets gun-related crime
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"Australia's nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is trying to come to terms with the problems of gun-related crime."

"Firearms are estimated to be involved in four out of every five criminal acts, and the country's Police Minister says illegal firearms are out of control." ...

"It's hard to miss law and order on the streets of the PNG capital these days. Australian police driving bright new four-wheel drives are prominent as they join their PNG colleagues in the local force. And the PNG Police Minister is setting his agenda on what he sees as the big problem they're facing."

"Now, roughly about 80 per cent of the crime reported in this country has a firearm component in it – guns."
 

OH: Shield sought on gun permits
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"Journalists don't deserve access to the names of those licensed to carry concealed weapons, the chairman of a pivotal House committee said Wednesday."

"Rep. Bill Seitz, who chairs the House Civil & Commercial Law Committee, said he will seek to use current open-records legislation to reverse journalist access to permit holder lists that was written into last year's concealed weapons law."

"Right now, journalists, but not the general public, can get the lists. Some, including The Plain Dealer, have published them in print or online."
 

MT: Montanan runs for National Rifle Association Board
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"A western Montana man is running for the National Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and if elected would be one the few Montanans to ever serve on the NRA's National Board of Directors."

"Harvey Hollandsworth of Brady, 67, is hoping to be one of 75 directors elected to the board this year when voting is completed March 27. In order to be on the ballot a potential candidate must be either selected to run by the NRA National Nominating Committee or be approved on a petition by at least 250 voting members of the NRA." ...

" 'I don't feel we'd have the gun rights we do today if it wasn't for the NRA,' Hollandsworth said. 'I've reaped the benefits of the NRA and now it's my turn to give back.' "
 

MS: Ninth-grader charged with weapon possession on school property
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"A ninth-grader at Florence High School has been charged with weapons possession on school property for allegedly showing off an unloaded .38-caliber gun to his classmates this week, Florence Police Chief Caley Gray said."

"The boy, who was not identified, was being held at the Rankin County Youth Detention Center in Pearl, police said. The boy's classmates told Principal Tony Martin that he showed them the gun Tuesday, school officials said."

"Rankin County School District Superintendent Lynn Weathersby said the boy was expelled for the rest of the school year."
 

How To Spell Hypocrisy, [Annette Stevens]
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"The moral is many people not just liberals although they are the worst offenders, talk from both sides of their mouth at the same time. They profess one belief and practice another. This double standard is rampant in the political community and the media. If not for the Internet, it isn’t likely anyone outside Illinois would have heard about Ms. Stevens plight."

"As I said I doubt much will come of this, those who believe in the second amendment will do their best to make a story from all this. It will go nowhere because the public doesn’t care. Most of the country doesn’t own hand guns so they have no horse in the race. Those who do have an interest have little means to express their views. It’s one of those non-story, stories."
 

MI: Report of a gunman forces lockdown of Grand Rapids school
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"Students are back in their classrooms after being evacuated Thursday morning."

"Police say they had a tip that two people, one carrying a gun, were headed toward the Grand Rapids Public School Tech Center..."

"Police surrounded the building and searched it, but it turns out no one with a gun was inside." ...

"Students say police officers are called often to the school, and worry about their safety."
 

VT: Act 250 hearing for Hale Mountain gun club packs Rutland conference room
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"Attorneys for Shaftsbury's Hale Mountain Rod and Gun Club told the Vermont Environmental Board on Wednesday that the club has not made significant changes to its site since 1970 and should not be held to Act 250 criteria."

"Club supporters packed half of a conference room at the Holiday Inn in Rutland, with some of its charter members testifying to activities at the club over the years."
 

NV: Nevada Lawmakers Consider Stun Gun Restrictions
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"Law enforcement officials asked lawmakers on Wednesday to limit the use of stun guns in Nevada, while defending their agencies' use of the devices in the face of increasing national controversy." ...

"He urged the Assembly Judiciary Committee to pass AB123, which would make it illegal for anyone to use a stun gun except in self defense. It would prohibit felons, fugitives and some mentally ill from owning and using the devices. Minors could only own and use a stun gun for self defense in their homes. Children 14 and older would need parental permission to own and use stun guns."
 

MN: Roseville officer uses stun gun to shock girl in school
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"For the first time, a police officer has used a Taser to stun a student at Roseville Area High School."

"The officer used the Taser on Tuesday to stun and quiet a 15-year-old girl who a school district spokeswoman said had become 'very aggressive with the officer.' The girl was then taken to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center." ...

"Roseville police Sgt. Lorne Rosand said use of the Taser was "appropriate" in the case. Rosand reviewed a school video of the incident as well as information downloaded from the Taser that indicated the number and duration of stun charges."

"Police have said Tasers will rarely be used in schools and are among several law enforcement options. ..."
 

NY: Schools need to find way to keep officers
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"Just one day after the Auburn school district announced that it may have to look at cutting its school resource officers program, it is reported that an East Middle School student called in a gun threat to the school." ...

"School officials should have realized that this community places a great deal of value on the SRO program. The officers not only bring a much-needed increased level of security to the school buildings, but they also allow the students to form positive relationships with police."

"Tough cuts may need to be made in the coming months to reduce a 13-percent levy. But as news of the middle school threats surfaced this week, it's clear the resource officers shouldn't be one of them."
 

Isle of Man: Gun owners could face having their weapons seized
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"Some 828 firearms certificate holders have until the end of this month to apply for renewals if they want to continue owning guns or they will be breaking the law."

"To get new certificates, owners must meet strict security rules about where guns are kept. If the standards are not met, police officers could seize weapons."

"Firearms certificates, which have to be renewed every three years and cost £23.50, cover all guns except air weapons and most types of shotguns – that means most pistols and rifles."

"Unlike the UK, pistols can still be legally owned in the Isle of Man, but that does not mean gun laws are more relaxed here."
 

TX: Gun tracing system paying off
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"A new gun tracing system used by Dallas and Plano police is beginning to pay off."

"Over the past week, forensic experts successfully linked crimes no one knew were related, helping take more criminals off the streets."

"Since November, Dallas and Plano police have meticulously input thousands of pieces of gun evidence found at crime scenes and on the streets into a computer database called the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, or NIBIN."

"Just one bullet casing can make a difference."
 

OH: Violent crime UP in Toledo last year
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"Behind a headline shouting that 'Crime rate falls considerably in city for 3rd straight year', the Toledo Blade revealed that violent crimes - murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, and rape - rose 3 percent, from 3,184 in 2003 to 3,276 last year."

"The story says Toledo's crime totals could not be compared to statistics in other Ohio cities because not all of the cities have compiled their 2004 totals."

"The City of Toledo is one of the most gun control-laden cities in the state."
 

Asking Why?
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"Why do organizations like the Million Mom March, which has a membership far, far below a million, continue to push radical gun control? The evidence that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens not only does not increase violent crimes, but actually reduces violent crime, is overwhelming. Yet these people continue to make up statistics and tell outright lies about guns and concealed carry permit holders. Perhaps they are allowing feelings to override logic and reason. Perhaps they are so delusional as to think that disarming Americans will help when every bit of evidence shows that philosophy to be dead wrong."
 

MI: Proposal may save gun ranges
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"Jenness Wiegand doesn't think it is right for a state senator to introduce a bill that will exempt gun ranges from local noise ordinances." ...

"State Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom, R-North Shores, recently introduced a bill that would exempt shooting ranges throughout the state from local noise ordinance restrictions. Van Woerkom, who represents residents in Newaygo, Oceana, Muskegon and Mason counties, said the bill came about after he was approached by shooting enthusiasts in his district."
 

OH: OFCC issues first 'Division of Wildlife Concealed Carry Status Report'
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"The Ohio Division of Wildlife has been reviewing the impact of the Ohio concealed carry law as it relates to hunting regulations, shooting ranges operated by the Division, wildlife areas, and other issues."

Summary of current regulations:

• Concealed carry is not permitted while deer hunting.
• A firearm cannot be carried while using archery equipment to hunt deer.
• Hunters cannot carry more than one firearm while deer hunting.
• Hunters cannot carry a handgun while deer hunting during any primitive weapon (muzzleloading) deer season.
• Firearms may not be carried while training dogs for furbearers (coon dogs) at night prior to hunting seasons. ...
 

UK: Cops hunt taxi hijack lag
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"COPS are hunting a dangerous prisoner who escaped during a dramatic hijack of a taxi taking him to hospital."

"Robber Neil Brennan, 21, is now on the run after the 'well organised' escape, in which his two guards were held at gunpoint by two men." ...

"The taxi had left the privately-run prison, taking the prisoner to hospital with a minor hand injury, and was at a junction when a silver 4x4 pulled up in front of it."

"Two men got out, banged on the taxi window and threatened the guards with a gun until they unlocked Brennan's handcuffs."
 

UK: Three people escape injury in gun attack
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"Three people have escaped injury following a gun attack on a house in Craigavon on Wednesday."

"Shortly before 9.45pm, a man and woman, both aged 53, and another 22-year-old man were in a house in the Parkmore area of the town when a number of shots were fired at the property. Minor damage was caused to the front windows and door."

"Detectives are investigating the motive for the attack and would appeal to anyone who may have seen a man, perhaps wearing a balaclava, acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the attack."
 

ME: Gun tax proposed in court safety plan
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"A gun and ammunition tax that would create a fund to increase security at the state's courthouses has been proposed by several members of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee. The 7 percent tax would be in addition to the 5 percent state sales tax that consumers already pay when they buy guns and ammunition from licensed dealers in the state."

"George Smith, executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, said on Monday that while the organization supports improved security at courthouses, it would oppose the bill."
 

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