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CO: Gun Bill Gains Steam
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"The Colorado Legislature could make its final vote as early as today, for final passage of Colorado's proposed new Conceal Carry handgun law, which would require sheriffs and police to issue Conceal Carry Permits to ANYONE over 21, who passes a criminal background check and completes a firearms proficency training class."

"Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, joined by the gun-grabber lobby, is predicting a bloodbath in Colorado, if the bill is passed."
 

Gun Chic
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"I've always considered the Second Amendment an uncomfortable part of the Constitution, like the stuff about the three-fifths. I bought it, because I'm what Al Gore would call a "strict constructionist," but that didn't mean I would have written it that way."

"On the other hand, I'm a sucker for fads and today guns are hot. So I couldn't pass up the invitation from the National Shooting Sports Foundation to attend their media "seminar" last Friday."
 

TX: Briefing to review man's death after police struggle
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Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A civil rights group wants to ensure that the death of an immigrant who was subdued and handcuffed by Southeast Texas law officers never happens again."

"A LULAC official said while the number of complaints against law enforcement agencies by Latinos rises after such high-profile cases, there are many that remain unreported because the victims fear retaliation ... the league is investigating five to 10 incidents."
 

MO: House turns back amendments to water down concealed-carry bill
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Concealed-weapons supporters in the Missouri House outlasted their opposition Monday, giving preliminary approval to a bill that would legalize the carrying of concealed firearms throughout the state."

"Critics of the proposal tried to pick away at the bill, repeatedly offering amendments to restrict where guns could be carried and to limit who could apply for permits. But a coalition of suburban Republicans and rural lawmakers of both parties easily defeated every attempt."
 

CA: Guns & California Politics
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Many Hollywood film stars publicly espouse gun control, while maintaining closets full of expensive firearms. There are a few exceptions, of course, with Charlton Heston being the most noteworthy. As President of the NRA he publicly defends the Second Amendment, the NRA, and his firearms."

"The entertainment industry in California influences politicians: attacking guns and gun owners is great sport."
 

CA: Despite Supreme Court ruling, it isn't over yet
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Headline: "STATE'S CITIES, COUNTIES GAIN VICTORY WITH ALAMEDA COUNTY CASE APPROVAL"

"the court found in two separate cases that both Alameda and Los Angeles counties did not create a conflict with California gun laws when they adopted ordinances banning gun shows at their county fairgrounds."

"But gun dealers, backed by groups such as the California Rifle and Pistol Association, maintain that California law pre-empts cities and counties from regulating firearms. California has gun show regulations."

"The 9th Circuit is expected to rule soon on the free-speech question."
 

CA: CCRKBA Says Supreme Court Ruling Defies Legal Precedents
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A California State Supreme Court ruling today that allows banning of gun shows on county fairgrounds and other government property defies federal court precedent and violates the First Amendment, said Joe Waldron, executive director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)."

"Federal courts in California and elsewhere have already ruled that gun shows are a protected form of commercial free speech," Waldron stated.
 

MO: An Undemocratic Idea
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"CONCEALED CARRY -- MISSOURIANS who embrace the principles of majority rule and fair play will have no trouble seeing the holes in the latest effort to revive and reverse the settled issue of whether people should be allowed to carry concealed weapons. The latest plan isn't just about guns; it's about legislative arrogance."
 

National Security Becomes National Snoopery
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Using the Sept. 11 attacks and the threat of terrorism as justification, the federal government is invading the privacy of Americans on a massive scale, probing their use of telecommunications to uncover intimate information about U.S. citizens proven guilty of nothing."
 

U.S. Supreme Court Supports Land Grabs
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a "temporary" moratorium on development, even one that lasts for years, is not automatically a "taking" of property that government must pay for."

"The 6-3 decision is a major victory for those trying to squelch development around Lake Tahoe. It will affect land-use disputes around the country. In the case before the court, about 700 families owned residential, single-family lots on Lake Tahoe."
 

Airline Insecurity: United pilots training with stun guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"United Airlines has begun training its pilots to use stun guns for self-defense in the cockpit, becoming the first U.S. airline to take that step in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks."

""Our goal is to make sure we keep the bad guys off the airplane, [and] if they get on the airplanes, to keep them out of the cockpit, and, if they try to get into the cockpit, that we have a way of absolutely stopping them."

KABA NOTE: Stun guns are by no means "absolute," as they very well know.
 

MA: Father of youth charged in fatal shooting has firearms license revoked
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The father of a Spencer teenager accused of fatally shooting a friend last week had his gun license revoked two years ago after a gun stolen from his apartment was found on a juvenile, according to court documents. Roger D. Lacroix Jr., 43, again had his license taken after last week's shooting."
 

IA: Campus Safety to Carry Tasers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Coming soon to public safety officers at the University of Iowa: the Taser M26 stun gun. The campus' 30 officers started training this week with the non-lethal weapon, which can hit targets with 50,000 volts of electricity, causing immediate loss of nerve and muscle control. They'll learn technical skills and complete eight hours of instructional reading before they hit the streets with the gun next week."
 

VA: Gun ban proposal called a mistake
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Nothing stirs a good debate in Virginia like a proposal to limit the right to bear arms. More than 30 county residents attended a public hearing at Fairfax High School on Monday night to comment on a plan to ban firearms from hundreds of local parks and recreation centers in Northern Virginia."

"Board members from the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority - the agencies considering the ban - sat silently as speakers presented their views."
 

NJ: Camden Police Dept returned piece of history to rightful owner
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Ross Beard of Camden now counts among his gun collection a 1928 Thompson machine gun -- or 'Tommy Gun' -- that was originally owned and possibly used by his godfather, FBI Special Agent Melvin Purvis. Purvis, originally from the Florence area, was the agent in charge of the Chicago FBI office in 1934 and who was responsible for coordinating the men who took down one of America's original most wanted, John Dillinger."
 

KY: Have gun, no training?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"THE Alice-in-Wonderland quality of the Kentucky General Assembly's attitude about guns never has been more apparent. In the middle of its 2002 session, six people were indicted in a scheme to hand out concealed-carry permits without the required training and proficiency tests. The state had to question 3,000 permit-holders who might have been part of the scandal."
 

NC: boy's death renews calls for tougher county gun ordinance
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The fatal -- and probably accidental -- shooting of a 2-year-old as he rode his tricycle in his driveway has renewed calls for Davidson County to strengthen its gun ordinance."

"Among those who thinks the existing ordinance is too weak is Sheriff Gerald Hege. Unless deputies actually see someone using a gun irresponsibly, they can't charge someone, he said. Even in a situation where they can file a charge, it's just a misdemeanor, he said. The penalty of conviction is a small fine."
 

Chinese Shooter Wins Men's Air Rifle Gold
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Chinese shooter Zhang Fu shot down men's air rifle gold of the 2002 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup held Monday at the Shanghai International Shooting and Archery Complex. Zhang totaled 701.1 points to beat a field of 82 shooters for the title. His result of 599.0 points in the preliminary round is also the best today."
 

WA: Court to deputy: No guns, drinking
Submitted by: Mark Laiminger

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Colville, WA - "A Stevens County deputy sheriff accused of shooting up his Suncrest neighborhood with a machine gun was ordered to surrender his guns and to not use alcohol. Deputy Will Clark and 3 others are suspected of firing shots that struck two homes, missing a sleeping man by about 5 feet."

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UT: No-guns petition revived - targets churches, schools
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A grass-roots citizens' coalition is picking up where it left off two years ago in its failed attempt to ban permitted concealed guns in churches and schools."

"Although the Safe to Learn, Safe to Worship petition started out strong, collecting more than half the necessary 67,188 signatures, the effort faltered due to lack of cash to spread the word."
 

CA: governments ready to ban gun shows after court ruling
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"California could see a wave of new ordinances banning gun shows on the heels of a state Supreme Court ruling that says cities and counties are free to prohibit such events on their fairgrounds and other public properties."

"The court on Monday upheld bans passed in 1999 in Los Angeles and Alameda counties amid concerns that gun shows promoted violence and tarred the area's public image."
 

UK: Replica gun smuggled into prison
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Prison Service investigation has begun after a replica handgun was found inside the medium security jail at Brixton, South London.

"A national newspaper said a "source" carried the black 9mm weapon and blank ammunition in a bag into the heart of the prison. A report in the paper said the bag was not searched and the carrier walked past an X-ray machine."
 

Australia: McGrady aims at firearm amnesty
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"LAWS allowing owners of illegal guns to hand their firearms over to police without penalty will be introduced soon in Queensland.
Police Minister Tony McGrady is preparing to brief Cabinet on the proposal, designed to target the hundreds of thousands of illegal semi-automatic guns believed to remain hidden in the community. It comes five years after an amnesty introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre prompted Queenslanders to turn over 130,000 guns to police."
 

IL: Off-duty Crestwood officer arrested on weapons charge
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"A part-time Crestwood police officer is facing charges after Chicago police said he got into an altercation with an employee at a manufacturer on the city's Southeast Side."

"Craig Tuley, 35, was arrested outside Strand Tek, 13535 S. Torrence Ave., Wednesday and charged with not having his firearm owner identification card.

Police reports said the employee alleged Tuley beat him during the argument, but Tuley hadn't been charged with anything related to a physical altercation Monday."
 

UK: Pupils 'distressed' after gun scare
Submitted by: John Rich

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"A teacher brought a starter pistol to school to use in a science demonstration of how light travels faster than sound, and tucked it under his coat. A female teacher was having difficulty with her students, and sought his help. The armed teacher entered the classroom, and one of the students noticed the gun and said; "He's got a gun."

"The teacher pulled out the gun to explain what it was, frightening the students. The teacher has been put on leave pending an investigation."
 

MI: Arrested cop may have grabbed for gun in struggle
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Muskegon police sergeant facing several criminal charges after a high-speed chase early Saturday may have attempted to grab another officer's gun during the struggle that ended with his arrest."

"It took six or more officers to subdue Sgt. Chad Fellows after he was grabbed at the front door of his home when lengthy telephone negotiations did not result in his surrender, according to one police report."
 

America's Largest Billboard Returns to Gun Violence Prevention
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"At a press conference today (Monday) John Rosenthal, Chair, and co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, Congressman James Langevin, RI (D) Attorney General, Thomas Reilly, and State Sen. Cheryl Jacques launched America's largest billboard, returning with a duel gun violence prevention message; "Bullets Leave Holes" and "Check the Chamber."

"The billboard design was created by Michael Langone and Kevin Tenglin of Modernista! Ltd. In addition, the message will appear on over 500 billboards across the U.S., generously donated by outdoor advertising companies, Lamar, Clear Channel, and AK Media."
 

UK: Sexual rejection led to 'massacre' (with a pipe)
Submitted by: John Rich

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Some people like to argue that England's gun ban has made multiple murders rare, because guns make make killing "too easy".

Here's a story of a man whose advances were rejected by a woman, so he responded by picking up an iron pipe and bludgeoning the woman to death with 38 blows, and then proceeded to smash to death her two daughters, ages 10 and 8, and also her 80-year-old mother.

One iron pipe. Four dead.

Criminals will be criminals, regardless of the tools available.
 

MO: Lawmakers advance bill on concealed weapons
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Three years after state voters rejected concealed weapons, the House voted Monday to set up a system allowing people to get permits to carry hidden guns."

"Legislators gave initial approval to the bill, which would allow county sheriffs to issue permits to people who qualify. The Department of Revenue would include on the person's drivers license an endorsement showing that the person was licensed to carry a hidden gun."
 

TX: Shooting range at Midway concerns some
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Some may think a shooting range would be an odd fit for a high school, but the air rifle target range at Midway High School is nothing new."

"At least one parent has voiced concerns that the multi-purpose room at the Midway High School building now under construction could mix untrained students with the weapons."

"Officials insist that the guns are secure and out of the reach of students not involved in Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs."
 

Border agents banned from using face-covering headgear
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"U.S. Border Patrol agents who use all-terrain vehicles can no longer wear headgear that partially covers their faces."

"Mario Corral Morales, 27, was beaten by the agents and briefly hospitalized, said Carlos Gonzalez Magallon, the Mexican consul in Nogales. The agents used to wear "balaclavas," which slip over the entire head except for an oval hole around the eyes and nose, to keep their heads warm under their helmets, agency spokesman Ryan Scudder said."
 

TX: Gunfire erupts quiet Beach Party
Submitted by: Lyndell Rottmann

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GALVESTON "What had been a fairly uneventful Beach Party weekend erupted in gunfire Sunday evening when at least four gunshots were fired at 33rd Street and Seawall Boulevard."

"Peace officers swarmed in ... a 25-year-old man from Ft. Smith, Ark., was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony for illegal possession of firearms and a state jail felony count of possession of marijuana. Bonds were set totaling $60,000."
 

VA: Guns, Guns, Guns
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"In May, 2000, the Million Mom March drew a crowd of several hundred thousand to Washington's Mall. The marchers came to express their support for gun control. Coverage bordered on the reverential."

--Two years ago the Million Mom March fatally wounded the Democratic Party. If organizers were to schedule a repeat for 2004, serious presidential contenders likely would ask the moms to stay home.
 

KS: Record-busting crowd attends Friends of NRA event
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Supporters of the National Rifle Association packed the Agri-Business Building Saturday night for the Cowley County Friends of the NRA's 7th annual Youth Education Benefit Dinner and Auction. About 463 people attended this year's banquet, up from 411 last year, said event organizer Dick Reedy."
 

NC: Mental checks sought to get gun
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The N.C. Child Fatality Task Force may ask the General Assembly to create a central database of people with certain mental problems so that background checks could quickly disqualify them from owning a gun."

"Also Monday, a subcommittee of the task force said it will look at whether to recommend banning "rebirthing therapy," a controversial procedure during which a Durham youngster, Candace Newmaker, died two years ago."
 

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