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UK: Armed Police swoop on gunman
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"Armed police swooped on a man in a busy city centre street this morning following reports that he was brandishing a gun."

"A worried member of the public called police to alert them that a man was waving a handgun around in Leith Street just after 8am this morning."

"Officers from Lothian and Borders armed response unit raced to the scene and arrested a 29-year-old man who was found to be in possession of an imitation Ball Bearing gun."
 

NY: NRA's LaPierre thrills local crowd
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"LaPierre made a guest appearance at last week's Mid-Hudson Friends of NRA banquet in Fishkill. His timing was perfect, albeit planned well in advance. This year's "Friends" banquet was No. 10 for this small, grass- roots committee -- a major milestone. LaPierre came to town to help them celebrate and to extend a personal thank you for a decade's worth of hard work."
 

UT: Teen Dead in Murder-Suicide
Submitted by: Clint Cook
Website: http://www.angelfire.com/home/oldguns

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"A 15-year old Weber County girl is dead this morning, allegedly murdered because she got bad grades." ...

"Lt. Donny Archuleta/ Weber County Sheriff's Office: 'THE MOTHER AND THE YOUNG LADY BOTH EXITED THE CAR -- TO GET SOME HELP.' "

"The woman flagged down a Utah Highway Patrol trooper, but by then the suspect had already shot himself."
 

Battle over gun control waged in court, Congress
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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"A federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Congress have become the latest battlegrounds in a war that could seal the fate of the beleaguered U.S. gun industry."
 

Judge in sniper case sides with prosecutors
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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"A judge ruled yesterday that prosecutors will not necessarily have to prove that sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad fired the shot that killed a man to get the death penalty."

"Circuit Judge LeRoy Millette Jr. also ruled that prosecutors do not have to tell defense attorneys their theory about whether Muhammad or fellow sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo fired the shot."
 

RI: Bill spares antique guns
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Third story on page

FULL STORY BELOW:


Guns seized by the police would no longer be automatically destroyed if the House has its way.

The chamber passed a bill that would allow the police to auction off any antique firearms made before 1900 or "curios and relics" made before 1950 that are "novel, rare, bizarre" or "associated with some historical figure, period or event." The auction would take place once the guns are no longer needed as evidence.

The state police, Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association and National Rifle Association all support the measure, according to testimony yesterday. The bill now goes to the Senate.

 

MD: Two People Shot at U-Md.
Submitted by: Doug

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"A man and a woman were shot and injured this afternoon in a parking garage near the University of Maryland basketball arena, police said."

"Prince George's County police campus said they were investigating the shootings as a possible attempted murder-suicide. Both victims survived and were transported to area hospitals with grave injuries, authorities said. Police did not say whether the victims were students."

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More violence in a state where virtually all law-abiding citizens are disarmed.
 

Defending our privacy rights against all-out assault
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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"Obviously, council members are itching for a court fight. I wish them luck, but even in the unlikely event of a confrontation with the feds in Arcata, I don't expect their protest or the rest to get very far, at least not in the current courts. Federal law trumps local laws under our Constitution and, so far, the higher courts have handed Attorney General John Ashcroft's office considerable latitude in detaining, deporting, eavesdropping and other civil liberties intrusions."

"Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia underscored that point in a March 18 speech at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland. 'The Constitution just sets minimums,' he said, according to the Associated Press. 'Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires.' "

"Indeed. Anyone who thinks we may have too many rights already cannot be expected to fight very hard to hold onto them, even when the erosion may extend beyond wartime needs."
 

OH: Dial 911 and your neighbor dies: Pt. II
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Law enforcement bureaucrats like the Ohio Highway Patrol's Capt. John Born, and liberal media editorial writers like Columbus ThisWeek's Vince Dunbar say we shouldn't defend ourselves, but rather need to 'let the professionals do the threatening.' "

"Friday's Akron Beacon Journal contains yet another story about people who depended on the professionals for a neighbor's defense."
 

Germany: Armed man hijacks bus in Germany, police say about 15 aboard
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"A gunman hijacked a bus in the northern German city of Bremen on Friday, taking 19 people hostage and leading police on a cross-country highway chase. Police later stormed the bus, capturing the man and all aboard were freed unharmed, officials said."

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More stringent gun control at work.
 

Norway: Dog owners howl over proposed law
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"At issue is a whether the authorities should be allowed to destroy dogs that have bitten children. 'Killing a dog because it's bitten someone is like punishing a pistol instead of the person who fired it,' claimed dog owner Torgrim Roiseland. He argued that it's the dog owners who should be held responsible, not the dog."
 

Tort Reform Gunned Down
Submitted by: Doug

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"Give the House of Representatives credit for honesty: The aptly named Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, passed this month on a 285 to 140 vote, barely pretends to be anything other than a special-interest gimme designed to shield the gun industry from lawsuits." ...

"The lawsuits against the gun industry do have a disturbing ring. Guns, much as we would have it otherwise, are a legal product, and their lethality is intentional, not the result of some product defect..."
 

Judge: File-swapping tools are legal
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"A federal judge in Los Angeles has handed a stunning court victory to file-swapping services Streamcast Networks and Grokster, dismissing much of the record industry and movie studios' lawsuit against the two companies." ...

"While the ruling in no way validates the legality of downloading copyrighted music online, it would shield companies providing decentralized file-swapping software such as Gnutella from liability for the actions of people using their products."

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Could this reasoning apply to gun dealers?
 

Should conservatives vote for Bush?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Conservatives claim to support the Bill of Rights, yet Bush's Patriot Act has essentially eliminated our 4th Amendment right of privacy, and our 5th Amendment right of due process. Bush has pushed for greater federal involvement in education, in violation of the 10th Amendment. He has announced his support of continuing Clinton's assault weapon ban, in violation of the 2nd Amendment. Bush said he was against campaign finance reform, yet signed the bill, violating the 1st Amendment."
 

Statement of Mary Leigh Blek on School Violence in Pennsylvania
Submitted by: Doug

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"Mary Leigh Blek, President of the Million Mom March, issued the following statement about the shooting in York County, Pennsylvania this morning:"

"Yet again in America, parents of a dead child and the family of a dead educator are in anguish after gun violence on the grounds of an American school. Law enforcement officials are still sorting through the facts about this tragedy, but it's important that they discover how the young person was able to obtain a firearm."

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More dancing on graves by the anti's. While parents are burying their criminal teen, Mary Leigh Blek and her ilk are using him for a political effigy. And they accuse the NRA for being callous and holding a previously scheduled annual event?
 

MD: Prince William Father Fatally Shoots Three Sons and Himself
Submitted by: Doug

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"Robin C. Edwards had arranged with his boss to take Wednesday off, saying he needed to tend to some personal business. That morning, the 37-year-old father retrieved his three young boys from a babysitter, took them to his small home in rural Prince William County and executed them one by one with a shotgun before killing himself, authorities said."
 

NRA to open U.S. anti-terror Web site
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The National Rifle Association, aware that crime is not the only threat worrying its members, said Friday it will open a fee-based Web site devoted to protecting American homeowners from biotoxins, chemical attacks and other weapons of mass destruction."

" 'Apathy can never be an option, not after 9-11, even if a military success makes us momentarily feel safer,' said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the gun owners group."
 

MN: Senate tables gun permit bill authored by DFLer
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"In what could be confirmation of the Senate’s preference for House gun permit language, the Senate Thursday (April 24) tabled a gun permit bill authored by a DFLer."

"This may set up the definitive gun permit debate on Monday (April 28) when a Department of Natural Resources’ technical bill, to which the House gun permit legislation is attached, is expected to reach the Senate floor."
 

MN: Gun permit legislation passes House by wide margin
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"Gun permit legislation designed to make permit issuance more procedural passed the House Wednesday (April 23) by a wide margin."

"The bill would change Minnesota to a 'shall issue' state."

"The bill was amended to prevent people convicted of violent crimes — crimes ranging from murder to robbery — from ever possessing a firearm."
 

Grassroots lies at the heart of NRA's political clout
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Peter Bernard held in his right hand Friday the source of what makes the National Rifle Association one of the most powerful political groups in the nation. It wasn't a gun."

"The 38-year-old Massachusetts software engineer and NRA member gripped a navy folder holding voter registration forms, sample letters to lawmakers and form letters to newspaper editors."
 

NRA's LaPierre Promises 1994 Gun Ban Will Be Defeated
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The chief of staff for the nation's largest defender of gun owners' rights said today that the 1994 ban on so-called 'assault weapons' enacted by then-President Bill Clinton will not be renewed under President Bush."

" 'We are bound and determined that that the Clinton gun ban on semi-autos and so-called 'assault rifles' will not be re-enacted,' said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of National Rifle Association to a standing ovation. 'I promise you that.' "
 

"Big-time - spooky..."
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"For instance, no one's calling it what it was- a gang-related payback killing. No media accounts decry the black on black crime that's gotten so completely out of control." ...

"Like these misguided thugs wouldn't have offed each other at a drive-in? No, the reason they did it in a school is because schools are guaranteed to be undefended and unprotected because of all the laws that were passed to 'protect' us from school shootings." ...
 

Gun control: Racist and anti-semitic
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"Aaron Zelman is the Executive Director of the organization Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, or simply 'JPFO.' Zelman’s contribution is that it was he who detected the similarities in the late Democrat Senator Thomas Dodd’s 1968 Gun Control Act and that of the 1938 Nazi Gun Control Act that targeted the Jewish population in Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Zelman’s efforts can be found at the JPFO website."
 

VPC once again feeds off fresh corpses in the latest attempt to vilify guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Today, as the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meeting commences in Orlando, Florida, the nation mourns victims of a week wracked by gun violence, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) stated today." ...

"Yesterday's firearm murder-suicide involving a student shooting his principal and then himself at Red Lion Area Jr. High in south-central Pennsylvania is only the latest example of the continued torment easy access to firearms brings to our nation."

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Easy access? Is this misguided moron aware that the gun safe from which these firearms were taken was locked, but somehow the kid got the keys anyway?
 

UK: Site teaches kids about guns
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Also click on the links to the left for their take on other gun-related issues.
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"You can't own a gun in this country until you are 17 years old. It is difficult to shoot one below the age of 14, but it is possible with the correct supervision."

"You need to have a licence to own a gun in the UK, and getting a licence can take a very long time."
 

WA: Tacoma police chief's wife says he pointed a gun at her
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The wife of Tacoma police Chief David Brame has obtained a temporary restraining order against him, accusing Brame of pointing his service revolver at her and trying to choke her during two separate incidents in the past six months."
 

Marines, domestic violence and firearms
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"For times of war, the message states 'commanders of deployed units who suspect or become aware that a Marine or Sailor has a misdemeanor or felony conviction for domestic violence, SHALL NOT suspend the service member's access to weapons during the deployment. Due to the fact that this may adversely impact unit readiness and the individual member's safety. Upon completion of deployment commanders shall immediately take the actions.' "
 

OH: Planners reject gun shop permit
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"Dan Summersett hoped to start a gun dealership at 728 Monroe St., where he has lived for 14 years. His customers would have placed firearm orders by telephone or catalog. Then Summersett would have ordered the guns and stored them in a safe for pick-up, he told the Port Clinton planning commission." ...

"A number of neighbors objected to Summersett's firearms enterprise, including Margaretta Gresh of Monroe Street. During a public hearing Thursday, she said she knew of 20 to 30 people in the vicinity who didn't want the guns around."

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Alternate title: Paranoid neighbors prevent law-abiding citizen from making a legitimate living by engaging in legal commerce.
 

Teach our Daughters to Shoot Day
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Perhaps we can jump on the PC bandwagon for just a minute and strive to bring equality for women. No more victimization of women, the feminists rant. Women should be on equal footing with their male counterparts, they should be given equal opportunity, equal respect in all areas."

"If this is so, then why, we must ask our feminist friends, do they and those on the Left also seem to be the ones championing laws that prohibit women, and all citizens, from owning or carrying a firearm."
 

Fiscal fiasco at TSA
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"Recent watchdog reports have revealed that not a single internal cost control measure was set up for the agency’s $4.8 billion budget. Not surprisingly, half a billion dollars meant to reimburse airports for bomb detection equipment has disappeared. The agency has also surpassed a congressional hiring cap by 21,000 personnel and is shelling out six-figure salaries to many of the non-screener employees." ...
 

Dianne Feinstein Introduces 50 ban in US Senate
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"Senator Dianne Feinstein has once again introduced a Senate bill that would essentially ban 50 caliber rifles, similar to federal bans on machine guns."

"Feinstein is joined by the usual cast of gun banners, including Schumer (D-NY), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Kennedy (D-MA), Corzine (D-NJ), Durbin (D-IL) and Levin (D-MI)."
 

IA: Veterans stand in line behind felons, illegal aliens for health care (letter)
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"While 300,000 veterans are waiting to get into veterans' hospitals, the state of North Carolina spent $32 million on illegal alien health care in 2002. What a help that could have been to our veterans today, and the ones in our NEAR future."

"While criminals fill our jails and prisons, they receive immediate health care at the taxpayers' expense. A recent address by an Iowa county sheriff stated that prisoners had better care than he or his family."
 

National Concealed Carry Proposal
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"On February 27, 2003, Congressman John Hostettler (R-IN), reintroduced proposed legislation title: Secure Access to Firearms Enhancement (SAFE) Act - The bill is numbered H.R. 990."

"If you possess a concealed weapons license, permit, handgun permit or license that allows you to carry a firearm in your home state, the above proposed bill would allows you to carry your weapon under your state license or permit, into any other state."
 

Electronic Privacy Information Center Establishes Privacy Threat Index
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"The Electronic Privacy Information Center of Washington D.C. (EPIC) has established a Privacy Threat Index to track the growing threat to privacy resulting from the expansion of government surveillance. The threat index will follow the pattern established for Homeland Security, utilizing the same color-coded index. The center established the current level of warning at yellow or elevated."
 

Whack'em & Stack'em: Metal Pipe vs. 14 Bullets
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"This means that Toomey first saw Finley while displaying his firearm, but didn't fire (14 times - obviously from close range) until after Finley got off the ground, swung the pipe and got two cuts on the officer across the chest."

"Yep - open and shut case of self-defense, all right. Surely no civilian would get prosecuted over this, either."
 

Witness takes aim at gun firms
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"Fewer guns ended up in illegal hands when gun manufacturers kept a closer eye on how their dealers operate, an economist testified yesterday in a lawsuit against the gun industry."

"Lucy Allen of the National Economic Research Association analyzed industry sales data and law enforcement records to reach her conclusion that greater scrutiny of dealers can reduce the number of guns sold to criminals."
 

CA: California - Hearings April 29 On Several Firearms-Related Bills
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"Several Bills are up for consideration and vote in the California Legislature. Key members of the legislature need to be contacted to ensure proper action is taken on these measures."
 

WI: Measure is designed to bring out senior, disabled hunters
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"An Assembly bill would make it easier for senior citizens and people with disabilities to hunt on Wisconsin-owned property, but could open the lands to the stress of all-terrain vehicles."

"The legislation by Rep. Mark Pettis, R-Hertel, would allow anyone who is at least 65 years old or who obtains a disabled hunting permit from the state Department of Natural Resources to ride ATVs to and from hunting areas on any land, including any roadway, located on DNR property."
 

RI: Gun measures go before Senate panel
Submitted by: Jim Archer

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"Domestic-violence opponents and the state's attorney general asked a Senate committee yesterday to approve a package of bills to tighten laws involving gun crimes and make it harder for abusers to escalate their violence to gunfire."

"Gun advocates, on the other hand, said that existing gun laws are, if anything, too strict."
 

PA: More anti-gunners feed off the blood of the victims of violence
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"Statistics show that guns are prevalent and relatively accessible in York County. ...The study’s results show more of the county’s homes have guns — and unsecured guns — than the state average."

"According to the study, 45.8 percent of homes in the county have at least one firearm. The state average is 34 percent. More than one third of those homes, 36.2 percent, do not keep those guns locked up..."

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An attempt to blame access to firearms for the shooting. Never mind that the firearms the shooter used were locked up. "Red Lion police said Sheets’ family had handguns stored in a locked gun safe that did not look like it had been broken into."
 

Lobby the academy to revoke Michael Moore's award!
Submitted by: Scott Fulrath

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A Website has been created where you can lobby the academy to revoke Michael Moore's award for best "documentary" (because it was pure fiction).
 

UT: Gangs Growing in Salt Lake Area
Submitted by: Clint Cook
Website: http://www.angelfire.com/home/oldguns

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"While there was a reported drop in gang crime two years ago, former members say gangs are growing now."

"Gangs got serious and dangerous on the streets of Salt Lake more than a decade ago, and police fought back. In the late 90's, gang activity appeared to level off, and then drop. But some believe it just went underground."
 

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