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Gun law expert urges law-abiding firearm owners to protect themselves against identity theft
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"'Since identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in the United States, America’s scores of millions of law-abiding firearm owners must protect themselves against it,' gun law expert John Snyder said here today. ID thieves take a victim’s identity for financial gain or for concealing the real identity of the perpetrator."
 

Homeland Security official arrested in sex sting
Submitted by: Robert Tims

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"The deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been arrested in a sex sting operation on charges of trying to seduce someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said on Tuesday."

"Brian Doyle, 55, faces 23 charges in Polk County, Florida, related to use of a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful material to a minor, Judd said in a statement."

"Doyle was taken into custody at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, outside Washington, on Tuesday evening while he was on the line with undercover detectives, Judd said."
 

Armed German citizens wouldn't have stopped Hitler
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"...Does anyone think that the Germans (let alone the Jews) would have risen up, weapon in hand, to defend themselves?"

"I think not. Germany was what the Germans had made it. Their system of government was not superimposed, but rather the wish of the German people."

"As to the Second Amendment, it is stated such that it can appeal to anyone or any group. The sticking point is 'well-regulated militia.'" ...

"The term appears to infer an organized body of citizens under the auspices of a governing body, either that of an individual or a congress in the small term."

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Wrong. The phrase refers to a body of citizens well versed in military maneuvers.
 

CO: Tensions Prompt School To Alter Dress Code
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"The immigration debate and recent demonstrations over the issue have led to a change in the dress code for a middle school in Adams County."

"Students at Shaw Heights Middle School are no longer allowed to wear anything that is patriotic, including camouflage pants, because they have become a political symbol for a version of patriotism, CBS4 reports." ...

"In Longmont, the principal of Skyline High School banned all flags, including the American flag, because of tensions related to immigration reform."
 

MI: Officer shot himself, prosecutors charge
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"A sheriff's sergeant who gave a detailed description of a black man he said shot him in the arm actually turned his own gun on himself, prosecutors said Monday."

"In a stunning twist, Eaton County Sgt. Jeff Lutz was charged Monday with filing a false report in connection with the March 20 shooting that prompted a massive manhunt in Delta Township for a black male suspect."

"Lutz currently is at a mental health treatment facility, officials confirmed Monday."
 

CO: Teen Convicted Of Gun Possession In Online Photos
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"A teenager who posted Internet photos of himself posing with guns, including one photo captioned 'Angel o' death on wings o' lead,' has been convicted of possession of a handgun by a juvenile."

"Defense attorney Barrett Weisz said he would appeal." ...

"The 16-year-old boy's photos were posted on the popular social networking site MySpace.com. He posed with a number of rifles and a .45-caliber pistol, a .22-caliber revolver and a .357-caliber revolver."

"Juveniles in Colorado are not allowed to possess handguns, but the law allows parents to give their children permission to possess guns in their homes."

"The boy's parents testified that their son had permission to handle the weapons."
 

MySpace Kid Convicted (blog)
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"An Evergreen high school student who posted Internet photos of himself posing with guns was convicted Tuesday on a charge of possession of a handgun by a juvenile."

"The conviction came despite his parents' testimony that they gave him permission to handle guns in their home without their supervision. "

"In my initial post I point out the Colorado law which deals with juvenile possession of handguns & note that the MySpace Kid could very well fall into one of the excepted categories."

"But Jefferson County District Judge Brian Boatright said that permission had limits."
 

I may have just lost 20 IQ points (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When you read cowardly, irrational, backward, incoherent and specious drivel such as this, you can't help but feel dumber after you are finished." ...

"This woman must have very little faith in herself as a parent and a role model if she holds the irrational belief that her son, who has probably performed banal chores to earn his allowance, and wants to purchase something that will allow him to have hours of fun with something he can be proud of having purchased with his own money, will lead him to a life of crime."

"She must be unable to communicate morals and values to her child if she believes a toy will corrupt him." ...
 

Brave New World (Blog)
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"...They want society disarmed. They want us to rely on our nanny state for our safety. They devalue life in hopes that we will be less repulsed by the ease with which criminals take it and will be less apt to do something about it. Property doesn't matter to them. Your life and the lives of your loved ones don't matter. Is it a conscious push? Do they not understand that utopia, lack of pain and a lack of suffering cannot exist? It's an illusion, and much like the residents of that Brave New World had to drug themselves into a stupor to avoid the harsh realities of their 'utopia,' the paradise the gun grabbers dream of doesn't exist either."
 

OH: House approves concealed-carry law
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"As many readers of this column know, I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Last month, I reported in this column that our Criminal Justice Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives was working diligently to bring House Bill 347 to the floor for a vote. I am pleased to report that we have accomplished this goal and approved HB 347 by a vote of 76 to 19."

"HB 347 is a culmination of bipartisan efforts over the last few months to address a number of problems raised by law enforcement and permit holders with the current law regarding licenses to carry a concealed handgun. ..."
 

UK: French cop gun gaffe
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"FRENCH police today apologised after one of their armed officers entered a shop at London Waterloo station with a gun."

"The officer was making a purchase at the WH Smith outlet when she was spotted with the pistol strapped to her waist."

"The policewoman is understood to be part of a French immigration team at the south London station's Eurostar internation terminal."

"The French officers are allowed to carry firearms, but only in certain areas."
 

UK: School head remand on gun charges
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"A primary school head teacher has been remanded in custody in connection with a series of weapons raids."

"Martin Davies, head of Ysgol Deiniol, Marchwiel, Wrexham, was remanded until Friday by the town's magistrates."

"Police said a number of weapons were found on Tuesday, including one when an army bomb disposal unit was called in."
 

SC: Teenagers arrested at school Gun, knife involved in assault
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"Two Hart County teenagers are facing aggravated assault charges in connection with using a loaded pistol and knife to confront a student Tuesday at Stephens County High School."

"Christopher Avery Partlow, 18, of Dewey Rose, and a 16-year-old juvenile from Hartwell are also charged with possessing a weapon on school property, said Major Tim Jarrell of the Stephens County Sheriff's Office."
 

Penn & Teller Bullshit Gun Control Episode (Video)
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The episode ran on Showtime in the show's third season. It features Alan Gottlieb and John Lott, as well as Suzannah Hupp.
 

NJ: Prosecutor faults park police in shooting of tribal member -
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"A 'major, major systemic breakdown' within the ranks of the State Park Police culminated in one of their officers shooting a citizen on county-owned land in Mahwah last weekend, the Bergen County prosecutor said yesterday."

"Prosecutor John Molinelli said the officers were not justified in leaving state property and should have informed local police when they moved into their jurisdiction. But he stopped short of charging them with any infractions and asked Lisa Jackson, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, to investigate. The 100-member park police force is part of the DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry."
 

NY: In His War on Illegal Guns, Bloomberg Is Facing Uphill
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"...his high-profile quest to curb guns seems to hit mostly roadblocks once he leaves the five boroughs. A lawsuit the city filed against gun manufacturers in 2000 drags on in the courts. Albany has shown only a modest appetite for revisiting gun laws, while leaders in Washington have virtually ignored Mr. Bloomberg's views on guns. Indeed, it remains to be seen whether any mayor can make headway on gun policy, which is largely the province of the federal government."
 

UK: Mum hides gun as 'a favour'
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"A MOTHER-OF-THREE has admitted keeping an illegal handgun hidden in her wardrobe telling police she did it 'as a favour' for someone."

"Michelle Edwards, 29, of Silverleigh Road, Thornton Heath, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court on March 31 to possession of a prohibited weapon."

"The court heard she had the handgun, a replica converted to fire live ammunition, stashed at her home for more than two months before being collared by police as she dropped off her children at school on January 13."
 

UK: Anti-gun march in memory of young shooting victims
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"Anti-gun campaigners took to the streets of Upper Norwood to protest about the murder of Jordan Jackson and Leyla Djemal- Northcott."

"Last month the young couple were slain by gunmen in the flat they only recently moved into."

"On Saturday more than 200 protesters gathered at Menlo Gardens where Jordan and Leyla had moved in together months before their murder and marched to West Norwood, carrying banners telling gunmen that 'enough is enough'."
 

UK: Gun threat to off-licence’s staff in raid
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Armed men threatened staff at an off-licence on the south Shropshire border with a gun before stealing cash. Two men stormed into Thresher’s off-licence in High Street, Leominster, at 10pm yesterday demanding money.

One man threatened a member of staff with what appeared to be a handgun before stealing cash and leaving the store.

The men were described as being in their mid 20s.

Anyone with information can contact police on 08457 444888 or Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.

No-one was injured during the robbery and the amount of money stolen is not being disclosed.
 

CT: Please check your gun at the door
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"Town officials have posted notices prohibiting firearms in Town Hall after police received a report that someone attending a Town Council meeting may have been carrying a gun."

"Someone sitting in the audience at the March 27 Town Council meeting reported to police that he or she saw what looked like a gun on another audience member, according to police spokesman Sgt. Lowell DePalma." ...

"Town Council Chairman John Barry said the Town Hall and its meeting chambers have to be kept secure."
 

Canada: Miramichi gun jobs must be saved, says mayor
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"Miramichi Mayor John MacKay says he won't let go of 200 high-paying federal gun registry jobs without a fight."

"The Harper government has promised to scrap the law requiring long-gun owners to register their firearms. The central registry that handles the paperwork is located in Miramichi, and would certainly close if the law is abolished."

"MacKay says he won't let those federal jobs go, and has an idea of where replacement positions could come from."
 

DE: Concealed carry law would benefit public
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"As usual, the current debate on modifying Delaware's existing 'concealed carry law' to legally carry a firearm has brought lots of disingenuous rhetoric from the anti-gun crowd. It's a shame they can't stick to, or don't understand, the facts."

"Here's all you really need to know. Right now, any criminal can put a pistol in his waistband and carry it concealed. Those who are willing to risk the penalty for murder, armed robbery, assault, rape, or dealing in illegal drugs are not likely to concern themselves with the penalty they might face for just being caught with an illegal gun."

"If you are a law-abiding citizen, however, and want to carry a concealed weapon for the protection of yourself or your family, the legal consequences are too great to do it illegally. You must get a permit."
 

UK: 'Let burglars off with caution', police told
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Burglars will be allowed to escape without punishment under new instructions sent to all police forces. Police have been told they can let them off the threat of a court appearance and instead allow them to go with a caution."

"The same leniency will be shown to criminals responsible for more than 60 other different offences, ranging from arson through vandalism to sex with underage girls."

"New rules sent to police chiefs by the Home Office set out how seriously various crimes should be regarded, and when offenders who admit to them should be sent home with a caution."

"A caution counts as a criminal record but means the offender does not face a court appearance which would be likely to end in a fine, a community punishment or jail." ...
 

MI: The right to bear arms--responsibly
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
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"Want to take a real bite out of crime? According to the College Libertarians, the best way to do that is through personal protection with the use of firearms, a point they made clear in sponsoring a personal protection speech and gun giveaway April 3rd in the Michigan Union. The random selection of University of Michigan student Laura Dodd, one of only five female attendees, was especially significant for an event that primarily focused on the role of women in the fight for personal protection."
 

WA: Gun range needs cleanup
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"Shooting pigeons could be hazardous to your health."

"Clay pigeons, that is."

"The saucer-sized targets used by skeet shooters contain carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or cPAH, a compound suspected of contributing to cancer if its dust particles are inhaled."

"That's why Arlington is spending almost $700,000 to clean up clay pigeon shards. Those shards have accumulated in the soil over 38 years at an old shooting range on city property near Arlington Municipal Airport."
 

FL: Gun bill wins initial approval
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"After half a dozen false starts, the National Rifle Association-led push to guarantee employees the right to bring guns to work cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday."

"But the future of the measure -- which has polarized two core Republican constituencies: gun-rights advocates and business -- remains in doubt."

"In voting 8-2 to approve HB 129, the House Judiciary Committee watered it down to the point that many wondered what practical effect it would have. And business lobbyists stopped far short of endorsing the plan."
 

WA: Authorities suspect self-defense in Forks shooting
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"Clallam County sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday morning that they think was an act of self-defense."

"One man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a gunshot wound to the head, and died, Clallam County Undersheriff Rich Sill said Tuesday night."
 

WA: Former governors call for tougher gun-safety laws
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"Every year in Washington state, almost 600 citizens die from gun violence and many more are injured. These figures include homicides, accidental shootings and suicides. The recent tragic shooting in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle brought home the fact that we live in a violent society, made worse by the prevalence of easy access to firearms."

"Gun violence is everybody's problem. It is not confined to inner cities or only tied to drug trafficking. Gun violence occurs in the suburbs, in our malls, in our schools and in the historic neighborhoods of our largest city. It affects all races, all ages and all incomes." ...

"The Capitol Hill shooting and other recent incidents of gun violence in our community leave no doubt that Washington state's gun laws are inadequate and full of loopholes. These shootings expose just how easy it is for the wrong people to gain access to firearms in our state and make horror in our communities."
 

KS: Concealed-carry law's fine print raises questions
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"When the state begins allowing concealed carry of guns early next year, it's unclear whether Kansans can learn who's packing and who's not."

"Jan Lunsford, a spokesman for Attorney General Phill Kline, said officials haven't determined whether information in state records detailing who's applied or received a hidden-gun permit would be available to the public."

"The attorney general's office is responsible for issuing the permits, which can go only to law-abiding citizens at least 21 years old who've undergone training."

"'The short answer is we just don't know yet,' Lunsford said."
 

NV: Las Vegas ranges take shot at luring tourists for fun with guns
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"'I find it quite therapeutic,' Lee Tedstone of County Donegal, Ireland, said after firing his first Uzi. 'It's a relief.'"

"Tedstone and his friends are among hundreds of tourists lured to Las Vegas gun ranges every month for the promise a brief thrill with a weapon that's banned abroad and hard to find in the United States."

"Tourists line up to shred near life-size paper targets of Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein — doctored so the villains make eye contact from across the range." ...

"Catering to tourists means making machine guns friendly. Customers who know nothing about automatic weapons find gracious gun store employees breathing down their barrels, straightening their aim and their safety goggles."
 

NJ: Agency culture shifts from rangers to cops
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"The weekend shooting by a member of the State Park Police came after what some observers described as a years-long cultural change within the agency from recreational supervision toward hard-nosed law enforcement."

"It culminated last November when the state Legislature officially changed the title 'park ranger' to 'park police officer' over the objections of the Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the 100-member agency." ...

"The confrontation Saturday in Mahwah -- where Officer Chad Walder shot and critically injured a man who had been riding an all-terrain vehicle -- appeared to be the second shooting of a person ever by the park police, Watson said. The first was last June, when an officer shot a seasonal maintenance worker at Hopatcong State Park after mistaking him for an intruder."
 

OH: Man Beaten With Frying Pan
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"A man accused of assault was beaten with a skillet so severely that he may need plastic surgery."

"Steubenville police said the man was injured in fight Monday night after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman in a home on the 1400 block of Oak Grove Avenue."

"Police said the woman and her boyfriend retaliated by hitting the man over the head with a frying pan and a 40-ounce bottle of alcohol."

"When officers arrived, they found the man lying in the street covered in blood with 'severe lacerations all over his face and head,' said Steubenville Police Detective Regis Holzworth."
 

UK: 'Hand' gun pranksters questioned
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"Two jokers who sparked a major police alert amid fears they had a gun were armed with nothing more than a hand, officers say.
Norman McKenzie, 34, got into his friend Roger Haslope's car, held his hands in a gun-shape to the other man's head and joked: 'This is a carjacking.'"

"But when worried passers-by saw the incident in Swindon on Monday, armed police were called in."

"After being held for 12 hours, the two were released with a warning."
 

CA: Brady Enlists Activists, Pumps up Cyber Efforts in Final Push for Busby In California Special Race
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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced its endorsement of Francine Busby in next week's primary election for California's 50th Congressional district."

"In the weeks leading up to the election, the organization is sending thousands of urgent emails and letters announcing the endorsement to members in her district urging them to reach out to their friends and family members to support Busby in next Tuesday's primary election in California's 50th Congressional District. Because of her strong commitment to public safety, gun violence prevention activists will be working overtime this coming weekend to help get out the vote."

"The race is to choose a successor to Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, now a convicted felon for taking bribes. Cunningham was one of the closest allies the gun lobby had in Congress, rating an 'A-plus' from the National Rifle Association."
 

KS: Gun law's backers want to keep records on permit holders closed
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"Backers of a new law allowing Kansans to carry concealed guns plan to seek legislation yet this year to keep applications for gun permits and the identities of permit holders secret."

"Concerns about privacy arose during the first meeting Wednesday of a task force Attorney General Phill Kline formed to help his office draft regulations. Those regulations will cover items not typically spelled out in state law, such as what's on application forms and what kind of signs business owners must post if they don't want hidden guns on their premises."
 

IL: Local rifle club hosts NRA pistol class
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"Saturday was a busy day at the Carmi Rifle Club, as the club hosted an NRA First Steps pistol class (taught by NRA-certified instructors Mike and Valinda Rowe), which was attended by local shooters, as well as those from Tunnel Hill, Carterville, Fairfield, St. Francisville, Parkersburg and Mt. Carmel. The class was filled to capacity with a waiting list of students wanting to take the handgun shooting instruction and safe handling course."
 

Canada: Community demands solution to gun crime
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"An angry audience at a panel discussion on gun violence in the city set its target on the police during a tense Q&A session last Thursday."

"The conference, titled Triggering Toronto, brought out a small number of students and community members. About 35 people attended the discussion, but those who were present did not hesitate to question police strategy in dealing with the problem."
 

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