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CO: Senate Delays Debate on Gun Bill (HR1410)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The state Senate, hustling to act on myriad bills in the waning days of the session, put off committee debate on a controversial concealed-gun bill Thursday. House Bill 1410 was scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee, but chairwoman Peggy Reeves said the panel was meeting only as time permitted, between debate in the full Senate."
 

NC: Wal-Mart Pays Estate of Man Who Killed Self
Submitted by: louis deboer

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"Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $130,000 to the estate of a Wilmington man who killed himself with bullets he bought at the store in July."
 

VA: Gov. Warner halts appeal of Confederate plate
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RICHMOND - "Virginia will drop efforts to keep the Sons of Confederate Veterans from having special license plates bearing a logo of the Confederate battle flag."

"Gov. Mark Warner and Attorney General Jerry Kilgore agreed Thursday to end the state's appeal of a federal judge's ruling in the long-running dispute between the Virginia government and the Confederate heritage organization."

--You see, it really is possible to win in court against the forces of hatred (lessons for gun-rights).
 

CA: Have Gun, Will Stay
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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--Man!, I feel ssssooooo safe! (tongue planted firmly in cheek!)

"Eight of the 50 National Guardsmen on Bay Area bridges had to be reassigned recently after failing a basic weapons test, said National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Kim Oliver."
 

TX: Unlicensed Officers Keep Jobs
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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MARSHALL CREEK - "Police Chief David Williams will get to keep his job, provided he finishes the necessary courses to obtain a peace officer license..."

"Because Williams and Ancelet lacked police credentials, the validity of hundreds of citations and arrests is in question."

"State and county officials said that the town is leaving itself open to a lawsuit but that there is no state agency to step in to ensure that a police department follows the law." [Emphasis mine]
 

Australia: Purse snatcher stabs disarmed rescuer
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"A man was stabbed in the lower chest today after going to the aid of a mother and two young children who were targeted by a bag snatcher in Sydney's east."

"The 28-year-old intervened after a man tried to snatch a bag from the mother as she walked with her two children ... The alleged offender was then tackled by another passerby."
 

Airline Security: Pilots as the Last Defense
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Last month, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge came out in public against the idea of arming flight crews in order to provide them some means of fighting back against an attempted terrorist assault or hijacking once airborne. "I don't think we want to equip our pilots with firearms," Mr. Ridge said in an interview."
 

Airline Security: 20,000 Pilots Petition Hill to Allow Guns in Cockpit
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"More than 20,000 airline pilots signed a petition and sent it to lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday, demanding that they be allowed to carry guns in the cockpit to protect themselves from hijackers."

"Responding angrily, the union for flight attendants declared that it would fight the proposal unless the pilots agreed to use their guns not only to defend themselves, but also to ensure the safety of passengers and crew throughout the airplane."
 

UK: Confronting the "Small Arms Pandemic"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Unrestricted access should be viewed as a public health disaster. Physicians throughout the world bear witness to the terrible consequences of small arms. But do we truly understand the impact and the epidemiology of the small arms pandemic, and can we devise effective strategies for prevention as we have for other major public health issues?" - British Medical Journal (BMJ)
 

CT: Online Registry Holds 'Promise'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The state judicial branch is establishing a new computerized registry that officials say will streamline information on protective and restraining orders and give authorities something they don't have currently - almost immediate access to conditions attached to the orders."
 

TX: Officers Cleared in (Torres) Death
Submitted by: Lyndell Rottmann

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"grand jurors Thursday declined to indict any of the four Baytown police officers involved in the arrest of Luis Alfonso Torres, who died shortly after being subdued and handcuffed."

"medical examiner ruled his death a homicide resulting from mechanical asphyxiation... In addition to bruising of the neck and trachea, the autopsy noted blunt trauma to the head..." although "warnings about positional asphyxia ... have been issued by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for a decade."
 

Airline Security: Pilots Lobby Congress For Guns in Cockpits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"While focusing on the dangers of nail clippers and agonizing over federalizing airport screeners and racial profiling, we have yet to see implemented the most logical, most cost-effective and most important deterrent against another hijacking, that of arming pilots," said Aitken at a Capitol Hill news briefing.
 

Airline Security: Lawmakers add pressure to let pilots have guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"House committee members voiced strong support Thursday for giving airline pilots the right to carry guns aboard commercial jets, and several senators unveiled their own bill, as momentum grew on Capitol Hill for the idea. But while members of Congress and pilots spoke in favor of arming pilots, the Bush administration continued to suggest that it is against the proposal."
 

Airline Security: Federal Study Favors Cockpit Stun Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Electrical shock devices such as stun guns show the most promise among non-lethal weapons for use by a flight deck crew trying to stop a hijacking, a Justice Department official said on Thursday."
 

Airline Security: Allow armed pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The newly created Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has done a good job implementing the Transportation and Aviation Security Act passed last year. Congress included many tight deadlines, and, so far, the TSA has met every one. But there is one area where the agency has fallen short. That involves the pilot's right to defend the cockpit. Unfortunately, the TSA has failed to reach a decision on this matter."
 

Austria: Student who murdered with gun calls for weapons ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A man who fatally shot a teacher and seriously wounded another instructor in 1997 is calling for a sweeping weapons ban that would keep guns out of private hands in Austria, a magazine reported Friday."

"The gunman, identified only as Helmut Z., told the weekly "News" magazine that he never would have been able to gun down the two teachers at his school "if I hadn't had such easy access to my father's gun."
 

MA: Panel OKs bill nixing lifetime gun ban
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A legislative committee approved a bill that eliminates the state's lifetime ban on gun possession for people convicted of some crimes."

"The Public Safety Committee yesterday gave initial approval to a bill that allows people who have committed nonviolent felonies and violent misdemeanors, other than domestic assault, to own a gun seven years after they've completed their punishment."
 

Airline Security: Four senators call for allowing pilots to carry guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Four senators said Thursday that they wanted the airlines and the Transportation Department to let pilots carry guns, and a safety expert from the Boeing Co. told a House subcommittee that the company's planes could withstand multiple bullet holes without major risk."
 

Airline Security: Many are seeking a last line of defense in their cockpits
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Q: "Why do pilots want guns?"

A: "Many believe having a gun in the cockpit is the only certain way to prevent a hijacking. They consider a gun in the cockpit to be the last line of defense."

Q: "What training would pilots get?"

A: "The proposed House legislation would require the government to develop a training regimen. Proponents say it would be like the firearms training that federal law enforcement officers receive, including periodic refresher training."
 

The Consequences of Gun Laws
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The recent shooting rampage in Germany [front page, April 27] demonstrated two things:

"(1) Any "gun-free zone" is a place where no one will be able to fight back (with a gun) effectively, whether it's a school or business.

"(2) Even with strict gun control, guns can be obtained by those who really want them. In Germany, it's easy to travel to the Czech Republic or Poland and bring back a gun. Guns can even be made at home."
 

Anti-gun Myths Terrify Women by Slanting the Stats
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"70% of all women killed in industrialized nations are American -- this is the first line of the release. The second line reads, Link between household firearm ownership levels and female homicide rates. Both statements are highlighted in bold italics."

"Buried in the text is an admission that the "study cannot prove causation," meaning, it cannot and does not establish a link between guns and the murder of women."
 

Majority Would Give Up Some Civil Liberties to 'Improve Security'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"About half of all Americans feel no more safe and secure from terrorism today than they felt immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, according to a national poll by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan."

"The survey's results also suggested that public confidence in key institutions, which had surged immediately after the terrorist attacks, may be ebbing."

--Apparently, they asked the wrong citizens.
 

Airline Security: Denied guns, miffed pilots undercut new safety agency
Submitted by: Jason Z Alberts

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"At a time when the federal government is struggling to make air travel secure, the last thing it needs is unions undermining its mission. Yet instead of respecting the authority of the fledgling Transportation Security Administration (TSA), six pilots unions are attempting an end run around the agency so pilots can carry guns in cockpits."

--Another liberal who thinks the government can protect us. Not likely!
 

Africa: Ghana begins weapons trawl
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"The... Government has announced a two-week amnesty for people in possession of unlicensed weapons to surrender them to the police... rewards might even be offered to those who would lead the police to uncover arms caches." The police and armed forces will undertake a joint exercise... to retrieve unlicensed weapons, as well as those stored outside the control of the military and police, with grave consequences for offenders."
 

It's Time to Sue the Gun-Lie Industry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A restless spirit is taking hold of American gun owners. When I write about gun issues nowadays, many readers respond impatiently,

"We already know our gun rights are threatened. Tell us what we can do about it!"

Al Capone said, "If he comes at you with a fist, you come at him with a bat. If he comes at you with a bat, you come at him with a knife. If he comes at you with a knife, you come at him with a gun."

"This principle can also be applied to the struggle over gun rights."
 

Canada: Turmoil engulfs biggest gun lobby group
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The head of Canada's largest gun lobby faces allegations of financial impropriety, including pocketing money from a Ted Nugent concert, failing to file tax returns and taking a personal hunting trip at the group's expense."

"Some members make the charges as part of the lawsuit that seeks to remove Jim Hinter as president of the Calgary-based National Firearms Association and force disclosure of his expenses."
 

White House Interested in National Driver's Licenses
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge for the first time has disclosed that the Bush administration is studying ways to set national standards for driver's licenses that would assist in preventing fraudulent identification and expose aliens who overstayed their visas."
 

ACLU Says Standardized Driver's License Proposals National ID
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Concerned with the increasing interest by the Bush Administration and some in Congress in a series of proposals to standardize driver's licenses across the country, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today decried the schemes, calling them de facto national IDs and a serious threat to privacy, liberty and safety."
 

ME: Police put new weapon to test
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"William Knight is sore, but alive, after being shot by a small beanbag."

"Before dawn on Thursday he became the first target of the Portland Police Department's new nonlethal rounds, intended to be an alternative to deadly force."

"Knight, 28, announced at a gas station on Forest Avenue just past midnight Thursday morning that he had a gun and was going to force police to shoot him."
 

U.N.: Anyone Have A Millstone Handy?
Submitted by: Fred Van Sickle

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"In this age of global government sovereign countries worldwide have the UN/Amerika in their internal affairs. This "New World Disorder" seems to attract hit-men, pimps, and sexual deviants of all kinds, who are more than willing to offer a "helping hand"."
 

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