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Europe: Gunning For It
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Europe's restrictive gun laws may make the American pro-gun lobby recoil like a blunderbuss, but European governments hardly care. They maintain that limiting gun ownership to hunters, collectors and gun-club members has helped keep firearm homicide rates much lower than those of the U.S."

"According to figures recently compiled by the British Home Office, the European Union's average homicide rate per 100,000 people in 1997-99 was 1.7, compared to 6.26 in the U.S. — and 20.52 in Russia."
 

IL: Free Guns Tweak City's Ban (Update)
Submitted by: SASister

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--The preposterous LA Times can't fathom any wisdom in bucking ridiculous gun ban laws (such as Chicago's). But at least the story is there, and even though this writer seems incredulous, the logic of John Birch makes it past the author's words.
 

NY: Draft Louis Wein For Governor Rally
Submitted by: God Bless America
Website: http://devoted.to/Godblessamerica

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May 18th, 2002, On the steps of the Capitol Building in Albany, NY.

Louis Wein shares our values. He has the courage to be politically incorrect in an age when most politicians, especially Republicans, only mouth the words but don’t have the guts to stand up for what they know is right.
 

OK: New law targets school bullies
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A law signed by the governor last week requires school districts to develop anti-bullying programs by Nov. 1. It also orders the state Education Department to send program ideas to school districts."

"The two students who went on a suicidal rampage at Columbine High School in 1999 were teased by classmates. Later that year, a school shooting in Oklahoma further worried state education officials."
 

OH: Ohio Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"HB493, a measure to allow Sunday hunting, has been approved by both the Senate and the House and awaits Governor Bob Taft's (R) signature. Contact Governor Taft at (614) 466-3555 and encourage him to sign this bill enabling hunters to participate in the hunting tradition on Sundays."

Contact your State Officials!
 

NY: New York Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Senator Jim Seward (R-50) has introduced S2458, which would protect firearm manufacturers from reckless lawsuits seeking to hold the industry responsible for the criminal misuse of firearms, as well as S7088, which would prohibit counties and other municipalities from regulating hunting, trapping, or fishing."

Contact your State Officials!
 

DE: Delaware Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"On Tuesday, May 14, the Delaware Senate will consider SB190. This legislation would mandate that all handguns sold or transferred by a licensed gun dealer be accompanied by a trigger-locking device. It would also ban the sale or transfer of all handguns that are not equipped with a so-called "integrated mechanical safety device" after January 1, 2003."

Contact your State Officials!
 

Too Late To Stop National ID
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Imagine a state in which you must register your name and address with the authorities, just so they can find you in case you break the law. In an age when bills vaunting protections for privacy abound, and when surveys of consumers rank privacy as a top concern, could that happen here? It is already happening. When we rely on the federal government to solve our problems, we invite it to intrude upon our privacy. We are asking Big Brother to come in and make himself at home."
 

AZ: Arizona Legislative Update (NRA/ILA)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"SB1008, Arizona's Range Protection bill, has been passed out of the House of Representatives and awaits Senate concurrence. Please contact your Senator and urge him to support SB1008. You can call your Senator at (800) 352-8404, or e-mail using the "Write Your Reps" feature."

"HB2329, the "Crime Gun Interdiction" bill, is awaiting consideration in the Senate. This legislation is aimed at law-abiding gun owners, while doing nothing to target violent criminals."

Contact your State Officials
 

Miller/Craig Introduce Senate Reckless Lawsuit Ban (S.2268)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Last week, U.S. Senators Zell Miller (D-Ga.) and Larry Craig (R-Id.) introduced S.2268, the Senate’s version of reckless lawsuit preemption legislation. This bill seeks to block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products."

Contact your U.S. Senators to cosponsor and support S.2268!
 

CO: Pro-gun forces launch last bid to save measure (HB1410)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"With the legislature's most controversial gun bill slipping from their sights, pro-gun groups unleashed a new phone and e-mail campaign this weekend in a last-ditch effort to save the measure.
The effort began Friday after it became apparent that a "shall-issue" concealed-handgun permit bill was about to become history. Until then, the gun lobby seemed relatively confident that its side would prevail."

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IL: Federal gun crackdown 'arrests dozens'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Dozens of suspects were arrested last week as part of a new federally funded crackdown on gun crimes, officials said."

"The results of the first round of arrests by local, state and federal law enforcement will be announced Monday as part of Project Safe Neighborhood, a $533 million federal program."

Contact your State Officials
Contact your U.S. Officials
 

SC: Prosecutor aims at 'gun violence'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gregory Spencer, Mississippi County’s community gun violence prosecutor, is in place and ready to go. “I am personally looking forward to serving the fine people of Mississippi County and look forward to developing lasting relationships with the community,” Spencer said. “Ultimately I want people to feel safe in their homes and walking down the streets of their neighborhoods.”
 

Germany: Ready to Raise Age for Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"German politicians are tentatively moving to tighten the country's gun laws after the shock of the events in Erfurt on April 26, when a 19-year-old expelled student returned to his old high school and killed 16 people before committing suicide."

"According to Monday's edition of the newsmagazine Der Spiegel, German Interior Minister Otto Schily has drafted a seven-point program which contains a proposal to increase the minimum age for acquiring firearms for sporting use from 18 to 21."
 

PA: Montgomery Gun-permit center goes paperless
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Within the next 60 days, the department will have a new $21,783 computer system on board that will benefit both applicants and the department, according to county Sheriff John P. Durante."

"One of the benefits of the new system is that it will enable the office to take a picture of the applicant and immediately mount it on the plastic permit, which enables a person to carry a concealed weapon."
 

Bush Choosing Gun Control Over Terrorist Control
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Libertarian Party says President George W. Bush, not the anti-gun liberals in his administration, is directly responsible for why America's commercial airline pilots remain defenseless against terrorists."

"The president puts whoever he wants in cabinet agencies and they answer to him," said Libertarian Party spokesman George Getz.

Contact Bush
 

UK: MP wants all police to carry guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Labour former minister is calling for all police officers in Britain to be armed with a gun to crack down on violent crime."

"Tony Banks, who was mugged at knife-point near his home in east London two years ago, insists the majority of people across Britain wants officers on the beat to be armed. "It works in other countries. It is a fact in other countries," the ex-sports minister and MP for West Ham says."
 

U.S. Officially Withdraws from International Criminal Court
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The United States has renounced formal involvement in a treaty creating the first permanent war crimes tribunal, Ambassador Pierre Richard-Prosper said Monday."

"He said the United States has no intention of ratifying the treaty and now considers itself "no longer bound in any way to its purpose and objective."

"The declaration was contained in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that was delivered to U.N. headquarters in New York."
 

Netherlands: Dutch far-right leader shot dead
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Gun control: 1, European voters: 0

Pim Fortuyn, whose party got 35% of the vote in recent elections, was killed today as he left an interview. A gunman got into the "secure" area where his limo was parked and shot him 6 times in the head and neck... then apparently escaped.

"In an interview last week, Fortuyn expressed fears that he could be the victim of an attack and said he had received threats... Fortuyn did use private bodyguards, though he could not afford constant security."
 

MN: Pro-gun group takes over anti-gun domain names
Submitted by: Ron Brace
Website: http://www.thegundoctor.org (under construction)

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From the Firearms Coalition Alerts List:

"The Non-profits had let their yearly fees pass and where no longer registered as official non-profits in Minnesota. The Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) decided to apply for the names as subsidiary groups of their organization. Now Minnesota's "Citizens For a Safer minnesota" can truly state they are trying to make minnesota safer, by arming responsible adults and encouraging CCW passage."
 

CA: Shooting retaliation expected in Manteca
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Police fear any noise could be the crackle of a gun, any new graffiti an omen of revenge."

*More proof that the police CANNOT protect you, they are strictly in the reactive mode!*
 

A good time to be armed
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"I am an unlikely supporter of the National Rifle Association and similar groups. I've not fired a gun in more than 40 years. I dislike hunting intensely and believe all firearms to be symbols of a violent society. But I am also a very practical human being."

"I supported the Texas law that allowed concealed handguns. I believe strongly in the literal interpretation of the Second Amendment guaranteeing private ownership of guns." - Allan Saxe
 

MD: Board of Education continues to enforce zero tolerance policy
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"It's been a little more than a year since the last mass school shooting shook the country, but area school and police officials say that's no excuse to back off a zero tolerance policy." - TARA REILLY
 

IL: Anti-gun Rallies Target Gun Shops
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Members of Operation/PUSH Coalition in Chicago began a series of rallies against suburban gun shops Saturday at Chuck's Gun Shop and Pistol Range in Riverdale.
Coalition leaders said gun shops are contributing to high crime rates in Chicago by selling handguns to Chicago residents even though handguns are prohibited in Chicago."

"John Riggio, manager of Chuck's Gun Shop, said it is not his job to regulate the behavior of people after they leave his store. Chicago residents are required to sign a form showing they have read and understood the Chicago ordinance prohibiting handguns."

Reported by Alice Hohl, The Daily Southtown
 

MA: State Sen. Cheryl Jacques named Join Together 'Hero of the Month'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"State Senator Cheryl A. Jacques (D-MA) has been a leader on public safety issues in the Massachusetts Legislature. Senator Jacques led a five-year campaign and helped pass the toughest gun control law in the country. She passed a Victims Bill of Rights, reformed the State's arrest warrant management system to crack down on wanted fugitives, and authored landmark legislation to protect children from domestic violence."
 

NRA: Way Off Target
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Lloyd Garver thinks the NRA just doesn't get it. ... they took credit for George W. Bush's 2000 election. When the president read the newspaper headline, "Bush Owes Presidency to NRA, NRA Says," the sound we heard coming from the White House was, "Shhh, not so loud!"

"The NRA can't take a hint. They're like a teenage boy who keeps telling everyone that he's dating the head cheerleader, even though she keeps telling everyone that she wants nothing to do with him."
 

Kids and Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Have a gun in the house? Have children in the house? Then please keep tabs on both."

"Over the course of the last few weeks, four incidents involving guns and minors have been investigated in three schools and one child-care setting. While it is rare that such incidents occur so closely together, and the combined total represents a fraction of a percent of gun owners, the events warrant a reminder to parents and all gun owners to exercise some vigilance." - Opinion of The Salt Lake Tribune
 

WA: Deputies arrested in gunfire incident
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Stevens County sheriff's deputy and a reserve deputy were arrested Friday on charges that they shot two Suncrest homes with a machine gun."

"Deputy Will Clark, 29, was arrested at 4:20 p.m. on suspicion of reckless endangerment, obstructing law enforcement officers and possession of an illegal weapon. Reserve Deputy Brian Cravens was arrested at 6 p.m. on suspicion of reckless endangerment and possession of an unlawful weapon."

"No other information was available."
 

Armed Pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Bush administration's resistance to allowing guns in airline cockpits is frustrating to the 75% of pilots who wish to arm themselves. They wonder why people who are entrusted with the equivalent of a flying bomb are deemed untrustworthy to carry a handgun."

"It's a good question, and the administration has not properly answered it."
 

Call to Arm Pilots Grows Louder
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Congress, this week, revisited one of the recurring topics raised during last week’s Annual Meetings—the idea of allowing properly trained flight crew on commercial aircraft to be permitted to carry firearms to defend their aircraft. U.S. Representatives John Mica (R-Fla.) and Don Young (R-Alas.) recently introduced H.R.4635, which seeks to establish a training program for arming flight crew"
 

Gun Control Misfires in Europe
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"What's behind the massacres in Germany, France and Switzerland?" BY JOHN R. LOTT JR.

"Sixteen people were killed during last week's school shooting in Germany. This follows the killing of 14 regional legislators in Zug, a Swiss canton, last September, and the massacre of eight city council members in a Paris suburb last month. The three worst public shootings in the Western world during the past year all occurred in Europe, whose gun laws are exactly what gun-control advocates want the U.S. to adopt. Indeed, all three occurred in gun-free "safe zones."
 

VA: Bearing Arms (Part 2 of 7)
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Latest Addition: "Wrestling with inner conflict -- Store owner relives shooting of robber".

You can also refer to the OpSD Archive for this incident.
 

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Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins. — Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose testimony convicted John Gotti.

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