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U.S. liable for border-crosser deaths?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The families of 14 illegal Mexican immigrants who died of dehydration while crossing the hot Arizona desert have filed a $42 million lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, claiming it failed to help them survive."

"The lawsuit, filed April 30 in U.S. District Court in Tucson, claims federal border policy forced the immigrants to enter the country through the treacherous area southwest of Tucson known to have little water."
 

Democrats Seek Bush's Help on Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Opening a drive to renew the 1994 ban on assault weapons, a group of senators on Thursday challenged President Bush to give them the high-profile assistance they need to keep the law on the books." ...

"Asked whether Bush would fight for the ban, Fleischer said, 'Watch his actions and judge for yourself.' "

"Backers of the legislation say Bush needs to take a highly visible role to help them in what will be an uphill battle to pass an extension, particularly in the House."
 

CA: AB1044: A Cover-Up Of CCW And Public Records Illegality
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"California’s law enforcement are pushing a bill this year, AB1044, designed to cover up statewide racism, corruption and gender discrimination in the handling of gun permits, in a conspiracy going all the way up to the office of the California Attorney General. If it passes, it will mandate the destruction of public records critical to any equal protection analysis of CCW misconduct."
 

CA: California DOJ sponsors bill to mast corruption and racism
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"California Assembly Bill 1044 is part of a deliberate effort to conceal massive wrongdoing in the handling of Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit applications across California, including wrongful actions on the part of state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said today."

" 'SAF has received complaints from our members in California for years that the gun permit issuance system is being handled improperly,' said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. 'The key to proving it has always rested with timely access to public records held by local agencies. We have now learned that AG Lockyer has taken specific steps in violation of the California Public Records Act to mask the local misconduct. Instead of correcting the problem, he is trying to have his past misconduct declared legal by the current legislature.' "
 

NV: Residents of Nevada Town Concerned
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"While an upcoming drill by the Office of Homeland Security that includes a mock detonation of a ‘dirty bomb’ in Seattle goes forward, residents of a community 60 miles west of Las Vegas are concerned about unguarded radioactive shipments through their town."
 

OH: Wolpert introduces gun-safety bill
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Now that many of the state's once-rural townships are becoming more and more urban, backyard target practice is no longer a good idea in areas where it was once common."

"In an effort to give growing townships the ability to regulate gun use in densely populated areas, state Rep. Larry Wolpert (R-Hilliard) introduced a bill yesterday that would allow township trustees to create gunfire-free zones."
 

UT: SLC Students, Officials Talk Gun Laws
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Salt Lake City students met with Corrections and judicial officers Wednesday at the Youth Summit on Gun Violence to discuss parents keeping firearms out of children's hands and communication between officials and students."

... "The discussion, which drew about 90 students, focused on legal consequences of firearms policies and how they affect teens."
 

Gun Haters Versus the Big Bang Theory
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Some folks just hate guns. ...They hate them worse than they hate neighborhoods that aren't gated and patrolled, those anachronistic wastelands free of zoning laws and aesthetic committees."

"They rail against the right to keep and bear arms because they long ago lost the desire or ability to care for themselves. After all, one afflicted by an anxiety attack at the sight of a full recycling bin or a leaking faucet can hardly be expected to understand self-reliance."
 

TX: Dimmitt police give away gun locks for home safety
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"When it comes to gun safety, there's no place to start like home."

" 'We've given away around 400 gun locks,' said Dimmitt Police Department Officer Sal Rivera, the department's firearms instructor and Project Childsafe coordinator."

"Rivera said the gun locks are a good way for parents to begin teaching gun safety at home."
 

Judge fails to rule on witness access issue in Moussaoui case
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A federal judge failed to rule Wednesday on whether a man charged in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks may be able to interview an al Qaeda operative as part of his defense."

"U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema failed to rule following the closed-door hearing on Zacarias Moussaoui's request to interview Ramzi Binalshibh, a member of al Qaeda in U.S. custody."
 

FL: Prosecutors to toughen stance on gun crimes
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"State and federal prosecutors are planning to zero in on people committing gun-related offenses."

" 'If you illegally possess or use a gun, we plan to pick on you,' said State Attorney Bill Cervone, after an announcement Tuesday that Gainesville area prosecutors will work with the U.S. Attorney's Office on handling gun crimes."

"The idea, prosecutors hope, will result in tougher sentences for those convicted of crimes involving a gun."
 

Telemarketers can be liable for fraud, high court rules
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In a free-speech case about money and the message behind it, the Supreme Court Monday ruled telemarketers could be prosecuted for fraud related to the donations they raise for charities."

" 'The First Amendment safeguards the right to engage in charitable solicitation, but it does not shield fraud,' said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for a unanimous court."
 

Competing efforts under way to undo, unbind Patriot Act
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Incidents like the one involving Halperin - subsequently released without charge - are attracting attention from organizations and defenders of civil liberties who feel the Patriot Act is quickly eroding individual rights and freedoms."
 

House to Vote on Church Programs
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The House is scheduled to vote today on a bill that would allow religious groups that run federally funded job training and literacy programs to hire and fire employees based on their religious beliefs."

"The $4 billion Workforce Investment Act, the country's main job training legislation, is the latest battleground in President Bush's effort to channel more government funds to religious charities without forcing them to change their policies and practices."
 

Feelings and positive responses
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"More 'good news' today in that a few more states have joined the ranks of those that 'allow' via a 'licensing' procedure, a few of their subjects to carry concealed weapons, primarily handguns. This is all fine and dandy as a positive propaganda campaign to re-awaken the sheeple to their most basic right but it doesn’t do what must be done: restore the right, not the privilege."
 

May court save our gun rights
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Let us hope the Supreme Court will soon accept the latest gun-rights case and then clearly rule that Americans have a constitutional right to own certain weapons." ...

"There is no compelling reason to depart from this view. Ownership of firearms by the average, reasonably careful citizen causes no overwhelming problems. And gun ownership by criminals is not something that an adverse court ruling can prevent."
 

House panel eases citizenship rules
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The House Judiciary Committee passed legislation yesterday to speed up citizenship for U.S. military members on active duty, after rebuking attempts to broaden the bill to reservists and to relax immigration laws for immediate relatives of holders of green cards who have died in combat."
 

OH: Gun law still in Senate holster Committee ponders proximity in autos
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Senate committee moved closer yesterday to approving a controversial bill allowing Ohioans to carry hidden handguns."

"Members of the Judiciary Committee on Civil Justice focused on the question of whether permit-holders should be prohibited from having guns at easy reach within their cars. The prohibition is something Gov. Bob Taft has insisted upon before he would sign such a bill, but its inclusion could alienate some gun-rights groups supporting the bill."
 

MN: Police chief for new gun law
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"While some might have guessed that the Princeton Police Department would be against a reduction of the restrictions for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed handgun, that isn’t the case."

"At least Police Chief Dave Warneke and his next in command, Sgt. Brian Payne, are not against the new law. Warneke said some of his officers are for and some against this law that takes effect May 28."
 

Feinstein Pushes For Extension Of Gun Ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Senator Dianne Feinstein says the ban on most assault weapons must stay in effect."

"She's calling on the President to help extend the ban which expires next year. Feinstein sponsored the law after the 1993 shooting rampage at 101 California Street in San Francisco."
 

MN: Bloomington police chief concerned about gun law
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"Count Bloomington Police Chief John Laux among the skeptics when it comes to the new 'concealed carry' handgun measure that became state law last week."

"The legislation, which takes effect later this month, requires law enforcement agencies to issue most citizens permits to carry hidden firearms. To Laux, that could lead to myriad troubles for officers."
 

Canada: Alberta will not ban gun law prosecution
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"The Alberta government will stop short of mirroring a Manitoba directive to Crown attorneys to not prosecute any firearm registration offences."

"But Justice Minister Dave Hancock said he is writing a letter to his counterpart in Winnipeg, Gord Mackintosh, to learn more about that province's 'bold' opposition."
 

MN: Most area legislators go against tide on gun law
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"Most area state legislators went against the grain of the vote last week on a measure that would allow a majority of citizens to carry concealed handguns." ...

"Local officials opposed the change. Both the Bloomington and Edina city councils passed resolutions urging the Legislature not to adopt a 'shall issue' law. Police chiefs in both cities also opposed the measure."
 

IN: County warns gun club to reduce noise or be shut down
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"Based on a noise assessment survey by an industrial hygienist hired by the Andreasens, the Jefferson County Plan Commission last night told shooting range owner George Stephan that he must comply with the county noise regulations or face having the county ask a judge to shut down his business."
 

NY: Got Ammo? Not Without License States New City Gun Control Bill
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"The popular National Rifle Association defense 'Guns don’t kill people, people kill people' leaves out a key technicality: it’s the bullets that do the killing."

"This idea is at the heart of a new bill and resolution introduced last Friday by Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) that seeks to make it harder for unlicensed rifle and shotgun owners to get ammunition."
 

FBI Focus Increases On Hamas, Hezbollah
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"Wielding new powers granted by a six-month-old federal court decision, the FBI has greatly intensified decade-old investigations of alleged U.S. supporters of the Islamic Resistance Movement and Hezbollah terrorist groups, according to government officials."
 

WA: Official blocked release of rape complaint against Brame
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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"An assistant city attorney moved to block disclosure of a date rape accusation against David Brame 11 months before he was named police chief, newly released court records show."

"The official, Shelley Kerslake, tried to block questions related to the accusation, then got a judge to seal court records in the lawsuit that cited it, The News Tribune reported today."
 

Federal court ruling on campaign finance law is victory for third parties
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The Libertarian Party, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, is applauding Friday's federal court ruling striking down several provisions as unconstitutional."

" 'This ruling is a victory for third parties and for the tens of millions of Americans who support them,' said Geoffrey Neale, national chair of the Libertarian Party. 'In an attempt to reduce corruption among Democrats and Republicans, this law stifled political speech and imposed massive regulations that make it harder for third parties to compete.' "
 

GA: Intruder fatally injured during home burglary
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"A would-be burglar died early today after breaking into a Sandy Springs house by jumping head-first through a front window."

" 'This is a weird one, I must admit,' said a puzzled Fulton County police major, Wenda Phifer. 'Jumping through glass to get into, not out of some place...I don't know...' "
 

NY: Gun-Runners, Beware
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In recent years, hundreds of illegal weapons have found their way into the wrong hands in Central New York. How? Simple. Drive to Pennsylvania, or Virginia, or Georgia, or any other state with lax gun laws, and buy as many handguns as you like - for cash. Then drive home, spread the word and wait for customers. You can turn a tidy profit. You don't have to comply with New York's stricter gun-purchase laws - or bother about buyers with criminal records or what they do with the guns."
 

OH: Cincinnati crime wave threatens to shut down businesses
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"A recent shooting on Fountain Square - the heart of Cincinnati's downtown - has a business concerned that this latest crime will be its demise."

" 'My concern is that it's going to kill my business,' said Eric Yax, Rock Bottom's manager. But, 'I don't know what (police) can do' beyond around-the-clock patrols." ...

"This shooting proves once again that gun control laws like Ohio's concealed carry ban serve only to disarm the law-abiding."
 

OH: New online poll asks if businesses should be allowed to ban firearms in cars
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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A new online survey is inquiring whether or not Ohio businesses should be allowed to ban firearms from your private vehicle in their parking lot.

If you haven't already done so, you can also weigh in on whether or not you would shop an Ohio business that bans CCW.
 

OH: Rocker Ted Nugent weighs in on Ohio's self-defense ban
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"During an interview with Columbus ThisWeek to promote an upcoming Columbus concert with ZZTOP, rocker and Second Amendment-rights activist Ted Nugent had this to say about Ohio's ban on carrying a firearm for self-defense:"

" 'Any obstacles for individuals of proper reputation -- in other words, non-felons -- to ever need any kind of permit for the right to keep and bear arms is an indication of a cultural deprivation at the hands of an apathetic, sheep-like society that embarrasses me, angers me,' he said."
 

Do concealed carry laws matter at all? (Blog)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Ayres and Donohue seem to find evidence that liberalizing concealed-carry laws leads to increases in crime, in particular property crime. That creates a puzzle: if this effect is real, rather than a statistical artifact, how does it arise? The same question applies to claims that shall-issue decreases crime: what is the mechanism? In each case, we need a mechanism that is plausible in concept and in extent, and a pattern of crime increases or decreases consistent with that mechanism."
 

CA: OC Register Editorial on SILVEIRA V. LOCKYER Case
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"Finally, Mr. Lott pointed out that the banned "assault weapons" are not machine guns, but regular rifles that look mean."

"Functionally they are no different from other rifles."

"We hope the Supreme Court takes up this case and firmly upholds the Second Amendment's individual right to keep and bear arms."

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This from a California paper!
 

LA: Victims' advocate: Don't prosecute storeowner in shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The risk of being shot is one of the occupational hazards faced by burglars, and rightfully so, says a victims' rights advocate."

"James Sandifer, president of the Louisiana Crime Victims Coalition and Common Sense Against Crime, said he believes the store owner who shot two burglars on Tuesday morning in Alexandria should not be prosecuted."
 

CO: Denver To Appeal Concealed Weapons Law
Submitted by: Lindy Cox

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"Police will begin accepting applications for concealed weapons permits later this month while the city considers challenging a new state law in court."

"For years, Denver officials have opposed the Legislature's attempts to require the city to issue the permits."

"The mayor sharply criticized the legislation, saying, 'State-mandated permits allowing handguns to be routinely carried in public will not make for a safer society.' "
 

CA: Jury blames gunmaker, awards Alameda County teen $50 million
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A boy left paralyzed nine years ago in an accidental shooting was awarded $50.9 million Wednesday by an Alameda County jury that took the unusual step of holding the gunmaker largely responsible for the tragedy."

"Brandon Maxfield, now 16, of Willits, has been a quadriplegic since being shot in the jaw by a baby-sitter who was trying to unload the Bryco/Jennings pistol."
 

Irking N.R.A., Bush Supports Ban on Assault Weapons
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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President Bush and the National Rifle Association, long regarded as staunch allies, find themselves unlikely adversaries over one of the most significant pieces of gun-control legislation in the last decade, a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons.

"He's built up enough positive political capital in other areas that it won't be fatal," Mr. Franc added, but the issue could hurt Mr. Bush in Middle America, considered critical to his re-election chances in 2004.
 

UK: Tony Martin's Parole Refused - Again
Submitted by: Mark Richardson
Website: http://www.thelurch.co.uk

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"Tony Martin, the farmer jailed for killing a teenage burglar, has lost his High Court appeal against the Parole Board's refusal to release him early." ...

"Probation officers said there was an "unacceptable risk" that Martin might again react with excessive force if other would-be burglars intruded on his Norfolk farm, Bleak House."
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The real disgusting reason for the denial is that Mr. Martin took his safety seriously. In the statist UK, his life is not nearly as important as the criminal's right to be safe in victimizing him.
 

Shotgun carried on Soyuz
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"It could have been a lot worse for the two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut whose landing was nearly 300 miles off course and whose recovery was hours late."

"In 1976, a Soyuz spacecraft came down in a freezing squall and splashed into a lake; the crew spent the night bobbing in the capsule."

"Eleven years before that, two cosmonauts overshot their touchdown site by 1,200 miles and found themselves deep in a forest with hungry wolves. That's when Russian space officials decided to pack a sawed-off shotgun aboard every spacecraft."
 

Bush in Tight Spot With N.R.A. Over Gun Legislation
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"President Bush and the National Rifle Association, long regarded as staunch allies, find themselves unlikely adversaries over one of the most significant pieces of gun-control legislation in the last decade, a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons."

"At issue is a measure to be introduced by Senate Democrats on Thursday to continue the ban. Groundbreaking 1994 legislation outlawing the sale and possession of such firearms will expire next year unless Congress extends it, and many gun-rights groups have made it their top priority to fight it. Even some advocates of gun control say the prohibition has been largely ineffective because of its loopholes."

"Despite those concerns, the White House says Mr. Bush supports the extension of the current law — a position that has put him in opposition to the N.R.A. and left many gun owners angry and dumbfounded."
 

Pilots Seek to Keep Guns in Airliner Cabins
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Commercial airline pilots who have been trained to carry guns in the cockpit want to keep their weapons with them in the cabin when they are traveling off-duty, several pilots groups are expected to argue today before a House panel."

"The Transportation Security Administration trained 44 pilots to carry guns last month as a prototype group. But before the next classes start this summer, pilots are asking Congress to change some training procedures, saying that methods of carrying a weapon involve some safety and security risks."
 

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