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Australia: Guildford car dealer 'murdered in money row', shot in a 'Brady Paradise'
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"A luxury car dealer in Sydney was killed in a row over money, Channel Seven reported today."

"Croatia-born Franco Mayer, 50, was found dead at his car yard office on Woodville Road near Barbers Road in Guildford about 9.40am (AEST) yesterday."

"Police said his death may have been linked to a row over money, the Sunrise program reported."

"It was reported he was shot with a small calibre gun."

"The former bankrupt reportedly had a falling out with business associates and was due in court in the next few months on unknown charges."

"Friends said he was 'strapped for cash'."

"Mr Mayer lived in Cabramatta with his wife and teenage daughter."

"He leased the car yard one month ago." ...
 

Ashcroft, Snoops and Gag Orders: The Secrets of Surveillance
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"In his statement, Doe explains that his business provides access to the Internet, email accounts and space on the Web where people can post their own sites or store electronic files. He says some of his clients 'are individuals and political associations that engage in controversial political speech,' and that some 'communicate anonymously or pseudonymously,' which allows them 'to discuss embarrassing, sensitive or controversial subjects without fear of retaliation or reprisal.'"

"Doe and the ACLU are asking the court to deem unconstitutional the government's use of National Security Letters (NSLs), which allow FBI agents to demand, with no judicial oversight, personal information about clients of Internet Service Providers."

"'I believe that the government may be abusing its power by targeting people with unpopular views,' Doe writes. 'I am challenging the constitutionality of the NSL provision in an effort to protect all of my clients' interests.'" ...
 

India: Daring dacoities but no police in sight
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Armed criminals committed dacoity in broad daylight in the house of retired administrative officer Chandrashekhar Prasad, resident of Nalanda Colony of Khajpura Mohalla under the Shastrinagar police station, here on Monday.

Seven persons armed with sophisticated arms arrived at Prasad's house at around 1.30 pm and sought to meet Prasad's son, Priyranjan alias Pintu.

When the door was opened five armed criminals forced their way into the house.

Two armed criminals remained outside the house.

The criminals locked Prasad's two sons, Pintu and Sunil, daughter, Baby and daughter-in-law, Rina Devi, in a bathroom of the house at gun-point.
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This 'Brady Paradise' is more of a paradise for criminals than anyone else.
 

IL: Man robs Walgreens at gunpoint in Chicago, two blocks from police station
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"A man robbed a North Side drugstore Sunday morning, tying up two employees and taking about $4,000."

"At 8:15 a.m., the robber, who was carrying a gun, walked into the Walgreens store at 3358 N. Western Ave., grabbed an employee working at the cash register by the hair and told her to take him to the safe, said police spokeswoman Josephine Del Rio."

"The man ordered the employee to tie up two other employees with nylon wire ties and then took about $4,000 from the safe, Del Rio said. He fled east on West Roscoe Street."

"The Walgreens is about two blocks from the Belmont Area police station. Police were investigating."
 

CA: Aiming for excellence -- Students gain firearm skills with gun club
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In Los Angeles, it might be cause for concern.

But the shotgun club at West Valley High School is a tradition that's been in place since the school was built in 1984. In fact, the shooting range and skeet launcher are on school property.

For club adviser and shop teacher John Fickes, nothing could be more natural.

"It's a good sport for the kids," Fickes said.

Aside from learning to be better shooters, club members, both boys and girls, learn gun safety, discipline and camaraderie. He also mentioned, on a more basic level, that getting together as a club to shoot and compete is fun.
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Besides, according to a Clinton era DOJ study, teens with legal access to a gun have lower rates of street crimes, drug crimes and gun use than others.
 

Australia: Two charged for pointing a gun at police in this 'Brady Paradise'
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"POLICE have charged two men with assault and weapons offences after two officers had a gun pointed at them at Deception Bay, on Brisbane's northern outskirts."

"A police spokesman said the two officers were in Koyalee Street, Deception Bay, yesterday when the gun was pointed at them and one of them was assaulted."

"Police said they would not reveal what sparked the incident."

"The injured officer was taken to Redcliffe Hospital for treatment before being discharged."

"Two men, a 28-year-old from suburban Banyo and a 29-year-old from Deception Bay were due to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court today charged with assault and possession of a weapon."
 

Australia: Police probe leak on gang-hit pair
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"The Victoria Police is investigating a report that secret intelligence about a police informant was leaked to the underworld two weeks before he and his wife were shot dead."

"Opposition Leader Robert Doyle said the police report was the 'smoking gun' that linked police corruption with Melbourne's gangland killings." [emphasis added]

"ABC radio last night reported that the document, which identified Terence Hodson as a high-level police informer and included details such as his official informer number, was circulating in the Melbourne underworld a week before his body was found, along with that of his wife Christine, at his Kew home on May 16." ...
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But only cops are trustworthy enough to carry guns . . .
 

UK: Man robbed boys for change
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"A Nuneaton man who carried out a series of robberies, often threatening to shoot or stab his young victims, has been sentenced to three years' detention."

"Simon Noble pleaded guilty to five charges of robbery and one of blackmail by demanding money with menaces."

"He asked for another 19 offences to be taken into [con]sideration."

"A jury at Warwick Crown Court heard the 18-year-old, of Sandringham Court, Nuneaton, targeted school-boys in street robberies to fund his £40-a-day drug habit."

"He would tell them he had a or knife, before demanding they hand over their cash." ...
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And since he lives in the UK he was assured of a steady supply of disarmed victims to intimidate.
 

IN: Three Seymour Officers Fired For Misconduct
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"Three of five Seymour police officers that had been suspended for six months because of misconduct against two other officers have been fired, city officials said."

"The local board of public works on Friday dismissed Sgt. Anthony Prewitt and Cpls. J.B. Hamblin and Bruce M. Peak."

"The board allowed Officer Jason Kaiser to return to work on Friday without back pay and suspended Cpl. Kevin Hall without pay through July 1 until the investigation into new allegations against him are complete."

"Officials have not released many specifics about the officers' reported misconduct, but it involves misdemeanor vandalism and trespassing on Nov. 4 and 5 at the homes of Officer Ryan Huddleston and Detective Lt. Carl Lamb, The Tribune reported Saturday." ...
 

NY: AWOL NYPD Officer Found
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"A troubled Staten Island cop who vanished without a trace more than a week ago has been found only blocks from his home - incoherent, barefoot and carrying his revolver, police said yesterday."

"The officer, Ronald Shepard, 36, was sitting on a stoop on Justin Avenue in the Bay Terrace section Saturday at around 10:30 p.m. when cops, responding to a 911 call of a man with a gun, recognized their missing colleague."

"The six-year veteran was 'disoriented,' a police source said, and his .38-caliber gun was in plain sight."

"Shepard surrendered without incident and was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was undergoing psychiatric evaluation." ...
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But only cops and the military . . .
 

UK: Mum and daughter escape injury after shots fired at house in 'Brady Paradise'
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"LOYALISTS were today being blamed for a gun attack on the home of a woman and her seven-year-old daughter in Londonderry."

"Police are trying to establish a motive for the overnight attack on Bond Street, where four shots were fired through the living room window of the terraced house and into the child's bedroom."

"Mother and daughter narrowly escaped injury when shots and glass flew over their heads at around 10.45pm."

"The woman was watching television while her daughter slept on the first floor directly above her. The bullets pierced the ceiling."

"Police said she was 'shocked and shaken up' by the incident."
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I guess they should ban guns! That would solve the problem, right?
 

UK: Pellet guns fired near shoppers
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"POLICE today issued a warning to parents after seizing two ball bearing guns they believe were being fired near shoppers in Londonderry's city centre."

"The guns were seized from two gangs of young people on the city walls on Saturday afternoon, one of the peak shopping periods in the city centre."

"Police said today that the guns, which fire plastic pellets at speed, were very realistic."

"A PSNI spokeswoman said: 'We believe these guns were being fired within the range of members of the public.'"

"'While it is not illegal to have a BB gun, in the wrong hands they could cause serious injury or damage to property.'"
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Those bobbies are sure hell on children with toys! Maybe if they went after real criminals Britain and Wales wouldn't have a violent crime rate 2.5 times that of the US!
 

UT: Utah Legislature orders university to lift guns ban
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... "For decades, the University of Utah has prohibited its students and employees from carrying firearms on campus. But this year, the Utah Legislature passed a law requiring the university to lift the ban."

"That law went into effect this month. The university says it won't recognize it. So in a state where a kindergarten teacher can tote a weapon in class and lawmakers carry guns in the Statehouse, a showdown is coming. Utahns 'sometimes think gun possession is a God-given right, not a constitutional right,' says Jake Garn, a university trustee and former U.S. senator. 'I tell them I don't ever remember seeing Jesus packing heat.'"
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A) Self-defense is a "God-given right" that is protected by the Constitution.

B) "... and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." (Luke 22: 36)
 

UK: Seven Years in Jail for Dealer Who Carried Gun
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"A Hardened drug dealer who carried a loaded gun while dealing from his car has been locked up for seven years."

"Dean Hartley received the longest sentence of anyone convicted under Humberside Police's Operation Hatch against class A drug dealers."

"The out-of-town dealer, who traveled from Liverpool to ply his deadly trade, plucked heroin and crack cocaine from a goodie-bag of more than 20 wraps to give to undercover officers."

"But he celebrated his 23rd birthday behind bars at the weekend after admitting 12 counts of supplying class A drugs."

"He also pleaded guilty to possessing a gun and ammunition without a certificate and while banned." ...
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But guns and drugs are banned in the UK!
 

UK: Family in Armed Police Terror
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"WEST Yorkshire Police has been forced to issue an apology after armed officers mistakenly pinned down a father-of-one at gunpoint."

"An investigation has been launched after the armed unit swooped on Brian Bing as he finished some gardening for an elderly neighbour and returned to his home in Oulton, near Leeds."

"Brian was suddenly swamped by armed police. His partner of 30 years, Jackie, shook as firearms officers ran into their home and their nine-year-old son Liam was hysterical with fear."

"Brian said: 'They threw me onto the floor and pointed guns at my neck and head. I thought it was a joke at first then I realised something deadly serious was going on.'"
 

KY: UofL increases spending on security
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"On a rainy night in November, K.C. Dunn had finished her shift as a medical resident and was walking to the University of Louisville parking lot when a man with a gun demanded her car."

"Not satisfied with her 1994 Honda Civic, the carjacker ordered the 42-year-old Dunn into the car, but she refused and led him on a chase around the dim, unguarded parking lot until passers-by scared him off."

"It was a tipping point for UofL, where several years of reductions in the safety budget have coincided with a rise in crime, particularly around its health center campus." ...
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UofL policy prohibits any student from possessing "any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, or other firearm or weapon" without written authorization from the Chief Admin Officer of the school, even for students with a CCW permit.
 

AK: Lots of memories in passed-down gun
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"Keepsakes passed from one family generation to the next are fascinating things. These keepsakes can be just about anything, but usually have some significant meaning to the older generation person who is passing the item on. Hopefully, the younger generation recipient will also value the item too."

"I started thinking about this while my wife and I were visiting my mother-in-law in Homer this past weekend. Mildred, my mother-in-law, gave Debby and me a couple of firearms that had belonged to Debby's father." ...

"The rifle we received has much greater significance to my wife. The Marlin lever-action was her father's boyhood rifle, made early in the 20th century and was well used. Debby remembers her dad telling her about this gun while she was growing up, but she never remembered actually seeing the rifle until her mom gave it to us."
 

CA: Mountain lion shooting inflames arrogance of political left
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"IF you think there is a limit to how much childishness there is among Californians, you may want to reconsider especially for Californians in academic communities."

"Recently a mountain lion was discovered up in a tree in Palo Alto, a residential community adjacent to Stanford University. This was at about the time of day when a nearby school was getting ready to let out. There had already been an incident of a horse being found mauled by some animal on Stanford land, and some thought it might have been a mountain lion that did it."

"Fearing that the mountain lion might find one of the local school children a tempting target, the police shot and killed the animal. Outrage against the police erupted up and down the San Francisco peninsula and as far away as Marin County, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, more than 30 miles away." ...
 

UK: Golfers in Gun Terror in 'Brady Paradise'
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"THUGS who shot at golfers with powerful airguns were being hunted by police last night."

"Players dived for cover on the fairways at Killermont Golf Club in Bearsden, Glasgow, as pellets whizzed past them."

"A police helicopter was called in to scour the area. There were no reports of any injuries."

"A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: 'We regard this as a very serious incident. Weapons such as these are very dangerous.'"
 

IL: Shootings leave 1 dead, another critically hurt in Chicago where guns are banned
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"A Chicago man was killed and another was critically wounded over the weekend in two shootings on the South Side."

"Brandon McClelland, 18, was with friends in Bessemer Park near the 2600 block of East 89th Street about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when another teenager rode up to the group on his bicycle and fired a gun, police said."

"McClelland, of the 4500 block of South Greenwood Avenue, was shot in the chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m. Saturday in Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a Cook County medical examiner's spokesman said."

"Another Chicago man, 21, was critically wounded when a man fired several shots at him from a vehicle about 12:45 a.m. Sunday in the 8700 block of South Wabash Avenue, said police spokesman Matthew Jackson. The victim was taken to Christ Medical, Jackson said." ...
 

CO: Permits falling short
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"Concealed-carry law spurs half as many requests as expected."

"One year after lawmakers eased the state's concealed weapons law, about half the number of people expected to apply for a concealed weapons permit have done so."
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KABA Note: Despite the shrill shrieks of the antis, the sky really isn't falling.
 

CO: Only 31 of 64 counties put permit holders on state list
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"The state keeps no comprehensive registry of concealed-weapons permit holders."

"There is a partial list of permit holders, but state law doesn't require sheriffs to submit information to it. Currently, 31 of the 64 counties enter names of permit holders to the Colorado Crime Information Center."
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KABA Note: 31 is too many. 1 is too many. There is no reason whatsoever for the government to have a list of people who are willing to defend themselves.
 

PA: Pa. militias drawing federal scrutiny
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"The nation's militia subculture is alive, if hardly well, in northwestern Pennsylvania, even though experts say such groups have been on the wane since members testified before Congress in the mid-1990s in the wake of the Branch Davidian disaster and the Oklahoma City bombing."

"Militia-type groups insist those events were government-provoked, if not sponsored, and the attorney for the man alleged to be leading one of two small Crawford County groups says his client is being unfairly targeted, too." ...
 

India: Just hit him in the b****
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"My last article on violence against women evoked overwhelming and heart warming responses."

"The fire burning within women to effect change is inspiring. Their frustration with the arduous wait for the government to send in helicopters and rescue boats (read judicial and social measures) for drowning women, resulted in wonderful conversations on the importance of self-defence for all women."

"God helps those who help themselves and given that rape has shot up by an alarming 40 per cent, women need to learn to swim to the shore. Self-defence, which according to me is the only legitimate form of violence, is imperative for survival on land, just like swimming is survival in water." ...
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And the best tool for self-defense was prohibited by your British masters, and remains prohibited.
 

KY: Kentucky craftsman revives art of making long rifles
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"The Kentucky long rifle is an uniquely American invention, for uniquely American needs. As the heavily wooded hills of Kentucky were being explored by the first settlers the Kentucky long rifle was a much needed tool for survival in the new land."

"By the end of the Civil War, the muzzleloaders, such as the Kentucky long rifle, were being challenged by the more reliable breechloaders. Soon black powder followed the demise of the muzzle loader and the Kentucky long rifle became a collector's item."

"Somerset resident Murrell Crockett has kept the tradition of the Kentucky long rifle going strong with his self-taught skill of hand-crafting the two-centuries-old rifle. Crockett goes through a painstaking process of making the antique rifles from a plank of maple wood and raw pieces of sorted metals." ...
 

OK: Sheriff's office, police to issue free [read taxpayer funded] gun locks
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"The Carter County Sheriff's Department and Ardmore Police Department are joining in the national effort to protect children from guns by distributing free gun locks."

"The locks are part of Project Child. The program was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the firearms industry."

"'The goal of this program is to prevent children from accessing loaded firearms in the home and to encourage safe handling and proper storage of home-owned firearm,' Sheriff Harvey Burkhart said."

"The free gun locks are part of a safety kit, which also includes safety curriculum and instructions. Burkhart said his department has been given 800 kits for area distribution."
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At least they are including gun safety information. Personally I believe it would be better to teach gun safety in schools than give away bicycle locks.
 

OR: Bend officer's painful lesson: Lock car, take keys
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"Lock your car, take your keys: It’s a message police agencies large and small stress all the time. But when you’re an officer on the run on a busy holiday weekend, and you pull up in a patrol car to a reported wee-hours fight at a downtown Bend bar, lights and sirens going, and you jump out to assess the situation, well … "

"Nobody was making excuses Sunday, but some explanations – and no small measure of embarrassment – clearly were in order. A 25-year-old Bend man – a veteran of at least one high-profile police chase in the Sisters area – was riding his bike downtown when he happened upon and allegedly took advantage of just such a situation ..." ...

"The allegedly intoxicated suspect also broke a gun rack to remove the stored AR-15 rifle and fired off some shots, based on spent casings found at the crash scene. ..." ...
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Canada: Killed host over $10 fee, two men found guilty
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"Jennifer Moore does not want revenge on the two men who killed her husband in front of her over a $10 cover charge."

"Instead, just minutes after a jury convicted them of first-degree murder and attempted murder on Saturday, she offered them her sympathy."

"'I feel sorry for Gary Eunick and Leighton Hay because they're young men and . . . they're going to be spending the rest of their lives in jail,' she said outside the court."
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But I thought the Billion dollar Canadian gun registry was going to put an end to this sort of shooting!
 

NY: Man dies in police custody
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"A 33-year-old Central Islip man died in police custody Sunday night after officers restrained him because he was 'acting irrational' and harassing people during an outburst at the Wyandanch train station, Suffolk police said." ...

"But Blount's family disputed the police version, saying they found it hard to believe. His foster sister, Renee Hall, said Blount was in no physical condition to resist police because he was hit by a car in mid-April while he was walking in Central Islip, spent two weeks in a wheelchair and had a cast on his right leg. At the time of the incident, she said, he was still wearing a leg brace and recovering from torn ligaments." ...
 

Air marshals look to lower their profile
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As they settled into first class on American Airlines "Flight 1438 from Chicago to Miami, they were supposed to be the last line of defense against terrorists - two highly trained U.S. air marshals who would sit unnoticed among the ordinary travelers but spring into action at the first sign of trouble."

"Imagine their chagrin when a fellow passenger coming down the aisle suddenly boomed out, 'Oh, I see we have air marshals on board!'"

"The incident, detailed in an intelligence brief, is an example of something that happens all too often, marshals say. The element of surprise may be crucial to their mission, but it turns out they're "as easy to identify as a uniformed police officer," the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association said in a complaint to Congress."

"The problem is not security leaks. It's the clothes."
 

CA: British journalist flies to L.A. to shoot some real guns
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"I like to sit in the dark and shoot lots of people. I also like to fight ninjas and save the world from alien invasion. My heroics are performed from the comfort of an armchair, and the computer games console is my weapon. However, I've long been curious about the reality of shooting the weapons I tote so easily in Tomb Raider and Hitman: to see what it really feels like to be armed and dangerous. So when I was presented with the opportunity to visit the indoor pistol range at the Los Angeles Gun Club, I jumped on the first plane." ...

"... A quick examination of the figures relating to gun-related deaths - in 2002, 68 deaths in the UK and 11,127 in the US) brings home the fact that virtual guns are a lot safer to play with. I'll be happy to stick to shooting make-believe magnums in the safety of my sitting room."
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But she still doesn't get it. The UK has a lower homicide rates (both firearm and non-firearm) than the US, but they have 2 - 2.5 times the violent crime rate of the US.
 

Mexico: Padre Packs Pistol, Super-Sized Persona
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"Alfredo Gallegos Lara is 6-foot-4, sings country music and keeps a 9mm pistol tucked into his belt. No ordinary gunslinger, he may be Mexico's most unusual parish priest."

"One recent afternoon, Gallegos, 52, pulled off his religious vestments behind the altar of the Catholic church in this sleepy town in central Mexico, revealing jeans, crocodile boots and a shiny black pistol. Mexico has strict laws forbidding private citizens to carry guns, but Gallegos said he has always informed police about them and the police haven't complained. After all, his pistols are why the unorthodox priest, with a growing following in Mexico and the United States, is called 'Padre Pistolas.'"
 

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