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Indonesia: Da'i hails study on graft by police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar praised on Thursday a study of police corruption, saying it would help the police eradicate the crime."

"The study, conducted by Police Staff College (PTIK) students a few months ago, found corruption was widespread among the police, at every level." [empjasis added]

"'We will use the study as a starting point in our efforts to eradicate bribery and corruption within the institution. Our success will regain public trust in us,' Da'i said at the graduation of 350 PTIK students."

"Graduates were among those involved in the study, which was opposed by some high-ranking officers."
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But only cops and the military should have guns, right Rosie?
 

22% of Americans See No Difference Between President Bush and Senator Kerry on Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A majority of the public continues to favor stricter gun control, but gun control is not likely to be much of an issue in this year's presidential election. In fact, a modest plurality thinks President George Bush would do a better job than Senator John Kerry on the issue of gun control. These findings suggest that gun control is not an issue which is influencing voters in their choice of presidential candidates." ...

"By 29% to 25% a modest plurality thinks President George Bush would be better on the gun control issue than Senator John Kerry, but 22% see no difference, and 24% are not sure."

"Small and equal proportions (23%) prefer a Republican-controlled and a Democratically-controlled Congress on the gun control issue. Most people see no difference (31%) or are not sure (24%)." ...
 

WA: New Brame documents shed light on his hiring
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Newly discovered documents released Thursday by the City of Tacoma partially answer lingering questions in the David Brame scandal."

"The documents help explain how the former chief got his first job with the police department, and show that he was pronounced fit for duty after being accused of rape in 1988."

"Brame was evaluated by three psychologists prior to his hire in 1981. Though two of the reports were previously made public, city officials only recently found the third while an employee in the personnel department was cleaning out old files."

"Brame, who rose through the ranks to become the city’s police chief in 2003, fatally shot his wife, Crystal, on April 26, 2003. The couple was in the midst of a nasty divorce at the time." ...
 

Cops only concealed carry moves on
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The House Judiciary Committee yesterday passed a bill that allows active-duty and retired law-enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons anywhere in the country."

"The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act heads to the floor of the House for a final vote before going to the Senate, where a similar bill passed as an amendment in March by a 91-8 vote. ..."

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Consider how many LEOs out there would gladly deprive you of your RKBA and consider that now they will get special privileges to exercise their RKBA nationwide, whether individual states wish to allow it or not. Not only does this bill give cops special treatment, but it forces the states to amend their laws to the feds' wishes.
 

AZ: Shooting expert rejects ex-officer's explanation
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A premiere shooting-reconstruction expert used the location of an ejected cartridge casing and an autopsy photo of an Ahwatukee Foothills woman Wednesday to dispute an ex-Chandler cop's version of the fatal shooting."

"Lucien Haag, a criminalist with nearly 40 years of ballistics experience, said Dan Lovelace shot Dawn Rae Nelson, 35, from a position slightly behind her as Nelson's white Camaro passed him on Oct. 11, 2002."

"Haag said the single shot fired by Lovelace with his Glock semi-automatic pistol traveled in a back to forward path at a 20-degree angle and also was fired at a 7-degree downward angle." ...
 

OH: Tale of FOUR OH Cities: Three posted business robbed; Armed Toledo clerk defends
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Man Robs Kroger Store, Assaults Guard"

"DAYTON, Ohio -- Dayton police are searching for a man who allegedly shoplifted from a local grocery store and then assaulted a security officer. The incident happened at the Kroger store on Wayne Avenue on Wednesday." ...

"Akron BP robbed, clerk repeatedly pistol-whipped"

"AKRON - A 36-year-old Akron man has been charged with robbing an East Avenue store Sunday." ...

"Broad daylight robbery at Fifth-Third Bank"

"A Portsmouth man is wanted in connection with a broad daylight robbery of a bank in downtown Portsmouth on Tuesday. Around 10:15 a.m., the Portsmouth Police Department received a call about a robbery at the Fifth Third Bank Drive-Thru in the 800 block of Seventh Street." ...

"Store Clerk Turns The Table On Would-Be Crook"

"TOLEDO--A Toledo convenience store clerk turned the tables on a guy who wanted to rob his place. The clerk pulled a gun from behind the counter last weekend and the would-be robber left without any money." ...
 

AZ: Arizona attorney general hires ex-Detroit police chief
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former police chief Jerry Oliver, who quit after being caught with an unregistered gun at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, has been hired to advise Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard on public safety issues."

"Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick hired Oliver in January 2002. He was Richmond, Va., police chief in 1995-2002. Before that, he was police chief in Pasadena, Calif."

"Goddard called Oliver 'one of the country's leaders in law enforcement and an advocate for policing reform" and credited him with helping lower Richmond's homicide rate by 60 percent over three years.'" ...
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KABA Note: Not only did he fail to mention the gun in his checked luggage, but there were serious questions about whether he was even authorized to carry a gun at all!
 

NRANews Exempt from Campaign Finance Restrictions, LaPierre Announces
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "'We are of the opinion that NRAnews should be deemed a media company and therefore is entitled to distribute news stories, commentaries and editorials that both mention federal candidates and advocate the election or defeat of a federal candidate. Under the relevant campaign finance laws, media companies are permitted to engage in such speech without limitation. Although neither the federal statutes nor the regulations of the Federal Election Commission ('FEC' or 'Commission') define the specific characteristics of a media company, there can be no doubt that the National Rifle Association ('NRA') engages in extensive media activities. For over a century, the NRA has published magazines that cover a variety of subjects related to the Second Amendment and gun ownership. These magazines now enjoy a circulation that is greater than Newsweek magazine. ..." ...
 

UK: Scotland Yard tackles rising crime by South Asians
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Scotland Yard police are setting up a special team of top detectives to investigate a soaring number of murders, kidnappings, stabbings and shootings among London's Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities."

"Last year, South Asians are believed to have killed 38 people in London - a 300-per-cent increase over the number a decade ago." ...

"The explosion in South Asian crimes saw the arrest in London last year of 2,270 members of the four main communities. There were 81 gun crimes, and 72 firearms and 442 knives were seized by police from South Asians." ...

"Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, Britain's most senior Asian police officer, told The Straits Times that the authorities were 'very concerned' about the growing violence perpetrated by South Asian criminals."

"'Guns and knives are being used with increasing frequency and we will be targeting criminals who use these weapons,' he said." ...
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Maybe they should try banning guns? Won't that work?
 

Philippines: Hitmen gun down radioman in broad daylight in country where guns are banned!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a station manager of a Manila Broadcasting Corporation-affiliated community radio Thursday afternoon."

"Ely Benoya, 48, was also riding a similar vehicle when shot four times by the gunmen, who apparently trailed him, along the national highway in Barangay Batomelong."

"The radioman died on the spot from at least two bullet wounds from a .45 caliber pistol. Members of the local media described Benoya's death as a post election-related violence."

"Police investigators later recovered three spent shells several meters apart from where Benoya's dead body lay on the roadside." ...
 

NRA News Program Moves to Satellite Radio
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"The National Rifle Association is moving its new NRANews program to satellite radio this week. The New York Times described the broadcast as a 'direct challenge to federal limits on political advocacy.'"

... "That means NRANews may continue broadcasting in the run-up to the November election - at a time when federal law requires political advocacy groups to stop running ads."
 

TX: Suspect wounded in liquor store robbery
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Gunfire rang out Wednesday night when the owner of a southeast Houston liquor store shot a robbery suspect."

"It happened near the intersection of Broadway and Bellfort. The suspect was struck in the stomach after allegedly trying to rob the store and pistol-whipping the owner."

"Two Houston police helicopter pilots who happened to be eating dinner nearby heard the storeowner screaming and came to help. The officers held the suspect at gunpoint until marked patrol units arrived at the scene."

"The suspect was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital."

"No charges are expected to be filed against the store owner."
 

Jim and Sarah Brady 'Personally Offended' by Gun Lobby Efforts to Falsify Reagan Record
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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... "We have spent many years advocating for more reasonable gun safety laws, and have always advocated with total honesty. Our reputation as honest advocates is very important to us, and we are personally offended by the NRA's untruths about what is historical fact. President Reagan was a man who meant what he said, and he said, repeatedly, that he supported the Assault Weapons Ban. President Bush and Congress should dismiss the NRA's attempt at revisionist history, and they should reauthorize the law without further delay." ...
 

Philippines: Cops bust rob gang of security guards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Four members of a robbery group composed mostly of security guards, including their leader, fell into the hands of the law on Wednesday in Valenzuela City, authorities reported yesterday." ...

"Seized from the group were a 9mm Pietro Beretta pistol, its magazine with 10 live bullets, a caliber 357 Smith and Wesson Magnum revolver with six bullets, a caliber .38 SW revolver with five bullets and a caliber .38 Armscor revolver with four bullets. The last three had no serial numbers." ...
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In a country where the government restricts arms to a "trained elite". Sort of like what HCI, VPC, MMM, et al. promote.
 

GA: Member of Sarah's 'Armed Elite' faces charges after shooting teen in stolen car
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"A supermarket security guard shot a teenage boy in the head after seeing him in a friend's stolen car in Clayton County."

"Clayton County police have been interviewing the guard, Kathryn Smith, to determine whether the Wednesday evening shooting was justified."

"The 16-year-old boy, Courtney Wright, was flown to Atlanta Medical Center and placed on life support. The hospital would not give any information on his condition Thursday morning."

"The incident began around 7 p.m. when Smith, 30, got off a bus to start her shift at a grocery store and noticed the car at an auto parts store across the street, police said. The car belonged to a friend of Smith's and was reported stolen from East Point on Monday, police said." ...

"Smith is being held without bond at the Clayton County jail. She has been charged with aggravated assault and carrying a pistol without a license, an officer at the jail said."
 

MO: Man cleared in killing after self-defense plea
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"A jury has acquitted a suburban St. Louis man of fatally shooting a would-be robber from behind, ruling the case a matter of self-defense."

"A St. Louis County jury cleared Hasaan Grace, 23, of University City of a second-degree murder charge, believing his arguments that he feared for his life when he shot Reco Freedman, 15, on Oct. 17, 2002."

The shooting happened outside Grace’s apartment.

"An autopsy found two bullet wounds to Freedman’s back and two more to the back of his head."

"Grace admitted he twice told a false story to police - his attorney said he did so out of fear of being charged with murder - and later ditched his gun in the river."
 

India: College can be fun, but be on your guard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While going to college might still be a few days away, here are a few tips women must keep in mind while on campus. The North Campus might be full of life during the day, but after class, there is hardly a soul to be seen. The campus wears a deserted look as the action generally shifts to Kamla Nagar."

"Old-timers like Shubha Kishore say that to avoid any mishaps, it is best to travel in a group."

"'I have had a few unpleasant experiences when men just walk up to you and ask weird questions. They pretend to know you or be related to some Neha or Rahul. Though I don't have a pepper spray, I carry a deodorant. Some of my friends even carry chilli powder,' she says."

"Deodorants, chilli powder, safety pins, pepper sprays, compasses, knuckle dusters — pick up whatever suits you and carry it for safety." ...
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They freely admit that the women are targets, but are still prohibiting the safest self-defense tool in existence!
 

CO: Self-defense ruled in slaying -- DA says dead man had invaded home armed with knife
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "'In the beginning days of the investigation, when you have a young man who has been shot and run over by a vehicle, it's common sense that it launches a homicide investigation and police have probable cause to arrest Mr. Williams,' [DA spokeswoman] Kimbrough said."

"'But additional information was that it was Anthony Wallace who had burst into his ex-girlfriend's home and made threats. Tyrone Williams was put into a position of defending himself and the young woman from the violence of Mr. Wallace.'"

"'With further investigation, it showed it was more of a case of self-defense, and based on those new facts our office declined to file charges.'" ...
 

MS: Road rage, [self-defense] shooting probed
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"A shooting that wounded a motorist on Washington Avenue is under investigation as an apparent case of road rage and self-defense, police said."

"The shooting occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday after a motorist assaulted an elderly driver who allegedly drove into his path just north of Airport Road near Turkey Creek, said Police Chief Steve Barnes."

"'The older gentleman, maybe in his 70s, said he pulled into a parking lot and the younger male approached him in a real aggressive manner and physically assaulted him,' Barnes said. 'He said he really didn't know what was going on and he fired the gun in defense of his welfare.'"

"Barnes said the younger man was taken to a hospital and admitted for observation." ...
 

OH: Special Prosecutor Appointed to Investigate Release of Protected Records by Shelby County Sheriff
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry PAC
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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry today announced that it is calling upon the Ohio General Assembly to remove the flawed media access loophole from the new concealed handgun license law."

"The move is being made following the announcement that Shelby County Prosecutor Jim Stevenson is appointing a special prosecutor to look into possible criminal violations by the Shelby Co. Sheriff Kevin O'Leary and Sidney Daily News editor Jeffrey Billiel, a Brown Publishing employee." ...
 

NY: Gun found in airport luggage
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A 76-year-old Cobleskill woman was detained Wednesday at Tompkins County Regional Airport after screeners accused her of concealing an unloaded handgun in her carry-on luggage." ...

"According to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department, Scott said the weapon belonged to her deceased husband and she planned to give it to her son, who lives in Ithaca, but forgot to remove it from her luggage before going to the airport. Deputies could not provide additional information Wednesday night." ...
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So they are now literally busting little old ladies.
 

VA: No More County Gun Checks
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"Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37) calls it a 'housecleaning bill.' To Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerry Connolly (D) it is 'a big step backward in public safety.'"

"At issue is a new state law set to kick in July 1 that will prohibit Fairfax County government from performing background checks on county residents who want to purchase handguns. Right now both the Fairfax County Police Department and the Virginia State Police conduct background checks on potential gun-buyers, an overlap that Cuccinelli said he sought to correct. Once the law is implemented only the State Police will perform checks on gun buyers around the state."

"'There were two laws in effect. This just gets us back down to one,' he said." ...
 

LA: Sailor discharged over armed kidnapping attempt
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"A sailor who held his ex-fiancee hostage during a 14-hour standoff with federal authorities at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station in February has been kicked out of the Navy and will spend at least 10 years in a military prison."

"Landren T. Swearingen pleaded guilty Saturday to several charges, including kidnapping, during a hearing in Pensacola, Fla., said Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Evans, the Naval Reserve Force assistant judge advocate in New Orleans. He was sentenced Tuesday, she said." ...

"Authorities said that while he was on leave from Alabama, Swearingen went to the Belle Chasse air station Feb. 25 and, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, held Black hostage in the base's billeting office, where she works. ..." ...
 

WA: Capitol security gives free pass to politicians, guys with Glocks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Security in the domed Legislative Building in Olympia is no laughing matter."

"Actually it is a laughing matter, at least for state Rep. Hans Dunshee, who thinks plans for airport-style security in the state Capitol building are excessive, counterproductive and even silly. The plan, he says, will give the illusion of security, but not the reality. It will succeed only in making the public's house less accessible and more intimidating for the public." ...

"Toward the end of the legislative session, the security debate got even sillier. A rule adopted by the state to ban guns in the Legislative Building was challenged. Rather than fight for a rule that was probably illegal, the state has rescinded it."

"Now, anyone qualified to carry a gun or a rifle must be allowed to bring it into the building. An attempt late in the last session to make the building gun-free like schools, courthouses and airplanes failed because too many legislators were reluctant to take a gun-control vote in an election year."
 

OH: The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) Applauds Prosecutor, Judge in Shelby County, Ohio CCW Records Scandal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"CCRKBA today congratulated Shelby County Prosecutor Jim Stevenson and Common Pleas Judge John D. Schmitt for setting in motion an investigation into possible criminal charges related to the publication of names and home addresses of concealed pistol license holders by a local newspaper."

"The Sidney Daily News on June 8 published the names and addresses of 87 CPL holders, apparently in violation of state statute. The investigation will determine whether Sheriff Kevin O'Leary and Daily News editor Jeffrey Billiel acted illegally. CCRKBA had earlier called upon State Attorney General Jim Petro to investigate."

"'While we would still like for Attorney General Petro's office to give this case its attention,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'we're delighted that Mr. Stevenson and Judge Schmitt have courageously decided to act. Gun owners, like anybody else, have privacy rights, and the state law seems pretty clearly written so that only the names and county of residence-not the home addresses-of CPL holders be made available to reporters by local sheriffs.'"
 

WY: 'Sixgun Seminar' begins
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"When John Linebaugh began making custom handguns in the early 1980s, he never imagined his creations would garner a worldwide following."

"Now, for the fourth consecutive year, up to 200 of his more enthusiastic clients will visit the Clark gunmaker's home turf for the annual Sixgun Seminar."

"'We see this as an opportunity to say 'thank you' to our customers,' Linebaugh said. 'I've learned many things from them.'"

"The seminar includes sessions examining bullet performance, ballistics, accuracy and hunting effectiveness of handguns and rifles. The theme for this year's event is ;Sixguns - Dissolving the Myth, Discovering the Potential.'" ...
 

Australia: Mentally ill killer not guilty of shooting spree in this 'Brady Paradise'
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"AN honours student who killed two people and wounded five in a shooting rampage at Monash University in Melbourne will spend at least 25 years in a secure psychiatric hospital after he was found not guilty yesterday of murder, due to mental impairment." ...

"On October 21, 2002, the "academically outstanding" student had arrived early for a tutorial armed with a handgun, three pistols hidden beneath his jacket and a fifth gun stuffed down his pants."

"His econometrics lecturer, Lee Gordon-Brown, later reported that Xiang had seemed his 'normal and usual self' that morning."

"But minutes later, Xiang opened fire on the class, killing students William Wu and Steven Chan, both 26, and wounding five others." ...
 

PA: Report shows better children's health, worse violence
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"Babies are born healthier, pregnant women are getting better medical care and youngsters are better prepared to start school than six years ago, but increasing numbers of older children are victims and perpetrators of violent crime, according to a report released Thursday on Philadelphia's children."

"In 2003, 136 people ages 7 to 24 were killed _ up from 111 the previous year, according to the "children's report card" by Philadelphia Safe and Sound, an advocacy group funded with nonprofit, corporate and taxpayer money. Guns were involved in 90 percent of last year's juvenile homicides." ...

"Jo Ann Lawer, president of Safe and Sound, said guns are a top issue."

"'The ability to get a gun is far too easy,' she said. 'This data can act as a catalyst to say, 'Enough is Enough.'"
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Apparently Ms. Lawer is ignorant of the Clinton era DOJ study which shows that teens with legal access to a gun had 0 gun crime involvement (p. 18, fig. 13).
 

NH: Giving women a fighting chance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"During his 12 years on the Windham police force, Sgt. Mike Caron has dealt with women after they have been physically attacked. They are the victims of rape, domestic abuse, and other assaults."

"Now Caron wants to help those women on the front lines of their defense, by training them to fight off their attackers."

"To do so, he recently became certified to teach the self-defense tactics and techniques of the Rape Aggression Defense System. This will allow him to teach women in RAD classes how to reduce risks and combat their attackers."

“'This way, I can deal with them before (it happens),' Caron said."
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In 1979, the Carter Justice Department found that of more than 32,000 attempted rapes, 32% were actually committed. But when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3% of the attempted rapes were actually successful. [U.S. DoJ, LEAA, Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities (1979), p. 31]
 

OR: Pistol Club Tournament Draws Enthusiasts From Far And Wide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Imagine this: A woman stands 200 yards away from a steel piglet twice the size of your thumb. She picks up a pistol, takes aim, pulls the trigger, and hits that little oinker as if she just fired at point blank range. That's the kind of thing you can see at Josephine County Sportsmans Park, June 15-19. The event is the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) West Coast Championship and it's drawing some of North America's finest shooters."

"This year participants have arrived from Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, and Mississippi." ...
 

OH: 'No Warnings' for accidental felonies in Montgomery Co.
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"A Dayton man reportedly becomes Montgomery County's first person to violate the concealed carry law after deputies said he took a gun into a court building."

"Investigators said Douglas Lyons walked into the Common Pleas Courts building in downtown Dayton on Tuesday with the gun."

"Law enforcement officials say permit owners need to be careful about where they carry concealed weapons. They said gun owners are aware of what the law is and that there will be no warnings, but arrests." ...
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OFCC Commentary: ... "In neighboring Shelby County, it appears that Sheriff Kevin O'Leary may have been the first person in the county to violate the concealed carry law, by releasing confidential information about concealed handgun license-holders to the media. O'Leary says the release was an accident, caused by his misunderstanding the words 'county of residence' to mean 'street address'." ...
 

NY: Rare shotgun goes to auction block
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"If you want Dave Faris's gun, you don't have to pry it from his cold, dead hands. You only have to place a bid when his trusty shotgun goes on the auction block in Rock Island, Ill., next month. But Faris, a railroad conductor who lives in Waterloo, doesn't think the price will be cheap. The 20-gauge, double-barrel Winchester shotgun was made in the 1870s and is thought to be one of only two such models known to exist." ...
 

South Africa: Baboons Terrorize South African Town
Submitted by: Basil Fishbone

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"Residents of a small South African coastal town are threatening to declare all-out war on baboons who have terrorized pre-schoolers, raided homes for food and urinated on clothes after pulling them out of closets." ...

"Last week two female baboons in the area had to be put down after they were found with bullet wounds in their stomachs. Local conservation officials said they believed the shootings were revenge attacks by residents. Head said the problem escalated late last year when the head male in the baboon troop changed."
 

DE: Loved ones battle gun violence
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The headlines in big, bold, black type are emotional pistol shots. Stacey Jamieson flinches when she reads them."

"Man shot in Wilmington. Student killed in Newark. Two wounded in shooting"."

"'My cousin Richard Hayton was shot in the heart walking down a street in New Castle with a friend in June 2002,' Jamieson said."

"She glanced down at her T-shirt bearing a photo of her cousin. He is 17 in the picture, smiling. 'People think this only happens in Wilmington or Philadelphia. It happens everywhere,' she said."

"Jamieson is part of a grass-roots movement in Delaware working to end gun-related violence. Not well financed, they do what they can. Sometimes that means going to Washington, D.C., by bus to rally for legislation as they did May 9. Sometimes it means writing letters to the editor."

"Sometimes it simply means putting flowers at the site where someone was shot and killed."
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Do they commemorate the spots where someone said "I've got a gun, leave me alone" and thwarted an attack?
 

CT: Groups Call for a Renewed and Strengthened Federal Assault Weapons Ban
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"Connecticut Against Gun Violence, a state-wide public education and legislative advocacy group, hosted a press conference this morning in collaboration with Bridgeport Hospital to bring attention to the imminent expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) and to call for it to be renewed and strengthened. The current AWB will expire on Sept. 13, 2004, 10 years after it was signed into law, unless Congress acts."

"'Along with the continued vigilance of our law enforcement agencies, the assault weapons ban is a deterrent to deadly firearms getting into the wrong hands,' said Dr. Nabil Atweh, Chairman of the Dept. of Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital. 'We in healthcare believe that prevention is the best cure, and that is especially true for traumatic injuries such as those caused by gunshots.' ..." ...
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And we in the civil rights movement believe that the best way to prevent gunshot wounds is to have more people lawfully armed. The difference is, we have facts to back up our assertions.
 

Australia: Solicitor in murder 'plot'
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"A FAILED plot to kill alleged drug barons Carl Williams and his father George has drawn high-profile criminal lawyer George Defteros into Melbourne's gangland war, after the solicitor was charged yesterday with conspiracy and incitement to murder."

"Mr Defteros, who has represented a string of gangland identities including murdered standover man Alphonse Gangitano and Mick 'The Don' Gatto, was charged yesterday along with close associate Mario Condello, after the pair allegedly offered at least $300,000 to a hitman who turned police informer."
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But guns are banned in Australia! How can there be all these murders and murder plots?!? The statists promised that if I gave up my rights I would be safe!
 

Germany: Crooks in Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Heist
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"German police are hunting three bandits who held up a self-service strawberry farm with a pistol and a knife -- for a five-pound basket of strawberries."

"Germany's AZ newspaper reported on Wednesday that the three men filled their basket with strawberries at a "pick-your-own" farm in the southern town of Taufkirchen near Munich."

"When the farm saleswoman approached the men in the field to take their money, they drew their weapons. She fled while the thieves escaped in their nearby car, the daily reported."
 

CA: A tradition of hunters -- and it's safety first
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"Here's a sign you don't often see in California these days: 'Hunters Wanted.' You're far more likely to see that invitation on the East Coast, where intractable wildlife imbalances have residents befuddled about how they might extract hordes of whitetail deer from rose gardens."

"In this state, a halcyon era when a hunter and his son could drive out to a farm, introduce themselves, then win permission to scout the acreage, recedes in memory. Actually, both parts of this scenario are waning: family elders able to initiate youth to the hunt, as well as that easy symbiosis between private landowners and sportsmen. Both lapses weaken an old tradition of wildlife management through controlled human predation." ...
 

India: Why does Shivraj Patil have 5 guns?
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"Why does our Home Minister Shivraj Patil possess five guns? We cannot help but wonder what he expects to do with them."

"Yesterday when he revealed his assets in the candidate form for the Rajya Sabha, the affidavit stated he has a Czech pistol worth Rs 4,000, a sports rifle worth Rs 50,000, a pistol worth Rs 6,000 and two 12-Bore rifles worth Rs 1,200 each."

"The affidavit also states the guns were obtained by Patil about 10 to 20 years ago and the prices are stated after depreciation."

"Patil told Mid Day that he loves shooting. “As a National Cadet Corp, I won many shooting competitions,” he said."
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According to his disclosure he also has 3 homes. Why not question that?
 

Kerry picks up 1st newspaper endorsement
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"With more than four months to go until Election Day, Democrat John Kerry has picked up his first endorsement for president from a major newspaper, the Philadelphia Daily News."

"'The commonwealth – indeed the nation – cannot afford another four years of George Bush,' writes the editorial board in a call to action which provides specific information on how people can become active in the defeat of the incumbent Bush." ...
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No liberal, elitist, gun-grabbing bias at this paper [sarcasm off]. You can contact them at views@phillynews.com ---Robert Lewis
 

OH: Concealed Carry Advocates Seek Improvements in New Ohio Law
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"Ohio's new concealed carry law is flawed and should be fixed, says a group that fought to get the law passed."

"Ohioan for Concealed Carry, a pro-Second Amendment group, wants the Ohio General Assembly to remove a 'media access' provision in the law, which allows sheriffs to release the name, county and birthdate of concealed-carry license holders to journalists."

"The problem is, the Shelby County sheriff recently released the home addresses of 85 people licensed to carry concealed pistols in Ohio- an alleged breach of the law. Not only did Sheriff Kevin O'Leary release the home addresses -- but a local newspaper, the Sidney Daily News, printed them." ...
 

LA: New Bill: Convicts Can't Hold Illegal Guns Near Parades
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"A bill is on its way to Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco that would allow tougher penalties for anyone who commits a crime near a parade with an illegally carried weapon."

"Sen. Diana Bajoie's bill received final legislative passage Wednesday on a 95-6 House vote."

"The bill provides that anyone convicted of committing a crime with an illegally-held gun within 1,000 feet of a parade route could get up to five years in prison on top of any other sentence."

"Bajoie, of New Orleans, offered the bill after a woman watching a Mardi Gras parade this year in New Orleans was struck and killed by a stray bullet." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Some people think that the Second Amendment is an outdated relic of an earlier time. Doubtless some also think that constitutional protections of other rights are outdated relics of earlier times. We The People own those rights regardless, unless and until We The People repeal them. For those who believe it to be outdated, the Second Amendment provides a good test of whether their allegiance is really to the Constitution of the United States, or only to their preferences in public policies and audiences. The Constitution is law, not vague aspirations, and we are obligated to protect, defend, and apply it. If the Second Amendment were truly an outdated relic, the Constitution provides a method for repeal. The Constitution does not furnish the federal courts with an eraser." --9th Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, dissenting opinion in which the court refused to rehear the case while citing deeply flawed anti-Second Amendment nonsense (Nordyke v. King; opinion filed April 5, 2004)

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