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CCRKBA Says DC Mayor Wants Citizens To Be 'Subjects'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mayor of Washington, D.C. evidently considers citizens in the District of Columbia to be mere 'subjects' who should not be able to exercise their right of self-defense ..."

"The proposed legislation is known as the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. Mayor Anthony A. Williams told a House committee that ending the District's 30-year-old handgun ban would be 'a slap in the face to me and to the people who live in this city' and 'an indignity to the democratic process.'"

"In response, CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb noted, 'A far greater indignity is suffered by victims of violent crime every day in the capital of the free world. How dare Mayor Williams suggest that saving his political face is more important than restoring the right of self-defense to the citizens of the city?'" ...
 

A Bill of Rights or a Bill of Goods?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If 'Thou shalt not covet' and 'Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free. - John Adams - A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787"

"Were Mr. Adams to attempt a defense of the U.S. Constitution as its principles are applied today, he would no doubt declare that anarchy and tyranny have indeed commenced. Though the sublime document itself still remains revered and untouched in the National Archives Building, its most sacred tenets lie broken and shattered at the feet of the very justices created to adjudicate them." ...
 

Property Rights Activists Seek to Counter Eminent Domain Ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local governments may seize a person's private property and turn it over to private developers, there is no let-up to the anger being flashed by grassroots organizations. The Castle Coalition, part of the Institute for Justice, announced Wednesday the launching of the 'Hands Off My Home' campaign."

"'The floodgates to eminent domain abuse are already opening in the wake of the Supreme Court's dreadful Kelo decision,' said Scott Bullock, senior attorney for the Institute for Justice." ...
 

EU: Groups Say Terror Lists Are "Arbitrary"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Government blacklists that proscribe groups and individuals as terrorists are arbitrary, secretive and unjust, according to a new report by a network of civil rights groups."

"Statewatch, which monitors the civil liberties in the European Union (EU), the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, and the Human Rights and Social Justice Institute at the London Metropolitan University say 'proscribing' -- or labelling groups and individuals as terrorists -- in order to 'criminalise their activities or impose sanctions against them with no right of appeal' has become an 'integral' part of the war on terrorism." ...
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Submitter's Note: But certain anti-gun legislators want to bar listed people from exercising their rights.
 

NY: Merline Port-Louis Did Not Have to Die
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While on a business trip in New York City last week, I was distraught over a report on the evening television news about Merline Port-Louis, a young single mother who was threatened, stalked and murdered in mid-June by her estranged boyfriend, Marlon Fann." ...

"By New York police standards, Port-Louis did all she could to protect herself ... Police said they’d exhausted all avenues to protect Port-Louis, including looking for Fann and trying to trace his threatening phone calls."

"Det. Sgt. Richard Laursen of the Nassau Homicide Squad believes everything possible was done -- and the measures she and police took should have worked -- after all, he told New York reporters that orders of protection work '99 percent of the time.'" ...
 

MS: Teen Intruder Shot By Neighbor, Police Say
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A 16-year-old was hospitalized Thursday after being shot by his neighbor."

"Police said it happened during an alleged home burglary on McDowell Park Circle in Jackson at about 9 a.m."

"Family members identified the teen as Richard McCoy. He's being treated at Central Mississippi Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the torso."

"Mark Nelson, 49, told police he heard rustling at his back door, then saw a man with his face covered and a knife in his hand standing in the hallway."

"Nelson said he told the man to leave, but the man moved toward him. That's when Nelson said he fired the shot."

"Police said McCoy ran back to his home and his mother called police." ...
 

LA: Police arrest Bossier City shooting victim
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 20-year-old Bossier City man who was shot outside an apartment complex Tuesday night will be booked on a charge of attempted aggravated burglary after he is released from a local hospital, authorities said." ...

"Campbell was struck by two bullets in his right leg after he entered a unit at Scott Street Apartments about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Natale said. Police detectives believe Maurice Jefferson ... shot Campbell with a handgun as Campbell, who also [was] armed with a gun, entered an apartment where Jefferson was visiting a woman, Natale said."

"Detectives believe that Jefferson acted in self-defense and that Campbell attempted to confront Jefferson as a result of an ongoing dispute."
 

TX: Grand jury no-bills woman in shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Angelina County grand jury on Tuesday declined to issue a criminal indictment to a Lufkin woman who shot and killed her common-law husband June 7." ...

"Police found Clarance Lee Richard, 51, dead on the floor from a gunshot wound to the neck ..."

"Rose Mary Barlow Whitaker, 50, was arrested and charged with murder after calling police to report she'd shot Richard as he broke down the bathroom door in an attempt to rape her." ...

"But with the danger of a child finding gun at home, or the threat of a burglar killing you with your own weapon, it is safer to keep something in the house like pepper spray to use in an emergency, [District Attorney Clyde Herrington] said. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Safer for would-be burglars and rapists, Clyde.
 

MN: Man killed at Brooklyn Center apartment [in apparent self-defense]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the second shooting within one week in Brooklyn Center, a man was killed Sunday ..." ...

"According to a press release from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, witnesses told police that several black men allegedly came to the apartment building armed with handguns."

"The visitors knocked on the door of the apartment and a woman answered the door. According to the press release, when the man came to the door, he was allegedly confronted with a gun."

"According to Brooklyn Center Deputy Police Chief Laura Goodman, the man and woman inside the apartment shot at the men who confronted them. Farrow was killed; the others were not at the scene when the police arrived at about 11 a.m., Goodman said." ...
 

OH: Another No Guns Fifth-Third Bank Robbed (OFCC)
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"Both the Dayton Daily News and WDTN TV-2 Dayton are reporting that a Fifth-Third Bank branch in Centerville, a south Dayton suburb, was robbed at gun point. Both stories report that the perpetrator was carrying a handgun, demanded cash, and apparently fled on foot."

"Fifth-Third Bank was one of the first banks to post 'no guns' ghost buster (gun buster) signs. While most Dayton area banks do not post, Fifth-Third stubbornly clings to the policy that 'no guns' signs protect their customers. Fifth-Third Banks have been the target of many robberies and an unfortunate tragic shooting death in Columbus." ...
 

OH: State Mandated Victim Zone Robbed(OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Plain Dealer in Cleveland is reporting that robbers hit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in the Cleveland neighborhood of West Park. By default many Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices are state mandated criminal protection zones. OFCC has reported countless examples that the posting of 'No Guns' signs does absolutely nothing to deter criminals.

"It is bad enough that uneducated or emotional business owners choose to post 'No Guns' signs. By doing so they enable criminals and discriminate against their law-abiding customers by prohibiting their right to protect themselves while patronizing their businesses. It is worse that our state Legislators saw fit to do the same in any building owned or controlled by the state or state agency." ...
 

TX: Mother Fights Back Against Intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A Seguin mother home alone with her two young children was terrorized by a burglar for several hours until she fought back."

"Jennifer Cooper told News 4 WOAI the break-in happened shortly after she had finished watching a Spurs game and turned off the lights to go to bed. She heard her house alarm." ...

Cooper and her children hid in a bedroom while the intruder roamed through her house for more than two hours."

"That was when she had enough. 'I was not able to talk him away, so I just shot the gun,' Cooper said. 'I warned him.'" ...
 

CO: 911 calls reveal chaos
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The city of Aurora released recordings this week of several frantic calls made to emergency services during and after the Nov. 13 shooting in the parking lot of an Aurora strip mall."

"Aaron Davis, 39, died from his wounds, which he suffered during an argument over a scratched truck door."

"Coleman-Davis and Denver restaurateur Glenn Eichstedt, who fired his licensed handgun four times during the altercation, were seriously wounded. Davis struck Eichstedt with a metal bar." ...

"Eichstedt told the Rocky Mountain News on Wednesday that he needed 42 stitches after the altercation. ..." ...

"Eichstedt ... declined to comment further Wednesday, saying 'not one newscast has told the truth' about the incident." ...
 

Australia: Court backs victim who knifed attacker
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"A MAGISTRATE yesterday supported a man who stabbed an assailant in self-defence, saying he would have picked up a knife to defend himself if put in the same situation."

"'I would do the same thing, and I'm not a violent man,' said Magistrate Alfio Grasso in the Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday. ... "

"Mr Grasso said it had been reasonable for Tyrone Leith Tee to defend himself with a paring knife he had taken from a supermarket shelf when confronted by an 'aggressive, screaming' attacker in a suburban store." ...

"Tee, 24, of Seacombe Heights, had pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful wounding. He had originally been charged with attempted murder over the incident in a Darlington supermarket on October 9 last year." [emphasis added] ...
 

CA: Rimfire tradition threatened
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... "... But this year, I'm wondering if this season is a swan song, the beginning of a final chapter for California rimfire hunters."

"SB 357 is a bill which would require the serialization a number imprinted on each bullet and shell casing so ammunition used could be traced back to the original purchaser. ..." ...

"One of the beauties of rimfire shooting and hunting is that it is so affordable. You can still sometimes find rimfire ammo on sale for $1 for a box of 50. That's two cents a shot. Even premium rimfire hunting ammo is rarely more than $3 a box. If time is worth anything, it will cost you and I and the retailer that much just to do the paperwork to buy the ammo if SB 357 passes."

"But we don't have to worry about that if it passes because it will just mean that handgun and rimfire ammunition simply won't be available in California at any price past 2006, and owning and shooting non-serialized ammo will be illegal. So don't even think about stockpiling." ...
 

VA: Judge: No right to hunt clay pigeons
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"A Nelson County judge shot down the argument Wednesday that shooting at clay pigeons falls under Virginians' constitutional right to hunt."

"In what is believed to be the nation's first ruling in a right-to-hunt case, Circuit Judge Michael Gamble upheld the county board of supervisors' denial of a conditional use permit for a shotgun sports center at Orion Estate, an exclusive hunting preserve."

"Orion had claimed the county violated a constitutional amendment, approved five years ago by voters in a statewide referendum, that protects the rights of Virginians to 'hunt, fish and harvest game.'" ...
 

CO: El Paso County challenges gun rules in Denver
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"El Paso County is opposing Denver’s effort to enforce gun ordinances that are more restrictive than Colorado law, including the city’s ban on openly carrying firearms in public."

"The county argues in papers filed with the Colorado Supreme Court that Denver’s ordinances 'interfere with public safety by discouraging citizens from carrying firearms for lawful protection in Denver.'"

"The dispute stems from state laws enacted in 2003 that declare firearms regulations a matter of statewide concern, meaning local governments may not adopt different rules. Denver sued the state government, arguing that as Colorado’s largest city it has unique needs not addressed in state law. " ...
 

PA: BB gun lands student in hot water
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"Forgetfulness, bad timing and a mistake, say David Harper's family, have landed the Pennridge High School student in an alternative school for having a BB gun on school property."

"The 17-year-old will begin the school year at the Upper Bucks Alternative School after school officials searched his truck in late May and found a black Airsoft BB pistol with orange tip used for target practice and paintball-like shooting games."

"Wendie Harper says her son had no intention of using it and had simply forgotten to take it out of his truck after using the gun over the weekend with friends." ...
 

DC: House measure renews assault on D.C.'s gun ban law
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"The U.S. House of Representatives dealt a blow to Washington, D.C.'s strict gun control law on Thursday when it passed an amendment that would effectively allow fully assembled rifles and pre-1976 handguns to be kept in city homes."

"The amendment to an appropriations bill for federal subsidies for the District of Columbia prohibits the funds from being used to enforce certain sections of the city's 29-year-old gun control law."

"Passed by a vote of 259-161, the measure submitted by Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder does not go as far as his recently introduced legislation to revoke Washington's 1976 ban on handguns and semiautomatic weapons, but it indicates continuing strong House support for such a measure." ...
 

DC: House Approves Amendment Overturning DC Gun Ban (another view)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"By a vote of 259 to 161, the House Thursday approved an amendment to overturn D.C.'s gun ban."

"The Souder amendment (H.R.1288), which was attached to an appropriations bill for federal subsidies for the nation's capital, would allow D.C. residents to keep fully assembled rifles and pre-1976 handguns in their homes."

"'I believe the constitutional right to bear arms supersedes local authority,' Reuters quotes Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) as saying." ...
 

Police Chiefs Poll Reveals Some Surprises
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Association of Chiefs of Police released its 17th Annual Survey of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs and some of the survey findings are surprising and compelling. ..."

"NACOP asserts that the public perception of how police view certain issues is based on media coverage, which is not necessarily accurate. When police chiefs and sheriffs are allowed to respond to poll questions anonymously, the politics may be removed from their answers." ...

"Gun Control: With regard to private citizens owning firearms for sport or self-defense, 93.6 percent of the respondents supported civilian gun-ownership rights. Ninety-six percent of the police chiefs and sheriffs believe criminals obtain firearms from illegal sources ... When asked if citizens concealed-weapons permits would reduce violent crime, 63.1 percent said yes."
 

GA: Midville officer accused of intimidation is fired
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"To some townspeople, he was 'tyrannical,' tailing motorists, pulling them over for menial violations, then approaching their doors with his hand wavering over his pistol holster. Sgt. Marcus Hubbard says he was just doing his job, acting like a professional police officer."

"Whatever has been going on between residents of this rustic Burke County city of 460 and their police department's sole radar operator, it came to an end Wednesday afternoon."

"Acting Midville Police Chief Stephen Weddon fired Sgt. Hubbard, his only patrolman. He said it was for insubordination and had nothing to do with accusations by Midville residents that the department has been running a speed trap." ...
 

WI: Milwaukee cop pleads guilty to parolee's shakedown charges
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"A police officer accused of shaking down a parolee for money and guns will plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and resign from his job, according to a plea agreement filed in the case." ...

"Court records in the case say Awadallah pulled over Cosey for not having license plates on his van Feb. 11. Cosey explained that he had just purchased the van that day."

"The plea agreement says Awadallah proceeded to search Cosey's car without permission."

"Awadallah then allegedly showed Cosey what looked like crack or powder cocaine, saying it was enough to have him charged with a felony and sent back to prison. Cosey denied that the drugs had been in his car. Awadallah then allegedly agreed to let Cosey go if he promised to get him two pistols and an assault rifle."

"The officer also took $200 in cash from Cosey."
 

UK: Cop faces jail for assault lie
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"A POLICEMAN will find out on Friday if he will be jailed after beating up a man and then persuading a colleague to lie about it."

"PC Alex Collins, 29, was found guilty of assault and perverting the course of justice at the Old Bailey on Tuesday last week."

He 'weighed in' and attacked Tarnjit Bhandal, 25, in a fit of rage with four blows to the head and body."

"It happened outside the Zero Bar in the Broadway, Bexleyheath, on September 6, 2003."

"The officer slumped in the dock and burst into tears as the jury found him guilty."

"With his career in tatters, the disgraced officer was told by Judge Simon Smith that he is likely to face a jail sentence." ...
 

Philippines: Cop accused of hitting vendor
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"A policeman earlier accused of extorting money for passage through the South Coastal Road is in trouble again after he was accused of indiscriminate firing and attacking a vendor yesterday midnight."

"PO1 Rolito Estrobo, formerly with the South Reclamation Project security but now with the Mandaue police, reportedly pistol-whipped Faustino Villamor with a 9mm revolver at the Aduana entrance of the road following a heated argument."

"It was Villamor who earlier executed an affidavit clearing Estrobo of any involvement in the reported extortion for passage through the road."

"In the affidavit, Villamor said he was drunk when he charged motorists without passes fees to use the road using Estrobo’s name." ...
 

My First Deer Hunting Experience
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"I had never been deer hunting in my life. I had seen it a couple times on television but never really got interested in it because I had nowhere to hunt growing up. My father also was not an avid deer hunter, although he enjoyed hunting small game and shooting. While living in the city, I guess he never really got hooked on deer hunting. My friends at school always talked about the rush they got from deer hunting. I never realized how right they were."

"When I started college my parents decided to move out of the city and get some land for my mother's horses. I asked a neighbor, who was an avid hunter, if he knew where I could hunt. He told me he had the perfect spot. ..." ...
 

Breaking with Tradition -- A new line of muzzleloaders has all the right moves
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"Right now, rifle design trends are for drop-action and break-action muzzleloaders, and any company selling many muzzleloaders at all has one or the other--or both--in its catalog. The folks at Traditions are no exception, and recently I was fortunate enough to hunt with one of their new break-action rifles."

"The Traditions Pursuit Pro Break-Open muzzleloader has the ability to change barrels from .50 caliber to .45 caliber to 12 gauge. The extra barrels can be purchased at any time and are completely interchangeable, making this is a very versatile rifle. ... Using Traditions T-Shock Bullets and three Triple Seven Pellets, my 100-yard, three-shot groups were averaging about 1 1/2 inches." ...
 

OR: NRA donates to local gun club
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"Mike Carey, field representative for the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Oregon, recently presented Troy Delle, president of the Big Timber Rifle and Pistol Club in Siletz, with a check for $7,450."

"These funds come in the form of a grant from the NRA Foundation, a non-political arm of the NRA responsible for assisting state and local organizations in increasing firearms safety through education and training."

"The Big Timber Rifle and Pistol Club will use the funds to begin the construction of a combination shotgun skeet and trap field at their range. Funds for the NRA Foundation grants come from fund-raising events put on by local Friends of NRA chapters. ..." ...
 

OR: Guns won't defeat government (first letter)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Many people love to whine about seat belt and gun laws. Back in 1930,many believed that private gun ownership was citizens’ only protection against enslavement by evil governments.
That was probably true then. Not anymore.

Our government can vaporize any city in four seconds simply by pressing a button, no soldiers required. Common sense says that all the handguns and assault rifles in the world would be completely useless against such an opponent. — James P. Snyder, Central Point
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Submitter's Note: This is a snide response to my Sunday, June 26th letter in same newspaper titled, "Nanny State Laws" which was posted on the RKBA web-page for Tuesday, June 28th.
 

LA: Youth camp teaches firearms, water safety and self-defense
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"From his perch in the range officer's box above 13 students, Cpl. Billy Hays gave the next instruction."

"'This time, we're shooting 10 shots to Barney's head and 10 shots to Barney's stomach,' he said, referring to the paper target situated 25 yards from each of the shooters at the Caddo Sheriff's Regional Training Academy."

"Wednesday, 26 campers ages 10-14 were involved in the third of five one-day firearm camps sponsored by the Caddo sheriff's office. sheriff's deputies numbering one to every two children monitored the safe use of the Cricket .22-caliber rifles."

"The camps began Monday and ends Friday."

"Each day, as many as 30 new students learned firearm safety, first aid, defensive tactics, water safety and drug awareness." ...
 

India: Doctors on arms priority list
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"Doctors will now get arms licence on priority."

"The home department is learnt to have finally initiated steps to implement a two-month-old notification, which has lifted doctors from the bottom of the priority list to the top. Superintendents of police in the districts have been asked to expedite the pending cases and issue licence to those doctors who have been in the waiting-list for long. The home department also promises to make the process of obtaining a licence quicker." ...

"[Ajay Singh, state secretary of the Indian Medical Association] also claims that Dinesh Sarangi, the IMA president and former health minister, has been waiting for a licence for the past seven years. ..." [emphasis added]
 

UK: Alert after car is hit by pellet
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"POLICE have issued a warning after reports a car was shot at with an air rifle."

"The incident happened on the A141 at Hartford as the white Volvo headed towards Tesco."

"Police believe the car's rear near-side window was smashed by an air rifle pellet."

"Police suspect it was the second attack on the road this month."

"In the earlier incident, a Mazda MX6 was travelling from Kings Ripton towards the Hartford roundabout when an object hit and cracked one of its windows."

"The driver stopped, looked back and saw two youths, aged between 13 and 15, near to Sapley Road." ...
 

UK: Airgun youth fined
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"A TEENAGE thug who fired an air pistol at a school bus with 70 children on board has been fined £4000."

"Christopher Reddin, 19, was driving his father's car when he shot at the bus at a roundabout in Bellshill."

"The pellet smashed a window and Reddin laughed as he drove off."

"At Hamilton Sheriff Court, he was fined and ordered to carry out 300 hours' community service."

"Reddin struck as bus driver Sarah Donnelly took the children from Cardinal Newman High School in Bellshill to nearby Viewpark ..."

"Reddin said he just wanted to scare someone on the bus."

"He admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause the bus driver and four teenage passengers to believe unlawful violence would be used against them." ...
 

Ireland: Murder accused baffled by fingerprint on gun
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"One of two Dublin men accused of murder told gardaí he 'doesn't know' how his fingerprint ended up on the double-barrelled shotgun that killed a 65-year-old grandmother, the Central Criminal Court today."

"Conor Grogan ... and Timothy Rattigan ... have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mrs Joan Casey (aged 65) at Avonbeg Park on April 3, 2004."

"Detective Garda Hugh Jackman of the Garda Technical Bureau's Fingerprint Section examined the crime scene and a number of items found nearby."

"A blue bag found in the bushes close to Mrs Casey's home contained a double-barrelled shotgun, which was in three pieces, along with three spent cartridges, two live cartridges and a blank firing pistol." ...
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Submitter's Note: But, but, but . . . guns are banned in Ireland!
 

Cayman Islands: I am glad to see the criminals were caught
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I am glad to see that the criminals were caught and they don’t have any guns now, because every time a criminal uses a gun illegally it makes all gun owners look bad. ... [W]hen law abiding gun owners have guns it’s not a gun problem. But they are the only ones affected by firearm laws."

"By definition criminals don’t obey the laws that are out there. And when the law abiding obey the laws it makes them easy targets for criminals. The people who enact these laws aren’t in danger because they have bodyguards and armed protection."

"Funny, isn’t it? I believe that if a lawmaker doesn’t trust me with a gun for sport and protection, I won’t trust them in such a job. They are dangerous to my life. Just my thoughts, though I could be wrong."
 

Canada: MP calls arrested natives thugs; natives claim police action racism
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"Two first nations men arrested Monday in a dramatic police takedown on the Burrard Street bridge were 'masked thugs' arming themselves on the pretense of protecting their land, Delta MP John Cummins said Wednesday"

"'What they don't understand is that in this country, you don't protect yourself with a weapon,' said Cummins, a former Conservative fisheries critic." ...

"'We've seized a number of high-powered weapons and ammunition, and we will carry on with our investigation.' [RCMP spokesman Sgt. John Ward said.]" ...

"Dennis said the rifles were legally obtained, and produced a receipt showing he bought the guns and ammunition for $11,867.40 from Lever Arms Service Ltd. on Burrard Street. He was also able to show the legal transfer of ownership to him from the Canada Firearms Centre (CFC) dated June 27, 2005." ...
 

South Africa: Step out of line and risk death in taxi war
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anyone who crosses swords with the bosses of the taxi industry will find that their discipline is 'fast, summary and absolute'."

"This was the evidence of taxi industry advocate Murray Bridgman to the commission of inquiry set up to look into taxi violence on the Cape Peninsula." ...

"The lawyer's assessment was borne out by the evidence of a taxi boss who said of fellow Codeta leader 'Brigadier' David Jezile: 'Once you cross swords with him, you will be dead the next day - he will get his people to kill you.'" ...

"Kupiso said it seemed the taxi industry was 'above the law and everybody, including the agencies of law enforcement, is scared of them'." ...
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Submitter's Note: But wasn't the gun ban supposed to stop the violence?
 

UK: Gypsy dad murdered in drive-by shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THE head of a gypsy family has been shot dead in what appears to be the third attempt on his life."

"Billy Henry Marney was injured in a drive-by shooting outside his home in Mill Place, Crayford, at 10pm last Thursday."

"The 38-year-old was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, but died three days later."

"Police have now launched an investigation into Mr Marney's murder. A police spokesman said: 'We understand the victim was outside an address when a car approached and someone from within fired several shots, hitting the victim and some parked cars. The car then drove off.'"

".We retain an open mind about the motive at this early stage.'" ...
 

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