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Police Still Using Matrix-Type Database
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"When the federal government in April stopped funding a database that lets police quickly see public records and commercially collected information on Americans, privacy advocates celebrated what they saw as a victory against overzealousness in the fight against terrorism."

"But a few states are pressing forward with a similar system, continuing to look for ways to quickly search through a trove of data - from driver's license photos to phone numbers to information about people's cars. Their argument in seeking to keep the Matrix database alive in some form: it's too important for solving crimes to give up on."

"Florida, Ohio, Connecticut and Pennsylvania still use software that lets investigators quickly cull through much of the data about people that reside in cyberspace. However, without the federal grant for the Matrix data-sharing system, they won't be routinely searching through digital files from other states - at least for now."

"Privacy advocates still don't like the idea, saying government shouldn't have easy access to so much information about people who haven't done anything wrong."
 

VA: Police back system, despite the results
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"For nearly three years, the Oceanfront’s facial recognition cameras have scanned the faces of thousands of people strolling Atlantic Avenue, comparing them to people wanted locally and abroad."

"The cameras have yet to yield an arrest, but Beach police say the technology that supports them is solid."
 

CO: Suspect shot in head by liquor store owner
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"An armed-robbery suspect was in critical condition at North Colorado Medical Center after being shot in the head Friday afternoon by the Windsor liquor store owner he allegedly attempted to stick up."
 

FL: New law can't guarantee that calling a shooting self-defense makes it so
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"After his adult son shot a man in the leg Wednesday and sheriff's investigators took his son to jail, James Loudon had many questions."

"Some were about the details of the shooting, which he and his construction worker son say was self-defense. Loudon, a retiree from Chicago, didn't see the shooting but he thinks he knows most of those details now."

"His remaining questions are mostly about a new Florida law. It was advertised as expanding the right to use firearms and deadly force when people think they are threatened with illegal violence."
 

GA: Woman fends off husband with stun gun
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"A Columbus woman used a jolt from a stun gun Thursday to stop her estranged husband after he threatened her at her 54th Street home, police said."

"Arbrey Vernon, 36, was charged with simple battery, cruelty to children and criminal trespass. He was freed on bond."

"Police said Jamie Vernon, 28, shot her estranged husband with the stun gun shortly after he entered the house and started pushing and threatening the woman. Several items had been broken at the home."
 

IN: Merchant ends holdup, shoots robber
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A discount tobacco store owner shot and critically wounded a would-be robber after he took money from the proprietor at gunpoint Friday night, Fort Wayne police said." ...

"The proprietor gave the man cash, then pulled a gun while the would-be robber was walking away from the counter. The proprietor fired several shots, hitting the intruder, Thompson said."
 

KY: 79-Year-Old Shoots Two Intruders, Police Say
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"A 79-year-old man armed with a .357 magnum revolver shot two men after they broke into his home overnight..."

"The homeowner told police the two men kicked in his back door just before 5 a.m. Saturday. They tried to flee after being shot"

"Musgrave had a message for anybody thinking about breaking into somebody's home. 'Yeah, don't pick the wrong door,' Musgrave said."
 

UK: Gun crime raid police arrest 21
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"West Midlands Police have arrested 21 people in connection with gun crime offences."

"Fifteen men and six women aged between 13 and 35 were arrested during a series of raids in Rowley Regis, Smethwick."

"The raids were part of a long-standing police operation to tackle firearms offences."

"The road and surrounding area was evacuated as a precautionary measure after officers found a firearm with a suspect package at the address."
 

CA: Gun used in UCLA performance art piece was wooden replica
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"The gun a graduate student put to his head during a performance art piece simulating Russian roulette was actually a wooden replica, according to a campus investigation and the student's lawyer."

"Last November, University of California, Los Angeles student Joseph Deutch put what appeared to be a bullet into the chamber and pulled the trigger in front of his class."

"After the sound of a click, he ran out of the room and a loud noise rang out, causing panic among students who briefly thought he had committed suicide. In fact, Deutch had set off a firecracker in a can offstage, his lawyer Howard R. Price told the Los Angeles Times."
 

NY: Tioga lawmakers to protest 2 measures
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Members of the Tioga County Legislature want state lawmakers to know they don't wish to have deer hunters using rifles in the county or natural gas drilling on state land."

"The legislature will vote Tuesday on two resolutions meant to voice their opinion on the state measures."

"The hunting bill, which would allow high-powered rifle hunting of deer and bear, passed the state Senate and Assembly and awaits the governor's signature by Friday. The county's resolution is aimed at removing Tioga County from the bill if signed into law by the governor."
 

TX: Golfers endure nearby shooting range
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"If over-analyzing golfers are distracted by a little sniffle, imagine the damage bullets zinging over-head can do to their psyches."

"'If you play golf, you know you need total silence in your backswing,' said Joey Rios, assistant golf pro at Tierra Santa golf course in Weslaco."

"Rios said he has a chance to play a round at his golf course about once a week, but three out of four times he can hear 'successive rounds' — bang, bang … bang, bang, bang! — emanating from the area of hole No. 6. The noise comes from an outdoor shooting range located to the north of the course, he said."
 

CA: California firearm bill seen as a de facto ban on ammo
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police officials and gun rights advocates are worried that two pieces of legislation pending in the California Assembly could do considerable harm to the firearms industry and to national security."

"A bill introduced by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, a Democrat from West Hollywood, would require that all guns manufactured in the state be equipped with microstamping technology, which would allow law-enforcement personnel to track guns used in crimes as well as who purchased the weapon."

"A companion bill introduced by state Sen. Joseph Dunn, a Democrat, would require manufacturers to laser imprint serial numbers on each bullet casing and register the numbers with the Justice Department."

"Gun rights advocates said the passage of either bill would result in the destruction of California's ammunition industry."
 

PA: Humans no longer setting traps to challenge shooters
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The trap boy at Nixon Gun Club in Luzerne Township has gone the way of young pin setters in bowling alleys."

"The club has installed an automatic trap system that can fire off 560 clay pigeons before reloading is required. They aren't really birds, but disks 4 inches in diameter, and they aren't made of clay, but an asphalt compound."

"The trap boys at Nixon, often as not, weren't boys but middle-aged volunteers firing the bird when a shooter yelled 'pull.'"

"They would have to both keep the machine filled with clay pigeons and unleash the birds while hunkered down in the bunker-like trap house."
 

FL: West Palm Beach gun owners trade in firearms at gun buyback
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"People lined up with guns usually is not a good thing, but West Palm Beach Police officers were happy to see them Saturday."

"Police collected about 450 guns at two locations Saturday during "Operation Cease Fire," the city's first gun buyback program. The city awarded gift certificates to Target, Best Buy and BrandsMart U.S.A. in exchange for the firearms, which included relics from world wars, a .38 brought in a Ziploc bag and rifles wrapped in garment bags."
 

IL: Girl gets probation for gun in school
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A 12-year-old Aurora girl was sentenced Friday to 18 months of juvenile probation for bringing a loaded handgun to Still Middle School in March.

The girl previously pleaded guilty to possessing a handgun on school grounds and was ordered by DuPage Judge Thomas Riggs to continue counseling and attending an alternative school.

A .32-caliber handgun and a loaded bullet clip were found in her locker, which was searched after school officials heard rumors about the gun in school.

The girl, who has been under house arrest since being charged in March, said she found that gun in bushes on her way to school.
 

GA: State, federal officials praise free gun lock program
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"Nearly 900,000 free gun locks have been distributed in Georgia over the past two years as part of a national firearms safety campaign, state and federal officials said Friday."

"'I am sure that as I stand here today, there is a child somewhere in Macon or Savannah or Atlanta who is playing, who will have dinner with their mom and dad tonight because of Project Child Safe,' Lisa Wood, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Georgia said at a Capitol news conference."
 

CA: Toy gun may get 2 teens expelled
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"Two eighth-grade students at Farb Middle School were arrested yesterday morning after one of them was found with a toy pellet gun."

"A caller told police a student was getting off a bus and handed a gun to another student about 8:30 a.m. as the bus arrived at the school on La Cuenta Drive near Tierrasanta Boulevard, San Diego Unified School District spokesman Steven Baratte said."

"All of the pupils who had ridden the bus were questioned and two 14-year-olds were taken into custody in the school counselor's office."
 

PA: ExpoMart cuts off gun show
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"Two eighth-grade students at Farb Middle School were arrested yesterday morning after one of them was found with a toy pellet gun."

"A caller told police a student was getting off a bus and handed a gun to another student about 8:30 a.m. as the bus arrived at the school on La Cuenta Drive near Tierrasanta Boulevard, San Diego Unified School District spokesman Steven Baratte said."

"All of the pupils who had ridden the bus were questioned and two 14-year-olds were taken into custody in the school counselor's office."
 

UK: Police in £3m perks storm
Submitted by: News Admin

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"WELSH cops picked up more than £3m in special perks last year - some for simply turning up at work or completing a night- shift."

"As the public calls for more bobbies on the beat, we can reveal the jackpot payouts - funded by you, the taxpayer - would have paid for 128 new recruits."

"The four Welsh forces are obliged by law to deliver the performance-related bonuses, but the Police Federation says they are divisive and morale-crushing for those who fail to get the extra cash."
 

VA: Group airs TV, radio ads criticizing candidate
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"An Alexandria-based group is blitzing Norfolk with television and radio ads criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Timothy M. Kaine’s positions on gun rights and the death penalty."

"The Center for Individual Freedom was created in 1998 to advocate for smaller government and greater personal liberties. However, the nonprofit group is best known for its ties to the National Smokers Alliance, a now-defunct organization that was created and funded by Philip Morris Cos. Inc."
 

Feds should fund gun violence projects
Submitted by: News Admin

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"One of the biggest divisions in the discussion about gun violence is the question of prevention versus prosecution. The law enforcement approach to America’s gun epidemic is part of the solution, but fails to acknowledge that gun-related deaths, like automobile-related ones, could be prevented. At the end of the day, this is a public health issue, not a criminal one and, as with other public health crises, the federal government should take a more prominent role in advocating for and funding gun violence prevention programs."
 

Canada: Gun owner fined for not registering shot gun
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"Issues concerning gun storage and registration were discussed in two cases in Cobourg Provincial court last Monday, June 27."

"In the first instance, Crown attorney Brad Kelneck argued in favour of a fine for the accused, who pleaded guilty to two counts of unsafe storage of firearm. In this case, ammunition was found in the vicinity of the weapons."

"'These are inherently dangerous items that should be kept in a secure position,' said Mr. Kelneck, who later added a fine was a good way to get across to the public that some risks are simply too great to accept."
 

I share Jefferson's intuition of designed abuses
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"...Is it a coincidence that no matter which network one watches, he or she is spoon-fed the same regurgitated news stories? Is it a coincidence that Hollywood continues its attempt to pervert the conscience and morals of our country even when they repeatedly lose money in the process? Is it a coincidence that the political leaders from both major parties repeatedly ignore the Constitution? Is it a coincidence that the national news media never give a fair shake to Second Amendment advocates? Is it a coincidence that pro-life proponents are always referred to as 'anti-abortion' advocates? Is it a coincidence that Jesse Helms was constantly called a 'far right' Senator but Ted Kennedy is never called a 'far left' Senator?"
 

NJ: Reaching out to fight gun violence
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"Over eggs, pancakes and sausages yesterday morning, about 50 leaders from churches and mosques in Newark and Irvington gathered at the Police Institute at Rutgers-Newark to talk about efforts to curb gun violence."

"The group, which included Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith and representatives from Newark and state police, was organized by the Rev. Reggie Osborne, senior pastor at Bethel Worldwide Outreach Ministries in Newark. He asked clergy to get involved in the recently launched CeaseFire initiative."
 

PA: Former police sergeant reaches plea agreement in gun charges
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"A former policeman who had been accused of possessing a gun that was stolen from the evidence room has reached a plea bargain."

"Andrew McNelis III, 34, a former sergeant in the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum borough, agreed Friday to plead guilty to attempting to send a gun through the mail. In exchange, federal prosecutors agreed to drop a more serious charge of knowingly possessing a stolen firearm."

"Prosecutors said McNelis tried to mail a Colt .45 back to its owner in March 2002."
 

Australia: State leads way with gun crackdown
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"THE Victorian Government plans to introduce Australian-first restrictions on the sale of rifles that can use new high-capacity magazines."

"Police and Emergency Services Minister Tim Holding said the firearms would be placed under a new classification, restricting their use to all but farmers and professional hunters."
 

New Zealand: Libertarianz Guns and Fun Day
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"To promote the rights of gun-owners and the right to defend oneself, Libertarianz candidates Julian Pistorius (Northland electorate) and Helen Hughes (Whangarei electorate) have organised an event with this theme in mind. There will be paintball, clay target shooting, rifle shooting and barbecues. It will be held on Saturday July 16 from 10am onwards, at Extreme Paintball, 20 minutes drive north of Whangarei."
 

Australia: Raid on house uncovers firearms
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"ALBURY police yesterday recovered guns and more stolen goods from an Olive St house they raided last week."

"Insp Tony Reneker said yesterdays early morning operation resulted in the confiscation of goods valued at more than $10,000."

"Among the items seized by general duty officers and detectives were two guns, lawn mowers, power tools, wall units and a kitchen sink."
 

ND: Deputy Could Face Fleeing Charges
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"A sheriff's deputy and a former lawmaker reached speeds of nearly 100 mph while trying flee from law enforcement officers, and both admitted they had been drinking, authorities said."

"Griggs County Chief Deputy Bob Hook acknowledged being the driver in the July Fourth chase, and was demoted and put on probation, the authorities said. Dan Wogsland, a former state Senate minority leader, owned the car and was the passenger, officials said."

"The 11-mile chase started south of Hannaford, and ended with the two men allegedly abandoning the car in a field and fleeing on foot. The two men did not contact law enforcement for another 12 hours, Highway Patrol Capt. James Nygaard said."
 

UK: Family escape gun attack on home
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A family have escaped injury in an early morning gun attack at their home in north Belfast.
A shot was fired through the front door of the house at Silverstream Avenue just before 0400 BST.

A window in the door was damaged. A short time later, several more shots were fired at Silverstream Road.

A man has been arrested and a sawn-off shotgun recovered by police who were in the area. Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to ring them.

 

NJ: Home On The Range
Submitted by: John Donovan

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"If you've never shot a gun, head for Thunder Mountain this summer. Nestled deep in Ringwood State Park, this trap-and-skeet range is one of the few public shooting clubs in northern New Jersey. It also has become an embassy of sorts for Blue Staters and the trigger-unhappy, or for those who are simply curious or confused about America's stubborn love affair with firearms."

"So bring your earplugs, but leave the stereotypes at home."
 

Congress Rushing Agenda Before Aug. Break
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" The three-week window between the Independence Day and August breaks, typically one of the most productive times for Congress, could be even more so this year as lawmakers try to clear the decks for a Supreme Court battle."

"Just this week, the Senate plans to debate a spending bill for the Homeland Security Department and may start considering a measure to increase federal support of embryonic stem cell research."...

"The Senate Judiciary Committee will handle most of the load from a Supreme Court nomination. That time-consuming task means action could be delayed on renewal of the terrorism-fighting Patriot Act and a bill to create a trust fund to compensate people made ill by exposure to asbestos."
 

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