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Away on Business: an Unsettling Question
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"It is the dark issue air travelers hope they never have to confront: a violent incident in flight -- and when and how to respond to it." ...

"But, as he indicated, not all flights carry air marshals."

"'You can't put them on every flight,' said Mark Bogosian, a first officer who crews Boeing 757-767s for a major U.S. airline. He said he knows that because flight crews are told when an air marshal is on board and who it is."

"'Unless law enforcement is on board, especially now with cockpit doors locked, the passengers and flight attendants are the first line of defense.' Bogosian said. 'If law enforcement is not on board and there's an incident, it is up to the flight attendants and the passengers.'" ...
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Which is why law-abiding CCW license holding citizens should be allowed to carry.

KABA Note: To clarify, we, as an organization, absolutely oppose licensing as a prerequisite for exercising your constitutionally protected rights. Unfortunately, licensing and permitting is the reality in many states - a reality we hope will change. We do point out, however, that the current CCW holders are some of the most well-trained, capable and responsible people, and they pose no threat to the plane or its passengers. In the event of a hijacking, they and should be a viable line of defense.
 

AL: Congress should ban sales of SKS rifles
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Soviet-made SKS rifle is probably the most worthless piece of military equipment ever produced. It isn't accurate at long ranges, so it isn't any good as a weapon of war or for a hunting rifle. As designed, it's only good for one thing — close range killing."

"And, so many were made and are available that it can't even be considered a collector's item for serious gun collections."

"The SKS is the rifle believed used in the recent slayings of three Birmingham police officers and two police officers in Athens. It's powerful enough that a typical protective vest is ineffective."

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FYI, so is your typical hunting rifle.

 

Beat Cop Now a Walking Database
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Now even dismounted cops can get everything they ever wanted to know about you from the infosphere?

Add to this you must now give your name or produce papers?

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"A police officer stops you on the street, then taps something into a device in the palm of his hand."

"The next minute, he knows who your relatives are, who lives in your house, who your neighbors are, the kind of car you drive or boat you own, whether you've been sued and various other tidbits about your life."

"Science fiction? Hardly."

"A growing number of police departments now have instant access via handheld wireless devices to vast commercial databases that contain details on just about anyone officers encounter on the beat."
 

OK: No charges filed against man who shot neighbor's pit bulls (Follow Up)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"District Attorney Eddie Wyant said Wednesday that he will not file criminal charges against a rural Quapaw man who shot and killed two of his neighbor's pit bulls."

"Rocky Joe Jones, 56, called the sheriff's office last week and reported that he had just shot and killed two pit bulls belonging to Parks D. Foster, 22. Both men and their families live near the intersection of East 60 and South 630 roads, east of Quapaw."

"In a statement to sheriff's deputies, Jones said he shot the dogs because they had attacked and critically injured a dog belonging to him on June 20. He said the animals were attacking a neighbor's dog when he shot them."
 

Lock and Load the Latest
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"After thriving handsomely off the Second Amendment for decades, the National Rifle Association has decided to invoke the First Amendment and attempt a metamorphosis into a news media organization. It has begun a three-hour daily show on satellite radio to broadcast its anti-gun-control polemics in the name of legitimate news. This is a transparent device designed to circumvent the federal campaign law's strictures on unlimited advocacy at election time."

"Still, it's an intriguing idea. One story suggestion for the N.R.A. assignment editor: the landmark million-dollar court settlement won by two New Jersey police officers who were gravely wounded by a robber who got his handgun through one of the shabby weapon shops that deal with 'straw' buyers. These shoppers exploit the right to bear arms by buying them en masse and peddling them to the underworld. We urge a solid investigative series by the N.R.A.'s shame-on-you team to delve into the lethal history of these ostensibly licit dealers — almost three out of five guns recovered in crimes are traced to such dealers. But so far, the N.R.A. has been content to run hard-hitting reports dismissing Senator John Kerry as two-faced, and sympathizing with a college student who resented getting only a C on a pro-gun essay in a philosophy class."
 

VPC: Mindless blathering about so-called "assault" rifles
Submitted by: Derick Sager

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Violence Policy Center so-called research "fact sheet."

Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat installed to be able to view this document. Free download available here.
 

More Distortions From Michael Moore
Submitted by: Vladimir Kushnir
Website: http://vkus.freeyellow.com

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"In his new movie, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' film-maker Michael Moore makes the eye-popping claim that Saudi Arabian interests 'have given' $1.4 billion to firms connected to the family and friends of President George W. Bush. This, Moore suggests, helps explain one of the principal themes of the film: that the Bush White House has shown remarkable solicitude to the Saudi royals, even to the point of compromising the war on terror. When you and your associates get money like that, Moore says at one point in the movie, 'who you gonna like? Who’s your Daddy?' "

"But a cursory examination of the claim reveals some flaws in Moore’s arithmetic—not to mention his logic. Moore derives the $1.4 billion figure from journalist Craig Unger’s book, 'House of Bush, House of Saud.' Nearly 90 percent of that amount, $1.18 billion, comes from just one source: contracts in the early to mid-1990’s that the Saudi Arabian government awarded to a U.S. defense contractor, BDM, for training the country’s military and National Guard. What’s the significance of BDM? The firm at the time was owned by the Carlyle Group, the powerhouse private-equity firm whose Asian-affiliate advisory board has included the president’s father, George H.W. Bush."

"Leave aside the tenuous six-degrees-of-separation nature of this 'connection.' The main problem with this figure, according to Carlyle spokesman Chris Ullman, is that former president Bush didn’t join the Carlyle advisory board until April, 1998—five months after Carlyle had already sold BDM to another defense firm. ..."
 

Sept. 11 witness says Moore's film insults victims of the attacks
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"On Sept. 11, 2001, I stood across the Hudson River, watching the Twin Towers burn, knowing that if the plane had struck at 9:46 a.m. instead of 8:46 a.m., I would be dead. As a survivor and witness to the attack on the World Trade Center, I am more than insulted by this film. I am outraged. This film is based on conjecture, hearsay and propaganda. At a time when this country desperately needs to rally in support of our brave soldiers and our strong leaders, Moore is content to spread discord and divisiveness. The base of his argument is that the Bush administration had strong ties with the bin Laden family. However, sound facts are conspicuously absent from this 'documentary.' "
 

Dave Kopel: Fifty-six Deceits in Fahrenheit 911
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"The report follows the approximate order in which the movie covers particular topics: the Bush family, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. This report focuses solely on factual issues, and not on aesthetic criticism of the film."

"To understand the deceptions, it helps to understand Moore’s ideological position. So let us start with Moore’s belief that the September 11 attacks on the United States were insignificant."
 

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Challenges New Haven, CT Police Chief, Jesse Jackson About Wal-Mart Gun Sales
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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today chided Wal-Mart for giving into pressure from city officials in New Haven, Conn., and agreeing to stop the sale of firearms, bowhunting equipment and paintball guns at its store, scheduled to open this month." ...

" 'It's widely known,' Waldron said, 'that gun rights are sacred in the South, where Wal-Mart is headquartered, so the store managers in New Haven are as wrong about their decision as Jackson is about Wal-Mart, and about the Second Amendment. Jackson needs to be reminded that the right to keep and bear arms is as much an individual civil right as voting or attending the church of your choice.' "
 

CCRKBA Blasts 'Double-Standard Bigotry' Against Pink Pistols
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"Following their participation in a Gay Pride parade, members of the Central Ohio Pink Pistols chapter-who were carrying sidearms openly, as allowed by the Ohio Constitution and recently affirmed by the state Supreme Court-were confronted by a contingent from Stonewall Columbus at Bicentennial Park. The group's leader demanded that they surrender their firearms. Prior to the parade, the Pink Pistols had been warned via e-mail by Stonewall Columbus Executive Director Kate Anderson, 'Should anyone bring a firearm (to) this Stonewall Columbus event, the firearm will be confiscated and not returned and the individual will be rejected from the event. I have notified all Pride Committee members and co-chairs and I will also alert all security personnel and the police.' "

" 'It is remarkable,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron in reaction to Anderson's message, 'that an organization which has fought bigotry against gays and lesbians would, itself, be so eager to practice social bigotry against members of its own community for merely exercising their constitutional right to bear arms.' "
 

OH: Gun-rights advocate sues over weapons law
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"Parts of the state's new concealed-weapons law are unconstitutional and were written by 'idiots,' contends a gun-rights advocate who sued the state Wednesday."

"Stephen Miller, a lawyer and handgun instructor from Independence, sued in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, asking a judge to strike down the law's language governing how guns may be carried in vehicles."

"The law requires that when people licensed to carry concealed weapons get into a vehicle, they lock their guns in the glove compartment or a box, or wear them holstered 'in plain sight.' But the law doesn't define 'plain sight.' "

"That is a huge blind spot, Miller contends. A holstered gun, even if not covered by clothing or other obstruction, can be hard for a person outside a vehicle to see on someone in the driver's seat, he said. And without a clear definition, an otherwise legally armed motorist who gets pulled over by police is at the whim of the officer's or department's interpretation."
 

IA: Audit finds sheriff's money misspent
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"The Cass County Sheriff's Department spent at least $11,000 on such things as entry fees for a golf tournament, flowers and circus tickets, according to a state audit released Wednesday."

"Sheriff Larry Jones also hired his son as a special deputy, despite the county's nepotism policy, and gave him a county credit card that was used for more than $4,000 in improper expenses -- including gasoline, pop, candy, cigarettes and a cellular telephone, the audit said."

"The audit found widespread mismanagement of both money and evidence, including weapons and drugs."
 

UK: A Chief Constable is facing legal action after naming and shaming a convicted gun user and drug dealer
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"...Steve Green who's in charge of the Nottinghamshire force has been told by the man's lawyers that he infringed his human rights after putting his face on thirty thousand leaflets as part of an anti-gun crime campaign. Alistair Jackson reports."

"In April this year Nottinghamshire's Chief Constable Steve Green launched the leaflet campaign saying it proved he was getting tough on gun crime. The faces of four convicted gun criminals were featured. Michael Polizczuk is serving a four year sentence for illegally holding a firearm and dealing in drugs. He was named and shamed by thirty thousands leaflets that were delivered to homes across the city."
 

MA: Boston Police Say Suspect Was Shot In The Back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A man shot to death by police last weekend after he allegedly refused to drop a gun was hit twice in the back and once in the side, police said."

"Prosecutors said Bert Bowen, 40, was hit twice in the back by one officer after Bowen turned to aim his gun at the man's partner. One of the shots hit him in the back of the head."

"Witnesses have said Bowen was unarmed, and some community leaders questioned whether he could have been a threat to police if he was fleeing them."

"'I'm trying to wait until they complete their investigation but I don't feel good about the fact that he was shot in the back of the head at all,' said the Rev. William Dickerson Jr. of the Greater Love Tabernacle Church in the city's Dorchester section." ...
 

FL: Former cop gets three years for guns, drugs and explosives
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"A former Bradenton police officer was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for probation violations related to gun, drugs and explosives charges."

"Paul M. Haga, 39, will serve about one year of the sentence because he has been in jail since his February arrest. He had already served 17 months on the original conviction which included forgery, burglary, grand theft and fraud. He was released from prison in 1997."

"But Haga still faces serious charges in another state and is likely to be charged by federal prosecutors."
 

SD: Report: Janklow avoided tickets 16 times
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"Former Rep. Bill Janklow, who resigned from Congress after being convicted in a highway death, was stopped 16 times by state troopers during his last term as governor but was never ticketed, according to a South Dakota Highway Patrol report."

"Troopers felt they should not ticket Janklow out of respect for his authority and, in some cases, fear of retribution, said the report, written by the patrol superintendent, Col. Dan Mosteller, for Gov. Mike Rounds."

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Gee, maybe preferential treatment for the "elite" endangers lives?
 

OK: Cop who shot dog fired for 'shooting bird' -- Officer booted for extending middle finger to TV cameras
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"Bixby, Okla., Police Chief Anthony Stephens decided to fire Cory Forister after Tulsa TV stations aired video of the officer making an obscene gesture to camera crews."

"The saga began June 5 as Forister was responding to a possible burglary at the home of John and Kathy Benzinger."

"He then saw the family pet, which was tied to a cable as it lunged at him. He says Fluppy was on a long tether and was less than two feet away when he fired three shots."
 

TN: State trooper allegedly shoots brother in altercation
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"The shooting took place inside an apartment in the Hickory Grove Apartments complex. Authorities told News 2 that it occurred in the home of 31-year-old Angela Crawford, an officer with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Investigators say she was off-duty Thursday morning when her brother, Bilbrew, came over. Police say there was an argument that turned violent. That's when the off-duty Trooper pulled her service revolver and opened fire on her sibling."

"During the dispute, Crawford says her brother assaulted her, jumped on her. She was able to retrieve her assigned Highway Patrol pistol." ...

"...Authorities also say that no charges are expected to be filed against the trooper, who graduated from her cadet class just two months ago."
 

South Africa: How Do We Protect Our Families Now?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'How will we protect our families now? Criminals prefer unarmed victims and so does the ANC.'"

"That was the message from members of Victims Against Crime who demonstrated outside parliament to protest against the new Firearms Control Act."

"The stringent legislation, which became law at midnight, introduces new and stringent measures to regulate gun ownership by private citizens."

"Charl van Wyk, chairman of Victims Against Crime, said his group regarded the new law as nothing short of 'illegitimate' and an infringement of the citizen's 'inalienable right to defend himself and his or her family'."

"Van Wyk was the congregant who shot back at the attackers who stormed the St James Church on July 25, 1993. The attackers killed 11 worshippers." ...
 

South Africa: South Africa Enacts Strict Gun Control Legislation
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"South Africa is implementing tough new gun control legislation Thursday, affecting more than two million registered gun owners."

"The Firearms Control Act calls for all gun owners to reapply for their licenses, undergo thorough background checks, and earn certificates proving they can properly handle firearms."

"The law also raises the legal age for gun ownership from 16 years of age to 21, and allows only one firearm per person for defense purposes."
 

South Africa: A safer SA with new gun law?
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"South Africa hopes to make a dent in its frighteningly high crime rate with a new gun control law that went into effect on Thursday ..." ...

"Supporters of the legislation say it is long overdue in a country battling one of the highest rates of violent crime in the world with some 22 000 murders and 115 000 armed robberies registered between 2001 and 2002." ...

" 'It's definitely a good thing for this country. We are a young democracy and we need to look at the destruction and devastation gun violence has caused in our country,' said Gun-Free South Africa's national director Judy Bassingthwaighte."

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And how will disarming the law-abiding stop the criminals from continuing their activities? And when it doesn't, will they repeal the law?
 

South Africa: Gun owners shoot from the lip in protest at parliament
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun owners yesterday vented their anger outside parliament over strict new firearm control legislation, with many threatening to break the law, which comes into effect today."

"'Criminals prefer unarmed victims, so does the ANC' and 'Gun control, then farm invasions' were among the posters brandished."

"The action by Victims Against Crime - an informal grouping of people concerned about the level of lawlessness in the country - was organised by chairman Charl van Wyk, who called the regulations 'a stupid idea from beginning to end'." ...

"'A law that makes it impractical to defend oneself is an illegitimate law and subjects citizens to the criminal elements of society,' said Van Wyk."
 

South Africa: Hitchhiker kills robber
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"A hitchhiker has shot and killed one of two men who tried to rob him. The robbers pretended to offer him a place to sleep when they found him trying to hitch a lift from Jane Furse to Lebowakgomo in Limpopo at about 19:45 on Wednesday night." ...

"...they suddenly grabbed him and started searching his pockets."

"They were unaware he had a gun, which he managed to draw and fire off several times."

"One of the shots hit one of the attempted robbers, killing him instantly."

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Meanwhile, the South African disarmament efforts continue, rendering more would be victims defenseless against the criminal element.
 

South Africa: New gun act ambushes hunters
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"More than 100 foreign hunting tourists struggled on Thursday to stay on track of the new gun act amid huge confusion about its implications."

"Tour operators at Johannesburg International were dodging difficult questions from impatient visitors who have had to wait for up to four hours to complete the paperwork for their arms."

"A group of 70 hunters, who arrived on a flight from the United States, and another of at least 30 from Europe were delayed by the new regulations."

"Gary Davies, executive chairperson of the Association for Professional Hunters of South Africa, said some of the tourists missed connecting flights because of the delay."
 

NJ: Resident says police target range unsafe
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"Security and maintenance at the borough's police firing range are too lax, according to a Huff Avenue resident who wants the facility closed."

" 'I accepted the pistol range for 40 years, but not anymore,' Basil Kulick told the Borough Council Monday night."

"Mr. Kulick listed his complaints about the range — starting with careless disposal of ammunition. He said he was recently shown a live .45-caliber bullet neighborhood kids picked up after gaining access to the range through a broken section of the chain-link fence around the property at the end of Lincoln Avenue in the Lost Valley."

"He said loose ammunition can be picked up at the range 'all the time.' "

"I figure if we can't maintain it, we shouldn't have it..."
 

2004 Hollywood Celebrity Shoot Heads To Las Vegas Area
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"The Hollywood Celebrity Shoot, the largest celebrity charity shooting event in the country, returns for its eighth year with a two-day event October 1st and 2nd. The event, which benefits the Celebrity Youth Sporting Trust, an organization dedicated to firearm education and safety for our youths, will be held for the first time at the Desert Lake Country Club in Boulder City, Nevada." ...

"The Hollywood Celebrity Shoot features more than 100 actors, directors, producers, Hollywood insiders and stars from the professional sports world participating in team trap, sporting clay, handgun and rifle events. ...anyone can participate and compete alongside the celebrities. ..."
 

Should Your Pentium 4 be Classified as a Weapon?
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"In a move that has re-energized the debate over export controls on high-performance computers, the latest version of a defense-spending bill would require companies to seek licenses to export even underpowered desktop computers." ...

"...The current version of the defense authorization act would lower that limit to systems deemed 'militarily critical' by the Department of Defense. That level is currently set to the equivalent of a computer using a Pentium 3 processor running at 650MHz, state of the art in 1999 but considered feeble today."

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And here we thought licensing and registration would only ever apply to the Second Amendment; surely the First Amendment will remain safe...
 

VA: July 1 Marks Vast Improvements (NRA)
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"Virginia Right-to-Carry permit holders are no longer subject to the state’s one-gun-a-month restriction, thanks to a law effective July 1. Fifteen additional pro-gun laws go on the books helping to improve the Second Amendment rights of Virginians. All new statutes -- supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) -- were passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed by Governor Mark Warner." ...

"Other measures, sponsored respectively by Delegate Bob McDonnell and Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (HB 1144 and HB 1302), make needed improvements to the laws governing firearm purchases by removing unnecessary restrictions on residents of the Commonwealth. ..."
 

MN: Twins say G.I. Joe dolls give away not about politics
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"The Minnesota Twins received hundreds of calls supporting the team's plan to give away G.I. Joe action figures to 5,000 children in honor of local military personnel, Vice President of Marketing Patrick Klinger said Thursday."

"The calls came in the day after some peace groups demanded that the team abandon the giveaway planned for Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals." ...

"Toymaker Hasbro Inc. removed the gun from the action figure, but hand grenades are still visible. The Twins will provide packs of baseball cards for children whose parents don't want them to have a G.I. Joe, Klinger said."
 

PA: Democrat denies backing Specter in endorsement flap
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"A local Democratic party leader who Thursday was touted as a cross-party backer for Republican Sen. Arlen Specter at first denied the endorsement but said later, after talking to the senator, that he would keep his options open over the next two weeks." ...

"Lawrence County Democratic Party chairman Pete Vasella said he is reserving his endorsement until he sits down with Specter to talk about the Republican's 'position on western Pennsylvania and especially on Second Amendment rights.' "

"The U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment protects the rights of citizens to bear arms. Vasella is a member of the National Rifle Association."
 

Australia: Police bid to diffuse siege
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"A SIEGE is underway at a house in Sydney's south after shots were fired when police tried to search the premises this morning."

"Up to seven shots have been fired from what police believe is a handgun or pistol held by a man inside the house."

"Police have surrounded the house and a specialist negotiator has been called in to try to end the stand-off."

"It is not yet clear how many people are inside the Banksia home. Police are wary the suspect could have other weapons inside the house."

"Officers first arrived at the house just before 10.10am this morning to execute a search warrant. A shot was heard as they approached the building on Banksia Avenue." ...
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In "gun-free" Australia?!?
 

Canada: Cops talk tough after Taser incident
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"In the wake of a controversial tasering incident, Canmore police are warning local teens to wise up or face 'severe consequences.' "

"Staff Sgt. Don Cohn said the police have a mandate to protect the public, but will not tolerate verbal or physical abuse."

"The retiring Staff Sgt.'s comments are a response to recent accusations by local parents that police used excessive force when they used a Taser on a 17-year-old male after a house party on June 18."
 

UK: Gun alert costs taxpayers £1,000
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"More than £1,000 of taxpayers' money was 'wasted' when a teenager decided to go out into fields with an air rifle."

"The police helicopter, armed response unit and dog handlers were called out to Radbourne Lane, Mackworth, at 1.55pm yesterday, after reports of a man walking along the road "looking furtive" with a covered-up gun."

"Once the helicopter spotted a gang of youths in woods near the road, armed police swooped and found the teenager with an air rifle."

"Sergeant John Lambley, from the Armed Response Unit, said: "People are still unaware that ball bearing guns and imitation firearms are illegal in public places."
 

MI: ERIC SHARP: Gun curbs would hurt sportsmen more than criminals
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"The Freedom Day shootings in Detroit brought a demand from some people that Wayne County be made a gun-free zone. ..."

"I often disagree with the policies of the National Rifle Association and get literary brickbats from NRA members because I don't support their God-given, constitutional right to own toys like .50-caliber machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades."

"But there's one thing about which the Second Amendment zealots are absolutely right: The people who obediently traipse to the sheriff's department and jump through the hoops required to get handgun permits aren't the ones who commit gun crimes."
 

KS: Shooters have friendly rivalry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Mon Yee, Kenneth Miller and Joe Scott have been good friends for many years."

"They also share a love of black powder target shooting so much, that it would be hard not to find one of them without the other two during competition."

"'The three of us have been shooting together for a long time,' Yee said. 'We all hunted and we have shot other games, but we always have fun in a big shooting event.'"

"Their friendship and love for target shooting started when Scott, who lives in Sublette, got Miller, from Cimarron, and Yee, from Dodge City, involved in the antique gun sport." ...
 

MO: Platte County to begin issuing concealed carry weapon permits
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"The Platte County Sheriff’s Department has announced that it would start taking applications for permits to carry concealed weapons from Platte County residents Monday, July 12, at the Department’s office, 415 Third St. in Platte City."

"...Each applicant must have a current government-issued picture ID showing a Platte County address or military identification and orders stationing the service member in Missouri, proof of Social Security number, documentation showing successful completion of the required firearms safety course from a Platte County-approved instructor and a certified check or money order for $38 payable to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. No other fees will be charged."
 

UK: Three quizzed in air rifle attack
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"Three teenagers have been quizzed by police over the shooting of a young girl in Torquay. The youths, all aged 15 and from Torquay, were detained after a 13-year-old girl from Paignton was shot in the face with an air rifle pellet."

"The incident happened on the Pendennis Road junction with Audley Avenue at about 3pm on Tuesday."

"The girl was taken to the nearby Hillside Family Centre where the pellet was removed."
 

MA: Northampton's school superintendent charged with assault
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"Northampton's superintendent of schools has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in what police called a domestic dispute."

"Police said the weapon involved was a semiautomatic handgun."

"Superintendent Michael A. Cosgriff was released on his own recognizance after pleading innocent at his arraignment Wednesday in Northampton District Court."

"He also pleaded innocent to charges of failing to properly secure a shotgun and a rifle. State law requires firearms to be stored in a locked container or have a state-approved trigger lock." ...
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So an enforcer of "zero-tolerance" policies at school turns out to be violent at home . . .
 

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