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PA: Should gun ban be extended?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"However, the U.S. House of Representatives has yet to act on a bill to do so, and Congress will recess Friday until after Labor Day." ...

"East Pikeland Police Chief James Franciscus, who serves as Chester County Police Chiefs Association financial secretary, supports extending the ban."

"'If the ban is lifted, people will be able to purchase fully automatic weapons, and they will be able to use those automatic weapons,' he said. 'It could jeopardize the lives of the public or police officers or others.'" [emphasis added]
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Police Chief James Franciscus: (610) 935-0606 or policechief@eastpikeland.org
 

PA: Weapons of mass delusion
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... "Bans on assault weapons may be well-intended, but they're ultimately pointless."

"'I didn't do my homework on that vote,' Platts now admits. A little homework, he says, would have shown that the difference between an 'assault weapon' and a hunting or target-shooting weapon is largely semantic. Put a certain fold-up stock or other feature on a legal rifle, and it becomes an 'assault weapon.' ..." ...

"In that sense, we certainly agree with Rep. Platts' 1994 comment that 'there are certain weapons that don't belong on the streets.'"

"Actually, no weapon belongs on the street. At a rifle range, or in the woods during hunting season? Yes. But stuck in a back pocket, in a holster under a jacket, or concealed in a purse or briefcase? No. That's just a recipe for disaster. As personal protection, guns seem to cause more problems than they solve." ...
 

Police Leaders Join D.C. Chief Ramsey, Rep. Castle, McCarthy In Bid to Save Weapons Ban; Banned Weapons That Would Become Legal on Display
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Representatives Michael Castle (R-Del.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) will continue their strong efforts to save the Assault Weapons Ban at a press conference Tuesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with Metropolitan Police Chief Charles Ramsey and leadership of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the National Black Police Officers."

"The D.C. police will display banned military-style semiautomatic assault weapons at the press conference. Just days ago, Metropolitan DC Police successfully arrested suspects in a string of daring, high-profile bank robberies and seized numerous assault rifles." ...
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Try banning bank robbery?
 

How to collect guns and irritate PETA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One of my recent articles, entitled 'Timmy and Me,' stirred up even Moore controversy than I expected. But, fortunately, most of the email about the article was positive. In fact, several readers wrote to say that they had decided to make their first gun purchase after reading the article. A few even asked if I had any recommendations. Since I have several, I decided to write this article."

"Before I get started with the recommendations, I want to make sure that prospective gun owners develop a healthy respect for firearms and for the consequences of using deadly force. That’s why I recommend that everyone take a firearms safety course before making that first gun purchase, even if their state laws don’t require it." ...
 

VA: The Right to Bare Arms
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"The latte grande at the Starbucks in Tysons Corner, Va., must have seemed extra steamy last month when two college students bellied up to the bar packing pistols on their hips, as casually as if they wore cellphones. Someone called the police, who confiscated the handguns and charged the students. But wait: the Catch-22 in Virginia's enfeebled gun control laws has kicked in."

"Sure there's a state law against carrying loaded firearms in public. But the lethal fine print defines 'firearm' as a 20-round-plus assault rifle. So smaller weapons, like the .22-caliber and 9-millimeter pistols the students flaunted in their holsters, are legal and no permit is required. The pistols were returned, thereby contributing to a celebratory mood among the state's gun enthusiasts. Now they're strutting their Second Amendment stuff among Main Street shoppers and restaurant diners in Washington's booming Virginia suburbs." ...
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The media have been strutting their First Amendment stuff for over 200 years now.

KABA note: The "lethal fine print" actually specifies:

"For purposes of this section, "firearm" means any (i) semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock or (ii) shotgun with a magazine which will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered."
 

Badnarik Wonders if Bush and Feinstein Know the Meaning of "Infringe"
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"With very few regular days left in this legislative cycle, time is running out for Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Warner (R-VA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) to extend the Assault Weapon Ban. While Bush and his staffers have pledged multiple times to sign the bill into law if passed, GOP lawmakers are vowing that it will not be allowed on the House or Senate floor, thus protecting Bush from losing the support of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA)."
 

Part II: Terror in the Skies, Again?
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Last Tuesday morning, WomensWallStreet.com (WWS) published my first-person account of a recent Northwest Airlines flight that I took from Detroit to Los Angeles called 'Terror in the Skies, Again?' ..."

"On Wednesday morning, the WWS page views were unusually high, something like 10 times the normal amount. Apparently our readers had been emailing the article to their friends, family and colleagues and everyone was reading it."

"By Thursday morning, that number had again multiplied ten-fold. ..." ...

... "This brings us to the heart of the matter -- political correctness. Political correctness has become a major road block for airline safety...Smerconish's new book sums it up: 'Flying Blind. How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety Post 9/11.'"
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Follow-up from last week.
 

NJ: Former N.Y.C. officer kills carjack suspect in Newark, gets busted
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"A retired NYPD cop shot and killed one of five assailants who tried to carjack his Cadillac in Newark yesterday, officials said.
He was charged with illegal possession of a handgun after shooting the assailant with a .40-caliber pistol, Newark police spokesman Lt. Derek Glenn said.
Police withheld the retired officer's name."

"Glenn said the ex-officer is licensed to carry a gun in New York, but not New Jersey."
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Our shoes pinch, don't they Mr. Policeman?

 

Japan: Air trooper takes shot up schoolgirl's dress
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"An Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) member who used his camera-equipped cell phone to photograph inside a high school girl's skirt has been arrested, police said."

"Masayuki Yoshimoto, 32, a third-class noncommissioned officer stationed in Okinawa Prefecture, was arrested on suspicion of violating a prefectural ordinance forbidding people from creating a public nuisance. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations against him."

"Investigators said Yoshimoto approached a 15-year-old schoolgirl from behind as she was reading in a bookstore in Hirara, Okinawa Prefecture, at about 8 p.m. on July 18, and took a photograph inside her skirt with his cell phone." ...
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But only cops and the military . . .
 

NY: Another goblin violates "Paper Protection" - and is shot by his would-be victim
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"A man was shot and killed by a relative as he tried to break into a home in West Hill Estates in Greece around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The man had a restraining order against him to stay away from the premises."

"Police said the homeowner shot and killed Russell Thurston, 43, with a long gun before he was able to fully enter the home. Thurston was apparently making threatening comments, but it's unclear exactly what he said." ...
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Fortunately this would-be victim did not depend on "Dial 911" to protect home and family.
 

RI: Couple find a pistol in recently purchased car
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"Luckily for one local couple, the used car they recently purchased didn’t come fully loaded."

"The husband and wife found a .45 caliber pistol Saturday under the dashboard of the Pontiac Grand Am they reported buying three weeks earlier."

"At around 12:30 p.m., the couple, whose names were not released by Central Falls police, reported the found weapon to authorities."

"As of Sunday, police were still investigating the case and had not yet determined where the gun -- which was found to be not loaded -- had came from." ...

"According to the police report, the gun’s serial number matched a weapon that had been listed as recovered by the Tucson, Ariz. Police Department."
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KABA Note: Oops!
 

TX: Wood County Sheriff Investigating Weekend Shooting That Injured One
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"Wood County sheriff's investigators are continuing to examine the circumstances behind a weekend shooting that left one man injured."

"The incident happened Friday at a residence on County Road 4290, west of Winnsboro."

"According to reports, a Winnsboro homeowner armed with a .22-caliber rifle shot and wounded an alleged burglar following a break-in at the residence."

"The homeowner fired after the intruder threatened him and then refused to leave, records show. Authorities said the shot hit the intruder in the leg."

"The injured man was transported to Winnsboro Presbyterian Hospital, where he came combative with responding officers, reported sheriff's Sgt. Kyle Henson."
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Heaven forbid that it actually be identified as a self-defense/defense of dwelling shooting in the headline!
 

India: '2000 arms licences issued to criminals'
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"In one of the biggest racket of its type in recent years, nearly 2,000 arms licences were found to have been issued on fake documents to hardcore criminals, non-existing individuals and natives of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and even Nagaland. The state home department's confidential internal inquiry report (CIIR) reveals that these licences were issued by the Gonda police during a span of six months."

"The CIIR has indicted one superintendent of police (SP), two additional SPs, seven Deputy SPs, five Inspectors, 15 station officers (SOs) and revenue department employees for irregularities. It also recommends verification of all arms licences issued by the Gonda police from 1996 onwards on the basis of evidence that the racket has been operational for last eight years." ...
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But only cops and the military?
 

DC: Crime Emergency for D.C.?
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"A rash of car thefts and other incidents involving young people in the District over the last few weeks has raised a red flag at city hall."

"WTOP Radio has learned that D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey will reinstitute the 'crime emergency' on Monday. The emergency allows commanders to recall officers for patrol duty to deal with a rash of juvenile crime."

"The declaration comes after several recent incidents involving teenagers:" ...
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Instead of making D.C. safer by banning guns, it is now more dangerous to be there.
 

TN: Man with long rap sheet killed during break-in
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"A Nashville man with a long record of arrests was shot and killed early yesterday morning when he broke into a Nashville woman's Madison apartment, police said."

"Maurice Wilson Jr., 21, was fatally wounded shortly after he and at least one other person kicked in the apartment's back door at the Heritage House apartments on Heritage Drive, police spokesman Don Aaron said." ...

"'The two women retreated to an upstairs bedroom as the suspects kicked in the back door,' Aaron said. 'As one of them came to the doorway of the bedroom where the two women were hiding, the older cousin, who had retrieved a pistol from a nightstand, fired one time. The intruder was hit and died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.'" ...
 

NY: Warning About Predators In The Park [Victim Disarmament Zone]
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"The father of a six-year-old girl is coming forward to tell his daughter's story of alleged abuse at a Rochester playground so that other parents can learn from what happened." ...
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Submitter's Note: City of Rochester code defers weapons policy in city parks to the Monroe County Code. Monroe County Code Section 323-28 prohibits any non-law-enforcement citizen from carrying a firearm in a park. Even if this man had wanted to protect himself and his daughter, he could have been charged with a misdemeanor for doing so.
 

TX: Ready, aim, fire!
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"The Texas City Municipal Shooting Range is one of a kind. It’s actually owned and operated by a city government."

"'There’s only one other in the State of Texas, and that’s in Amarillo,' Rangemaster Lester Steinbach said. 'But they contract theirs out. We’re the only one we know of owned by the city.'"

"It may not be a common sight, but it is a useful service, Steinbach said. Officer Kenneth Brown, firearms instructor for the Texas City Police Department, agreed."

"'Some people like to play basketball at Lowry Center, some people like to shoot. It’s just a sport for some folks,' Brown said. 'The people who want to shoot are going to find a way, even if it’s out in a cow field. This out here allows for safer conditions.'" ...
 

NY: Queens teens get shots with beer (in "guns banned" New York City)
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"Two Queens teenagers were shot several times after asking a stranger for change to buy a beer."

"Fortunately, the injuries were minor enough that Edgar Gomez and Charles Davis, both 18, were able to walk the three blocks home ..." ...

"'I don't understand why I was shot,' said Gomez, of Woodhaven. 'We asked the guy nicely for the money.'"

"He and his friend Davis wanted to share the beer at around 6 a.m. yesterday morning after a night out with friends."

"Aside from being underage, they were two bits short of the $1.25 they needed ..."

"So they stopped the first guy that walked by. The man paused for a moment, reached into his pocket, pulled out a pistol and started shooting, they said." ...
 

OH: Senate to vote for prez
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"Senate Republicans may head back to Columbus in early August to pick the person whom they'd like to see as Senate President next year."

"Three candidates have emerged — Sens. Randy Gardner of Bowling Green, Bill Harris of Ashland and Robert Spada of North Royalton." ...

"Commentary:
Senator Randy Gardner was among the first to commit his willingness to override a Taft veto of House Bill 12. He was also the first to obtain a statement from Attorney General Jim Petro's office that it is illegal for municipalities to pass ordinances banning CHL-holders from parks and city busses. He has been a leader on the issue of concealed carry reform." ...
 

NM: Outdoorsmen are now seeing through Bush, too
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... "Recent surveys by the National Wildlife Federation and its New Mexico affiliate suggest that many of the nation's hunters and anglers are seeing much more clearly where the Bush administration is heading with its environmental policies."

"Most of the federation's 750,000 members hunt and fish. Most own guns. Nearly 40 percent are also members of the National Rifle Association. But the survey suggests that the hot-button issue of gun rights is ranked lowest on their list of political concerns - nearly 10 percentage points below 'clean air and water' and 'wildlife conservation.'" ...
 

OH: A collective sigh: Area sheriff departments see no problems with new CCW law
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"Ohio’s implementation of a concealed-carry weapons law in April caused some concern, but sheriff departments in the area say that they haven’t seen any problems."

"'To the best of my knowledge, we’ve not had a traffic stop with a concealed carry weapon as of yet,' Carroll County Sheriff Ralph Lucas said.

Representatives from four other sheriff departments echoed that statement."

"In addition, none reported that they were receiving calls about people with weapons."

"'(The sheriff’s office) anticipated some phone calls from concerned residents that might notice people carrying weapons,' Coshocton County Sheriff Lt. Jim Crawford said. 'That hasn’t happened, which is great.'" ...
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The sky didn't fall . . .
 

CA: More gun permits issued in California amid security fears
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"The number of California residents with gun permits has climbed 28 percent since 2000 amid heightened security fears following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."

"More than 45,000 concealed weapon permits were issued by the end of 2003, up nearly 10,000 over three years, according to the state Department of Justice." ...

"'There was a big spike after 9/11, where people felt they should protect themselves better,' said San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod, who issued nearly 500 new permits in 2001 and 2002. 'And if a responsible citizen feels they need a gun and can demonstrate that need, I don't have any problem in giving it to them.'" ...
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So go grovel to the sheriff and convince him that your "need" is adequate, and he'll grant you the "privilege" of carrying the world's most effective self-defense tool.
 

KS: Tiahrt relishes role as a top gun for NRA
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"Gun laws fuel some of America's stormiest political debates."

"By sponsoring recent controversial gun legislation, Todd Tiahrt is developing a reputation as a lawmaker who doesn't mind being a lightning rod." ...

"'The congressman really ought to be ashamed of himself,' said Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 'The NRA must sit back and say, 'It's amazing to see how this guy does our bidding.'"

"At the heart of the controversy is Tiahrt's relationship with the NRA, a group seen by some as a guardian of constitutional freedoms, and by others as evil incarnate." ...
 

MO: Freedom for All?
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... "To use the term "democratic representation" is not an accurate term for what the founders intended. Our founding fathers created a 'Constitutional Republic' for they knew that true democracy was the equivalent to 'mob rule'. A good example of this would be Missouri's first attempt at the concealed weapons law. It was put before a popular vote of the state's people (true democracy, mob rule). The heavily populated urban areas of St. Louis and Kansas City killed the measure." ...
 

OH: Cabela's ready to open doors
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"AT 175,000 square feet, the Cabela's retail store in Ohio County may be slightly smaller than its 250,000-square-foot counterpart in Hamburg, Pa. But fortunately, she's to be blessed with many of the same features as her bigger, older sister."

"On Aug. 12, the Ohio County Cabela's store will begin offering shoppers the same combination of outfitter gear and wildlife displays that have made the Cabela's Hamburg store, which opened in September 2003, a destination for millions of tourists each year."

"'One thing that the Cabela's family is doing is they're creating an outdoors environment indoors,' said Mary Adamchik, the store's softlines manager. She said her staff has given tours to school-aged children from Philadelphia who had never seen mountain goats or bears until they visited the store." ...
 

MT: Straight shooter: Billings West grad Carson Kuehn living his dream of shooting at NCAA level
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"In some sports, they say to just keep firing away and it will come to you."

"That's not necessarily the case in shooting events. True, one needs practice, but self-confidence goes a long ways."

"'It's a very mental game,' said 19-year-old Big Sky State Games participant Carson Kuehn. 'You can develop much faster if you believe in yourself.'"

"Kuehn demonstrated his belief in himself at this weekend's Big Sky State Games, where he competed in four events - smallbore rifle prone, smallbore rifle position, precision air rifle standing and precision air rifle 3 position." ...

"'The State Games are great practice and it's also a good chance to see all the people I grew up with in the shooting sports program,' he said." ...
 

Ghana: Armed Robbers Storm School
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"Two armed robbers last Thursday afternoon stormed the premises of the Association International School at the Airport Residential Area in Accra, amidst the firing of gunshots, brutalised the headmistress and made away with her bag containing money and some valuables."

"The Headmistress, Mrs Nancy Hooper Opoku, was brutalised by one of the armed robbers for ignoring an order to surrender her bag, containing ¢3,150,000, $100, a passport, a driving licence, a voter ID card and other documents."

"One of the robbers fired a warning shot to ward off some teachers who attempted to go to the aid of the headmistress, after which they escaped with the bag on a motorbike." ...
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KABA Note: Ghana has strict licensing and registration of guns.
 

Nigeria: Cultists return 22 more guns in Rivers
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"ELEVEN G.3 military rifles were among the 22 additional guns returned to the Rivers State Government as part of moves to rid the state of destructive weapons."

"The guns, including one Mark 4 rifle, seven single and double barrel guns, one locally-made revolver pistol and two locally-made double barrel pistols were turned in on Friday alongside 136 live ammunition of 7.62mm calibre, three dynomites, 10 cartridges and two 9mm live ammunition."

"The submission of the arms came barely three days after another set of 130 assorted high calibre rifles were returned by a group of 100 youths led by a cult kingpin in the state." ...
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Disarmament, identification and vilification of a minority ("cultists") . . . can genocide be far behind?
 

UK: Man injured in shooting incident
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A man is being treated in hospital after he was shot in the Black Country.

West Midlands Police said the incident, which involved three offenders, happened at about 1900 BST on Saturday on Wellington Road in Dudley.

Detectives said one of the men pulled out a pistol and shot the 29-year-old victim during an argument.

The man, who is from Dudley, was taken to hospital for treatment but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Two of the men police want to trace, who are believed to be in their 20s, left the scene by car.
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In the "gun-free" United Kingdom?!?
 

Canada: Controversy erupts over Tasers following death at Mississauga, Ont., motel
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"The death of a 29-year-old man after police subdued him with a Taser stun gun has prompted calls for an independent investigation into the use of the weapons by law enforcement officers."

"Jerry Knight, a former semi-professional boxer, died Saturday after a violent confrontation with police at a motel in Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto."

"His death is being investigated by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, a civilian body that investigates deaths or injuries involving police."

"An autopsy was performed Monday on Knight, but officials were not able identify a cause of death." ...
 

UK: Self-defence defusing town's fear
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"Up to 2,000 personal attack alarms handed out, self-defence classes being stepped up, demands for more police patrols - Rochdale is a town touched by fear."

"A serial sex attacker has now claimed his 11th victim and appears to have no concerns about striking at any time of day or night, targeting females of all ages."

"Detectives are carrying out a major inquiry and the council's safety team has held a series of public meetings close to where attacks have happened, to offer advice and hand out alarms." ...
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"No law ever written has stopped any robber, rapist or killer, like cold blue steel in the hands of their last intended victim." — W. Emerson Wright
 

UK: Drinking and shotguns in your pants don't mix
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"A man who shot himself in the groin after drinking 15 pints of beer and stuffing a sawed-off shotgun down his trousers was jailed for five years Tuesday for illegal possession of a firearm.
David Walker, 28, underwent emergency surgery after the March 6 incident in Dinnington, northern England. Tests were continuing to learn if Walker would be left infertile, his lawyer Gulzar Syed said." ...
 

Ghana: Policeman kills security officer, Injures 2 Cops
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"Sixteen rounds of ammunition rang from the police Constable’s AK 47 assault rifle, leaving a security officer of Joker’s Night Club and Restaurant at Otswe, near La, in Accra, dead and two policemen critically injured."

"Constable Abew Suphihyia of the Armoured Car Squadron then dropped the weapon and took to his heels. He was pursued and overpowered by a mob which nearly lynched him. He was, however, saved by the timely arrival of a police patrol team." ...

"She said the policeman fired another shot and that attracted a lot of people to the scene, including three policemen in mufti."

"It was then that they realised that the armed policeman was heavily drunk so they pleaded with him to hand over the weapon but he rather pointed it at the crowd that had gathered around and opened fire." ...
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But only cops and the military . . .
 

Australia: Inverell man charged with 35 offences after firearms seizure
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"BRENT DAWSON, a 39-year-old Inverell man, has been remanded in custody after being charged with 35 firearms related offences after police raided two locations in Inverell and Grove Rd, Tingha, on Thursday morning."

"The court was told police seized a cache of weapons and ammunition including a bayonet, rifle silencer and 22 guns including 16 assorted long arms such as rifles, including a military style rifle, three12 gauge shot guns, six 22 RF calibre semi-automatic pistols, 14 rifle barrels and 20,000 rounds of assorted mixed calibre ammunition."

"Some of the weapons allegedly included firearms such as shotguns with shortened barrels converted to pistols." ...
 

NV: Aladdin expels Ronstadt after political remarks
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"Aladdin President Bill Timmins ordered security guards to escort pop diva Linda Ronstadt off the property following a concert Saturday night during which she expressed support for controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore."

"Timmins, who was among the almost 5,000 fans in the audience at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, had Ronstadt escorted to her tour bus and her belongings from her hotel room sent to her. Timmins also sent word to Ronstadt that she was no longer welcome at the property for future performances, according Aladdin spokeswoman Tyri Squyres." ...
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Not directly firearms related, but still mildly amusing.
 

Tasers may be available at Sharper Image
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"Tasers, the weapons police use to immobilize suspects with a 50,000-volt shock, may be available at the mall as soon as this fall."

Taser International and Sharper Image are negotiating to make the store the only national retailer to carry Tasers. Although Tasers have been publicly available through phone sales and the company Web site, www.taser.com, for more than eight years, some police officers worry that wider availability might open the door to criminal use."

"'It's always a concern when there is a weapon out there that could be used to incapacitate an officer or put them at a severe disadvantage,' said Lt. Abdul Pridgen, spokesman for the Fort Worth Police Department. ..." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in... — Dianne Feinstein, CBS-TV's "60 Minutes, February 5, 1995.

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