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UK: Violent Offences Top Million Mark
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Violent offences in England and Wales reached record levels in 2004-5 with police recording one million crimes - up 7% from the previous year."

"Police figures show 1,035,046 violent incidents against the person, excluding sexual offences and robberies."

"Total recorded crime fell 6% to 5.6m incidents, but gun crime was up 6%."

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Submitter's Note: So more than four times the number of victims of the Dunblane Massacre are killed by criminals using guns alone each year, but banning handguns actually helps reduce crime?
 

CCRKBA Urges Gun Owners to Call Senate, Help Pass S. 397
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"With action on S. 397 -- the Lawful Protection of Commerce in Arms Act -- imminent, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) urges firearms owners to call on their senators to support this critical legislation."

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted that S. 397 must be passed as a 'clean bill,' with no compromise amendments that would otherwise burden American firearms owners and law-abiding gun makers."
 

IN: Prowler prompts man to fire gun
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A White River Township man shot at a prowler who attacked him at his home early Wednesday, according to police reports."

"A resident along the 1100 block of Stones Crossing Road said someone hit him in the abdomen and back of the head while he was in his backyard searching for a possible prowler, police reports said."

"The resident told police he fell to the ground and fired a single shot from his .38 revolver to scare off the prowler, according to police reports. ..."
 

Stop the Destruction of Innocent Cops' Careers
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"Shot in the line of duty. Twice awarded the Medal of Honor. Named Essex County, N.J., Police Officer of the Year. A highly decorated officer with an impeccable record. For 22 years, police officer Eric Washington battled criminals on the streets of East Orange, N.J."

"On Jan. 21, 2001, Washington was ambushed and brought down - not by an ex-convict bent on revenge or a shadowy gunman, but instead by a false accusation of domestic violence."

"Under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 individuals, including police officers and armed forces personnel, are prohibited from possessing a firearm if they are subject to a restraining order issued at the behest of a spouse or an intimate partner."
 

TX: Gun shop owner apprehends suspect during armed robbery
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"Police caught one of four suspects in an armed robbery early Thursday afternoon. Police say four people held up a gun shop in Waco and fired shots at the owner. It happened on LaSalle Avenue."

"A 16-year-old suspect was apprehended by Gary Hammond, owner of Guns R Us. Afterward, Hammond says three other suspects ran across the streets and fired shots toward him and his shop."

"Hammond says, "'Too many guns in the hands of people who shouldn't have them. Law-abiding citizens need the guns, not criminals.'"
 

India: Meerut Govt College's additional teaching aid - a licensed gun
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"Teachers at Meerut Government College have added an item to their teaching aids: a weapon for self-defence. Those who have licensed weapons are now bringing them to the college after a student fired at a professor on Tuesday. 'All professors who have licensed weapons have decided to bring them along to the college. Some of us have pistols, others have single-barrel guns that they brought today (Thursday),' said Sociology Professor Amarjit Singh, who was the latest target. 'We have no trust in the police...they can't even control eve-teasing here, how will they protect us!'"
 

South Africa: Robbery victim shoots attacker
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"A Johannesburg tourist shot and killed a gangster when he and four others attacked her and three relatives on Palm Beach, near Ramsgate on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, this week."

"The woman was with relatives on the beach on Monday when a five-member gang wielding knives confronted the group."

"Two of the men turned on the woman while the other three attacked the other three members of the family."

"The woman took out her gun from her handbag and fired two shots at the men attacking her. The gang then ran off."
 

TX: Gun-grabbers take aim at ‘Big 50s’
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"The fight to maintain our rights is a never-ending struggle. We were reminded of this recently by a postcard from an organization called the Freedom States Alliance. This is an outfit that uses scare tactics about terrorism to push its anti-gun agenda."

"Pictured on the front of the card was a civilian airliner with an illustration of a rifle scope’s crosshairs centered to the nose of the plane and the Web site www.50Caliber-Terror.com listed across the top. On the back was a listing of why .50-caliber rifles should be banned. The reasons might seem reasonable, but a bit of research shows them to be exaggerated and open to interpretation."
 

NH: Former cop drunk at gun range
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"A former State Trooper arrested on a child pornography charge was stripped of his badge after a breath test showed he was drunk when he arrived for shotgun training at the firing range, according to minutes of the administrative hearing held before the Police Standards and Training Council."
 

UK: Murder bid man escapes gun raid
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"A MAN escaped a murder attempt after his east Belfast home was shot at in an attack possibly linked to the ongoing loyalist feud."

"Just after midnight, a number of shots were fired through the bathroom window of a house in Avonorr Street."

"The man in his 30s was in the house at the time but was not injured although a police spokesperson said they were treating the incident as attempted murder."
 

UK: Two men held after gun discharged
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"Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a gun was fired in a house in the West Midlands."

"Police said the incident happened in a property on Alcott Grove, Marston Green, Solihull, on Tuesday evening."

"A group of up to four men entered the house and threatened the occupier before firing a handgun."
 

OR: Firearms issue may go to arbitration
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"Yamhill County's parole and probation officers got a new contract this week, but it doesn't resolve an issue that's been festering for years: whether or not they may carry firearms on the job." ...

"According to local union president Lisa Settell, the county's community corrections director, former parole and probation officer Richard Sly, has expressed a willingness to consider the matter on a case-by-case basis."

"In about half a dozen instances in recent years, officers have sought such permission, Settell said. However, so far, Sly has not found anyone's argument sufficiently persuasive, she said."
 

PA: Free gunlocks to be distributed in Edwardsville
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The police department will provide 700 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project Child Safe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The kits, which include a gunlock, will be distributed from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the police station. By partnering with Project Child Safe, the police department is participating in a growing national effort to promote firearm safety education to all gun owners. Child Safe will distribute gunlock safety kits in all 50 states.
 

PA: Plum Detective Under Federal Investigation
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"Six months ago, the FBI acknowledged it is investigating several current and former Plum police officers for possible civil rights violations."

"The feds never named their targets, but Team 4 investigative reporter Jim Parsons confirms that one of them is Detective Mark Focareta, son of former Chief Terry Focareta." ...

"The federal investigation is the latest event in a series of problems going back five years at the Plum police department, including allegations by the mayor that some officers cheated on the civil service test; the arrest and acquittal of an officer on charges that he harassed the mayor; and the conviction earlier this month of a sergeant for illegally mailing a gun that was taken from the police property room."
 

OK: Free Gun Locks Will Be Distributed
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"Project ChildSafe is partnering will area law enforcement agencies to distribute free gun locks and gun safety educational material to county residents."

"A Project ChildSafe representative will be in the county Monday to distribute the cable-style locks to police departments, including from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sallisaw Police Department."

"The project encourages gun owners to take steps to prevent a loaded gun from falling into the hands of child and causing accidents, Mary Haynes, project spokesperson said. The program also encourages gun owners to store firearms in locations inaccessible to children or unauthorized users."
 

UK: Gun man threatened to shoot himself
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"A MAN wielding a gun brought a picturesque riverside town to a close as he threatened to shoot himself during a six hour stand off with armed police."

"Customers at The King's Head in Upton-Upon-Severn enjoying a quiet afternoon drink had their peace shattered when a man armed with a shotgun entered the pub at 2pm."

"Within minutes armed police had surrounded the picturesque riverside pub on the High Street by which time all the customers had left the pub."
 

UK: Man shot by gang
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"A MAN was shot at after a gang of gun-wielding thugs burst into his Birmingham house and opened fire."

"The gang of five men forced their way into the house in Alcott Lane, Marston Green."

"Police said a number of shots were discharged in the incident at 9.30pm on Wednesday night."
 

CA: Gun Violence Tragedy in Berkeley; An exceptional life -- cut short by an unexceptional bullet
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"For years, many industries have used laser printing and microstamping technology to put tiny serial numbers on their products. This well-developed technology is now being applied to handguns and ammunition."

"As a result, two breathtakingly sensible anti-crime bills have passed their own side of the California Legislature and are working their way toward Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk..."
 

WI: What the gun bill conceals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"It worked well for the GOP at the national level in selling the poorly planned war in Iraq and the inadequate prescription drug program for seniors. So apparently state Sen. Dave Zien (R-Eau Claire) must be trying the tactic in Wisconsin: Repeat a bad idea often enough, and eventually the people will buy it - lock, stock and barrel."

"Silenced by Gov. Jim Doyle's veto in the first round during the 2003-'04 legislative session, the concealed weapons bill will be reintroduced by Zien later this summer."

"Having already shot down the perfect opportunity for a bipartisan solution to the state's budget woes concerning the truly important issues of employment, education and health care, Republican legislators will waste more time and taxpayer dollars to target the gun lobby and gun enthusiasts for support in the 2006 election."
 

OK: Charges filed against current, former Lawton school and police officials
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"Federal and state prosecutors today filed numerous theft charges against 20 people, including current and former Lawton police and school officials and Comanche County Sheriff's deputies and employees."

"They're accused of running a scheme to collect money for school security work they did not perform."

"The eight named in the federal charges are accused of cashing paychecks for a total of more than $140,000."
 

OH: Democrat Running in Special Ohio Election in Bid to Become First Iraq War Vet in Congress
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"A few months ago, Paul Hackett was flushing out insurgents and avoiding ambushes in Fallujah, Ramadi and other hotspots in the Iraq War. Today, the Marine is trying to round up votes in small southern Ohio towns like this one." ...

"...he was campaigning among avid hunters in Adams County, telling them about the guns he keeps at home and joking: 'I thought gun control was when you hit your target.'"
 

NY: Firearms trickle back from Ithaca Gun Co.
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"People who sent firearms to the Ithaca Gun Co. for repair before the troubled manufacturer shut its doors last month are beginning to get them back, while an emerging group of firearms-related businesses are setting their sights on what's left of the historic firm."

"Ithaca Gun closed in a tangle of financial difficulties, including owing thousands in excise taxes to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Earlier this summer, the company voluntarily surrendered its ATF federal firearms license and moved its inventory - including hundreds of guns and pieces of guns it had taken for repair - to Tar-Jac in Seneca Falls."
 

NY: New York State Pistol Shooters Give A Strong Performance At 2005 National Championships
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"New York State shooters acquitted themselves with honor at the 2005 National Pistol Championships held earlier this month at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio. In the individual National Championship competition four New York shooters placed in the top 15 in the civilian High Master class - the most skilled and most competitive civilian group: Harvey Loomis (5th), Chris Sobers (8th), Gary Spear (12th) and Arthur Monahan (13th). In addition, Chris Sobers placed 15th in the President's 100 match sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, and ranked as the third civilian in that match, which is traditionally dominated by military competitors."
 

NY: NRA bigwig making another visit to area
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"I'll admit that I was impressed earlier this year when I learned that the NRA's executive vice president and chief executive officer, Wayne LaPierre, was going to make an appearance at the Mid Hudson Friends of NRA's Annual dinner in Poughkeepsie. I was even more impressed as I watched him work the crowd of 700 NRAers and their friends that night in April."
 

MO: KC officers fired over Taser use
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"The Board of Police Commissioners on Thursday fired two officers for allegedly misusing a Taser stun gun on a handcuffed man last year."

"Police Chief Jim Corwin had recommended that the officers, David Easley and Matthew Howell, be fired and a hearing was held last week."

"A camera in a patrol car recorded the officers arresting a suspected car thief on Aug. 10, 2004. When the 24-year-old Kansas City man tried to run from police, Howell fired a Taser - which stuns a person using electrical current - and hit the man in the back."
 

CA: Homicide Rate Falls In SF
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"Police in San Francisco are getting tough on crime and they say it is paying off."

"The homicide rate has fallen."

"Police say violence forced them to adopt new tactics."

"They beefed up the gang task force started a gun buy-back program and began zeroing in on the 60 most violent people in the city."
 

UT: Utah Women Sue After Being Shot By Man On Crime Spree
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"Two Utah women are suing the state Department of Corrections, seeking unspecified damages for injuries -- both were shot and left for dead -- attributed to inadequate supervision of a parolee."

"The lawsuit was filed Monday in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia, said Seattle attorney Tony Shapiro, who is representing Kimberli Linhard and Diana 'Dee' Jensen."

"At issue is department supervision of Richard Wilson, described as a twice-convicted sex offender at high risk to re-offend, Shapiro's firm said in a Wednesday news release."
 

PA: Family Of Philly Teen Shot To Death Sues Gun Store
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"The family of a teenager accidentally shot to death by a friend last year is suing the gun store that sold the weapon."

"The lawsuit is the second of its kind initiated by the Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The center pursued a similar case for another Philadelphia family last year that ended in an $850,000 settlement."
 

UK: Mum's fury after son shot in the face
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"A 10-YEAR-OLD Glasgow boy was shot in the face with an airgun as he played in a friend's garden.
Callum McDonald was taking a bike out of his pal's shed when he became a target."

"The youngster, of Dykebar Avenue, Knightswood, was at his pal's home in nearby Polnoon Avenue after returning from holiday."

"One pellet hit the shed then another hit Callum in the face."
 

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