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Camp Perry hosts all the big shots
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"The National Rifle and Pistol Matches at Camp Perry will begin this morning with a bang - and clouds of acrid smoke."

"Muzzleloading rifles are first to the line, with the smoke-filled black powder events kicking off a mix of more modern pistol, smallbore and high-powered rifle competitions. The event is expected to bring 4,800 competitors to the Ohio National Guard Camp on Ohio 2, just west of Port Clinton. Many of the best in the world will compete through Aug. 17. So will average, everyday shooters of all ages eager to toe the line at the prestigious National Matches."

"The National Matches are hosted by the National Rifle Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Spectators are welcome. There is no admission fee, and one of the popular attractions is Industry Row, a string of commercial firearms retailers." ...
 

Department Of Homeland Security Chooses SIG's DAK
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"SIGARMS ... is having a very good year. It started last June when the Rhode Island state police completed its transition to the SIG P226R in .357 SIG as its standard duty firearm and reported that since November 2003 approximately 100,000 rounds had been fired through 200 duty pistols with no mechanical failures."

"This was important because Rhode Island was the first agency in the country to adopt the new SIG DAKtm trigger system--a double action only (DAO) mechanism designed to provide a safe and reliable 6.5-pound trigger pull, which is much lighter than conventional DAO triggers. It was also important because it meant that four out of six New England state police forces are now carrying SIG pistols ..." ...
 

UN: Assessing progress: Global efforts to prevent small arms proliferation
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"Governments, international organizations and NGOs will meet in New York from 11-15 July to assess progress made in four years of implementing the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects." ...

"In its work assisting victims of armed conflict, the ICRC witnesses daily the price that civilians in many war-torn societies pay for inadequate controls on the availability of weapons and their frequent use in violation of international humanitarian law. The widespread proliferation of assault rifles, machine guns and other small arms and light weapons makes attacks on civilians easier and more lethal. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: That should read "attacks on disarmed civilians".
 

NC: District attorney's office rules shooting was self-defense
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"Buncombe County prosecutors will not file charges against a 15-year-old Swannanoa boy who shot and killed another teen during a confrontation."

"'All of the evidence points to self-defense,' Assistant District Attorney Kate Dreher said."

"David Eugene Ray, 19, of 2214 U.S. 70 in Swannanoa, was shot in the chest June 19 after he broke into a home off Buckeye Access Road and assaulted the younger teenager along with an 18-year-old girl who was staying there." ...
 

NY: No charges for wife who shot and killed her husband
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"Hamilton County investigators said Joan O'Neill shot her husband in the back, killing him inside their home in the Town of Wells. Joan was charged with Second Degree murder. Now, the grand jury has reached a different conclusion." ...

"'Mr. O'Neill has suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He is a combat veteran of Vietnam,' said [Special Prosecutor Louise] Sira.

"... But Sira said the stress that ended his career as a Schenectady police officer also led to threats against his family, and were backed up by the nine illegally owned and loaded handguns he kept around the house."

"'Mr. O'Neill made it extremely clear to Mrs. O'Neill that if she called the police again, he would kill the police officer who came to the house,' said Sira." ...
 

TX: Two people kidnap Coppell woman
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... "When Frank entered the apartment, Purcell sprayed her in the face with mace and then began beating her with a wrench. ..."

"Then Purcell and Ortiz demanded to be taken to Frank's home where they could obtain money. The two forced her into Ortiz's car and then drove to Coppell."

"Frank escaped from the vehicle ... and ran to the home of her brother-in-law where she began to bang on the front door and scream for help. Purcell chased after her ..."

"At this time, Frank's brother-in-law heard the commotion and left his house, carrying a pistol. He saw Purcell beating Frank and dragging her around the side of the house." [emphasis added]

"The assailants ran ..." ...
 

KS: Self Defense Program for Ages 12 and Older
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"The program is called T.A.K.E. Defense Training and has as its goal giving women of any age the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants are encouraged to bring a friend as portions of the curriculum use a partner and mothers and daughters make great teams. Participants will learn basic techniques to thwart an attack and which could save their lives."

"... The program was designed by JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker, a professional self-defense trainer, with consultation with local law enforcement agencies. The idea for the program was originally brought by representatives of the Kemp family to the local recreation agencies." ...
 

NY: Bullets & Bravery
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"A hero cop didn't hesitate to chase after a gunman on the streets of Harlem — even though he saw that the wildman had a pistol in each hand."

"'I went for it right away,' said Sgt. Patrick O'Boyle yesterday at Harlem Hospital, where he was in stable condition after being wounded in Wednesday's blazing shootout."

"Ex-con Terrell Harris, 21, allegedly squeezed off at least 13 rounds at O'Boyle and his housing-cop partner, Officer Erik Hansen." ...

"Harris, who was released from prison Jan. 11 after serving three years on a gun charge ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So a convicted felon was able to get not one but two pistols in New York City, where the law-abiding citizens had to cower like sheep while cops took care of him.
 

FL: Some try to cash in on gun buyback
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"West Palm Beach police are anticipating that some clever gun owners will take advantage of this weekend's city-funded gun buyback program."

"'There's nothing you can do about it,' Officer Kelly Carsillo, an organizer, said of some people's plans to buy cheap guns at pawnshops, turn them over to the police at Saturday's initiative and make a profit in the form of a Target gift card."

"Message boards on fatwallet.com, an Internet site that touts freebies and discounts, has some people crowing that they're going to do just that." ...
 

TX: Jury deliberations begin in ex-HPD officer's trial
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"A Montgomery County jury Thursday began deliberating in the trial of Eric Hillman, a former Houston police officer accused of killing a man in a confrontation in the officer's driveway almost two years ago."

"Hillman, 42, is charged with murder in the death of Kevin Lunsford ..."

"According to testimony during the six-day trial, Hillman shot Lunsford four times as he sat behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Lumina in the driveway of Hillman's rural property ..."

"The prosecution told jurors in closing statements Thursday that Hillman, who was a lieutenant in the Houston Police Department at the time of the shooting, could have prevented the shooting had he followed the rules and followed his training and education as a police officer." ...
 

TX: Constable pleads no contest to deadly conduct charge
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"Gregg County Precinct 2 Constable Billy Fort pleaded no contest Thursday to a Class A misdemeanor deadly conduct charge surrounding a June 9 incident in which police officers said he fired shots at his own home." ...

"Longview police officer Adam Martin stated in his report that Fort said 'he awoke to small animals trying to get him. Mr. Fort also stated that there were subjects after him that he did not know. Mr. Fort advised that the subjects ordered him out of bed and began poking him with sticks.' The report further states that Fort, with cuts on his hands, legs and feet, said he used the rifle to break out the downstairs window." ...

"Jennings said neither Fort's plea nor the probation would affect his constable position. ..." ...
 

NY: Pistol Permit Office Will Expand Hours
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By making some staff adjustments, Erie County Clerk David Swarts says the pistol permit office will now be able to expand its hours.

They'd been cut to three days a week because of budget cuts.

The pistol permit office is now located on the first floor in old county hall on Franklin Street in downtown Buffalo.

It will now be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

We'll work to get answers to your questions about Erie County's finances. Just enter your question under the Asking 4 You link.
 

CT: Precautions quickly put in place on rails, buses
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"The blasts that rocked the London subway and bus system yesterday morning had repercussions on local train service and sent a chilling reminder to commuters about the vulnerability of mass transit."

"Gov. M. Jodi Rell deployed state troopers on Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak trains to patrol station platforms across the state after four explosions in London ..." ...

"Stamford city police had about six extra officers patrol the train station during morning and evening rush hours, said police chief Brent Larrabee. Officers armed with assault rifles stood on the platforms yesterday morning, he added." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: But since "the sole purpose of these weapons is to kill the most number of people in the shortest time possible" why would police find them useful?
 

CA: Toy guns can draw real bullets, sheriff warns
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"It only took a second for Orange County sheriff's Deputy Kim Morgan to draw her Smith & Wesson, take aim and begin screaming at the driver not to touch the gun in the glove compartment, but a thousand thoughts raced through her head."

"'This could be real,' she remembers thinking during the traffic stop in Rancho Santa Margarita last month."

"The driver continued to reach for the metal butt of what looked like an automatic weapon as he tried to explain it was nothing but a toy. But with a husband and three children, Morgan was not willing to gamble. She yelled at him again to put his hands on the steering wheel, hoping she would not have to fire." ...
 

NJ: O.C. residents defend fireworks displays with eggs, insults
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"South-end visitors are defending their amateur fireworks displays after police cracked down on Monday's illegal celebrations."

"Police wrote 25 tickets and confiscated enough fireworks to fill six 55-gallon drums."

"But police were not prepared for the angry reaction they got from many south-end residents, who hurled eggs and insults. ..."

"... No arrests were made, but Lt. William Wilent said police had cause."

"'That would have created more problems than it solved. You had thousands of people elbow to elbow. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor,' he said." ...
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Submitter's Note: New Jersey's continuing efforts to achieve a police state is finally running into open civil resistance.
 

Nigeria: Panel On Abuja Killings
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"EACH passing day, the gruesome murder of six Igbo traders at Apo Mechanic Village in Abuja continues to open new, befuddling chapters, all pointedly indicating that many deaths of hapless citizens in strange circumstances may well end without justice done to either the victims or their families."

"Sadly enough, the emerging facts that strenuous attempts are being made by the policemen implicated in the killings of the traders, perhaps in connivance with the authorities to stall justice before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry currently taking evidence in the matter poses a present danger to the society." ...
 

Thailand: Guns Proposal Divides
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"Plans to allow teachers in schools in the troubled southern provinces of Thailand to carry guns have received a mixed reaction. Teachers have been frequent targets for attacks in the mainly Muslim areas ... as they are seen as symbols of Thailand's Buddhist authorities. At least 24 have been killed since the beginning of last year. The provision of weapons is aimed at stopping fearful education staff from leaving the region. However, a political sciences professor in the area ... says what's needed is closer ties with communities, not guns." ...

"Education Minister Adisai Bodharamik said on Thursday that his ministry does not have a policy of encouraging teachers in the southern border provinces to buy and carry guns ..." ...
 

Mexico: Group of men repeatedly rape teen
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"Twelve men on Thursday repeatedly raped a 17-year-old who they purchased from the organizers of an underground troupe that lures girls in with promises of training for a modeling career but is actually a front for prostitution. The victim ... told authorities in this border city infamous for violence against women that she had answered a newspaper advertisement seeking 'good-looking and attractive girls' and offering to pay them US$300 (euro250) to attend charm school classes."

"She said she made contact with two women and one man, who she identified as a former police officer in Juarez ... They paid her several hundred dollars to attend classes on runway modeling, as well as how to sit down and eat during formal dinner parties." [emphasis added] ...
 

Australia: Guard's gun taken in raid
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ARMED robbers scuffled with a security guard and stole his pistol during a hold-up at a Sydney hotel.

Three men, one believed to be armed with a gun, went into the hotel in Wolli Creek, south Sydney, about 3pm (AEST) yesterday, police said today.

They threatened a staff member at a reception desk and demanded money.

Two of the robbers then wrestled with a security guard and stole his Glock pistol, police said.

They escaped with some cash.
 

PA: Field Day gives children chance to experience outdoors
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"Area youth once again have the opportunity to experience fishing, archery, trapping, shooting and more Saturday during Freeport Sportsmen's Club Fifth Annual Youth Field Day in South Buffalo."

"The club has more than 70 children -- their highest attendance ever -- registered for the event, coordinator Neal Fitzgerald said. The participants will be grouped and move in round-robin rotation through six stations -- trap shooting, small bore .22-caliber rifle shooting, fishing, compass reading, archery and trapping."

"'A lot of these kids have never had an opportunity like this to fish or be in the outdoors,' Fitzgerald said. 'Many of them that participate in this program wouldn't be able to try these things if we didn't do this.'" ...
 

MI: That Northern feeling Island Lake boasts 4,000 acres of year-round recreation
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"The park just east of Brighton is an oasis at the edge of metropolitan Detroit, a region with more than 4 million residents. The park is accessed via the Kensington Road exit of I-96 or by going south of Grand River Avenue on Kensington Road for a quarter of a mile and turning left at the entrance."

"'Our greatest asset is the fact that we have 4,000 acres so close to the (Detroit) metro area and six miles of the Huron River, which is a natural river,' said the park's manager, Joanne Stritmatter." ...

"For sportsmen and sportswomen, Island Lake also has a rifle and pistol shooting range, archery range and trap, skeet and sporting clay range." ...
 

MI: Expanded shooting range angers nearby residents
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"In 2000, the state Department of Natural Resources built a shooting range at the park to enhance target practice opportunities for hunters and outdoor sports enthusiasts. Everything went along smoothly, with hardly a ripple of complaint, until 2003, months after the DNR added a skeet, trap and sporting clay range."

"A group calling itself Citizens For a Quiet Community, composed of nearby residents in Brighton and Green Oak townships, said the noise was reducing their quality of life. Saying they couldn't enjoy the use of their own yards and could even hear the noise inside their homes, the group mounted a campaign to reduce the noise level." ...
 

NY: Gun-show law questioned
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"A federal judge on Thursday questioned whether a state law governing gun show transactions may be so broadly worded that it could affect pancake breakfasts or other similar events sponsored by gun clubs." ...

"Under the law, any gun show must be prepared to provide background checks on possible gun buyers. The show operator can otherwise face civil penalties up to $10,000."

"Scott Garretson, the attorney representing the sporting clubs, said the statute simply defines a 'gun show' as an event where gun owners gather. That definition could apply to pancake breakfasts, pig roasts, political rallies or 4-H events sponsored by a gathering of 'gun owners,' Garretson said." ...
 

VA: Tri-Cities Firearm Class Enrollment Expected to Rise
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... "'I had a situation which I wish I had one and I didn't and I convinced the other person that I might have hand one and he backed off.'"

"Bob McClelland has been a gun owner since he was a boy ...but that incident, a few years back, convinced him that to start carrying his weapon with him."

"But sometimes it's not a personal tragedy that hits home for folks."

"'When there's a terrorist attack the numbers are up and people usually refer back to that.'"

"Ken Potter says the effect was most dramatic after September 11th when the number of people in his 8 hour carry classes rose 25 or 30 students a month...to more than 100. He had to split the classes up and begin offering night sessions." ...
 

TX: Free gun locks available from police, sheriff
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"Kerr County law enforcement agencies were the latest stop on the Texas leg of the Project Childsafe tour. Representatives are dropping off 865,000 free, cable-style gun locks at law enforcement agencies across Texas."

"On Thursday morning, Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, Chief John Young and District Attorney Bruce Curry received the locks for distribution to Kerr County residents. Locks also were distributed to agencies in Kendall and Gillespie counties this week." ...

"Young said the locks fit both handguns and rifles and can keep firearms from accidentally discharging."

"'It’s a good idea if we can keep kids safe,' he said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Proper safety training will protect children from any gun, not just a locked one.
 

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."

"'That's the essence, that's the power of this program. It saves children,' she said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Much better to teach kids gun safety (say with the Eddie Eagle program), which will help protect them from all guns.
 

NY: Rifle-hunting legislation awaits Pataki signature
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"When the deer of a lifetime comes by, a hunter hates to see it run off because it’s out of range."

"Hunters would prefer using rifles over shotguns to harvest a deer, but the weapon of choice is still illegal to hunt with in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties."

"That’s still the word from state officials and gun shops. But, talk of using the rifled-bore weapons during hunting season this fall has increased in the Southern Tier after the state Legislature passed a rifle bill in June. The bill would allow hunters to use rifles for deer and bear hunting in parts of the Southern and Central Tiers, and Western New York."

"The bill needs Gov. George Pataki’s signature before it would become law." ...
 

CA: Gun club working on adjustments
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"As a little girl, Deedee Bird hunted with her father in Big Pine ... On those trips, she also learned to clean fish and skin rabbits."

"After straying from shooting in early youth and part of adulthood, she took it up again. Now, she and husband Jesse travel as far as Spain and Mexico to compete." ...

"The two frequent the Inland Fish and Game Conservation Association, a nonprofit gun club that has been open to the public for at least the past 60 years. The outdoor range with dirt roads, dirt mounds to block noise, and no grass offers rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting, as well as skeet and trapshooting."

"Members of the club are working on a plan ... to make various improvements to buffer neighbors from the noise." ...
 

NY: Rifle commemorates Oneida Co. history
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"With its 24-karat gold plating and etchings of historical Oneida County scenes and buildings, the Oneida County Winchester carbine by Rocky Mountain Firearms is more a work of art than a weapon."

"The Colorado firearms company's intent is to appeal to collectors of firearms and Oneida County history, Brian Nesby of Rocky Mountain Firearms said." ...
 

UK: Pistol swoop
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ARMED police swooped in Marsh yesterday after three people were spotted with a gun.

The officers challenged two men and a woman at Westbourne Road at 2.30pm and found a 9mm blank firing pistol in their possession.

The gun was confiscated and the three were given a stern warning.

Det Con Stewart Green, of Huddersfield CID, said: "Sadly we are getting reports of people being seen with guns in public places in Kirklees far too regularly.

"There is absolutely no reason why anyone should have a replica weapon, a ball-bearing gun or a blank-firing pistol in a public place.

"It makes people fearful and if they call us we will treat the weapon as a real one until we can thoroughly examine it."
 

UK: The guns are fake - but the terror is real
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"PARALYSED with fear and with a gun barrel pressed to his head, it was an experience their 24-year-old victim would never forget."

"But for his sneering tormentors, it was just another night's work."

"The three thugs circled their victim on a quiet South London street corner and produced a replica gun." ...

"The chilling robbery in Farrow Lane, New Cross, was the handiwork of Charles Adeleye, 21, Thomas Adenuga, 20, and 18-year-old Olanrewaju Olatokun."

"Ruthless to the core and driven by a lust for gangster 'bling' and designer jewellery, they took to the streets for a two-day robbing spree in September last year."

"Their chilling campaign will convince every South Londoner of the urgent need to ban imitation firearms." ...
 

UK: Bouncer enraged as gunman gets 5 years
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"A BOUNCER who wrestled a gun from the hand of a pub-goer has slated the jail term handed to his attacker."

"Gunman Neil Enright, 25, was brought to the ground by two brave doormen after producing a silver handgun when he was refused entry to the Dukes Head, in South End, Croydon, in February."

"At Croydon Crown Court on Monday, Enright ... was sentenced to five years' imprisonment after admitting causing affray and possessing a prohibited weapon."

"But doorman Marcus White, who sat on the defendant until police arrived, thinks the sentence was too short." ...

"'We keep hearing that gun crime is going up but people carrying weapons will think they will only get a short sentence. He held that gun to my head.'" ...
 

Brazil: Pit bulls banned from famous beaches
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"Pit bulls were banned from Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches and other public places in the Brazilian city on Wednesday under new regulations that could eventually make the sometimes aggressive breed extinct in the area."

"Many residents own the fearless, sturdy dogs for protection in a city where murder rates are among the highest in the world."

"The ban, issued by the state of Rio de Janeiro after more than six years of debate, follows numerous cases of maulings by pit bulls, especially of children. ..."

"Gov. Rosinha Matheus announced a ban on breeding, importing and selling pit bulls and made the registration and sterilization of existing dogs compulsory within the next four months." ...
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Brazil: Brazilian Congress Sets Referendum on Gun Ban
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"Brazil's Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a plan for a nationwide Oct. 23 referendum on whether to ban the sale of firearms."

"Brazil has the world's second-highest gun-related death rate. On June 27 ... UNESCO, released a report on deaths from firearms in Brazil, calling the 462% increase from 1979 to 2003 'infernal.' It urged the government to hold the referendum on gun and ammunition sales as soon as possible."

"To legally purchase a gun in Brazil, a person must take certified shooting and gun handling courses, have a permanent residence and a job, pass a psychological test and have no criminal convictions."

"The arms lobby insists illegal arms traffic is responsible for most of the deaths at the hands of criminals and that honest citizens need guns to protect themselves." ...
 

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