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CCRKBA Wonders Why Wisconsin Police Chiefs Think Citizens Less Trustworthy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following reports that police chiefs in Wisconsin are campaigning already against legislation that would allow concealed carry by citizens of that state, the ... CCRKBA is challenging those lawmen to explain why Wisconsin residents are less trustworthy with licensed, concealed handguns than residents in 46 other states."

"According to WBAY-TV in Green Bay, 'police chiefs across Wisconsin say they need to keep all the guns they can in officers hands only.'"

"'This is astonishing,' observed CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. 'Law-abiding private citizens in nearly every other state have been carrying guns legally for years, and they pose a far lesser danger to police officers than traffic accidents. ..." ...
 

Security trumps privacy
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"Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Tuesday that Americans need to ease their concerns about turning over personal information to the government — especially if they want to fly safe from terrorism."

"Chertoff said there is too much worry over a plan by the Transportation Security Administration to collect passengers' full names and birth dates before they board." ...
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Submitter's Note: Michael Chertoff vs. Benjamin Franklin
 

NRA guns for rights violators
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, says he will spare no expense or effort to expose energy giant ConocoPhillips for its anti-Second Amendment stance."

"Look for billboard advertising soon that says as much. An NRA-sponsored national boycott campaign against ConocoPhillips also will begin."

"The sparks flew after LaPierre spoke at a rally in Idabel, Okla., to support employees fired by the Weyerhaeuser Co. because they kept legally owned firearms stored in their locked vehicles in a company parking lot that was publicly accessible. Since the firings, the Oklahoma Legislature has passed a bill to prevent such terminations, but ConocoPhillips filed a federal lawsuit to block the protective measure." ...
 

OK: Williams Cos. Inc. back out of challenge to Oklahoma gun law
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"Williams Cos. Inc. has backed out of a federal lawsuit that challenges a new Oklahoma law that allows employees to keep firearms in their cars at work, leaving Houston-based ConocoPhillips as the primary plaintiff."

"Whirlpool Corp. and The State Chamber had earlier opted out of the litigation. The law has been blocked pending the lawsuit."

"In a written statement it released Tuesday, Williams Cos., said that continuing to pursue 'this isolated issue through the courts would require a disproportionately large dedication of company time and resources.'"

"'We believe we can better serve our employees, shareholders and customers by directing those resources to more productive activities,' the ... company said in its release." ...
 

Jonesboro Killer, Leaving Prison Tomorrow, Will Be Free to Buy Firearms (Brady Campaign)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"You kill five people in cold blood, shocking an entire nation. You go to prison. Seven years later, you get out, and you are free to buy all the guns you want."

"What a country."

"Mitchell Johnson, who as a 13-year-old on March 24, 1998 joined with 11-year-old Andrew Golden to plan and execute the attack at Jonesboro, Arkansas' Westside Middle School that resulted in the death of four students and a teacher and the wounding of 10 others, pleaded guilty to murder. Under Arkansas law, he could only be imprisoned until he turned 21, which is tomorrow, when he will leave a Memphis, Tenn., detention center. Under Arkansas law, he is also not a prohibited purchaser of firearms because he was convicted of the murders as a minor." ...
 

Parker v DC: District's opposition to Parker's motion to schedule briefing (blog)
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The Parker attorney's motion to schedule briefing, on a parallel track with the District's motion to remand or dismiss, has now received a response in opposition from the District. Parker attorneys will get a response to this, after which the judge will pick which of the two motions to grant -- or do something else. Like most of the District's motions during this stage, this response is short and, pardon the pun, dismissive -- almost contemptuous, in this case. Clearly, the District's legal team think they've won by default following the result of Seegars, at least with regard to this Court.
 

TN: Victim strikes back
Submitted by: Robert A. Tims
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"He said they'd gotten him two weeks ago in his front yard, forcing him to the ground with a gun and stealing $400."

"But this time, 59-year-old Jacob Evans was ready."

"Tuesday, the same two robbers returned, telling him to withdraw $10,000 from his bank, or die, he said. Instead, Evans deposited six bullets in one of them." ...

"The man kept turning around nervously to look at the security guard, Evans said. That's when Evans reached under his seat and pulled out a .357 Magnum."

"'When he turned around, I unloaded six rounds in him,' Evans said. 'He didn't have a chance.'" ...
 

TX: Jury finds shooting self-defense
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"A 20-year-old Fort Worth man was acquitted of murder Monday after jurors found that his shooting a man last year outside a food store just east of downtown was in self-defense."

"Jurors deliberated about four hours before deciding that Christopher Demond Charleston was justified in killing Demac Harlan, 30, on March 16, 2004."

"'The jury told me that the state couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it wasn't self-defense,' said defense attorney Jeff Stewart, who worked with Tim Gilpin. 'They were really conscientious about following the law, the instructions that were given to them, and their oath.'"

"'It's difficult to find someone not guilty in a murder case.'" ...
 

VA: More Richmonders acting in self-defense
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"Richmond is armed and dangerous. And we're not just talking about the bad guys."

"Since March, there have been at least three fatal shootings of armed suspects by armed victims. In at least two of those cases, Richmond prosecutors say it was in self-defense." ...

"Officials said they are awaiting toxicology reports before reaching a conclusion about the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy. Police said the boy attempted to rob a 47-year-old man with an unloaded rifle in the East End in June." ...
 

WA: Armed citizen's quick thinking yields arrests
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"A citizen armed with a .44 Magnum stopped a suspected thief long enough for sheriff's deputies to make an arrest Tuesday morning."

"The decision by Chuck Estes led to two arrests connected to a string of vehicle break-ins in a neighborhood near the intersection of Normandy Drive and View Ridge Drive, west of Lacey."

"Estes didn't keep the gun -- a revolver with a 6-inch barrel -- pointed very long, he said. He holstered it immediately after determining the suspect didn't pose a threat, he said."

"'I made it very clear to stay in the car and that he was not at risk and that I was not a threat,' said Estes, 40, who has a concealed weapon permit." ...
 

AL: Bill to justify deadly force
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"Rep. Albert Hall and Sen. Jeff Enfinger are sponsoring a bill that would expand citizens’ rights to use self defense in the state of Alabama." ...

"'Your home is the family castle and refuge; this bill will give the citizens a right to protect and defend their home from intruders and themselves from possible subsequent litigation,' Hall stated." ...

"The bill would expand the circumstances under which a person may use force, including deadly force, to defend himself or herself or another person against an aggressor. The bill would make legal presumptions that a person is justified in using deadly force against an aggressor and would not require a person to retreat from an aggressor intruding into an dwelling, residence or vehicle." ...
 

FL: Slaying victim's kin rip officials
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"Wearing black armbands with painted gold hearts, family and friends grieving the death of a Sunrise man shot and killed in a police drug raid staged a peaceful protest at a City Commission meeting Tuesday night." ...

"About 6:15 a.m. on Friday, a police SWAT team raided the south Sunrise home where Diotaiuto lived with his mother ..."

"Lt. Robert Voss, a spokesman for Sunrise police, said officers entered the home with a search warrant to look for evidence that Diotaiuto dealt drugs. The officers were armed because they knew Diotaiuto had a firearms license, Voss said. When they found Diotaiuto with a pistol, Officers Sean Visners and Andre Bruma fired, Voss said." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: So jump through all their hoops, pass all their background checks, and they'll use your permit to carry as a reason to bring in the SWAT team.
 

VA: Man's hands were in air - The victim was saying 'don't' as a Richmond policeman killed him
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"Santanna Olavarria had his hands raised in the driver's seat and was saying 'don't' as Richmond Police officer Michael Couture shot and fatally wounded him, according to investigative documents filed in court yesterday."

"The officer gave no warning before firing his gun, according to the documents, and also told investigators he never saw the gun located under the driver's seat of Olavarria's car, nor did he ever see the 21-year-old with a gun during their deadly confrontation on May 29, 2004." ...
 

AR: Former Deputy Arrested On Sexual-Assault Charges
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"A former Franklin County deputy who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct was arrested Tuesday."

"Brad Lockridge, 27, of Charleston surrendered to a state police investigator Tuesday afternoon at the Franklin County jail on two felony counts of third-degree sexual assault, said 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons."

"Authorities said two female inmates at the Franklin County jail performed oral sex on July 3 on then-patrol deputy Lockridge."

"'There is no evidence at all of force,' Gibbons said. 'By the statute itself, consent is no defense to the crime. He is a deputy sheriff. As a consequence, he has authority over them.'" ...
 

SC: Port officer loses badge over gun incident
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"A Port of Charleston police officer had been banned from patrolling again after state officials say he pulled a gun on dockworkers during a dispute."

"The state Criminal Justice Academy took Officer Patrick O'Neal's badge last week after reviewing the incident at the docks and two other violent encounters in his career."

"O'Neal is the second port officer to be banned from law enforcement this summer. ..." ...

"In June 2004, O'Neal used pepper spray and pointed a gun at dockworkers who gathered after the officer pointed his gun at the neck of a longshoreman who refused to give him his driver's license during an argument over a parking ticket, authorities said." ...
 

Australia: Court rules soldier be compensated for fall
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"A DRUNK army officer who injured himself falling out of a barracks window should be compensated like any soldier wounded in the line of duty, the High Court ruled yesterday."

"Retired warrant officer Jure Jack Roncevich will now seek compensation from the armed forces after the court upheld his claim that heavy drinking was as much a part of his military service as rifle training and uniform inspection."

"His ordeal began when he attended drinks and dinner in the officers' mess at Holsworthy army barracks on February 27, 1986."

"Mr Roncevich said he drank full-strength beer on the night ..."

"When he reached his room on the second floor he opened his window, climbed on to a box and leaned out to spit, but overbalanced and fell out, damaging his knee." ...
 

NJ: As Bear Complaints Rise, New Jersey Considers a Hunt
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"With complaints about nuisance bears up significantly this year, New Jersey's Fish and Game Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend that the state hold a bear hunt in December."

"State biologists estimate that as many as 3,400 bears now roam New Jersey, the nation's most densely populated state, and say a hunt is the most effective way to control the increasingly troublesome population. Two bears were killed last weekend in Sussex County in northwest New Jersey after one broke into a house and another broke into a shed." ...
 

OH: Betty 'Just call me Kerry' Montgomery begins chase for gun vote (BFA)
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"In a move reminiscent of John Kerry’s infamous Ohio goose shoot, at which a camo-clad Kerry proclaimed that he was 'too lazy' to carry his bird off the hunting field, there are growing indications that gubernatorial-hopeful Betty Montgomery is trying to squeeze into her own camouflage pants suit as she makes her bid for the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary." ...
 

AK: Northern Light writer explores the world of guns and roses in Anchorage
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"My photographer and I descend the stairway leading to Sullivan Arena’s security entrance. We pass a sign telling us all weapons are prohibited."

"Ten seconds later, though, we’re buzzed through the heavy yellow security doors and onto an arena floor packed with what seems to be an arsenal of every possible weapon imaginable. Pearl handled pistols, Ruger semi-automatic shotguns, World War II machine guns mounted on olive-drab armored cars, knives with edges like tiger claws, camouflaged reflex bows and even swords imported from Pakistan."

"'I guess they bend the rules for today,' my photographer tells me."

"The annual gun show at the Sullivan Arena is in full swing. ..." ...
 

WI: Conceal Gun Bill Revisited
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The push to let you legally carry a concealed weapon is back on. Supporters are working to get the bill back before the state Legislature. Opponents are trying to stop it in its track, again."

"The last concealed weapons bill was vetoed just about a year and a half ago, but Republican lawmakers have come up with some changes that they hope will help draw more support from law enforcement."

"Rep. Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) says, 'The new provisions would be extensive firearms training and safety course for anyone who receives a permit and extensive background check for anyone that receives a permit.'" ...
 

MA: Armory welcomes rare carbine
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Springfield Armory National Historic Site welcomed home yesterday a rare prototype cavalry rifle that was stolen more than 30 years ago." ...

"The rifle, a prototype Springfield carbine valued at between $20,000 and $40,000, is one of two such weapons made. It was designed in an attempt to correct a fatal flaw in the original design of the U.S. Model 1873 breech-loading 'trapdoor' weapons. That fatal flaw - the rifles were prone to jamming, especially in the heat of battle - came to light in the aftermath of Col. George A. Custer's defeat on June 25, 1876, at Little Big Horn in Montana Territory. His 7th Cavalry command of 200 troopers was wiped out by a superior force of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors." ...
 

AZ: NRA offers 'a blast' at fund raising dinner
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"National Rifle Association is shooting for a full house at its annual fund raising dinner and auction Aug. 20."

"Artwork, knives, shooting accessories, handguns, rifles and shotguns will be taken home by those successful during the evening's silent auction, raffles and live auction."

"'Our raffles are our entertainment - everyone has a blast with that,' said Sandy Sockwell, event co-chair. 'There's going to be special raffle for the NRA gun of the year: a .45 ACP Kimber Eclipse II.'" ...
 

MA: Ludlow man wins NRA pistol title
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"At a time when everything seems to be getting better, newer, slicker and faster, Mark Tompkins' craft might seem like an anachronism."

"Tompkins is a master-class muzzleloading pistol shooter and now a national champion."

"At the culmination of the National Rifle Association's Muzzleloading Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, in July, Tompkins emerged the all-around winner of the pistol division, besting more than a dozen competitors." ...
 

CO: Larrick, Gapter named champs: Shooting sports
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"Scott Larrick and Levi Gapter were named grand champion overall shooters for senior and junior divisions, respectively, at Friday's shooting sports awards program at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush."

"To qualify for awards, youth must shoot in a minimum of three divisions and complete a record book. Larrick competed in .22, muzzleloading, air pistol, shotgun, advanced shotgun and air rifle. Gapter competed in .22, archery, air pistol and air rifle." ...
 

IN: Hunting ordinance in sight
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"The Town Council thinks it’s come up with terms for a firearms ordinance that everybody can live with."

"Councilman Bernie Poparad on Wednesday spelled out 10 points the council wants to include in a firearms ordinance, requiring hunters to:"

"Hunt only on a parcel of 10 or more acres."

"Hunt only north of Interstate 94."

"Use archery only."

"Hunt from an elevated tree stand"

"Use only a tree stand that faces the interior of the parcel."

"Register with the Burns Harbor Police Department ..."

"Have the landowner’s permission to hunt"

"Provide proof of completion of a hunter’s safety course."

"Use no rifles, pistols, black powder, or crossbows."

"Refrain from hunting within 100 yards of a home or public road." ...
 

TN: Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Names Tunica As Permanent Site For National Championships
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"The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) will be coming to Tunica for the next three years for its national championships, said Roger Newman, executive director of the Tunica Arena & Exposition Center. The 2006 championship will be April 12-16."

"'This is the fastest-growing equine sport in the nation,' Newman said. ..."

"... Mounted Shooting is like barrel racing with balloons in between the barrels. The rider shoots black powder blank cartridges from .45 caliber pistols, at balloons, and is scored on accuracy and time. Participants dress in the clothing style of the late 1800s and use revolvers based on the styles of the late 1800s. Prize money for the 2005 event totaled $80,000." ...
 

VA: Seven Great Draw Hunts For Virginia Deer
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"With urban sprawl gobbling up farms across Virginia, public land hunts are becoming a hot ticket for putting venison in the freezer. This month, we'll look at seven public lands with worthwhile draw hunts."

"Chincoteague NWR"

"Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge offers hunters wanting a unique experience a chance to hunt for sika 'deer,' which are really a species of elk, as well as whitetail deer. Hunt zones provide a mixture of dune grass, shrub, upland maritime forest, fresh water marsh and salt marsh. Rubber boots and even hip boots are a good idea for hunters here, as is insect repellent or a bug suit." ...
 

MN: Local team participates in national competition
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"The MSSEC Timberwolves team representing shooters from northern Minnesota competed in the 2005 National Junior Olympic 3-Position Air Rifle Championship in Bowling Green, Ky. from July 9 – July 13. Team members are Krista Duhamel, Bemidji, Ashley Lane, Grand Rapids, Andrew Erickson, Bemidji, and Zack Folkert, Bemidji."

"The team members advanced to the national competition after winning the 2005 Minnesota Junior Olympic 3-position air rifle match in April."

"The team’s total air rifle score was 4,547 shooting 20 shots each in prone, standing, and kneeling position over a two-day competition. There were 150 individual competitors and 30 teams competing from across the U.S." ...
 

CO: Here's big game hunting outlook from [Division of Wildlife]
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"Elk are plentiful, big bucks should be a continuing trend for deer and pronghorn are continuing to recover from a prolonged drought, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife."

"The division has offered this big game hunting outlook for upcoming seasons:"

"Elk"

"Despite two record elk harvests in three years -- 61,174 in 2002 and 63,336 in 2004 -- Colorado still has more elk than any other state or Canadian province."

"That is why it is the last state in the union still selling over-the-counter elk licenses and issuing more cow elk tags every year in hopes of more record harvests." ...
 

SD: Local rifle range sports awning with barricades
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"An awning with barricades is set up at the local rifle range, which was closed for about a month in 2004 because of safety concerns. The range, which was then unsupervised, is now open two days per week or by appointment and supervised by trained members of the Izaak Walton League. Madison Resident Jim Thompson said the awning and barricade were constructed last weekend. Volunteers gathered Tuesday evening to resurface the tops of the tables at each of the four shooting stations."

"'We'd like people to be aware that it's up and running and clean,' Thompson said, inviting the public to check out the improvements Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m."

"Supplies for the awning with barricades were purchased using a $1,850 NRA grant ..."
 

OR: Your 2005 Oregon Deer Preview
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"Few could argue against the fact that Oregon offers more deer hunting excitement than any other state in the country. From coastal blacktails to big east-side mule deer, to Columbian whitetails in Douglas County to the wary whitetails of the northeast, hunters have difficult choices to make when they pick up the new synopsis at the start of each year." ...

"This year, a mild winter and a long growing season have hunters looking forward to a great hunt in most areas of the state. There's no doubt that Oregon deer hunting is changing and that many factors are involved in those changes. Hair loss syndrome, habitat loss, drought, poachers and predators have taken their toll in some herds, but numbers are good in many areas. ..." ...
 

New Zealand: EDITORIAL: Real threat not guns but crims
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"In the wake of the theft of 30 to 40 rifles and handguns from the Napier home of a collector, calls have been made for greater security measures for firearms."

"And it is a point worthy of debate ..."

"While gun-owners are compelled to have extensive security measures to prevent their weapons being stolen, Saturday's theft in Napier shows that if perpetrators are ruthless enough even the most expensive bolts and locks are of little worth."

"All it takes is the threat to the gun owner, or a member of his or her family, and any door can be opened." ...

"One proposal has been for all firearms to be stored in a central vault, only to be made available when their owners wish to use them." ...
 

Canada: 'Anybody can have a gun' in northwest Toronto
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"Paul Nguyen was filming a music video for a local Jane Street and Finch Avenue West rapper when a guy approached, lifted his shirt and revealed a sawed-off shotgun strapped to his body."

"'He was showing it off,' said the graduate of York University's film program and a 15-year resident of the Jane-Finch neighbourhood."

".Anybody can have a gun here. Pistols are easy to get.'" ...

"Mr. Nguyen, 25, said the tension between police, with their heavier presence, and some residents hasn't solved the problem, only made it worse."

"'If you increase police patrol, it'll make residents more apprehensive. Instead of having these Band-Aid solutions, they should be preventing the problems.'" ...
 

Canada: American guns, Canadian violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Weapons are crossing the border by the thousands and the number of people wounded and killed in this country is mounting" ...

"... In the past two weeks, five people have been killed and 11 injured in 14 separate shootings in Toronto, including one that sent a four-year-old boy to hospital with four bullet wounds, and another that scattered late-night revellers from a downtown square. The unrelenting stream of gunplay drew alarmed reaction from politicians, including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, and it didn't take long for someone to point a finger south. Mayor David Miller, among others, singled out the U.S. as a prime source of gangland weapons on Canadian streets, saying the guns that come over the border are 'very easily accessible to these kinds of thugs.'" ...
 

Canada: Make gun violence priority at Premiers' Meeting: Hampton
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"Ordinary families are counting on Dalton McGuinty to show national leadership on the cross-border flow of illegal handguns from the United States into Canada, NDP Leader Howard Hampton says." ...

"The cross-border flow of illegal handguns into Canada is a major problem. Illegal guns have been used in a recent spate of shootings in the City of Toronto. Half of the guns used in Toronto crimes come from the United States. And most of the 2,470 handguns seized by Toronto police this year can be traced to the U.S." ...
 

UK: Brit License Plates Get Chipped
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"The British government is preparing to test new high-tech license plates containing microchips capable of transmitting unique vehicle identification numbers and other data to readers more than 300 feet away." ...

"So-called 'active' RFID tags, like the one in the e-Plate made by the U.K. firm Hills Numberplates, have built-in batteries, allowing them to broadcast data much farther than the small passive tags used to track inventory at retail stores."

"Active RFID is already enjoying limited use on U.S. roadways. Under a new program, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is issuing RFID tags to foreign freight and passenger vehicles as they enter the country." emphasis added] ...
 

UK: Demand for tougher sentences
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"A SERVING police officer believes Richard Whelan's death could have been avoided if there were tougher sentences for people who carry knives." ...

"A survey of 14,000 secondary school pupils found nearly one in four 16-year-olds (24 per cent) admitted to carrying a knife or other weapon." ...

"'Most young people say they carry knives for self-defence but others have them as a fashion accessory or to carry out criminal activity. It is not acceptable.'"

"'No-one has the right to have a knife in a public place unless it is for your trade but even then it should be properly tucked away.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Straight from the Constable's mouth: Self-defense is not acceptable.
 

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The UK has a crime problem and, believe it or not, except for murder, theirs is worse than ours. — Dan Rather, CBS Special Report, July, 2000

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