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Worker right or workplace danger?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jason Smith is in a tough spot. He works for a company he has been asked to boycott."

"In an effort to keep weapons out of the workplace, his employer, ConocoPhillips, is challenging state law and has forbidden workers to leave guns in their cars in company parking lots. Now, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is encouraging gun owners to stop buying ConocoPhillips gasoline." ...
 

Babies Caught Up in 'No-Fly' Confusion
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's 'no-fly list.'" ...

"Well-known people like Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and David Nelson, who starred in the sitcom 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' also have been stopped at airports because their names match those on the lists." ...
 

Waiting for the judge, and reading the tea leaves... (blog)
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
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"Now that both parties have submitted their motions to move the case forward, and those motions have been opposed, and the opposition responded to, we are left waiting on the judge to pick which branch to follow in resolving the case. While we wait, we might as well do a bit of tea-reading." ...
 

True stories from the files of 'The Armed Citizen'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 66-YEAR-OLD Montgomery, Ala., man and his handgun prevented a would-be robber from making off with a bank bag belonging to a church. The victim had arrived at a bank on a Monday morning, ready to deposit funds from his congregation, when he was approached by a man who forced him to the ground and took the money. However, the church courier stood up, drew his gun and fired a shot that foiled the crime. His attacker initially fell to the ground and subsequently fled, but dropped the bank bag in the process. All the money inside was recovered. Police said later it was uncertain if the suspect had been struck by the shot, or if he had simply fallen. (Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Ala.)" ...
 

NV: Self defense claimed by ex-Fort Hood soldier
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An ex-Fort Hood soldier accused of using an assault rifle to kill a woman and wound a man in Las Vegas is claiming self defense."

"An attorney for Iraq war veteran Matthew Sepi today told a judge that her client should be eligible for psychological treatment, not facing trial."

"The judge gave attorneys for both sides two weeks to negotiate a possible plea deal."

"The 20-year-old former sharpshooter from Winslow, Arizona, is charged with felony murder and attempted murder -- and is held without bond."

"Sepi was honorably discharged in May."

"The defense says Sepi reacted according to his military training in the July 31st slaying of Sharon Jackson and the wounding of Kevin Ratcliff." ...
 

South Africa: Police inspector held over [apparent self-defense] shooting of son
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 48-year-old Pietermaritzburg police inspector, with about 20 years' service, has been placed under arrest in connection with the death of his 23-year-old son in a shooting incident at the weekend." ...

"Preliminary investigations established that father and son had been involved in an argument earlier in the day, and it was alleged that the son returned to his father's home that evening and resumed the altercation. During the argument he allegedly produced a knife and tried to stab his father, who retaliated by firing a shot, killing him." ...
 

NJ: In response to rapes, 200+ women attend UC's self-defense seminars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The art of escape was the foundation for Union City's self-defense seminars, held last week in response to recent sexual assaults in the North Hudson area." ...

"Responding to the request, Mayor Brian Stack and the Union City Board of Commissioners sponsored two free self-defense seminars ..."

"The goal was to equip women with the techniques that could save them when confronted with a potentially dangerous situation."

"'[These seminars] will arm women with the tools they need, no matter where they are,' said Stack." ...
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Submitter's Note: HORSEFEATHERS! Training them to shoot and encouraging them to carry a gun will 'arm women with the tools they need' to defend themselves.
 

CA: Serve and protect with one arm tied behind their back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Why would anyone want to become a police officer when even self-defense is now deemed 'excessive force' and 'racist?'"

"Those charges have been hurled at Los Angeles police officers, who, on July 10, shot to death 19-month-old Suzie Marie Pena -- because her father Jose Raul Pena held the child as a human shield as he fired a stolen semiautomatic handgun toward police."

"Pena had wounded one officer during a two-and-a-half-hour standoff. What's more, police had managed to rescue Suzie Marie's 17-year-old sister, who had called the police because Pena was threatening her, and he did fire his gun toward her."

"Were the police supposed to wait until Pena killed one of them before they stormed into the auto repair shop office?" ...
 

TN: Dozens fired in prison fraternizing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dozens of corrections officers were fired or resigned for having inappropriate relationships with inmates in the last four years, highlighting a problem that plagued the state's prison system long before last week's bloody escape involving an inmate and a former prison nurse."

"That nationally publicized East Tennessee jailbreak of an armed robber marked the second time in less than a year that an inmate-guard romance had resulted in a prisoner's escape." ...

"Between January 2004 and February 2005, at least 29 TDOC employees resigned or were fired for inappropriate relationships with prisoners or the inmates' families. Those figures did not indicate which of the relationships were romantic." ...
 

TX: Cost of cleaning up HPD's crime lab higher than first thought
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday, Houston city council was told that it will take an additional million and a half dollars to finish the next phase of the HPD crime lab cleanup. The money is needed to finish retesting evidence from some death row cases, but police officials say paying for the tests could mean fewer officers on the streets."

"When the city of Houston hired a special master to dig into the ongoing problems at the HPD crime labs, neither the city or hired gun Michael Bromwich had any idea how expensive a proposition it would become."

"'We need more money to do all the work that everyone expects us to do, which includes reviewing 2, 799 cases that the lab has worked on over a period of time from 1987 to 2004,' he said." ...
 

AZ: Unmarked police cruiser stolen from Tucson restaurant parking lot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As two plainclothes Tucson police officers stopped to dine, someone dashed off with their unmarked police cruiser."

"The officers discovered the car missing Friday afternoon, said police spokesman Mark Robinson, who would not ID the restaurant."

"Police are concerned that the car and equipment inside could allow a criminal to impersonate officers."

"The gold 2002 Dodge Stratus had a department-issued .40-caliber Glock pistol, two photo identification cards and a black raid vest inside with 'police' emblazoned across the back."

"Robinson said the two officers will remain on duty until a decision is made whether to launch an internal investigation of the theft." ...
 

CA: Residents Angered After Police Gunfire Riddles Homes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Residents of a South Bay neighborhood are demanding answers after their homes were caught in a police crossfire."

"Three homes were hit by bullets during a police shootout in the National City neighborhood of Lincoln Acres. The incident began Sunday morning when police were called to the 2400 block of Sweetwater Road at about 8:30 a.m. in National City because somebody had called and reported a man waving a gun." ...

"Residents in the neighborhood told NBC 7/39 that they were wondering if the only way to end the standoff involved firing multiple gunshots in a residential area. Bullets from the officers' guns hit at least three homes. ..." ...
 

GA: Bergman Claims Gold at U.S. Interservice International Rifle Championship
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rising junior Sarah Bergman (Fort Mill, S.C.) competed this past weekend with other members of the U.S. National Team at the U.S. Interservice International Rifle Championship in Fort Benning, Ga. ... Bergman posted an outstanding weekend, claiming the top spot in the women's air rifle, and finishing second and third, respectively, in the women's three-position smallbore and women's prone smallbore."

"'I'm really pleased with Sarah's performance against solid competition from other service branches,' said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. 'While she has more work to do to get ready for Beijing, her training efforts this summer are beginning to show results. ...'" ...
 

Philippines: Ex-army goes on rampage; kills policeman-friend
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 34-year-old former soldier assigned at the First Scout Ranger Regiment Force went on rampage dawn Sunday here." ...

"It was later found out that he went to his policemen-friend's house in Barangay Gargato here."

"He was, however, informed that his friend, SPO1 Nicasio Vicedo, was on duty at the 3rd Provincial Mobile Group also in the town. He then proceeded to the PMG headquarters."

"At the gate, he asked Vicedo to allow him to enter the premises. But when the latter opened the gate, Pedregosa immediately stabbed Vicedo on the head twice."

"Not yet contented, he took Vicedo's service M-16 armalite rifle and shot the policeman to death. ..." ...
 

Canada: Calgary woman suing police...Pair ordered out of taxi at gunpoint.
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"A Calgary woman mistakenly taken into custody at gunpoint while riding in a taxi rammed by police cruisers is suing the city, police Chief Jack Beaton and several officers for more than $800,000."

"Chandra Reimond filed the suit in Court of Queen's Bench earlier this week, alleging the June 17 incident caused whiplash, soft-tissue injuries and psychological distress, and that the officers violated her Charter rights." ...

"The claim states Reimond and her friend, Valerie McIntyre, were sharing a Checker cab after attending a corporate function when a police cruiser rammed the vehicle from behind ..."

"At the same time, a police SUV in front of the cab slammed on its brakes."

"'The effect was a deliberate, co-ordinated, multiple vehicle collision, which brought the Checker Cab to an immediate and violent stop,' the claim says."

"The pair of women were then ordered from the cab at gunpoint and separated. The claim alleges Reimond was frisked and had her purse searched by an officer." ...
 

NM: 'Pistol Pete' Mascot Will Lose Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Mexico State University's mascot, Pistol Pete, is being disarmed. University officials have also stripped the word 'Pistol' from Pete's name. The new logo shows Pete twirling a lasso. The old Pete toted a pistol."

"The changes are part of a marketing plan to remake the university's image on the national stage. Officials have been working on a redesign of Pistol Pete for months."

"Athletics director McKinley Boston said the university plans to unveil the new Pete later this month."

"The decision to remove the pistol had more to do with a consensus when picking from several designs of the new logo, rather than any push for the mascot to stop brandishing a weapon, Boston said." ...
 

NJ: Newark Revives Gun Buy-Back Program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hoping to reduce violence and replicate the success of earlier gun buyback programs, the state's largest city on Monday embarked on two months of purchasing weapons from residents." ...

"'This is an opportunity for Newark residents to turn in their guns and receive cash, no questions asked,' Mayor Sharpe James said. 'If you have a gun in your possession, bring it in to any of our police bureaus. The life you save may be your own or that of a loved one.'" ...

"The city will pay $50 for rifles and shotguns, $75 for semiautomatic pistols and revolvers, and $150 for automatic handguns and assault rifles. People may turn in up to three weapons at a time." ...
 

IL: Gov Blagojevich rips plan to ease airport screening
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"Proposed changes in airport screening by he TSA that would allow passengers to carry on razor blades, small knives and scissors are 'wrongheaded,' Gov. Blagojevich said Sunday." ...

"Blagojevich said he was troubled by the proposal in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Noting he recently flew coach with his family, he said he might have felt less safe if the proposed rules had been in effect." [emphasis added]

"'I hope they rethink that policy,' he said. 'It sounds wrongheaded to me.'" ...
 

NY: Pike County community divided over deer hunt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Bambi, beware!"

"Hemlock Farms has got you in the cross hairs of a high-powered rifle."

"Residents of this gated community about 20 miles west of Port Jervis voted recently to hire animal-control officers to shoot about 100 of the estimated 150 white-tailed deer roaming the area. They contend that the hungry deer have stripped their forests and ravaged the landscape."

"But the vote in favor of the deer hunt 58 percent to 42 percent has divided Hemlock Farms. The community's monthly publication has been bombarded with conflicting letters to the editor about the hunt, scheduled to begin in the fall." ...
 

IL: O.K. Corral re-enactment highlights celebration
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Doc Holliday comes crashing out of Fly's photographic studio, and joins his friends, the Earp brothers as they load their weapons and walk in a line toward the O.K. Corral."

"Moments later, they confront a group of six cowboys. Heated words are exchanged, followed by gunfire from a shotgun and several revolvers. Only one man emerges unscathed from the shootout - Wyatt Earp."

"This re-enactment, conducted Saturday afternoon in Monmouth at Wyatt Earp Birthplace Inc., 406 S. Third St., brought applause from the crowd of about 50 people, many of whom traveled long distances to be there. The re-enactment of the legendary shootout near the O.K. Corral was conducted by 11 members of the Single Action Shooting Society." ...
 

MI: Battle Creek police giving away gunlocks today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Gun safety advocates and police in Battle Creek want residents to lock up their guns.

Free gun locks are being distributed today in the city.

Project ChildSafe has partnered with the police department to give out the devices.

The program is part of a national effort among U-S attorneys, states and local law enforcement officials.

Michigan has received almost 780-thousand gunlocks from federal grants. Advocates say they want to give out more than one-point-three (m) million locks across the state.
 

MA: Smith & Wesson fourth quarter profit up 13 percent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Smith and Wesson says its fourth-quarter profit grew about 13 percent on stronger sales of firearms and pistols.

For the quarter ended in April, net income grew to one-point-eight (m) million dollars, from one-point-six (m) million the year before.

Revenue increased about ten percent.

The Springfield-based company says sales of firearms drove sales growth, rising twelve percent primarily due to higher demand for pistols.

Full-year sales rose to 124 (m) million dollars, up five percent from the year before.

Looking ahead, Smith and Wesson expects fiscal 2006 product sales to increase by ten-to-twelve percent.

Stock in Smith and Wesson rose almost three percent on the American Stock Exchange.
 

AL: Ducks Unlimited chapter holding super raffle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While a Spring Fling Wild Game Supper is held earlier in the year, the [Ducks Unlimited] chapter will hold its annual fall banquet on Wednesday, August 17 ... "

"In addition to the meal, those attending will have the opportunity to participate in the '10 Gun Super Raffle' with ticket-buyers having a chance to win a Beretta Urika 12 gauge semi-auto DU edition, Franchi 12 gauge 3 1/2 inch semi-auto full camo, Charles Daly Field Pump 12 gauge, Mossberg 12 gauge pump DU edition, Charles Daly 20 gauge pump youth model, Optima 50 caliber black powder rifle, Henry Lever Action 22 caliber rifle DU edition, Marlin Bolt Action 22 Magnum rifle DUI edition, and two Remington 597 semi-auto 22 caliber rifles." ...
 

MS: Mississippi shooters on mark
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"Magnolia State shooters held their own and then some in the National Skeet Shooting Association Zone 6 championships."

"Mississippi shooters brought home several honors, competing against the top skeet shooters from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma."

"Clinton's Mike Boyd won the high overall championship, with a 399x400, with Starkville's Marie Callahan winning the ladies' high overall honor with a 387x400. Held this past weekend at Whitetail Ridge Outdoors, it's the first time the Zone 6 shoot has been held in Mississippi."

"Boyd had a big weekend, winning his third high overall title of the year. He also posted wins at the Catfish Open in Jackson and the Bodock Open in Starkville." ...
 

Canada: Statistics suggest fewer guns are being seized at U.S. border
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"As Canadian politicians express alarm about a rising tide of guns smuggled from the United States, statistics suggest federal border guards are seizing fewer firearms than in previous years ..."

"The Canada Border Services Agency said it has intercepted 318 guns so far in 2005, below the more than 1,000 seized guns that border guards have averaged annually during the past five years ..."

"And while Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair was widely quoted last week as saying his officers have seized more than 2,000 guns so far in 2005, civilians in his statistics department say the chief inadvertently 'misspoke.'"

"Their official tally is only 1,151, consistent with the pace of seizures in recent years." ...
 

Philippines: 4 gunmen rob armored van, shoots 3
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"Four unidentified armed men held up an armored van and took an undetermined amount of money while three persons were wounded when they were shot by the suspects in Pasig City yesterday morning."

"Chief Supt. Oscar Valenzuela, Eastern Police District director, said the I-Bank management has yet to disclosed the amount taken by the robbers."

"Police report showed that the incident occurred at 9:45 a.m. yesterday in front of the Discovery Suit located along ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig." ...
 

UK: Boys shot in BB gun attacks
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"AN 11-year-old boy and his nine-year-old friend were shot in a BB gun attack as they played outside a house in Scarborough."

"Andrew Hant was with his friend when both children were hit with pellets from a ball-bearing gun."

"Andrew ... was shot in the leg. The other boy was hit in the neck."

"Andrew ... said: 'It really stung when they shot me. The gun had a red laser on it and it was pointing at my head.'"

"'I know who shot me. Sometimes they make gun gestures towards me. They threaten me by putting guns to their heads and saying I'm next. I'm frightened because they are trying to hurt me and my family.'"

"The family have reported the incident to the police." ...
 

Canada: Armed robbery at Fas Gas
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"A High River gas station attendant was shoved behind the counter and had a gun pointed at her during an armed robbery early Monday morning." ...

"Two employees were at the 24-hour gas station and convenience store at the time of the robbery."

"The suspect walked into the store at approximately 5:25 a.m. and appeared to pull out a handgun from the front of his pants."

"He then immediately pointed what is believed to be a gun at an employee who was working near the lottery table at the store. The armed robber then grabbed the approximately 40-year-old woman and shoved her behind the counter, where the other employee was working. He demanded that the employees hand over the cash in the till." ...
 

Australia: Carjackers target prestige vehicles
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"Luxury vehicle owners in Sydney's eastern suburbs are being warned to take extreme care after a spate of carjackings over the past 10 weeks."

"Five top-range Mercedes-Benzes, two Porsches and a BMW have been targeted by carjackers, who use the high-powered vehicles as getaway cars in armed robberies."

"At least two other non-prestige vehicles have been carjacked in Sydney during the same period."

"The owners of some of the most expensive vehicles on Sydney's roads have been warned to be on the lookout for would-be carjackers."

"'If you believe you are being followed, do not go to your home address but divert to the nearest police station and report the matter,' Detective Inspector Grant Taylor said." ...
 

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