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UK: Guns melt in field tests
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"PLASTIC parts in Barrow-built guns melted under desert conditions leaving the long range howitzers useless."

"The AS90s are the work horse artillery of the British army and would be the main guns used in any proposed war against Iraq."

"In last year's Saif Sareea II desert warfare exercise in Oman, heat shields on their barrels melted leaving them unable to fire."

"Some British 22,500 personnel, 6,500 vehicles and trailers, 49 fixed wing aircraft, 44 helicopters and 21 naval vessels were involved in the exercise."

"Army engineers made makeshift aluminium heat shields, but they only worked when the guns were stationary."

"Movements of the self- propelled guns had to be restricted and two had to be withdrawn from the exercise."
 

UK: "Hunters lose legal fight to kill with dogs"
Submitted by: John Isaacs

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Mark up another victory for incrementalism in the UK. Through the eventual banning of all methods of hunting, any possible perceived use of firearms will be eliminated. No hunting = no guns.
The slanted headline certainly exposes this particular paper's stance on the issue.
 

IL: Angry mob kills two in Chicago - Race information Withheld
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"CHICAGO, July 31 —  Police promised Wednesday to hunt down members of a mob that killed two men whose van jumped a curb and injured three female pedestrians."

"The driver of the van was identified as a 62-year-old man, and his passenger was identified as being 50."

Had the mob been white... We would have known it.

Look, CNN did it too!- http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/07/31/van.crash.beating/index.html

No mention of any "hate crime" charges.
 

AL: Officer accused of domestic violence
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A veteran Florence police officer was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges."

"Tony Hughes, 32, was charged with third-degree domestic violence, authorities said. He was arrested just before 5 p.m. while on duty. The charge is a misdemeanor."

"Hughes was not required to spend 12 hours in jail, which is common in domestic violence cases, because the arrest was made on a warrant and did not involve an accusation of physical abuse."

"Hughes' police career could be in jeopardy if convicted. A person convicted on domestic violence charges in Alabama can not possess a firearm."
 

NJ: No charges for officer who committed perjury on gun permit application
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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If this were a regular citizen, chances are good that perjury charges would be brought.
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"A suspended Pompton Lakes police officer will not be prosecuted for failing to reveal a restraining order against him on an application for a gun permit, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said."

"Officer Dennis De Prima, 26, was put on leave in January after the borough discovered the restraining order, which precluded him carrying a gun. He was suspended without pay in March for failing to list the restraining order on his job application."

"At issue is a form De Prima completed for a firearms purchaser identification card. De Prima answered 'no' when asked if he was 'subject to any court order issued pursuant to domestic violence?' Giving false information on a firearms ID card application is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison." [emphasis added]
 

LA: Gov. Foster Urges Women To Take Up Arms
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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3rd story on page

Entire text:

"With a serial killer murdering women in and around Baton Rouge, Governor Mike Foster is promoting gun ownership. 'There’s nothing wrong with a person learning to use a firearm to protect themselves,' said the governor."

"Police confirm at least three of the more than 30 unsolved killings are the work of a serial killer. They are working now to see if more are connected."
 

LA: "Street-wise self-defense class offered"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A woman's chances of escaping and even surviving an attack are greater if she knows how to react, said one self-defense instructor."

" 'You don't have to be physically fit or have extensive training. Knowledge is power,' said Lt. Craig Stansbury, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office."

"On Tuesday, Stansbury will teach a street-wise self-defense class for women from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheriff's Training Center, 111 St. Antoine St. The class is timely."

"Nearly 50 miles away from Lafayette, police in Baton Rouge believe they have a serial killer on the loose who has killed three women in the last 10 months."

"One of a woman's biggest fears is being attacked," Stansbury said. "It doesn't happen often in Lafayette, but if we can have them educated, we can prevent it or reduce it from happening."

"In the 18 years that Stansbury has taught the class, he said, he's never failed to hear a woman say, 'No one ever told me that'."

KABA NOTE: One thing they aren't telling in this story is that women should get a firearm and learn to use it.

"During the class, women are taught how to use personal weapons like pepper sprays and Mace and simple defensive moves. But prevention is the best protection, Stansbury said."
 

ND: Gun safety program comes through area
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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NOTE:
Site username: Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com
Site password: Newslinks
Must have cookies turned on for it to work.
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"A nationwide gunlock distribution program is coming to Jamestown and Fargo."

"The Project HomeSafe initiative will distribute free cable gunlocks and educational material today in Jamestown and Friday and Saturday in Fargo."
 

Store Customer Cards a Source for FBI?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"So you have a secret craving for Little Debbie peanut butter bars and a penchant for Kendall-Jackson merlot?"

"While that customer loyalty card at the supermarket might perceivably save you a few pennies at the checkout counter, your buying habits could end up in the hands of government agents."
 

FL: Deputies recover stolen guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"After four hours of searching by land and air Wednesday, Citrus County sheriff’s officials were able to apprehend a young man believed to have stolen two antique guns from Stokes Flea Market."

"Sheriff’s spokeswoman Ronda Hemminger Evan said a vendor at the flea market on State Road 44 in Lecanto reported shortly after noon Wednesday that someone stole two antique guns, a 1914 .32-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber rim-fire revolver."

"The vendor told deputies that the suspect, identified as Clifford Stepp, grabbed the guns and ran into a wooded area on the other side of S.R. 44."
 

AZ: "Pistol-packing players a bad sign"
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Anti-gunner rant against firearms...
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" 'Heat' used to describe the biggest challenge in filling seats in Arizona football stadiums."

"Now it's come to define what more and more athletes are packing these days."

"From the 9mm handgun with a loaded 15-round magazine found by police in Arizona wide receiver Bobby Wade's car in June to the .380 that Arizona State defensive tackle Danny Masaniai fired in the air outside a Tempe bar in May, weapons have become as much a part of athletes' lives as shoulder pads and eye black."

"High-profile athletes used to say guns were for protection. But now that ownership among sports figures has crossed every economic and social line imaginable, guns have come to represent far broader issues - power and status among the biggest."

"It's troubling to say the least. These were needs once satisfied by simpler things, such as Air Jordans."

EMail the Writer.
 

TX: Garland man fatally shot at adviser's home; appears to be self-defense
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A Garland man was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon when he stormed into the North Dallas home of a man who had been counseling him, police said."

"The man who shot Mr. Kurtz was questioned Wednesday but was not arrested because police said he appeared to have acted in self-defense."
 

MD: Ehrlich Seeks U.S. Focus on Gun Crimes
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"After months of holding his tongue, Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. called on Maryland's U.S. attorney yesterday to increase federal prosecutions of gun crimes as a way to curb deadly street violence in Baltimore."

"Ehrlich, the 2nd District congressman and expected GOP nominee for governor, asked U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio to launch a 180-day period -- beginning today -- during which federal prosecutors would focus intensely on firearm violations."
 

NY: Lawmakers tout bill aimed at shielding gun makers from lawsuits
Submitted by: Jacob Rieper, NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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NOTE: Story already moved from site, and no archives are apparently available.

ILION -- "While visiting with Remington Arms Company officials Tuesday, Assemblyman William Magee (D-Nelson) said protecting jobs at the Ilion plant is a key element in a bill he is co-sponsoring that would limit the liability of gun-makers in deaths or injuries caused by their firearms."
 

UK: How the British maximize crime
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Did you know that a person's chances of being mugged in London are 6 times higher than in New York City?"

"Did you know that assault, robbery and burglary rates are far higher in England than in the U.S.?"

"Did you know that in England self-defense of person or property is regarded as an antisocial act, and that a victim who injures or kills an assailant is likely to be treated with more severity than the assailant?"
 

MN: Fishing and hunting for votes in Senate race
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Flanked by signs reading 'Norm Knows Fishing and Hunting, Norm Supports Your Fishing and Hunting Rights' and 'Protect Your Hunting and Fishing Rights, Vote Norm Coleman,' U.S. Senate candidate Norm Coleman hunted and fished for votes Wednesday morning in East Grand Forks."
 

CT: Chief wants tougher gun law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Chief of Police Anthony Salvatore wants to make it more difficult for people to discharge firearms in town and make it illegal to discharge arrows in residential areas."

"He is proposing an amendment to town ordinances that have already forbidden the discharge of any firearm within 500 feet of a building or for anyone under the age of 18 to discharge a firearm, except under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian."
 

FL: Terrorism squad nabs convenience store owner on gun charge
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Fort Lauderdale convenience store owner was held on a gun charge Wednesday after the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force raided his Hollywood home."

"Ali Mahmud al-Madi, 48, faces a bond hearing today on an indictment charging him with possessing an illegal shotgun."

"He appeared before a federal magistrate, and was about to post a $10,000 bond Wednesday afternoon, but was denied after the U.S. Attorney's Office requested a hearing today to present new evidence that he illegally possessed the handguns."

"The shotgun charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison."
 

MI: Gun control key issue dividing Dingell, Rivers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It has been dubbed a fight within the family, and in just six days, voters of the new 15th Congressional District will decide who wins by prolonging the congressional career of a Democrat who believes she is just getting started, or sending back a veteran who has participated in every significant piece of legislation implemented in the past five decades."
 

Clinton Pledges to Fight as Combat Soldier With Israeli Army
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Ex-President Bill Clinton told an audience in Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday that he would personally fight 'in the trench' alongside the Israel Defense Forces to repel an attack on the Jewish state by Iraq."

" 'I would grab a rifle and get in the trench and fight and die,' Clinton proclaimed, according to a report by the Canadian Press news service."

"The one-time Vietnam War-era draft dodger was addressing a packed fundraiser for Canada's Hadassah-Wizo Organization."
 

Scotland: Hunt Ban Upheld By Scottish Court
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"British hunters suffered a blow Wednesday when a court ruled that Scotland's ban against hunting foxes with dogs is legal. The ban takes effect on Thursday."

"An Edinburgh court rejected arguments lodged by the Scottish Countryside Alliance, which maintained that the ban violated the human rights of hunters and hunt workers and would have deprived hundreds of people of their livelihoods."
 

UK: Minister for Sport campaigning to exempt competitive shooters from gun ban
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NOTE: The website address didn't come through in this Newslinks submission, but the information is noteworthy, indeed.
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Original Title: "England sweep shooting golds"
TEXT:
"Gault, who is forced to do his training in exile in Switzerland because of the Government's handgun laws, received a congratulatory kiss from former Minister for Sport Kate Hoey who is actively campaigning to make competitive shooters exempt from the ban."
 

KY: Off target
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There is a huge difference between government controlling the sale of guns and government regulating where guns are sold."

"But to date that difference has been lost on Peter Garrett, owner of Peter Garrett Gunsmith in Newport. Garrett thinks he should be able to open gun shops in Dayton and Bellevue even if zoning for the sites he is interested in doesn't allow for gun shops."
 

INS Teaching Booklet Lies to Immigrants about Second Amendment
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Not Charles Schumer, not Sarah Brady ... but the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is actively teaching immigrants that 'gun control' is part of our Constitution. The INS is lying, pure and simple. The INS's false statements cannot be counted as 'mistakes' -- the Constitution is short enough that anyone can read it; the Bill of Rights is even shorter."
 

WI: Concealed weapons ban upheld
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A state appeals court Tuesday upheld a state law that makes it a crime to carry a concealed weapon for everybody but police officers."

"A Green Bay man had argued the law was unconstitutional because voters in 1998 had amended the state constitution to say people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose."

"The 3rd District Court of Appeals said nothing in the amendment grants the right to carry concealed weapons."
 

Federal Court: Guantanamo Detainees Have No Right to Use U.S. Courts
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A federal judge ruled Wednesday that suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters held in Cuba do not have a right to U.S. court hearings, allowing the military to hold them indefinitely without filing charges."

"The 600 men held at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are not in the United States and thus do not fall under the jurisdiction of federal courts, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said."
 

Father (corrections officer) Accidentally Shoots Toddler - will not be charged
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A correction officer who fatally shot his three-year-old son while unloading his off-duty revolver in their Queens Village home will not be charged with a crime, officials said Thursday."

"The toddler, Jonathan Olaya, died shortly after midnight on Thursday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, about three hours after his father inadvertently shot him in the right arm, police said."

"Jonathan was in his parents’ bedroom while his father, Hernando Olaya, 30, of 100th Avenue, was unloading his 9mm Glock handgun, police said."
 

Drunk, disorderly U.S. deputy marshal disarmed at nightclub - but identity withheld
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Portland police stripped an off-duty deputy U.S. marshal of his gun, credentials and handcuffs after they were called to a downtown restaurant about 1:20 a.m. Saturday on a report of an intoxicated, disorderly man."

"The deputy flashed his badge when the owner of Santorini Restaurant & Lounge, 101 S.W. Main St., asked him to leave because of 'inappropriate behavior,' said Sgt. Brian Schmautz, Portland Police Bureau spokesman."

"Portland police Tuesday would not release the incident report on the call or the deputy marshal's name, saying the case involved an alcohol detox hold and not a criminal act." [If this had been you, the full report would have been released!]

"According to a bartender at the restaurant, the deputy was drinking and on the dance floor, harassing a woman who was at the restaurant with others."
 

UK: Failings of army equipment exposed in desert exercise
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Nearly half the army's main battle tanks broke down, its long range guns could move only slowly and at night, and soldiers' boots 'quickly fell apart' in a military exercise which exposed a catalogue of problems."

"The engines of older vehicles seized up and, in temperatures well over 80F, the only way to keep them running was to put the heaters on."

"The design of desert combat suits was purely cosmetic and their man-made fibre added to heat stress illnesses."
 

AZ: Feds seize $193,000 and gun collection from prominent businessman
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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FIRST TEXT is from report that disappeared from their website. The article was titled: "Rogers arrested over illegal weapon"
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"U.S. Customs Service agents arrested Ernie Rogers, owner of Rogers' Border Service, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday."

"Rogers was charged with possession of an illegal weapon, which was seized in the raid of his business on Thursday. During the raid, agents also seized all of his business records and $193,000 in cash from his safe."
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Above LINK goes to second report of raid. Get to the first report by clicking here.
 

CA: Taxpayers spend $10 million on one wayward kid
Submitted by: John Byrne

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STORY TITLE: "Turning Point Academy ends brief experiment" [6th story on page at time of release into Newslinks]

TEXT:
"For slightly more than a year, Turning Point Academy at Camp San Luis Obispo was the controversial home for wayward youths, an expensive, exclusive social experiment with a $10 million price tag."

"Last week, the camp, with 20 participants, was closed down– a victim of state budget cuts."

"Gov. Gray Davis devised the program, hoping to deal with the problems of kids 15-17 accused of crimes such as taking guns to school, sexual assault, and selling drugs on campus."

"When the program opened, only one individual was enrolled, and he graduated alone six months later. The program was designed to accommodate 160 youngsters."

KABA NOTE: $10,000,000 divided by the originally planned 160 participants equals $62,500 per kid.
 

GAO calls foul on Ashcroft gun gambit
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The man who seeks to nullify Oregon’s assisted suicide statute is doing his best to undo the Brady Law, which puts a filter on gun sales, keeping firearms away from felons, terrorists and the mentally unstable. Attorney General John Ashcroft’s gambit, executed one year ago, was to revise Justice Department regulations affecting the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Instead of retaining records of firearm purchases for 90 days, Ashcroft would have them destroyed after one day."
 

No Presidential War
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Let's be clear: Initiating action against Iraq would be an act of war -- justifiable perhaps, but still an act of war. Before such an action is initiated, Congress has a duty to speak on the issue -- by voting on whether to authorize the president to use force to remove Hussein from power."
 

LA: Governor Advises Women Scared of Serial Killer to Get a Gun (full report)
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"Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster reminded women Thursday that they can pack a gun to protect themselves from a serial killer who has slain three women in the capital in the past 10 months."

"You have the right to get a gun permit," Foster said. "Learn to use it."
 

Dyspledge of Allegiance
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The source of almost all of society's problems and disputes can be traced to either an abrogation of responsibility or of freedom. It's always there. Sometimes, you have to search for it but nevertheless, if you look far enough, eventually you will find a point at which one or the other occurred. It is the Original Sin, if you will, from which the other problems proceed. ... Where government money goes, politics follows. You can't have one without the other."
 

Canada: Animal rights activist raided over break-ins at three Maine rod-and-gun clubs
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"Acting on a request from state police in Maine, the RCMP raided the Vancouver Island home of a well-known animal-rights activist this week, seizing tapes, computer records and other material."

"Armed with search-and-seizure warrants issued under a mutual legal assistance treaty, the RCMP raided the Courtenay home of David Barbarash, who describes himself as a spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front, a group that has claimed responsibility for a series of violent attacks on such things as meat-packing plants and sporting clubs in Canada and the U.S."

"Sheriff Everett Flannery of Maine's Kennebec County sheriff's office said the Tuesday evening search was related to break-ins at three rod-and-gun clubs in Maine in 1999."
 

Louisiana Governor Tells Women to Go Armed! (another version)
Submitted by: Art Schreiber

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At last a politician with some commone sense. Governor is advising women to go armed and defend themselves from a serial killer.
 

OH: Man sentenced to one year in prison for punching police dog
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ORIGINAL TITLE:
Police dogs are still officers
Judge gives Barberton man maximum of year for punching K-9 member
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"Robert Dulabhan voiced his remorse in court Wednesday, seeking a break for punching a police officer last spring."

"But the judge didn't bite."

"The same could not be said of the officer, who, while responding to a call in May, chomped at Dulabhan's head before the Barberton man retaliated with the punch that landed him in court."

"Despite the bite wound, Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Spicer said Dulabhan's reaction was unacceptable."

"An officer is an officer -- whether he has two legs or four,' Spicer told Dulabhan before sentencing him to a year in prison for assaulting Charon, a K-9 police dog. "They're entitled to the same respect as other officers.'
 

Africa: Death sentences for Nigerian policemen
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"Three Nigerian police officers have been sentenced to hang for executing two students in December 2000."

"The sentence was passed by the High Court in the central town of Makurdi, Benue State on Wednesday."

"The killings followed a raid on suspected members of an illegal cult at Benue State University."
 

UK: Ex-minister condemns Dunblane legislation
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"Former Sport Minister Kate Hoey has criticised gun laws which force England's leading pistol shooters to train abroad."

"She says she will continue to campaign for changes to the post-Dunblane law."

"Any sensible Government would now say 'we made a mistake on this.' Legitimate pistol shooters should now be allowed to continue and I shall continue to campaign for that."

"It's absolutely outrageous what we've done to our pistol shooters. It has not reduced crime - not one iota. In fact, there are more illegal guns around now than ever."
 

IL: Man accused of illegal gun buy
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"A Zion man was arrested after he allegedly purchased a shotgun and pistol at a Winthrop Harbor gun shop using phony identification, police said Wednesday."

"John Wollbrink, 54, of the 2500 block of Salem Boulevard was charged with three counts of forgery and illegal possession of firearms."

"The Illinois State Police Firearms Transfer Inquiry Program notified North Chicago police that Wollbrink was making an illegal gun purchase Monday at the store, authorities said."

"Wollbrink bought a .12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber pistol using a phony name and fake firearm owner's identification card, said North Chicago Deputy Chief Curtis Brame."
 

"Don't resist robbers" advice leads to beating, severed finger
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The anti-self-defense people often tell people "don't resist robbers - give them what they want." This story shows what that Attitude of Surrender produces...
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"Police say George Von Klan and his wife Stella were at home Wednesday night when a hooded robber invaded their home. They say the 68-year-old grandmother was attacked and beaten during the home invasion."

"He beat the victim. She was pistol-whipped. She also suffered a severed finger," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Thomas Hixon.

"The man is an animal. I can't understand it. After he finally managed to open the safe, he beat her," said the victim's husband.
 

UK: Judge criticised for lenient sentence - no jail for man who pulled gun
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"A judge has been condemned for not jailing a man who pulled an imitation gun on a train steward."

"The Court of Appeal criticised Mr Recorder Boothby for his 'wholly inappropriate' remarks when sentencing Scott Houghton, 20, and for letting him off with a fine."

"Houghton, of Westcombe, Somerset drew an unloaded BB air pistol on a buffet steward during a row about a sweets trolley blocking the train's gangway."

"When he was arrested after getting off the train at Sherborne, Dorset he told police it was 'a joke' and accused the steward of over-reacting."

"At Dorchester Crown Court in April, Mr Recorder Boothby fined Houghton £100 plus £50 costs after he pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm."
 

NY: Another rap star arrested and charged with 'criminal possession of a firearm'
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"Cam'ron, one of Roc-A-Fella's most valuable rappers, was arrested in Manhattan on Monday on drug and weapons charges."

"The 26-year-old rapper, who has been riding the wave of his current release, Come Home With Me, was on his way to the set of Roc-A-Fella's latest film, a music-industry spoof titled 'Death of a Dynasty,' when his Range Rover was pulled over for a traffic violation. According to a police spokesperson, officers approaching the car said they saw marijuana in full view and searched the vehicle, turning up a .22-caliber handgun."

"Cam (born Cameron Giles) and a male passenger were charged with criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a forged fire department placard (used for parking and toll privileges)."
 

CO: Court limits SWAT teams in 'raid' case where guns were pointed at little kids
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"A federal court ruled that the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office had the right to use a SWAT team in raiding a north Durango home. But the court also placed legal limits on the future use of such teams."

"A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver unanimously overturned part of a previous district court’s decision that allowed civil charges to be pressed against Sheriff Duke Schirard and his office."

"The case, filed by Sheryl Ealum, alleges that the sheriff and his deputies used excessive force when they entered her home in February 1997 after a government informant allegedly attempted to deliver marijuana to Jody James Morris."

"The 10th Circuit Court panel ruled the Sheriff’s Office had the right to use a SWAT team, but in the future, raids by the teams in nonthreatening situations will be limited."

"At the time, only Ealum and four others were at home: her mother, Maxine Ealum, and her three children – Jody Morris Jr., 12 at the time; Tom Morris, 8; and Tim Morris, 6."

"Before deputies had a search warrant in hand at the scene, Schirard and Deputy Sheriff Kelly Davis made the decision to forcibly enter the house with the aid of a SWAT team."

"The team pointed guns at the children and 'kicked Tim’s puppy from the couch,' according to court documents."
 

Veterans Affairs officers now armed
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Federal Department of Veterans Affairs police officers have a more steely disposition these days since weapons have been added to their belts."

"Police in the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System are carrying firearms for the first time. VA officials say the Beretta 9-mm semi-automatic pistols the officers are armed with were an outgrowth of national pilot programs that were accelerated by the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The health care system operates VA hospitals in Waco, Temple and Marlin [Texas]."

"The Beretta weapon, with its black plastic hand grips and blue steel barrel, add about two pounds to the VA officer's belt. In addition to the firearm, the officers carry a baton, pepper spray, handcuffs, a two-way radio, a cell phone, rubber gloves and a flashlight."
 

UK: £5,000 On Offer To Catch Gun Raiders Who Robbed Security Courier Van
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"A £5,000 reward has been offered after armed raiders robbed a Securicor van and attacked the guard in broad daylight."

"Three masked robbers - one brandishing what appeared to be a gun - beat the 60-year-old guard to the floor and made off with two security boxes."

"The assault happened outside Barclay's Bank on the busy junction of Valley Road and Nottingham Road, in Old Basford, just after midday yesterday."

"Police said the raiders pulled up in a black VW Golf and pounced on the Securicor van parked on the pavement outside the bank."

"It was a vicious attack," said Sgt Stuart McHattie, based at Radford Road.

"Three offenders attacked a Securicor guard when he was leaving the bank. They beat him to the floor and were in possession of what is believed to be a firearm. All three offenders were wearing balaclavas."

"It was a violent attack and the guard was lucky he was wearing a helmet that protected him from the beating."
 

AZ: Police officer shot man he knew was unarmed
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Peoria police Officer Norman Brice acted recklessly and without regard for departmental policy when he shot and killed an unarmed man last year, according to an internal affairs report released Wednesday.

Brice later admitted during an investigation that he was not certain the man he shot was the suspect. He also admitted that he did not believe Navarro was armed when he fired the fatal shot.
 

OK: City police chemist Joyce Gilchrist Dismissed From Civil Rights Lawsuit
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"Former Oklahoma City police chemist Joyce Gilchrist was dismissed Wednesday from a federal lawsuit filed by a man who spent 15 years in a state prison for a crime he did not commit."

"U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron handed down the decision in the lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Todd Pierce. Allegations of civil rights violations against former Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy and the city of Oklahoma City remain pending."

"Cauthron ruled that Pierce's initial complaint failed to properly state a claim against Gilchrist. To do so, it must show that Gilchrist deprived him of a right secured by a federal statute or the Constitution and that she acted under color of state law."

"Assuming ... the truth of the facts alleged, plaintiff has completely failed to connect defendant's actions to a deprivation of his statutory or constitutional rights," Cauthron wrote in her ruling issued Wednesday.
 

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