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Roberts, as Reagan aide, backed national ID card
Submitted by: 3030@keepandbeararms.com

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"As a legal aide in the Reagan administration in 1983, Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. declared that he would support creating a national identification card in order to combat 'the real threat to our social fabric posed by uncontrolled immigration,' a memo released yesterday by the National Archives revealed."

"In a memo that offered new insight into how he might rule on cases that test the balance between national security and civil liberties, Roberts said he 'yield[ed] to no one in the area of commitment to individual liberty against the spectre of overreaching central authority.' However, he wrote, 'We already have, for all intents and purposes, a national identifier -- the Social Security number -- and making it in form what it has become in fact will not suddenly mean Constitutional protections would evaporate and you could be arbitrarily stopped on the street and asked to produce it.'"
 

Global forces meet to curb gun violence
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Police conference in Scarborough brings black officers from Canada, U.K. and U.S.

"The impact of guns on communities of colour is the same whether you're a resident of Jamestown, Malvern, Brixton or Cleveland."

"The key, said officers attending an international conference in Scarborough Friday, is the approach taken towards addressing the problem."
 

AU professor touts his bullet-resistant vest
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Howard Thomas, a professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, has invented a bullet-resistant vest that he contends is lighter, more comfortable and more effective than the flak jackets that the U.S. military is using."

"So why, after more than a decade, has he not been able to sell it?"
 

Gun Cartridges Leave Unique 'Fingerprint'
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"Whenever a gun is fired, it leaves a unique "fingerprint" on the used cartridge. A national database can link shootings -- and perhaps the shooters. ..."

"After every shooting, key pieces of evidence are left behind -- the used cartridges. ..."

"The cartridges are as different and unique as fingerprints. ..."
 

NC: Gas station clerk shoots suspect
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"A convenience store clerk shot a man who was trying to rob the store early Sunday morning."

"Witnesses called police after a man entered the Express Mart on the 3400 block of Wilkinson Boulevard around 6:40 a.m. ..."

“'We do know that the clerk fired shots in self-defense and one of the rounds did strike the suspect,' said Sgt. Steve Huber, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Freedom Division."
 

OH: Bloodied intruder flees, shot by business owner
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A South Toledo business owner apparently shot a man attempting to break into his sheet metal fabricating shop through a roof vent last night. The man fled, leaving a blood trail, a work glove, and tools on the roof, police said."
 

PA: Edgewood man shot by intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"An Edgewood man was shot and critically wounded early Friday when he went outside his home to check on what set off the burglar alarm and was confronted by a gunman." ...

"Court documents show that Robinson has a history of arrests for assault and robbery and drug and firearms violations."
 

Computer Privacy Case in Washington State - Service Technicians Can’t Snoop on Your Hard Drive for the Government
Submitted by: 3030@keepandbeararms.com

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Fourth story on the page

"Imagine if the law permitted the people who service your computer to share all the personal information on your hard drive with the police, without your consent and without a search warrant. A case on appeal to the Washington State Court of Appeals, State v. Westbrook, threatens to allow just that, turning your friendly neighborhood computer repair technician into a government informer."

"Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the respondent, Robert Westbrook, arguing that citizens have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of their computers, and that their Fourth Amendment rights don't disappear when a computer is delivered to a technician for servicing."
 

Appeals Court Preserves Email Privacy
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"In a long-awaited decision, the full First Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a First Circuit panel decision that had allowed an email service provider to secretly monitor the content of users' incoming messages without violating federal wiretap law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other privacy organizations submitted briefs in the case urging that the earlier decision be reheard by all seven First Circuit judges."

"The defendant in the case, Bradford Councilman, is a seller of rare and used books who also offered email service to customers. Councilman had secretly configured this system to copy all customer email coming from Amazon.com, his competitor, and send it to him. The original First Circuit panel had declared this action to be legal because the messages were in "electronic storage" on the defendant's system for a few milliseconds when they were copied. Thus, the panel argued, Councilman was not in violation of the Wiretap Act. Instead, the panel said that only the Stored Communications Act (SCA) applied to his activities. And the SCA does not place any limits on a communications provider's access to customers' stored messages."

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For the decision: Text of the court's decision
 

MO: Missouri Offering Gun Safety Kits
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"Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder joined forces with police and gun safety advocates Friday night to discuss gun safety issues."

"They said accidents involving kids and guns is down 60 percent, but said more work needs to be done."
 

WI: Keep guns out of wrong hands
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"...one contributor is the easy access of weapons to criminals and minors. Public officials mustn't be so beholden to the gun lobby that they won't take even modest steps to keep guns out of the hands of those prohibited from having them."

"The force behind the resolution is a group called Mothers Against Gun Violence, which consists of mothers of slain children. In that organization's behalf, state Rep. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) has commendably drafted a bill that would require the registration of firearms every time ownership changes - a needed step that would enable the authorities to better trace guns used in crimes."
 

Police officers in N.M., other states sue stun-gun maker
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"Police officers in New Mexico and four other states have filed lawsuits against Arizona-based Taser International."

"The officers allege serious injuries after being shocked with the electronic stun gun during training classes."
 

Taser goes on offensive with campaign
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"It lasts just one second, but the 50,000-volt shock that made the Taser stun gun a household name sparks a yowl of surprise in its target and an uncontrollable spasm."

"Tom Smith, president of Taser International Inc., has given the demonstration thousands of times. But he's hoping this audience - the National Conference of State Legislatures - will help Tasers shed the menacing image they've gotten in some states."
 

MI: How old is old enough?
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"It's a question that many would probably expect me to answer easily and swiftly."

"Should we reduce the minimum hunting age?"

"But, in reality, it's a question I struggle with."

"Currently, kids in Michigan can start hunting at age 12 for small-game with any weapon they choose."

"They can bowhunt for deer at the same age, but must wait until they're 14 before hunting with a gun."

"All kids under age 16 aren't allowed to hunt without adult supervision."

"But recent efforts have been made to reduce the minimum hunting age."
 

TX: Minutemen in Houston can carry firearms
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"Volunteers for a citizens border-patrol group will now be allowed by the organization to carry firearms while they observe day laborers in Houston."

"The group is offering those who have a concealed weapons permit a discount to join the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps."

"Leaders of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of Texas initially said they would only let volunteers use video cameras to film suspected illegal immigrants."

"Now the group is offering those who have a concealed weapons permit a discount to join the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps."

"The controversial group grabbed national attention in April when members patrolled the Arizona-Mexico border to report suspected illegal immigrants."
 

NY: Firearm safety kits available
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"The Town of Clarkstown Police Department will provide 300 free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gun lock, are available for distribution by contacting Det. Gerard King or Sgt. Harry Baumann at 845-639-5800."
 

UK: Gun drama at hospital
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"Armed police swooped on Cannock Chase Hospital and were forced to fire rubber bullets at a man brandishing a gun in a patients' waiting area."

"Officers from the armed response unit raced to the Brunswick Road centre after terrified nursing staff alerted them on Thursday night."

"The armed man was shouting at medical staff and at people waiting in the hospital."
 

IA: Court turns down UNI officer's gun suit
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"A university police officer has lost the latest round in his battle to carry a gun."

"Judge James Bauch handed down his decision in the case of University of Northern Iowa Lt. Gary McCormack who said officers at all of the state-run universities need firearms to defend themselves from potentially deadly confrontations."
 

NC: Making Bad Worse
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"There's no telling what legislators were thinking, if they were thinking at all, when they passed a bill that encourages domestic-violence victims to get guns. Now Gov. Mike Easley should veto the bill before it makes volatile situations even worse." ...

"Encouraging domestic-violence victims to get a gun sends two very wrong messages to the victims, and to society in general. It tells victims that they are on their own, that law enforcement and the courts cannot protect them from subsequent attacks. ..."

"This bill also could reintroduce a weapon into homes where there has been domestic violence and from which guns have been removed. ..."

 

Canada: Gangs Buying E-Guns
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

An intelligence service report says organized criminals, including street gang members, are ordering firearms and gun parts over the Internet.

The annual report released yesterday by the Canadian Intelligence Service of Canada says guns bought on the Net are then shipped into Canada undetected.

The report says in some cases, gun components are bought and shipped separately and assembled into a weapon later, making them very hard to detect.

The document notes a single part can change a semi-automatic firearm to a fully automatic rifle.
 

NC: Gun may raise risks
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"The tough spot he could find himself in when the law goes into effect Oct. 1 is this: He could deny a permit, but what if the victim later is murdered? Or he could grant it, but what if she uses it to kill her abuser?"

"State Rep. Linda Johnson, R-Cabarrus, a primary sponsor of the bill, meant to put sheriffs in that position. She expects them to examine the circumstances and decide when a victim might be safer by carrying a concealed handgun."

"'My motivation is to make a protective order mean something,' Johnson said Friday. 'What we've been doing is not working.'"
 

Canada: Graham applauds anti-gun measures
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"National Defence Minister Bill Graham is applauding a Toronto nightclub's decision to scale back its hours in the wake of a spate of gun violence in the city."

"The Phoenix Concert Theatre, which has been the site of three fatal shootings over the past two weekends and is in Graham's riding, has announced it is cancelling its popular Sunday hip-hop night."
 

IA: Response to school 'disaster' tested
Submitted by: Jeffrey L Bird

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"Each minute seemed like a lifetime Friday for Norwalk High School business teacher Jan Smith."

"She was only watching a drill designed to test law enforcement's response to a school shooting, but the thought of students killing students provoked her teacher instincts." ...

"'Time seems to crawl when this is going on,' Norwalk City Councilman Scott Lorenzen said . 'You've heard comments of why doesn't it go faster, but it takes time' to secure the building and locate the gunmen."

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Exactly. It takes time to secure the building and locate the gunmen. How many disarmed teachers and defenseless students can be slaughtered while the police perform those tasks?
 

WI: Alderman details local gun buy-back
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Rev. Elliott Cohen could barely contain his excitement Saturday afternoon as he stood before a crowd of several hundred people outside Project New Life's administration office, 1733 Douglas Ave., and accepted donations for a gun buy-back program in Racine from various sources in and around the city."

"As executive director of Project New Life, Cohen is spearheading a local alliance which is initiating Racine's gun buy-back program, set to start Aug. 31."

"The program - designed to get guns off the streets - allows people to turn in weapons for money, with no questions asked. It is being modeled after a similar program in Milwaukee."
 

CT: Local teen rifleman sets sights on 2012 Olympics
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Through the years, Chris Kemp has spent countless hours at the Bridgeport Rifle Club -- in the sparsely furnished lobby where scores of trophies and plaques line the walls, and in the dimly lit range, where brass casings litter the floor and pockmarked paper targets hang in the distance."

"This is Kemp's world."

"The 18-year-old graduate of Stamford's J.M. Wright Vocational-Technical High School is in the top 10 percent of shooters in his age group nationally, and he has big dreams for his future in the sport: The 2012 Olympics."
 

OH: For shooters, Grand must go on
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Being used to shooting near large cities such as Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City and others, who would ever think of permanently locating the world's grandest trapshooting tournament out in the Ohio cornfields? There couldn't be anything to do there."

"But they built a fine shooting grounds on 59 acres north of Dayton in Vandalia and for 81 years thousands of people came. At first, they would stay in the private homes of Vandalia residents or they rode the train and stayed in Dayton's hotels." ...

"But now it's over and that's a shame. Shame of the politicians from Ohio's governor right down to those in the city of Dayton who are always talking about attracting new business to the state, but did nothing to keep a $10 million-$15 million annual income business from leaving."
 

WA: Deputy's gun used in clerk's slaying
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"A clerk at a Kenmore convenience store was fatally shot with a King County deputy's handgun during an early-morning altercation yesterday." ...

"Officials say the handgun was not the deputy's service weapon but was his personal handgun." ...

"The deputy called 911 after he learned that the suspect had left their residence, blocks away from the convenience store, with the gun, said King County Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart."

"When sheriff's officials arrived at the deputy's residence, a second 911 call alerted officials to the shooting at the store."
 

Australia: Doctor carried a loaded gun
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"A FORMER Townsville psychiatrist was suspended and investigated by police for taking a loaded gun to work."

"The circumstances surrounding Ben Vorster is another example of an overseas-trained doctor tarnishing the northern zone's mental health unit."
 

ND: State's least populated county leads in concealed weapons permits
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"North Dakota's least-populated county is a leader in concealed weapons permits, state records show."

"Slope County had 33 registered permit-holders in July, or 4.4 percent, according to figures from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The 2000 census put the southwestern North Dakota county's population at about 770 people."

"Bowman County had 126 permit-holders, or 4.1 percent, the state records show."
 

Canada: Controversial gun idea shot down
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"A chorus of protest against the idea of singling out young black men as a means of cracking down on gun violence in the city's troubled neighbourhoods grew louder yesterday as the death toll from shootings continued to climb."

"Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and federal Defence Minister Bill Graham both issued their own separate condemnations of a Toronto city councillor's controversial suggestion that police pull over young black men to check for concealed weapons."
 

Canada: Bloody trail reveals B.C. teen's last steps
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"A trail of blood down a back alley told the tragic tale of a Vancouver teen's struggle to survive after he was stabbed at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday." ...

"'He was a good boy,' said the teen's grief-stricken uncle, sobbing as he followed the trail of blood yesterday afternoon in a desperate search for any clues police may have missed."

"'I feel safe,' said Nigel Zhu, 38, who lives with his 11-year-old son next door to the victim's home. Zhu hadn't hesitated in the past to walk alone at night in the neighbourhood, but said the killing made him 'uncomfortable' and the area didn't seem as secure anymore."
 

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