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Lott: Stop Endangering Employees
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Banning guns from the workplace seems like the obvious way to prevent workplace violence. At least that is the policy at ConocoPhillips and many other companies. ..." ...

"Gun-free zones may appear like the solution to violence, but consider an analogy: Suppose a criminal is stalking you or your family. Would you feel safer putting a sign in front of your home saying, 'This Home Is a Gun-Free Zone'? The answer seems pretty clear. Since law-abiding citizens will obey the signs, such 'safe zones' simply mean that criminals have a lot less to worry about. Indeed, international data as well as data from across the United States indicate that criminals are much less likely to attack residents in their homes when they suspect that the residents own guns." ...
 

The Reality of "Workplace Homicides"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The circumstances of workplace homicides differ substantially from those portrayed by the media and from homicides in the general population. For the most part, workplace homicides are not the result of disgruntled workers who take out their frustrations on co-workers or supervisors, or of intimate partners and other relatives who killed loved ones in the course of a dispute; rather, they are mostly robbery-related crimes.'
--National Institute for Occupational Safety And Health
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"Studies conducted by both the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that between 75 and 82% of workplace homicides occur in connection with a robbery, such as the hold-up of a pizza delivery driver." ...
 

MI: Dove fight is about the right to hunt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A coalition of hunting groups is gearing up to combat animal rights groups trying to stop dove hunting in Michigan. And the hunters know their big problem isn't the animal rightists, or even the mass of people who don't hunt but don't oppose hunting."

"It's other hunters, who don't realize that in the long run this isn't about dove hunting but preserving the right to hunt for every species from doves to deer." ...
 

VA: Supervisors keep firearms amendment in the holster
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"After causing a stir over a proposed amendment to a county ordinance regarding the discharge of firearms, the Board of Supervisors withdrew the item from the agenda at their regular meeting yesterday."

"The proposed amendment to a county ordinance would have prevented residents living on less than five acres of land from discharging firearms on their property, but the item was withdrawn from the agenda at the last minute." ...
 

CA: Surrendering Rights In San Francisco?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last December, five members of San Francisco's board of supervisors submitted to the Department of Elections a proposed law that would ban the possession of handguns and the sale, manufacture and transfer of all firearms and ammunition in the city and county of San Francisco. The proposal has been placed on the November 8 special election ballot."

"If a simple majority of voters approves Proposition H on that day, the ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2006."

"After that, San Francisco gun owners will have 90 days to surrender their firearms to authorities. Since all handgun sales are now registered in California, confiscation of firearms from honest, peaceable citizens will presumably begin sometime soon after that." ...
 

OK: Osage County Shooting Said To Be Self-Defense
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Osage County authorities said a shooting northwest of Sand Springs that left one man dead appears to be self-defense and no charges are expected.

Investigators said Larry Cunningham was shot and killed after pulling a gun and firing a shot during an argument with men who had gone to the home of Cunningham's girlfriend to pick up a motor home.

Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown said the argument was apparently over the sale or financing of the motor home.

The name of the man who fired the fatal shot hasn't been released.
 

OR: Mac man charged in road rage case
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"A 23-year-old McMinnville man faces a trio of criminal charges after allegedly pulling a 9 mm handgun on a truck driver during a Tuesday traffic dispute."

"According to Newberg-Dundee police, Kevin Forsman was northbound in a white 1999 Honda Accord. They said he set off the chain of events when he used a left-turn lane to pass a log truck as he approached a red light coming into Dundee."

"At the light, the truck driver got out and approached Forsman to confront him about the traffic maneuver. Police said Forsman responded by pointing a Polish-made Makarov P-64 semi-automatic at the man, who returned to his rig and called authorities." ...
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Submitter's Note: Interesting spin on what appears to be a pretty straightforward DGU.
 

LA: St. Mary man killed after break-in
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"Deputies are investigating the death of a 31-year-old Jeanerette man, who was shot when he attempted to break into his ex-wife's home late Tuesday night, officials said Wednesday."

"St. Mary Parish Sheriff David Naquin said Anthony Sparrow died from multiple gunshot wounds he sustained during the confrontation."

"Naquin said the incident occurred shortly before midnight ... Sparrow, who was armed with a gun, allegedly broke into the home and was confronted by another man, who also was armed."

"'It was apparent that there was an exchange of gunfire. The guy in the house wasn't hurt,' Naquin said, and neither was the ex-wife." ...
 

TX: Mom who blamed shooting on son acquitted
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A woman who shot her boyfriend and then allowed her 9-year-old son to initially take responsibility was acquitted of murder today in a Harris County courtroom."

"Jurors apparently accepted Erika Lynn Ruiz's contention that she was protecting herself and her son from abuse when she shot Jose Flores Martinez once in the head in her southwest Houston apartment last year." ...
 

CA: 15-year-old burglar shot by South LA woman dies at hospital
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"A 15-year-old burglary suspect died Wednesday, a day after being shot by a woman who told police she returned to her South Los Angeles home to confront a tire iron-wielding boy in her house."

"The shooting took place about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when Mary Ann Talley, 59, returned to her home after her daily walk, police said in a statement. When Talley entered her home, a young burglar confronted her with a tire iron and she shot him with a handgun she keeps for protection."

"The boy was taken to a hospital where he died Wednesday, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman." ...

"The Los Angeles County district attorney's office was investigating to determine if any charges should be filed, Lee said."
 

AL: Man armed with fork subdued by clerk with baseball bat (and customer with gun)
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"A man armed with a fork found out the hard way it's not a good instrument for a robbery." ...

"'He stuck his hand under his shirt and said, 'This is a robbery. I got a gun,' ..."

"The clerk told the man she knew it wasn't a gun, sparking a brief argument before the man went around the counter, Ross said."

"... 'She reached over and grabbed a baseball bat she had behind the counter and started waling on him when she realized what he had under his shirt was a fork ... '"

"The clerk chased him out of the store ..."

"'A customer saw what was going on, took a pistol from his vehicle, came over and fired his pistol into the ground,' Ross said."

"Then, both the fork and the bat were dropped, Ross said." ...
 

TN: Vigilante jailed; parole violation
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"The crime victim who has been widely praised and congratulated for killing one of the gunmen who tried to rob him two weeks ago is now behind bars for violating parole on a murder he committed 36 years ago."

"Jacob Evans, 59, was not charged for killing one of the two would-be robbers on Aug. 9 outside of a South Memphis bank because the shooting was ruled justifiable, but he was taken into custody this week for violating terms of his parole by possessing a weapon." ...

"[Dist. Atty. Bill] Gibbons said that under state law, a person cannot be charged with not having a gun permit if the gun is used in justifiable self-defense."
 

IL: Coyotes Hunting Pets On North Shore
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"North Shore authorities say some pets are falling victim to coyotes venturing into residential areas in search of food."

"One Glencoe service officer, Katie Sweeney, says six domestic cats in Glencoe have been attacked and killed in the last month alone. And coyote sightings seem to be up all around the North Shore."

"Wildlife experts say drought seems to be responsible for the increasing number of coyotes straying into the residential areas."

"They say well-meaning people -- out of concern for animals during the drought -- have been placing more birdseed, corn and salt licks in their yards. That, in turn, attracts small animals hunted by coyotes." ...
 

OH: Ohio's 'Everyman for Governor' states his case for firearms rights (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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... "Whether they are consumers or business owners tired of ever-increasing taxes, or gun owners stung by years of having to fight a Republican governor over pro-gun legislation, poll after poll shows that Mr. & Mrs. Ohio are tired of the status quo, and really tired of Bob Taft's liberal brand of Republicanism."

"There is one man who is hoping Ohioans are so fed up that they'll make a historic decision to nominate someone who has never before served in public office to top the Republican ticket in November 2006."

"Pete Draganic is that man, and after he made a recent trip to my neck of the woods in northwest Ohio, I decided it was time to find out more about Mr. Draganic."

"Following is a copy Pete shared with me of an exchange between him and another pro-gun Ohioan on many of the most current firearms-related issues of concern to voters. ..." ...
 

TN: Dandridge: Gun discharges, injures student
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"A gun discharged in the bathroom of a Dandridge middle school this morning, and a male student was wounded in the leg, a school official said." ...

"One round discharged from a pistol and a male student was struck, the official said."

"A teacher in the area heard the sound of the pistol and the principal was notified immediately, the official said. The student sustained non-life threatening injuries."

"The school was placed on lockdown that had been designed and practiced for such incidents, the official said. All students were placed in rooms under the supervision of a teacher."

"The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and Dandridge Police Department are investigating, the official said." ...
 

NY: NYPD To Use High-Powered Rifle From Helicopters
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"The NYPD has been quietly training police officers in the aviation unit on use of the .50 caliber sniper rifle. Today, the mayor admitted the department bought the battlefield weapons after the September 11th attacks. Sources say soon, the guns will be on board three of the department’s helicopters."

"It is one of the world’s most powerful combat weapons. The Barrett .50 caliber semi-automatic rifle can hit a target from more than a mile away. The NYPD has these weapons and plans to put them on their air and sea rescue helicopters by the end of the year. ..."

"'We know that we live in a dangerous world, and we will do everything we can to protect this city,' Bloomberg said." ...
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NC: Lancaster Police Getting Body Armor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Lancaster police will soon be better armed with new pistols, and high-powered rifles that can pierce body armor.

Last month police found body armor while they hunted a shooting suspect.

They're seeing more people involved in crimes dressed in this kind of gear.

That's one reason a new grant will help buy high-powered rifles.

The $35,000 grant also buys new radar equipment, and computers for patrol cars.

Chief Hugh White said some criminals are better armed than they are.

White said nearly all the equipment the department buys is purchased through grants.
 

FL: Miami mayor, police complain about realistic-looking toy guns
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"Authorities in Miami-Dade County are growing weary of the widespread sales of realistic-looking toy guns."

"Miami police announced Wednesday that officers recently have encountered teens carrying phony weapons in two incidents."

"In both cases, the replicas did not follow federal regulations enacted in 1992 that require the toy guns to include an orange tip on the nozzle, police said."

"More alarming to authorities, the toys are being sold throughout the county -- and officials cannot do anything about it."

"Miami Mayor Manny Diaz joined county prosecutors and police officials Wednesday to warn parents about the fake guns and to urge legislators to take action." ...
 

MA: DeOliveira implicates police chief
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"The attorney for a police officer suspended without pay since March for his role in a brawl with another officer while both were off-duty, now claims Police Chief Raymond O'Berg is obstructing justice and interfering with a witness."

"Daniel J. McColgan filed motions implicating O'Berg in Taunton District Court Monday on behalf of David DeOliveira - the police officer charged with assault and battery ... following a fight with Sgt. Kevin Medas." ...

"McColgan claims that the chief ordered patrolman Helvio Silveira not to speak with anyone regarding an apparent incident in which Medas struck him. The lawyer also says clerk Mary Lou McLaughlin witnessed Medas hitting Silveira, but has refused to speak with the defense." ...
 

VA: Questions raised about Richmond Police training
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"Court documents raise new questions about training procedures at the Richmond Police Department. And now, the NAACP wants more federal scrutiny of officers involved shootings in the city." ...

"The family of Verlon Johnson is still waiting for a court date in their civil suit against former Richmond Police Sergeant David Melvin."

"Their lawyer, Steven Benjamin, claims Johnson's death at Melvin's hands in 2002 is part of a larger problem."

"'What this department has done for years now is graduate folks from the police academy, give them a high powered weapon and send them out to the streets with no training on how to keep themselves or other citizens safe,' says Benjamin." ...
 

Philippines: PNP fails to trace owner of guns seized in Rizal raid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) yesterday said it failed to trace the ownership of the guns seized at the rented house of former National Bureau of Investigation handwriting expert and chief document examiner Segundo Tabayoyong in an early morning raid ... staged last week in San Mateo town, Rizal."

"Police Supt. Wilben Mayor ... said his department found that the .38 caliber revolver and the .9 mm pistol seized from the rented room of Tabayoyong were not registered with the PNP Firearms and Explosives Division."

"The alleged failure of the police to trace the owner of the weapons bolstered suspicions that they were 'planted.'" ...
 

WA: Complaints prompt study of Everett gun range
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"About 6 p.m. Tuesday, Penny Peters, 52, stood in her living room, her fingers pressed to her temples, her face flushed, eyes shut tight."

"'I'm pretty shaky right now,' she said as the sound of gunfire popped around her. 'It's just been constant all day.'"

"Several hundred feet away, just beyond a narrow swath of forest and downhill from Penny Peters' Federal Avenue home, Everett police officers were aiming handguns, rifles and other weapons at paper adversaries at the city's outdoor police gun range." ...

"Home buyers were warned about the range when they purchased homes in the Forest Preserve, city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said." ...
 

TX: Gun malfunction can be prevented
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"These are not the words an outdoors person wants to hear."

"'It's kind of upsetting to go out on opening day of dove season and the shotgun malfunctions,' said Derek Allison of Sportsman Guns and Ammo in Conroe."

"That's the understatement of the year. But unfortunately it happens regularly. Many sports people have not serviced their equipment after the end of last year's hunting season." ...
 

Canada: Teen shoots for U.S. college
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"Jessica Hornby of St. Thomas had her sights on a U.S. college scholarship ever since she learned some universities have rifle teams."

"'A person from Collegiate Sports of America (a placement agency) called because he'd seen stories written about me,' the 18-year-old, who started classes and rifle practice last week, said from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. 'I didn't know about shooting scholarships. I know now there are 30 universities or more in the U.S. with rifle teams. There are none in Canada.'" ...
 

WY: Youth challenge tests young hunters
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"Young hunters get a chance to showcase their skills at the sixth annual Wyoming Youth Hunter Education Challenge on Sept. 10 at the Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo in Casper."

"The competition for young hunters 12- to 18-years-old consists of .22 rifle and shotgun marksmanship, written and hands-on tests of firearms safety, and wildlife identification." ...
 

NM: Shoot 'em up cowboys
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"Cowboys mounted on their horses watching the action in the Belen Horseman's Arena looks like any other equine event held at the Valencia County Fairgrounds."

"The only difference from a typical weekend at the arena is that these cowboys, attired in authentic Old West clothing, are wearing fire arms."

"No, it's not a lynching gang waiting for the judge's verdict, or a posse looking for an outlaw. It's a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association sanctioned event hosted by the Rio Grande Mounted Rustlers."

"The guns are actually .45 caliber single action revolvers, replicas of those from the late-1800s, loaded with black powder blank cartridges." ...
 

KY: 16,000 applicants, 100 elk tag winners
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"One hundred hunters, including 10 from Jefferson County and 10 from out of state, were drawn at random Friday for Kentucky elk tags for the 2005 season. More than 16,000 people registered for the drawing, nearly twice as many as last year."

"The response, along with the approximately $160,000 generated by the $10 application fee, delighted officials of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources."

"'We're glad to see more people participated in the draw this year and hope applicants continue increasing as more permits are made available for future seasons,' commissioner Jon Gassett said. 'The funds from the sale of application permits are very important in the ongoing research and management of Kentucky's elk herd.'" ...
 

AR: Regulators bring wild west flavor to area
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"Walking into the Flint Hill Range south of Salem is like going back in time to the mid-1800s."

"This is where a local group of folks, the South Fork River Regulators, congregate. The organization was the idea of Salem resident Butch Blair in 2000. The group has grown in five years from 10 members to 30."

"The name Regulators is as much out of the Old West as the group’s guns. Organization president Randy Robinson said in the Old West the term regulator was used by many organizations, including cattle associations, regarding laws in new territories and the upkeep of those laws." ...
 

IN: State of the Art Shooting Range Opens
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"J. Edward Roush Lake opening its new state-of-the-art shooting range today at 10:00 a.m. as DNR Director Kyle Hupfer helped 10-year-old P.J. Felton of Huntington County shoot the first official shot on the facilities' 50 yard range. Felton hit the target."

"'With 33 stations for shooting rifle and pistol, accessible restrooms and a voice-activated trap range that can accommodate four shooters, this new shooting range is sure to draw marksmen from miles around,' said Director Hupfer. 'We're delighted to be able to offer this state-of-the-art facility to our fellow Hoosiers.'"

"A partnership between the DNR, Roush Lake and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Assistance program led to construction of the facility." ...
 

CO: Wildlife officials: Don't blame bear problems on lack of hunt
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"An increase in the number of encounters between black bears and humans in recent years in places like Aspen has got some observers contending the problem exists because a spring hunt was eliminated."

"State wildlife officers claim that is nonsense. They say hunters are killing more bears now, when hunting is limited to fall, than they ever killed when hunting was allowed in both spring and fall."

"Colorado voters eliminated the spring hunt in a 1992 election. The ballot issue championed by animal rights' advocates also banned the use of bait and dogs to hunt bears." ...
 

South Africa: New gun law chaos
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"No new firearm licences have been issued in the Western Cape since the new Firearms Control Act came into effect."

"And experts believe that at the rate that renewals are now being handled, it will take literally thousands of years to complete the process." ...

"'According to the South African arms register, more than 40 000 arms licences have to be renewed this year. The province also has only 34 accredited trainers,' [The police's Phuti Setati] said."

"The opinion of firearm owners in the Western Cape about the drama caused by the new act was that the whole process was a circus and a blatant attempt to disarm South Africans." ...
 

India: Gun trade booms in panchayat [village council] polls
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"Illegal arms manufacturers are doing booming business in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, known for gangster politics, as more than 50,000 villages hold their panchayat elections."

"Police in Kanpur have seized several country-made revolvers from an illegal gun-manufacturing unit."

"Gun makers said the demand has gone up drastically and their guns were selling at a premium."

"'We are approached by politicians of several parties. They ask for these pistols as this is election time,' ... a gun maker, said."

"Uttar Pradesh, which contributes the maximum number of lawmakers to the parliament, is the country's most politically sensitive. Local mafia often use unlicensed weapons to threaten voters and rig elections." ...
 

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