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UK: On the case
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"Fingerprints could be obtained from fired cartridge casings or detonated grenades using a device capable of detecting electrochemical changes to metal - even after intense heat."

"As global terrorism spreads and UK gun crime increases, police and forensics teams are stepping up efforts to catch the perpetrators. But obtaining fingerprint samples from firearms cartridge cases or explosive devices after they have been fired or detonated is notoriously difficult, as the traces of fat, amino acids or proteins that the dusting powder detects have been burnt off or largely altered."

"Researchers at the University of Wales, Swansea, are investigating the use of a scanning Kelvin microprobe to detect the electrochemical changes made to metal surfaces when they come into contact with fingers."
 

U.S. Sen. Crapo defends his Patriot Act stance
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"U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo contends that the news media have not accurately portrayed his stand on search and seizure provisions in the Patriot Act." ...

"He said most people seem to have only a surface understanding of the act and its successor, Patriot Act II, which is pending before Congress. If members of the media and the public would take a closer look at the search and seizure provisions, he said, they would understand why the phrase 'sneak and peak' is not accurate."
 

Ashcroft Rocks: Summer "Patriot Act" Tour (humor)
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The John Ashcroft Summer "Patriot Act" Tour. Must see, must share, too funny.

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AZ: State taking larger chunk from paychecks
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"You might soon see changes in the amount of money taken out of your paycheck for state income taxes."

"A new law forces workers to have a higher percentage of state taxes withheld from their paychecks, even though many of those workers already overpay and get refunds."

"Don't panic; no one's taxes were raised. The total you owe at the end of the year will be the same, but the amount you pay on each paycheck could change."

"The change is aimed at keeping cash flowing into state coffers after federal taxes were cut. If lawmakers didn't bump up the state rates, which are based on federal ones, Arizona would have lost an estimated $14 million in cash flow in 2003..."
 

Liberties for lefties only
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"The state Assembly is poised to pass a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses."

"While they're at it, perhaps Assembly members can vote to erect signs at state borders and airports that say: 'Welcome, criminals.' "

"SB60, as passed by the state Senate, prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles from checking to see if California's newest drivers were ever convicted of murder or other violent crimes. SB60 also would make it illegal for the DMV to share fingerprints with American law enforcement agencies -- unless there's a warrant for a specific individual for a specific offense." ...
 

More prisoners, less crime
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"The plunge in serious crime is pervasive; it crosses racial, ethnic, and gender lines and shows up in every income group and region. But welcome as they are, the new data are only the latest extension of a downward trend that first appeared in the 1980s, not long after the nationwide crackdown on crime got underway. The dramatic drop in criminal activity followed an equally dramatic boom in prison construction and a sharp surge in incarceration rates. The conclusion is obvious: Stricter punishment has led to lower crime."

"But it isn't obvious to the Monitor. Marks's story makes no mention of prisons or prisoners. It claims that criminologists are actually 'quick to list the reasons' why crime should be going up, such as the soft economy, cuts in local government spending, and the diversion of police from walking neighborhood beats to guarding public facilities against terror."

"The only explanation Marks can offer for the continuing reduction in crime comes from Alfred Blumstein of Carnegie Mellon University, who speculates that post-9/11, Americans may be treating each other more considerately. 'The only thing I can think of,' Blumstein says, 'is some sense of cohesion that's emerging as a result of the terrorist threat.' "
 

NV: Inmates allege guards tossed firecracker in jail
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"Two guards might have had a blast staging a bizarre fireworks display inside the county jail, but the Metropolitan Police Department has a short fuse for such behavior."

"Police officials confirmed Wednesday that two corrections officers are under investigation for throwing at least one lighted firecracker into a jail cell on the weekend before Independence Day."

"Alan Hirjak, 32, and Christopher Brinkley, 29, remain on duty at the Clark County Detention Center while Internal Affairs Bureau detectives investigate the June 29 incident that led two inmates to file a complaint."
 

NJ: bounty hunters get to keep guns
Submitted by: Evan F. Nappen, Esq.
Website: http://www.evannappen.com/

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"Sidestepping deep debate over whether bounty hunters should be allowed to capture fugitives in New Jersey, an appeals court on Wednesday ruled that their right to carry a handgun on the job should continue to be granted on a case-by-case basis."

"The prelude to the ruling - eagerly awaited by fugitive recovery agents, the so-called bounty hunters - were decisions in 2002 by judges in Morris and Cumberland counties on whether five agents met the criteria of 'justifiable need' to carry a concealed weapon in picking up bail jumpers."
 

UK: Gun crime on rise
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"Gun crime in Ealing has rocketed this year despite London-wide attempts to crackdown on offences involving firearms."

"The borough has seen a steady increase in gun crime over the last year which has seen a tide of Home Office initiatives and Metropolitan Police attempts to reverse the trend."

"The number of crimes committed involving the use of firearms has gone up by a third over the same period compared to last year. According to official Metropolitan Police figures, 39 crimes involving firearms were recorded in Ealing for April to July last year. For the same period this year, 61 firearm offences have been already been recorded."
 

NV: Barbary Coast incident: Fine, damages paid in freezer shooting
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An FBI agent who fired his duty pistol into a Barbary Coast walk-in freezer while intoxicated has paid a $105 fine and thousands of dollars in damages to the Strip hotel to end the criminal case against him, officials said Wednesday.

Supervisory Agent John Hanson III, who remains under internal investigation by the FBI, paid Barbary Coast $12,507 on Aug. 8 for damages he caused when he fired his .45-caliber handgun into the freezer in May, court documents show.

Longtime observers of the local criminal justice system say Hanson, who was cited, but not arrested or jailed in connection with the shooting, received extremely favorable treatment from police and prosecutors compared to others who have committed similar crimes."
 

UK: Outrage as Nurses are mugged near hospital
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An attack on two nurses who were robbed at knifepoint after their shift at Southend Hospital today provoked outrage.

The women were walking along a popular short-cut which runs from Prittlewell Chase opposite the hospital to Fairfax Drive, Westcliff, when the two muggers struck.

One pulled a knife on the terrified pair, aged 28 and 34, who handed over their mobile phones and a bracelet.

They were left extremely shaken up by their ordeal. Police today urged the public to keep to well-lit streets at night as the hospital put out a warning to staff about the incident.
 

GOP wrong about Schwarzenegger; McClintock better
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"Its great white hope isn't quite catching on. Between his questionable choice of advisers (one a prominent Democrat who wants to scuttle Proposition 13) and his liberal views on a host of issues, ranging from abortion, gun control and gay marriage, to his support of new high-spending big government programs (i.e., Proposition 49), the Terminator is a hard pill for the hard core to swallow. And, if the polls are correct, they're not swallowing."

"The Los Angeles Times poll showed Schwarzenegger drawing only 39 percent of the Republican vote. This despite the fact he's a household name, a movie celebrity in a state where Hollywood is king, the massive media buildup prior to his announcement ('will he or won't he?'), and the subsequent Arnoldmania that has swept the state. Yet, fewer than four in 10 Republicans in California are biting."
 

UK: "Put away the guns"
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"The parents of murdered Greenhills toddler Alistair Grimason kick started their anti-gun campaign in East Kilbride."

"David and Ozlem Grimason are hoping that a petition signed by thousands of Scots will persuade the Turkish government to tighten the country's gun laws."

"The couple were backed by friends and close family including Ozlem's Turkish parents Tuncer and Gulay, at the campaign launch in the Plaza last Thursday."

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Not satisfied with the increased gun crime, increased violent victimization, and disarmed citizens being left at the mercy of armed thugs, these emotionalists want to force Turkey into the same miserable gun control failure that was implemented in the UK.
 

U.S. Regulators call off antitrust probe of gun industry
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"US regulators have holstered a three-year investigation targeting firearms makers, finding insufficient evidence they colluded to boycott Smith and Wesson Corp after it undertook gun-control measures scorned by the industry."

"The Federal Trade Commission will take no action against gun makers and distributors accused of engaging in an illegal, anti-competitive campaign to dissuade dealers from buying Smith and Wesson products, FTC spokeswoman Brenda Mack said Wednesday."
 

OH: A view of the future in Ohio?
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"It's doubtful that many who visit this site are given to thinking about what the anti-self-defense extremists will do with all their spare time after Ohioan's constitutional right to self-defense is restored."

"If the activities of a few extremists in Minnesota are any indication, they may decide to put themselves in a great deal of danger."
 

UK: Victims of stun gun attacker
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"Terrified shoppers saw a man armed with a stun gun go on the rampage, a court heard yesterday."

"Zahid Majeed, 24, lunged at one man outside a shop in Kings Park, Glasgow."

"He called victim Bernard Brennan a 'white racist b******' and hit him on the arm with the gun, the High Court in Glasgow heard." ...
 

TX: Former Deaf Smith County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested
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A former sheriffs deputy is in jail after being arrested by undercover federal agents.

Lubbock ATF agents arrested Steve Harrington in Hereford on Thursday. They say the former Deaf Smith County Deputy was trying to buy an unregistered machine gun from an undercover agent.

After the arrest, authorities searched Harrington's home and found several pipe bombs inside. The Amarillo bomb squad was called to remove the devices.

Harrington now faces several federal charges.
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Why don't these "agents" get arrested for illegal sale of unregistered machineguns?
 

UT: Judge favors University of Utah in gun dispute
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"The University of Utah can enforce its ban on guns on campus, a state judge ruled Friday."

"The university has long asserted its authority to ban guns toted by holders of concealed-weapons permits. But the school took the issue to court after Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff claimed it was violating state law that says only the Legislature can regulate guns."

"The university had claimed Shurtleff encouraged students to ignore the campus policy, though Shurtleff denied that." ...
 

IL: Where Did Killer Get Gun For Warehouse Slaughter?
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"Police today identified three previous owners of the gun used by Salvador Tapia when he killed six of his former co-workers in Chicago this week."

"Chicago police department spokesman Pat Camden said the original owner of the semiautomatic pistol sold it in 1994 to a Chicago police officer who is now dead. The gun was later sold to another Chicago police officer who died last year."

"Camden said the family of the second officer has no knowledge of the gun."

"Police are still trying to determine how Tapia -- who had a lengthy arrest record -- obtained the weapon."

"Tapia fatally shot six people at Windy City Core Supply before he was killed in a gun battle with police." ...
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These people who think a gun ban means you can't get a gun ought to ask "where do drug dealers get cocaine, marijuana, heroine and the rest of the banned drugs?" But that would require rational thought -- so they parrot boring mantras and pretend they have significance.
 

NM: 7th-Grader Arrested With Flare Gun At School
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"A seventh-grader at an Artesia school has been expelled after a flare gun was found in his backpack."

"...Principal Steve Markl said the plastic flare gun was found inside the boy's backpack. The flare gun was broken and had been taped and glued together."

"Sheriff's Capt. Eddie Carrasco said there was an ongoing dispute between the boys. It escalated Thursday when the boy with the flare gun poured milk over the other boy's head. Carrasco said the 13-year-old then told the other boy he had a flare gun and was going to shoot him with it. The student was arrested and charged with assault and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school property."
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The assault charge must be related to the deadly milk battle.
 

NJ: Gun Maker, Tech Inst. Sign Smart Gun Deal
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"Australian gun maker Metal Storm Ltd. and the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the United States said Friday they had signed an agreement to manufacture a 'smart gun' that can only be fired by its owner." ...

"The institute's vice president for research and development, Donald H. Sebastian, said Metal Storm's electronic handgun is 'the most viable option' for using its smart gun technology."

"He said the gun would meet standards under New Jersey laws passed last year which require smart gun technology to be used in all new handguns sold three years after the state attorney general determines a smart gun prototype is safe and commercially available." ...
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MI: Citizens given tour of new shooting facility
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"Several neighbors said last fall they were worried about stray bullets endangering their children and pets as well as gunfire disturbing their peace. Jamrog said Thursday the shooting range was built to avoid any danger to homes on Deerfield Road and Ogden Highway and reduce noise as much as possible."

"The range is located within a wooded area east of the prison complex, just inside the Palmyra Township border. Palmyra Township officials complained last fall they were not informed of plans to build a shooting range and threatened a lawsuit to impose township zoning restrictions." ...
 

UK: Toy gun prompts armed police swoop
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"A father and his son were confronted by armed police after a young boy was seen playing with a toy gun in a car."

"Kevin and Jason Price were ordered out of the car and onto their knees after police were told a weapon was seen pointing from the window."

"But in fact it was a £15 plastic ball bearing rifle bought for Mr. Price's seven-year-old son Connor, who was sitting in the back."

"Police have defended their actions, and say they have to treat reports of firearms seriously." ...
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There's one more British family who realizes why Real Americans will only give up their firearms bullets first.
 

WI: Measure would oppose concealed arms
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"Conceding they are on the defensive, opponents of a bill that would liberalize the carrying of concealed weapons launched a campaign Thursday that includes what might be a first-of-its-kind action by a city council."

"Backers of the bill, meanwhile, said they are certain it will pass the Legislature and be presented to Gov. Jim Doyle in October. They also said support will grow as people learn how so-called concealed-carry laws have existed in 44 states without causing gun violence." ...

"Racine Ald. Pete Karas, in announcing that the Racine Common Council is poised to approve his resolution opposing the so-called Personal Protection Act, agreed that the bill should easily pass the state Assembly and Senate." ...
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This so-called reporter prefers women being raped to rapists being shot. His name is Tom Kertscher. You can email him here: tkertscher@journalsentinel.com.
 

FBI Probes Lab in Okla. City Bombing
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"The FBI internal affairs office is investigating the crime lab's chief of scientific analysis about his conduct in the Oklahoma City bombing case, according to people familiar with the investigation."

"The Associated Press reported last spring that a transcript of a Justice Department interview showed that FBI scientific analysis unit chief Steven Burmeister initially had alleged in 1995 that his lab colleagues performed shoddy work in Timothy McVeigh's case, but then retracted several statements before appearing as a prosecution witness at the trial." ...
 

Philippines: Village cop charged with attempted murder
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"In his affidavit, Rodel claimed Masangcay allegedly woke him up from sleep around 3:30 a.m. May 2 asking him to go with him to the house of one Allan Reformina, an employee of Elenita Heights Subd. in Catalunan Grande, Davao City."

"Rodel further alleged that Masangcay ordered him to steal something from Reformina's house, but he refused."

"When they reached the area near the cemetery, Masangcay then allegedly aimed his gun at him and shot him in the stomach. When Rodel fell to the ground, Masangcay allegedly checked his pulse and spread mud on his face, taking him as dead before leaving." ...
 

NV: BARBARY COAST INCIDENT: Fine, damages paid in freezer shooting
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"An FBI agent who fired his duty pistol into a Barbary Coast walk-in freezer while intoxicated has paid a $105 fine and thousands of dollars in damages to the Strip hotel to end the criminal case against him, officials said Wednesday.
Longtime observers of the local criminal justice system say Hanson, who was cited, but not arrested or jailed in connection with the shooting, received extremely favorable treatment from police and prosecutors compared to others who have committed similar crimes." ...
 

UK: Air gun attack kills family pet
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"A Family cat died from horrific injuries after being peppered with pellets from an air gun in Tunbridge Wells." ...

"As the Kent and Sussex Courier went to press, vets had recovered nine pellets from four-year-old Dennis who belonged to the Markwick family of Great Brooms Road. They believed the shot to the cat's head disabled him enough to prevent him escaping the barrage of bullets." ...

"RSPCA spokeswoman Klare Kennet said the organisation had seen a rise in air and BB gun attacks. It was urging a change in the law to prevent children from owning them." ...
 

Canada: Residents take aim at curbing gun violence
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"As 23 Division police led an open forum Tuesday night to discuss with residents a plan to combat escalating levels of gun violence in Jamestown, two officers were - at that moment - responding to a gun call in the area."

"Residents, police and local politicians spoke about ways to take back their neighbourhood, from greater influence in the home to growing recreational opportunities for youth to encouraging witnesses to come forward to police or Crime Stoppers to report crimes." ...
 

WA: Former Bull's Eye Gun Shop Owners Sue ATF
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The two former owners of Bull's Eye Shooters Supply in Tacoma, Wash., are suing the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for revoking their license, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Aug. 27.

The gun store was found to be the source of the rifle used by the snipers in last fall's Washington, D.C.-area shootings. The ATF revoked the firearms license of Bull's Eye owners Brian Borgelt and Charles Carr after finding numerous record-keeping violations.

The lawsuit filed by Borgelt and Carr claims that the violations that led to the license revocation were not committed willfully.

The gun store remains open under new ownership.
 

Canada: Firearm buy-back program discussed
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"An advocacy group of Rexdale youth plans to approach the United Way for funding to launch a gun buy-back program to stem gun violence in the area."

"In recent weeks, police found a man shot to death execution-style in a Kipling Avenue high-rise. Rival drug factions exchanged more than 30 gunshots at a child's birthday party."

"Six Rexdale youths, who say they've all lost someone to violence, told reporters at Rexdale Community Health Centre Thursday an acceptance of guns among youths, in families, needs to be changed to set youth on a positive path."

"Youths as young as 14 own a handgun, they say."
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UK: Man, 85, stabbed to death 'having a go'
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More innocent blood on the hands of the gun-confiscators...This tough guy never had a fair chance thanks to "gun control"...
 

Australia: Bush killer boasted about gun's power
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"A gunman boasted of being able to shoot through police vests and car doors shortly before he murdered Senior-Sergeant Perry Irwin."

"Two teenagers say they stumbled across gunman Damien Coates at a bushland ambush site from where he later shot Snr-Sgt Irwin."

"Coates knew the teenagers and told them of his plans to shoot police and then himself."

"He was armed with a loaded rifle and had a cache of bullets beside him." ...
 

ME: U.S. attorney counters Patriot Act criticism
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"Maine's U.S. Attorney, Paula Silsby, was at the Bangor Public Library Thursday as part of a nationwide effort by the U.S. Department of Justice to educate the public about the U.S.A. Patriot Act."

"Since its passage in 2001, certain sections of the act have drawn mounting criticism from citizens worried that the act erodes civil liberties by allowing secret searches and enhanced surveillance of activities such as Internet use and library borrowing habits." ...

"Silsby [said] that the surveillance procedures contained within the act are bolstered by a strong system of checks and balances that prevent unilateral and arbitrary surveillance." ...
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This U.S. attorney's loyalty is obviously to her employer. How she can support "sneak and peek" searches -- where government employees enter and leave your home and do whatever they please while they are there -- and still think she's anything less than a traitor is truly amazing. Chalk it up to more cowardice, which seems to have a good, strong foothold in what's left of America.
 

NH: Patriot Act imperils nation, says rights official
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"Ebel said she doesn’t feel safer under the Patriot Act, or under any other measures taken since Sept. 11, for that matter. Rather, she said she believes that Americans’ First- and Fourth-Amendment rights have been torn to pieces in the wake of 9/11." ...

"She said that in Section 802, the Patriot Act defines domestic terrorism, stating that the term means activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of criminal laws; appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping; ..."
 

IL: Former Pekin Deputy Chief Gets Probation for Stealing Funds from Police Department
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"Former Pekin Deputy Chief Charles W. Bassett [was] sentenced to 30 months probation for official misconduct for stealing funds from the Pekin Police Department last year." ...

"Bassett, of 107 Salem Court, Pekin, was sentenced to 30 months probation, restitution of $1,876 plus any court costs and assessments, any counseling deemed fit by the probation department, payment of a probation fee of $25 per month and 100 hours of public service. He had already repaid $624 of the money he stole from the department."

"One of the terms of Bassett's probation is that he may not go into any gambling establishments. He must also surrender any weapons in his possession and is not allowed to have a firearm owner's identification card." ...
 

OR: Portland Police officer is suspended 5 1/2 months over "tactical decisions" in fatal shooting
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"The police officer who shot and killed Kendra James during a late-night traffic stop will be suspended without pay for 5 1/2 months because of the tactical decisions he made before the shooting." ...

"Chief Mark Kroeker said in the letter that although McCollister's shooting was within Portland Police Bureau guidelines and state law, his actions leading up to the shooting were tactically unsound." ...

"The chief identified McCollister's lack of tactical planning in deciding how to get James out of the car, his entering the car, the unholstering of his firearm inside the car and his failure to operate his pepper spray effectively as factors that led to his discipline." ...
 

FBI agent pays fine, damages in Vegas misdemeanor case (another report)
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"An FBI agent has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and paid restitution after he fired his gun into an empty walk-in freezer at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino, authorities said."

"Supervisory Agent John Hanson III told detectives he didn't remember firing his .45-caliber handgun into the freezer at the Barbary Coast, according to police reports."

"Special Agent Todd Palmer, a spokesman for the FBI office in Las Vegas, said Hanson had been drinking. The FBI is conducting an internal investigation of the May 15 incident, Palmer said." ...
 

Pilots Call on Bush to Speed Up Gun Training (JTO)
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"Angered that training to arm commercial pilots is moving too slowly, a coalition of pilot groups has requested that President Bush step in and order the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to move more quickly, the Washington Times reported Aug. 26."

" 'It's been almost two years since the attacks of September 11, and we have less than 150 pilots approved to carry a firearm,' said Capt. Bob Lambert, president of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance."

"Lambert said that at least 10,000 pilots should have been trained by now." ...
 

OR: Hunting weapons change in effect
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"It will be a different world for Oregon hunters this season."

"In a rule change signed Wednesday by Lindsay Ball, director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, all firearm and ammunition possession restrictions in the 2003 big game regulations have been suspended."

"That means bow hunters — who begin their season Saturday — can carry rifles, which could have led to a citation and fine before the rule change."

"Also, individuals without any hunting tag or license at all can be out in prime elk and deer country carrying a rifle. Before the rule change, they could have been cited for illegal hunting if they didn't have the appropriate license or tag." ...
 

Solomon Islands: Forces arrest senior cop
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HONIARA - A senior police officer linked to the Solomon Islands' June 2000 coup has been arrested as part of a drive to clean up the strife-torn Pacific nation's law enforcement.

James Kili was arrested on charges of assault, willful damage, intimidation and discharging a firearm in a public place.
The charges relate to offences committed between 2001 and 2002.

Kili, a superintendent with the Solomon Islands police force's special task and rescue division, had joined forces with the Malaita Eagle Force militia three years ago to overthrow the Solomons' elected government.

More charges against Kili were expected.
 

CA: Lesbian Judge guilty on DUI charges - other charges pending, including violent felony
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"A judge was found guilty Thursday of driving under the influence and acquitted of battery in a case stemming from an argument with her domestic partner."

"Superior Court Judge Diana R. Hall, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 19 and could face up to six months in prison..."

"Jurors deadlocked on a felony charge of destruction of a telephone during an attempt to call 911. The district attorney's office was deciding whether to retry Hall on that charge, which carries a maximum of three years in prison."

"A felony conviction automatically disqualifies a judge from the bench...."

"A total of six charges were filed against the judge after an incident in December with her former partner, Deidra Dykeman." ...
 

Who's the NRA?
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"The NRA supported candidate Bush - they campaigned for him -- they spent lots of their members' money in key districts. The NRA is responsible for Bush winning Michigan, and arguably other states, by converting union Democrats to Bush's camp to protect their gun rights. There were many people who voted for Bush simply because the 1994 ban will sunset on September 13th, 2004."

"Now, the group which was supposed to be 'working out of the White House' is turning a blind eye to the Neo Assault Weapons Ban. Go to the NRA's website. Look for information on it. You'll find it, but you'll have to wade through pro-Republican propaganda and relatively minor firearms legislation news."
 

Saving the 2nd Amendment: A National Effort
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"It was John Jacob Astor who coined the phrase, 'If you want something done right, do it yourself.' Putting the Second Amendment first must be a national priority at the household level. If you are not willing to do something to support your rights, why should your neighbor do anything either? If all of us were making the phone calls and putting the money where are liberties are, our Second Amendment rights would not be in such jeopardy. It is obvious, therefore, that many people are seeking comfort in the idea that someone else will send the postcard and someone else will write the check. But it isn't happening."
 

GOA Criticizes The Administration's Delay In Arming Pilots
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" 'Incredibly, the Bush administration seems to have taken a page out of the Gore playbook on this issue,' said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt. "At every point in the fight to arm pilots, Bush officials have dragged their feet, continually working against common-sense safety."

" 'It's been almost two years since 9-11, and yet our nation has fewer than 150 pilots who can defend their crews and passengers from terrorists,' Pratt said. 'If al-Qaeda makes good on its threat to hijack another plane, our only defense will be to send an F-16 fighter jet into the sky to blow it up.' "
 

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As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. — Justice William O. Douglas, US Supreme Court (1939-75)

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