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Jury Clears Gun Maker in Accidental Shooting
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An Alameda County Superior Court jury yesterday found that firearm manufacturer Beretta U.S.A. Corp. was not responsible for the tragic 1994 accidental shooting death of a 14-year-old boy. Kenzo Dix was killed when his friend played with a firearm that was left loaded and unlocked by an irresponsible parent. The jury deliberated only five hours before returning a verdict in favor of Beretta U.S.A. Corp., finding the pistol's design did not cause the accident."

"This was the third time the case had been tried. The lawsuit was filed in 1995 on behalf of the parents of Dix by lawyers from Handgun Control Inc. ..."
 

Safe storage gun laws cut teen suicide rates -study
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"Laws passed by 18 U.S. states requiring guns to be safely stored away from children have reduced the rate of teenage suicides, researchers said on Tuesday."

"The child access prevention laws implemented since 1989 may have prevented more than 300 suicides among 14- to 17-year-olds through 2001, according to the study by Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore."

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"may have prevented" -- translated that means, we have found no direct causative link, but what the hell!
 

Misleading Gun Facts
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"First, and most telling, the reader told me 'there’s only one statistic that needs to be addressed,' that being that there are more guns in the US than in Japan, and more gun deaths in the US than in Japan. This kind of thinking makes one’s mind ripe for takeover by such hucksters as Michael Moore. There is never only one statistic that needs to be addressed."

"For example, there’s just one statistic that will tell you the US has both the world’s highest per-capita incidence of osteoporosis and the world’s highest per-capita intake of calcium. This one statistic would tell a naïve reader that calcium causes osteoporosis. Our doctors believe just the opposite, and they prescribe calcium to treat osteoporosis. ..."
 

Reject gun foes' efforts 'to violate federal law'
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"Once again, shameless gun-ban extremists are using the specter of terrorism to promote their anti-gun agenda. The gun-ban lobby and numerous anti-gun editorialists have all launched a coordinated attack on Attorney General John Ashcroft. This time, they object to him obeying the law."

"Specifically, Ashcroft's Department of Justice has stated that the records generated by the National Instant Check System that do not result in an individual being denied the ability to purchase a firearm cannot be used for anything other than what the Brady Act— which established NICS — allows."
 

Too quick on the trigger
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"The gun extremists always ask why authorities don't enforce the firearms laws already on the books. It's a good question that ought to be directed to their patron saint, Attorney General John Ashcroft."

"As a result of Ashcroft's policy of keeping Brady Act background check records for only 24 hours, a new Justice Department review found that corrupt gun dealers had an easier time doctoring transactions and selling weapons to convicted felons. More than 7,000 people who should not have been able to buy guns did so anyway in 2002 and 2003, according to the review."

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Never mind that 97 percent of this relatively tiny number were retrieved with no harm done, and no evidence indicates that these guns were used in crimes.
 

Bush playing both sides on assault ban
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... "The endangered statute is designed to help stem the senseless arms race that has had grisly consequences for thousands of innocent victims. That is why it is endorsed by scores of law enforcement organizations as well as trauma surgeons who deal on a daily basis with the damage done by these firearms." ...

"I noticed that this is written in the present tense, i.e., law enforcement officers and trauma surgeons are today, now, dealing with 'the damage done by these firearms.' "

"If doctors and law enforcement officers are indeed dealing with this, how can anyone believe that the ban is working in the first place? ..."
 

Demand that President Bush and Congress Act to Ban Assault Weapons (JTO)
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"Last week at the Democratic National Convention, Representative Carolyn McCarthy, the lead House sponsor of the assault weapons ban renewal, proclaimed: 'If you care about gun violence, about our children, about our police officers on the front lines every day...if you believe...that military style assault weapons do not belong on our streets or in our neighborhoods...Then I ask you to call the White House...Call the Speaker of the House of Representatives and demand -- DEMAND -- that Congress serve the American people and vote to extend this ban before September 13th.' "
 

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (NRA)
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"In 1903, the War Department Appropriations Bill authorized the establishment of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice as well as the National Rifle and Pistol Trophy Matches, a concept strongly supported by President Theodore Roosevelt, an avid rifle shooter. The measure provided a great boost to civilian marksmanship training, an effort begun a generation earlier by the National Rifle Association."

"...All funds collected by the Corporation may be used only to support the official functions of the CMP. The DCM is a civilian employed by the Board of Directors and is the chief administrative officer for the daily operations of the CMP."
 

U.S. Army Shooters Set Sights on Olympic Gold
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"The U.S. Army is sending a team of elite sharpshooters into battle this summer."

"Their sights, however, won't be trained on suicide bombers, rogue snipers or other threats commonly faced by American troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and hot spots around the world."

"These soldiers are gunning for gold."

"Eight members of the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia, will be wearing the U.S. colors when the Olympic Games begin next week in Greece. They will compete in the rifle, skeet, trap and pistol shooting events."
 

Army working on rifle to replace M-16
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"The U.S. Army’s pursuit of a weapon to replace the aging M-16 rifle is still on track despite a failed congressional attempt to pump nearly $26 million into the federal budget for manufacturing the weapon in 2005."

"Military and legislative officials said last week that development and testing of the new XM8 assault rifle will resume later this month and run through December."
 

Pentagon Looks to Directed-Energy Weapons
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More "humane" devices to make you submit without killing you.

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"A few months from now, Peter Anthony Schlesinger hopes to zap a laser beam at a couple of chickens or other animals in a cage a few dozen yards away. If all goes as planned, the chickens will be frozen in mid-cluck, their leg and wing muscles paralyzed by an electrical charge created by the beam, even as their heart and lungs function normally."

"Among those most interested in the outcome will be officials at the Pentagon, who helped fund Schlesinger's work and are looking at this type of device to do a lot more than just zap the cluck out of a chicken."
 

Insight Technology wins $25M night vision gun sight contract
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Insight Technology Inc. of Londonderry, N.H., has been awarded a $25 million contract for 4,165 Thermal Clip-On Night Vision Devices (CNVD-T) and associated data.

The CNVD-T is a small, lightweight thermal weapon sight that can be positioned in front of weapons-mounted day optical sights. The CNVD-T allows Special Operations Force operators to change from day to night or obscured visibility without having to align a new device to the weapon.

The contract, awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, is expected to be completed by August 2009.

Last month Insight was awarded a $1 million contract by the Army for weapon-mounted laser sights.
 

NY: ATK Wins $3.4 Million Contract to Supply New York City Police Department With Ammunition
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"ATK has received a $3.4 million, three-year contract to supply the 38,000-member New York City Police Department (NYPD) with 38 Special Gold Dot Hollow Point ammunition. With this new contract, ATK now provides the NYPD with nearly very round of ammunition it will use in pistols, rifles, and shotguns."

"Mark DeYoung, group vice president, Ammunition and Related Products, said ATK is proud to supply the nation's law enforcement agencies with the ammunition they need to protect our citizens."
 

CA: Man says he didn't mean to board plane with gun, knife
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"A man pleaded not guilty Monday to knowingly attempting to board a plane with a loaded handgun, folding knife, and 10 syringes in his carry-on bag."

"Ali Reza Khatami, 65, was arrested June 24 when the .38-caliber pistol and 3.5-inch knife were found during a security screening, Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Staples said. He had been preparing to board a United Airlines flight to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C."

"Defense attorney Ben Wasserman said at Khatami's bail hearing last month that his client had forgotten he was carrying the weapons. He said his client was on his way to Virginia to sell some property."
 

FL: "Free" Gunlocks for Floridians
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"The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants to make sure your family is safe from gun accidents. It's giving out hundreds of thousands of free gunlocks as part of a push for safety in the Sunshine State."

"The Commission has been offering the locks since April. Ten-thousand were initially slated for Florida. FWC officials tell First Coast News several thousand are still available for the Northeast parts of the state."
 

VA: Arrests for guns rallying rivals
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"The erroneous arrest of two college students who were legally carrying guns in holsters in Fairfax County has galvanized Virginia's pro-gun lobby and gun-control activists."

"The Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun group, said it has drawn more than $600 in unsolicited donations, including $5 from a Marine lieutenant serving in Iraq, in response to the June 14 arrest." ...

"Virginia Citizens Defense League also recruited nearly 50 new members at a weekend gun show in Fairfax County. The show was the first for the county in decades and the first since the General Assembly shortened the local waiting period to purchase from gun shows. The show brought gun enthusiasts from all over the country."
 

OH: Representing the strength of sportsmen
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"While many of you are enjoying the woods or waters this year, know that many of us in the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus are working to protect sportsmen's interests in the halls of Congress. We have successfully fought against efforts by the federal government to dictate how states should manage their wildlife programs, promoted programs to recapture sportsmen-generated funding for conservation programs and strongly opposed those who have sought to take away your Second Amendment rights."

"Rest assured that as your Representative, I will continue supporting these interests in the future as well."
 

South Africa: Tragic incidents show S. Africa must reduce guns in circulation
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"The antigun lobby used the frightful scenario of a father mistakenly shooting his daughter to underscore its point that South Africans simply revert to guns too easily -- that it is symptomatic of a gun-crazy society." ...

"What nobody can argue against is the urgent need for South African society to drastically reduce the number of arms it has in circulation, legal and illegal."

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Sure they can. Since you admit that "The country has an estimated 4 million unlicensed guns. These are mostly in the hands of criminals who use them in hijackings, robberies, gang warfare and such, routinely with dire results for their victims ..." it would be insane to disarm the law abiding as a crime reducing measure.
 

Australia: Top detective killed himself
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"THE Sydney detective who brought serial killer Ivan Milat to justice shot himself dead at the New South Wales police headquarters yesterday."

"Detective Sergeant Steve Leach, described by colleagues as one of the service's finest, walked into the weapons storeroom of the building, selected a gun and shot himself in the head."

"The body of the married father-of-two was discovered by colleagues slumped on the floor shortly before noon. The motive for his suicide was not clear last night and colleagues said the 51-year-old had no apparent problems."
 

CA: Gun safety promoted; firearm lock kits at police station, annex
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"BARSTOW -- The Barstow Police Department hopes to make the city safer for children one gun lock at a time."

"On Friday, it began distributing free firearm safety kits through a partnership with Project Childsafe, a national firearms safety education program, according to a report."

"The safety kits include a cable-style gun lock and a safety brochure. Two types of locks are available to fit any size firearm, from handguns to shotguns, Lt. Rich Harpole said."
 

CO: Brush Airport may see shooting ban
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"Brush City Council dodged a bullet Monday night as it agreed to ban shooting of any kind at Brush Municipal Airport."

"...the council narrowed its concerns to a single point during a work session -- guns."

"While state law does not prohibit the discharge of weapons at the airport, council contends it does have the right to establish rules of conduct on city property. And, while some council members didn't see any harm in the skydivers using their down time to practice skeet and trap shooting, others thought it set a dangerous precedent and was not in keeping with the family atmosphere of the airport."
 

ME: Maine Needs Restrictions on Guns (Reader Response)
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"It appears that Ms. Grape is under the impression that the federal assault weapons ban reduces domestic violence in Maine. Although she lists numerous shootings (a couple of which were domestic but most were not, and some were just firing a gun with no victim) including an all-encompassing 153 incidents in one paragraph, I can not find any reference in her editorial where an assault weapon was used in any domestic incident in Maine whatsoever." ...

"While it is true that a growing number of police chiefs are signing on to support the ban, it must be noted that most hold political administrative positions. Officers in the field generally oppose the ban. ..."
 

UK: Officer in an elite Scotland Yard protection unit shot herself dead with her own gun
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"Pc Amoreena Adams, 32, of the diplomatic protection squad, was found dead in a boiler room at the Territorial Policing Headquarters on Victoria Embankment."

"She had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and a 9mm Glock pistol was found by her side."

"An investigation is under way into how the officer, who was suffering from depression, came to be posted to work at the armoury where the guns and ammunition are stored when not in use. ..."
 

South Africa: 30 880 gun licence requests in backlog
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"A committee has been created to deal with a backlog of 28 017 firearm licence applications of persons outstanding for less than six months, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said on Monday."

"Replying to a written question from the Democratic Alliance (DA), he said a further 2865 firearm licence applications of individuals were outstanding for more than six months."
 

UK: Detectives appeal to father of young bride
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"DETECTIVES have made a direct appeal to the father of a young bride to contact them as the prime suspect in their murder inquiry."

"Chanel Taylor was shot in the head at her home in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, last Friday, and her father has not been seen since." ...

"The murder weapon, a shotgun, has not been found by police, who have concentrated their search for Mr Rodgers in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas in the east Midlands."
 

UK: Man Remanded on Pub Gun Murder Charge
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"A 36-year-old man appeared in court today charged with the murder of a pensioner who was shot as he enjoyed a pint in his local pub."

"Robert Fox appeared before Judge David Hodson, The Recorder of Newcastle, charged with murdering 72-year-old Fred Fowler at the Tap and Barrel in the Hendon area of Sunderland."

"He also faces related charges of possessing a .38 calibre handgun with intent to commit an indictable offence, possessing a .38 calibre handgun with intent to endanger life and possessing a .38 calibre handgun without a certificate."

"Fox, of Rotherham Road, Sunderland, is also charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life in a separate incident in March this year."
 

TX: Campus Assault Investigated
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"UTA police are investigating an alleged sexual assault on campus. It happened last week in a public restroom on the third floor of Pickard hall."

"Some of the female students we spoke with said they're now more aware of their surroundings. But off campus some are going a step further and are arming themselves with stun guns."
 

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