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NM: Shooting was first under concealed carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A fatal shooting at an Albuquerque Wal-Mart last week was the state's first by someone with a concealed-carry gun permit, authorities said."

"Police said Felix Vigil was attacking his ex-wife with a knife near the store's deli counter where she worked when an armed customer intervened and shot him. The woman, Joyce Cordova, was treated for multiple stab wounds and later released from an Albuquerque hospital."

"The armed customer, 72-year-old Due Moore, was interviewed after the shooting last Thursday and released." ...

"Moore's fatal shot was the first fired by someone with a permit ... The state has issued more than 3,100 permits since the gun law went into effect Jan. 1, 2004." ...
 

NJ: Store owner shoots thief in legs
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A township liquor store owner hid inside in the darkness early yesterday and confronted a brazen burglar, hitting him with pepper spray, then shooting him in the legs."

"Though the suspect, Patrick Falcey, managed to escape from Sherwood Liquor Fair at Spruce Street and Arctic Avenue, police later surrounded his house in Trenton and he surrendered." ...
 

WV: W.Va. man not guilty in slaying
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"Three years, four months, 18 days and about an hour later, John W. Jenkins Jr. lifted his eyes skyward, then closed them after a court clerk read aloud these two words: 'Not guilty.'"

"A Berkeley County jury of nine women and three men deliberated for less than two hours Tuesday before acquitting Jenkins in the shooting death of his second cousin, Steven Cole, 37, of Martinsburg, on April 12, 2002." ...

"Jenkins has maintained he shot Cole in self-defense after Cole pulled a gun on him and fired one bullet toward him." ...
 

CA: Rohnert Park Resident Shoots Neighbor's Pit Bull In Self-Defense
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"The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety reports that a 43-year-old resident shot a neighbor's pit bull in self-defense Tuesday evening after the dog jumped his fence and charged him."

"... the victim was waiting outside for the authorities regarding a report he had made of the animal roaming the streets and bothering neighbors."

"Before the police arrived, the dog jumped a 3-foot fence that enclosed the victim's lawn and charged toward him."

"The victim, John James, then fired a shot from his .41-caliber revolver, but the dog continued to run toward him so he fired a second shot." ...

"Police report that no criminal charges are being considered against James because ... he acted in self-defense." ...
 

IL: Illinois Gun Controllers Sideline Would Be Heroes (ISRA)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A female employee of a New Mexico Wal-Mart is lucky to be alive today after suffering a savage beating and stabbing at the hands of her psychotic ex-husband. Authorities believe that, had it not been for the heroic efforts of a shopper at the store, the 46-year-old woman would be dead."

"Upon witnessing the attack in progress, a 72-year-old man with a valid New Mexico concealed carry permit open fired on the woman's attacker -- killing him."

"The ISRA reminds the citizens of Illinois that such a scenario could not take place in Illinois. Under current Illinois law, it is illegal for law-abiding citizens to carry defensive firearms. ..." ...
 

TX: HB 823 Clarifies Right to Carry Handgun in Vehicle
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... "HB 823 provides for a legal presumption in favor of citizens that they are travelers if they are in a private vehicle with a handgun that is not in plain view, they are not otherwise engaged in unlawful activity nor otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, and they are not a member of a criminal street gang."

"In plain terms, a law-abiding person should not fear arrest if they are transporting a concealed pistol in a motor vehicle. There is no longer the need for a law enforcement officer to apply a subjective definition of what constitutes 'traveling' where the citizen is cloaked with the presumption per the terms of the new statute. Under those circumstances the citizen should be allowed to proceed on their way." ...
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Submitter's Note: Someone should forward this to Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal whose jurisdiction includes Houston.
 

VA: Kilgore promotes friendliness toward gun owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Jerry Kilgore fired no weapons on Tuesday while promoting himself as a champion of gun owners' rights."

"Instead, the unarmed Republican nominee for governor surrounded himself with GOP lawmakers and a National Rifle Association official to announce the formation of a 'Sportsmen for Kilgore' committee that will handle that task for him." ...
 

LA: Mayor: Katrina May Have Killed Thousands
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... "Police officers were asking residents to give up any guns they had before they boarded buses and trucks because police desperately needed the firepower: Some officers who had been stranded on the roof of a motel said they were being shot at overnight." ...
 

LA: Looters leave nothing behind in storm’s wake -- Police officers seen joining in on free-for-all
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"Law enforcement efforts to contain the emergency left by Katrina slipped into chaos in parts of New Orleans Tuesday -- with some police officers and firefighters even joining looters in picking stores clean."

"At the Wal-Mart on Tchoupitoulas Street, an initial effort to hand out provisions to stranded citizens quickly disintegrated into mass looting." ...

"Some officers joined in taking whatever they could, including one New Orleans cop who loaded a shopping cart with a compact computer and a 27-inch flat screen television." ...
 

LA: City a Woeful Scene
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... "In Uptown, one the few areas that remained dry, a bearded man patrolled Oak Street near the boarded-up Maple Leaf Bar, a sawed-off shotgun slung over his shoulder. The owners of a hardware store sat in folding chairs, pistols at the ready."

"Uptown resident Keith Williams started his own security patrol, driving around in his Ford pickup with his newly purchased handgun. Earlier in the day, Williams said he had seen the body of a gunshot victim near the corner of Leonidas and Hickory streets."

"'What I want to know is why we don’t have paratroopers with machine guns on every street,' Williams said."

"Like-minded Art Depodesta sat on the edge of a picnic table outside Cooter Brown’s Bar, a chrome shotgun at his side loaded with red shells."

"'They broke into the Shell station across the street,' he said. 'I walked over with my 12-gauge and shot a couple into the air.'" ...
 

LA: New Orleans chaotic, Texas to get Katrina refugees
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... "The U.S. military was sending a hospital ship and two helicopter-carriers to assist two other Navy ships already conducting rescues in the area. Governors of the afflicted states mobilized 8,000 National Guard troops."

"Amid the looting, gun-toting citizens took to the streets in some areas to try to restore order. A store owner had put up a sign reading: 'You loot, I shoot.'" [emphasis added]

"Police said there were dozens of carjackings overnight, by desperate survivors trying to leave town or obtain supplies. Somebody fired at a rescue helicopter Tuesday night, forcing its crew to abandon efforts to evacuate patients from a hospital, a state official said." ...
 

Osan officer charged in bribery scandal fined for illegal arms
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"The U.S. Air Force lieutenant facing court-martial in an alleged shake-down of bars outside Osan Air Base has been convicted on weapons charges by a South Korean court and fined almost $5,000, the U.S. military command in Seoul disclosed Tuesday."

"South Korean prosecutors in Pyeongtaek indicted 1st Lt. Jason D. Davis on July 1 on a charge of illegally possessing firearms. A judge later entered a summary judgment fining him 5 million Korean won (about $4,800) ..." ...

"The Air Force charged Davis on May 13 with bribery, extortion, rape, assault, larceny, adultery, violations of regulations and lawful orders, willful dereliction of duty, making false official statements and conduct unbecoming an officer." ...
 

NY: Nassau County judge charged in mob money laundering scheme
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"A colorful Nassau County judge conspired with mobsters to launder cash through his re-election campaign, boasting to an undercover FBI agent about his experience trafficking hot cars, cigarettes, gas and stolen diamonds, federal prosecutors charged Tuesday." ...

"Gross, formerly a private attorney, was elected as a District Court judge in 1999 and had been running for a second term on the Democratic ticket. His Web site describes him as 'Our Law & Order Judge,' and he wore gavel cufflinks to his arraignment, at which he surrendered his passport and a pistol permit." [emphasis added] ...
 

GA: Former Savannah policeman plans to represent himself at trial
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"Former Savannah policeman Albert Luther Jeffcoat plans to represent himself during a sexual assault trial that could start next week." ...

"Jeffcoat is charged with assaulting a woman with whom he had an estranged relationship during a visit to her home near Rincon on Nov. 22. During the visit, Jeffcoat reportedly became violent and held the woman against her will for several hours."

"The woman said Jeffcoat restrained her with handcuffs, pointed a loaded pistol at her, sprayed her with mace and sexually assaulted her repeatedly. She said Jeffcoat forced her to leave her house in his pickup truck and then drove to locations around Effingham." ...
 

TX: MPD officer resigns amid criminal charge
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"Jessie Ortiz, a Midland police officer arrested Sunday for allegedly striking a woman and firing his department-issued pistol to threaten her life, resigned Tuesday, police said."

"'This concludes the department's administrative investigation into the issue,' Police Chief John Urby said of the man's resignation." ...

"Midland County deputies arrested Ortiz, 34, early Sunday for allegedly striking the woman in the legs and buttocks during an argument after returning from drinking a club. Ortiz is charged with aggravated assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury."

"Ortiz is also accused of firing his police gun into a bedroom wall and threatening to kill the woman, according to a Midland County affidavit. ...
 

MA: Cop's gun stolen at house party
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"A handgun belonging to a Newton police officer was reportedly stolen from his West Roxbury home while the patrolman's son was throwing a house party last month."

"Newton police say the officer will not be punished for the incident because they believe his Glock semi-automatic pistol had been properly secured at the time."

"Boston Police spokesman Michael McCarthy confirmed that on July 22, the Newton officer's 18-year-old son held a party that was crashed by 10 unidentified teens, three of whom managed to find the officer's gun in a front hall closet."

"Newton police confirmed the weapon was stolen ..."

"'It's still under investigation,' said Boston Police Capt. John E. Kervin." ...
 

India: Cop arrested for sexual abuse of daughter
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Buxar district police arrested an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Ranglal posted with the Harijan police station in Begusarai district following a complaint that he sexually abused his daughter.

Police officials said on Wednesday that they have impounded Ranglal's service pistol and seized Rs 25,000 from him. Later he was sent jail.

His wife and daughter told police that he used to torture them following which they fled from his government quarter. But one of the daughters stayed back with him and was sexually abused by him for the last several years.
 

New Zealand: Police could be charged for carrying pistols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Delays in requalifying police staff to use Glock pistols has meant some Hawke's Bay officers could be charged if they carry one to an emergency callout."

"Not only would the police officer carrying the firearm face a charge but his supervisor would as well."

"One Napier officer, who did not want to be named, called the situation 'an administrative blunder' and said training for the required new firearms qualification had become 'bogged down.'"

"Officers still waiting to go through the process were effectively barred from using the pistols, although they were still able to pack a rifle." ...
 

UK: Police let down gun victims a second time
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"THE TWO shopgirls who waited 50 minutes for armed officers to arrive while their workplace was robbed by a pistol-wielding bandit have been left hanging on by the police...again!"

"... Chief Inspector Darren Martland made a public apology to the two girls after their terrifying ordeal – and promised to speak personally to the victims and their families."

"The pledge was made on August 10 but the young women still hadn’t heard a word 20 days later." ...

"The girls barricaded themselves in a back bathroom when the robber struck. They called 999 three times in total and had to wait FIFTY minutes before the SWAT team pulled up at the Threshers off-licence in Tytherington." ...
 

OH: Metal [toy] pistol lands boys in hot water
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"Some hospital employees had a few tense moments Monday when a young boy displayed what employees thought was a handgun." ...

"When police confronted the boys they said they had come into the hospital to get a drink of water and handed the officers the weapon, which turned out to be a metal cap gun with a 4-inch barrel."

"'It didn't have a red tip like toys do since it was a cap gun and was metal. Doing this is not funny,' Police Chief Ken Teets said."

"The boys denied waving the pistol or threatening anyone."

"Teets said the case has been turned over to Assistant Crawford County Prosecutor ..."

"Teets said he expected the boys to be charged with inducing panic in a public place. They were released to their parents." ...
 

MN: Teacher union files grievances over suspensions
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"The Fillmore Central School Board voted 7-0 to turn down two grievances ... The grievances revolve around the suspension of two teachers this past spring for violating the district’s weapons policy. ..."

"In the first grievance, Teacher #1 gave a student permission to bring a gun barrel to school for a demonstration for a speech assignment. ... The teacher was suspended for three days without pay and a letter of reprimand was placed in the personnel file of the teacher."

"In the second grievance, Teacher #2 gave a student permission to bring spent shell casings to school for an art project. ... Teacher #2 was suspended for two days without pay and a letter of reprimand was placed in the teacher’s personnel file. ..." ...
 

NY: Workers told Remington pension plan is underfunded
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Remington Arms Co. has sent a letter to its employees expressing concerns about 'significant' underfunding of its pension plan, which has employees concerned about how well their retirement savings are protected."

"The letter, sent by President and CEO Thomas Millner, states that 'the company is facing one of its biggest financial challenges of the past 25 years.'" ...
 

CA: Lawmakers send governor bill banning computer-assisted hunting
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"A bill banning Internet hunting, a practice the author called 'pay-for-view slaughter,' was sent to the governor's desk Monday by California lawmakers."

"The measure by Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Redondo Beach, was given final approval by the state Senate, which voted 27-5 to approve Assembly amendments to the bill."

"The bill would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine to use the Internet to hunt animals. The measure also would ban businesses that offer Internet hunting and prohibit the importation of animals killed via the Internet." ...
 

WI: Gun buyback will continue at new location
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A grass-roots gun buyback program that has collected more than 200 guns this summer will re-launch at a new location today."

"The program that had operated regularly at St. Timothy Community Baptist Church, 3701 N. Teutonia Ave., starting in late July, ended Aug. 19."

"It will re-open today at the 3rd District Community Justice Center, 1953 N. 34th St., and run for an additional two weeks thanks to additional donations, according to a news release from Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee." ...

"People can turn in handguns and sawed-off shotguns at the center between 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and receive payments ranging from $50 to $150."
 

USAMU service-rifle team dominates at national matches
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"Service-rifle shooters of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit of Fort Benning, Ga., might not have been shooting for Olympic gold medals, but they dominated at their 'Olympics': the National Highpower Rifle Matches."

"After conducting a rifle small-arms firing school July 30 to Aug. 1, the USAMU service-rifle team dominated this year’s national rifle championships, which were conducted at Camp Perry Aug. 2-15. The team then conducted a long-range firing school Aug. 16-17 before returning to Fort Benning." ...
 

MA: Why MIT Freshmen With Pistols Isn’t a Bad Thing
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"In the lower levels of the Du Pont Gymnasium, behind a door that stays locked much of the day, there’s a room you might not expect to find at MIT: a shooting range, home of the MIT Pistol team. Pistol has long been a part of MIT, with a successful history of competition on many levels."

"Last year, eight MIT pistol shooters bested the military academies at the National Rifle Association Intercollegiate Pistol Championship, beating Navy by four points to be crowned the best Pistol squad in the country. But that’s not the surprising part. What’s surprising is that seven of the eight competitors from MIT had never picked up a gun before setting foot on campus." ...
 

AK: Ex-UAF Shooter Emmons Wins Siver at World Cup
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"Former University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle All-American Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, NJ) won a silver medal in the three-position rifle, his first event at the World Cup Final in Munich on August 25th."

"Emmons, now a Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident athlete, shot a 1,175 qualifying round to enter the final in second, just behind Sergei Kovalenko, of Russia. Emmons then shot a 97.3 to clinch his place on the medal stand with a 1,272.3 total score. ..."

"The World Cup Final features the top-8 World Cup shooters from the current season (generally gold and silver World Cup medallists); the current Olympic Champions and the previous year’s World Cup Final gold medalists." ...
 

New Zealand: Howick shooter aiming for gold at Beijing Paralympics
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"Born with an arm deformity, Woolliams (above) has been a New Zealand judo champion, and is a national coach and now hopes to represent New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in sport pistol shooting."

"Such has been his remarkable progress since taking to the sport nine months ago, he won gold at this year’s Australian Games."

"'I just felt the need to do something for myself,' said Woolliams, who runs the Mind, Body & Soul gymnasium in Howick."

"'I’d done a bit of shooting for three years but nothing serious until I took to sport pistol. It’s an awesome sport, one half of which is precision shooting where you can take your time, and the other half dueling which is faster and more instinctive.'" ...
 

UK: Gunshots as man is pistol whipped in flat
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"POLICE are hunting two masked men who held a man at gunpoint after forcing their way into his flat."

"Operation Trident officers are investigating the incident on the Mayville Estate in Mildmay, Islington."

"Armed officers rushed to the scene after receiving a call from a 23-year-old woman, who lived in the flat and had escaped through a window with her small child."

"After forcing their way into the flat the gunmen pushed a 22-year-old man into the kitchen where he was pistol whipped."

"The masked men then approached another 23-year-old man in a separate room and fired a round of gunshots into the floor." ...
 

Canada: Youth funds, not tougher gun rules, needed, Cotler says
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"There are no plans to change sentencing rules for firearms crimes, federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said yesterday morning, on a day when the city recorded its 33rd gun-related homicide of the year."

"After a morning meeting with Mayor David Miller, Mr. Cotler acknowledged that Toronto has endured a violent summer, then he went on to praise the city's crime-prevention programs for youth." ...
 

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