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Shamaya: Who Gets Credit for Demise of Useless Gun Ban?
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... "So who gets the credit for this bad law going bye-bye? Lots of parties will take credit, of course. But who really deserves the credit? Who stopped this law from being renewed?" ...

"Now that the ban has sunset, it is vitally important to issue a few warnings for the good of society. Please help me spread the word on these urgent reminders:" ...
 

Victorious on Gun Ban, NRA Looks Toward Elections
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"With its battle to kill the decade-long U.S. ban on assault weapons won, the National Rifle Association is now setting its sights on the Nov. 2 presidential and congressional elections."

"The 10-year ban on importing or manufacturing certain military-style assault weapons expires on Monday because Congress never renewed it."

"While many decried its expiration and polls showed a majority of Americans supported the ban, few were ready to engage in a major fight with the NRA, the powerful gun lobby whose large financial war chest and committed 4-million membership has made it a political power for years."
 

Time running out on gun ban
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"When the federal assault-weapons ban dies Monday from congressional inaction, local gun enthusiasts will be ready to celebrate."

"But not Ran Chun, who sits in his small Park Village apartment where a picture hangs of his sister Ram."

"Chun knows there would be no federal assault-weapons ban in the first place were it not for her and the others who perished in the Cleveland School shooting on Jan. 17, 1989." ...

"And now, Ran Chun mourns not just the death of his sister, but the death of a law."

" 'I lost a sister, but that gun law was to help protect innocent people like us,' said Chun."

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But the gun law was worthless. It didn't stop Columbine, and it wouldn't have stopped the Cleveland school tragedy.
 

The Appeal of Semi-Automatic Weapons
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"As the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons is expected to expire Monday, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with John Monson, owner of Bill's Gun Shop and Range in Robbinsdale, Minn., about the appeal of semi-automatic guns."
 

Gun ban's end changes little
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"Area gun store owners don't expect crowds looking for assault weapons when the decade-old ban expires Monday."

" 'I think it's way blown out of proportion,' said Gregg Griffeth, 50, owner of Sportsman's Den in Shelby. 'Bill Clinton sold more assault weapons than any president in history by threatening to take them away from everybody.' " ...

"Tom Deeb, owner of Hi-Point Firearms in Mansfield, said he has no plans to make changes to the company's carbine rifle or offer high-capacity ammunition clips when the ban is lifted."

" 'We have never in our history made high-capacity clips and never will, not even for police departments... I'm the guy that designed the gun and I never intended it for high-capacity use.' "
 

Carl Hiassen: Bush, Kerry dodge assault weapons issue (A bigot's point of view)
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"Four years ago, candidate George W. Bush did something bold and out of character for a Texas Republican: He announced his support for the controversial federal ban on certain assault-style firearms."

" 'It makes no sense for assault weapons to be around our society,' Bush declared on the campaign trail."

"Since becoming president, Bush hasn't said much of anything on the subject. ..." ...

"John Kerry, who also supports the law, has been nearly as mute as the president on the issue. When it's a choice between protecting citizens or antagonizing the National Rifle Association, both candidates are content to dodge the gun lobby." ...

"Given the current redneck leadership of the U.S. House, the assault-weapons law stood zero chance of revival without some arm-twisting by the president." ...

"Consequently, any loon, gangster, zealot or one-man militia will soon be able to purchase an easily concealed, rapid-firing, short-barreled rifle with a silencer or a flame suppressor."

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Any other epithets this bigot would like to use against gun owners? Is he in the habit of using "uppity n*gger" or "money-grubbing k*ke" as well? Or does he save the unsavory vitriol to generalize an entire class of people that would like to exercise their Second Amendment rights in peace?
 

Fear of terrorists, but not of guns
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"Opinion polls reveal that most people, including law enforcement officers, support the assault weapons ban. Nevertheless, it is not surprising to those who study the gun-control issue that the ban has been allowed to die. Serious federal gun legislation in the past four decades - the Gun Control Act of 1968, the 1993 Brady Law and the 1994 assault weapons ban - has come only when Democrats control the presidency and both houses of Congress." ...

"Gun control that seriously increases the public's safety by reducing violence and ensuring that those using guns to commit violence get caught and convicted will only come about when our nation is ready to ban handguns, as is generally the case in Europe and Asia, and require the registration of all firearms. Public opinion polls over the past three decades show that Americans are not ready for the first of these essential control measures but have no problem with the second."

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Luckily this country is not run by opinion polls, eh? Otherwise that "gun control" that has placed the disarmed public at the mercy of armed criminals will continue destroying this country.
 

Ban or no ban, assault weapons lock and load just the same
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"Guns never interested me, and I didn't own one until 10 years ago, just a few weeks before the semiautomatic assault-weapons ban became law."

"If it had been a pink-anvil ban, I would've loaded up on anvils like a madman. I'm contrary like that." ...

"But it was nice to have these guns (and to know how to use them) immediately after the Twin Towers fell, when we didn't know what was going on. Any terrorist creeping around my neck of the woods would have to be picked up with a sponge."

"But the absolutely galling thing about this whole experience is that the 'assault-weapons ban' wasn't a ban at all. ..."

"That same AK is still available and has been all along and is even cheaper now than when I bought mine."
 

Assault on weapons ban
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"Unless President George W. Bush intervenes, the 10-year-old ban on military-style assault weapons will expire tomorrow. Letting the ban die quietly is clearly the intent of congressional leaders who disregard the opinion of law enforcement agencies and the public." ...

"Law enforcement favors extending the ban, with good reason. The Violence Policy Center, a gun-control group, found that assault weapons are disproportionately involved in killing police officers. ..."

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And the Brady Center doesn't have an agenda? Fact is that FBI statistics on law enforcement deaths do not differentiate between the type of rifle used to down the police officer. Ergo, the claim that "assault" weapons were used to kill 41 police officers from 1998 to 2001 is spurious at best.
 

Ending the Ban
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"The federal assault-weapons ban, which outlaws 19 types of semiautomatic weapons, is set to expire Monday if Congress does not renew it. Margaret Warner gets two perspectives on whether Congress should renew the ban from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., an original supporter of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, a board member of the National Riffle Association." ...

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Sen. Craig reduces Diane Feinstein to rubble.
 

Monday Edition: Gun Ban Ends
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"Depending on to whom you listen, Monday marks the beginning of the end of the world or nothing much will happen as the result of the expiration of a ban against certain kinds of attachments to a small number of weapons. The Clinton Administration called them assault weapons when the ban was approved 10 years ago. Criminals rarely use these kinds of weapons, preferring handguns instead."

"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), which opposes restrictions on firearm ownership, has been particularly critical of journalists who get the story wrong. The group strongly criticizes media that show file tape of automatic weapons while the reporter talks about the 'assault weapons ban.' "
 

Pros, cons of weapons ban
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"For Mary Ann Doberenz, Monday's expiration of the 1994 assault weapons ban doesn't mean a whole lot."

"Doberenz, co-owner of the Guns and Things gun shop in Penndel, said that to most of her customers an assault weapon is a baseball bat. Although her store, for the first time in 10 years, would be able to stock semiautomatic weapons such as TEC-9s, Uzis and AK-47 assault rifles, there are no plans to do so, she said." ...

"...Pro-ban legislators said that since semiautomatic weapons weren't used for hunting or skeet shooting, they had no place on the nation's streets. Anti-ban legislators said that guns weren't the problem, it was the people behind them."
 

CA: As Feinstein frets over the 10-year-old law's demise, at least one gun maker is gearing up
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"No one is more agonized about this than California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democrat who sponsored the legislation in 1993 and for whom it had become a signature issue."

" 'This is the darkest time for me in my Senate career,' she said in an interview last week. 'I really believe people are safer because of the ban. I really believe the number of weapons on the street has diminished.' "

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Government statistics prove her wrong. The National Institute of Justice found no supporting proof that this ban had any effect on crime. But for DiFi it's all about her vague "feelings" and very little about facts.
 

CA: Gun Enthusiasts Rejoice, But Police Fear What Will Happen When Assault Weapons Ban Ends
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"Nothing gets Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton more passionate than talking about the impending expiration of the 10-year-old assault weapons ban."

" 'They're weapons of murder. They're not weapons of hunting or collecting,' he said."

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So, the Korean shop owners who used these weapons to defend themselves and their property during the 1992 LA riots are murderers, Mr. Bratton? Do they not deserve the best weapons of self defense out there, or is that reserved for you and your fellow bureaucratic tyrants?
 

ID: Gun shops brace for end of assault weapons ban
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"After a 10-year federal ban, gun owners and buyers will be able to legally purchase high-capacity ammunition clips and alter their firearms to more closely resemble military-style assault weapons beginning Monday."

"But local gun shops say the expiration of the assault weapons ban will have little effect on the types of guns and accessories that are typically sold and traded across their counters every day."

"At the Boise Gun Co., gunsmith Justin Davis grabbed up a black plastic rifle resembling the U.S. military's standard issue M-16 from a row of more than a dozen similar weapons stacked against a wall."
 

IN: Renew assault weapons ban
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"Congress has abandoned the very police officers its members claim to support by the appalling refusal to extend the assault weapons ban. Congress should revive the law this week."

"President Bush is equally to blame." ...

"Although Bush has pinned his re-election on scaring Americans into believing he is the only person who can keep them safe from the world’s terrorists, he seems more than willing to let criminals armed with AK-47s terrorize Americans at home. ..."

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Note the groundless paranoia and the petulant appeal - this time - "it's for the police officers!"
 

IN: Assault-gun dealers expect brisk sales after ban ends
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"As the clock counts down on the decade-old ban on selling and buying assault weapons, phones have begun ringing constantly at ArmaLite. Customers want to know when the newly outfitted AR-15 rifle will be ready."

" 'People are excited. They've been waiting for this for a long time, and we've been preparing,' said Jodi DePorter, a spokeswoman for the Geneseo, Ill., gunmaker."

"Unless Republican congressional leaders have a sudden change of heart, the assault weapons ban -- a centerpiece of the 1994 Crime Bill -- will expire at midnight Monday."
 

MA: Pols urge Romney to push gun ban
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"After months of slamming Gov. Mitt Romney for his cozy ties to President Bush, Democrats are calling on the governor to use his White House clout for something other than politics: keeping guns off the streets."

"With a federal assault weapons ban set to expire Monday, Democrats want Romney to push Bush to act so that AK-47s and other high-powered firearms will remain out of criminal hands."

" 'We're urging Gov. Romney to call President Bush, call Congress and urge Congress to come back into a special session to extend this ban,' state Rep. Tim Toomey (D-Cambridge) said. 'This is a no-brainer.' "
 

MI: Emotions mixed as assault rifle ban ends
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"When the 10-year-old federal ban on assault weapons expires Monday, guns such as the 7.62mm AK-47 assault rifle used to kill two men and wound four others in a Mt. Morris Township motel room last week will once again be legal to buy and sell."

"But local gun shop owners, some of whom say they are seeing more orders for such guns, say the end of the ban is being blown out of proportion. And local police are divided on the issue."

" 'It's the criminal, not the gun,' said Clayton Township Police Chief Chuck Melki, who is not among the police chiefs nationwide wringing their hands over the expiration of the ban."

"Melki noted that most criminals obtain their guns illegally."
 

NH: After gun ban, just business as usual' in NH
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"About the only material difference New Hampshire gun enthusiasts are likely to see after the federal assault weapons ban expires tomorrow are lower prices for high-capacity gun cartridges that hold more than 10 bullets, gun owners and dealers said."

"Under the 10-year-old ban, semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets were not allowed to be imported or manufactured. It was, however, still legal to own, buy and sell these guns and magazines that were already in the country before the ban took effect."

"During the 10-year ban, there was still a supply of these guns and clips. It’s just that the prices had gone up considerably..."
 

NY: Mayor Urges Congress To Renew Assault Weapons Ban
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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are calling on Congress to renew the federal assaults weapons ban."

"The mayor says the law has helped lower crime. Kelly says assault weapons are designed to kill people and have no legitimate civilian purpose."

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The mayor could do with a refresher course in basic American politics. Perhaps he should purchase the Federalist Papers and read the Founders' intent about said weapons in civilian hands.
 

Gun dealer and manufacturer settle in sniper lawsuit
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"The families of eight D.C. sniper victims reached two settlements totaling $2.5 million yesterday with the dealer and manufacturer of the rifle used in the shooting spree that left Washington, D.C.-area residents afraid to leave their homes in the fall of 2002." ...

"The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which has filed a number of gun suits, said this is the first time a gun manufacturer has agreed to pay a settlement to victims."

"Bushmaster Firearms Inc. of Maine will pay $550,000, all of which is covered by its insurance policy. And Bull's Eye Shooter Supply, in Tacoma, will pay $2 million, the largest settlement of its kind by a gun dealer, the Brady Center said."
 

Do odd TSA rules really make us any more safe?
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"One has to wonder what the Transportation Security Administration's hang up is with flare guns?"

"TSA, as some wilderness-bound Alaska residents found out last month, prohibits flare guns on American airlines. ..."

"Airline travelers can take firearms, in properly locked containers, and as much ammunition as they need for 'personal use' as checked baggage. But flare guns and flares are a no-no."

"What is a flare gun in reality? A break-action, 12-gauge handgun."

"You can take handguns as checked baggage. You can take 12-gauge shotguns as checked baggage. You can take ammunition for both handguns and 12-gauge shotguns as checked baggage."

"But you can't take a harmless, empty, flareless flare gun."
 

Chuck Baldwin: The Bush Betrayal
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"On most matters of substance, there is hardly any difference in the policies of President G.W. Bush and Bill Clinton or John Kerry. Consider:

*Both Bush and Kerry support "civil unions" for homosexuals.

*Both Bush and Kerry support extending the Clinton Gun Ban.

*Both Bush and Kerry support expanding the size and scope of the federal government. Bush has actually outspent every Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson.

*Both Bush and Kerry support NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and the FTAA.

*Neither Bush nor Kerry has any intentions of making abortion-on-demand illegal."
 

CO: Six-year prison term for gun-rights activist
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"Gun-rights activist Rick Stanley, a Denver businessman and former Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate, was sentenced to six years in prison Friday for threatening two judges." ...

"In addition to prison time - three years each for the two judges - Stanley was sentenced to six years of mandatory parole and ordered to pay $10,000 in fines, plus $8,250 restitution to police who worked overtime to protect the judges. Quinn set an $80,000 bond and said Stanley must be monitored by the court until his appeal is resolved." ...

"Stanley was found guilty in late June of two felony counts of attempting to influence a public official. He was accused of sending Thornton Municipal Judge Charles J. Rose and 17th Judicial District Judge Donald W. Marshall Jr. a 'notice of order' demanding that they reverse his conviction for a weapons violation or face arrest by Stanley's Mutual Defense Pact Militia and a trial for treason."
 

CO: Power struggle brewing on guns
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"Monday's expiration of a federal ban on assault weapons will plunge Denver into uncharted territory, highlighting the city's court fight with the legislature on the question of who has the power to regulate guns."

"At issue is whether the city can enforce its own assault weapons ban, which predated the federal law by five years, in the wake of state legislation passed in 2003 that, on its face, shot the Denver ordinance down."

"Denver officials believe they can, and they have filed suit alleging that the state law violates the city's power to govern itself under the home-rule provisions of the Colorado Constitution."

"So after the so-called Brady Law expires Monday, what happens to people found carrying weapons banned by Denver's law?"
 

DE: NCCo officer arrested in Dover
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"A New Castle County police detective was suspended from the force after he was arrested earlier this week in Dover for allegedly pointing a gun at three people following an argument while off duty."

"Detective Brad Milton, 38, of Dover, was charged Thursday with three counts of felony aggravated menacing and one count each of misdemeanor terroristic threatening and possessing a firearm during a felony, police said Friday."

"The 11-year county police veteran was released on $11,000 secured bail, Dover police said."

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But according to the ACLU, "Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected." Apparently the horde of lawyers at the ACLU doesn't mind that giving an armed force power over the people gives rise to oppression.
 

OH: Woman uses BB gun to scare off intruders
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"A 23-year-old woman used a BB gun to scare would-be burglars away from her Bath Twp. farm house Thursday."

"Jessica Shafford said she was reading poetry at 2:30 p.m....when two men pulled up to the property. One of the men went to the rear of the house and began to remove a screen window."

"Shafford said she got her boyfriend's BB gun, pointed it at the man and ordered him to leave. The men ran back to the truck and drove away."
 

Brazil: Brazil gun buyback plan hits mark
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"Brazil's federal police force says a government campaign to cut gun crime by offering to buy back weapons is going twice as well as expected."

"Police said they had met their target of collecting 80,000 guns in under three months, rather than six months."

"Brazilians who hand back their weapons are eligible for up to $100."

"According to the United Nations, Brazil has the fourth-highest murder rate in the world - about 40,000 people are shot dead each year."

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Anyone who thinks that criminals are turning in their weapons like good sheep raise your hands! We have a bridge in Brooklyn we would like to sell you.
 

NY: Gun owners back Assini
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Gun Owners of America group has endorsed Republican candidate Mark Assini in his bid for the GOP nomination for the 29th Congressional District seat, according to a press release from Assini's campaign."

"Gun Owners of America is a national gun lobby headquartered in Springfield, Va. It boasts more than 300,000 members."

"Other groups endorsing Assini, according to the press release, include the New York state Conservative Party, Associated Builders and Contractors, Conservative Victory Fund, The National Association of Police Organizations and the Eagle Forum."

"Assini will face Sen. John R. Kuhl Jr. in the Republican primary Tuesday."
 

GA: Police officer accused of robbing three banks
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"Officer Stanley Street was in court this month, but he was not in uniform and not there to testify.
Wearing a white T-shirt and tan elastic-waist pants, he entered in handcuffs and sat silently at the defense table as a federal judge denied him bond 'to ensure the safety of the community.' "

"The FBI says Street, 44, a 17-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, confessed to robbing three banks at gunpoint this summer, after discussing security procedures with bank workers. 'It's devastating, to say the least,' said Kevin Iosty, a spokesman for the Atlanta police."

"Street is being held in the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta on six federal gun and robbery charges."
 

IN: Keep guns locked up, away from children
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"Telling children not to touch guns is never good enough. Teaching them to respect guns is not good enough, either, although it certainly is an important part of gun safety."

"The only thing that is good enough is for adults to keep their guns under lock and key and out of the reach of children."

"A bill that would have made it a crime in Indiana for adults to knowingly or recklessly store a loaded firearm where a child could get it, if as a consequence someone were hurt or killed, was introduced in the Indiana General Assembly three years ago. Gun control opponents fought the bill and it was defeated."
 

IL: Legislative record puts Obama at heart of philosophical debate
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"Barack Obama proposed hundreds of new laws during his first six years in the Illinois Senate, only to watch them go nowhere."

"Many of the proposals reflected the liberal-leaning district the Chicago Democrat has represented since 1997: universal health care, gun control and expanding welfare and insurance coverage for the poor." ...

"Obama voted against a bill that would have allowed gun owners to claim a self-defense protection in court for using guns in their homes despite local bans. Obama said that was a tough vote, but he didn't want to take away local governments' rights to regulate themselves. But he voted for allowing retired police officers and military police to carry concealed weapons."
 

TX: Robbery followed by 'incredible' gunbattle
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"The incident began about 3 p.m. at Tony's Market/Check Cashing store on the corner of Dashwood and Rampart. Borhani's father was struggling with a robber over a backpack when his son joined the confrontation. During the chaos, the older man managed to free himself, and Borhani grabbed his father's gun and exchanged fire with the three robbers as they fled for their car." ...

"During the chase, the suspect's car spun out of control and crashed into a utility box. The occupants got out of the vehicle and started to run."

"Sgt. R.W. Mascheck of the Houston Police Department said the family friend managed to shoot one of them in the leg before they got away. By then, Borhani had emptied his father's gun."
 

UK: Master gun converters get six years each
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"Two career criminals who ran Britain's biggest firearms conversion business were jailed for six years each yesterday."

"Stephen Herbert, 47, and Gary Beard, 45, bought 574 replica and blank-firing guns, worth £344,000, converted them into deadly weapons and sold them to London's gangsters at the rate of one a day."

"They were arrested in February last year after a 14-month surveillance operation. Police raided their homes and two lock-up garages in south London, where they found dozens of weapons in various stages of conversion. Several hundred guns already sold on are unaccounted for."

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More proof that when there is a demand, someone will always risk jail time to fulfill it.
 

TX: Intruder killed at southeast Houston tire business
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Evidence in the fatal shooting of an intruder by the owner of a southeast Houston business early today probably will be referred to a grand jury without charges, police said.

The shooting happened after the victim, whose name has not yet been released, jumped a fence and entered a tire business in the 4500 block of Telephone Road about 4 a.m. today, police said.

The owner of the business, who lives on the property with his family, armed himself and confronted the intruder, who was shot in the head and died at the scene of the shooting.

 

LA: 3 students arrested in gun incident
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"An 8-year old and two 10-year olds were arrested Friday on charges of illegally carrying weapons after one of the 10-year-olds flashed a gun and threatened to kill another student at a New Orleans elementary school, police said." ...

"Police said they were called to the school about 10 a.m. after receiving a report that a 10-year-old had a gun, which he bought for $2 from an 8-year-old Thursday."

"In the schoolyard Friday morning, the 10-year-old put the gun in his waistband, showed it to an 11-year-old student and said he was going to kill him." ...

"The gun, a small-caliber semiautomatic pistol, was found unloaded, but it appeared to be functional. ..."
 

NY: Ban on assault guns ends Monday
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"Liverpool police Chief Don Morris doesn't want his officers going up against the kind of firepower that assault weapons carry."

"That's why he's among 75 police chiefs across New York state who recently signed a letter urging Congress and the president to not only renew a federal ban on assault weapons, but give it some teeth." ...

"Although assault weapons aren't used in crimes as often as handguns, they're the preferred weapon of drug dealers and gangs, said Andy Pelosi of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, an advocacy/lobbying group."

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Is that why these weapons are used in less than 2 percent of gun crimes and the Bureau of Justice Statistics repeatedly asserts that criminals prefer powerful, concealable weapons, which these rifles are certainly not?
 

PA: ATF offer rewards for gun info
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the Aug. 31 burglary of 13 handguns from the Gone For a Day sporting goods store in Elderton.

Anyone with information can contact the agency at 1-800-ATF-GUNS.

In addition, anyone wishing to anonymously surrender any of the firearms can also call that number.

 

IL: College will offer classes on proper use of firearms
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"Lewis and Clark Community College is offering three new noncredit classes, beginning this month, as part of a series of personal protection and firearm safety courses."

"Individuals will learn how to safely handle and shoot a handgun in the 'Handgun Safety' class."

"In 10 hours over four weeks, participants will spend time in the classroom and on the shooting range learning about the parts and operations of handguns and ammunition."

"Gun safety and basic shooting fundamentals will also be examined. ..."

"No experience is necessary, and firearms will be provided for practice. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to register."
 

Brazil: Brazil Struggles to Curb Gun Proliferation
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"Brazil's government has tried to reduce the number of firearms in circulation by encouraging gun owners to turn in their weapons. NPR's Martin Kaste reports from Rio de Janeiro that some Brazilians are reluctant to give up their guns, while others doubt that the government's gun-control efforts will actually curb violence."
 

Thailand: Thai officer suspected in shooting deaths
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"Thailand's police have launched a rigorous manhunt for an officer suspected in the shooting deaths of two British tourists in Kanchanaburi."

"Police from multiple units were mobilized Sunday to find Police Senior Sergeant-Major Somchai Wisetsing, said tourist police commander Police Major-General Panya Mamen."

"Somchai allegedly shot and killed Adam Geoffrey Lloyd, 25, and Vanessa Claire Arscott, 24 on Thursday, the Bangkok Post reported Sunday."
 

NJ: Anti-Gunners Protest Anti-Gun Clothing
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"The Arme clothing line includes a T-shirt with a large picture of a handgun and the words: 'Welcome to the hood. There are no gun factories in my hood and there are no gun shops in my hood, so if my T-shirt shocks you then fix the problem because this is just a T-shirt. Imagine this pistol being pointed in your face so somebody can eat tonight. This is my daily reality. Welcome to the hood.' "

"Kathy McBride-Thomas, who lost her son to gun violence in 1993 and now serves as president of Mothers Against Gun Violence, said it's inappropriate to sell the clothing line in a city where young people are shot way too often."

"Although the T-shirts appear to promote an anti-violence message, McBride-Thomas said most people would focus on the large picture of the gun and not the 'small print.' "

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