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Firearms Industry v. Boston Globe
Submitted by: SayUncle
Website: http://www.saysuncle.com

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"It's no secret that the media is biased against guns. This (received via email) seems like a good thing to publicize:" ...

"The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece, 'The Sting' by Timothy D. Lytton, on August 27, 2006. It called New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s approach to stopping the flow of guns into the city 'ingenious.'"

"Your editorial pages' refusal to allow 'equal time' to the firearms industry following this 1550 word diatribe, which was chockfull of misrepresentations and inaccuracies, is disappointing and sadly predictable." ...
 

Smith & Wesson (SWHC) Secures Supply Contracts with Ohio Police and Dallas Airport Police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ... has secured contracts to supply the Columbus, Ohio Police Department and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Police (DFW) with the company's advanced-design polymer pistol, the M&P40."

"The agreements call for 1,875 M&P40 pistols to be shipped to the Columbus Police Department and 305 M&P40 pistols to be shipped for use by DFW Airport police officers."

"Tom Taylor, Smith & Wesson's Vice President of Marketing, said, 'Since the M&P Pistol Series was first introduced in November 2005, it has quickly changed performance expectations in the duty firearm test and evaluation process. ...'"
 

IN: One Teen Killed in Robbery Attempt
Submitted by: Daniel L. Moulder

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"A Kokomo teen is dead, and two other juveniles face serious charges after an apparent robbery gone bad on the city’s south side early Tuesday morning."

"Detectives said Nathan Marcus Paul Smith, 16, and Justin Smith, 17, Peru, were armed with a shotgun and a baseball bat, respectively, when they knocked on the door of 19 Southdowns Drive at about 12:30 a.m."

"The man inside the home, Michael Slonaker, 61, came to the door armed with a handgun."

"Slonaker told police the juvenile holding the shotgun raised it when he opened the door. Slonaker then fired two shots, hitting both juveniles."

"Nathan Smith, a sophomore at Kokomo High School, was shot in the chest and stumbled out to the street before collapsing, police said. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Another poor "child" for the Brady Bunch to weep over.
 

WA: County won't charge teen in killing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pierce County prosecutors don't plan to file homicide-related charges against a teenager they believe gunned down a Tacoma man during a traffic dispute last month."

"Evidence suggests Moises Angel Larreinaga, 18, acted in self-defense when he shot Jeffery Norris-Romine, 21, on Aug. 7, deputy prosecutor Gerry Costello wrote in an affidavit filed in Superior Court on Tuesday." ...

"Details of what sparked the argument have not been made public. Detectives don’t think the two men knew each other."

"Larreinaga fired three shots at Norris-Romine, hitting him once in the head, according to court documents. He then fled."

"Police officers found a loaded handgun near Norris-Romine’s body when they arrived at the scene." ...
 

GA: Murder in a Victim Disarmament Zone
Submitted by: Ed Stone
Website: http://georgiacarry.org

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"Marta, its trains, buses, buildings, and even its parking lots have been declared by the Georgia General Assembly to be off limits to firearms under the penalty of a felony prosecution by the State, with the punishment being 1-20 years in prison and a $15,000.00 fine. See O.C.G.A. 16-12-127; 16-12-122(12); and 16-12-123(b)." ...

"This morning, a man died at the hands of a criminal in a zone where the law of this State declares that he had no right to defend himself with a firearm." ...

"Is it not time to change these laws?"

"... 87% of the states in this nation that license carry allow carry on mass transit. It is time Georgia joined the majority of states in this country on this issue." ...
 

OH: Armed Citizen Success Story (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As millions of armed self defense encounters are ignored by today's media, it's important to be reminded of one reason why our Second Amendment rights are absolute and not eligible for compromise."

"From a September 5th article in The Gazette-Enterprise:"

"As most families were sleeping soundly early Labor Day morning, a local homeowner shot and killed a man who smashed through the back door of his home."

"'The homeowners, who were asleep, awoke to a living nightmare,' said Seguin Police Department public information officer Aaron Seidenberger. 'A person had broken into their home, and now they were violently struggling to get the suspect to leave.'" ...
 

New Study Reveals One Assault Rifle is Traced Back to Crime in Maryland Every 48 Hours (CeaseFire Maryland)
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"One semiautomatic assault rifle was traced to a Maryland crime every 48 hours, according to a study by CeaseFire Maryland Inc. released today."

"The data, from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) show that 789 assault rifles were traced to crime in Maryland from Jan. 2, 1998 to Dec. 31, 2001, but the actual number of assault weapons traced to crime in the state is likely to be higher."

"'With assault weapons being traced to crime in Maryland an average of every 48 hours, more needs to be done to get these guns off Maryland streets and to help law enforcement keep our communities safe,' said Lisa Delity, president of CeaseFire Maryland Inc. ..." ...
 

New Brady Report Exposes Philadelphia Area Gun Dealer's 20-Year History of Supplying Guns to Traffickers and Criminals
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"A new report by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence reveals how Philadelphia- area gun dealer Lou's Jewelry and Loan sold guns used in crime for over two decades, and repeatedly sold guns to gun traffickers and their straw purchasers, yet its gun business was not shut down by federal law enforcement authorities until this summer, when the ATF announced that it had found that Lou's had committed 'numerous and egregious violations of the Gun Control Act.'"

"Two bills, H.R. 5005 and 5092, which the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on tomorrow, Sept. 7, would protect rogue dealers and make it even more difficult for ATF to shut them down." ...
 

IN: Let's get gun data so we can stop more crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In 2000, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency started publishing gun data that was useful for police in various cities (and the ATF) to start cracking down on illegal gun sales. A rider was slipped into a federal bill in 2003 that bans the ATF from using federal money to collect data on guns (even those that might be purchased by would-be terrorists) and publishing any information on firearm sales and usage. The assault rifle ban has not been renewed. All this is due to our elected federal officials and their 'no care' attitude with regard to gun sales, legal or illegal." ...
 

MD: Study: Long Guns Used In Crimes Every Other Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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otguns are used in a crime in Maryland on average once every two days, according to a study released Wednesday by gun control advocates."

"The study is based on an analysis of crime statistics for 1998 through 2001. It said at least 789 semiautomatic long guns that can legally be sold in Maryland were traced to a crime in Maryland during that period."

"... the study shows that Maryland needs to expand the 1994 law that bans the sale of semiautomatic pistols to include rifles and shotguns."

"Opponents have defeated bills that would expand the law, arguing that the ban would infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners and would do nothing to reduce crime because such guns are seldom used to commit crimes."
 

CT: Student with gun apprehended
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 17-year-old New Britain High School student was arrested Friday after he fought with security personnel and was caught carrying a stolen gun in the school." ...

"Police reported that around noon Friday, security personnel at the school responded to a disturbance in the hallway involving a group of students when the 17-year-old ducked into a bathroom." ...

"Police officers stationed at the school were called to the hallway where the student was reported as being belligerent and was swearing and carrying on. Officers handcuffed the student, searched him and found a .25 caliber automatic gun in his front pants pocket, police reported." ...
 

AZ: 6 Armed People Holed Up in Ariz. School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Six armed people were holed up Wednesday at a high school in northeastern Arizona, authorities said.

It was unclear whether the six were holding students hostage at Ganado High School or whether the six armed people were students.

A male was armed with a gun, while five females had knives, said Jim Benally, police chief for Window Rock, a nearby community.

Authorities said the incident began around mid-afternoon and that police sealed off the area around the school.

Ganado, a community of 1,500 people on Navajo Nation land, is 315 miles northeast of Phoenix.
 

AL: Three Middle Schoolers Arrested After Gun is Found on School Bus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Three middle school students in Mobile were arrested this morning after police found a gun on a school bus.

Authorities said they were alerted by the mother of a 14-year-old boy who said her son was threatened at gun point at a bus stop.

Officers were waiting for the bus at Scarborough Middle School where they took the three juveniles into custody. A 14-year-old male was charged with menacing - the others, ages 13 and 14, face charges of unlawfully carrying a pistol.

The school day was not interrupted. The juveniles were taken to Strickland Youth Center.
 

CA: Torliatt should release NRA questionnaire
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"Don Bennett's recent column touched on mayoral candidate Pam Torliatt's penchant for owning both sides of an issue. (You're against Rainier? Hey, so am I! You're for Rainier? Hey, so am I!)"

"But the issue that Bennett raised that Torliatt would certainly like to go away is her endorsement by the National Rifle Association. When this was raised during her recent Assembly race, Torliatt responded that she was not being endorsed by the NRA 'in this race,' but pointedly refused to criticize them or to support any positions contrary to NRA dogma."

"This leads one to wonder if she will once again play footsie with the gun lobby now that she is in a race where an NRA endorsement might help her with some voters." ...
 

IL: ISRA Political Victory Fund Endorses Judy Baar Topinka for Illinois Governor (ISRA-PVF)
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"The board of directors of the ISRA-PVF is pleased to announce the naming of endorsed and preferred candidates running for office in the November general election."

"Topping the list of endorsed candidates is Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Judy Baar Topinka along with Joe Birkett, candidate for Lt. Governor."

" In the attorney general's race, Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz is endorsed over his Democratic opponent."

"Longtime friend of the law-abiding gun owner, Dan Rutherford is endorsed in his bid for secretary of state." ...
 

OH: Gun ban in parks sought
Submitted by: NYSRPA
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"Now that a court has upheld Toledo’s ban on guns in parks, Columbus should pass a similar law, Mayor Michael B. Coleman said yesterday."

"The statement came after a news conference in which Coleman showcased 1,000 guns that had been confiscated this year on Columbus’ streets."

"Police picked up the sawed-off shotguns, AK-47s, Tec-9s and other guns at crime scenes and during traffic stops."

"Coleman wants officers to be able to arrest anyone carrying a gun in a city park and confiscate the weapon. A court ruling released last week by the 6 th District Court of Appeals in Toledo upheld that city’s law banning guns in parks." ...
 

PA: Democrats call for gun laws
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"A group of Democratic state legislators ... went to the heart of Republican Montgomery County yesterday to announce a new legislative initiative aimed at reducing gun violence."

"The legislators, a mix of state office holders from the suburbs and the city, were at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown to announce plans to submit a package of bills during a day-long special session of the House on crime scheduled for Sept. 26." ...

"Legislative proposals would include limits on the sale of handguns to one per month; a ban on military-style assault weapons statewide; additional funding for police and police equipment; and a requirement that gun owners report a lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours." ...
 

OH: Beatty Fallout: Columbus seeking to ban CCW
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just days after the Sixth District handed down a poorly decided ruling that Ohio's Concealed Carry law is not a 'general law' the Mayor of Columbus has proposed prohibiting guns in city parks."

"The same parks where law abiding citizens are most likely to want to defend themselves from criminal attack."

"As we predicted when this ruling came out, and as the dissenting opinon from judge Parish pointed out, the confusion is about to begin and local governments are going to act quickly to ban concealed carry en masse. Ohioans For Concealed Carry is seeking every possible angle to prevent such a knee-jerk reaction." ...
 

UT: Ex-trooper denies shooting unarmed man illegally
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Edward J. Bentley - charged with illegally shooting a robbery suspect after a high-speed chase in March - ... pleaded not guilty." ...

"On March 12, Bentley shot and wounded suspect John Louis Gourno III after Gourno exited a getaway vehicle and was walking backward - with his hands in the air - toward a half-dozen police officers."

"Bentley, 32, was charged with the second-degree felony aggravated assault after insisting he fired his M-14 rifle because Gourno had lowered his hands and was turning as he went for a weapon."

"But other police officers on the scene - and video footage from patrol car cameras - confirmed Gourno did nothing to deserve being shot, according to prosecutors." ...
 

NJ: 2 officers admit to selling narcotics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two decorated veteran Newark police officers yesterday admitted buying prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Oxycontin from an Essex County doctor and reselling the pills on the streets."

"Officers John Hernandez and Ronald Pomponio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute the drug before U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark. Each faces more than six years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines."

"The pleas by the officers follow convictions of nearly 10 others in 'Operation Pill Collector,' an ongoing investigation by FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration agents into black market sales of prescription drugs. ..." ...
 

NC: Fourth Robeson Ex-Deputy Pleads Guilty In Departmental Probe
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"A fourth former deputy pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation into the Robeson County Sheriff's Office."

"Joey Brian Smith, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh said. The plea was entered last week in U.S. District Court in Elizabeth City."

"Smith admitted misappropriating about $4,000 in money seized from drug dealers. The funds are turned over to the federal government, which redistributes about 80 percent of the money to local law enforcement agencies that seized it."

"Smith, who worked for the sheriff's office from September 1995 to May 2005, could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $500,000." ...
 

NY: Mount Kisco mayor's son charged in gun incident
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"Detectives have charged the youngest son of Mayor J. Michael Cindrich after he shot himself accidentally with one of his father's antique handguns, police said today."

"John J. Cindrich, 25, is scheduled to appear Sept. 21 in Village Court to answer a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon."

"He was treated for hand and leg wounds ..."

"Mount Kisco Police Chief Louis Terlizzi said that Cindrich surrendered to police Friday night and was released without bail."

"The younger Cindrich was working on an antique firearm owned by his father, a lieutenant in the Mamaroneck town Police Department, when it went off. The mayor took his son to the hospital emergency room, where he was treated and released."
 

Canada: Mountie shot B.C. man after being choked nearly unconscious: Attorney General (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"British Columbia's attorney general says a rookie RCMP officer was choked nearly unconscious before he managed to draw his pistol and kill a Houston, B.C., man he'd arrested."

"Const. Paul Koester has been cleared of criminal charges in the October 2005 death of 22-year-old Ian Geoffrey Bush. But the RCMP and the government have been criticized for not going public about what happened that night ..."

"Now Attorney General Wally Oppal says that Koester, who had been a Mountie for less than a year, was alone with Bush in the detachment when the two somehow got into a fight."

"Oppal says Bush - who he says was moderately drunk and wasn't handcuffed - managed to put a choke hold on Koester. The officer began passing out." ...
 

Japan: Japan military ship accidentally fires machine gun in port
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A machine gun was accidentally fired on a Japanese military ship when it was docked at a naval base on Tuesday, but there were no reports of injuries, an official said."

"About eight to 10 shells were accidentally fired from a machine gun mounted atop the ship ..."

"The accidental firing came while workers were carrying out checks of the ship, according to the official. There were no reports of injuries or damage, and the agency was investigating how the firing happened, the official said."

"The 50-ton ship is equipped with vessel-to-vessel missiles and 20 mm machine guns, he said." ...
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Submitter's Note: "I'm the only one in this room professional enough, that I know of, to carry this Glock .40. I'm the onl--BOOM!"
 

NY: A Home for Shooters, or a Home for Homes?
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"In the musical revue "Yip Yip Yaphank,' based on his time as an Army trainee here during World War I, Irving Berlin wrote with uncanny augury about what the repeated exposure to sudden loud noises can do to a person’s otherwise good nature." ...

"The Army’s training camp here, Camp Upton, is gone, as is Mr. Berlin, but the spirit of jangled nerves endures in Yaphank in a simmering feud between people who have since taken up residence in this woodsy eastern Suffolk County community and those who come here to fire their shotguns hundreds of times a day, five days a week — at a local skeet shooting range." ...
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KABA Note: As stated in the article, the range has been in use since the late '50s, and only in the last decade have people built "hundreds of homes on its perimeter".
 

PA: NRA lauds organizations' efforts at youth participation
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"Walking through the almost-ready rifle range, it's obvious area shooting enthusiasts are proud of the strides the county has made to reach younger shooters and teach them to enjoy the sport safely."

"'We always want to have kids welcome here,' said Dave Strayer, vice president ofthe Northern Somerset County Target Association." ...

"The county as a whole is becoming an example of an area that encourages high-school- and junior-high-age children to take an interest in target shooting."

"In its December issue, the National Rifle Association Foundation’s quarterly magazine, Traditions, will highlight programs offered by Somerset County school districts as well as the new rifle range." ...
 

UK: PC Shot In Head By Gun Yobs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A POLICEMAN was shot in the head as he answered a 999 call about airgun yobs."

"The officer had been called to Ridgeway, in Ryhope, last night when youths were shooting an air pistol at house windows."

"He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and had to be kept in overnight."

"The policeman was one of three called out to the street at 9pm."

"It is understood he was shot outside one of the houses, which was later cordoned off by police." ...

"A team of police officers was called after the incident and the police helicopter was sent."

"The policeman's injuries are not thought to be serious." ...
 

UK: Shots fired from car after pub quarrel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FOUR people dived into bushes for cover when they were fired on from the window of a passing car."

"Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how the A71 road in Currie was closed as 16 police officers, including four armed officers, responded to the armed incident alert."

"The gunman, Scott Martin, 20, of Dolphin Road, Currie, yesterday pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly discharging a .177 carbon dioxide-powered air pistol in the direction of James Lothian, his mother Ann, sister Stacie and family friend Daniel Harcus. The incident occurred on December 31 last year in Bryce Road, Currie." ...
 

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