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United States

8 February 2006

Boston Globe

FRAMINGHAM — Wayne McCarthy used to travel to the other side of the state to hunt deer; now, he barely has time to warm up the SUV on the way. One of his new favorite spots: just a few miles from Shoppers World — within earshot of Route 9 and the Mass. Pike. "We call it suburban hunting," said McCarthy, a retired police lieutenant who lives in Framingham. "It's kind of wild." From his deer stand, he said, he can see a house, people, and cars going by. It is open... (

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8 February 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario) / CP

OTTAWA — A suggestion by Justice Minister Vic Toews that the minority Conservative government could make an end run around the House of Commons and use a cabinet order to dismantle the federal long-gun registry is drawing fire from opposition MPs. "I would be surprised if that would be something they would seek to do by way of executive fiat," former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler said Wednesday. "In my view this would be something you would need to have the... (

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United States

8 February 2006

St Petersburg Times (Florida) / AP

TALLAHASSEE — A proposal that would allow workers to leave guns in their cars at the workplace stalled Wednesday in a House committee. The House Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on the bill (HB 129) because members said it needed more work. The National Rifle Association backs the proposal, noting that gun owners lose their Second Amendment rights when they are prohibited from leaving a legal gun in a locked vehicle at work. The group estimates more than... (

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United States

8 February 2006

Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE — The National Rifle Association is pushing a bill that would penalize Florida employers with prison time and lawsuits if they prohibit people from keeping guns in their cars at workplace parking lots. But the proposal is facing stiff opposition from a group just as powerful in the state capital as the NRA: Florida's biggest business lobby. Mark Wilson, a vice president of Florida's Chamber of Commerce, which represents 136,000 businesses, said the... (

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United States

8 February 2006

Orlando Sentinel (Flroida)

TALLAHASSEE — New legislation by the National Rifle Association has Florida's ruling Republican Party facing the election-year equivalent of a bitter family feud. At issue is a law the NRA is pushing that would guarantee employees the right to bring guns to work, provided the weapons remain locked in their cars. It's part of a nationwide campaign by the powerful pro-gun group to ensure a company can't force its employees to give up their Second Amendment rights. But... (

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United States

8 February 2006

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) / AP

BUTLER, Pennsylvania — A woman who accidentally killed her husband as they hunted deer will have her guns returned to her. Investigators had taken away Jan Campbell's guns after she shot William Campbell during a December 2004 hunting trip with their son. Jan Campbell, of Center, said the gun misfired and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of shooting at human beings. She was fined $2,000. A judge ruled Tuesday that Campbell can have the guns back after July... (

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8 February 2006

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba), Column

It was one of the biggest financial boondoggles of the 1990s. But now, after years of public backlash and auditor general reports highlighting the program's disastrous financial management, Canada's failed long-gun registry will be coming to an end. It's not a question of "if" the new Conservative government winds down the gun registry, which has cost taxpayers well over $1 billion to administer, with no benefit to show for it. It's a matter of "when" and "how" —... (

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United Nations

8 February 2006


LONDON — More aid workers were killed worldwide by deliberate violence than accidents or illness in the past three years, according to researchers in the United States trying to measure if the humanitarian world is more dangerous than it used to be. A lot of aid workers say that in the climate following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States there's a higher risk of humanitarians being targeted for attack in some countries because they are perceived as... (

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United States

8 February 2006

Johnstown Tribune Democrat (Pennsylvania), Opinion

Does the right to carry a weapon make citizens feel safer? I don't think so. Several years ago, shortly after I took a job as an administrator at a university in Idaho, an employee, angry with me and others, stalked out of the building. I was too new and naive to understand what was going on, but my staff was awfully nervous for the next hour, until he cooled off and came back to work. It wasn't until later that I discovered the reason for their concern. "We were all... (

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