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posted December 22, 2010
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, North Carolina – The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that took place Monday in Supply. According to autopsy results, Tammy Lamonds, 42, died from a single gunshot wound to her back. Authorities found her body inside a home in the 1600 block of Cattail Way Monday morning around 7:30 after being dispatched to the area. Stanley said Lamonds' fiancé, Thomas Wesco Lovett, was taken to the sheriff's office for questioning.... [WECT-TV News (North Carolina), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 21, 2010
It seems a simple enough proposition that most law-and-order enthusiasts can embrace. Find out where guns involved in crimes come from and act to stanch the flow - particularly if leverage is available because of the federal licenses that gun stores must possess. But information identifying these stores essentially dried up in 2003, after Congress inserted secrecy language into a budget bill. The amendment came from U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.). The Bureau of... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Editorial, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 21, 2010
It seems a simple enough proposition that most law-and-order enthusiasts can embrace. Find out where guns involved in crimes come from and act to stanch the flow - particularly if leverage is available because of the federal licenses that gun stores must possess. But information identifying these stores essentially dried up in 2003, after Congress inserted secrecy language into a budget bill. The amendment came from U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.). The Bureau of... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Editorial, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 20, 2010
Washington (CNN) -- Violent crime in the United States dropped markedly in the first half of 2010, according to new FBI statistics released Monday. Overall violent crime fell 6.2% from the same period last year, according to the report, and the new numbers include a 7.1% decrease in homicide. The statistics were released in the first official report on crime for 2010, and are viewed as encouraging by the FBI, which compiles crime reports from law enforcement agencies across the nation. In recent years, figures for the first half of the year have proven a good indicator of crime levels for the full year.
posted December 20, 2010
TRENTON - Brian Aitken, who was convicted of illegally possessing three handguns he had legally purchased in Colorado, will be out of prison in time for Christmas. Gov. Chris Christie commuted Aitken's sentence Monday, from seven years to time served, according to an order signed by the governor. It was Christie's first commutation since taking office almost a year ago. "We are overjoyed at the news," his younger brother Robert Aitken said in an e-mail. "It's been an... [Star-Ledger (New Jersey), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 20, 2010
The 1990 maroon Lincoln sedan is what caught the attention of Oakland police officers. Officers had been told to be on the lookout for the car. Police had information that it had been used in a gang shooting Friday. Then Monday afternoon, police got further word that the occupants in the car were on their way that very afternoon to shoot rival gang members. Less than an hour later, police spotted the car on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. According to a police account,... [San Jose Mercury News (California), Column, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 20, 2010
The 1990 maroon Lincoln sedan is what caught the attention of Oakland police officers. Officers had been told to be on the lookout for the car. Police had information that it had been used in a gang shooting Friday. Then Monday afternoon, police got further word that the occupants in the car were on their way that very afternoon to shoot rival gang members. Less than an hour later, police spotted the car on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. According to a police account,... [San Jose Mercury News (California), Column, via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 20, 2010
TRENTON - Brian Aitken, who was convicted of illegally possessing three handguns he had legally purchased in Colorado, will be out of prison in time for Christmas. Gov. Chris Christie commuted Aitken's sentence Monday, from seven years to time served, according to an order signed by the governor. It was Christie's first commutation since taking office almost a year ago. "We are overjoyed at the news," his younger brother Robert Aitken said in an e-mail. "It's been an... [Star-Ledger (New Jersey), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 19, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A former Nashville police officer was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of making false statements when purchasing guns intended to be smuggled to Guatemala. According to prosecutors, Edwing Ronal Morales was convicted last week and will face sentencing in April 2011. Each of the violations carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Morales was one of five people indicted last year on charges... [WDEF-TV News (Tennessee), via GunPolicy.org]
posted December 19, 2010
A database police rely on to know who has a concealed-gun permit is incomplete and riddled with errors, a recent state audit found. "We found the information in the database is not reliable for law enforcement to use in determining the validity of a permit," the report says. The audit also noted that the total number of concealed-weapons permits issued quadrupled from 6,300 a year in 2005 to 27,000 in 2009. Colorado's concealed-weapons database does not contain... [Denver Post (Colorado), via GunPolicy.org]