Friday, October 15, 2004

Pupil with unloaded gun jailed: "When the armed teen made a break, Officer Don Koski tackled him, wrestled him, handcuffed him and took a small-caliber pistol from his pocket. It's a routine scene from the streets, but on Friday it played out in the central office of Heritage High School, Saginaw Township police said. ... 'There was a little scuffle,' he said. 'He had to wrestle him to take him into custody. Our school resource officer did a fantastic job.' The weapon, so small as to hide in the palm of a hand, wasn't loaded, the chief said. Police jailed a 17-year-old Heritage student after Koski found a .25-caliber handgun and a small amount of marijuana, Pussehl said."

Gun owners harass the harasser "About three dozen members and supporters of Virginia pro-gun rights organizations appeared, most wearing handguns, at Monday's meeting of the Falls Church City Council. Many came to the microphone during the public petition period to protest a draft administrative policy developed by City Manager Dan McKeever earlier this month that calls on City employees to contact police whenever they discover [a] person to be bearing a weapon. McKeever developed the policy in the wake of 15 new pro-gun laws passed by the Virginia State Legislature in the spring that went into effect July 1. He said that his measures violate no existing state or federal law but simply employs 'reasonable means' for assessing whether someone is carrying a weapon legally or not."

Judge backs foot-dragging county

A judge has ruled that requiring St. Louis County to issue concealed gun permits to its residents would impose an unconstitutional cost on the county government.

St. Louis County, home to nearly one of every five Missourians, filed suit after the state Supreme Court in February upheld the Legislature's right to legalize concealed guns, but found the law's funding mechanism could be illegal in certain instances. The law, adopted last year, allows most Missourians age 23 and older to receive concealed weapons permits from their county sheriffs after passing criminal background checks, a firearms training course and paying a fee.

Jackson County, St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis have refused to accept concealed-gun permit applications. Jackson County was spared from doing so by the Supreme Court ruling; St. Louis has simply refused to issue permits... The fee required for someone to get a concealed gun permit has been the focus of the legal challenges. The Supreme Court said the law does not allow the fee to cover anything beyond equipment and training. That prevents it, for example, from being used to cover the $38 cost of getting a fingerprint background check....

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