Monday, February 28, 2005

Israel: police to seize guns of "dangerous settlers": "Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra said Tuesday that police will confiscate arms of people whom the General Security Service determines are 'dangerous.' Most residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) have either private handguns or rifles from the army for guard duty in their communities and for reserve duty. Ezra said police will take the weapons from certain residents before implementation of the evacuation. Several politicians have said they are afraid that some Yesha residents will open fire on defense forces, despite repeated calls by Yesha leaders for non-violent opposition."

California: Safe shooting can be a stress-reliever: "Most people would agree, guns can be a topic that can generate strident legal arguments. But for a steadily growing segment of the population, the ownership of firearms isn't about staking out part of a vociferous Constitution argument. Shooting guns, some folks say, is an act that's just plain fun -- maybe even therapeutic. 'It's hard to explain, really,' said Sherie Smalley, a Fairfield pathologist who took up target and sport shooting seriously just last year. 'There's something about shooting that allows me to release tension after a long day and re-center myself,' Smalley said during an interview at The Shooting Gallery in Vacaville."

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