Thursday, September 01, 2005

New York: Bar security guard returns gunfire : "A security guard at the Copacabana Bar, 751 Fillmore Ave., returned fire early Sunday after shots were fired at him, according to Ferry-Fillmore District officers. Bobby D. Lee told police that several shots were fired at him at 3:45 a.m. and that 'he saw a weapon pointed at him and flash from the muzzle.' He fired three shots from his gun, for which he has a permit, and the man fled east on Broadway."

Israel: Quarter of a million Israelis own firearms : "A quarter of a million Israeli citizens possess personal firearms, according to an Interior Ministry survey. The survey said that as of June 2005, 236,879 Israeli citizens had guns. At the same time, the survey pointed to a downwards trend in personal weapon possession. The study also found that a worrying [sic] number of guns were held without valid license, 34,000, due to a failure by owners to renew their licenses. ... In order to qualify for a license, an applicant must pass a number of conditions set, including an assessment of their medical and mental health, and whether they live or work in dangerous areas. A decade ago, there were almost no limitations on the ownership of guns."

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