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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

London gun owners are asking questions of the Metropolitan Police after the force seemingly handed the addresses of 30,000 firearm and shotgun owners to a direct mail marketing agency for a commercial firm's advertising campaign. The first any of the affected people knew about the blunder was when the leaflet (pictured below) …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Apr 2017

Facebook, Instagram give dodgy online gun sales the BULLET

Bowing to public pressure, Facebook and Instagram have announced new policies aimed at curbing the sale of firearms and other legally questionable items via their online services. "People sometimes use our free tools to discuss products that are regulated or controversial," Facebook policy head Monika Bickert acknowledged on …

Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows

No checks are carried out on what the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) does with confidential records it receives from police databases, including information on people's vehicles and gun licences, the Register has learned. Precise details of the Information Sharing Agreements (ISAs) between the RSCPA …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2013
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US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'

We recently promised to name Washington's Kitsap County 'an area of outstanding natural stupidity' (AOONS) if it could reach a critical mass of firearms-related idiocy. The Vulture Central critical mass required for an AOONS is three jaw-dropping tales of Darwin Award-worthy madness, and we're delighted to report that Kitsap …
Lester Haines, 13 Jul 2012
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RadioShack franchises go gunning for business

A couple of US RadioShack franchises are offering new subscribers to a satellite TV service a handy accessory should the quality of the service prove wanting - a free firearm. Steve Strand, owner of a RadioShack outlet in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, says subscriptions to the Dish Network package have tripled since he started …
Lester Haines, 8 Apr 2011
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Packing heat gets you shot, say profs

Medical researchers in Philadelphia have conducted a study which indicates - according to their interpretation - that carrying a gun causes people to get shot more often. "People should rethink their possession of guns," say the medics. “This study helps resolve the long-standing debate about whether guns are protective or …
Lewis Page, 4 Oct 2009
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New York cops seek tech solution to plod-v-plod shootings

The New York City police, having recently suffered an incident in which a cop in plain clothes was shot and killed by his fellow officers, are reportedly looking for a tech solution to prevent such occurrences. AP reports that the NYPD are consulting with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, after off-duty plod Omar …
Lewis Page, 8 Jun 2009
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Sikh coppers request bulletproof turbans

Sikh police officers are asking for "special bulletproof turbans" which would allow them to serve in firearms units, the Guardian reports. There are around 2,000 Sikhs in the police force, but they're unable to pack a piece since existing safety helmets don't fit over their traditional headgear. Accordingly, the recently- …
Lester Haines, 8 May 2009
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Tasing of unarmed opposition peaks among firearms cops

The latest Home Office figures show Taser usage by English and Welsh police firearms teams in non-firearms situations has peaked. However, overall plods' usage is up as the weapons are being more widely issued. Two categories of coppers carry the stun guns: Authorised firearms officers (AFOs), and specially-trained ordinary …
Lewis Page, 5 Aug 2008
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Judge points laser dazzler man towards prison

A 21-year old man was yesterday sentenced to four months in prison for shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter. Dean Bottomley of Stockport, Greater Manchester had already pleaded guilty to endangering an aircraft. The helicopter pilot said the £30 laser pen made him temporarily blind and unable to see instruments …
John Oates, 27 Jun 2008
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Metal Storm in further grenade-gasm tests, paper issues

Famed Australian gun-tech company Metal Storm, in a characteristic move, has announced details of further prototype testing and also signalled its intention to raise more money on the stock markets. The company was pleased yesterday to say that it had "conducted successful Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Testing on its 40mm …
Lewis Page, 20 May 2008
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eBay rethinks firearms policy

After learning that items purchased on eBay may have been used in the Virginia Tech shootings this past April, the popular online auction site has revised its policy on firearms, weapons, and knives. On April 16, in Blacksburg, Virginia, a student at Virginia Tech University killed 32 people and wounded 25 before committing …
Cade Metz, 31 Jul 2007

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