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August 24, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It was "paranoia" that caused the North Philadelphia teen-ager to shoot and kill a man who was trying to rob him, even after the man had put down his weapon, the suspect told police. Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron said Bryan Blair, 17, overreacted when he killed Anthony Jarman, 28, inside a house on Master Street near 15th on July 10. Yesterday, after a preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge J. Earl Simmons ordered Blair, of Jefferson Street near 17th, to stand trial in adult court on a general charge of murder.
NEWS
February 8, 2002
WE'RE SURE Officer Vanessa Carter-Moragne feels terrible about her gun discharging and hurting a 10-year-old boy. She's a mother herself, after all; in fact, she was at school to pick up her son Wednesday when a group of students asked to see her gun. She removed the clip and passed the automatic weapon around; apparently, there was one bullet in the chamber. When she returned it to her holster, it discharged, grazing a student, who required five stitches and was sent home. But the fact that something far worse didn't happen doesn't mean she should get off easy.
NEWS
May 19, 2008
ONE THING to remember about the Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force is not how many guns it confiscates, but the people it arrests. And there is one other thing: the amount of noise it makes on the streets. Last week the task force, funded by a $5 million state grant championed by state Sen. Vince Fumo, announced 19 people had been charged with illegally transferring handguns. Since December 2006, the task force, which includes representatives of the offices of the district attorney, attorney general and Philadelphia police, has arrested 165 people and taken in 262 firearms.
NEWS
July 31, 2008
TO letter-writer Albert Whitehead: As is clearly indicated in the picture on Page 6 (July 22), that is a revolver that doesn't eject its spent casings. The primers (center of the bullet) is indented, indicating the firing pin hit them and indeed blasted away in Southwest Philly - most likely at cops hired to protect you, your family and me when entering the city to work. Thanks to all the brave cops who put their lives on the line every day. Mark Daughterman, Langhorne Mr. Whitehead, before you start thinking that the police did wrong, look at the picture carefully!
NEWS
November 18, 1986
Upon reading Christopher Hepp's Oct. 26 article, "Why prominent people hold gun permits," I feel compelled to respond to some of the issues discussed. I agree with the Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker that the number of gun permits should be reduced. But I believe that the more detailed application form, which now requires a fuller explanation of why the gun is needed and asks whether the applicant has tried other means before seeking a gun permit, is not enough. First of all, those interviewed for the article said that they rarely carried their guns.
NEWS
January 13, 1987 | By Howard Manly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man who shot himself with a gun that was registered to Mayor Goode in 1980 was charged yesterday with weapons offenses and making a false report to police, police said. The man, Herbert Byrd, 30, of the 1300 block of North Conestoga Street, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. at his home, a police spokesman said. Byrd was awaiting arraignment last night. Detective Gerald Whartenby, a police spokesman, said Byrd gave a false account of how he wounded himself in the thigh Nov. 18, the day the gun came to light.
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February 8, 2001 | by Barbara Laker, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Dana DiFilippo contributed to this report
Over and over, this kind of story has a tragic ending. Boy finds loaded gun. Boy picks it up. Boy dies. But Joseph Lynch Jr., 7, of the Northeast, created a different story and gave his parents, cops and friends a reason to be proud. Joey, a first-grader at St. Martin of Tours, will be honored by the Philadelphia Highway Patrol tomorrow for preventing a possible tragedy after finding a fully loaded gun in the snow. Joey discovered the black and silver pistol under a mound of snow on New Year's Eve as he and his father, Joseph Sr., were shoveling the walk outside their home on Lardner Street near Roosevelt Boulevard.
NEWS
September 12, 1990 | By Michael Peck, Special to The Inquirer
A Bellmawr man was charged last week with hindering prosecution after he attempted to recover a handgun police believe was used in an attempted murder in Bellmawr Sept. 1. Bellmawr Detective William Hanna said he and an investigator from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office were searching for the weapon at 4 p.m. last Wednesday near a ramp leading from Interstate 295 to Interstate 76 when they spotted Jeffrey Reed, 20, of the 200 block of Walnut Avenue. "I found him looking for the gun," Weston said.
NEWS
February 28, 2001
New York police believe a feud between rap artists Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown turned to gunfire. According to the New York Post: "Hip-hop diva Lil' Kim pleaded ignorance yesterday in the street-corner gun battle that erupted after her crew and another rapper's posse crossed paths outside a radio station. " "Crew?" "Posse?" What are they, street gangs? We had hoped after the shooting deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., that rappers would reduce the level of violence they attract and encourage.
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July 25, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester man who was severely beaten by police last weekend, in an incident captured on video, set off the fracas by assaulting an officer and was carrying a stolen gun, officials said Thursday. Walter "Ed" Moat, 49, is being held at the Delaware County prison on assault and weapons charges as a result of an arrest Sunday during which he was pummeled, beaten, and Tasered by several officers. In the days since his arrest, witnesses and friends of Moat - who say he has a mental disability - have alleged police brutality.
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July 22, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Gov. Christie returned to South Carolina for the first time as an official presidential candidate Monday, laying out a number of conservative positions on gun control and abortion, but asserting he was best suited to break gridlock in Washington because of his experience in working with Democrats in New Jersey. Speaking at two town-hall-style meetings, in Hilton Head Island in the morning and outside Charleston in the evening, Christie assailed President Obama's accord with Iran over its nuclear program and said Obama's was the worst presidency since Jimmy Carter's.
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July 15, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
GOD KNOWS we all make mistakes, but there's one phrase you probably should never utter at an airport-security checkpoint: "Ohhh man, I forgot that was in there!" (OK, also maybe a few others, like anything that involves cupping your hands around your mouth and yelling, "Hey everybody . . . !" But we digress.) In the post-9/11 world, firearms and explosives obviously sit at the top of any list of items that can't be stuffed into your carry-on bag. But statistics show that the number of firearms confiscated at airport-security checkpoints across the country has been climbing steadily for seven years, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
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July 12, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oscar Camacho Sr. points to the bullet holes in the tan siding of an East Camden home. He is standing a few feet from a collection of empty Corona bottles, a blue T-shirt that reads "Super Dad," and a picture of his son - who was the father of three young boys - on the sidewalk corner. "Bang," Camacho says, motioning toward one hole. He points toward at least four others, repeating it. "Bang, bang, bang. " This is where his 33-year-old son, Oscar Jr., was fatally shot by two Camden County police officers July 3. Authorities said Camacho Jr. aimed a weapon at them and was suicidal.
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July 10, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he drove along York Road on Wednesday morning, Hatboro Councilman George Forgeng passed a man carrying a backpack. Then he saw a cloud of colored dye. That could only mean one thing, Forgeng later told police: The man had just robbed the nearby TD Bank. So Forgeng followed the man, got out of his car to continue the chase, pulled out his gun, and shot the suspect - who was apparently unarmed - in a hand and arm. Late Wednesday, police and prosecutors were still unraveling events to determine whether the shooting amounted to heroism or vigilantism.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers give the advice.   On securing guns in households with children: I accidentally shot myself in the leg as a 12-year-old - after engaging in an extended search for the combination to my father's safe. (Top left drawer under the glasses case - where's yours?) To gain access to something as potent and forbidden as a gun, I would wager that other young people have been as determined as I was, irrespective of parental warnings. On guiding kids through a taste for offensive music: I recommend three ways to help children choose more appropriate and life-affirming music: (1)
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal jury on Wednesday rejected a civil suit from a former Philadelphia police sergeant, who said he was wrongfully arrested while off duty last year as he tried to anonymously drop off a bag of guns at a police district headquarters. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year police veteran, alleged that six officers involved in detaining him Aug. 3 had no cause to do so, used excessive force, and then fabricated a story that led to criminal charges being filed against him. He shrugged off the jury's verdict, though, as if it were the outcome he had expected from the start.
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | BY DAN K. THOMASSON
WASHINGTON - As we continue to mourn the latest mass murder and the president has expressed the anger and frustration that most of us feel, we all can just settle back to wait for the next atrocity and the resulting worthless disingenuous rhetoric about changing the nation's barbaric gun culture. Between now and then one thing is certain: Nothing will alter the status quo and the victims will just be more martyred to the cause delivering us from the evil of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
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June 27, 2015 | By Chris Hepp and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The 2014 law granted legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws and collect legal fees and other costs if they won. The NRA used the measure to sue Philadelphia. Other municipalities have repealed ordinances to avoid similar suits. In a decision released Thursday, a seven-member Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the law, known as Act 192, violated the state constitution because of the way it was enacted by the General Assembly.
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June 26, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
IN A VICTORY for gun-safety advocates in Philadelphia, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania yesterday overturned a state law that had made it easier for gun owners and the National Rifle Association to sue cities and towns over local gun ordinances. "The Court has preserved the ability of democratically elected local officials throughout this Commonwealth to do what they think is necessary to protect their citizens from the scourge of gun violence," Mayor Nutter said in a statement.
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