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Gun Policy News, 11 July 2007

Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia City Council members Darrell L. Clarke and Donna Reed Miller, stonewalled by the Pennsylvania legislature's continued apathy on gun control, said they would sue the state today for Philadelphia's right to enforce its own, stricter firearms laws. In what has been regarded as a legal long shot, the lawsuit will seek to force the state House and Senate to do what they have refused to do: allow the city to force owners to immediately report stolen guns and to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

New York Times, Editorial

Now is the time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver on her pledge to reverse the gun lobby's pernicious handcuffing of law enforcement officials trying to track the flood of illegal firearms. For years, police used the federal government's extensive gun data files to trace firearms used in crimes from manufacture to retail purchase, laying bare the minority of unscrupulous dealers who abet the underworld. But four years ago, police access to the databank was cut off... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

Newsday (New York)

WASHINGTON — Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined members of the local congressional delegation and mayors, lawmakers and law enforcement officers from around the country yesterday to blast federal legislation limiting police use of federal gun traces. Bloomberg and others spoke out against the Tiahrt Amendment, a rider on the Justice Department appropriations bill since 2003 that bars police from using ownership traces by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON — Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon joined the mayors of New York, Washington and other cities yesterday in urging Congress to make federal gun-trace data more readily available to local police departments. "Our cities our bleeding," Dixon said during her visit to Capitol Hill. "Having this kind of data is imperative." The mayors are targeting restrictions on the information that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may share with other law... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

Sacramento Bee (California), Editorial

Gun violence is again approaching crisis stage in cities across the nation. What does it take to respond to the increased number of shootings and deaths? Sunday's story in The Bee, "Sacramento's killer guns," stated the issue starkly for our community: "Nearly every night, somewhere in Sacramento, gunshots puncture the air. By the end of most weekends, there is another homicide to report." The big question: Where are all of those guns coming from? Sacramento, like... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

Washington Post, Editorial

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) used to release analyses of data gained by tracing the history of guns used in crimes. These reports yielded valuable information for local law enforcement officials, researchers and the public. Some of the results were startling: For example, 57 percent of crime guns came from 1.2 percent of licensed dealers, the ATF estimated in 2000. The guns the bad guys use don't just come from the black market, in other... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

Clarion-Ledger (Mississippi), Opinion

The majority view in Mississippi on the issue of gun control remains that it means hitting the target at which one is aiming the weapon. As a gun owner, hunter and one who regards the Second Amendment as a necessary safeguard of both democracy and the defense of one's home and hearth, I tend to be skeptical of most efforts to institute governmental controls over the right to keep and bear arms. But my career in journalism has taught me on countless occasions that in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

11 July 2007

Bromley Times (London)

Today a gun dealer who proved his innocence slams a police investigation that left him to suffer an agonising ten-month wait in custody in two of London's toughest jails. Michael Shepherd, 56, faced 32 years in prison after being arrested in September last year following an 18-month operation by the Met police's anti-gun crime Trident squad. The raid on his house opposite a primary school in Dartford uncovered a haul of 900 weapons and about 4,000 rounds of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Benín,África Occidental

11 July 2007

Nigerian Tribune (Ibadan)

An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) team has gone to Cotonou, Benin Republic, on a two-day mission to seek the ratification of the convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). The mission held consultations with stakeholders in government, including the Presidency, the National Assembly, civil society groups and the media. The consultations are aimed at finding ways of hastening the ratification of the convention by the National Assembly. A... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

San Francisco Chronicle

The Rev. Jesse Jackson partnered with a diverse array of San Francisco leaders Tuesday to join the growing call to undo a controversial federal amendment that prevents the sharing of information about guns used in crimes. Gathered in the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris, Jackson, Police Chief Heather Fong, Police Commission President Theresa Sparks and Supervisor Tom Ammiano demanded that the Tiahrt Amendment not be approved this year. Named after Rep. Todd... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

11 July 2007

Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri)

Dave Shene said recently signed legislation that will eliminate permits to possess concealable weapons is a blessing that cuts through a layer of paperwork and bureaucracy. "What's going to happen is it's going to take a redundant piece of paperwork out of the loop," said Shene, manager of Powder Horn Guns & Sporting Goods Inc. in Columbia. After Aug. 28, the Boone County Sheriff's Department will no longer be required by state law to issue permits to anyone who wants... (GunPolicy.org)

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