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Gun Policy News, 19 July 2007

Estados Unidos

19 July 2007

Boston Herald

A major pro-gun group took aim at award-winning Boston Globe business columnist Steve Bailey yesterday, saying he violated federal law while researching a 2005 anti-gun column and should be fired. The Second Amendment Foundation, which is based in Bellevue, Wash., said it sent a letter to Globe Editor Martin Baron yesterday citing previously undisclosed details about the column, which described a gun purchase. Bailey provided new details of the purchase Tuesday on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 July 2007

Washington Post, Editorial

The District's decision this week to seek Supreme Court review of a court opinion striking down its gun control laws is fraught with risk, but it's a risk that the District was right to take. The city is challenging an opinion issued in March by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that declared unconstitutional its ban on handguns and its requirement that so-called long guns be kept disassembled or with trigger locks in place. Critics point to the District's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 July 2007

Philadelphia Daily News

For a while there, the seven savvy young thieves appeared to be running a flawless illegal gun-trafficking ring. During the daytime, they staked out posh houses in Montgomery, Berks and Chester counties. When the homeowners predictably headed off to work, the crooks pounced in prolific fashion. From November to June, they pulled off 40 heists, stole 48 guns and more than $100,000 worth of jewelry and personal belongings, authorities said. But when it was time to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turquía

19 July 2007

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

A man trying to enter Turkey through the port of Çesme on the west coast was captured with a large amount of guns and ammunition in his car bearing a German license plate, State Minister Kürsad Tüzmen announced on Wednesday. Tüzmen said during a regular search at Çesme Port — a favorite point of entry into Turkey for most Turkish citizens residing in European countries, and who take automobile ferries from Italy — the police found 16 revolvers, 10,700... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos,México

19 July 2007

Christian Science Monitor

MEXICO CITY — Marcelo Garza y Garza, the top state police investigator in Nuevo Leon, walked out of a church in an upscale neighborhood in Monterrey to take a cellphone call last September, when two bullets struck the back of his head. The shots came from a semiautomatic pistol that did precisely what its colloquial name — matapolicia, or "police killer" — suggests. Mr. Garza y Garza died immediately. "Police killers," so named because they were created to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 July 2007

Washington Times, Editorial

It's about time the Supreme Court cleared up the confusion surrounding the Second Amendment. For decades, municipalities have passed severe restrictions on firearms, up to and including handgun bans, and the nation's circuit courts don't agree on the issue. The high court heard its last Second Amendment case in 1939. On Monday, Mayor Adrian Fenty vowed to take Parker v. the District of Columbia (in which residents protested the D.C. ban on virtually all handguns, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 July 2007

MSNBC (USA)

Police officials and law enforcement groups Thursday blamed a sharp increase in the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty on more violent criminals who have access to deadlier weapons. Statistics released Thursday showed that 101 local and federal law enforcement officers died on duty in the first half of the year, 31 more than had died at the same time last year. It was the first time in three decades that the toll had reached more than 100.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 July 2007

Nashua Telegraph (New Hampshire)

CONCORD — The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state constitution's right to bear arms can be restricted and regulated. "As numerous courts in other states have recognized with respect to their state constitutional right to bear arms … The New Hampshire state constitutional right to bear arms 'is not absolute and may be subject to restriction and regulation,' " the court ruled. The court ruled in the case of Edward Bleiler of Dover, who sued after the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Estados Unidos

19 July 2007

Radio Jamaica

US officials have been brought in to help local police probe Wednesday's massive gun and ammunition find at a warehouse at the Montego Bay Freeport in St. James. Word from Operation Kingfish is that the major players behind the shipment of eight guns and more than one thousand rounds of ammunition have been identified and a major manhunt is now on. Two persons were arrested following Wednesday's seizure and are being interrogated. Spokesman for Operation Kingfish... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenia

19 July 2007

Voice of America

NAIROBI — Kenya's attorney general acknowledged Thursday that his country has seen what he called an astronomical proliferation of light weapons such as assault rifles and pistols. As Nick Wadhams reports from Nairobi, the trend in Kenya underscores the difficulty that African nations have had stemming the flow of small arms, which are used in conflicts across the continent. Attorney General Amos Wako made the remarks during a workshop in Nairobi aimed at harmonizing... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenia

19 July 2007

East African Standard (Nairobi)

The Government has recovered more than 3,200 illegal firearms in North Rift. Rift-Valley Provincial Commissioner Mr Hassan Noor Hassan said about 3,000 assortments of guns were forcefully collected during the first phase of the disarmament exercise launched last year. The administrator said residents surrendered the rest of the guns in the second phase of the disarmament. Late last year, Government suspended the exercise following public outcry by leaders who claimed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos,Iraq

19 July 2007

Time (USA)

This past Sunday, Barack Obama gave a speech at the Vernon Park Church of God in Chicago in which he noted that the number of city schoolchildren killed in the last school year was higher than the number of soldiers from all of Illinois killed in Iraq over the same period. "From South Central L.A. to Newark, New Jersey, there's an epidemic of violence that's sickening the soul of this nation," the Illinois Senator told the crowd. "The violence is unacceptable and it's... (GunPolicy.org)

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