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Gun Policy News, 25 July 2007

Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh)

Twice, Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho walked in the front door of a gun dealer and walked out through a loophole. A federal law, passed in 1968, bars people from buying a gun if, like Cho, they have been deemed dangerous because of a mental illness. The law, however, doesn't require states to report those people to the federal criminal background check database. A bill up for consideration in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday could change that. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

San Francisco Examiner

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco's board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed several new gun control laws for The City. The new laws are more limited in scope than Proposition H, a 2005 voter-approved measure that was struck down in 2006 after it was challenged in a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association, four other groups and seven individuals. Superior Court Judge James Warren ruled at that time that the city measure conflicted with state laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco's already tough laws on firearms will get even stronger — becoming some of the most restrictive in the country — after a vote at City Hall Tuesday. But even new restrictions won't do much to stop the gun violence escalating on city streets, one sponsor of the new laws said after the vote. The violence that has been generally confined to more crime-plagued neighborhoods crossed into a major tourist area Monday afternoon, with a shooting that left one... (GunPolicy.org)

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25 July 2007

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

GUELPH, Ontario; Ottawa — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he wants to work with U.S. states to stem the flow into Canada of smuggled handguns, but he warned that Canadian governments will have to do something in return to deal with U.S. complaints about the southward flow of marijuana. "We need to find a way for provinces and states to come to terms with this," he told reporters in Guelph. A spokesman for the Premier said later that preliminary talks have been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

Twin Falls Times-News (Idaho)

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A federal agency has accused a local gun shop manager, who is also the Twin Falls City Planning and Zoning Commission chairman, of posing a credible threat to its agents' safety by harassing and intimidating them. The accusation is the latest incident in an increasingly tense relationship between Red's Trading Post and federal firearms regulators. U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' audits of Ryan Horsley's family-owned gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

Kansas City Star (Missouri) / AP

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois — A college fraternity president and aspiring rapper who was accused of threatening a "murderous rampage" similar to April's deadly shootings at Virginia Tech pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A gun dealer had alerted federal authorities about Olutosin Oduwole, 22, saying he had seemed overly eager to get an online shipment of semiautomatic weapons, according to an affidavit filed in court by a police detective. The Southern Illinois University at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

Detroit Free Press

CLIO, Michigan — Jered Townsend is a single, 30-year-old gun enthusiast who lives north of Flint on a rural road with his parents and his baby. Well, "baby" is his way of putting it. He doesn't have children. As America learned Monday in a nationally televised debate featuring Democratic presidential candidates, Townsend's baby is a Bushmaster AR15 semiautomatic rifle, all black and polished and pretty. He does like his weapons. Townsend brandished his rifle in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

Boston Globe / AP

BEDFORD, New Hampshire — Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who supports an assault weapons ban, said he sees no problem with a Manchester City Republican Party's fundraiser where guests will use Uzis and M-16 rifles. "No one is suggesting that automatic weapons be made available to the public. No one is suggesting that automatic weapons be made legal," Romney said at a town hall meeting in a school gym. "I support the Second Amendment. I support the ban on (automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

Hampton, Editorial

Despite recent headline-grabbing shootings, Toronto is not Detroit — and Halifax is not Dodge City. Even so, the deaths of 11-year-old Ephraim Brown in Toronto and 37-year-old Glenn Brian Bourgeois in Halifax have caused fear, anger and anxiety to spike in the neighbourhoods in which they occurred. Brown, whose parents had allowed him to stay up late for a birthday party, was cut down in a crossfire of bullets fired by rival gangs. Bourgeois, who had a criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

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25 July 2007

New Vision (Kampala)

About 34,040 bullets were burnt at Kigo Prison yesterday. A team of explosive experts, led by the Anti-Terrorism Unit assistant commissioner of Police, Abas Byakagaba, constructed the six incinerators that were used to destroy the ammunition. The bullets were discovered in September 2006 by a 72-year-old brickmaker, Falasiko Ssentumbwe, the Kakola LC1 defence secretary and his assistant only identified as Mutoro in Kakola village, Mpigi town council. Ssentumbwe... (GunPolicy.org)

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25 July 2007

Stabroek News (Georgetown)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — On Monday the defence team continued cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses, the second of who was called to give evidence against Lieutenant Tony Ross, who is embroiled in the theft of the 30 AK-47 rifles and five pistols from the Guyana Defence Force last year. Ross, who was the commander of the Ordnance Corps, a unit responsible for the storage and distribution of weapons in the army, is the first senior officer to be court-martialled... (GunPolicy.org)

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25 July 2007

Prince George Citizen (British Columbia), Editorial

The federal government must stop caving in to the gun lobby and finally place a nationwide ban on handguns. The shooting death last weekend of an 11-year-old boy, caught in the crossfire between rival gang members in Toronto, screams for the need for harsh action from Ottawa. The Conservatives continue to dismiss the merits of a handgun ban. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says more police officers are the answer to ridding our streets of guns. That's a narrow... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

25 July 2007

Newsday (New York) / AP

Key dates in the case of a Southern Illinois University student accused of trying to make a terrorist threat, as detailed in a court affidavit by Wood River, Ill., investigator Otis Steward: - June 28: Olutosin Oduwole puts up a M-16 machine gun for online auction, selling the weapon to a man in Kirksville, Mo. As part of his listing, Oduwole used pictures and descriptions of the weapon taken from another weapons-related Web site. - July 2: A $1,000 check from the... (GunPolicy.org)

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