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Gun Policy News, 19 August 2008

Estados Unidos

19 August 2008

Christian Science Monitor

Visitors to America's national parks may soon be able to pack more than a picnic lunch on their next visit to Yellowstone, the Everglades, or the Grand Canyon. The US Interior Department is considering a proposal to scrap a 25-year ban on carrying concealed weapons in national parks. If adopted, the measure would mark a significant victory for gun rights advocates and would come at a time when gun control efforts are under increased scrutiny across the country. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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19 August 2008

Today's Zaman (Istanbul)

ANKARA — Polish-made fully automatic Glauberyt submachine guns that were apparently purchased during the reign of Saddam Hussein are now in the hands of the PKK terrorist organization. Turkey and Poland are currently in a row over these weapons. Iraq's chaotic environment following the 2003 US invasion has allowed weapons from around the world to make it into the hands of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). US-made weapons and guns purchased from Poland... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 August 2008

Daily Herald (Chicago)

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk snagged a high-profile endorsement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg while announcing his push for gun-control legislation Monday. "He is a big boost," Kirk said following the afternoon news conference in Northbrook. Kirk is sponsoring legislation to close a so-called loophole that allows gun dealers to sell weapons without the required background checks if their distribution licenses are revoked. The measure is one of several that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 August 2008

Washington Post, Opinion

It had all the hallmarks of a catastrophe in the making: a stash of guns and explosives; a map of Camp David marked with a presidential motorcade route; a list of home addresses for teachers at St. John's College High School, from which Collin McKenzie-Gude had just graduated. The 18-year-old former Junior ROTC member is now in jail on a $750,000 bond, facing charges of weapons violations, possession of explosives and attempted carjacking. Prosecutors say they do not... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 August 2008

Boston Globe

The gun-control activist whose provocative billboards have been turning heads along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 13 years today will unveil one of his most eye-popping messages yet — a fake neon advertisement for American gun shows where people can buy weapons, no questions asked. "We Sell Guns! No ID required. No background checks. Criminals and terrorists welcome!" the billboard peals. "Gun shows are the equivalent of Al Qaeda terrorists walking directly onto... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 August 2008

Lake County News-Sun (Illinois)

NORTHBROOK — John McCain and Barack Obama might be winnowing their list of potential running mates, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a former Democrat and current Republican whose name has been included in the vice-presidential guessing game — had no bombshells to announce as he passed through the North Shore on Monday. "If either (future) administration asks me for advice, I'd be happy to give it," Bloomberg told a gathering of Chicago press at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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19 August 2008

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

EDMONTON — The owner of a popular Edmonton indoor gun range that has been the scene of two public suicides in the past 13 months — the most recent on Sunday — has no plans to change the way he does business. "There is nothing you can do," Ken Kupsch, owner of the Wild West Shooting Centre, said yesterday. "People take pills, they shoot themselves, they hang themselves … If people are motivated to do something, it is hard to stop them." Mr. Kupsch said safety... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 August 2008

ABC News (USA)

A Republican political operative considered part of the McCain campaign's "kitchen cabinet" oversaw a National Rifle Association lobbying campaign that allegedly hired a spy to infiltrate gun control groups, according to Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. James Jay Baker served as executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) in the late 1990s when it allegedly hired a woman to pose as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papúa-Nueva Guinea

19 August 2008

National (Port Moresby)

All firearm licence transfers and renewals will go through a stringent screening process consistent with the Firearms Act chapter 310, police Commissioner Gari Baki announced yesterday while reaffirming the constabulary's commitment to tackle crime in the country. Mr Baki, who is also the registrar of firearms, said gun holders wishing to renew or transfer their firearm licences, especially handguns and pistols to new owners, would have to conform to Government... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

19 August 2008

Sun (UK)

Armed police examine an "assassin's kit" they found in a car boot — hidden under a pram [Photo]. The lethal haul included a pistol with silencer and an AK47 assault rifle. Police swooped on a grey VW Golf after being told that a CCTV camera had picked up a rifle on the passenger seat. The driver was asked if any other weapons were in the car and allegedly replied: "You should take a look in the boot." Cops retrieved the AK47, along with a Desert Eagle... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

19 August 2008

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Attorneys for a Washington, D.C.-based gun-control advocacy group have the tiny school district of Harrold in their sights. The 110-student district, 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth near Wichita Falls, made international news last week with a new policy that allows teachers to carry handguns if they have a state permit and permission from the district. The move appears to be unprecedented. But the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says school officials may be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ruanda,África Central,África Oriental

19 August 2008

New Times (Kigali)

KIGALI — Rwanda has adequately tackled internal proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons that were rampant in the country due to the 1994 Genocide revealed Army Spokesman, Major Jill Rutaremara. Rutaremara is part of the Rwandan delegation attending the three-day conference (18-22 August) on Small Arms and Light Weapons proliferation in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa taking place at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. "The situation is now under control... (GunPolicy.org)

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19 August 2008

Canadian Press

WOOD MOUNTAIN, Saskatchewan — An eight-year-old boy taking part in a gopher hunt, considered a right-of-passage on the Prairies, has died in southern Saskatchewan. The boy was hunting for the pesky rodents with family and friends near Wood Mountain, about 240 kilometres southwest of Regina. A member of the group accidentally shot the boy about 6 p.m. Monday, said RCMP spokesperson Sergeant Tammy Patterson. Some adults were part the group, said Sgt. Patterson. But... (GunPolicy.org)

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