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31 January 2003

Agence France Presse

MANILA — The Philippine authorities yesterday banned Filipinos from carrying guns on the streets in the most drastic step in three decades to curb the country's entrenched gun culture. President Gloria Arroyo said even licensed civilian gun owners would not be allowed to take their weapons outside their homes, where some families keep small armouries to protect themselves against burglaries, kidnappings and communist or Muslim separatist guerillas. In a speech at... (

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