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Gun Policy News, 6 May 1998

United Kingdom,Scotland,Brazil

6 May 1998

Aberdeen Press & Journal

A Dunblane churchman flies to Brazil this weekend to take the anti-gun message to South America. The Rev. Maxwell Craig, general seretary of Action of Churches Together in Scotland, will address a three-day international conference in Rio de Janeiro. Mr Craig, who recently dedicated the Dunblane Memorial Garden, was invited for his first-hand experience of how handguns can blight a community. The conference will focus on how to take handguns off the streets. "People... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

6 May 1998

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

Shaken by recent schoolyard shootings in the United States, the deadly perils faced by their peacekeepers abroad and by the growing power of criminality within their own borders, the Group of Eight industrial countries will make the control of illicit firearms a priority at their annual meeting next week in England. The G-8 supported a UN resolution last week to adopt a legally binding global convention to combat weapons trafficking and agreed to place it on their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgaria

6 May 1998

Reuters

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria, struggling to revamp its out-sized and once flourishing defense industry, has embarked on a thorny path of selling it off, a senior government official said Wednesday. According to a restructuring plan, the government plans to reduce state participation, demilitarize production and privatize 22 major arms plants. "We expect Western firms which have shown interest earlier to restate their intentions officially and to take part in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 May 1998

Reuters

ORLANDO, Florida — A gun-swap organized by an Orlando radio station nearly misfired on Wednesday when local bad guys offered cash instead of sneakers to youths turning in their firearms. No arrests were made and 73 guns were turned in for sneakers. Russ Rollins, host of the Russ & Bo Show on WTKS-FM, persuaded local stores and athletes to donate high-priced sports shoes for the "Kicks for Guns" swap. Kicks is a slang word for the shoes. "This was a pretty relaxed... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

6 May 1998

New Zealand Press Association

WELLINGTON — Police are concerned about the theft of three firearms during a burglary at a Wellington house. Senior Sergeant Doug Rowan said two semi-automatics and a bolt action rifle were stolen from the dwelling last night. The bolt action and one semi automatic were .308 calibre and the other semi-automatic was .22 calibre. The guns were not held in a gun cabinet and were stolen from a wardrobe. Nothing else was stolen. Mr Rowan said the gun owner could face... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

6 May 1998

New Zealand Press Association

CHRISTCHURCH — The shooting of an Ashburton policeman and the start of the duck-shooting season have prompted Christchurch police to crack down on people with invalid gun licences. Senior Sergeant Derek Erasmus said between 5000 and 10,000 Canterbury people had not renewed their 10-year licences despite a nationwide campaign during the past five years. The maximum fine for an unlicensed person caught with a firearm was $4000, one year's imprisonment or both, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

6 May 1998

Radio New Zealand

Police in Canterbury are setting their sights on unlicensed gun owners. Around 10-thousand owners are still unlicensed in the region despite a 5-year relicensing campaign. Senior Sergeant Derek Erasmus says they'd prefer not to have to prosecute, but anyone found without a licence will have to have a very good reason not to be charged. He thinks apathy is probably to blame — and has noticed more people signing up since the shooting of an Ashburton policeman and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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