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Gun Policy News, 9 February 2004

Australia,United Kingdom

9 February 2004

Sydney Morning Herald

A British-based company is selling MP3 players which can be attached to an assault rifle. The "AK-MP3" player is built into the ammunition clip of a Kalashnikov. It can be swapped with the real magazine carrying bullets and inserted into the weapon. The device is being advertised on the internet by a Buckinghamshire-based company set up by a group of Russian businessmen who sell audio books. It comes with enough storage space to hold 3000 audio books or 9000... (

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9 February 2004

Daily Times (Lahore)

LAHORE — In a crackdown on gun ownership, the Punjab government is considering using the newly established public safety commissions (PSCs) at district level to revise the 63,000 licenses issued for automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the province. Home Department sources said the PSCs would have the difficult task of collecting information about licensed weapons. The sources said that due to alleged corruption among low-level employees in the Postmaster... (

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United States

9 February 2004

News & Record (North Carolina)

Isaiah McCallum's brief life ended with a single shot from a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun. He was 14 years young, just like his shooter. Two other boys with McCallum, both 17, said the shooting was an accident. Police are still investigating, but this much is clear: A generation ago, such tragedies were as much an aberration as teenagers with ready access to guns. Now McCallum's death brings a festering fear to the surface among police and community leaders.... (

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9 February 2004

Daily Star (India)

Gangs of gunrunners openly smuggle firearms into Bangladesh, making the Satkhira borders with India porous with bribes to 'mammonish law-enforcers', underworld operatives and local people said. International gunrunning syndicates buy the firearms cheap from eastern Indian state of West Bengal, especially from its capital Kolkata and Bardhaman, and sell them at higher prices in restive southwestern region in Bangladesh. From Satkhira, Khulna and Jessore, the heart of... (

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9 February 2004

Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt — In a bid to stop arms smuggling and terror attacks, Saudi and Yemeni officials will meet soon to review plans to build a fence along their frontier, a pan-Arab newspaper reported Monday. Lt. Gen. Talal Anqawi, head of the Saudi border police, told the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat that the concrete fence would be effective in preventing smuggling and infiltration, especially by car. The newspaper said the meeting was being held to avoid an... (

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9 February 2004

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Rift Valley Province's two regions — North and South — have mutually exclusive crime trends. The Northern zone is prone to cattle rustling, while South Rift is characterised by a high rate of robbery, murder, car-jacking, rape, prostitution and petty crimes. North Rift comprises West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Baringo, Marakwet and Trans Nzoia. This area has a high number of firearms illegally in the hands of rustlers. Traffickers in weapons... (

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United States

9 February 2004

Cybercast News Service

Two gun rights groups have canceled plans to hold their annual conference in New York City, citing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's denunciation of the National Rifle Association as "reprehensible." The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced Monday that they will take their 2005 Gun Rights Policy Conference somewhere else. The conference, which provides over $500,000 in revenue to hotels,... (

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United States

9 February 2004

San Francisco Chronicle

WASHINGTON — Gun control hasn't emerged as a leading issue in the 2004 presidential race, but that is likely to change as Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein intensifies her effort to win renewal of the decade-old assault weapons ban, which expires in September. Feinstein's bid should be as tightly contested and bitterly fought as it was 10 years ago. The ban will be part of a package of firearms legislation before Congress that includes a gun industry... (

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United Kingdom

9 February 2004

BBC News 'Inside Out'

Gun crime in the Midlands is on the increase, but how does it compare with the United States? And what lessons can be learned from Birmingham, Alabama? Gun crime has doubled in the Midlands over the past six years, and there are now more criminals than ever using illegal firearms. It's a problem that provoked a national outcry following the shootings of two young women, Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis, in Birmingham last year. So what can be done to crack down... (

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