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Gun Policy News, 28 September 2004

United States

28 September 2004

San Francisco Examiner

Guns are flooding into the hands of local criminals from across the nation, with weapons originating in Massachusetts and Utah being found at local crime scenes, San Francisco police say. A study tracing 25 guns seized from crime scenes and unregistered owners over the past two months found that the weapons had traveled thousands of miles. However, cops say it still does not answer the million-dollar question: How are some of The City's most dangerous felons getting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

28 September 2004

Philippine Daily Inquirer

BAGUIO CITY, Benguet — Abra Gov. Vicente Valera, the province's mayors and members of the militia Cordillera People's Liberation Army, have agreed to surrender their firearms in two weeks to the police, Chief Supt. Rowland Albano, Cordillera police director, said on Tuesday. But no politicians made any commitment about turning over members of their private armies to authorities, Albano said in a press conference. He said police are negotiating a diplomatic solution... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

28 September 2004

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

A new policy that seeks to control how guns are to be issued will infringe on individual liberties, claims a human rights activist. He termed it as a misdirected effort. Mr Tirop Kitur, a member of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, was reacting to a story published in the current issue of the EastAfrican to the effect that the Government wants to withdraw guns in private hands. He said the escalating crime rate in the country was associated with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

28 September 2004

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

Gun shop owners are taking the police to court in a bid to get information on the workings of the central firearm registry. This comes in the wake of reports that no legal firearms have been sold in South Africa since the new and tougher firearms act came into force on July 1. Safety and Security Ministry spokesperson Leslie Xinwa also confirmed on Tuesday that there was a backlog of more than 10 000 appeals against refusal of firearms licence applications. Waiting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2004

Gannett News Service (USA)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., might not seem the most obvious person to try to overturn gun laws in the nation's capital. Souder doesn't live in Washington. And he doesn't own a gun for either hunting or protection, despite having been robbed at gunpoint just outside Washington in 1997. But he does have a fierce commitment to gun rights. The Fort Wayne resident said his bottom line is: "Do you believe law-abiding citizens have the right to protect... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2004

Washington Post

Two senior House Democrats called on President Bush yesterday to declare whether he supports a bill that would repeal virtually all of the District's gun laws, as GOP House leaders scheduled a vote on the measure tomorrow. Backers of the legislation — which more than half of the 435-member House is sponsoring, including about 50 Democrats — expect it to pass by a lopsided vote. But its prospects are uncertain in the Senate, which has turned back two other efforts... (GunPolicy.org)

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