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Gun Policy News, 26 October 2004

United States

26 October 2004

Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana)

Congressional candidate Tracy Velazquez' ranking by the National Rifle Association has dropped from an A to an F. The flunking grade is based on statements attributed to Velazquez during a Bozeman radio interview in January, NRA spokeswoman Kelly Hobbs said Monday from Virginia. The grade was changed one week ago. The election is next week. Velazquez, a Bozeman Democrat, maintains the quotes were taken out of context and characterized the issue as "typical... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 October 2004

BuaNews (Tshwane)

National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi says laws governing firearm licenses will remain tight to ensure that guns do not fall into the wrong hands. Commissioner Selebi said a number of initiatives had been put in place to control the proliferation of firearms in South Africa and the world. Speaking at the launch of the Gun Free South Africa report in Pretoria today, commissioner Selebi said current process of issuing licenses would be complimented by strict... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 October 2004

News24 (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG — "Search and destroy" — This is the immediate aim of the SAPS with illegal and needless firearms, the national head of police, commissioner Jackie Selebi, said on Tuesday. Selebi spoke at the presentation of a report by the Centre for Conflict Resolution and the non-governmental organisation, Gun Free South Africa (GFSA), and said projects similar to the combined project between South Africa and Mozambique, known as Operation Rachel, were being... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

26 October 2004

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

There are more than 100,000 illegally acquired firearms in Samburu, Baringo and Turkana districts, according to a census done in the region. Samburu district peace committee chairman, Mr Moses Lenairoshi, who is also a district security committee member, said the figures may be higher than what is officially known. He said illegal firearms had frustrated Government efforts to stamp out cattle rustling that had claimed many lives. He told elders from the three... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 October 2004

South African Broadcasting Corporation

A two year research project that investigated the proliferation of small firearms in Southern African countries has revealed that civilian ownership of firearms in Southern Africa is by far the highest in South Africa. The study, commissioned by Gun Free South Africa in collaboration with the Centre for Conflict Resolution and the Institute for Security Studies, was launched in Pretoria today. The proliferation of small arms was investigated in the nine Southern... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 October 2004

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

The South African Police Service (SAPS) may be disarmed of its service pistols if no police officer is killed over a two-year period, said National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi on Tuesday. "If I can record zero police deaths in two years, then I will be in a position to say that we can look at taking weapons away from police," said the commissioner. Selebi also said he will shortly turn schools into gun-free zones where not even police officers will be allowed to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

26 October 2004

Reuters

PRETORIA, South Africa — The new head of Interpol declared war on small arms Tuesday, saying the proliferation of pistols, shotguns and rifles threatens peace and law enforcement across Africa and around the world. South Africa's National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, elected as head of the international police agency this month, said he would use his tenure to "do everything to ensure that this campaign against small arms becomes a global campaign." "In the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

26 October 2004

RTE News (Ireland)

Gun crime is continuing to increase according to the latest quarterly crime figures released by the Department of Justice this afternoon. The figures show that there has been a 40% increase in the discharge of firearms so far this year compared to last year and a smaller 2% increase in the possession of firearms. The Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, has said he is bringing in a range of measures to tackle the problem. His proposals include a new offence of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

26 October 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Extra security measures and a loud alarm system foiled a second attempt by a Port Moresby gang armed with M-16 assault rifles to attack Ang's Chinese restaurant in Gordons last night. About 20 patrons, including Post-Courier managing director Bob Howarth and his wife Di, were in the restaurant when the gang of three gunmen forced an outer fence security guard at gunpoint to let them into the restaurant's compound at about 8pm. "The gang got to the inner security... (GunPolicy.org)

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