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Gun Policy News, 7 October 2005

United States

7 October 2005

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

A North Side man was found guilty this week in federal court of illegal possession of a gun in connection with a Strip District shooting prosecuted as part of a Justice Department crackdown on gun crime. Jonathan Jones, 40, faces up to 10 years in prison for possessing a .40-caliber Glock pistol outside the Boardwalk complex on June 13, 2004. Prosecutors said Mr. Jones fired shots at a Donzi's bar patron in the parking lot. The slugs penetrated the target's car but... (

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7 October 2005

ABC News (Australia)

Police are investigating the theft of a hand gun from a Gold Coast conference. Police say the Smith and Wesson pistol was in a locked display cabinet at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. The gun was on display as part of a trade show associated with the land warfare conference. Police say the cabinet was opened and the gun taken at some time during the day. The theft was reported to police around 5:00pm AEST yesterday afternoon when other weapons were being signed... (

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United Kingdom

7 October 2005

Guardian (UK)

Britain's shooting laws could be relaxed to help the Olympic team return from exile and prepare at home for the London games in 2012. Legislation introduced after the Dunblane massacre in 1996 outlawed handguns in Britain even for licensed sport, forcing leading competitors to train in Switzerland. But now government ministers are considering giving pistol shooters the same special exemption from the law as police marksmen or personal protection officers, because they... (

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United Nations

7 October 2005

Arms Control Today (Washington, DC)

Missing from the final agreement of the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly was a pledge to craft a legal instrument to implement the UN's plan to combat the illicit trade in small arms. Earlier drafts had included such a pledge, but that provision was excised from the text before the heads of state arrived in New York Sept. 14. The relevant paragraph, from a draft document dated Aug. 5, read: "We commit to adopt and implement an international instrument to... (

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7 October 2005

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

Most murder guns in Canada are never registered with the Canadian Firearms Centre, according to a new Statistics Canada report. The new Juristat study — a version of which reported over the summer that Canada's murder rate jumped 12% in 2004 after a three-decade slide — says that registration information on murder guns was "unknown" to police in more than half of homicides reported between 1997 and 2004 where the gun was recovered. Gun registry opponents say... (

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7 October 2005

National Post (Toronto)

Tipsters who lead police to illegal guns will now be eligible for Crime Stoppers rewards of up to $500, thanks to a program unveiled yesterday that is said to be the first of its kind in Canada. Under the Toronto Crime Stoppers aegis, the campaign aims to remove from Toronto streets the illegal firearms that, over the past summer, have contributed to an unprecedented streak of gun violence in the city. "It's no secret that we've been plagued this year by quite a bit... (

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7 October 2005

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

EDMONTON — Alberta Justice had flagged RCMP killer James Roszko as a potential dangerous offender in 1995, but the conviction required to make him eligible for the status never came. Roszko, who had a 30-year record of 44 charges but only 14 convictions, was not found guilty of anything after being flagged for a sexual assault conviction. One conviction for a serious offence was needed to incarcerate him indefinitely. Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens released... (

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7 October 2005

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

CALGARY — James Roszko was a petty criminal and small-town "bad ass," but there's nothing the Alberta justice system could have done that would have prevented the man from shooting four Mounties to death seven months ago before turning a gun on himself, the province said yesterday. "This man had a long criminal record, but the circumstances of March 3 do not appear to be in any fashion connected with the prosecution history," Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens... (

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7 October 2005

La Presse (Montreal)

[Translated summary: Gun homicides show a two-year increase, despite the controversial and costly Canadian gun registry]. Les meurtres par arme à feu ont recommencé à augmenter au pays, depuis deux ans, malgré la mise en place du controversé programme fédéral d'enregistrement des armes à feu, qui a coûté jusqu'à maintenant plus d'un milliard de dollars. Depuis le 31 décembre 2002, date limite à laquelle les Canadiens devaient avoir enregistré leurs 8... (

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United States

7 October 2005

Huntsville Times (Alabama), Opinion

All 50 states need to do what Florida did and adopt a shoot-first law. What a marvelous idea it is to encourage citizens across the country to become vigilantes. That's just what we've been missing in our nation: vigilante justice. State budgets are tight. Resources are low. Why spend extra money on more troopers or deputies or police officers to keep us safe? If shoot-first laws are enacted everywhere, we can keep ourselves safe. We can all enforce the law at gun... (

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United States

7 October 2005

St Petersburg Times (Florida), Editorial

Sen. Durell Peaden Jr., R-Crestview, a physician before becoming a politician, knows how to read medical journals. But he neglected his homework before putting his name on the gun lobby's latest Tallahassee outrage. A North Carolina study reported in the May edition of the American Journal of Public Health found at least five times the risk of homicide at business premises where firearms were allowed as where they were banned. All the same, the National Rifle... (

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United States

7 October 2005

Herald Tribune (Florida), Opinion

You gotta love our state. We may rank near the bottom in spending on education, but when it comes to encouraging citizens to defend themselves by shooting potential assailants, we lead the nation. Not that there isn't a certain simplistic appeal to Florida's new "Stand Your Ground" law, which went into effect Saturday. Most of us reserve at least token admiration for a Dirty Harry-style of justice in which the deadly force of good overcomes the deadly force of... (

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United States

7 October 2005

South Bend Tribune (Indiana)

SOUTH BEND — It seems simple. Release the safety, cock the gun, pull the trigger. Boom. And for a criminal, it may appear their link to a bullet ends the moment the shot flies from the pistol. But every round and casing that drops from a firearm is equal to the unique formation of fingerprints, police say, providing authorities with microscopic pieces in solving a crime scene puzzle. Enter the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, new technology in the South... (

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United States

7 October 2005

Fox News (USA)

BAKERSFIELD, California — Five-year-old Jeff Jagels, of Bakersfield, Calif., is just starting school in Kern County, but he already knows what to do when he sees a gun. And other 5-year-olds in his neighborhood are about to learn what Jagels knows, too. "Stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult," is what the youngsters are told by cartoon character Eddie Eagle. The Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program is a free National Rifle Association project that teaches kids... (

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Somalia,United Nations

7 October 2005


UNITED NATIONS — Arms flowing into lawless Somalia have increased dramatically over the last eight months through smuggling and shipments from Yemen, Ethiopia and Eritrea in violation of a U.N. weapons embargo, a panel of experts reported on Friday. The four-member panel, appointed by the U.N. Security Council, proposed that the council slap an embargo on charcoal exports and foreign fishing vessels in Somalia's waters, the main source of revenue for warlords and... (

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United States

7 October 2005

Houston Business Journal (Texas)

"ConocoPhillips is no friend of the Second Amendment." That billboard message deployed by the National Rifle Association along Texas freeways puts Houston's biggest public company squarely in the sights of a national group with strong political firepower. The NRA is taking aim at high-caliber ConocoPhillips Co. by deploying dozens of critically placed billboards and waging a national boycott of the integrated oil company's gas stations. At the heart of the NRA... (

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