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Gun Policy News, 10 October 2005

United States

10 October 2005

Tribune & Georgian (Georgia), Editorial

Just when you think things can't get any weirder or scarier in Florida, the state goes and ups the ante one more time. It's actually kind of nice to be sitting here in Georgia, watching the fiesta of disfunction unfold to our south, but there are some drawbacks as well. Just look at our police reports each week and you'll see that plenty of criminals have been making their way north from the Sunshine State to bring their malfeasance across state lines. Who knows, with... (

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United States

10 October 2005

New York Times

An owner of a barbershop in Upper Manhattan was killed yesterday afternoon when a disgruntled former owner of the shop walked in and shot him and three other men, the police said. The gunman, identified by the police as Eddy Espinal, 40, was arrested around the corner from the shop, which is on St. Nicholas Avenue near West 189th Street in Fort George, after a passing police officer saw him running away. Officers found a long-barreled pistol that he had tossed under a... (

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United States

10 October 2005

Associated Press

CHICAGO — A four-year-old boy is in the hospital after being shot by a two-year-old playmate this morning. The boy was shot in the hip around 8:20 a-m at a home on the city's southwest side (at 2222 South Drake Avenue). He was taken to Wyler Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. Police spokeswoman Laura West says his condition is not immediately available. Police Captain Robert Zavala says officers still can't find the gun. But they have a man in... (

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United States

10 October 2005

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

DAYTON — One man was killed and two others wounded in what police called a case of "parking lot rage" at a gas station early Monday. The gunman, Roy Smith, of Dayton, later was shot by a Dayton police officer who said the 47-year-old pointed a gun at him in the same parking lot. Smith was hit once in the upper torso and was listed in fair condition at Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Mike Aydlett, 46, of Houston, a customer who had pulled in for gas after... (

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10 October 2005

Khaleej Times (Dubai)

SANAA — The Yemeni government admitted on Monday that it sent weapons to Somalia earlier this year to help the country's interim government consolidate its grip on power and restore stability. "Yemen has supplied the legitimate government in Somalia with personal arms in support of police forces that are being prepared and equipped to strengthen the elected government's capacities to boost the security and stability of the country," a Yemeni official source said in a... (

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United States

10 October 2005

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) / AP

WARNER ROBINS — Bill Haas enjoys target shooting behind his house. A member of the National Rifle Association, he says he carries a gun in his truck, and sometimes one in his pocket. He lives on six acres in an unincorporated portion of the county just north of Perry, an area he says few people inhabited when he and his wife moved there in 1988. Residents lived far enough apart then that it wasn't a big deal for neighbors to go outside and shoot at backyard targets,... (

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United States

10 October 2005

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Editorial

Florida's reckless new "shoot first" law is bound to lead to senseless tragedy. Effective Oct. 1, the measure allows any resident engaged in lawful activity in a public place to use deadly force if "he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." Such broad language is an open invitation to armed, trigger-happy residents to take... (

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Somalia,United Nations

10 October 2005

IRIN (UN News)

NAIROBI — Violations of a UN arms embargo by the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), its opponents in the capital, Mogadishu, and certain parties in the region have recently taken a "sustained and dramatic upswing", a monitoring team said. In its most recent report produced in August, the team said the increased arms inflow was a manifestation of "highly aggravated political tensions between the TFG and the opposition". This, it added, had given rise to... (

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United States

10 October 2005

Modesto Bee (California) / AP

AUSTIN, Texas — Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, who once owned a .45-caliber revolver, is not licensed to carry a concealed handgun in Texas. State officials refused Monday to reveal whether she has ever been licensed. Miers' brother gave her the Smith & Wesson handgun when he was worried about her living alone in Dallas. Judge Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court, a longtime friend of Miers', has said she kept the gun for a long time. State law requires the... (

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Germany,West Asia,North Africa

10 October 2005


CAIRO — The Arab League and Germany signed here Monday an agreement on small arms and light weapons control in the Arab world. As per the agreement, a special sum of money would be granted to the league by Germany for holding the first Arab meeting on small arms and light weapons in the Arab nation. The agreement was co-signed by Arab League Assistanct Secretary General for Financial and Administrative Affairs, Ambassador Samir Saiful Yazal and German Ambassador to... (

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Iran,Iraq,United Kingdom,United States

10 October 2005

Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN — The detained members of an arms smuggling gang have admitted that British forces in Iraq monitor the smuggling of arms from Iraq to Iran, the Fars news agency reported, quoting a provincial police officer. Brigadier General Isa Daraei, the commander of the Law Enforcement Forces in Khuzestan Province, told reporters some 117 cache of small arms including handguns and Kalashnikov have been confiscated from four smugglers in recent days. Daraei said that the... (

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Germany,West Asia,North Africa

10 October 2005


CAIRO — The Arab League and Germany signed here on Monday an agreement on small arms and light weapons control in the Arab world, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported. Under the agreement, Germany will provide money to the league for holding the first Arab meeting on small arms and light weapons control among Arab countries, according to the report. The agreement was signed by AL assistant secretary general for financial and administrative affairs Samir... (

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West Africa

10 October 2005

Daily Graphic (Ghana)

A draft convention on small arms and light weapons prepared by a coalition of civil society groups in West Africa has been presented to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The draft convention was prepared by a team of experts and it was discussed and adopted by civil society groups at a forum in Mali, Bamako, in March this year. It was supported by Oxfam Great Britain and Oxfam America. The Chairman of the West African Action Network on Small Arms... (

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Belgium,United States

10 October 2005

Le Soir (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Belgium's Walloon government, owner of arms maker FN-Herstal, plans to lay off 236 American workers, then pay 20 million Euros to close a Winchester factory in the US]. La Région wallonne va fermer une usine aux Etats-Unis. Elle va même dépenser vingt millions d'euros pour réaliser l'opération. Cela peut surprendre. Et pourtant … La Région est unique actionnaire de la FN à Herstal. Par ricochet, elle est aussi impliquée dans l'entreprise... (

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