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Gun Policy News, 13 October 2005


13 October 2005

Daily Journal (Caracas) / AP

RIO DE JANEIRO — A rap group interrupts the TV evening news with a rapid-fire tirade about the need to protect family and friends. No gangsta rap here — they want Brazil to ban the sale of guns. Then a young woman tells viewers that banning guns won't stop violence, and that she won't give up her constitutional right to bear arms. If Brazil outlaws guns, she warns, only outlaws will have guns. Latin America's largest country is debating: Should the sale of guns and... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

13 October 2005

Trinidad and Tobago Express

National Security Minister Martin Joseph has been advised by professionals and experts that a gun amnesty will not work in this country. "On the basis of all expert advice it is not the best way … it will not work, it has not worked in other places," Joseph said in his contribution to the budget debate in the Senate yesterday. Speaking passionately about the gun problem in this country, Joseph said that younger people were carrying guns now which was not exclusive... (

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South Africa,Brazil

13 October 2005

Cape Times (Cape Town), Opinion

Brazil will hold a referendum on October 23 to prohibit private ownership of firearms and the sale of ammunition. An 80% "Yes" vote is expected and voting is compulsory under Brazilian law. The disarmament movement follows demands in Rio de Janeiro and other cities when groups of up to 50 000 people marched peacefully to demonstrate that they had had enough of gang violence. The Brazilian Congress responded to the marches with the disarmament law in 2003, and the... (

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United States

13 October 2005

Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Column

I wrote the other day about a bill coming to the Florida Legislature that would let people bring guns to work so long as they keep them in their cars. I said this was a bad idea. I said companies that ban guns from their parking lots had a right to set reasonable rules to promote safety on their premises. The column, it turns out, did a public service. It gave many gun owners the opportunity for target practice. "You sounded like an idiot with your typical liberal... (

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United States

13 October 2005

Miami Herald

A 44-year-old Miami-Dade man suspected of shooting his wife Wednesday evening tracked her down moments later inside an ambulance, sending three terrified paramedics fleeing as he jumped in with gun in hand, then fired one more shot — taking his own life, Miami-Dade police reported. The man's 35-year-old wife and her mortally wounded husband were transported by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he died, Miami-Dade police spokeswoman... (

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United States

13 October 2005

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

YORK, Virginia — When Chet Szymecki does anything — goes to the store, pumps gas at the local Wawa, mows his lawn — he wears his handgun on his hip. So last month, when the 38-year-old father of three decided to attend the York County School Board meeting to voice concerns about a cell phone tower proposed at Dare Elementary School, he called the Sheriff's Office to find out if he could take the gun with him. He could. So, he holstered his .45-caliber Heckler &... (

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