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Gun Policy News, 20 October 2005

Brazil

20 October 2005

New York Times

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilians have a startling propensity to shoot each other. With about 180 million people living here, nearly 40,000 were killed by firearms in 2003. That is almost four times the number in the United States, whose population is larger by more than 100 million people. Brazil's cities are growing more violent and dangerous, crime is rising and gangs often have more firepower than the police now. But a government plan for a complete nationwide ban... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cyprus

20 October 2005

New Anatolian / Journal of Turkish Weekly

ANKARA — Report submitted to UN General Assembly shows Greek Cyprus second-biggest small-arms importer, after US. Greek Cypriot imports are some $228 mln a year "This recurrent peculiarity is consequence of opaque transit trade," says Swiss report. "Lack of transparency characterizes [Greek] Cypriot reporting on the trade: Many arms imported from 'unspecified' countries." Though underestimated, small arms responsible for majority of direct conflict deaths,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

20 October 2005

Bloomberg (USA)

Brazil, the world's leader in gun- related murders, is divided over a proposal to ban the sale of firearms that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says would help curb an increase of violence in the country. The Oct. 23 referendum marks the first time any nation has put a gun-control measure to a popular vote, according to the human-rights group Amnesty International. A poll this month of 2,002 people by Rio de Janeiro-based Ibope found 49 percent oppose the change... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday plans to approve legislation giving the U.S. gun industry sweeping protection from civil lawsuits, giving the powerful gun lobby a victory on one of its top priorities. Both Republicans and Democrats predicted the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms" bill would pass the House with bipartisan support. The Senate has already passed the legislation, and the White House strongly backs it. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Bush will likely get a chance to sign into law a bill to shield the gun industry from lawsuits brought by victims of gun crimes, a controversial measure that has survived the Senate for the first time and is headed for passage in the House. Supporters say the bill would protect firearms manufacturers, dealers and importers from financial ruin sought by crime victims' lawsuits that seek massive damages. "Lawsuits seeking to hold the firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

20 October 2005

National (Port Moresby)

A soldier, policeman and a magistrate were involved in an incident in Kagua district that led to the death of a man while others received serious injuries. Southern Highlands police boss Superintendent Simon Nigi said yesterday he would send a letter of complaint to the Police and the PNG Defence Force hierarchy recommending disciplinary actions for their behaviour. Supt Nigi said the soldier, a sergeant in the army, his policeman brother and a magistrate had gone... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

Washington Post

The House of Representatives today passed legislation to protect the U.S. gun industry from lawsuits by crime victims, and President Bush said he looks forward to signing it. The House voted 283-144 to approve the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act," which passed the Senate in late July by a similarly lopsided margin of 65-31. The National Rifle Association, which pushed hard for the bill as its top legislative priority, hailed it as vital to protect the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Congress gave the gun lobby its top legislative priority Thursday, passing a bill protecting the firearms industry from massive crime-victim lawsuits. President Bush said he will sign it. "Our laws should punish criminals who use guns to commit crimes, not law-abiding manufacturers of lawful products," Bush said in a statement. The House voted 283-144 to send the bill to the president after supporters, led by the National Rifle Association, proclaimed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON — The US Congress gave final approval to a bill protecting gun sellers and manufacturers from lawsuits brought by crime victims. "The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" was approved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 283 to 144, and now goes to US President George W. Bush for his signature. It was approved in the US Senate in July. The bill received a big push from the powerful pro-gun lobby group the National Rifle Association, which... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Congress delivered a long-sought victory to the gun industry today when the House of Representatives, with considerable Democratic support, voted to shield firearms manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits. The bill now goes to President Bush, who has promised to sign it. The gun liability bill has for years been the No. 1 legislative priority of the National Rifle Association, which has lobbied lawmakers intensely for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

20 October 2005

Harlow Star (Essex)

Human rights campaigners in Harlow have thrown their support behind a new big budget Hollywood film as part of their crusade to rein in the illegal arms trade. The Harlow and Bishop's Stortford branch of Amnesty International has applauded the release of the new Nicolas Cage film Lord Of War for highlighting the threat to security from arms dealers. The film has Cage playing a gunrunner one step ahead of an Interpol agent, skirting around legal loopholes on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

20 October 2005

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — When kids play cops and robbers in Rio's Mare shantytown, many of the guns aren't make-believe. Boys playfully take aim at their buddies with loaded assault rifles. They don't shoot; it's just a game. But the violence is real — so real that one piece of Mare is known as the Gaza Strip for its frequent shootouts between police and drug gangs. Shantytowns like Mare are ground zero in a battle over Brazilians' right to bear arms, which goes... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

20 October 2005

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil, which has more annual gun deaths than any other country, could be poised to launch dramatic measures to stop the violence that's paralyzed whole cities. This Sunday the 186 million-person country will become the first in the world to hold a nationwide referendum on banning the sales of guns and bullets to almost all civilians. The result is anything but certain. A public opinion survey this month by the private research firm IBOPE showed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique

20 October 2005

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

MAPUTO — The national director of public order in the Mozambican Interior Ministry, Custodio Zandamela, said on Wednesday, in Bilene district, in the southern province of Gaza, that collecting illegally held firearms will improve the sense of security among the Mozambican people, reports Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". Zandamela was speaking during a ceremony to destroy a total of 3,390 firearms of different types and sizes, 9,162 rounds of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italy

20 October 2005

Guardian (UK)

The arrival of avian flu in Europe has sparked a debate in a country with one of the continent's strongest gun lobbies over whether to ban the shooting of migratory birds. More than 700,000 Italians go shooting during a season that varies from region to region but lasts in most parts of the country from September to January. Numbers have been shrinking steadily from a peak of some 2.3 million in the mid-1970s. The shooting lobby today may not be as awesomely powerful... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

Nashville City Paper

A handgun carrying permit holder in the state is allowed to legally showcase his weapon in public, according to a recent state Attorney General's opinion. Rep. Ben West Jr. (D-Hermitage), a long-time gun rights advocate and permit carrier, requested the opinion on behalf of the Tennessee Firearms Association to clarify the law as to whether a permit holder was required to conceal a handgun. John Harris, the executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

20 October 2005

Economist

DIADEMA — In the late 1990s the citizens of Diadema were so ashamed of living there that they registered their cars in neighbouring São Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, rather than be seen driving around with local plates. The source of the stigma was crime: in 1999 there were 374 murders in Diadema, a rate of 110 per 100,000 people, staggering even by Brazilian standards. The dense and gritty satellite town became notorious nationally as a "land without law."... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

20 October 2005

Balkan Insight (Sarajevo)

SARAJEVO — Disagreements are emerging within the international community as to whether the Bosnian authorities should be allowed to sell more stockpiled weaponry following the latest round of defence reforms, or be forced to destroy it. Bosnia and Herzegovina's parliament approved a package of defence reforms on October 6 that includes greatly reducing the country's now united armed forces to 10,000 men. This latest round of downsizing raises the issue of what... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 October 2005

Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

An 11-year-old Frayser Elementary student who'd been spatting with classmates, was arrested Wednesday for pulling a gun out at school Tuesday. About 9:30 Wednesday morning, Memphis police were called to Frayser Elementary, 1602 Dellwood. Principal Elaine Price said she'd learned a student brought a gun the day before. "He brought a gun to school, then showed it around, put it up and told the kids not to tell," said felony assault Lt. Mark Miller. The sixth-grader... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

20 October 2005

La Libre Belgique (Brussels)

[Translated summary: FN-Herstal, in good financial health for the past three years, will now focus on core business: an equal split of civilian and military arms production, with emphasis on law enforcement weapons, some of them less lethal]. La FN-Herstal (groupe Herstal, 100 pc Région wallonne) est aujourd'hui en bonne santé financière. Le résultat net est en hausse (3,9 millions d'euros en 2002, 4,6 millions en 2003, 11,5 millions en 2004). Invité du séminaire... (GunPolicy.org)

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