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Gun Policy News, 23 October 2005


23 October 2005

Sun-Herald (Sydney)

Firearm ownership in NSW is up by more than 100,000 in three years, figures obtained by the National Coalition for Gun Control show. The NSW Ministry of Police data, obtained by the NCGC, reveal firearm ownership climbed from 516,468 in 2002 to 648,369 in 2005. National Coalition for Gun Control chairwoman Samantha Lee blamed the high number of applications for firearms to use for hunting on discrepancies between state and federal legislation. Under the 1996... (

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23 October 2005


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — A nationwide antigun referendum has stirred many Brazilians to defend a right they feel they deserve, although it's not guaranteed by their Constitution: The right to bear arms. Just weeks ago, antigun advocates thought they'd win easily when they proposed a nationwide referendum to ban the sale of firearms in Brazil, which kill nearly 40,000 people a year. But as some 122 million Brazilians prepare to vote Sunday, polls show a majority are... (

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United States

23 October 2005

NY1 News (New York)

Democratic mayoral hopeful Fernando Ferrer is blasting Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the issue of gun control. Ferrer joined officers from the group 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Saturday in criticizing Bloomberg's donations to the Republican party on the grounds that they may have helped pass a law shielding gun manufacturers from lawsuits. "Mike Bloomberg has given $17,000 to Republicans in Congress who just voted in favor of a law that will steal the rights of gun... (

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23 October 2005

Bloomberg (USA)

Brazilians, voting in a referendum today, may reject a proposal to ban retail sales of guns and ammunition, a law advocates including President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva say would curb the country's rising violence. The nation-wide balloting marks the first time a country has put a gun-control measure to a popular vote, according to the human-rights group Amnesty International. The latest polls ahead of the vote showed a majority leaning against the measure, which... (

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23 October 2005

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilians soundly rejected a proposal to ban the sale of guns in a national referendum Sunday, striking down the bid to stem one of the world's highest firearm murder rates following a campaign that drew parallels to the U.S. gun control debate. Brazil has 100 million fewer citizens than the United States, but a staggering 25 percent more gun deaths at nearly 40,000 a year. While supporters argued that gun control was the best way to staunch the... (

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23 October 2005

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Brazilians Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a controversial proposal to ban almost all sales of guns and bullets to civilians. With about 80 percent of electronic ballots tabulated Sunday night, 66 percent of voters rejected the proposal while 36 percent voted in favor of it, a spread that guaranteed the measure's defeat. Polls just three months ago found that four-fifths of Brazilians were prepared to vote for the sweeping bullet and gun ban,... (

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23 October 2005

ABC News (Australia)

A man is facing more than 40 firearms charges after the seizure of 51 firearms and 100,000 rounds of ammunition at Innisfail in far north Queensland. A Customs explosives dog was used to locate the ammunition cache buried in a bunker beneath a chicken shed at Coquette Point. Regional crime coordinator John Harris says firearms experts will examine the weapons, which included four automatic rifles and two sub-machine guns. Detective Inspector Harris says a 53-year-old... (

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South Africa

23 October 2005

Independent (South Africa)

A gun lobby group is suing Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula for R3,2-billion for compensation to its members whose appeals for gun licence renewal applications were turned down. In addition, those who have not yet applied say they will defy the law and not apply after seeing how the other members were treated. Black Gun Owners' Association (BGOA) president Abios Khoele said the association's legal team were busy preparing court papers to be served on... (

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23 October 2005


SAO PAULO, Brazil — From Brazil's violence-plagued slums to the guarded enclaves of the rich, people voted on Sunday on whether to ban guns sales in the country with the world's highest death toll from firearms. Surveys released before the referendum indicated they would reject the ban despite the fact that some 36,000 people were killed by guns last year in Brazil, where bloodshed and violent crime are a daily worry for many citizens. In debates leading up to the... (

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23 October 2005

Australian (Sydney)

A man has been charged with weapons offences following a massive firearms and ammunition seizure in north Queensland. Police said today they had seized 51 firearms including four fully automatic assault rifles and two sub-machine guns, and 100,000 rounds of ammunition, following raids at a residence and business in Innisfail. A 53-year-old Innisfail man was charged with 46 weapons-related offences. He is expected to appear in Innisfail Magistrates Court on November... (

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United States

23 October 2005

New York Times

Fernando Ferrer said yesterday that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg should demand the return of $17,000 in campaign contributions he made to Republicans in Congress who supported a measure approved last week that shields firearms manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits. "Taking on the gun lobby is pretty hard when you're lining the pockets of legislators who are themselves in the pockets of the gun industry," Mr. Ferrer said, citing the mayor's contributions to... (

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23 October 2005

Ottawa Sun (Ontario) / CP

TORONTO — The Canadian government is looking into ways to sue U.S. gun manufacturers for the spread of illegal weapons into this country, the Toronto Star reported yesterday. The action is just one part of a multi-faceted crackdown on gun crime due to be unveiled by the end of November. The package will follow months of unusual violence in Toronto. Of the 61 homicides so far in the city this year, 41 have involved firearms. The policy will also be seen as... (

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United Kingdom

23 October 2005

Telegraph (UK)

Gun crime is spreading rapidly from city to suburb, one of Britain's most senior policemen warned yesterday. Tarique Ghaffur, the assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said: "Guns used to be confined to London areas such as Hackney, Lambeth and Brent. Now they are spreading to suburbs such as Wandsworth and Putney." It is a trend seen all over Britain. Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham are notorious for shootings. Last year there were 59 recorded... (

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United States

23 October 2005

St Petersburg Times (Florida), Column

Scientists say that a jellyfish is made up mostly of water, lacking heart, brain or bones, and that the largest of them is called the lion's mane, with a bell 8 feet wide. But what do they know? The largest, I say, is the U.S. Congress. The Florida Legislature is close behind. Like their nautical cousins, they go with the wind and are dangerous to anything in their way. The gun lobby has finally cowed the Congress into protecting firearm manufacturers and dealers... (

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United States

23 October 2005

Janesville Gazette (Wisconsin), Editorial

Expect another shootout in Madison over the right to carry concealed guns. Wisconsin is one of just four states that do not allow law-abiding residents to carry guns. Two years ago, the Gazette supported a bill to allow concealed carry. We back newly introduced legislation more strongly. The 2003 measure would have required sheriff's departments to screen applicants and issue permits. The new bill rightfully puts that burden on the state Department of... (

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