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Gun Policy News, 24 October 2005

Brazil

24 October 2005

Agence France Presse

RIO DE JANEIRO — Voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure to ban gun sales in Brazil, which has one of the world's highest murder rates. With 74 percent of the electronic ballots counted, election officials said that about 65 percent voted no and 35 percent yes. Opinion polls had indicated most would vote against the ban. The government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, human rights groups and the Roman Catholic Church all backed the ban. But the public... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

New York Times

BUENOS AIRES — In a national referendum on gun control, voters in Brazil appear to have overwhelmingly rejected a sweeping permanent prohibition on the sale of arms and ammunition. With three-quarters of the vote counted there, the gun ban proposal, endorsed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and scores of actors, pop stars and other celebrities, was trailing by a ratio of almost two to one. Voting was obligatory, and nearly 120 million people in a country long... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

Washington Post Foreign Service

BUENOS AIRES — Brazilian voters on Sunday decisively rejected a proposal to outlaw the sale of firearms and ammunition following an aggressive campaign by opponents who argued it would leave citizens defenseless against armed criminals. With more than 92 percent of the ballots counted, 64 percent of Brazilian voters opposed the ban, which its backers hoped would help Brazil shed its label as one of the world's most dangerous countries. More people are killed by... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

Independent (South Africa) / Reuters

SAO PAULO — From sprawling cities plagued by violence to the backwaters of the Amazon, Brazilians voted decisively on Sunday to keep gun sales legal in the country with the world's highest death toll from firearms. About 64 percent rejected banning arms sales in the nationwide referendum, the electoral court said, with more than 90 percent of the expected 122 million votes counted. Only 36 percent supported the ban, even though some 36 000 people were killed by guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq

24 October 2005

Washington Times

BAGHDAD — While most Iraqi women live in fear of terrorists and criminals, one small band of women has taken up arms and is prepared to fight back. Employed by a private security company, the women ride in the front passenger seat posing as ordinary housewives when the company's drivers transport customers around the city in nondescript vehicles. But their firearms are always close at hand, and they are trained to respond with force if they come under attack.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

National Law Journal (USA) / Law.com

Employers are grappling with an emerging liability issue that combines workplace safety and employee rights: guns in the workplace. A bill recently introduced in Florida would allow employees to bring handguns to work, as long as the guns remain locked inside their vehicles. With 10 sponsors, the proposal is gaining momentum and should be decided in the next legislative session, which begins in March 2006. Utah introduced a bill last term that would challenge... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

Newsday (New York)

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Voters in Brazil, a country with one of the world's highest rates of gun-related homicide, overwhelmingly rejected a measure yesterday that would have banned the domestic sale of small arms and ammunition. More than 63 percent of the electorate voted against the ban, including majorities in all 26 Brazilian states and the federal district. Firearms are involved in the murders of about 38,000 people every year here, more than five times the U.S.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Second Amendment Foundation / U.S. Newswire, Media release

BELLEVUE, Washington — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today reversed a policy of prohibiting firearm possession in emergency evacuee trailer parks — so-called "FEMA villages" — and other temporary housing provided by the agency. The reversal followed complaints by the Second Amendment Foundation that the original policy violated the Second Amendment civil rights of evacuees and that it was discriminatory as well. "Victims of natural disasters... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United States

24 October 2005

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

The United States has an obligation to help work toward stemming the flow of illegal guns into this country, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Monday. Speaking with reporters in Ottawa, Mr. Martin said the gun issue will be among those on the agenda — alongside softwood lumber and passport requirements — when he meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Rice is in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday for meetings with Canadian officials. It is her first... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

Bloomberg (USA)

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Brazilians' vote in favor of keeping access to handguns won't make them any more secure. Brazilians voted 64 percent to 36 percent in a referendum yesterday to reject a proposed ban on retail sales of guns and ammunition, the national elections authority said on its Web site. The balloting marks the first time a country put a gun- control measure to a popular vote, according to the human-rights group Amnesty... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

UNIDIR Disarmament Forum: Investing in Security. Issue 3, 2005, pp 29-38, Journal

The US arms export control system is among the most transparent and rigorous in the world. By weaving together the efforts of literally thousands of individuals in dozens of government offices, media outlets and civil society organizations into a web of checks and balances, the system discourages excessive or ill-conceived arms sales and prevents the misuse and diversion of arms that are exported. This article explores the reporting requirements, review processes and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

National Rifle Association of America (NRA), Media release

FAIRFAX, Virginia — Following concerns raised by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) has changed its policy regarding firearms in temporary housing units; storage and possession of firearms are no longer banned at FEMA temporary housing. FEMA officials notified NRA attorneys this weekend that FEMA is in the process of revamping firearms rules for temporary housing parks for all disasters but that they were taking... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Maryland — An 8-year-old girl killed the first black bear of Maryland's 2005 hunting season, downing the 96-kilogram adult male with two shots from a .243-calibre rifle about an hour after dawn Monday, the Department of Natural Resources said. Sierra Stiles was hunting on her family's farm in southern Garrett County, said Paul Peditto, director of the agency's Wildlife and Heritage Division. Maryland law sets no minimum age limit for hunters, but... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

BBC News

SAO PAULO — Statistically, Brazil is one of the most violent places on Earth. Last year, 36,000 people were killed with guns — more than in any other country. And yet the Brazilian people have voted in a referendum to reject a proposal to ban the sale of firearms. So what happened? To outsiders, this referendum looked like a no-brainer. In a country where one person is killed with a gun every 15 minutes, surely the public would vote in favour of an outright... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO — The rejection of a government-backed ban on gun sales by Brazilians has shown their lack of faith in the police and courts in a country where the gun death toll is comparable to war zones. Nearly 64 percent of voters in this country of 185 million people opposed the proposed ban on Sunday in the world's first national referendum on gun sales. It was a sign that the fight against crime will be a hot issue in next year's presidential election and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Croatia

24 October 2005

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / HINA, Transcript

By the end of 2007 the Croatian police are expected to have a digitalised database of registered arms which will also contain prints of bullets and cartridges found on scenes of unsolved crimes. The police are working on the database within the adjustment of Croatian legislation to European Union regulations. The Ivan Vucetic Centre for Ballistics has been preparing the project "Combating Trafficking in Arms, Ammunition and Explosive Devices" for a year now in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Los Angeles Times, Column

Maybe it's because I recently was awakened by a volley of gunshots that resulted in the death of an innocent college student — a budding leader in her community — that I am so outraged that Congress has decided to grant the gun lobby its most fervent and irresponsible wish: blanket immunity from civil lawsuits. That protection, offered to no other industry, was assured last week when the House ratified a bill, previously passed by the Senate, shielding gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Bergen Record (New Jersey), Editorial

Congressional approval of a bill that gives gun manufacturers sweeping, unprecedented protection against lawsuits shows where too many lawmakers' true allegiances lie — with deep-pocketed special interest lobbyists and against ordinary Americans. The legislation, which President Bush has promised to sign, would bar practically all lawsuits against gunmakers by victims of shootings and by cities with high rates of gun violence. Supporters say the measure is intended... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), Editorial

The gun lobby got its bill, the House last week following the Senate, approving legislation that would shield gun manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits. President Bush conveyed his eagerness to sign the measure, citing the need to "stem frivolous lawsuits." Few people applaud such suits. If the legislation were so narrowly tailored that careless attorneys and their clients were the only ones nabbed, who wouldn't cheer? Unfortunately, the protection afforded... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul) / Cox News Service, Opinion

It's nice to have friends in high places. When George W. Bush was first running for the presidency, a pooh-bah of the National Rifle Association, wrongly thinking he would be heard only by fellow denizens of Gunland, was taped boasting that with Bush in the White House, the NRA wouldn't have to bother lobbying. It would be like having one of the lobby's own officers as president. It has turned out that way. Having said he favored an extension of the ban on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

South Florida Business Journal / American Business Daily

Some businesses are sweating bullets over workplace safety as the Legislature debates passage of a law that would allow employees and customers to store firearms in their vehicles on company property. The legislation, proposed by Sen. Durell Peaden Jr., R-Crestview, and Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, would make it a third-degree felony for a company to not allow someone in their parking lot to store a gun in their vehicle in a lawful manner. That means a handgun must be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Scripps Howard News Service (USA), Opinion

WASHINGTON — Congress once again has shown it is the best money can buy, particularly if the pay off comes from the National Rifle Association and is accompanied by the promise of votes from those who believe owning a firearm is among the most important things in life. With the House's decision to join the Senate in excluding the nation's gun manufacturers from liability in most firearm-related deaths, lawmakers have done something they refused to do for any other... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

Des Moines Register (Iowa), Editorial

The gun industry has built its popularity on promoting the 2nd Amendment — Americans have a right to bear arms and protect themselves. But when it comes to protecting itself, the industry runs to Congress. Lawmakers, like victims of an armed robbery, give the industry everything it demands. That's exactly what happened Thursday, when the House passed legislation preventing victims of gun violence from bringing lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers. All of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

Inter Press Service News Agency

RIO DE JANEIRO — The resounding defeat of a proposed ban on the sale of guns and ammunition in a referendum Sunday reflected one of the most sudden shifts in public opinion ever recorded in Brazil, and some fear that it could usher in more conservative, authoritarian security policies that trample human and social rights. The firearms ban was voted down by almost two thirds — 64 percent — of voters, an even more sizeable majority than was predicted by polls... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

24 October 2005

OpenDemocracy.net

In a small Brazilian city, José Maria da Silva woke up on Sunday 23 October after a hard working week and prepared to observe a compulsory duty. Not to attend church, even on this saint's day, but rather to go to a polling-station and vote "yes" or "no" on a simple question: "Do you think the commercial sale of firearms and munitions should be prohibited in Brazil?" As he walked to the polling-station, José Maria da Silva pondered the R$470 million ($215 million)... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2005

UNIDIR Disarmament Forum: Investing in Security. Issue 3, 2005, pp 29-38, Journal

[Continued from Part 1 of 2] Civil society and the media Civil society promotes systemic accountability by working with sympathetic policy makers and grass roots networks to promote (or stymie) defence trade policy initiatives and to increase transparency in the arms export system. Civil society influences defence trade policy through strategies that range from overt, public campaigning to "under the radar" consultations with key policy makers. Large grass roots... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UNIDIR Disarmament Forum: Investing in Security. Issue 3, 2005, pp 29-38

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