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Gun Policy News, 26 October 2005

United Kingdom

26 October 2005

Sun (UK)

Daniel Craig will have a big problem playing James Bond — because he hates guns. The actor will wield 007's famous Walther PPK in upcoming movie Casino Royale. But he revealed in OK! magazine: "I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other. "That's a simple fact. I've seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and... (

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26 October 2005

Khaleej Times (Dubai), Editorial

It is unfortunate that Brazil voters have rejected the sensible and much needed ban on gun sales. About 64 per cent people voted against and 36 per cent in favour of the ban in a referendum held on Sunday. The referendum results do not really come as a surprise though since most opinion polls ahead of the vote had predicted a defeat for the government proposal. Yet it is hard to justify the overwhelming opposition to gun sales ban. It only goes to show that majority is... (

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26 October 2005

Townsville Bulletin

North Queensland gun owners have been put on notice along with others across the State for a rolling gun audit over the next six months. Police say responsible gun owners will welcome the audit of licensed firearm holders which, they say, is designed to ensure they are meeting their requirements to safely store their weapons. A media statement yesterday said police would "randomly select a proportion of the 152,000 Weapons Act licences issued across the State before... (

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South Africa

26 October 2005

Cape Times (Cape Town)

The Department of Defence's annual financial statements have been given an emphatic thumbs-down by the auditor-general, Shauket Fakie. The A-G's report contains pages of qualifications and emphases of matter — both of which point to serious concerns about the state of the department's financial affairs. A major concern was the lack of internal controls around losses and damages. Thanks to missing files, badly-maintained loss registers and unreported cases, the A-G... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

26 October 2005

Trinidad and Tobago Express

National Security Minister Martin Joseph has said that he is committed to reviewing the government's position against instituting an amnesty for handguns in Trinidad and Tobago. The minister said last Friday he was going back to "the experts" on the issue, in light of reports which suggest that such a programme was working in Brazil and other countries where it has been tried. A report carried on the TV6 News Thursday night, said that a gun amnesty programme in... (

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United States

26 October 2005

Gainesville Sun (Florida)

WASHINGTON — Ginny Brown-Waite pulled into a parking lot in Chiefland around midnight to rest her drowsy eyes before continuing her drive to a state legislative session in Tallahassee. She awoke that night in 2000, she said recently, to four or five young men rocking her car and demanding she open up. "I said, 'No, I've got a gun in the glove compartment,' " recalled Brown-Waite, 62, who was then a state senator and now is a member of Congress. "You'd better... (

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United States

26 October 2005

San Jose Mercury News (California) / AP

LOS ANGELES — Activists called on Paramount Pictures to take down billboards promoting the upcoming film "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," claiming the advertisements promote gun violence. The billboards depict the film's star, rap artist Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, holding a gun in his left hand and a microphone in his right. One is next to the Golden Day Preschool. "I lost my daughter through violence on these streets," resident Sandra Moore said during a rally in South Los... (

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South Africa

26 October 2005

News24 (Cape Town)

JOHANNESBURG — About 17 000 police firearms were reported lost or stolen between 1990 and 2003 — about 1nbsp;000 a year [sic.] or 108 a month. And about 1 759 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) firearms were lost or stolen between 1994 and 2003. These are just some of the facts that came to light in a report from Gun Free SA (GFSA) about the increase in firearms in the country. The report states that about 208 090 personal firearms — or an average... (

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26 October 2005

Australian (Sydney)

A man was fined $1000 today for accidentally wounding a passing motorist in the leg while trying to shoot dead a cow. Rudolf Stadler, 51, was also banned by a Brisbane District Court from holding a gun license for five years. Stadler said outside court that he had no intention of trying to regain his firearms license. The incident occurred in April 2004 when Stadler was asked by a friend in Queensland's Sunshine Coast region to shoot a troublesome cow. The court... (

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United States

26 October 2005

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — They stood in the rain on a frigid country road, waving sodden protest signs as water dripped from the hoods of their too-thin jackets. But the nine young men and women from Southeast Washington weren't about to go away, even if they didn't always agree about what they were protesting. "Don't support the NRA and the Redskins!" yelled Ronald H. Moten, co-founder of Peaceoholics, a group that works with at-risk District youths. "Hey!" a few of his... (

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