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Gun Policy News, 29 October 2005

Australia

29 October 2005

Sydney Morning Herald

John Tingle is an unusual politician: he tells the truth, even when it comes to his own shortcomings. After 11 years as the lone parliamentary representative of the Shooters Party, the 73-year-old former radio announcer is retiring. He doesn't have to leave; in fact Tingle is not due to face the state's electors until 2011. But the 74-year-old says it is time to go, partly because of his own failures. He won't finish until April but his successor will be chosen at a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

29 October 2005

Sydney Morning Herald

Gun ownership is rising and there is no definitive evidence that a decade of restrictive firearms laws has done anything to reduce weapon-related crime, according to NSW's top criminal statistician. The latest figures show a renaissance in firearm ownership in the state — a 25 per cent increase in three years. And the head of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Don Weatherburn, said falls in armed robberies and abductions in NSW in the past few years had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 October 2005

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh), Editorial

Congress fired a shotgun instead of a sharp-shooter's rifle when it passed a bill to fell plaintiffs and potential plaintiffs in lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers. The measure, which was signed into law Wednesday by President Bush, is called the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." It will prevent victims of gun violence and municipalities from suing gun manufacturers, importers and dealers — and it goes one unusual step further by killing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 October 2005

Orlando Sentinel (Florida) / AP

TALLAHASSEE — Police shouldn't be allowed to confiscate guns from hurricane victims as they reportedly did in New Orleans, said a state lawmaker who has introduced legislation to make sure that doesn't happen in Florida. The National Rifle Association supports the bill from state Rep. Mitch Needleman, R-Melbourne, but Gov. Jeb Bush questioned it Friday. "In our state, we respond to hurricanes effectively, so we're not in a crisis situation," Bush said. "If there is... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

29 October 2005

South African Broadcasting Corporation

The new Firearms Act is said to be putting gun dealers and owners in South Africa under threat. Red tape has seen more than 90% of gun dealers waiting for new licences to trade this year. Chris Evans, a firearms dealer, is currently trading under his 2003 licence. The Central Firearms Registry is allowing dealers to trade on old licences provided they have applied. Evans has waited since February for his application to be processed. He believes the backlog is in... (GunPolicy.org)

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