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Gun Policy News, 30 October 2005

United States

30 October 2005

Free Press (North Carolina)

RALEIGH — In a little more than a month — Dec. 1, to be exact — North Carolina's concealed handgun law will be 10 years old. Both gun control advocates and gun rights supporters say that the law, which allows law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit to carry concealed handguns under certain circumstances, has been a success. However, they give different reasons for saying the law has worked well. Lisa Price, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 October 2005

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

City gangsters wanting to improve their marksmanship are making use of local firing ranges, say police. While it's not something cops can easily track, members of gangs have been known to frequent public ranges, raising fears they'll become more deadly shots. "There are gang members who use local firing ranges. It does happen," acknowledged Edmonton Police Service spokesman Jeff Wuite. Wuite's comments come as police in Calgary call for a review of regulations... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2005

Associated Press

ALISO VIEJO, California — Investigators said Sunday they may never know why a 19-year-old man dressed in a dark cape and paintball mask went on a shooting rampage in an upscale community, killing two neighbours and himself. William Freund, described as a loner, used a 12-gauge shotgun Saturday to kill a neighbour and her father, who lived just 90 metres away, police said. Freund then fired into a separate house and aimed his gun at another neighbour before returning... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

30 October 2005

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

CAREIRO CASTANHO, Brazil — For Ezaias Guedes da Lima and his neighbors in this Amazonian town, the idea of giving up their guns is as ridiculous as surrendering the machetes they have used to carve out livelihoods in the thick jungle. Life here is an isolated, dangerous affair, with only a handful of police covering a huge area and wild boar, alligators and other menaces a constant hazard. That isolation was demonstrated Thursday morning, when three men armed with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2005

Union Leader (New Hampshire)

Police took Michael V. Pelletier's loaded pistol while he browsed in a bookstore; David K. Ridley's mistake was to change jackets in a mall parking lot, and Penny S. Dean's encounter happened during a late-night constitutional on a city street. Because the New Hampshire Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms — no license needed, unless the weapon is concealed — all three got their guns back within minutes, but the confrontations caused them unease. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United States

30 October 2005

Province / Canada.com

A Washington State man accused of gun smuggling may have run as many as 500 weapons into B.C., where they were sold to marijuana grow-operators and outlaw biker gangs. Jason Smith — a resident of Stanwood, about an hour and 45 minutes south of Vancouver — was indicted Wednesday. He is charged with conspiracy, dealing firearms without a licence and possession of a Uzi machine-gun. If Smith's name sounds familiar, it's because he was involved in the case of Altaf... (GunPolicy.org)

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Palestine

30 October 2005

Arab News (Jeddah)

GAZA CITY — The Palestinian Authority interior minister vowed yesterday to crack down further on armed groups saying he would deal "firmly and seriously" with illegal weapons manufacturing workshops and storage sites. Nasser Youssef issued a statement as Israel pursued a series of air strikes against rocket launch sites in northern Gaza that knocked out electricity to parts of the territory. He condemned the Israeli raids and urged "an immediate international... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2005

Union Leader (New Hampshire)

"The streets are not running red with blood out here," said Elbert I. Bicknell, who was in Arizona last week. He said he can walk into a store with his holstered gun on his hip and "nobody even takes a second look at me." Bicknell is from Northwood, a Republican state representative, a retired state trooper and president of Gun Owners of New Hampshire. He said he understands that police must respond when they get a report about an "armed citizen." "The officer's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2005

NY1-TV News (New York)

A group of local leaders is looking to crack down on gun trafficking. New York City residents joined several local leaders at a rally against gun violence Saturday in Washington Heights. They chose the walkway of the George Washington Bridge to drive home the point, because the bridge is said to be one of the main ways illegal guns make it into the city. "Thousands of illegal guns every year are coming from the south to the north," said Andy Pelosi of the group... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2005

San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial

Proposition H — Handgun Ban: NO. This measure would prohibit city residents from owning handguns. The need to curtail the proliferation of handguns on the streets is a debate worth having, but at the state level. State law is pretty clear that such regulation is the Legislature's domain. Passage of H is unlikely to produce anything more than litigation. But even if it were to prevail in court, this one-city ban would be so impractical and widely defied that it... (GunPolicy.org)

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