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Gun Policy News, 4 January 2006

United States

4 January 2006

Legislative Gazette (New York)

Acting in a surprisingly expeditious and cooperative fashion, the Senate and Assembly agreed on two bills that will toughen penalties for crimes against police officers and illegal trafficking of firearms. The bills were passed during a one-day special session on Dec. 21, called by Gov. George E. Pataki after two New York City officers were killed by illegal firearms in a span of just two weeks. To facilitate passage of the legislation, Pataki dropped a provision... (

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United States

4 January 2006

New York Times

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Kelly DeCambra made her way through a seven-inches-an-hour snowstorm to a dingy Maine State Police garage where, among the brake parts, transmissions and a flat-bed tow truck, she hoped to find a fragment of solace. It would come in the form of a Ruger .44 Magnum Super Blackhawk revolver, caked with blood and the memory of Ms. DeCambra's son, 21-year-old Lionel St. Hilaire, who was shot to death with it last year. The mother had come to... (

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Papua New Guinea

4 January 2006

National (Port Moresby)

A policeman in Kiunga has been suspended from duty for allegedly stealing and selling a .22 rifle and 115 rounds of ammunition to a businessman last week. Southern regional police commander John Marru said disciplinary and criminal actions would be taken against the policeman. Mr Marru said Kiunga policemen and members of a police mobile squad conducted a raid on a store last week after a tip-off, and recovered the stolen items including two telescopic lenses, a false... (

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Jamaica,United States

4 January 2006

Jamaica Observer

The police claimed yesterday to have identified the person who, in November, shipped 20 high-powered guns (shown here) to Jamaica intended for Spanish Town's Clansman gang, and said they have asked the Americans to help them track down and apprehend the criminal. "We have identified the exporter of these illegal guns," said Sergeant Steve Brown, spokesman for the police drug and gang-busting task force, Operation Kingfish. "He is a Jamaican and a high-ranking member of... (

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4 January 2006

Canadian Press

TORONTO — As top cops and civil servants prepared to gather to tackle Toronto's gun violence crisis, a coalition of African-Canadian groups questioned Tuesday whether officials would have been spurred to act so quickly if the victim of a fatal Boxing Day shooting had been black. Pressured to move after the brazen shooting of Jane Creba lifted Toronto's total of gun deaths last year to 52, police and senior bureaucrats from Ottawa, the province and the City of Toronto... (

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4 January 2006


Police in a Vancouver suburb reminded residents it was not a good idea to play with a loaded gun while using the bathroom, after a man accidentally shot himself. A 21-year-old North Vancouver man was facing numerous weapons charges after he shot off one of his fingers while apparently playing with a gun on New Year's Day, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. "Perhaps, our mothers never explained to us that it was not a good idea to play with handguns whilst... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

4 January 2006

Trinidad and Tobago Express

National Security Minister Martin Joseph has welcomed the initiative announced by Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation special advisor Jack Warner that the TTFF will launch the Soca Warriors Gun Amnesty Plan in response to rising crime. "It has always been the position of the Government and the Ministry of National Security that all citizens have and must play a pivotal role in the fight against crime," Joseph said in a statement yesterday. Warner said yesterday... (

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United States

4 January 2006

New York Sun, Editorial

Watching the mayor take on certain causes in which we don't share his views, we've grown to have a good deal of respect for him, even when we think he's wrong. So we're not here to jeer at the demarche on guns that he announced in his inaugural address on Sunday. He wants a national debate about gun control, with an eye to exporting New York's strict gun control laws elsewhere. And we say, let's, by all means, have that debate. If we do, however, the mayor is likely to... (

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United States

4 January 2006

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia), Editorial

Here's a statistic Virginia should be ashamed of: The state is one of the top 10 suppliers of illegal weapons. One of the reasons is because the legislature allows the Old Dominion to be turned into a veritable bazaar for illegal weapons, where felons and others who could never acquire a weapon legally have easy access, with the state's blessing. That blessing comes in the form of a loophole in the state's gun laws, one big enough to drive an arsenal through: Virginia... (

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4 January 2006

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

When a series of shootings rattled Toronto, officials sounded the alarm. "We're seeing more and more gun violence and serious violent crime in Ontario, particularly Toronto," a spokesman for the Ontario attorney general said. Causes and solutions were debated, but it seemed that everyone was agreed on one point: Gun crime was spiralling out of control. It was March 2004. By the time the year ended, the city had seen 61 homicides — one fewer than the year earlier. Of... (

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4 January 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Toronto's gun problems are being taken to the world stage by Canada's largest firearms group. Toronto's staggering 52 gun murders last year will be brought up at a conference on the illicit trade in small arms and weapons next week at the United Nations. "I will inform the UN of what is going on in Toronto," said Tony Bernardo, head of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association and its legal arm, the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action. "We have the most stringent... (

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United States

4 January 2006

New York Daily News

Mayor Bloomberg's national call to stop the flow of illegal guns isn't playing too well down in Dixie, where many of the firearms used to commit crimes in the city originate. "Why don't he take care of his own problems first?" scoffed Marion Hammer, executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the Sunshine State's chapter of the National Rifle Association. Hammer was responding to Bloomberg's pledge, made at his inaugural on Sunday, to bring his fight for... (

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United States

4 January 2006

Chicago Tribune / AP

Mayor Richard Daley said Wednesday he'll continue to push for "commonsense gun legislation" even though several of his proposals have failed to pass the Illinois General Assembly in recent years. Speaking at a news conference at police headquarters behind a table of seized firearms, Daley said stricter gun laws would help continue the decline of Chicago's crime rate. He noted that 2005 marked the first time since 1965 that Chicago has posted two consecutive years with... (

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United Kingdom

4 January 2006

BBC News

A poster of rapper 50 Cent holding a gun and a baby has been criticised for "glamorising" gun crime by the UK Advertising Standards Authority. The Get Rich or Die Tryin' advert might be seen as condoning the use of weapons, the industry watchdog ruled. The ad for his album and film sparked 17 complaints from people saying it was irresponsible or offensive. Advertiser the Universal Music Group said the image was meant to communicate 50 Cent's fight to escape the... (

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United States

4 January 2006

New York Daily News, Column

The gunman accused of killing a monumentally innocent mother of two is in custody, but the gun is still out there, almost certainly in the hands of a criminal because any honest citizen would have long since turned it in. The five shell casings that were recovered at the scene of the Dec. 28 shooting indicate the gun is a 9-mm. automatic. One of the casings provided the propulsive power to send a stray bullet through the left eye of 28-year-old Selina Akther as she... (

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United States

4 January 2006

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) / AP

ATLANTA — Twelve men from Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges relating to the unlawful manufacture, sale, and possession of machine guns. Two more are expected to plead guilty on Jan. 17 in a case involving the seizure of 33 illegally made and owned machine guns, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. "We must be vigilant against the proliferation of machine guns into our community," U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said. Guilty pleas... (

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United States

4 January 2006

Macomb Daily (Michigan)

A state attorney general's opinion requested by a Macomb County man makes it easier for Michigan residents to obtain modern machine guns. Attorney General Mike Cox ruled that possession of machine guns manufactured prior to 1986 is legal for those who follow federal application procedures, including fingerprints, a photo and a criminal background check. "This will open up a larger class of firearms, a larger pool of guns, to people in Michigan," said Michael Sessa... (

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Congo (ROC)

4 January 2006

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — The World Bank and the Republic of Congo (ROC) have signed an agreement for a US $17-million grant to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate 30,000 former combatants in the country. The agreement, signed on Tuesday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, falls $8 million short of the $25 million request the ROC made to the bank in February 2005, under the framework of the Multi-country Programme for Demobilisation and Reintegration. The World Bank... (

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