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Gun Policy News, 19 January 2006

United Kingdom

19 January 2006

Computing (UK)

Technical problems have once again delayed the national firearms register, nine years after it was first proposed (Computing, 27 July). The National Firearms Licensing Management System (NFLMS) is intended to provide a searchable, national register of all firearms certificate holders. But trials of the troubled system were suspended at the end of last year when they encountered data quality problems. Now the Police IT Organisation (Pito) hopes to start installing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

Herald & Review (Illinois)

SPRINGFIELD — In a preview of today's State of the State address, which also is expected to be a preview of his re-election campaign strategy, Gov. Rod Blagojevich renewed his call Tuesday for a statewide assault weapons ban. The governor, who will outline his goals for the coming year during a speech at noon today, said Tuesday that lawmakers need to approve the ban since a federal version expired more than a year ago. "Washington, D.C., made a terrible mistake... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

Boston Herald

Federal investigators say they have linked "criminal activity" to weapons sold by a Norton hunter whose "We Are Guns" Web site was allegedly doing a bang-up business in illegal arms sales until he was busted last Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn MacKinlay declined to say how many weapons or which towns they wound up in because their investigation into Richard Feinberg, 56, remains open. Even without a federal dealer's license, Feinberg succeeded in purchasing... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

19 January 2006

Montreal Gazette (Quebec), Column

The Conservative Party says it would scrap the 1995 law establishing a national registry for rifles and shotguns. The imperilled legislation has special resonance in Montreal. In response to a gunman's slaughter of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in 1989, innumerable students and ordinary citizens joined forces with police officers, public-health officials and politicians of all stripes to push for tougher restrictions on firearms. The five-year drive produced the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sierra Leone

19 January 2006

Awareness Times (Freetown)

The Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) will today formally launch the Sierra Leone Report on the impact of arms transfer, at the conference hall of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL). The report is jointly compiled by the Control Arms Campaign, Oxfam International, Amnesty International and International Action Network on Small Arms. In addition a press conference will form part of the launching ceremony. There will also be other forms of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks)

Two North Pole legislators want to give people more leeway to defend themselves or others from serious crimes such as robbery or rape. A bill sponsored by the Republicans expands the circumstances during which a person can use deadly force in self-defense. It's a carbon copy of a bill passed in the Florida Legislature last year. Passage of similar bills across the nation is being encouraged by the National Rifle Association. Supporters say the legislation gives... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

19 January 2006

Canadian Press

MONTREAL — A coalition of gun-control advocates urged the front-running Conservative party Thursday to leave Canada's gun laws alone if they win next week's federal election. The Coalition for Gun Control is worried the Conservatives may be pressured by lobby groups such as the National Firearms Association. "Our biggest fear is because of the power of the gun lobby in Canada, we are going to see gun control dismantled," coalition president Wendy Cukier told a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

DAYTONA BEACH — More than half a million dollars was raised today from an auction of pricey cars, planes, boats and motorcycles owned by former gun-maker Bruce Jennings. The Jennings auction raised money that will be placed in his bankruptcy account and will largely benefit a 19-year-old California man left a quadriplegic by one of Jennings' guns. However, the winning bidder for most of the 21 items was Jennings' mother, who bought several items, including two of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

Reuters

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — The Connecticut factory that produced the Winchester rifle, celebrated in cowboy movies as the gun frontiersmen used to settle the American West, is shutting down after 140 years in New Haven. Belgian-based Herstal Group told its 186 workers this week it plans to shutter the U.S. Repeating Arms plant, formerly known as Winchester Rifle Company, on March 31 due to slow sales. That would end production of the Model 70 bolt-action rifle and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

WASHINGTON — It's probably the only rifle to ever star in its own movie. After more than 1½ centuries, the U.S. Repeating Arms Co., manufacturer of the Winchester rifle is closing its money-losing factory in New Haven, Conn., where "the gun that won the West" has been made since 1866. "It's a crying shame," said David Bichrest, executive secretary of the Winchester Arms Collectors Association. "It's the end of an era." "Winchester is to firearms what GM is to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

Washington Post

Everything seemed just fine in Kenneth Barnes's life a few years ago. He was an older student at Loyola College in Maryland, pursuing a degree in clinical psychology. He had a caring wife and a 37-year-old son, Kenneth Barnes Jr., who owned a clothing business. Then his phone rang on Sept. 24, 2001, and his life changed forever. Barnes's wife told him their son was killed at his clothing store, Boutique U, after James Davon Hill, then 18, walked into the store and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

19 January 2006

Vancouver 24hrs / CNews

Where there's a market, there's a salesman — gun ban or not. That's according to SFU researcher Gary Mauser, who suggested Liberal Leader Paul Martin's proposed gun ban won't make a dent in reducing gun-related crime in Canada. While the number of gang-related homicides has reached "epidemic" proportions — with handguns the gangs' weapon of choice — research doesn't show gun bans will make any difference. Britain, Ireland and Jamaica have all imposed gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

19 January 2006

New Nation (Dhaka)

Recently, Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) in collaboration with Bangladesh Development Partnership Centre (BDPC) organised a workshop on "The implementation of the UN Plan of Action on Small Arms: Perspective Bangladesh" at the BILIA auditorium at Dhanmondi. Speaking as the chief guest, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said the government is now vetting an anti-terrorist law that might be placed in the next parliament session. Small arms were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 2006

WJRT-TV News (Michigan) / ABC News (USA)

DAVISON Township — Guns have been stolen from another Mid-Michigan gun shop. Three stores have been broken into in a little over a month, first in Saginaw and Gladwin County, and now Genesee County. Last weekend, 11 long guns were stolen from Davison Township's Williams Gun Sight and Outfitters. And federal agents say the biggest fear for authorities is that the stolen guns are entering the hands of street gangs. Last weekend, they broke through a steel door with... (GunPolicy.org)

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