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Gun Policy News, 2 February 2006

United States

2 February 2006

New York Post

Two congressmen yesterday blasted the "insane" and "disgusting" way the National Rifle Association killed the appointment of Mayor Bloomberg's girlfriend to a top federal post. "It is simply insane that someone as qualified as Diana Taylor would be prevented from serving our nation by the most reactionary and zealous force in Washington — the NRA," Rep. Anthony Weiner said. Added Rep. Jerrold Nadler: "What a disgusting thing to do." The congressmen, who are both... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 February 2006

Nanaimo Daily News (Vancouver Island)

A collection of 14 handguns is now on the streets after a break and enter to a Nanaimo residence in East Wellington some time in January. Police said the homeowner had been away for three weeks and discovered the break-in on his return Jan. 31. Police are expressing concern about the guns getting into the hands of criminals and are asking for public help in locating them. Anyone with information about the guns is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477. Crime... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,United Nations

2 February 2006

Reuters

GENEVA, Switzerland — A senior United Nations aid official called on Thursday for a halt to arms sales to Africa, saying it would be more effective in addressing the continent's poverty than charity rock concerts or debt relief. Dennis McNamara, special U.N. adviser on internal displacement, slammed world powers for neglecting some 12.5 million Africans uprooted within their countries, who form half of the world's internally displaced persons (IDPs). He accused the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 February 2006

Times-Journal (Alabama) / AP

A two-year undercover investigation into gun sales at north Alabama flea markets — including Collinsville Trade Day — resulted in charges against 11 people and the seizure of 556 weapons, authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said the suspects were accused of running businesses that sold weapons without the proper license. Hobbyists can legally sell guns without a license, she said, but the 11 were making sales too frequently to be legal. "These... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 February 2006

LaCrosse Tribune (Wisconsin)

A La Crosse woman who dropped a loaded handgun in her bathroom ended up in a hospital emergency room Tuesday after pieces of a shattered toilet riddled her legs, according to police. The 31-year-old woman walked into the Franciscan Skemp Medical Center emergency room just before 3 p.m. with wounds to both calves. The woman, who lives in an apartment in the 500 block of Division Street, first told hospital workers she was injured when the gun accidentally discharged... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

2 February 2006

La Libre Belgique (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Belgian arms maker Fabrique Nationale (FN) is finalising development of a 'smart' handgun whose 150-sensor handgrip will recognise its owner. The project is part funded by the US National Institute of Justice]. En même temps que les armes à létalité réduite, pour lesquelles un centre d'excellence a été récemment mis sur pied avec l'Université de Liège, les armes «intelligentes» constituent un cheval de bataille, si l'on peut dire, de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

2 February 2006

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / HINA, Transcript

The commander of the European Union Force (EUFOR) in Bosnia-Hercegovina, General Gian Marco Chiarini, said on Thursday [2 February] that 10 years after the war the country was still swamped by illegal weapons and dangerous ammunition which posed a threat to general security. Speaking at his first news conference since he took up office last December, Chiarini said that numerous seizures of illegal weapons and ammunition in the past two months proved that this was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 February 2006

Journal Times (Wisconsin)

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wisconsin — A lawmaker who flipped his stance and voted to sustain the governor's veto of a bill that would let people carry concealed weapons says his wife got death threats after the vote. Rep. John Steinbrink, D-Pleasant Prairie, said his wife, Roberta, got two death threats via telephone shortly after the Assembly voted Tuesday afternoon to sustain Gov. Jim Doyle's veto. He said his wife was shaken by the calls. "I know a lot of the gun owners... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 February 2006

Los Angeles Times

GOLETA, California — Beverly Graham's condo lay across a curving garden path from Jennifer Sanmarco's back patio — a proximity that was too close for Graham's comfort. From time to time, Graham thought about calling the police on her unruly neighbor, but her boyfriend advised against it. "She's just nuts," he'd say. Sanmarco had not lived in Graham's condo complex in Goleta for three years, but authorities Wednesday said it was clear that Graham was Sanmarco's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 February 2006

Grand Rapids Press (Michigan)

ALLEGAN COUNTY — A Leighton Township Fire Department lieutenant who teaches concealed weapons classes is facing felony weapons charges after allegedly pulling a weapon in a road-rage incident, state police said. Lt. Terry Thompson, 58, is charged in Allegan County District Court with assault with a dangerous weapon, using a firearm in a felony and brandishing a gun in public. The alleged victim told state troopers Thompson stuck a gun in his midsection after the... (GunPolicy.org)

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