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Gun Policy News, 6 February 2006

United States

6 February 2006

Age (Melbourne), Column

Until last week, John "Jack" Reid was a relatively obscure Republican member of Virginia's state legislature. He's a good bloke apparently but not exactly a political genius. Under normal circumstances, 63-year-old Reid, with his best of his modest political years behind him, would surely have returned calls from a journalist, even an Australian one. A quick search to check his media coverage in recent years revealed that it was virtually non-existent. That is until... (

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United States

6 February 2006


ARKANSAS — An 18-year-old suspected in hatchet attacks and shootings at a Massachusetts gay bar died Sunday after a gunbattle with Arkansas police, authorities said. Investigators said 18-year-old Jacob Robida shot and killed a police officer and his own female companion, 33-year-old Jennifer Bailey of Charleston, West Virginia, before being mortally wounded by police. Robida died in a Missouri hospital about 1,200 miles from his home in New Bedford, Massachusetts,... (

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6 February 2006

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

A war is being declared on guns in billboard advertisements before 90,000 tourists flood the city for the Commonwealth Games. The campaign was sparked by new ads on city trams for 50 Cent's new movie Get Rich or Die Tryin' showing the rapper wielding a gun. All ads that depict illegal activities, especially firearms, would be stripped from city billboards and trams before the Games under a plan to go before Melbourne City Council. Cr Fraser Brindley will ask his... (

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6 February 2006

Jamaica Gleaner

The Sunday Gleaner understands that the civilian body set up to govern the issuing of gun licences will soon become reality. The Licensing Authority Board will be headed by former Jamaica Defence Chief of Staff Force Major-General John Simmons and its Appeals Tribunal by Mr. Cliance Walker. The names of the other members of the board are yet to be released. Fear of the deadly surge in gun crimes and indignation at questionable practices relating to the processing of... (

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United States

6 February 2006

New York Times

In an outbreak of gunfire and stabbings that began about 8 p.m. on Saturday and belied New York City's reputation as the nation's safest large city, six people were killed and one critically injured by early yesterday afternoon, the police said. The unrelated attacks, coming on a wet and unseasonably warm winter weekend, were as varied as they were vicious. Two men were shot in the head in a sport utility vehicle parked next to the normally tranquil Forest Park in... (

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Uganda,East Africa,Central Africa

6 February 2006

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

KAMPALA — Countries in the Great Lakes Region must make a concerted effort to join civil societies in fighting the proliferation of small arms in the area, members of the Eastern Africa Action Network on Small Arms said on Friday. They said small firearms pose a major threat to public safety by encouraging crime and fuelling violence. "Small arms and light weapons like assault rifles are in hands of many wrong elements because they are cheap to procure and easy to... (

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United States

6 February 2006

South Florida Business Journal

Florida Legislators are considering a bill to make it a third-degree felony to ban guns on company premises. Companies that currently prohibit firearms in the workplace are concerned. "Employees who have been demoted or terminated, or suffered some other adverse employment action, will be just a few feet from their vehicles," said Theresa M. Gallion, managing partner of the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips. Gallion said easy access to a weapon may facilitate a... (

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6 February 2006

Miami Herald / El Universal

MONTERREY, Mexico — Luz Elena Delgado's hands were sweating and nervousness showed on her face as she waited in line to trade in her 25-caliber pistol. The pistol, she explained, was left to her husband by his father, who had been a police commissioner in the city of Torreón, Coahuila. "A year ago, just before he died, he told us: 'Here it is, keep it as a memento. Hopefully you'll never use it, but maybe one day it will serve you in some way,' " she said. "And... (

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