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Gun Policy News, 12 February 2006

United States

12 February 2006

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday. Harry Whittington, 78, was "alert and doing fine" after Cheney sprayed him with shotgun pellets on Saturday while the two were hunting at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Armstrong. Armstrong said Whittington was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 February 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario)

An intensive investigation is under way after thieves broke into a Mississauga home and made off with 45 firearms — the largest ever weapons cache believed stolen from a gun collector in Ontario. Peel Region Police are revealing little about the brazen daylight robbery except that most of the stolen weapons were handguns although several rifles were taken as well as a large quantity of ammunition. Police fear the weapons could already be in the hands of gang members... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 February 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario)

A Mississauga gun collector was likely targeted, police say, but how thieves knew a large cache of firearms was in his apartment remains the focus of an intensive investigation. Although investigators haven't discounted the possibility that a breach in the federal gun registry could be leaking sensitive information to criminals, police sources say this theft is more likely the work of loose lips. "Everybody knew he had guns," said a police source. "He was in and out... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 February 2006

Nation (USA), Opinion

Sure, it's been fun joking about the fact that Dick Cheney obtained five — count them, five — deferments to avoid serving in the military during the Vietnam War. Sure, its been amusing to recount his limp claim that the man who served as George Bush I's Secretary of Defense had "other priorities" than taking up arms in defense of his country. Sure, it was a laugh when the chief cheerleader for the war in Iraq mocked John Kerry for having actually carried a weapon in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 February 2006

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

Though the law allows any member of the General Assembly to pack a firearm in the state Capitol, few members take advantage of that rule. Under the rules, any state senator or delegate could strap on a sidearm and stroll in, according to Capitol Police Maj. Mike Jones. They have the same rights as law-enforcement officers to openly carry a gun in the Capitol. But if they want to bring in a concealed weapon, they must have a concealed-weapon permit just like anyone... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 February 2006

Morning Sun (Kansas), Editorial

In March 2004, we stood against a bill that would allow Kansas residents to carry concealed handguns. Almost two years later and with a similar bill in the legislature, our stance hasn't changed. We are in agreement with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that the bill could mean more guns on Kansas streets, leaving residents less safe. Law abiding citizens should have every right to own a firearm. However for public safety, we should be moving toward less guns on the street... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 February 2006

Courier-Journal (Kentucky)

I am not part of the anti-hunting crowd, or one of the weapon-averse fanatics who think even properly trained and licensed Americans should be denied access to guns. Among other things, I love fried rabbit. I beg my friend Margie Duvall into bringing some of the real thing back from her weekend trips to Burkesville. And I know it has to be shot before somebody can sizzle it up in a big, black skillet. I learned to shoot in my Uncle Luther's gun shack on the bank of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 February 2006

New York Times

MILWAUKEE — One woman here killed a friend after they argued over a brown silk dress. A man killed a neighbor whose 10-year-old son had mistakenly used his dish soap. Two men argued over a cellphone, and pulling out their guns, the police say, killed a 13-year-old girl in the crossfire. While violent crime has been at historic lows nationwide and in cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, it is rising sharply here and in many other places across the country.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 February 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

MISSISSAUGA — Gary Gordemeer's jaw dropped when he stepped inside his apartment to find three of his four tightly bolted metal lockers busted wide open. The 62-year-old tripped over the piles of combat magazines, hunting books and gun stocks crammed into his modest dwelling before discovering more than 80 guns, including 50 handguns, in his prized 100-piece collection were missing. "I was in awe," the burly man said. "I almost immediately phoned the police. I phoned... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 February 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Two separate burglaries from gun collectors in the last week have dumped more than 100 firearms onto the streets, and the incidents are raising questions about gun storage. Sometime Friday, burglars stole more than 80 firearms, including 50 handguns, from collector Gary Gordemeer's apartment between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The number of weapons taken from the ailing senior's dwelling surpassed even the 40 handguns stolen from Oshawa collector Ken Foster, 67, on Feb. 3,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

12 February 2006

Observer (UK)

It was an ordinary Wednesday morning in a small Scottish town. Then, after one of the most shocking events in postwar British history, 16 children and a teacher lay dead. As Dunblane prepares for the 10th anniversary of the massacre, Lorna Martin revisits the town and speaks to one parent about his journey through grief and loss … Occasionally, they still visit Dunblane, to see the school on Doune Road or the small statue by the Fourways roundabout or the cemetery... (GunPolicy.org)

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