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Gun Policy News, 16 February 2006

Canada

16 February 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

BRAMPTON — It's no south Florida but there's still enough gun crime in the GTA to keep U.S. Special Agent Regina Lombardo busy. "I'm still trying to unpack," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent said yesterday, after helping Ontario police announce the arrest of an alleged American gunrunner. Lombardo is just six months into what should be a five-year posting to Toronto, the first ever for a BATFE agent, and is enjoying every minute of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Christian Science Monitor

NEW YORK — New York and other major cities are preparing to take on Congress and the gun lobby. The reason: They're tired of their streets being flooded with guns bought somewhere else. In New York City, for instance, 85 percent of the guns used in crimes are bought legally in other states with far less stringent gun-control laws, most of them in the South. Other East Coast metropolises, from Boston to Washington, face a similar gun influx. And so, despite a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

NY1 (New York)

From the moment Michael Bloomberg was sworn in for his second term it was clear the Republican Mayor was ready to take on his own party. "We will not rest until we secure all the tools we need to protect New Yorkers from the surge of illegal guns," said the mayor at his inaguration in January. He launched an all-out war on the gun industry and dealers who sell firearms to criminals, putting him at odds with the National Rifle Association and many Republicans across... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

New York Post

With all the fall-out over Dick Cheney accidentally peppering his friend with birdshot, few will probably ever hear that hunting with guns is not a particularly dangerous sport. Nor will they hear any mention that hunting can help save people's lives by helping control animal populations. A Nexis search of news stories found that in all the avalanche of news coverage none of the national television news broadcasts on Sunday and Monday mentioned gun-hunters' safety... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

WASHINGTON — A crackdown on illegal firearm sales at Richmond-area gun shows led to a congressional inquiry yesterday into whether federal agents trampled the rights of gun buyers. The organizer of an August gun show at Richmond Raceway Complex told a House panel that a large team of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and city, state and county police patrolled the two-day show, harassing law-abiding gun buyers while looking... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United States

16 February 2006

24 Hours (Vancouver)

A Seattle man will spend the next 15 months in jail after pleading guilty to gun smuggling charges in Surrey. Christian Lindsey was sentenced after trying to get into Canada at the Pacific Highway border crossing April 3, 2005 with four handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. Lindsey told border officials he was planning to attend classes at Simon Fraser University, but was arrested after a search of his luggage turned up the weapons. He was charged with the unlawful... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 February 2006

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canadians will be shocked by the true cost of the federal government's ill-fated gun registry, says new Public Security Minister Stockwell Day. Day told The Canadian Press that figures bureaucrats have shown him during briefings for his new portfolio are much higher than previously thought. He would not divulge what the tab is, but said it's upsetting. "Some of these numbers, when we get out all the numbers and when the auditor general releases them all... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 February 2006

Kenora Daily Miner and News (Ontario)

Life goes on for Dryden gunsmith Bruce Montague as he prepares for a long legal battle he hopes will change the face of the federal Firearms Act and how it is enforced. Contacted at his home on Tuesday, Montague said he has decided to take some time off from his cross-country tour to raise awareness about his fight and to raise funds for his court battle. "We're getting close to the crunch here and we've got to start getting our legal stuff together," said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Chicago Tribune

Guns. Lots of them. Big ones and small ones. Pump shotguns and six-shot revolvers. World War I-era single-action shooters and brand-new sniper rifles with the factory tags still on them. In all, Chicago police seized more than 300 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition Wednesday from a Southwest Side home across an alley from an elementary school. "To the best of my recollection, this is the largest gun seizure ever in Chicago," said Lt. Stephen Glombicki,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Editor and Publisher (USA)

NEW YORK — With the shooting incident involving Vice President Cheney still very much in the news, the Gallup organization revealed today that a review of its recent polling data shows a wide disparity in numbers of Republicans and Democrats who say they own guns. It showed that 41% of Republicans own guns, and only 23% of Democrats. Just over 1 in 4 Independents said they own one or more guns. Overall, 4 in 10 Americans says thy gun in their home or on their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

WSOC-TV News (North Carolina)

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A 3-year-old has been released from the hospital after a bullet accidentally fired from a gun in a man's pocket. The accidental shooting happened Thursday on Mattoon Street at Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte. According to police, Dekoven Ware was sitting in a car when the driver said the gun in his pocket accidentally fired. Officials said the bullet grazed Dekoven's head just behind his ear. Police arrested the driver, Roger... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Courier-Journal (Kentucky)

FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The names of people who have permits to carry concealed weapons would no longer be public record under a bill the House passed yesterday. House Bill 290 passed 89-7 and now goes to the Senate despite an impassioned speech by Rep. Jim Wayne, who argued that all weapons-permit records should be public, as are virtually all other permits. "It could be a real threat to the individual or the community," said Wayne, D-Louisville, whose remarks drew... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

Some women will do anything for their man — even illegally buy guns, despite the 10-year prison sentence that looms over such a crime. Three women, including one who was pregnant, have been convicted in the last year of illegally buying 50 guns that they gave to boyfriends or acquaintances. Some of those weapons turned up at crime scenes here. Others surfaced in Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts. Now, these gun molls are either in federal prison or face time... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

New York Times / AP

Maybe Harry Whittington shouldn't have stepped out of the hunting line to pick up a downed quail. Maybe the dog handler should've sent a retriever to fetch the bird instead. Maybe the guide should have stopped the hunt until everyone was back together. But most hunters seem to agree the responsibility lies with the guy holding the smoking gun. And in this case, that's Vice President Dick Cheney. "I hate to be bad-mouthing the vice president, but I think he was wrong,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Speaking publicly for the first time since he shot and wounded a hunting companion last weekend, Vice President Dick Cheney took responsibility Wednesday for the accident but defended his decision not to immediately disclose the episode. Cheney's comments struck a more conciliatory tone than did earlier statements by the White House and some defenders of the vice president, who had said Texas lawyer Harry Whittington might have erred by stepping into... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 February 2006

Ottawa Sun (Ontario), Editorial

We won't kid ourselves that gun crime in the city of Ottawa has been wiped out by a weapon amnesty program that wrapped up yesterday. In fact the sheer success of the program that saw more than 500 guns turned in during the three-week program serves as a reminder of the prevalence of these deadly weapons in today's society. Some of the stories that emerged from the amnesty were enough to send chills down the spines of police who were conducting the program. In one... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 February 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Mayors around the GTA will be asked tomorrow to endorse a ban on kids possessing toy guns in public. The move to prohibit anyone under 18 from having toy guns in public spaces is being led by Scugog Mayor Marilyn Pearce, whose township north of Oshawa was the first in Ontario to enact the ban last month. The mayors and regional chairs throughout Greater Toronto and Hamilton will meet in Keswick tomorrow. "I am hoping all of the municipalities in the GTA will come on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Liberia

16 February 2006

News (Monrovia)

MONROVIA — The United Nations Development Program Small Arms Control Program will open its Arms for Development project in Grand Gedeh County later this month, with activities scheduled for February 23rd and 24th, 2006. The program encourages citizens to give up any remaining weapons still in their communities, and in exchange get funds for development projects. Community arms collection for Development has already begun in three chiefdoms of Nimba and Lofa... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 February 2006

Santa Barbara Independent (California), Opinion

Much has been said about Jennifer Sanmarco's bizarre behavior and emotional instability in light of her recent killing spree in Goleta. It is a shameful reality that help for the mentally ill is inadequate throughout the state, as funds for community clinics were cut and affordable mental healthcare has become nonexistent. It is thus even more important to consider how a woman with Sanmarco's pathological background could own a handgun. The fact is, no one knows who... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

16 February 2006

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Mount Hagen Police on Tuesday confirmed a woman was involved in the illegal smuggling of more than 1500 live ammunition into Mt Hagen from Port Moresby. She is being questioned while police continue investigations. Police said she was questioned and then released but would be a key member of a group of suspects who are being questioned in connection with the investigation. Mt Hagen officer in charge of prosecutions Martin Kigare said there were many people involved... (GunPolicy.org)

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