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Gun Policy News, 20 February 2006

United States

20 February 2006

New York Daily News

In the biggest gun bust in memory, undercover NYPD cops nabbed a band of Midwestern smugglers in Queens yesterday — including one holed up in a porta-potty with a mother lode of brand-new weapons, officials said. The predawn operation capped an 11-month sting that netted the NYPD close to 120 illegal firearms — including powerful assault rifles — and the alleged ringleader of a nationwide trafficking organization. "This is a very, very significant seizure …... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 February 2006

New York Times

Law enforcement officials announced the arrest yesterday of six men who they say were behind a gun smuggling ring that brought hundreds of high-powered weapons from other states and sold them to criminals in New York. Standing behind a trove of Chinese assault rifles, Beretta knockoffs from Brazil and other weapons, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said during a news conference at Police Headquarters that the seizure of more than 100 firearms was the largest in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,United States

20 February 2006

Radio Jamaica

The trial of three men charged in connection with last February's massive arms and ammunition find on the Kingston Wharves started Monday in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court. One witness took the stand at the start of the trial, which is being marshalled by prosecutors from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. On trial facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition are Hugh Richards, Clinton Edwards and Andrew Brown. Government... (GunPolicy.org)

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Virgin Islands (UK)

20 February 2006

Virgin Islands Daily News

TORTOLA — British Virgin Islands lawmakers will consider legislation Tuesday aimed at revamping the territory's weapons laws. The bill sets out new requirements for people applying for a gun license and makes it more difficult for people with criminal histories to obtain a license. The bill also calls for the establishment of a firearms advisory committee that would determine whether applicants are qualified to keep and carry a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 February 2006

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Nearly two years after Missourians were given the right to carry concealed firearms, the law appears to have had little impact, advocates on both sides of the controversial issue say. Crime has not dropped since residents were allowed to carry guns, but neither has the number of unjustified or accidental shootings risen, police said. "To be honest, it's really been a non-event," St. Louis County Police Chief Jerry Lee told the St. Louis... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 February 2006

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) / AP

OKLAHOMA CITY — In the Old West, it wasn't uncommon for cowboys and rovers to check their guns at the local sheriff's office to cut down on gunplay that sent many men to their graves. Gun violence prevention advocates say they fear that lesson is being forgotten in a measure before the Oklahoma Legislature — with similar bills pending in Georgia — that would expand where firearms can be taken and when they can be used with deadly force. Oklahoma's "Stand Your... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 February 2006

Detroit Free Press

The state Senate is to begin hearings Tuesday on how to commit to law the kind of public behavior the gun lobby views as an expression of freedom: Shoot first and ask questions later. Or so it would seem under a proposed bill to give broad legal protection to those who use deadly force — we're talking guns — against real or perceived threats. Justifiable homicide would become less complicated. No longer would law-abiding, gun-toting citizens have to consider... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

20 February 2006

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

The number of legal guns in NSW has surged 25 per cent in just three years amid claims the State Government is secretly retreating from the Port Arthur firearms reforms. Registered guns now outnumber people in many rural areas of the state, new figures show, as the total weapons stockpile on the NSW Firearms Registry reached 650,185. A "The Daily Telegraph" investigation on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre shows the number of legal firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain

20 February 2006

ThinkSpain

A 71 year old retired Guardia Civil shot his 68 year old wife, his 35 year old daughter, then turned the gun on himself. The incident occurred shortly before 5pm at the couple's home on Antilla beach in Lepe (Huelva). Although neither of the women died in the attack, both were seriously injured. The daughter, who was shot in the head, was airlifted by helicopter to Sevilla's Virgen del Rocío Hospital, where she was operated on immediately. Her mother, who was shot in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

20 February 2006

Malay Mail

Four men, including two Royal Malaysian Navy personnel, are expected to be charged with smuggling and possession of firearms, grenades and live ammunition. Sources told The Malay Mail that the two Navy personnel are attached to the Lumut naval base's ammunition and explosive depot, where the theft was reported. The first three suspects are expected to be charged at the Alor Star magistrate's court this morning for smuggling Steyr assault rifles, hand grenades and live... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia,United States

20 February 2006

SEESAC (Belgrade) / VIP News Service

Dragoljub Grujovic, general manager of the Zastava Oruzje arms factory in Kragujevac, says that, at a recent arms fair in Las Vegas, the factory signed a contract worth 2.6 million dollars for the export of semi-automatic weapons. "We have also opened negotiations with a US company about a joint venture that would be named Zastava USA and would manufacture the M-92 machinegun and the M-70 rifle," Grujovic said. The new company should be set up by early next year and... (GunPolicy.org)

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