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Gun Policy News, 23 February 2006

New Zealand

23 February 2006

New Zealand Herald

Police chiefs yesterday confirmed $20,000 was approved to fund "the travel and participation costs of keynote speakers" at a controversial gun safety seminar. Seminar organiser Inspector Joe Green said some judicious spending by police ensured 20 speakers — including seven international guests — could be paid for from the $20,000. Green Party police spokesman Keith Locke had criticised the Government over the choice of speakers, many of whom he believes are... (

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New Zealand

23 February 2006

New Zealand Herald / NZPA

Stricter legislation on firearms licensing has led to a significant drop in suicides using guns, new research shows. Since changes to New Zealand laws controlling gun licensing in 1992, the annual rate of firearm-related suicide had dropped 46 per cent. The research, by the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, was funded by the Health Research Council. Suicide researcher Associate Professor Annette Beautrais, who heads the... (

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New Zealand

23 February 2006

NewsTalk ZB / NZ Radio Network

A controversial law introduced 14 years ago, is being credited for bringing about a drop in the rate of suicides from shootings. New research conducted by the Christchurch School of Medicine, shows the number of shooting suicides has almost halved since an amendment to the Arms Act in 1992. The new Act brought in tougher criteria for firearms owners, including tighter security and revetting of gun licence holders. The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners says it... (

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United States

23 February 2006

KPHO-TV News (Arizona)

The ATF has broken-up a gun smuggling ring that appears to have sent assault weapons from Phoenix to Mexico. The suspects bought the weapons at the Arizona State Fairgrounds during gun shows in December and January. These events look like weapons "bazaars," with everything from pistols to sniper rifles available for purchase, in some cases without even a background check required. This federal court complaint contains details about the case. The suspects admitted to... (

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23 February 2006

Courier-Mail (Brisbane), Editorial

Almost 10 years on, memories of the tragic Port Arthur massacre remain so deeply etched in the Australian psyche that any increase in gun ownership would be regarded by most people as cause for concern. Police Minister Judy Spence moved yesterday to reassure Queenslanders that the national gun laws are working and that while the number of registered firearms has increased, they have done so under much tighter controls. There are now fewer licensed firearms owners who... (

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United States

23 February 2006

Virginian-Pilot (Virginia)

CHESAPEAKE — A pediatrician who asks a child's parent about firearms in their home could lose his or her license or be disciplined under legislation being considered by a Senate committee today. The bill would prohibit health care professionals from asking a patient about gun possession, ownership or storage unless the patient is being treated for an injury related to guns or asks for safety counseling about them. Sponsored by Del. Ward Armstrong, D-Martinsville,... (

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United States

23 February 2006

Star Ledger (New Jersey), Opinion

The emergence of a gun culture on the streets of Newark and other urban areas raises the question: Where do the guns come from? This is an intriguing and important question, both as most adults can recall when guns, particularly handguns, were not nearly so prevalent and because gun crime and violence are growing despite the fact that New Jersey has the strongest gun laws in the country. What gives? The dismaying answer is that the guns used in crimes in New Jersey... (

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United States

23 February 2006

Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE — The National Rifle Association, sensing trouble on its proposed bill in the state Legislature that would require employers to allow workers to have guns in their cars in company parking lots, offered some unusual compromises Wednesday: - Creating gun rooms at work and having workers check their weapons when they arrive. - Separate parking lots for gun owners. - Making it OK to carry in the car, as long as you tell your boss. But those "concessions"... (

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23 February 2006

Moncton Times & Transcript (New Brunswick)

The Conservative government's minority status should protect the national firearms registry in Miramichi from closing, says the local Liberal MP. Charles Hubbard said the controversial registry was created by an act of Parliament in 1995 and so it would require an act of Parliament to dismantle it, a longstanding promise of the Conservative party. But since the new Conservative government is more than 30 seats short of a majority, and since the other three parties... (

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United States

23 February 2006


ROSEBURG, Oregon — A teenager shot and critically wounded a 16-year-old student at school Thursday, then fled to a diner, where he put the gun to his head before surrendering, police said. Police spokesman Sgt. Aaron Dunbar said the shooter appeared to be a student. He was arrested shortly after the attack at Roseburg High School. The school went into lockdown after the shots were fired about 7:45 a.m. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was hit three... (

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United States

23 February 2006

San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — The National Rifle Association pressed its case against San Francisco's voter-approved ban on firearm sales and handgun possession in court today, arguing that the ordinance flouts state law by requiring law-abiding residents to surrender their pistols. The city's lawyer countered that a local government is entitled to protect its residents from handgun violence. The hearing ended without Superior Court Judge James Warren ruling on the validity of... (

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United States

23 February 2006

Voice of America

New Haven, Connecticut's Winchester rifle plant once employed thousands. But after years of declining sales, fewer than 200 people now work there. It's only selling a third as many guns as it did three years ago. In March, all remaining workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes. And along with the jobs will go a slice of American history. Pioneers who moved across North America in the 19th century took the rifle with them. "The Winchester rifle has been... (

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United States

23 February 2006

Journal Register News Service (Connecticut)

HARTFORD — Connecticut and federal law enforcement officials met with Gov. M. Jodi Rell Wednesday to talk about getting added funding for the effort to trace firearms being used in a new wave of urban violence. Rell said she would support a Republican legislative plan to allocate $1 million to an existing state task force set up to combat gun trafficking if the money can be found within the budget. "I think it's a great idea," said Rell. "We have to be able to pay... (

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United States

23 February 2006

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

TALLAHASSEE — The National Rifle Association suffered a rare setback in the Florida Legislature on Wednesday, thrusting into doubt one of its top priorities this year. The powerful pro-gun group and its allies had to shelve a proposal that would force businesses to allow employees to bring guns to work. The bill was pulled after it became clear during a sometimes rancorous meeting that it was in danger of dying at its first public hearing. The state's business... (

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United States,Canada

23 February 2006

United Press International

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — General Dynamics will pay $275 million to acquire Canadian ammunition manufacturer SNC Technologies, it was announced Thursday. The definitive agreement signed Thursday brings the main supplier of ammunition to the armed forces of Canada and a long list of other nations into the General Dynamics fold. "SNC Technologies is a well-managed, profitable organization that will enable General Dynamics to expand its market to key customer groups... (

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23 February 2006

YNet News (Tel Aviv)

A 32-year-old new immigrant from the U.S. was arrested on Wednesday for bringing arms into the country. On Thursday the Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended his remand by four days. The man, who immigrated to Israel in 2005 and eventually settled in Beit Shemesh, brought with him a large container with, among other things, an M-16 rifle, a sniper rifle, pistol, magazine clips, army equipment, commando knives, helmets, night vision apparatus and rappelling gear. The... (

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United States

23 February 2006

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

Drop your weapons! Plans to use submachine guns to raise money to oust Gov. Jim Doyle have been shot down. Richard Baker, top dog at the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Movement, thought he could raise a few grand by inviting supporters to TheShooters Shop in West Allis for five hours of target practice, complete with a variety of automatic weapons, a.k.a. submachine guns. Doyle has twice vetoed measures that would legalize the carrying of concealed weapons in... (

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