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Gun Policy News, 28 February 2006

Caribbean,Central America,Honduras,Colombia,Mexico,Brazil

28 February 2006

ISN Security Watch (Zurich), Web Page

Gone are the days when the black market for cocaine required a few strong men, limited bribes, and involved the purchase of a few revolvers. The cocaine trade has expanded well beyond the Andean mountain corridor and the control of local actors there. The market for small arms and light weapons has completely overlapped the cocaine market. Purchases for arms are no longer made with cash but with cocaine, and the same routes used to smuggle cocaine out of South America... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

28 February 2006

Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Conservative government plans move on a key election promise to amend the gun registry by exempting rifle and shotgun owners from the program and waiving a $60 fee paid by more than 1.5 million Canadians to renew firearms registrations. CTV News reported Tuesday that the government would limit the registry to handguns and automatic weapons. The Conservatives have long called the registry a waste of taxpayers' money that targets duck hunters rather... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 February 2006

Metrowest Daily News / Boston Herald

A Framingham man arrested in May on gun charges after police found an exact tattoo of the weapon, down to the serial number, on his hip was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges. Justin Breakspear, 20, of Framingham, will be on probation for 10 years after his release from MCI-Cedar Junction, said to the Middlesex District Attorney's office. Breakspear originally pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court on... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

28 February 2006

Business Day (Johannesburg)

CAPE TOWN — In a major shift after extensive consultation with gun owners, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has published draft amendments to the Firearms Control Act that will do away with the controversial relicensing process. However, some of the new clauses that have been introduced have received a cool reception amid claims that they are unconstitutional. The legislation is being amended to avoid serious legal complications and the criminalisation... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 February 2006

News-Sentinel (Indiana), Editorial

Gun-right legislation moving through the General Assembly has one commonsense proposal that should be passed and one troublesome one that should be rethought. The good idea is a "no retreat" provision that allows people to use deadly force if they think it necessary, without first considering the options of trying to back away or call police. The problematic idea is the provision to let people get a lifetime gun permit instead of having to renew it every four years,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

28 February 2006

Associated Press

GEORGETOWN — The Guyanese military detained six soldiers Tuesday after discovering weapons were missing from an arms depot at the army's headquarters, a military spokesman said. The military decided to check its weapons stocks earlier this month after explosives and ammunition were stolen from a depot in neighboring Suriname. A Guyanese weapons inventory found that at least five pistols were missing, said Col. Wilbert Lee, a military spokesman. "We are conducting a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

28 February 2006

Dawn (Karachi)

LARKANA — A large quantity of arms, including a rocket-launcher, and ammunition are missing from the arsenal of the Qambar police station. SHO Sardar Khan Chandio, who noticed the shortfall during an inspection of the arsenal, informed the District Police Officer, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Ahmed Yar Chauhan, who conducted an inquiry. The DPO told Dawn that the matter had been reported to the Regional Police Officer (RPO), Sukkur and the DIG Police (Operation), Larkana... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

28 February 2006

South African Press Association

CAPE TOWN — Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has warned that gun owners still have to comply with the existing provisions of the Firearms Control Act, despite the publication of a draft amendment bill. The draft bill was published for public comment in the Government Gazette on Friday. "It is of vital importance to take note that the draft bill contains mere proposals, which are published for the wider public to submit comments on or before March 31,... (GunPolicy.org)

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