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Gun Policy News, 6 June 2006

United States

6 June 2006

The Hill (Washington, DC)

The start of hurricane season has become a selling point for gun-rights legislation spurred by Hurricane Katrina. During the during storm's chaotic aftermath, government officials hoping to ensure public safety seized hundreds of legally owned guns from Louisiana residents, some seeking to protect themselves from pillagers and assailants. The seizures have triggered outrage among gun-rights activists, spawning a lawsuit and bills nationwide to ban future... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2006

New York Times

New York is poised to strengthen controls on gun sales in the city, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday, by limiting handgun purchases, requiring dealers to report inventory more frequently and creating a registry of gun offenders. The city also plans to ban the use and sale of paint kits used to make guns look like toys. "We're not going to interfere with a lawful right to own or sell guns," Mr. Bloomberg said in announcing the planned legislation, which has the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2006

Associated Press

NEW YORK — The court case listed as the People vs. Godfrey Hayle looked like an unremarkable one: Police claimed the 44-year-old suspect tried to ditch a 9 mm handgun last year during a drug bust. But when Hayle walked into a downtown Brooklyn courtroom last week, state Supreme Court Justice Robert Holdman was unusually attentive — and blunt. For starters, he shot down a defense attorney's bid for a plea deal with no jail time. "That's not going to happen in this... (GunPolicy.org)

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Timor-Leste

6 June 2006

Australian (Sydney)

Almost all the ammunition and more than half the firearms of East Timor's national police force are missing. Unaccounted for, according to a security analyst, are more than half the 3000 Glock 9mm pistols issued to the 3400-member police force (PNTL), whose authority has ceased to exist in Dili. More than half the PNTL's 400 Steyr assault rifles and Heckler & Koch HK-33 sub-machineguns, 160 of 200 FNC assault rifles and all F-2000 machine pistols issued to police... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2006

Denver Post (Colorado), Editorial

Thanks to a 3-3 split on the Colorado Supreme Court, Denver can continue to enforce an assault-weapons ban and otherwise regulate guns. It is an important escape for the doctrine of municipal home rule in the face of unwarranted legislative interference. Denver District Judges Joseph Meyer and Lawrence Manzanares earlier ruled that a 2003 pre-emption law passed by the state legislature does supersede minor ordinances, but Denver still could ban assault weapons, forbid... (GunPolicy.org)

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Georgia,United Nations

6 June 2006

Civil Georgia (Tbilisi)

Parliamentarians from around the world, as well as officials from the UN and European Commission will gather in Tbilisi on June 9-10 to discuss challenges within the CIS in implementing the 2001 UN Program Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. The Parliamentary Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SA/LW) in the CIS Region will be held with the support of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sri Lanka

6 June 2006

Asian Tribune

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the UN, Prasad Kariyawasam, will chair in June the first Review Conference for the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (UN PoA). The PoA is an agreement reached in 2001 amongst member states to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. It is estimated that nearly 5,000,000 small arms are circulating... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2006

Connecticut Post (Bridgeport)

Americans spent more than $2 billion on guns and ammunition in 2005, showing the nation's fascination with firearms is not fading despite concerns raised by gun-control advocates. The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation on Monday touted a U.S. Department of Treasury report that said sales of firearms and ammunition increased by 2.6 percent in 2005, while other federal agencies are finding fewer gun-related deaths and crimes. However, the Federal Bureau... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

6 June 2006

Tonawanda News (New York), Opinion

July 4 is the quintessential American holiday. It is a boisterous celebration of the birthing of the U.S. and the wonderful independence which has made our great nation the most powerful and influential country this world has ever known. This independence could never have come about were it not for firearms. Our forefathers were liberty-hungry upstarts who utilized their skills as marksmen to overthrow an oppressive government. Knowing full well that arming of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

6 June 2006

Financial Times (UK)

CARACAS — Venezuela is to build Latin America's first Kalashnikov factory under a deal with Russia that has stoked fears in Washington about the oil-rich country's arms procurement plans. The administration of Hugo Chávez took delivery at the weekend of 30,000 new Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles from Russia, the first batch of a $54m (€42m, £29m) contract for 100,000 units of the weapon favoured by guerrillas worldwide. The deal — which includes ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2006

Mail Tribune (Oregon)

CENTRAL POINT — A local gun club faces more than $17,000 in fines for illegally dumping about 17 tons of lead-contaminated debris on its East Vilas Road property. The extent of contamination around Medford Rifle and Pistol Club remains unknown after the group removed sand piles containing bullet debris, said Jeff Bachman, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The club exhibited a "reckless lack of regard" for the threat to groundwater,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

6 June 2006

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

TORONTO — Two of the 17 terror suspects named in Friday's bust made frequent trips to the U.S. before being caught last summer trying to smuggle guns and ammunition into Canada. Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, are alleged to have been involved in the importation of three guns and 182 rounds of ammunition "for the purpose of facilitating or carrying out a terrorist activity" or for the purpose of helping someone else carry out a terrorist activity.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2006

WATE-TV News (Tennessee)

NEW TAZEWELL — A 10-year-old girl is charged with firing a gunshot that blew the hat off a man standing in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Donnie Brooks still shook Tuesday from Monday's close call. Brooks says he was going to do some shopping when he heard a bang. "It (the bullet) went right past my face and it blowed my hat off. That's how close it came." He says he then noticed a car with a shattered window parked just a few feet away. Brooks says he approached the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

6 June 2006

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

PORT MORESBY — Gutnius Lutheran Church head Bishop David Piso yesterday renewed his call for the Papua New Guinea Government to table the gun committee report in Parliament immediately. Speaking from Wapenamanda in the Enga Province where the church is based, Bishop Piso said the Government's delay in tabling the report in Parliament and taking action to minimize the spread and build-up of illegal weapons is a serious worry for the nation. "The National Guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

6 June 2006

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

MOROTO — The army's 3rd Division Court Martial yesterday started the trial of 85 Karimojong warriors at Moroto army tactical headquarters over illegal possession of firearms. The three-day court hearing is being chaired by Lt. Col. Edward Sebugwawo, the commander of the 405 Brigade. The 3rd Division army spokesman in Charge of Disarmament based in Moroto, Lt. Gabriel Lomogin, said the court martial team arrived in the district over the weekend. "They are today... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

6 June 2006

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — The disarmament programme in the Rift Valley Province will be extended to northern Kenya, police have said. The plan to forcibly disarm herdsmen, "was currently going on in seven districts among them Turkana, Baringo and Laikipia, before being expanded" to Marsabit and Moyale districts in North Eastern province, said the director of police operations, Mr David Kimaiyo. The joint operation by the Army, Regular and Administration police would continue until... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

6 June 2006

Prensa Latina (Havana)

CARACAS — Venezuelan Deputy Minster of Interior and Justice (MIJ) Jesus Ramon Villegas announced Tuesday his country would carry out short-term actions to control possession of weapons in the civil population and thus reduce violence. In the opening of the meeting of Experts on Arms Control, held in the capital's Teresa Carreno Theater and continuing until June 8, Villegas confirmed participants would analyze international experiences to successfully guarantee a... (GunPolicy.org)

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