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Gun Policy News, 7 June 2006

United Kingdom,United Nations

7 June 2006

Wanstead and Woodford Guardian (East London)

MP Iain Duncan Smith's face will be one in a million after he endorsed a massive public lobby to stop arms trading and cut violent crime. Campaigners with the Epping Forest branch of Amnesty International are joining people from across the UK to make the world's biggest visual petition. Instead of listing names, the petition will include photographs of one million people calling for the United Nations to issue a treaty which puts tighter controls on the global arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,Switzerland

7 June 2006

SwissInfo

GENEVA — The damage caused by armed conflict to the economies of poorer countries is to be highlighted at an international conference in Geneva on Wednesday. Hosted by Switzerland and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the meeting also aims to inject momentum into global efforts to restrict small arms that are responsible for at least 300,000 deaths a year. According to the UNDP, per capita Gross Domestic Product falls by 15 per cent and the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2006

Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Less than six months after Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined with New York City's Michael R. Bloomberg to lead a national campaign against illegal guns, Bay State and Empire State lawmakers will introduce a bill in the House to stiffen penalties for gun trafficking. The Nemorin and Andrews Anti-Gun Trafficking Act, named for two New York police detectives killed in 2003 while investigating gun traffickers, is a reprise of a bill introduced that year by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 June 2006

Globe & Mail (Toronto) / CP

WILLIAMS LAKE, British Columbia — A Williams Lake secondary school vice-principal is being lauded for catching a fleeing student and taking away the loaded handgun he fired on a school bus. The incident began Monday morning on a school bus on which police said a male student was showing others a handgun he had somehow obtained. The gun was fired, shooting a hole in the floor of the bus. "There were some comments made by the kids on the bus that it was just a cap... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2006

Times Leader (Pennsylvania), Opinion

"When does our respect for our dignity as human beings move us to say, 'Enough! Enough grief! Enough dead heroes! Enough widows! Enough fatherless children!' " Those were the words of Msgr. Francis S. Feret in his homily at the funeral of Police Officer Gary Skerski three weeks ago. Apparently, we're not moved yet. Since Officer Skerski was laid to rest on May 12 there have been 31 additional homicide victims in the City of Brotherly Love. People like Derrick... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

7 June 2006

People's Daily / China Daily

A near 2-hour standoff at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport ended peacefully yesterday afternoon after a plane crew refused to take off with an armed passenger on board. Chartered by Air China, the Dragon Air Airbus A330 from Hong Kong was about to fly from Shanghai to Beijing when crew discovered the passenger, a security officer, was carrying a gun. "We were sitting waiting to take off and were already a bit delayed when we heard some people arguing further up the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda,Kenya,East Africa

7 June 2006

IRIN (UN News)

JINJA — As flames licked the tightly stacked pyre of carefully positioned weapons, an occasional loud crack pierced the air, as some gun with ammunition lodged inside discharged its payload straight into the ground. The weapons had been driven firmly and vertically into the earth to prevent any risk of injury to the workers and the people watching the destruction in the town of Jinja, in eastern Uganda, on Monday. The pyre included weapons ranging from crude... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa,Nigeria,Mali

7 June 2006

People's Daily (China) / Xinhua

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to launch its small arms control program in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on Tuesday. According to a statement issued by the ECOWAS headquarters in the Nigerian capital Abuja, the program is "targeted at reinforcing efforts to reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in West Africa." The program is a five-year transitional capacity-building program that would initially implement a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

7 June 2006

Neue Zürcher Zeitung / SwissInfo

The Senate is due to launch a review of the country's firearms legislation this week as part of parliament's regular summer session. The draft law foresees a slight tightening of regulations for purchasing and keeping guns and rifles, but it falls short of introducing a central database of all weapons in circulation. Despite a long tradition of bearing arms and fairly responsible attitudes towards guns, Switzerland is not immune to tragedy and the gun law is a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 June 2006

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), Opinion

Judging from invective coming my way, last week's column on the national gun registry inflamed the angry male contingent among The Vancouver Sun's far-flung readership. Here's a sampling from the verbal firing squad: "Stupid stupid rabid liberal s**thead." "Dumb wit." "Your column is so full of crap that you should have your head examined for loose screws." "Blah, blah, blah, register your guns. Jews did. Look what the Germans did to them and that is only one... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2006

Associated Press

DENVER — A firefighter who argued that an undercover agent pushed him into illegally dealing in weapons was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of selling a machine gun. Stan Ford, 35, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He was acquitted on two other counts of illegally selling machine guns and one count of removing the serial number from a handgun. The jury deliberated nearly two days after a seven-day trial. Ford was arrested in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Afghanistan

7 June 2006

IRIN (UN News) / Reuters

KABUL — Abdullah Shah, 25, busily sews clothes in his small tailor's shop in Obdarra, a village in Anaba district in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, some 120 km north of the capital, Kabul. He has been the sole breadwinner in his family since his brother, Shafiqullah, was gunned down by a powerful warlord in late 2003. A slaying typical of an environment where local strong men still hold sway over local communities and often deliver ruthless punishment to those that... (GunPolicy.org)

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