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Gun Policy News, 16 June 2006

New Zealand,United Nations

16 June 2006

Dominion Post (Wellington)

Paraparaumu GP Alison Payne sat amid a sea of red crosses, staked into Parliament lawns yesterday, to symbolise the 1000 people shot dead by small arms every day [Photo]. "The killing is inexcusable," she said. "The scene reminds me of Normandy, where there were fields and fields of white crosses marking all the people who died in the war." Dr Payne took part in yesterday's protest in Wellington organised by Amnesty International, Oxfam and the International Network... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

16 June 2006

Town Hall (United States)

The U.N. will gather in New York City this July for the 2006 Small Arms Review Conference. Doesn't the name alone make you nervous? The U.N. is "reviewing" guns. If you don't own one, doesn't it make you want to go out and buy one just so you can be ready for whatever Kofi's got planned? Wayne LaPierre is plenty nervous, which is why he's written, "The Global War on Your Guns: Inside the U.N.'s Plan to Destroy the Bill of Rights." Sound alarmist? His critics think... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

16 June 2006

Reuters

On Monday, June 19, Reuters will run a series of features on the global trade in guns and ammunition ahead of a United Nations meeting on small arms in New York from June 26 — July 7. Gun violence kills an estimated 1,000 people a day, and it is believed there are around 640 million small arms in the world, 59 percent of them in the hands of civilians. In developing countries, easy access to guns, combined with widespread poverty, often create a lethal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 June 2006

Billings Gazette (Montana) / AP

DILLON — Federal agents seized inventory and paperwork in a raid of a gun parts manufacturing company here last week, the company's owner said. Federal officials wouldn't comment on the June 7 raid at KT Ordnance, which sells nearly finished gun parts over the Internet. "We haven't been charged with any crimes and obviously what they found here didn't violate any laws, because I would have been arrested on the spot," said KT Ordnance owner Richard Celata, 45. "They... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 June 2006

Jersey Journal (New Jersey)

With two dozen members of the National Rifle Association present, Jersey City council members backed down from two of the three gun control ordinances they'd introduced two weeks ago at the behest of Mayor Jerramiah Healy. "When someone mentions guns, all the gun activists come out," Councilman-at-Large Peter Brennan said. "But we have to answer to people like Laverne Washington," a resident who spoke passionately about young people dying in her part of town from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 June 2006

St Petersburg Times (Florida), Editorial

Few laws are as reckless as the one Florida legislators approved last year that makes it easier to kill, claim self-defense, and get away with it. The "Stand Your Ground" law removed the requirement that a person threatened in public retreat before responding with deadly force, and now the predictable result is coming into sharper focus. The Orlando Sentinel examined 13 cases in Central Florida where deadly force was used since the law changed in October. Six people... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 June 2006

Montana Standard (Butte)

DILLON — The owner of a gun parts company that was raided last week by federal agents is proclaiming his innocence after numerous parts and records were seized from his home. Richard Celata said agents with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms went through his home and workshop near Argenta for hours on Wednesday, June 7, but didn't find anything illegal. "We haven't been charged with any crimes, and obviously what they found here didn't violate any... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,China

16 June 2006

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

A recently released report by Amnesty International (AI) says Norinco 9mm pistols, which are cheaply manufactured in China, are commonly used in cases of robbery, rape and other crimes in South Africa. The report notes that, despite South Africa's stringent Firearms Control Act of 2000, firearms are filtering into the underworld after being lost or stolen. Although the United Nations Comtrade database recorded the sale of only 10 079 pistols and revolvers in 1998, AI... (GunPolicy.org)

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Côte d'Ivoire

16 June 2006

IRIN (UN News)

ABIDJAN — Disarmament of pro-government militias in western Cote d'Ivoire failed to start as planned on Friday after some 2,000 fighters, due to hand over their weapons, failed to show up for the special ceremony. The fighters, belonging to three pro-government militia groups, are scheduled to disband and turn in their guns at the local court in the western town of Guiglo, some 500 km northwest of the main city Abidjan, said Honorine Kouman of the National Programme... (GunPolicy.org)

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