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Gun Policy News, 18 June 2006

Canada

18 June 2006

Los Angeles Times

TORONTO — Police began kicking down doors before dawn on a chilly May morning while gang members in Toronto's Jamestown neighborhood still slept. By lunchtime, officers had made 106 arrests, collected 33 guns and announced that they had broken an international gun ring run by the notorious Jamestown Crew. The raid was a shot across the bow from newly elected Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who says his Conservative Party government is going to spend its money on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2006

Philadelphia Inquirer, Column

I have two candidates for NRA-sponsored pistol training. It's the two bad guys who showed up Tuesday night in the 2100 block of Sigel Street in South Philly, drew their handguns, and started shooting. They missed each other by a mile, but did manage to hit 4-year-old Nashay Little, who was playing in the street. Nashay went down with a bullet in her leg that severed a major artery. She was rushed to the hospital, where she remains in critical condition. No one is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

18 June 2006

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is set to bring in legislation as early as Monday to formally abolish the federal long-gun registry — even though MPs won't be able to vote on it until the fall, and it may not pass even then. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day will likely claim the reason for introducing the bill now is to give MPs and interested groups a chance to study the legislation over the summer. But sources say there is also a political reason for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Venezuela

18 June 2006

Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez's plans to build the first Kalashnikov factory in South America are stirring fears Venezuela could start arming his leftist allies in the hemisphere with Russian assault rifles. Chavez denies such ambitions, saying his government bought 100,000 Russian-made AK-103 assault rifles and a license from Moscow to make Kalashnikovs and ammunition to bolster its defenses against "the most powerful empire in history" — the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2006

News-Record (North Carolina)

RALEIGH — By all accounts, Marty Houglan shouldn't have been able to buy a gun in November 2003. At the request of his family, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office had put him on a list of those not to be issued gun-purchase permits. But by using the address of a temporary residence in Lenoir County, the mentally ill Greensboro native was able to get a new driver's license and gun permit there. He took the permit to a Greensboro gun shop, where he bought a .38... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2006

Courier-Post (New Jersey), Editorial

Lax gun laws in Pennsylvania must be tightened and federal officials should restore federal funding for community policing. In an artist's rendering published in the Courier-Post Tuesday ("Signs of activity on Camden Waterfront" C-P, June 13), people stroll the riverfront outside the proposed 11-story Ferry Terminal Building. In the background, the restored Victor building stands out. But the everyday life that exists not far beyond this gleaming image is not... (GunPolicy.org)

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