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Gun Policy News, 19 June 2006

New Zealand,Oceania

19 June 2006

New Zealand Herald, Opinion

Although the families of New Zealanders flying off to East Timor are surely right to be concerned for their safety, a unique regional characteristic could save more lives than we will ever know. The top priority in the trouble spot was quickly stated by the first Australian military commander to arrive: "We will be disarming everybody in Dili. The only people in Dili carrying weapons will be the international forces." New Zealand and Australia did the same in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Timor-Leste,Belgium

19 June 2006

Sydney Morning Herald

DILI — New details have emerged about an East Timorese Government minister's efforts to turn police into a private army for the ruling Fretilin party and arm civilian hit squads to cow voters and rivals before next year's elections. The former interior minister, Rogerio Lobato, arranged to secretly import high-powered weapons for the East Timor National Police, who are responsible to the Interior Ministry, on a visit to Kuwait with the Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri,... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

19 June 2006

Hindu (India)

NEW DELHI — At least four in 10 people living in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi worry about becoming a victim of armed violence, according to an international survey conducted by the Control Arms Campaign. Almost all of them cite 'easy availability' of guns as the main reason for their fear. As many as 93 per cent of the 1,000 people surveyed in the four metros said they would like tougher controls on arms coming into India. The study was conducted in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hindu (India)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

19 June 2006

BBC News

One in ten people in the UK have been affected by gun crime, or know someone who has, in the past five years, a survey suggests. Of the 1,000 people interviewed, 81% said they feared imported guns were ending up on British streets. The survey, for the Control Arms campaign group, found almost one in six of those questioned had seen a gun that they understood to be illegal. The group is calling on governments to agree tough controls on the arms trade. UK... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 June 2006

New York Times, Editorial

It is a ghastly fact of public safety that for the past three years the most basic information about illegal gun trafficking in America has been hermetically classified as a state secret — kept off limits to the public and the news media. The nation used to be told, for example, that 57 percent of crime guns came from just 1 percent of gun dealers, and something should be done about that. But — shhh — not any more: not since a malleable Congress and administration... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

19 June 2006

Reuters, Series

A thousand people die every day because of guns, a toll anti-gun campaigners describe as a global epidemic. The United Nations will discuss ways of cracking down on the $1 billion-a-year illegal trade in guns and ammunition at a meeting in New York from June 26 — July 7. Here are some key facts on the small arms trade: The Numbers And Players - The gun trade is worth $4 billion a year of which a quarter may be unauthorised or illicit. - There are 640 million guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

19 June 2006

Reuters, Series

LONDON — From Africa to Bosnia, back to Africa and on to the Middle East — the often secretive flow of guns and bullets follows the world's cycle of wars. In the middle are the faceless brokers who have facilitated the multi-billion-dollar trade since the 1950s and 1960s when the United States and the Soviet Union used go-betweens to arm their allies to fight the Cold War by proxy. "Small arms in Europe are not as cheap as they used to be at the end of the 1990s... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

19 June 2006

Reuters, Series

MOSCOW — Missiles to Syria and Iran, warplanes to Venezuela and Myanmar, helicopters to Sudan — Russia goes its own way when it comes to selling arms, seemingly immune to ethical debates that affect the industry elsewhere. While European Union members argue over whether to lift a weapons ban against China, almost half of Russia's $6 billion arms sales last year went to Beijing. As the White House struggles to persuade Congress to approve a U.S.-India nuclear... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sudan,China

19 June 2006

Reuters

KHARTOUM — In a rebel camp along the barren, windswept border between Sudan and Chad, dozens of trucks packed with dreadlocked fighters manning heavy machine guns are lined up. Piled up behind them are ammunition boxes, covered in Chinese symbols — it's impossible to know exactly where the bullets in the boxes came from but they offer a glimpse of the complex and circuitous routes of the global arms trade. United Nations investigators have found most of the small... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United Nations

19 June 2006

CanWest News

OTTAWA — Canadians want a tighter grip on the flow of guns and ammunition in and out of the country, according to a survey released Monday. A report by the Control Arms Campaign, a joint initiative by Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the International Action Network on Small Arms, surveyed people in six countries and found that Canadians aren't the only ones concerned about the global trade of guns and bullets. Overall, 87 per cent of respondents said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

19 June 2006

Reuters

LONDON — Three in 10 people questioned in a six-nation survey have been the victim of gun crime or know someone who has been in the last five years, gun control campaigners said on Monday. The survey of about 1,000 people in each of Brazil, Britain, Canada, Guatemala, India and South Africa found widespread support for tighter international restrictions on trade in firearms, the Control Arms campaign said in a statement. Control Arms is a joint initiative by human... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Africa

19 June 2006

Star (Johannesburg), Opinion

Every day, gun violence kills more than 1 000 people around the world, leaving thousands more injured and bereft. This has led United Nations (UN) secretary general Kofi Annan to remark that in terms of the carnage they cause, "small arms could well be described as weapons of mass destruction". In 2001, UN member states committed to a programme of action to address the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, declaring that they would collect and destroy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,Canada,United States

19 June 2006

Hamilton Spectator, Letter

Re: 'UN threatens U.S. gun lovers; The world body is promoting a disarmament move and the National Rifle Association doesn't like that' (May 27) It was interesting to learn from Wayne LaPierre, the leader of the National Rifle Association, that he thinks the latest campaign against the United Nations will double the NRA's membership. But he should have verified some of his facts. The UN has not chosen the Fourth of July (a holiday at UN headquarters) to hold a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

19 June 2006

Red Deer Advocate (Alberta)

Failure to license a firearm should not be a criminal offence, says the head of a firearms group. Jerrold Lundgard, president of the 4,000 member Responsible Firearms Owners of Alberta, said changes need to be made to the Criminal Code so that responsible gun owners don't get penalized. "Legislation should deal with criminals and not law-abiding citizens," said Lundgard at the group's annual general meeting in Red Deer on Sunday. A person can be charged with... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

19 June 2006

CanWest News

OTTAWA — The minority Conservative government, which introduced a bill Monday to kill the federal gun registry, is facing a tough sell in Parliament after the three opposition parties signalled that the proposed legislation is in trouble. Most Bloc Quebecois, Liberal and New Democrat MPs are against scrapping a law requiring firearms owners to register their rifles and shotguns, party members said as they emerged from the House of Commons. That means that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

19 June 2006

ITV News (UK)

A couple whose son was shot dead as he lay sleeping in his pushchair during a family holiday have called for and end to the illegal guns trade. David and Ozlem Grimason made the plea after a harrowing visit to Africa where they saw first-hand the devastation left by illegal weapons crossing borders. The couple, from Edinburgh, joined the Control Arms campaign after their two-year-old son Alistair was shot during a gunfight in a Turkish cafe almost three years ago. A... (GunPolicy.org)

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