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Gun Policy News, 21 June 2006


21 June 2006

Sydney Morning Herald

DILI — Prosecutors in East Timor have ordered the arrest of the dismissed interior minister, Rogerio Lobato, on charges of distributing high-powered police guns to an alleged political hit-squad. Mr Lobato had attempted to flee the country on Monday afternoon, high-level government sources said yesterday. His name was listed on the passenger manifest of an Air North flight to Darwin, but it is understood he was unable to board because Canberra had blocked his entry... (

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United States

21 June 2006

News of Delaware County (Pennsylvania), Editorial

Over three days, from June 16 to 18, weapons, from machine guns to pistols, were on display and for sale at the annual gun show at the Valley Forge Convention Center, a reminder of the freedoms provided by the Second Amendment. "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed," reads the simple, yet powerful provision. The amendment calls for a "well regulated militia".... (

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United States,United Nations

21 June 2006


UNITED NATIONS — Americans mistakenly worried the United Nations is plotting to take away their guns on July 4 — U.S. Independence Day — are flooding the world body with angry letters and postcards, the chairman of a U.N. conference on the illegal small arms trade said on Wednesday. "I myself have received over 100,000 letters from the U.S. public, criticising me personally, saying, 'You are having this conference on the 4th of July, you are not going to get our... (

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21 June 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

The chattering of a machine-gun had residents in the Mount Olive area scrambling for cover and frantically dialing 911, police said yesterday. "We had tons and tons of calls," Toronto police Det. Shawn Elliot said. "It was like a big 911 explosion. It's a miracle no one got hit." The gunfire broke out Monday around 6:30 p.m. near Mount Olive Dr. and Kipling Ave., he said. "At this time of the day, that area is heavily travelled by pedestrians, there's children all... (

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United States,United Nations

21 June 2006

Baxter Bulletin (Arkansas), Opinion

LAKEVIEW — On the very day that this country celebrates one of its most important national holidays, July 4, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is holding a conference of world government representatives at U.N. New York headquarters to finalize the details of a U.N. treaty to ban civilian firearm ownership worldwide. While the public face of the conference is portrayed as a discussion of small arms trading, the existent goal is to outlaw private ownership of all... (

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South Africa

21 June 2006

Pretoria News (Tswhane)

An earth-mover wobbles across a piece of open land on the historic Lilliesleaf farm in Rivonia, systematically clearing the site of bricks, concrete and rubble. It is on this portion of land that Nelson Mandela is said to have buried a piece of South African history — a semi-automatic gun given to him by an Ethiopian colonel — in a hole 1,5m deep. Forty-four years later, Nicholas Wolpe, the founder of the Lilliesleaf Trust, is on a mission to find the gun. In... (

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United States

21 June 2006

Times-Union (Florida) / AP

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — A man has been charged after his 12-year-old grandson handed his gun to a friend, who killed himself playing Russian roulette. A judge signed a warrant Tuesday for the arrest of Joseph Grant on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence, Assistant State Attorney Mark Caliel said. The charge against Grant, 54, came nearly two weeks after Sean Jones Jr., 16, put Grant's .38-caliber gun into his mouth and fatally shot himself... (

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Israel,United States

21 June 2006

Associated Press

An American man was charged on Wednesday with trying to import weapons that police suspect he intended to use to attack Palestinians, a police spokesman said. The 39-year-old California resident was arrested June 11 at an Israeli port after claiming a shipping container that contained a snipers' rifle, a bullet-making machine, gunpowder and cartridges, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Police had no English spelling of the man's name, but the Hebrew spelling would be... (

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United States,United Nations

21 June 2006

News Blaze (California) / UN

The chairman of an upcoming United Nations-organized conference looking into ways of curbing the illegal trade in small arms said today that stepped-up action is needed to tackle the global scourge and follow-up on a Programme of Action endorsed by all Member States in 2001. The Small Arms Review Conference, to be held in New York from 26 June to 7 July, will involve more than 2,000 representatives from governments, international and regional organizations and civil... (

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United States,United Nations

21 June 2006


UNITED NATIONS — The chairman of an upcoming U.N. conference on the illegal trade of small arms has received more than 100,000 letters of complaint from Americans who say it could impinge on their constitutional right to bear arms, he said Wednesday. Many of the letters contained a form message available on the National Rifle Association Web site that complains the June 26-July 7 conference will take place on the July 4 Independence Day holiday, U.N. officials said.... (

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Uganda,United Nations

21 June 2006

Inner City Press (New York)

UNITED NATIONS — As the United Nations prepares for a two-week conference on small arms, questions about a UN-funded disarmament program in Uganda have gone unanswered, including at a press conference mid-Wednesday. Amid happy talk about member states reducing weapons, and side-questions about the 100,000 protest letters the National Rifle Association has submitted, the reported abuse of the Karamojong pastoralists has thus far not been on-the-record comment by the UN... (

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Sierra Leone

21 June 2006

Concord Times (Freetown)

FREETOWN — A Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) release Tuesday stated that the government of Sierra Leone has finally signed the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons. The organization called on Liberia and Guinea to support the promotion of the Convention, as it is the surest way to regional peace and stability. The release states that the Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons replaces the ECOWAS Moratorium of 1998 of which Sierra... (

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