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Gun Policy News, 23 June 2006

United Nations,United States

23 June 2006

Daily News-Record (Virginia), Editorial

Failing in its attempt to bring the Internet under United Nations control, the organization is now casting about wondering what to regulate next. A few bureaucrats see guns as the next elusive regulatory goal. The U.N. Conference on Global Gun Control will run from June 26-July 7. Supporters say it will focus on curbing the international arms trade. Second Amendment supporters ' never slack in their dedication to that amendment ' are more suspicious, particularly since... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

23 June 2006

Washington Times

NEW YORK — U.N. officials have received more than 100,000 letters, many of them generated by a National Rifle Association campaign, protesting a U.N. forum on illicit small arms that starts Monday and runs through July Fourth. "The 4th of July is America's most revered national holiday. Yet, you have nevertheless chosen that day to meet at the U.N., on American soil, in your drive to ban civilian firearm ownership worldwide. In doing so, you have placed the U.N.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

23 June 2006

BBC News

The father of a toddler who was shot dead during a gunfight in a Turkish cafe will meet Defence Secretary Des Browne on Friday. David Grimason, from East Kilbride, whose son Alistair was killed in 2003, will present a petition calling for an international arms trade treaty. The photo petition, part of the Million Faces campaign, is urging governments to discuss regulating the industry. Mr Grimason said easy access to guns resulted in 1,000 deaths every day. "Tougher... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

23 June 2006

The Voice (Mancester)

A community summit will be held in Manchester in a bid to tackle gun crime, after a spate of shootings in the city. The Guns and Gangs Community Conference has been organised by the West Indian Organisations Co-ordinating Committee in an effort to make the black community take responsibility for the criminals in its midst. The WIOCC hopes to build on the success of anti-violence initiatives like Peace Week, and a recent knife amnesty, which saw hundreds of blades... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

23 June 2006

Washington Times

NEW YORK — American gun owners have deluged the United Nations with tens of thousands of letters protesting a forthcoming conference that they fear will infringe on their right to bear arms — and on the July 4th holiday to boot. Sri Lankan Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, who will preside over the two-week Small Arms Review Conference beginning Monday, says the timing is a coincidence. He also insists that the delegates will talk only about the illegal possession,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

23 June 2006

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG — Buried beneath a thick layer of dirt on a former farm in a northern Johannesburg suburb is the most famous gun in South African history. Or so a team of historians believe. For the past week, a bulldozer has been digging on the Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia in search of the Bulgarian pistol that former South African President Nelson Mandela hid weeks before his 1962 arrest by the nation's white rulers. The effort to find the gun — which was largely... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2006

Toledo Blade (Ohio)

MONROE — A submachine gun and other police gear were stolen early yesterday from the parked vehicle of a sheriff's deputy, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The theft occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. in the 100 block of Lavender Street, the sheriff's office said. The deputy whose gear was stolen had attended a training session Wednesday night. The items included a Heckler & Koch .40-caliber UMP submachine gun in a black nylon case, with one... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2006

Centre Daily (Pennsylvania), Editorial

Word has it that Pennsylvania State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington (D., Phila.) will soon offer a watered-down bill to impose a one-handgun-per-month limit. She should be ashamed. Washington should be ashamed not because she's willing to compromise on the issue, but because it's the wrong compromise. Powerful State Sen. Vincent Fumo (D., Phila.) says he'll support the ban if it's limited to Philadelphia and has a seven-year "sunset" provision. This shows movement by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2006

Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii)

A total of 2,554 students were expelled for bringing a firearm to school in the 2001-2002 school year. The Gun-Free Schools Act requires that each state or outlying area receiving federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act have a law that requires all local educational agencies to expel for at least one year any student found bringing a firearm to school. Here's how those expulsions break down: Grade level: Fifty-seven percent of the expulsions were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

23 June 2006

Manila Standard Today

ZAMBOANGA CITY — An Army major and sergeant were arrested after they were caught stealing guns and ammunition from the military's armory here, according to Armed Forces Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Gabriel Habacon. Habacon identified the two arrested soldiers as Maj. Rauline Diploma of the Ammunition and Supply Office and Sgt. Benido Damacino, both assigned at the Army Support Command in Camp Enrile here. "The search team found in the possession of Major... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,United Nations

23 June 2006

Reuters

Izhevsk, Russia — Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who gave his name to the world's most widely used assault rifle, wants action to stop fake versions of his weapon landing in the hands of child soldiers and militants. "There should be civilised laws preventing weapons from circulating freely around the world," Kalashnikov said on Friday. "Weapons should only be in the hands of those who are defending their state — who defend that is, and do not attack," he said.... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,United Nations

23 June 2006

OneWorld South Asia, Web Page

NEW DELHI — International organisations expect India to play a lead role in the global control of small arms because the country has been a major victim of the illegal trade in foreign-made sophisticated arms. In a press conference on Friday, Oxfam — which has been spearheading a global campaign to control trade in small arms along with Amnesty International and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) — said India has nearly 40 million small... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

23 June 2006

Guardian (UK)

The National Rifle Association, one of America's most vociferous and effective lobby groups, is up in arms, as it were, over a UN initiative to curb the spread of small arms. Next week, government officials and NGOs will meet in New York for a follow-up conference to a programme of action adopted in 2001. That programme set out a broad set of recommendations to reduce trafficking, proliferation and misuse of guns. According to the International Action Network on Small... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

23 June 2006

UK Ministry Of Defence, Media release

On the eve of the UN Small Arms Review Conference, Des Browne, Secretary of State for Defence has renewed calls for an International Arms Trade Treaty. Today Mr Browne will receive a petition from Oxfam, Amnesty International and IANSA in support of the Government's stance on the Arms Trade Treaty. Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne, said: "We have been working closely with Oxfam, Amnesty International, IANSA and the UK defence industry in support of an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

23 June 2006

Fort McMurray Today (Alberta)

The federal government's move to end the controversial gun registry is bringing cheers from local gun enthusiasts. "Excellent," Clint Brydges said at the Fort McMurray shooting range Thursday. "It's the old story. Responsible gun owners aren't the ones who commit crimes." Earlier this week, the federal government announced a law to scrap the registry first enacted in 1995 by the former Liberal government. People will still have to hold a licence to own a gun but will... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

23 June 2006

Salmon Arm Observer (British Columbia)

The Conservative government has taken aim at the controversial long-gun registry. Legislation was tabled in the House of Commons Monday that would scrap the registry, which has cost Canadian taxpayers about $1 billion since 1995. "We said we would do it, and we did," said Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP, of the government's actions. However, with the House recessing for summer this Friday, a vote on the legislation won't be held until this fall. Because of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2006

Associated Press

BREMERTON, Washington — A sheriff's deputy who was trying to get a man down from a tree shot and wounded him after mistakenly pulling a gun instead of a Taser, authorities say. The deputy, a five-year veteran of the force whose name was not released, was placed on leave while Thursday's shooting is investigated. Deputies carry both a Taser and a gun on their utility belts. The Taser, or stun gun, is similar in shape to the compact .40-caliber gun the deputy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

23 June 2006

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — The United States said on Friday it saw no need for new international agreements at a U.N. conference opening next week to weigh a tightening of a five-year-old crackdown on illegal trafficking in small arms. "The purpose of this conference is simply to follow up on activities authorized by the 2001 conference, and we don't see any need for treaties or agreements coming out of this," said John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

23 June 2006

Indian Express

CHANDIGARH — Is the City Beautiful going for the culture of firearms? So it seems, going by the firearms figures over the last six years provided by the Estate Office under the Right to Information Act. As of now, over 20,000 residents possess firarms and there is a rise in the number of residents applying annually for firearms licenses. In 2000, 68 licenses were issued, in 2005, the figure went up to 121. In the last five months alone, 26 licenses have been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2006

Huffington Post (USA) / Yahoo

This week, for the fourth year in a row, the House Appropriations Committee approved language into the Science, State, Justice and Commerce appropriations bill (which funds the operations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for fiscal year 2007) blocking public access to previously available information on guns traced to crime. As in years before, the language was inserted by Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), pictured below with NRA chief... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

23 June 2006

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

More than 3400 military weapons will be destroyed starting next week in what has been described as a move to standardise weapons to be held by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force. Documents from the Defence Force headquarters show a wide range of weapons, many high powered, bought by the force over the years now held by its various units around the country have been listed for destruction. They include high-powered Israeli-made weapons as well as grenade launchers... (GunPolicy.org)

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