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Gun Policy News, 26 June 2006

New Zealand,United Nations

26 June 2006

New Zealand Herald

Aucklander Phil Alpers will lead a New Zealand delegation in New York this week to "strongly support" an arms trade treaty being discussed at a United Nations conference. When the conference opens today Mr Alpers — a foundation member of a 700-strong network called the International Action Network for Small Arms — will help present a petition to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Called the Million Faces petition, it consists of 1 million photos of people around... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

26 June 2006

Financial Times (UK)

UNITED NATIONS — Europe, Latin America, several African countries and non-governmental pressure groups will press for new global guidelines to control the transfer of small arms at a two-week UN conference starting in New York today. The UK is spearheading the move, which would include a commitment to keep light weapons from reaching any group that might use them to commit human rights atrocities. The UN says the proliferation of small arms poses a devastating... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

26 June 2006

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Bearing a message from the Russian who invented the world's most common assault rifle, activists will press governments at a U.N. conference on small arms to ensure such weapons are not used to trample human rights. The groups and some officials attending the conference that begins Monday advocate a fundamentally new approach for trade in the light arms that are said to kill 1,000 people a day: Governments must take responsibility for all weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United Nations

26 June 2006

Toronto Star (Ontario)

In Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers are under daily attack from illegally traded weapons. In Ontario, two suspects in an alleged terror plot are also convicted gun smugglers. In Toronto, more than 50 people were killed in shootings last year and gun battles have raged in the heart of the city. As a United Nations forum on halting the illicit global arms trade gets underway today, no country is unaffected by gun violence, which kills 1,000 people a day worldwide and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

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United Nations

26 June 2006

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — Anti-gun activists alarmed by a booming global trade in Kalashnikov assault rifles urged the United Nations on Monday to negotiate a new treaty regulating international transfers of such conventional arms. The Kalashnikov has become the world's most universal military weapon, with an estimated 70 million in use in countries ranging from Afghanistan, Britain, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq to Mexico, Sierra Leone, the United States,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 June 2006

South African Press Association, Editorial

Anyone who points a gun at a police officer will be killed, says Safety and Security minister Charles Nqakula. "There are some criminals in South Africa who are armed, and are prepared to kill people … Anyone who points a firearm at police will be killed by police officers," he said. His message came after Sunday's shootout deaths. He admitted there was a lot of violent crime in South Africa which was "one of the things we want to bring down as quickly as... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

26 June 2006

Guardian (UK)

Some 20 bishops in the Guardian today call on the government to puts its weight behind UN moves to control the burgeoning trade in small arms. "Up to 1,000 people are killed every day by armed violence. However, there are currently tighter regulations on sales of stamps and dinosaur bones than there are on the sale of weapons," they say in a letter to the newspaper. Their appeal comes as Amnesty International, Oxfam, and International Action Network on Small Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

26 June 2006

International Herald Tribune, Opinion

Informed by the harrowing lessons of World War II, the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945. Exactly 61 years later, the UN review conference on small arms will open on Monday in New York. This will be the first major conference on the UN program of action on the global menace of small and light weapons of combat. In recent years, discussions on terror and safety have tended to concentrate on weapons of mass destruction. And yet there are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

26 June 2006

Press Association (UK)

The inventor of the infamous AK-47 assault rifle has backed a major international effort to win tighter controls on guns. Lieutenant-General Mikhail Kalashnikov said he supported moves at the United Nations today to stop the "illicit" spread of small arms to terrorists, bandits and criminals. A new report from Control Arms campaign said the AK-47 is the world's most poorly-regulated weapon. It comes as campaigners hand over a petition calling for tougher arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2006

San Bernardino Sun (California)

In the life-is-cheap world of violent street gangs, guns are maybe a little harder to get than dope. But not by much. Stolen from homes. Taken from a parent. Bartered for drugs. Bought by a friend or relative. "The problem is they get them — no matter how, they get them," said Wes McBride, a retired Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant and president of the California Gang Investigators Association. In poor neighborhoods throughout the San Bernardino, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

26 June 2006

New Indian Express

GUNTUR — In view of the panchayat Raj elections, issue of firearms licences to the citizens has been banned, district Revenue Officer B Lakshmikantamm has announced. In a press note issued on Sunday, the DRO stated that as per government instructions hereafter no new licences would be issued. Those possessing licensed firearms should deposit the same in the concerned police station or with the district magistrate/district police officer/licensed firearms dealer by... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,United Nations

26 June 2006

East African (Nairobi)

A thousand people die every day because of guns, and many more are seriously injured, according to a new report released two weeks ago. "The global proliferation of small arms and light weapons represents an epidemic that should be addressed as urgently as avian flu," says a report by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). "If the death, injury and disability resulting from small arms were categorised as a disease, then this would be viewed as an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

26 June 2006

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Governments must do more to keep their stockpiles of small arms secure from thieves and smugglers, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on the first day of a major conference on reducing the illegal trade of such weapons. In a speech to the conference Monday, Annan told delegates that some progress had been made in the five years since states promised to do more to curb the illicit trade of small arms. Yet they have fallen short in updating their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

26 June 2006

BBC News

The UN secretary-general has spoken of the "mass destruction" caused by small weapons, at a conference looking at ways to restrict their use. Kofi Annan said the proliferation of light weapons such as machine guns had spawned a "culture of violence". He was speaking at a UN conference in New York which is considering ways to tackle the global spread of small arms. Anti-gun campaigners presented him with a petition calling for tighter controls on the trade in such... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2006

Boston Herald

The hottest new hit on MySpace.com isn't a wacko with a manifesto, but a teetotaler Gemini who's into firearms reduction. As of early last night, 183 "friends" had linked their MySpace profiles and their moral support to Boston Gun Buyback, a peacekeeping police initiative that so far this month has taken 382 firearms off the city's streets and put Target gift certificates into the hands of those ready to trade, "No questions asked." Authorities said they turned to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

26 June 2006

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

NEW YORK — A five-year-old ban on the illegal trade of small arms and light weapons is up for review later this month by the United Nations, which blames up to 90 per cent of all conflict deaths on such guns. A small arm is classified as illicit if it is not recorded as required by law. Switzerland's Small Arms Survey said one quarter of the estimated annual 4-billion-dollar global trade of small arms and light weapons is illicit. The survey said between 80,000 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United Kingdom

26 June 2006

Guardian (UK)

The toll of unrest caused by the AK-47 assault rifle is such that even its inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov has joined the chorus of voices calling for tougher restrictions on its use. The Russian general is lobbying with Amnesty and Oxfam for a treaty to prevent the export of small arms to countries that abuse human rights. Also pressing for action are a group of 20 bishops who wrote to the Guardian today calling on the government to take a stand: There are currently... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

26 June 2006

Hawaii Reporter, Opinion

The United Nations is holding a conference beginning this week in New York that ironically coincides with our national 4th of July holiday. It's ironic because those attending the conference want to do away with one of our most fundamental constitutional freedoms — the right to bear arms. The stated goal of the conference is to eliminate trading in small arms, but the real goal is to advance a worldwide gun control movement that ultimately supercedes national laws,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

26 June 2006

Lloydminster Meridian Booster

The Conservative government is tackling the long-gun registry head on, but abolishing the registry through legislation may be easier said than done. Battlefords-Lloydminster Conservative MP Gerry Ritz said there has been discussions that a piece of legislation relating to the firearms registry may appear before the House of Commons this week, and Ritz says he is eager to participate in debate on the issue. "We're moving ahead with the repeal of the long-gun registry,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 June 2006

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

A gun battle between police and a gang that left 12 people, including four policemen, dead in a crime-weary country inured to daily violence has raised huge questions about whether South Africa is a wise choice to stage the next World Cup, in 2010. The gunfight began north-west of Johannesburg on Sunday. Some 20 men armed with AK-47 rifles stormed a supermarket, emptied the tills, stripped scores of shoppers of valuables, pistol-whipped one customer and shot another in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

26 June 2006

Agence France Presse

UNITED NATIONS — A UN conference on small arms control kicked off with calls for world leaders to agree a treaty to eradicate the illegal trade in weapons that kill an estimated 1,000 people every day. "These weapons may be small, but they cause mass destruction," UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in an opening address to the two-week meeting that has drawn 2,000 delegates from governments, international and regional bodies. Just before the conference opened,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2006

Rocky Mountain News (Colorado), Opinion

The city of Denver has long criminalized what has been legal elsewhere in Colorado, namely the ownership, use and transportation of firearms. After years of being abused by the city, gun owners found some measure of support in 2003 when the state legislature and governor passed two important bills. These bills established a statewide concealed carry statute (Senate Bill 24) and state law as the standard for possession, use and transportation of firearms (Senate Bill... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

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Japan,United Nations

26 June 2006

Kyodo

A U.N. conference to review progress in global curbs on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons opened Monday at U.N. headquarters in New York. Designed to review progress in implementing the 2001 Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the meeting is expected to produce a political document setting new goals at its close on July 7. The nonbinding program, adopted unanimously five years ago, commits countries to a variety of measures to cut back... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2006

National Public Radio (USA), Boston, Audio

Not long ago the head-lines from urban America were all about dropping crime-rates and dramatic reductions in homicides. But today, many cities across the country are being hit again by a troubling escalation of gun violence. Mayors from Seattle to Milwaukee to New York are alarmed by what they say is a thriving trade of illegal guns flooding their cities. Local cops need help, but federal law prevents them from sharing information about where the guns are coming... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2006

Chicago Sun Times, Editorial

Corner a member of Congress, any congressman, and ask what his or her top priorities are, and you're more likely than not to hear something heartfelt about protecting Americans. A lively discussion of terrorism and homeland security may ensue. But ask about protecting those very same Americans from the dangers of illegal gun trafficking, and your lawmaker may change the subject. What rational defense can be made of two crazy proposals now pending in the House that would... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

26 June 2006

United Press International

UNITED NATIONS — Seeking to diffuse opposition from the pro-gun lobby, the U.N. has said once more that it does not intend to deny law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms. "I would want to repeat, because there are people around who either have not heard this, or do not want to hear," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday. "We are not negotiating a global ban, nor do we wish to deny law-abiding citizens their right to bear arms in accordance... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

26 June 2006

Post-Courier (Port Moresby), Editorial

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force, on advice from the Australian military officers, today will begin destruction of more than 3400 military weapons. It is a move the PNGDF headquarters says is to get rid of excess weapons and standardising the type of weapons to be used by the force. Army officers have expressed concerns about the role of the Australian Defence Force through its military advisers at Murray Barracks in this exercise. The officers see this as a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,New Zealand

26 June 2006

Otago Daily Times (Dunedin)

A three-strong New Zealand team has joined delegates for the United Nations Small Arms Conference, which began in New York yesterday. Philip Alpers said the delegation was authorised by Defence Minister Phil Goff to strongly oppose the illicit trade in small arms. There are more than 600 million small arms and light weapons across the globe, including handguns, assault rifles, grenades and anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. New Zealand is also one of several... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Otago Daily Times (Dunedin)

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Papua New Guinea

26 June 2006

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

More concerns are being expressed by soldiers over the Papua New Guinea Defence Force plans to destroy more than 3400 military weapons. The exercise will begin in Port Moresby today. A group of senior soldiers have expressed concern about the move saying it was aimed at disarming the PNGDF. The group has blamed Australian military advisers, accusing them of deliberately trying to weaken the firepower of the PNGDF. The soldiers spoke of "lack of consultation" on the... (GunPolicy.org)

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