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Gun Policy News, 27 June 2006

United States,United Nations

27 June 2006

LewRockwell.com, 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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United States

27 June 2006

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

MISSOULA, Montana — Gov. Brian Schweitzer won't say exactly how many guns he owns, other than it's "more than I need, but less than I want." An unabashed shooter, hunter and gun-fancier in a state deeply in touch with its Old West heritage, Schweitzer is a member of the National Rifle Association and was happy to receive the NRA's endorsement for governor in 2004. He is also a Democrat. Like many Democrats, especially those beyond the nation's big cities and urban... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand,Fiji,United Nations

27 June 2006

Radio New Zealand

New Zealand Disarmament Minister, Phil Goff, says international efforts to curb trading in small arms will complement New Zealand peacekeeping missions in Pacific trouble spots. An United Nations conference underway in New York is reviewing progress on plans developed in 2001 to stem the illegal arms trade. It has also seen a push from anti-gun campaigners for a Small Arms Treaty. Mr Goff says placing importance on the issue is well justified, given the situation in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

27 June 2006

Washington Times

NEW YORK — Dozens of governments convened at the United Nations yesterday to begin talks on how to limit the trade in illegal small arms. The conference comes five years after a 2001 agreement to crack down on the manufacture, distribution and sales of illegal weapons. "Small arms are easy to buy, easy to use, easy to transport and easy to conceal," said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his opening remarks yesterday. "Their continued proliferation exacerbates... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,United Nations

27 June 2006

Times of India

UNITED NATIONS — A 'visual' petition, signed by one million people from over 160 countries seeking tough global control on arms trade and conclusion of an Arms Trade Treaty was handed over to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Containing images of a million people from around the world, the petition by NGOs — The Control Arms campaign, Amnesty International, Oxfam International and International Action Network on Small Arms — was presented by Julius Arile, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

27 June 2006

Australian (Sydney)

UNITED NATIONS — A major UN conference began its review Monday of efforts to eradicate the billion-dollar a year illegal trade in small arms, amid calls for member states to agree a global treaty on the issue. Just before the conference opened, anti-gun campaigners presented UN chief Kofi Annan with what was billed as the world's largest photo petition — bearing the portraits of one million people. The petition urged world leaders to negotiate a strict set of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

27 June 2006

Radio Free Europe

UNITED NATIONS — A major UN conference on the illegal global trade in small arms kicked off today at UN headquarters in New York. More than 2,000 delegates from 177 UN member states, plus representatives from many nongovernmental organizations, are taking part in the event. The aim is to review progress in ongoing efforts to stop weapons from being smuggled into conflict zones around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kashmir, and others. "The 2006... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan,United Nations

27 June 2006

Kyodo

Japan believes the importance of transfer controls on small arms should be stressed in the final documents of the small arms conference review being held at U.N. headquarters, Japan's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Shintaro Ito said Monday in New York. Speaking at the opening of the two-week U.N. conference to review progress in global curbs on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, Ito outlined Japan's progress since the 2001 Program of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Northern Ireland

27 June 2006

Belfast Telegraph (UK)

The AK-47 assault rifle — the so-called "weapon of choice" of Northern Ireland's paramilitaries during the Troubles — will remain the most widely used weapon in conflict zones for at least the next 20 year because it is so poorly regulated. That is the conclusion of a new report from the Control Arms campaign comprised of Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). The report was submitted to the UN world... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,United Nations

27 June 2006

Business Day (Johannesburg), Opinion

Athe the entrance to the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York stands a bronze sculpture: that of a .45 calibre revolver with its barrel twisted into a knot. This sculpture aptly symbolises the vision of the UN: "To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." Firearms result in hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of injuries each year, with guns being responsible for between 60% and 90% of all deaths during armed conflicts. Over the next two... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United Kingdom

27 June 2006

Ekklesia (UK)

Church leaders from a variety of Anglican and Free Church traditions have joined together to call on the United Nations and the UK government to take seriously the need for concerted action on the supply and sale of small arms in a violent and divided world. The plea was reinforced yesterday in a letter to The Guardian newspaper, ahead of the upcoming UN conference in New York on small arms and light weapons. The review meeting, which will look back to commitments... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iran,United Nations

27 June 2006

IRNA (Iran)

TEHRAN — Describing the world as being 'awash with small arms', United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday that every year an estimated one billion dollars worth of these weapons are traded illicitly worldwide, exacerbating conflict, sparking refugee flows, undermining the rule of law and spawning a 'culture of violence and impunity'. In his opening address to the UN Small Arms Review Conference, which runs from June 26 until July 7, Annan said that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

27 June 2006

National Review (USA)

The United Nations' conference on small arms, which starts today, has an admirable enough goal: to save lives. Some conference attendees claim that guns used in armed conflicts cause 300,000 deaths world-wide every year. The "international community's" solution? Prevent rebels from getting guns with rules that include a registry of all small arms to enable tracing them and to ensure that weapons sales can be limited to governments. That is an understandable "solution"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

27 June 2006

NewsMax (United States) / Fox News

A U.N. conference aimed at curbing the world trade in illegal small arms has opened in New York, and Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan twice stressed in his opening statement that the focus of the two-week conference is on curtailing illegal weapons, "not negotiating a global gun ban or denying law-abiding citizens their right to bear arms in accordance with their national laws." His words were aimed at the authors of the hundreds of thousands of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

27 June 2006

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — Young men around the world are far more likely to use guns in violent acts and to be victims of lethal gun violence than any other population group, a Swiss institute reported on Monday. "Armed and angry young men are perhaps the most feared element of any society but they also have the most to fear," the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies said in its fifth annual small arms survey. The study was released on the sidelines of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

27 June 2006

United Nations (New York), Media release

The Million Faces Petition, which organizers billed as the world's largest appeal for tougher global controls on the arms trade, was presented to Secretary-General Kofi Annan today in New York by a consortium of international groups as well as the one millionth petitioner — a survivor of gun violence from Kenya. "I am honoured to receive this petition in recognition of the people in more than 160 countries who have supported it, and given it a million 'faces,'" Mr.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

27 June 2006

Town Hall (USA), Opinion

They've gathered in New York City, the best and brightest minds in the global gun ban movement. Oh, they don't want you to think for a second that they're actually interested in your guns. Kofi Annan as much as said so yesterday, when he told the attendees of the Small Arms Review Conference, "This Review Conference is not negotiating a 'global gun ban', nor do we wish to deny law-abiding citizens their right to bear arms in accordance with their national laws." Got it,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

27 June 2006

United Press International

UNITED NATIONS — Thousands of US citizens, prodded by a misleading National Rifle Association (NRA)-related campaign, have inundated the offices of UN officials with letters expressing concern that the world organization will take away their right to bear arms during the UN Small Arms Review Conference. The chairman of the conference, Prasad Kariyawasam, said that by last week he had received over 100,000 letters and postcard protests. UN spokesman François Coutu... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,United Nations

27 June 2006

Voice of America

In this week's special series, we're looking at small arms in Africa and the devastation they cause. International efforts are underway to limit the proliferation of small arms. One of them is the conference opening today in New York. For about two weeks, representatives of a number governments will discuss the problem and try to come up with proposals to deal with it. Anthea Lawson is spokesperson for the International Action Network On Small Arms, IANSA, a global... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

27 June 2006

Reuters

BEIJING — China defended its booming trade with Africa on Tuesday after rights groups accused it of helping sustain conflicts through arms sales and commodity deals that boost the coffers of oppressive regimes. In a report issued earlier this month, Amnesty International said China was becoming one of the world's top exporters of guns and other weapons, and its customers included African governments that routinely used such arms against their own citizens. "China is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea,Australia

27 June 2006

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) will dispose of more than 3000 military weapons at sea in a bid to standardise its arsenal. The force will ensure it complied with international small-arms conventions and keep the weapons out of reach of troublemakers who could disrupt next year's general elections. Army commander Commodore Peter Ilau denied any sinister motive behind the move, saying the decision to decommission the weapons was made by a PNGDF small-arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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