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Gun Policy News, 28 June 2006

Papua New Guinea

28 June 2006

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave) / Pacific Beat, Audio

In Papua New Guinea, the problem of illegal guns is threatening social and political stability. PNG community leaders are again calling on the government to take urgent action on the issue. It's believed thousands of illegal guns are being held by criminals, tribal chiefs, businesspeople, and politicians across the country. The government has yet to table a report submitted by a national guns control committee last November, which includes more than 200... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 June 2006

Hobart Mercury (Tasmania)

There are fears Tasmania's gun laws, introduced after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, could be watered down. Tasmanians own 3000 more guns than they did 10 years ago when Martin Bryant shot dead 35 people on the Tasman Peninsula. Police Minister David Llewellyn yesterday refused to rule out relaxing the 28-day cooling-off period that makes people wait to buy a second or subsequent gun. The Firearm Act is under review and Greens leader Peg Putt yesterday pushed Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,United Nations

28 June 2006

ANDnetwork (Africa) / Nation Media

A 23-year-old survivor of gun violence from West Pokot District set the tone for the UN small arms conference when he gave secretary-general Kofi Annan an international petition calling for an end to the illegal trade. "I would like this UN conference to agree on global rules for small arms sales," Mr Julius Arlie Lomerinyang, who lost a brother and many friends to shootings by cattle rustlers, told Mr Annan at a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

28 June 2006

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — The United States said on Tuesday it was willing to endorse a set of principles aimed at keeping small arms out of the hands of groups intent on human rights abuse, genocide or breaking U.N. arms embargoes. But Washington would not back a formal agreement such as an international treaty imposing controls on weapons transfers across national boundaries, UnderSecretary of State for Arms Control Robert Joseph said. "While we will not accept formal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,United Nations

28 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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West Africa,United Nations

28 June 2006

South African Press Association

LAGOS — Millions of firearms are circulating in West Africa, mostly in the hands of rebels and criminals, participants in a seminar in Lagos organised by the United Nations said on Tuesday. "There are at least eight million small arms in West Africa … with more than half in the hands of insurgents and criminals. Criminal elements in Ghana alone reportedly possess 40 000 small arms," Shambhavi Gopalkrishna, a political science teacher at the University of Lagos,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: South African Press Association

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United Nations,Switzerland

28 June 2006

Swissinfo

Efforts to curb the illegal small arms trade are being assessed at an international meeting in New York. Switzerland has played a leading role in these endeavours. The United Nations Small Arms Review Conference is examining what has been achieved in the past five years to eradicate this "global scourge" — and what remains to be done. The conference, which started on Monday, is the first opportunity to take stock of progress since 170 member states adopted in 2001 a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

28 June 2006

Voice of America

A senior U.S. diplomat has told a U.N. conference the United States supports principles designed to stem the illegal trade in small arms. But, the official made clear that Washington will not accept limits on individual gun possession. Addressing a U.N. small arms review conference, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Robert Joseph said the United States will offer detailed proposals to keep assault rifles and other small arms out of the hands of rights... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

28 June 2006

Times of India

BERLIN — A German scientist has invented a modified bullet that could be programmed with a password that matches the purchaser's gun. The bullets developed by Hebert Meyerle, who has applied for a patent on his design, not only provides a securing of the firearm but also a securing of the cartridge against accidental, improper and or unauthorized firing, according to the online edition of New Scientist . The modified cartridge would be fired by a burst of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

28 June 2006

Town Hall (USA), Opinion

A remarkable thing happened at the United Nations yesterday. We, the United States, told the world "no". The messenger was Robert Joseph, the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Speaking before the dozens of nations that have gathered for the review conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Joseph told the world in no uncertain terms where the United States stood. "The U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of our citizens to keep... (GunPolicy.org)

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Fiji,United Nations

28 June 2006

Pacific Magazine

Fiji's ambassador to the United Nations has told of the dangers illegal weapons pose in the Pacific region despite the relatively small market for them. Isikia Savua told the Review Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in New York that illegal arms is still the major cause of casualties in all armed conflicts in the region. Savua, who was Police Commissioner when George Speight seized the government on May 19, 2000, told the conference the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pacific Magazine

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United States

28 June 2006

Roanoke Times (Virginia), Letter

What is going on at the NRA? The latest book by Wayne LaPierre, "The Global War on Your Guns," is a joke. I had no idea that the NRA was this far right of right-winged. An international law to ban what, illegal small arms? The U.N. is plotting against Americans to rob them of their Second Amendment? Go read this ruse for yourself at stopungunban.org. Look, I guess it's OK to "protect" yourself with a handgun or whatever you need as long as it is legal and makes sense.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda,United Nations

28 June 2006

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Development Program has halted a voluntary disarmament program in Uganda's troubled northeast amid new reports of rights abuses by government troops in the region, a spokesman said Wednesday. The $1 million U.N. Development Program project awarded people in the Karamoja region food, building materials or cash in exchange for their weapons. Less than $300,000 had been spent so far, UNDP spokesman William Orme said. It was meant to complement... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

28 June 2006

Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — More than 1,000 weapons — and one rocket launcher — have been turned over to the RCMP so far this month during a B.C. gun amnesty. The weapons include 72 registered handguns, 124 unregistered handguns, 72 unregistered semi-automatic rifles, 34 prohibited firearms and 224 other weapons, such as air pellet rifles. The Mounties say in addition to the firearms, they have collected more than 44,000 rounds of ammunition. RCMP and local police forces... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

28 June 2006

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS — As the 2006 Smalls Arms Survey was being circulated at the United Nations on Monday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan accepted a photo petition from one million people worldwide calling for tougher controls over the global arms trade. The circulation of the survey, by Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies, and the delivery of the Million Faces Petition were not a coincidence. This week marked the start of a two-week Small Arms Review... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

28 June 2006

New York Times

UNITED NATIONS — The Bush administration gave its backing on Tuesday to a United Nations conference on curtailing the international flow of illegal arms, but warned delegates against adopting measures that would restrict individual possession of weapons. "The U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of our citizens to keep and bear arms, and there will be no infringement of those rights," Robert G. Joseph, under secretary of state for arms control and international... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2006

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to overturn a recently enacted law requiring safety trigger locks on all hand guns sold in the United States. The Republican-controlled House handed a victory to opponents of gun control by a vote of 230-191. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a Colorado Republican, argued that the added cost of the trigger locks is passed on to gun owners and that they "do not stop accidental shootings." Last fall, President... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria,West Africa

28 June 2006

Somali Net

West Africa was identified as one of the regions on the African continent with so many fire arms. The illegal possessors of these fire arms are mostly the rebel groups in West Africa and other criminals. This was revealed at a United Nations conference in Nigeria's town of Lagos. "There are at least eight million small arms in West Africa … with more than half in the hands of insurgents and criminals. Criminal elements in Ghana alone reportedly possess 40 000 small... (GunPolicy.org)

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St Kitts & Nevis

28 June 2006

Sun (St. Kitts & Nevis)

UNITED NATIONS — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has reiterated its call for increased international financial and technical support in combating escalating crime in the region. Barbados' United Nations Ambassador, Dr. Christopher Hackett, speaking on behalf of Caricom, told the opening session of a two-week United Nations Conference on Illicit Small Arms that the presence of small arms and light weapons in the region is being used by criminal networks involved in... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

28 June 2006

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG — Escalating gun violence in Johannesburg, South Africa, has brought overwhelming public support for a police 'shoot-to-kill' policy against armed criminals. After a series of bloody incidents that has shocked even crime-hardened South Africans, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said this week that any criminal pointing a firearm at a policeman or a citizen would be shot. Members of the public interviewed by IRIN said the government had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

28 June 2006

Washington Times

NEW YORK — The United States will oppose any international effort to limit access of U.S. civilians to legal firearms but supports stronger controls on arms imports and exports, a senior State Department official said yesterday. "The United States believes it is important for all of us to speak with one voice concerning the grave matter of the international illicit trade in small arms and light weapons," said Robert Joseph, the undersecretary of state for arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2006

WOWT-TV News (Iowa)

People are killed by domestic abusers using guns across the nation each year and an Iowa group is working to prevent women being threatened or killed by angry partners. Approximately 16-hundred people each year are killed by domestic abusers using guns and some heartland judges are not going along with the Violence Against Women Act. Police say a protection order in May didn't stop Eric Bandur from shooting Laura Bandur before taking his own life. Diane McKee of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

28 June 2006

Golden Star (British Columbia), Opinion

The Conservative Government is offering a common sense approach to gun crime. Two pieces of legislation demonstrate how the government is determined to switch the emphasis from law-abiding gun owners to those who break the law. One part of this plan is Bill C-21 recently introduced by Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day. This bill ends the enormously expensive and ineffective long-gun registry and puts in place a simpler system that will keep Canadians safe without... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,United Nations

28 June 2006

Deutsche Welle

According to arms control campaigners, the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle is the world's favorite killing machine, and it will remain so for at least 20 years. DW-WORLD.DE spoke to its inventor. Up to 100 million AK-47s and variations of its design are in circulation around the world, including in the state arsenal of at least 82 countries, according to a report published by the Control Arms Campaign on Monday. AK-47s are used to "massacre, maim, rape and abuse,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Deutsche Welle

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