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Gun Policy News, 29 June 2006

Iran

29 June 2006

IRNA

Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki stressed here on Wednesday at a UN meeting that Iran is quite determined to fight against light and small arms smuggling. Speaking at a UN gathering titled 'Prevent, Combat & Eradicate Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects', Mottaki referred to the existence of hundreds of millions of such weapons around the globe, mainly at the disposal of the civilians. He added, "Such weapons are used... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2006

Philadelphia Daily News, Column

Yet another effort to get Philly even modest help in stemming gun violence failed this week as a key state Senate committee declined to move a one-gun-a-month proposal, opting instead for an old, reliable political two-step — more study. Just what the city needs. The timing effectively kills the effort for months if not the rest of the year. It comes as the Legislature rushes to adopt a budget and leave for the summer. That could happen by tomorrow. And the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2006

Associated Press

EUREKA, Montana — Authorities no longer are calling the death of a Montana youth last weekend at a house near Eureka a suicide. Rather, Lincoln County Coroner Steve Schnackenberg said Tuesday that Jacob Lee died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An investigation continues into whether his death was an accident. Lee, 19, and Lorena Mocko, 16, of Fernie, B.C., both were found shot dead around 1 a.m. local time on Saturday. On Monday, Schnackenberg said Lee committed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2006

Sioux City Journal (Iowa)

DES MOINES — Advocates for gun control and domestic abuse victims say Iowa judges in many instances are failing to make abusers turn over their firearms as federal law requires. Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence surveyed more than 1,000 civil protective orders issued by judges around the state that require defendants to stay away from their victims. It found that 72 percent of the time, judges failed to check a box on the order forms requiring defendants to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

29 June 2006

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

VANCOUVER — When a widow in her 70s heard about the provincewide gun amnesty running this month, she was reminded of an unusual weapon her husband had stashed in the attic. After the couple bought their home in Burnaby in 1973, they were cleaning under their deck when "lo and behold they came upon this," Corporal Pierre Lemaitre said, displaying an army-green grenade and rocket launcher, about 60 centimetres long. Cpl. Lemaitre said 1973 "was a different time …... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

29 June 2006

Mos News (Moscow)

The famous Russian gun designer Mikhail Kalashnikov has called for tougher control over the small arms turnover to rule out uncontrolled weapons sales, Interfax news agency reports. "Tough procedure for registering and marking each weapon, and mutual recognition of such markings and information exchanges will help to rein counterfeit products sales. I believe that it is a realistic, efficient, and inexpensive approach to solving the problem," Kalashnikov told... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

29 June 2006

STV (Scotland)

There has been a fourfold increase in the number of people murdered with guns in Scotland. The number of homicides as a result of knives is also at its highest level on record. The figures make grim reading for the Executive especially as there has been a raft of legislation to tackle gun and knife crime. The total number of people killed with a gun, a knife or a blunt instrument is at its highest level since the Dunblane massacre in 1996. 72 people were killed with a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

29 June 2006

Town Hall (USA), Opinion

Hearing Angola and Cambodia detail their plans for rounding up all the guns owned by civilians is kind of like hearing that the Dixie Chicks are writing a song about America. You just know something bad's going to happen in the end. And yet, that's exactly what we heard on day 3 of the UN's summit on small arms (Angola and Cambodia, not the Dixie Chicks. They haven't been granted a seat on the Security Council … yet). Angola, a country devastated by 24 years of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa

29 June 2006

Voice of America

Our series on small arms trade in Africa continues this evening with a look at how weapons make their way to the continent. Wars bring in large numbers of them, but there are other channels as well. Rick de Caris is senior program officer for Safer Africa, an NGO based in South Africa that works on peace and security issues on the continent. VOA English to Africa Service reporter Angel Tabe asked him who supplies these small arms and how they get to Africa.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

29 June 2006

BBC News

A primary school head teacher has been jailed for four years for possessing an illegal arsenal of guns and ammunition. Martin Wynn Davies, 58, from Wrexham, admitted illegally possessing 10 hand guns, two rifles and ammunition. The head of Ysgol Deiniol, Wrexham, asked for nine other offences to be taken into account at Mold Crown Court. Judge John Rogers QC said he had reduced Davies' jail term because of his "impeccable character". The court was also told... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

29 June 2006

BBC News

Six policemen in the southern Philippines are facing the sack after they allegedly pawned their pistols. The local police chief in central Mindanao, German Doria, said the incidents came to light after the guns turned up during a raid on a pawnshop. If found guilty, the six men face charges of grave misconduct and dismissal from the police force. "How can police officers carry out their missions if they don't have guns?" Mr Doria said. Police in the Philippines... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

29 June 2006

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The army has launched an investigation into alleged abuse by officers carrying out the "cordon and search" disarmament exercise in Karamoja. The Minister of State for Defence, Ruth nankabirwa, said yesterday if the allegations were verified and culprits identified, they would be dealt with. She, however, denied reports that the UPDF had suspended the "cordon and search" for guns. The UNDP also announced that it had suspended its operations in Karamoja... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2006

Sacramento Bee (California), Editorial

If any doubt remains that the votes of many in Congress are the National Rifle Association's for the asking, look at two bills now before the House. Under provisions of the 1993 Brady Law, which requires background checks of those seeking to purchase handguns, federal agents have found that nearly 60 percent of guns traced to specific crimes are sold by about 1 percent of licensed dealers. Some dealers who mysteriously "lost" records of hundreds of transactions have... (GunPolicy.org)

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