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Gun Policy News, 10 January 2007

United States

10 January 2007

Indianapolis Star (Indiana), Opinion

Rep. David Orentlicher has proposed three modest and sensible bills to the state legislature to address the problem of gun homicide that plagues our city. Two are aimed at restricting the easy access to handguns available to criminals in our city and one is to give the city an opportunity to address gun violence without prior restraint from the state government. Restricting handgun purchases to one per month and requiring the same background checks at gun shows that... (

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10 January 2007

Bangkok Post

A high-level meeting searching for solutions to the continuing violence against teachers in the southernmost provinces agreed today with a proposal that teachers be permitted to carry guns outside schools for self-defence. The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, also agreed to have soldiers guarding the teachers 24 hours a day to guarantee their safety. Gen Surayud called the half-day meeting with government agencies on Wednesday morning at the... (

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United States

10 January 2007

Chicago Sun-Times, Editorial

Banning assault weapons isn't a real issue, Rep. Peter Roskam said during the campaign last fall, because there isn't any real incidence of their use in Illinois. It's a familiar refrain among NRA supporters. Well, tell that to Denise Reed, an Englewood resident whose 14-year-old daughter was killed by a stray bullet from an AK-47 while looking out her window. And tell that to other victims — inadvertent or otherwise — of gang violence involving these decidedly... (

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United States,United Nations

10 January 2007

Huffington Post (USA), Book review

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to read David Hemenway's excellent book "Private Guns, Public Health," published by the University of Michigan Press in 2004. After I started as President of the Brady Campaign/Center to Prevent Gun Violence six months ago, this book was recommended highly as one of the best summaries of the issue of gun violence in the United States. After meeting with Dr. Hemenway at his office at the Harvard School of Public Health last... (

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United Kingdom,Scotland

10 January 2007

Evening News (UK)

Shooting sports generate around £240 million a year for the Scottish economy, a report to be sent to Scottish ministers has claimed. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) surveyed 2000 companies and 14,000 directors across the UK to find out how the popularity of the sport has grown. The move was in response to attempts by Glasgow MSP Tommy Sheridan to have private ownership of airguns banned. BASC claims more than 8800 centres across... (

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United States

10 January 2007

Wilmington Morning Star (North Carolina) / AP

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — One of two boys convicted in the Jonesboro school shootings was found with a loaded gun and marijuana this month while traveling in northwestern Arkansas with his roommate, a boy who spent three years in prison for killing his father with a crossbow. Mitchell Johnson, now 22, was 13 when he and classmate Andrew Golden killed four girls and a teacher in a March 24, 1998, shooting at Jonesboro Westside Junior High School. Justin Trammell was 15... (

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United States

10 January 2007

Morning News (Arkansas)

FAYETTEVILLE — The trial of a Washington County man charged with having illegal machine guns is under way despite a series of fits and starts over what the defense can say in front of the jury. Hollis Wayne Fincher, 60, a lieutenant commander of the Militia of Washington County, is charged in federal court with possessing three homemade, unregistered machine guns and an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. After a half-dozen sidebars and a couple of sessions in chambers,... (

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