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Gun Policy News, 16 January 2007

United States

16 January 2007

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

Eleven-year-old Kailey Leinz says closing the so-called gun-show loophole would make her and her classmates feel safer. "We need to close it for many reasons and also so kids like me won't feel scared, scared that somebody could just come in our school and just start shooting," said the sixth-grader at Keene Mill Elementary School in Fairfax County. "It is far too easy for criminals to get a gun in this state. All they have to do is show up at a gun show and they can... (

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United States

16 January 2007

Washington Post

RICHMOND, Virginia — Proponents of tougher state laws governing the sale of firearms, most of them from Northern Virginia, urged the General Assembly on Monday to require criminal background checks of all buyers at gun shows. The measure would close the so-called gun-show loophole, which allows unlicensed dealers to sell firearms at shows in Virginia without conducting the criminal checks required of licensed dealers. Its purpose, supporters said, is to prevent... (

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Mexico,United States

16 January 2007

Arizona Republic

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican village of Zazalpa got a chilling lesson in American-made firepower recently. Homes, cars, everything was destroyed. Even the cows were shot. About 60 Mexican drug smugglers rolled into Zazalpa, 300 miles southeast of Douglas, looking for a rival trafficker in November. They rounded up residents, then raked the empty village with American-made AR-15 rifles. The destruction of Zazalpa is just one of dozens of unrelated drug skirmishes in... (

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United States

16 January 2007

New York Times, Opinion

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It's a phenomenon that gives the term "gun control" a whole new meaning: community ordinances that encourage citizens to own guns. Last month, Greenleaf, Idaho, adopted Ordinance 208, calling for its citizens to own guns and keep them ready in their homes in case of emergency. It's not a response to high crime rates. As The Associated Press reported, "Greenleaf doesn't really have crime … The most violent offense reported in the past two... (

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United States

16 January 2007

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Opinion

A P-I editorial on Jan. 5 agrees with Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' call for more gun control, saying "the legal system could do a lot more to control guns." There's just one problem with this approach — it won't work. None of the recent gun crimes in the Puget Sound area would have been prevented by the proposed new restrictions. The violent criminals who chose to attack others already had ignored existing gun control laws, so how would adding more laws help? When... (

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16 January 2007

People's Daily (China) / Xinhua

Guinea-Bissau's army will undertake a major operation to continue seizing small arms illegally held by the public across the whole country, said reports over the weekend. "What happened on the outskirts of Bissau on Friday night is only the beginning. I can assure you that the operation to seize illegal arms will continue across the whole nation," said armed forces chief of general staff Baptista Tagme Na Waie on Sunday Waie said the measure is aimed to fight crime... (

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United States

16 January 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial

Crime could be the top issue during the contest to succeed Philadelphia Mayor John Street. If last year's total of 406 homicides didn't make that point painfully enough, the tally of at least 17 already this year — more than one per day — should. The weapons most used in these killings were guns. That means any meaningful crime reduction strategy must include plans to reduce the flood of illegal weapons in the city. Some candidates have already offered ideas, and... (

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